Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

20 Handy Online Presentation Tools

There may be times when you need to present ideas to clients or co-workers and could benefit from one of the many resources for creating online presentations. In this post we’ll introduce plenty of different presentation tools to get the job done. Some are free to use while others will come with a cost…

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9 Leading Options for Managed WordPress Hosting

As WordPress has continued to increase in popularity, a number of companies have found ways to meet the hosting needs of WordPress users by offering managed WordPress hosting. While most web hosts offer an easy WordPress installation, they don’t usually provide support for WordPress, themes, and plugins. This new breed of hosts that specifically target WordPress users often provide support for WordPress related issues. Additionally, and equally important, their servers are configured for the best WordPress performance.

This article will provide some basic information on 9 of the leading providers of managed WordPress hosting, and at the end I’ll share some of my own thoughts.

Synthesis

Synthesis is the hosting division of Copyblogger Media, the parent company of Copyblogger and leading WordPress theme shop StudioPress. The hosting division started after they had great success and better performance hosting their own websites. With thousands of customers using the StudioPress themes and their Genesis framework, offering hosting makes sense.

The primary selling features of Synthesis are performance and security, which are concerns of just about every website owner using WordPress. They offer migration services (for a fee) for customers who want to move to Synthesis. The $90 migration fee also includes things like file cleanup and permissions lockdown. You will get the best performance if you’re using their Genesis framework.

Pricing starts at $27 per month for a single-website plan that is intended to serve 2,500 daily unique visitors. Other plans are priced at $97, $147, and $300 per month, intended to support from 20,000 to 300,000 daily unique visitors.

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25+ Excellent Business Card Templates for Your Own Use

Business cards are a great resource for anyone looking to market or promote their business. While social media, blogging, and online marketing get most of the attention these days, some old-school in-person networking can also do wonders, and business cards are an essential resource for effective networking.

If you need to save some time or don’t have the experience to design your own cards, these free business card templates can be a great option. Many printing companies offer templates to choose from (although the quality will vary greatly), and you can also find others available from different sources. In this post we’ll feature both free and premium business card templates. The premium templates generally cost less than $10 and can be well worth the expense…

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Ultimate Round Up of Free Photoshop Patterns

Photoshop users can save a lot of time and create beautiful designs by using patterns. Photoshop’s presets (like brushes, styles, patterns, custom shapes, and gradients) are highly-powerful tools when used effectively.

Whether you are creating your own custom patterns or using pre-made patterns that you have downloaded for free or purchased, having an arsenal of patterns at your disposal will allow you to quickly create high-quality work. Patterns can be extremely useful for a variety of different types of design including websites, business cards, flyers, posters, and much more.

Patterns are often used as backgrounds. Sometimes more subtle patterns are used to give a background some texture or character as opposed to just using a flat, solid color. This is especially common in web design.

In this post we’ll showcase over 50 sets of free Photoshop patterns for your own use. I think you will find them to be highly useful for quickly giving great effects to your designs in Photoshop…

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Adobe Stock: Shaking Up The Stock Content Market

Adobe Stock has introduced a stock content service that’s directly integrated into creative tools and workflows. Approximately 85% of creatives who buy stock use Adobe tools; and over 90% of stock sellers use Adobe’s tools to create their images. Adobe is working with buyers and sellers to create a streamlined experience that makes the flow […]

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New Vandelay Premier Subscription Options!

Here at VandelayDesign.com, we work everyday to make our products and services better for you, so I’m excited to announce that we have new, more affordable pricing on Vandelay Premier subscriptions!

We now offer a completely NEW monthly subscription that gives you unlimited access to all of our premium graphics and resources for just $10 a month. With this plan, you’ll be able to try out a subscription at an even more affordable price, and since it renews monthly and you can cancel or upgrade your subscription at any time…

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Awesome Sites for Finding Web Design Jobs

In our economy there are a lot of designers and developers looking for work, whether it is full-time employment, contract work, or freelance opportunities. Fortunately, there are a number of great places to find these types of positions. In this post we’ll look at several sites that include specialized job boards that include web/graphic design and web development opportunities…

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45 of the Best Responsive WordPress Portfolio Themes

If you’re looking for a portfolio template to showcase your art, photography, or design work, the wide selection of quality themes makes WordPress a great option. While there have been many high-quality portfolio themes available for WordPress for several years, recently there has been a significant increase in the number of responsive portfolio themes.

So if you would like to visitors to be able to easily view your portfolio site on a phone or tablet, in addition to a desktop, a responsive theme is a great choice. In this post we’ll showcase 45 responsive portfolio themes, so you’re sure to find one that will meet your needs…

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Themeco Launches Cornerstone – A Powerful Addition to X Theme

“The most intuitive design tool available” – is what one user said recently about X Theme 4.0. That is typical of the comments found in the reviews and testimonials others have published with respect to the latest version of this, the best-selling WordPress theme on the market. It is of course natural to expect incremental improvements as each new version is released for a given theme. After all, that is what upgrades are all about.

Version 4.0 was not about fixing bugs. There are few if any bugs that need fixing in this premium theme. This latest version is all about new and improved features, and there is nothing incremental about it.

The theme’s authors took a giant leap forward by adding a new page builder, based on a brilliant concept, into the mix. To say website developers are happy or pleased with this latest version would be a gross understatement. They have been raving about it. Read on, and you will understand why the response to 4.0 greatly exceeded Themeco’s expectations…

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50+ Sets of Free Social Media Icons

Designers love free icon sets. Having quality icons can help to make a site’s design look complete, and can also help with the usability of the site. Social media icons are some of the most commonly used icons, especially in blog design.

Fortunately, there are a number of free sets of quality social media icons. In this post we’ll feature over 50 social media icon sets from various designers. Click on the links to be led to the source where the icons can be downloaded. As always when you are dealing with freebies, check the terms and conditions to be sure that you’re using them in a way that is allowed by the designer…

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