Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

WP Engine Review – Why We Switched Our Hosting to WP Engine

Earlier this year when our blog ran into issues with getting indexed in Google, we started seriously looking at our hosting set up. We identified several key issues with our host that had to be resolved if we were to get back on the right track. Our host at the time, was slow and had terrible support – often taking more than 24 hours to respond to a support request. That was the final straw that made us start the daunting task of changing hosting providers.

This WP Engine Review will outline the key factors regarding why we decided to make the switch and how it’s been going for us over over the past six months…

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30+ Superior Examples of Flat Web Design

Unless you have been living under a rock, one of the biggest trends in the web design industry remains to be flat design. In case you are not familiar with the term, flat design is essentially design without the drop shadows, gradients, and textures that have been common in web design for some time. Flat design uses solid colors and often typography figures prominently into the design.

In this post we’ll showcase over 30 excellent examples of the flat web design style. Hopefully they can provide some inspiration that can be put to use in your own work…

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30+ Beautiful and Minimal WordPress Themes

Finding the right WordPress theme for your website or for a client’s website is not an easy task. Even with the huge selection that is available, if you have some specific things in mind for your site you may find that it’s very difficult to locate a theme that would be a perfect match. In these situations, you may be better off to start with a theme framework or a minimal theme and customize it through the use of a child theme to meet your needs.

In this post we’ll highlight over 30 minimal WordPress themes that are worth a look. The themes showcased here are not necessarily bare-bones minimal, but rather they are minimalist in style which often makes it easier to use as a starting point…

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45 Amazing and Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop actions allow designers and photographers to automate common sequences for increased efficiency. If you do much work with photo editing you can certainly benefit from the time saved by having a good library of Photoshop actions. There are so many different types of actions that you can use from vintage effects, to black and white, to HDR and much more.

There are countless actions available that can be downloaded for free, and in this post we’ll feature 45 of them. Some of these are individual actions and others are sets that include multiple actions. These actions have been created by various designers and photographers and have been made available for free download.

Keep in mind that while Photoshop actions can be extremely useful and helpful, the results will vary from one photo to the next. Not every photo will look great with every action. Experiment with them and you’ll get a good feel for which actions work best with certain types of photos…

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15 Fabulous Options for Selling Digital Downloads

There are no shortage of options for managing an e-commerce website. There are all kinds of shopping carts and e-commerce content management systems that have a wide variety of strengths and weaknesses. Finding the right option for selling digital downloads, however, can prove to be a challenge. Fortunately, there are a lot of great options available, you just need to find the right one for you…

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10 Brilliant Design Quotes That Inspire Us

Working in an industry that allows us to produce new and thrilling designs everyday is something most people would be envious of. But, just like any other career, graphic and web designers still need a little inspiration every once in a while. Lucky for us, there have been many talented artists, designers, businesspeople and dreamers who have encouraged us with their words of wisdom.
In this post, we’ve compiled 10 design quotes that inspire us to dream bigger, create more, and not be afraid to take chances on our work…

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16 Awesome Examples of Website Testimonials Done Right!

Testimonials can be very powerful for helping to establish trust and encouraging visitors to buy, sign up, fill out a form, or take whatever action you are after. For websites and online businesses testimonials can be even more useful than traditional businesses because visitors are often skeptical or hesitant to trust someone online.

Website testimonials can be displayed in different ways, and we’ll take a look at more than 15 examples in this post. Hopefully these examples will give you some ideas that can be useful for your own projects. Here you’ll find some that use video, photos of customers, quotes from reviews, and more…

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35+ of the Best WordPress eCommerce Themes

While there are plenty of options available when choosing an eCommerce platform, the possibility of using WordPress for eCommerce has become more enticing in recent years due to continued development of plugins and themes. Today there is no shortage of quality themes that can be purchased, or in some cases downloaded for free, to use WordPress for powering an eCommerce website.

One of the main benefits of having WordPress as an eCommerce option is that so many users and developers are already familiar with WordPress, so the learning curve can in some cases be shorter than with another platform. Another advantage is that WordPress is free to use and can be hosted anywhere. Many of the leading eCommerce options require your site to be hosted with them, which can be a good thing, but it’s not what every user wants.

Having a custom theme designed and developed is always an option, but the improving quality of available premium themes makes it possible to start a professional-looking eCommerce site with very little upfront investment. In this post we’ll showcase more than 40 of the best WordPress eCommerce themes, and every one of them sells for less than $100…

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Is There a Sense of Visual Balance in Your Web Design?

Balance is all about harmony. So, when you see something that looks nice with a sense of consistency and similarity, most likely you observe a perfectly balanced composition. It can be an object in nature, a painting, a building, a photography or even a website.

In this article, we’d like to draw your attention to visual balance in web design. You probably already know what balance is, but visual balance in web design may sound tricky to you. When you were a kid, you learned to ride a bicycle and fell down several times due to a lack of a balance (though your body remembers the importance of balance). However, let’s take a look at this phenomenon from another point of view–i.e. as it relates to web design…

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Are Your Web Design Clients Hopelessly Trapped in Old Designs?

If you’ve been a web designer for over five years, it’s probably time for some of your early web design clients to upgrade their websites. Or you may be contacted by a prospect who already has a website, but wants to update it.

The question is, how do you get them to upgrade?

Unfortunately, it is often much harder to convince a web design client of the need to upgrade a website than it was to convince them of the need for a website in the first place.

It’s almost as though they are trapped by those old web designs and can’t break free…

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