It’s all about fashion. Designer, online retailer, bricks and mortar retailer, model, blogger, photographer, editor…. you name it there is a place for somebody in the fashion world. So this week’s list is about the creative. There are some themes for ecommerce if you own a store, portfolio driven templates for photographers, designers or models. And magazine layout for bloggers and editors. Showcased this week is 0 Free Fashion WordPress Themes. A template design for every job in fashion.
So you want to build a website? You’ve landed in the right place. WordPress Themes is the CMS platform you should consider using. Elegant, responsive themes with easy to add blogs and customizeable features. This sums up the attributes for this weeks list.
Speed matters when it comes to websites. As average internet connection speeds increase around the world, people are becoming less and less tolerant of slow load times. At the same time, Google is pretty up-front about the fact that it rewards fast sites with better page rankings.
Delivering a beautiful and easy-to-use website remains the primary goal of most WP developers. However, good design doesn’t just rely on aesthetics, and sometimes less really is more. A lightning-fast, streamlined site is often more effective at engaging customers than one built on high-quality images and fancy animations.
Why Page Load Time Matters
Even incremental improvements in your website’s load time can have a large effect on traffic. Back in 2009, Akamai found that users became impatient when they had to wait more than 2 seconds for a page to load, and it seems that we’ve only got more impatient since then. Today, 30% of users say they expect sites to load in under one second.
Load times are also important for mobile sites. Back in 2015, Google announced that the availability of mobile sites would be one of the factors in determining page ranking. And if anything, we are more impatient when it comes to looking at websites on our phones, with Intuit finding that every one second decrease in loading times increased conversions by more than 1%.
These are not just abstract statistics: they have real effects on the success of your website. Research by Kissmetric has found that a one second delay in page load times can lead to an 11% drop in pageviews, and a 16% drop in customer satisfaction. If, as MotoCMS points out, your e-commerce site is making $100,000 a day, such a delay could potentially cost you $2.4 million every year.
If you haven’t thought about page load times, the first gains are easy to make, and you should see big results. If you’ve already optimized your site, it might be difficult to shave even a few milliseconds from your speed, but it’s definitely worth it. Even speeding up your site from a 3 second load time to 2 seconds can increase conversions by 1%:
How To Speed Up Your Website
Thankfully, there are some pretty easy ways to speed up your site, ranging from looking at the providers you use to optimizing particularly “heavy” elements of your design. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
1. Test Your Page Speed
The first and most important step in increasing page speed is to test it. Even if you think your page is running pretty fast already, it’s worth testing from time to time, because even an individual element of your page can really effect loading times.
There are two tools for measuring pagespeed that I would recommend. The first is PageSpeed Insights. It measures the performance of a page on both desktop and mobile devices, and gives you a prioritized list of what you should think about changing.
The second tool is Google’s PageSpeed Insights, which uses similar tests, but also gives you tips and guides on how to improve particular components of your site. Like this:
I would recommend using both these tools to benchmark your site’s performance regularly. In particular, if you are in the process of optimizing your page’s speed, your should check with these tools before and after this process to make sure you have actually made progress.
2. Use A CDN
A content delivery network (CDN) is often sold as a miracle cure for slow-loading websites. They aren’t quite that, but for certain sites they can be very useful. They work by pulling the content from your website down to a series of local servers, and allowing users to access your site from the closest server.
This is particularly useful for certain sites. If your site is accessed from all over the world, and is image-heave, a CDN will improve loading times, especially for visitors in countries that are less well connected. On the other hand, if you are already running a minimal site, the speed gains will not be that impressive. Even people hosting their websites in areas like Australia which generally suffer from weaker Internet connections should consider using a quality CDN network as their primary host.
There are plenty of CDNs available, ranging from budget solutions to fully-featured, customizable systems. SiteLock TrueSpeed, MaxCDN, and Cloudflare are good places to start.
The tools I mentioned above should give you a pretty good idea if any of these elements are slowing your page down. Even a few years ago, when writing HTML and CSS directly was more common, most expert developers minified their code as a matter of course. Nowadays, most of us do our designing through visual editors, some hardly look at the code they are generating, and the art of writing efficient code has been somewhat lost.
This is a shame, because even line breaks, indentations, and extra spaces in your code can add a significant latency to your site. JS is particularly guilty in this regard, and I recommend looking at any JS file that is larger than 4096 bytes as a candidate for minification.
There are essentially two approaches to minimizing code, depending on your level of expertise. If you are comfortable writing code directly, and have the time, a few hours spent optimizing your code can bring significant improvements, even if it is only deleting the white space from you HTML.
4. Compress and Optimize Images
I’m still amazed by how many otherwise professional-looking websites use high-res images that take an age to load. I think part of the problem here is that a lot of developing is done in countries with fast internet connections, where huge images load quickly, and developers forget that not everyone around the world has access to a fast connection.
WordPress claims to have solved this problem, but it hasn’t. You’ve probably noticed that you can upload images at full size, and that WP will then scale them for display. This is great, but the problem is that it forces web browsers to perform multiple commands, which can slow down your site.
The way around this is simple – use images that are the right size for your page. You can do this manually, using a basic tool like Preview (Mac) or Paint (Windows). Once your images are the correct size, you can go one step further and compress them for optimal performance. Tools like TinyPNG can help with this – you upload your image, and the tool will compress it without affecting the resolution.
If you are using WordPress, you’ve probably noticed
5. Get Better Hosting
Your choice of hosting provider can have a big effect on your page load speed. If you’ve looked at all the areas above, and your page is still too slow, it could be that your host is responsible for this.
While it may seem that every host is equal, they are not. It is true that most of the big providers are comparable in terms of speed and uptime, but be warned that there are also a lot of “budget” web hosts whose performance is … less than good. Take a look at a site that compares hosting speeds to find out how fast your host is.
Be aware, also, that there are many types of web hosting. The type you choose should be suitable for the size and traffic of your site. Shared hosting is a good option for small sites, but if your site grows you should really consider upgrading to a dedicated server. A mid-way option is a VPS, or virtual private server, which allows you a degree of control over your server.
And if you don’t want to go to the hassle of changing host entirely, you should also be aware that most reputable hosts offer several levels of service, and can implement upgrades on your site that will improve loading times.
6. Design Your Site Properly
Ultimately, while the steps above can help you make gradual improvements in your page speed, there is simply no substitute for good page design. While this may sound like an abstract concept, in reality there are some pretty clear rules to designing websites that are both beautiful and fast.
The first is to recall some of the tricks that we all used to use in the 1990s, but that we might have forgotten about. Keep your HTML clean, use CSS sparingly, use one image instead of five, and put your CSS at the top and your JS at the bottom.
The second is to keep it clean. Most of the award-winning sites now are praised primarily for their minimal design. There is a reason for this. Clean websites easier to use, they look better, and they load faster.
So if you’ve done everything above, and still want a faster site, it might be time for a re-design!
Today we released an update to our popular one-page theme – Integral Pro.
Version 1.2.5 fixes a couple issues and includes several new features.
See the list of changes below;
# v1.2.5 – 09/12/2016
- Added default header for homepage when One-page Layout is not configured
- Added ability to toggle buttons on the default homepage header
- Added customizer.php for settings for the default homepage header
- Added seperate files for functions in /inc/
- Added setting to toggle header and footer
- Added img-responsive class to logo image
- Added styles to limit width of logo on mobile devices
- Added Youtube icon to contact section
- Updated hero.php
- Updated styles.css
- Updated functions.php
- Updated footer.php
- Updated archive.php
- Updated single projects widget to not display grey description section when no data is entered
- Updated the contact section file and added custom class for margin
- Fixed big and small title size on mobile devices
- Fixed spelling errors in theme description and theme welcome
- Fixed smooth scroll effect
- Fixed issue with text alignment in master slider content section
- Fixed issue with content appearing in contact section when none was selected
If you have already purchased Integral Pro; log into your Customer Dashboard to download the theme.
To update your theme; follow these instructions.
If you are using the free version – Integral Lite – upgrade today and save 10% with coupon code THEMELY10.
This tutorial is based off a video we created a little while back which you can view here or at the bottom of this tutorial.
If you don’t have a copy of Integral, you can download it here https://www.themely.com/themes/integral/
If you’ve downloaded the theme and you’re ready, lets get started.
Step 1: Install WordPress
If you have not already installed WordPress on your hosting account, log into cPanel on your account, enter the necessary credentials and install WordPress.
You will be redirected to a confirmation page containing your new credentials and a link to the new add-on.
Step 2: Log into WordPress
Log into your new WordPress account admin panel using the previously entered credentials on installation.
Step 3: Change Theme to Integral
From the dashboard, click “change your theme completely” or choose “Appearance” then “Themes” from the side bar menu.
This page displays the themes you have currently installed in your application. To add another theme, Integral, simply click the “Add New” button.
Step 4: Upload and Activate Integral Theme
- Upload and Installation: After choosing “Add New,” select the “Upload” button in the same location to upload the new theme. Upload the zip file of the Integral theme and click “Install Now.” This will then direct to a confirmation page where the option to Activate the theme becomes available.
- Activation: Click “Activate” and you will be redirected to the theme page where Integral is now activated on the dashboard.
Step 5: Install and Activate the Recommended Plugins
After theme Activation, WordPress will redirect to the Integral theme dashboard. You will find recommended plugins for the theme under “Step 1 – Install Plugins”.
Install all plugins by choosing “Install Plugins Here” link that will redirect to the list of recommended plugins. Select all by clicking the empty checkbox in the header, under “Install”, and click “Apply.” The plugins will then be installed and activated, and you will be redirected to to a confirmation page.
Step 6: Configure the Homepage “One-Page Layout”
Return to the Integral theme dashboard by choosing “Appearance” on the sidebar menu, and clicking “Getting Started with Integral Theme.” Refer to the instructions under “Step 2 – Configure Homepage” Layout.”
- Start by creating (or editing) a page under “Pages” then click “Add New”
- Give it a title and assign it the One-page Template under the Page Attributes section on the right-hand menu below Publish options.
- Go to “Settings” then “Reading” on the main side bar menu on the left.
- Set Front page displays to “A static page”. Then from the drop-down, select the page you just assigned the One-page Template as “Front page” and then choose another page as “Posts page” to serve your blog posts.
Step 7: Configure the Top Menu
On the main menu, choose “Appearance” then “Menus” to configure the top menu. Arrange and name menu items as preferred. You can add or remove topics.
Right click on the website name on the top left corner to open a new tab and view the front-end of the website. This is useful so when you make changes in the back-end you can re-fresh the page to see them in real time.
Step 8: Configure and Customize Theme Settings
Go to the Integral Options panel on the side menu. This is where you can configure theme settings and customize certain content.
Step 9: Import Content to the Live Demo
Manually importing demo content from the live demo site: http://demo.themely.com/integral/ helps you see how to add your own content. Start by configuring the top menu for each homepage section by choosing “Menus” under “Appearance” on the side bar. Find Custom Links, and duplicate the demo headers by entering “#” plus their title in the “URL” section, and the title in “Link Text” then click “Add to Menu.” You can preview your changes any time.
Step 10: Create Widgets for Features Section
Under the same “Appearance” section, choose “Widgets” and find the “Homepage Features Section.” Drag the “Integral – Feature Widget” to that section and it will open up a menu. Enter the required information as seen on the demo site. Inspect the icon element to find the class description. Upload the image and description and save. Repeat steps to add more Feature Widgets.
Repeat this step to add the corresponding widgets to each section. Add as many or as few widgets as needed. You can preview your changes any time.
Step 11: Add Content
Now that you understand how to add the features and content to this theme, add original content to your sections. Find “Pages” on the left hand menu, and choose “Add New.” Fill in a title and body. Depending on where you want the content, visit “Integral Options” then choose a section, like “Work Section” to place your content in that section, under the “Content” drop-down. You also have the option to disable sections as needed.
Bloggers, writers, authors or anyone else in the business of publishing will enjoy our next post; Free Writers themes pulled from the WordPress database. As the number 1 downloaded content management system (CMS) this platform is easy to set-up and easy to navigate. But, that doesn’t mean all sites are built equal. Fancy design can deceive you; flashy colors, cool layouts and font could distract you into thinking the website was designed well. So how do you know?
This error is not specific to WordPress and can happen on any web server. Unfortunately, the error doesn’t specify what the issue could be. In WordPress it is most often caused by plugins or theme functions.
Here are 5 steps to debug this error.
Check the .htacces file
To check to see if the problem is caused by the .htaccess file you need rename it.
The .htaccess file is located in the root directory of your WordPress installation. This is the same directory where the /wp-admin, /wp-includes & /wp-content folders are located.
Connect to your server via FTP or the File Manager link in your hosting account panel.
Next, you want to rename the file to something like .htaccess_backup.
Once you’ve renamed the file, visit your website (or refresh the page) to see if the site is working again.
If it is, great! You’ve fixed the problem. However, you need to do one more thing before you’ve completely solved the issue.
In your Admin Dashboard go to Settings > Permalinks and click the SAVE button without making any changes.
This will re-generate the .htaccess file and ensure your readers don’t encounter 404 pages when visiting your site.
If this doesn’t fix the problem, proceed to the next step.
Increase the PHP memory limit
The error can also be caused by a plugin or theme function exhausting your current PHP memory limit.
If this is the case you can increase the PHP memory limit but you’ll still need to deal with the core problem after you’ve got your site running again.
To increase the PHP memory limit you need to edit the wp-config.php file.
You’ll need to edit the file by connecting to your server via FTP or with the File Manager inside your hosting account panel.
The file is located in the root directory of your WordPress installation.
Add the following code to the bottom of the file.
define( 'WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M' );
This will tell WordPress to increase the PHP memory limit to 256 MB, which should be more than enough.
Then save your changes and check your site.
If this fixes the problem, great! But you still need to find the root cause of the problem that is exhausting your PHP memory.
As I mentioned before it is most likely a poorly coded plugin or theme function.
I recommend you contact your hosting provider and ask them to check the server logs.
If increasing the memory limit didn’t work, proceed to the next step.
Deactivate all plugins
If the previous 2 steps haven’t worked, the issue could most likely be a plugin, as is often the case.
However, there is no way to tell which plugin it is. So you have to deactivate them all, and then re-activate them all one-by-one to identify the problem plugin.
To disable all your plugins, in your Admin Dashboard, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins and click the checkbox to select all plugins.
Then from the Bulk Options drop-down, select Deactivate and click Apply.
Then check your site. If the problem has disappeared then you know one of the plugins is the culprit.
To identify which one it is, you will need to reactivate them one by one until you discover the problematic plugin.
Once you’ve identified the plugin, report the issue to the plugin author (developer).
Re-install core WordPress files
The 500 internal server error could also be caused by corrupted core WordPress files.
In order to fix that you’ll need to re-install the files.
In the latest version of WordPress, they’ve made this quite easy.
In your Admin Dashboard go to Dashboard > Updates and you’ll see the following.
Click on Re-install Now and let the process run. This will re-write all the core WordPress files instantly.
This process will not overwrite any of your theme, plugin or uploaded files, nor will it affect your database.
If this works then you’ve solved the problem. If not, you’ll need to get help from the experts.
Ask your hosting provider
If all the previous steps have failed to solve the 500 internal server error you should contact your hosting provider.
Ask them to check the server logs and located the root cause of the error.
If this tutorial helped you, please comment below and let us know what you think.
Finding a free WordPress theme for creatives is are a great way to showcase your talent and get your freelance career off the ground.
The WordPress community is big. Really big. We’re talking thousands of designers and developers, tens of thousands of writers, and millions of users, all contributing to pushing WordPress forward. And one very popular way to do this is designing and developing free WordPress themes.
The WordPress.org official themes directory hosts ten’s of thousand of potential creative themes perfect for you needs, but searching through them all – can be time consuming.
For this weeks collection, we’ve put together a list of 10 free creative WordPress themes for creating blogs, portfolio sites and more.
Portfolio Slash Blog WordPress Theme is a minimalistic modern theme for bloggers and creative professionals, who are looking for a simple-yet-stylish online presence. We have sacrificed over-the-top design elements so that your website looks sleek and straightforward, allowing visitors to concentrate on the content you are offering and the value they can get from it. It comes with necessary tools and features, like Featured Content and displaying multiple portfolios, to empower webmasters of any skill level to create quality websites in a short amount of time, without having to write a line of code at any point. It is built using the latest HTML and CSS codes which ensure top-notch web security. This theme is translation ready.
Creative is a Full Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme suitable for Business , corporate office and others .Cool Home Blog Layout with Ajax and CUSTOMIZR ready . It has TWO COLUMN LAYOUT. Creative is an incredibly spacious multipurpose responsive theme coded & designed with a lot of care and love. You can use it for your business, portfolio, blogging or any type of site. It has 4 page layouts, 2 page templates and blog display types, 2 widgets areas, focusing on business template, awesome slider, primary color option to match your logo & website, boxed & wide layout, light & dark color skin, translation ready and many more.
Photo Magic is a powerful & retina-ready Photography WordPress Theme for photographers, illustrators and creative artists but isn’t limited to them. The theme customizer comes handy so there is no hassle to worry about. This theme focuses on large photos and allows plenty of gallery, slider and portfolio options and is best for someone with a story to share. Besides the featured post slider, various other options such as varied blog layouts, customizer API, translation ready (compatible with Popular plugin) and many more are available. Its fluid layout & visually responsive design looks great on all devices and screen sizes.
Paraxis Lite is a creative masonry theme that works great for fashion or general bloggers. Amongst the features you will find a a parallax header image, full color control with unlimited color variations, easy access to all Google Fonts, responsive design etc.
Photo Perfect is a responsive photography WordPress Theme for professional photographer, photo bloggers and creative peeps. Theme is very easy to customize, maintain and use on a daily basis. If you are looking to make a strong online brand presence through their creative and innovative work then this theme is made for you.
Our Satori multipurpose WordPress theme is designed for the creative wanting to build anything from a client restaurant website to a creative portfolio site for a photograher and anything in between. Satori integrates nicely with some of the top WordPress plugins such as WooCommerce to create an online store and let users easily shop through your products, SitOrigin’s Page Builder and Widgets Bungle to allow you to easily build any type of page layout you want using a neat drag and drop interface, and more.
Divina is a fully responsive and a beautiful multipurpose theme. Designed specially for photographers, model agencies, creatives, fashion bloggers.
Fullscreen Slider Theme
Divina is a fully responsive and a beautiful multipurpose theme. Designed specially for photographers, model agencies, creatives, fashion bloggers.
Radiate is a clean, creative and light retina ready responsive blogging theme supporting parallax header image. It integrates primary color option, custom background, custom css and few other features through WordPress customizer. The theme is translation ready and you can get free support
Magnetism is a WordPress theme designed especially for blogging and writing. Featuring pixel-perfect design and typography and fits creative writers, bloggers, freelancers, entrepreneurs or indeed anyone who wants to make their writing stand out. It has a widgetized footer and sidebar, is optimized for SEO and is Google Schema compliant. It is responsive, Retina ready, SEO friendly and will look fantastic on any device.
There are plenty of good free wordpress themes but it takes awhile to weed through them to find a good one, a premium quality one.
So what do you need to look for in a good theme? Flexibility and control of the style, developed with good code and an array of features and elements. The fabric of a website has to be interesting enough to keep your customer interested.
What better way to make a little bit of extra cash then advertising. A popular trend that will always be effective (if done right) is dedicating some website space to advertising blocks. It doesn’t matter if you are running a blog or running a business, there is always the opportunity for paid advertising.
When it comes to advertisers you don’t just have to look into adsense. Advert sizing is standard across the board (unless you’re customizing your ads), so having the elements designed to include advertising options makes for easy execution (from multiple sources). With the coding already in place to recognize adverts, linking to your analytics tools will be seamless.
Monetizing is a huge opportunity. The faster your traffic increases, the more profit opportunity. Fortunately WordPress.org has their collection of adsense templates, so this is what we consider to be the 10 best free adsense optimized worpdress themes.
As you start sorting through our featured list this week, you’ll see there is a different layout for every business, blog, magazine, or creative outlet. Flexible to add as many or as little advertising space you want.
Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
A modern and clean free WordPress theme for tech magazines, news and newspaper media websites, personal fashion blogs, or photography, IsleMag is responsive, flat, minimalist, SEO friendly, Retina ready, built with Bootstrap, and has social links. Released in 2016, the theme has Google AdSense banners, a magazine homepage template, custom backgrounds, filtered categories, tags, boxed layout, and live customizer. IsleMag is WPML, Photo Gallery Grid,Contact Form 7,WP Product Review, SiteOrigin Page Builder, JetPack compatible, the theme is highly customizable and translation ready.
Skacero is a clean, simple and responsive WordPress theme with elegant design suitable for news or personal bloging, newspaper, magazine, publishing, business and any kind of sites. Built on the popular bootstrap CSS framework that adapts your website to mobile devices and the desktop. Skacero was created with mobile first approach and optimized for AdSense and user engagements. Skacero works better in all the major browsers.
Digital Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme is best WordPress theme design for personal and business uses support WooCommerce plugin supported with full inbuilt Slider features and SEO Optimize. Theme comes with lots of customization and connect social media like Facebook, Google+, twitter, YouTube and Adsense ready It supports all the awesome WordPress features completely free theme for blogging. This is a eCommerce theme to make sure run best online store with your website and start selling products.
ProMax Theme is best WordPress theme design for personal and business uses with full features and SEO Optimize.This WordPress Theme can easily adapts on your mobile and desktop or any other device. Theme comes with lots of customization and connect social media like Facebook, Google+, twitter, YouTube and Adsense ready It supports all the awesome WordPress features completely free theme for blogging. Now theme support WooCommerce plugin
Optimize as name tells every thing completely optimized for search you will get 90+ page speed H1 and H2 Title Tags on page and posts WooCommerce Supported for eCommerce website. Google Adsense ready template show ads in single post, header or below navigation and widget as well. This is fully optimize style best for any kind of personal blog or business website it comes with Responsive design to increase mobile friendly.Fully featured control panel that support favicon link.
SuperAds is a Highly Ads optimized WordPress Theme (Adsense and other Ads). It is designed to increase the click-thru-rate(CTR) and give you the ability to display ads in many location flexibility. With Clean design and very flexible theme option panel, Super Ads is your ultimate Theme to help to make more money from online advertising.
Zimple Lite is a simple beautiful WordPress theme, which is highly optimized for appearance as well as advertising.
Wimple is a really clean and fast loading WordPress theme designed specially for professional blog. With many color scheme design option to choose, Wimple is also very optimized for user reading experience and boosting advertising revenue.
JustWrite is a theme with clean lines and an open-spaced design. **NEW** in v2.0: Build your homepage’s layout and structure with 10 sections and 8 custom sidebar widgets. Included sections: Slider, 2 types of Masonry layouts, Recent posts from categories (2,3,4 columns), Advertising, Archives, Popular Posts. WooCommerce is available with JustWrite Pro.
Shadower is a beautiful and full responsive blog WordPress theme for displaying topics and artworks. It is easy to use and customize, with a clean, simple, and modern design, perfect for bloggers. Theme has many other customisation options too, including changing the typography, layout, widgets, advertising, slides and so on. To suit you and your audience.