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Building a Custom Page Template for Your Blog Dexterously

Whether you are running a website that invites users to read latest news and updates across different verticals like politics, movies, sports, etc, or you own a website that advertises you as a service provider, it would give your website a reasonable push if you create a separate blog site on the same URL. You can use that blog to publish your views, or articles that are atypical of standard blogs. If you play to the gallery by writing opinionated articles around the different theme your website caters to, you are set to see a jump in the number of visitors to your site.

However, building a custom blog section on the website involves an arrangement that is easy to create using PHP. The experts would recommend you create a custom page template while the process of building a blog section is being carried out. What this does is that it lends you a capability to define a desired page location that looks like myownoyster/blog. What’s more? You can even choose the title of your choice and display a short description on the topmost part of the page. Here is how you do it:

Reproduce the contents of index.php in the tpl_blog.php file

The first step in the process is opening the index.php file of the theme you are currently working on and copying its content in the new file created by the name of tpl_blog.php. You carry out this copy-paste task in order to make sure that theme functions and HTML structure are not lost in the way. It maintains the consistency of the files and helps carry their functions forward. This will also enable you to build a page template which can be accessed from a dropdown menu.

Make Page Template Readable for WordPress

The traditional practice of adding comments to code is used everywhere for the functions to become more comprehensible. WordPress is no different.

/*
New Template: My Blog
*/

Hence, for the new file you just created (tpl_blog.php), append a comment to the file that tells WordPress that you are creating a custom template.

Use Custom Query for Posts

Now paste the below code right below the location where the get_header() template tag is mentioned:

<?php query_posts('post_type=post&post_status=publish&posts_per_page=10&paged='. get_query_var('paged')); ?>

This performs the overriding function on the existing page query by replacing it with a query that calls for 10 numbered blog posts. This process saves considerable time as the query_posts() function ensures that WP_Query doesn’t have to be called when there is a need to save the custom query.

Add Navigational Links for Pagination

In your code, between the endwhile; and endif; functions, add this code for pagination:

<div>
<span><?php previous_posts_link(__('« fresh','demo')) ?></span> <span><?php next_posts_link(__('previous »','demo')) ?></span>
</div><!-- /.navigation -->

This should be between the endwhile; and endif; sections of code in your theme.

The Reset Process

Now that you have successfully implemented the afore-mentioned steps, next in the line is using wp_reset_query() in order to retune the results that emerged by the usage of query_posts(). This takes the current query back to its original state.

Nailing it

Following is how the full page template would look like after combining additional markup with preceding procedures:

<?php get_header(); ?>
<div id="content">
<?php query_posts('post_type=post&post_status=publish&posts_per_page=10&paged='. get_query_var('paged')); ?>
<?php if( have_posts() ): ?>
<?php while( have_posts() ): the_post(); ?>
<div id="post-<?php get_the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class(); ?>>
<a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_post_thumbnail( array(200,220) ); ?></a>
<h2><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
<span><strong><?php the_time('F jS, Y'); ?></strong> / <strong><?php the_author_link(); ?></strong> / <span><?php comments_popup_link(__('0 comments','demo'),__('1 comment','demo'),__('% comments','demo')); ?></span></span>
<?php the_excerpt(__('Continue reading »','demo')); ?>
</div><!-- /#post-<?php get_the_ID(); ?> -->
<?php endwhile; ?>
<div>
<span><?php previous_posts_link(__('« fresh','demo')) ?></span> <span><?php next_posts_link(__('previous »','demo')) ?></span>
</div><!-- /.navigation -->
<?php else: ?>
<div id="post-404">
<p><?php _e('None found.','demo'); ?></p>
</div><!-- /#post-404 -->
<?php endif; wp_reset_query(); ?>
</div><!-- /#content -->
<?php get_footer() ?>

Now that your custom page template is ready (thanks to an elaborative yet simple method), go ahead and work your way around it.

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264 free vector icons by Piotr Kwiatkowski

Freebie Friday has come upon us once again! Today’s freebie is a set of 264 vector icons created by Piotr Kwiatkowski. These free icons come in SVG, AI, ESP, PSD, CSH and PNG formats for download. The set includes many different useful icons and also includes some social media icons, so it’s everything you need in this one download.

Click the title or image below to be directed to the download page.

264 Free Vector Icons

264 free vector icons by Piotr Kwiatkowski

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10+ Stunning Responsive WordPress Themes in 2013

Responsive Design could be classified as one of the hottest trends of the year and is now one of the highly sought after feature in any theme or template. With the rise of mobile phone and tablets there is an increase in demand for websites that will work well on a variety of display sizes.

Using a Responsive WordPress Theme is a great way to get your WordPress powered website mobile ready. Using a responsive design will help you create a consistent user experience across all devices which will result in an overall better user experience. WordPress developers have embraced the concept of responsive design and these days you will find that most of the premium WordPress templates offer responsive layout as a standard option.

In this collection I want to showcase some of the best premium responsive WordPress themes. From flat Woprdpress themes to portfolio WordPress themes you are sure to find a great responsive WordPress theme in here.

Huge

is a leap into the future of modern websites, using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 technologies to create an incredible experience for the end user. This theme by RubenBristian makes use of some stunning 3D and parallax effects. This highly customizable theme is fully responsive and retina ready.

Huge Responsive WordPress Theme

NEXT

is a WordPress portfolio theme by designova. This theme comes with 3 homepage layouts and has a Metro UI and has over 55+ animation effects. This theme is really easy to use and edit, you can add any colors to any elements or sections with rich set of short-codes and advanced meta box options. This design got a special mention on awwwards.

Next Responsive WordPress Theme

Palette

is a handcrafted One Page premium WordPress theme with Parallax Effect and is powered by drag & drop GT3 Page Builder Plugin. Palette WordPress theme has its custom Theme Options Panel with tons of settings, starting from your site logo update to the site color changes and is compatible with most of the popular WordPress plugins, like Yoast (SEO plugin), Contact Form 7, Mailchimp, WPML etc.

Palette Responsive WordPress Theme

FLEXIT

is responsive theme created for photographers, personal sites or portfolio based mainly on images. The theme offers 8 different gallery types and the colors are fully customizable with over 40 colorpickers same as typography. It also comes with Parallax page backgrounds and is translation ready.

Flexit Responsive WordPress Theme

Braxton

is the premier magazine theme that combines both form and function into one comprehensive WordPress theme. This sleek, modern theme is retina-ready, fully-responsive and comes with four different ad units, including a custom wallpaper ad. Braxton is also translation-ready, fully-responsive, comes with over 600 Google Fonts, a Featured Slider on each category page, Infinite Scrolling, Lazy Load, a “sticky” menu bar and sidebar, post/page slideshows, super quick demo install and so much more!

Braxton Responsive WordPress Theme

SimpleMag

is a responsive, minimalistic magazine theme with lots of useful, unique and awesome features. Some of the features of the theme includes Google fonts support, mega menu navigation, built in review system and much much more. This theme was designed by ThemesIndep.

SimpleMag Responsive WordPress Theme

Valenti

is a cutting-edge, feature-rich WordPress premium HD (retina-ready) review magazine theme. Using the exclusive Valenti Drag & Drop Builder users can have fun creating a unique homepage and easily make modifications to it any time they wish. Valenti also comes with a unique megamenu system for beautiful drop down menus and also the ability to set the featured image of a post to have a parallax effect.

Valenti Responsive WordPress Theme

Puzzles

is a magazine style template for WordPress and is compatible with WooCommerce, BuddyPress and bbPress. The theme offers a lot of customization options via the theme options panel. If you like your sliders on WordPress you will love these amazing sliders that come along with this theme.

Puzzles Responsive WordPress Theme

Particle

is a theme that was built to embrace new technologies and web standards such as mobile first, which is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and hot stuff like touch enabled sliders, image annotations and responsive images that increase performance by changing size depending on what kind of device the user is browsing on.

These features make navigating the theme a pleasant experience and we all want that for our beloved users so they keep coming back. Particle is WordPress 3.7 compatible and uses the Bootstrap 3 CSS framework. Image tagging, responsive adsense and rich snippets are just some of the features that are offered via this awesome theme.

Particle Responsive WordPress Theme

Salient

is a responsive WordPress theme by ThemeNectar. The theme is feature packed and has a theme option panel in the admin area for easy customization. It also offers 8 custom page layouts and 4 blog layouts. Salient is translation and retina ready and comes with WooCommerce compatibility.

Salient Responsive WordPress Theme

Avada

is one of the top selling themes on ThemeForest with over 47,000 customers. This theme sets the new standard with endless possibilities. some of the features of this them include a built in shortcode generator, advanced admin panel, full WooCommerce integration, WPML and RTL ready and much more.

Avada Responsive WordPress Theme

Jupiter

is a Clean, Flexible, fully responsive and retina ready WordPress theme. Its smart and hand crafted environment allows you to Build outstanding websites easy and fast. There is no limit to what you can accomplish using Jupiter. Add countless shortcodes from Slideshows to new blog layouts within a powerful drag and drop Page Composer. Modify options and settings via Jupiter’s robust Admin Panel. Change your site colors and control your layout with point and click options. Choose from different layouts and templates on a page-by-page basis or Start creating a whole new layout.

Jupiter Responsive WordPress Theme

Aruna

is a great WordPress theme for content sharing. It’s a HTML5 & CSS3 Based, Retina Ready & Fully Responsive template that enables your users to share content. This theme comes with a bookmark and re-post option. Users can also easily connect with the site using their social network login.

Aruna Responsive WordPress Theme

OneUp

is a fully responsive HTML5 Retina enabled One Page WordPress Theme suitable for any kind of creative or business use. Built upon the responsive Twitter Bootstrap template, the theme is highly optimized for both mobile and desktop platforms. One uses lazy-loading of images and compression of all required scripts, meaning not only will your website look great, but it will also be lightening fast.

One Up Responsive WordPress Theme

What do you folks think of these premium WordPress responsive themes? Stay tuned for more WordPress content on Enfuzed.

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WordPress Security: Common Malware and Attacks

WordPress is the most popular CMS on the planet, and being the most popular also makes it a target for attacks. According to Pagely, a large managed hosting system for WordPress websites, there are two primary types of malware attacks aimed at WordPress.

The first type, injections, happens when your website is injected with code like links or advertisements that go to another website. Like the infographic says below, this code that is injected is usually hidden from normal view but still visible to search engines. As you can imagine, this could destroy your websites SEO and get you punished by Google.

The second type, back doors, are a method of bypassing normal authentication by illegally gaining remote access to a server, website files, and so on. This can obviously become a huge problem and could destroy your website.

The best thing you can do to prevent attacks or hackers is to secure your information, use a reliable hosting service, and be sure to back up your website regularly. Put a password on your wifi and make sure your passwords are strong and not easy for someone to guess. Check out the infographic below for some more great info and best practices to help keep your WordPress website secure.

Created by Pagely

WordPress Security: Common Malware and Attacks Infographic

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Free Poster Mockup PSD

This Friday’s freebie is a poster mockup created by Mike Delsing. This free poster mockup comes in PSD format for easy manipulation and editing. This poster mockup is perfect for showcasing an upcoming event or project. Included in the PSD are different lighting layers to change the lighting of the poster and also folds layers to add fold creases to the poster mockup.

Click the heading or image below to direct to the download page.

Free Poster Mockup

Free Poster Mockup by Mike Delsing

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15 Must Follow Calligraphers on Dribbble

Calligraphy was a dying art just a few short years ago, but has recently been an emerging trend. For those that are unfamiliar, Calligraphy is a decorative handwriting produced with a pen or brush in one stroke (rather than many built up strokes). You may be most familiar with Calligraphy because of it’s use in wedding invitations and other formal flyers that use handwritten type, but it has recently taken off in the form of logo design.

I consider Calligraphy to be a very exclusive art, what I mean by that is, it’s not something many people do or are able to do because it takes a great deal of skill. In an effort to bring some awareness to this fine art I have gathered below 15 great Calligraphers that you should follow on Dribbble (or just follow in general). I picked these because I follow most of them and they pump out great work on a regular basis. With each Calligrapher I’ve posted a piece of their work, you can follow them by clicking on their name(s) below.

1. Evgeny Tutov

Evgeny Tutov Calligraphy

Evgeny Tutov Calligraphy

2. Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky

Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky Calligraphy

Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky Calligraphy

3. Sergey Shapiro

Sergey Shapiro Calligraphy

Sergey Shapiro Calligraphy

4. Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith Calligraphy

Charlotte Smith Calligraphy

5. Drew Melton

Drew Melton Calligraphy

Drew Melton Calligraphy

6. Claire Coullon

Claire Coullon Calligraphy

Claire Coullon Calligraphy

7. Neil Tasker

Neil Tasker Calligraphy

Neil Tasker Calligraphy

8. Colin Tierney

Colin Tierney Calligraphy

Colin Tierney Calligraphy

9. Alex Timokhovsky

Alex Timokhovsky Calligraphy

Alex Timokhovsky Calligraphy

10. Neil Secretario

Neil Secretario Calligraphy

Neil Secretario Calligraphy

11. Jackson Alves

Jackson Alves Calligraphy

Jackson Alves Calligraphy

12. Ken Barber

Ken Barber Calligraphy

Ken Barber Calligraphy

13. Dan Cotton

Dan Cotton Calligraphy

Dan Cotton Calligraphy

14. Matt Vergotis

Matt Vergotis Calligraphy

Matt Vergotis Calligraphy

15. Joluvian

Joluvian Calligraphy

Joluvian Calligraphy

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30 Inspirational Quotes You Must Read

I am sure most of you can relate to this, every now and then you get into these “funks” where you have no inspiration or motivation to do anything. If this ever happens to you then you know how depressing it can be and how it negatively impacts your work. Sometimes this kind of depression, or lack of motivation, comes after failure(s). One thing you have to remember though is that success is built upon failure.

When I fall into this “funk” I tend to try a few things to help get my motivation, inspiration, and positive attitude back. One of the main things I do is find inspirational quotes on the web, whether it be Pinterest, Tumblr, or other sites like that. Here I have gathered 10 inspiring quotes that can help you get out of that inspiration drought and get motivated and re-inspired.

  • 1. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
  • 2. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
  • 3. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein
  • 4. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  • 5. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha
  • 6. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
  • 7. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
  • 8. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
  • 9. “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
  • 10. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso
  • 11. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  • 12. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
  • 13. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs
  • 14. “…the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
  • 15. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.” – Sidney Greenburg
  • 16. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby
  • 17. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
  • 18. “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” – Howard Ruff
  • 19. “When the need to succeed is as bad as the need to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas
  • 20. “Pain is temporary; quitting is forever.” – Lance Armstrong
  • 21. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  • 22. “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • 23. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray
  • 24. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  • 25. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius
  • 26. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  • 27. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius
  • 28. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills
  • 29. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
  • 30. “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam

I hope at least one of these quotes have helped you retrieve the motivation and inspiration you’ve been lacking. Feel free to comment below any of your favorites that were not listed above.

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Many people dream of becoming an internet millionaire. Don't be a dreamer download this eBook, join my newsletter and start taking action today.

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