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Types of Mobile Apps Infographic by FreeMan Marketing

In today’s world of mobile devices, having a mobile app is all the craze right now. There are some things you need to know before plunging into the mobile app world; The different types of mobile apps. Yes, there is more than one type of mobile application and knowing the difference is crucial if you are in the market for having a mobile app built.

As this infographic by FreeMan Marketing explains, there are 3 different types of mobile apps. The first type of mobile app is Native, the second is Hybrid, and the third is Web.

1.) Native apps are housed on the device and have access to various phone features. Some examples of native apps include most games and utilities that you can use without internet access.

2.) Hybrid apps use both the native phone features and web features. Some examples of hybrid apps are Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and The Weather Channel.

3.) Web apps require internet access, as they are on actually just websites, but they look and feel similar to a regular app. An example of a web app is if you visit Twitter or Facebook on your phone using the phones web browser, both websites look like apps but they are actually just mobile versions of the website.

Below you can see in the infographic various examples of each type of app.

View a larger version here.

Created by FreeMan Marketing

Types of mobile apps infographic created by FreeMan Marketing

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Free WordPress Theme Telsa

I thought I would switch things up a bit for this freebie Friday. Instead of a mockup or icon set, today’s freebie is a premium WordPress theme. This premium WordPress theme, Tesla, is free for download courtesy of Tesla Themes. Telsa is great for use as a portfolio, blog, and or small business website.

This theme is completely responsive and features a minimalist, modern looking layout. It’s an easy to customize theme that comes with custom background, map with custom icons, custom logo, custom widgets, and custom social buttons. Tesla features a main page slider, filterable portfolio, Google maps, AJAX contact form, and Flickr Gallery.

Click any image below or the heading to learn more and download this free theme. Click here for the demo.

Tesla Free WordPress Theme

Tesla Free WordPress Theme

Tesla Free WordPress Theme

Tesla Free WordPress Theme

Tesla Free WordPress Theme

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20 Premium Photography Wordpress Themes

With WordPress being one of the easiest and most widely used content management systems on the planet, it comes as a first choice for creating a website by many who don’t have much coding or web experience.

One great use of WordPress is as a portfolio for photographers to showcase their work. There are a ton of photography inspired themes for WordPress that make it fast and easy for photographers to create a beautiful website without having to spend lots of time and money on a web development company.

The best kind of photographer portfolio websites are ones that focus soley on the photography, leaving the website design very minimal. Here I have gathered 20 beautiful photography WordPress themes that do just that. These photography themes will help your photos stand out and look good on these professional looking themes.

1. King Size by Denoizzed

King Size is a full screen slider/video background theme with 5 different gallery types, portfolio pages, and a custom admin panel that supports shortcodes and widgets.

King Size Photography WordPress Theme

2. Core Minimalist by Peerapong

Core Minimalist comes with 6 different portfolio style options and 3 different homepage gallery options. It has the coveted full screen slideshow for photos and includes 8 custom widgets.

Core Minimalist Photography WordPress Theme

3. Salient by Theme Nectar

Salient is a great multipurpose theme for everything from eCommerce websites to photography and designer portfolio websites. Salient is responsive, retina ready, fully customizable, and features a full width slider that supports video and photo backgrounds.

Salient Photography WordPress Theme

4. Invictus by Doitmax

Built specifically for use as a portfolio for photographers, Invictus features a responsive layout, full screen image & video, Flickr slideshow, 18 custom templates, and it’s retina ready.

Invictus WordPress Theme

5. Photolux by Pexeto

Photolux is an easy to use responsive photography theme that comes with 3 different skin choices, a full screen gallery, and a flexible and unique AJAX gallery with awesome jQuery animations and effects.

Photolux Photography WordPress Theme

6. Chocolate by Dream Theme

Chocolate is a fully responsive and fluid layout photography theme that features a full screen video homepage, unique 3d slideshow, various slideshow options & layouts, and password protected galleries.

Chocolate Photography WordPress Theme

7. Village by Theme Province

Village features unlimited slideshows and galleries, a gallery manager, 4 different full screen sliders, 6 different portfolio types, and it’s mobile ready.

Village Photography WordPress Theme

8. DK by Peerapong

DK is a full screen slideshow theme that features 10 different page templates, photo and video support, 4 different homepage styles, 7 custom widgets, password protected galleries, and built in shortcodes.

DK Photography WordPress Theme

9. Flashlight by Kriesi

Flashlight features 5 different gallery options, full screen slideshows, multiple layout options, easy gallery management, and woocommerce support.

Flashlight Photography WordPress Theme

10. Expression by Pexeto

Expression is a fully responsive photography theme that allows you to easily build your own custom theme skin. Expression includes an AJAX gallery, lightbox, unlimited gallery pages, custom font support, and it’s retina ready.

Expression Photography WordPress Theme

11. Black Label by Eneaa

Black Label features a full screen video & image background, responsive layout, HTML5 Video & Vimeo support, retina display, audio background while viewing images, and custom sliders.

Black Label Photography WordPress Theme

12. Slash WP by Dream Theme

Slash WP is a responsive photography theme that features a full screen homepage slider, full screen video homepage, 8 custom widgets, multi-layout gallery and more.

Slash Photography WordPress Theme

13. Duotive Three by Duotive

Duotive Three comes with 18 predefined color schemes and 9 predefined fonts. The theme also features a color picker so you can create your own color scheme. Duotive features a full screen slider, 5 different blog layouts, custom shortcodes, and an easy to use admin panel.

Duotive Three Photography WordPress Theme

14. Tripod by Cosmo Themes

Tripod is a professional looking photography theme with woocommerce support, multiple gallery types, drag and drop layout builder, responsive design, retina ready, and a Facebook comment system.

Tripod Photography WordPress Theme

15. Studiofolio by undsgn

Studiofolio is a retina ready, fully responsive theme that allows for infinite portfolios and galleries, features a fluid or fixed width layout, full screen lightbox and slideshow, and it also allows for custom backgrounds on every page.

Studiofolio Photography WordPress Theme

16. ANAN by  Peerapong

ANAN is a great photography theme that features a full screen slideshow for the landing page, built in font manager (upload your own fonts), 8 custom widgets, 4 different portfolio styles, and built-in shortcodes.

ANAN Photography WordPress Theme

17. Right Now by RenkliBeyaz

Right Now is a modern full screen video & image theme with audio perfect for photographers and videographers. Right Now was built with CSS3 and HTML5, includes a multi-image uploader, is mobile ready, and includes the Google font library.

Right Now Photography WordPress Theme

18. Photorific by Caden Grant

Photorific features a full screen image slider, over 30 shortcodes, unlimited sidebars, custom background image for every page, 4 different portfolio layouts, lightbox, and a custom color picker.

Photorific Photography WordPress Theme

19. Fluxus by intheme

Fluxus is a portfolio theme for photographers that features a responsive retina ready horizontal layout, dark and light skins, full page slider, video support, and social media integration.

Fluxus Photography WordPress Theme

20. Atlas by Peerapong

Atlas is a full screen slideshow photography theme that features 4 homepage styles and 6 gallery page style options with password protection. Atlas comes with a built in font manager (so you can upload your own fonts), video support, 8 custom widgets, and a unlimited sidebar.

Atlas Photography WordPress Theme

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5 Easy Ways to Enhance the User Experience of Your Business Website

Periodically updating your site is essential to maintaining easy navigation for your viewers. Whether your site is running slow, infected with a virus, or just hasn’t had any modifications in its layout for a few a while there are always new ways to improve the user experience. Here is a handful of easy ways business owners can improve user navigation and improve the overall quality of their website:

1. Update for Speed

Every second spent loading the page is a second closer to a user losing interest. There are plenty of tools online that allow you to test the speed of your site like GTmetrix. Test your site now and then and make sure it’s not taking 5 minutes to get from one page to the next. If your site is lagging, consider updates either in server software or website software. If you use a type of software like WordPress, where it is free to use, distribute and it has a large community of developers and users who contribute back to the code, there tend be more frequent updates.

Keep in mind that the more traffic and users your site accumulates the more attempts you’ll see at spamming and virus infection. Make sure you have security measures that are constantly sweeping for any potential threats to the functionality of the website.

2. Bring in New, Quality Images

Let users know how you are progressing by using fresh, high-quality images of your latest products and services. One good way to revamp your site is to embed a PowerPoint on your homepage to show some of your latest happenings with the business. Improving the layout of certain images in a shopping section is definitely necessary from time to time to increase organization and exploring if your site allows users to shop online.

3. Contrast and Texture of Color

Never underestimate the power of color psychology in designing a website, especially with the background. Make sure the background color is one that is both easy on the eyes and evokes the right message to potential customers. For example, the website of a private doctor would do well to use various shades of the color blue because it evokes trust and is commonly associated with adaptability (water) and healing. The more serious the nature of your business the less variety of colors you should use but always use clearly contrasting shades as well as a distinguishable font.

4. Improve Source of Feedback

If you have the personnel and do a substantial amount of business online consider implementing a 24/7 help chat. One of the best ways for a smaller business to communicate with customers and respond to feedback is actually with a blog or forum for discussion. Obviously you won’t be able to respond to every compliment or complaint voiced in these sections but it will give a good source of constructive feedback from your users.

5. Social Media

If your business is not utilizing major social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn you need to start TODAY. Social media is arguably the most important aspect of online marketing today and allows you to tap into far too many networks of potential business to ignore. If you are already running pages with these outlets, make them accessible from you homepage or contact page. Use them to spread the latest entries of your blog and implore your users to follow you on them to keep up with all of your latest news.

Conclusion

For business owners it is important to constantly be looking for ways to improve yourself whether it be your products, services, or methods of marketing. Remember, the best ideas you can get are from the users themselves.  Always be open to feedback, always be open to change.

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Unique Video Game Website Designs

When it comes to games, passionate players expect many more things than an exciting gaming experience. They want to know something about the developer, its history in producing great games, and are interested in details about the game’s creation. These days, video games are a real form of art. Avid gamers are eager to find out as many things as possible about the “artistic” features of their favorite game.

The best way to know more about a certain game is by taking a look at its website. Usually, video game webpages are very creative and they illustrate the game’s content flawlessly. They’re released several months earlier and can offer players a preview over the game. Here are some inspired video game webpages:

Wolfenstein: The New Order

There’s only one term that can describe this webpage: ORIGINALITY. It uses amazing background photos, cool animations, powerful colors and a very nice video popup. Its chic “next” and “previous” button will allow you to easily surf through the website. In the navigation bar you will find a nice retailer promotion where you can pre-order the game.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Website

Tom Clancy’s: The Division

Tom Clancy’s: The Division is a great mix between a community website and a creative video game webpage. It proves that a video game website can be both inventive and functional. It has a lovely general theme, high-resolution photos, and attractive videos. It presents the game in an accurate way.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division Website

Final Fantasy: A Realm Unborn

The Final Fantasy website impresses through its really rich navigation system and awesome graphics. It features lots of stylish buttons, an artistic theme, cool game images and a unique 3D in-game items viewer. It’s very rich from a graphics point of view and it definitely deserves its place on this list.

Final Fantasy: A Realm Unborn Website

Watch Dogs

Just like the game, the webpage has a very chis and futuristic vibe. The Watch Dogs site promotes all sorts of social elements from the game. It is packed with numerous interesting social widgets that visitors will find useful and engaging. It comes with a simple sticky menu that makes navigation extremely easy. Its main upside is the ultramodern style.

Watch Dogs Website

Saints Row IV

It is one of the best combinations between a video game site and an online community. It puts an accent on transparency and gradients using a modern silver & purple theme. The Saint Row IV website impresses with its amazing sliders and images, and multifaceted community profiles. The graphic elements and the numerous details make it a great video game website.

Saints Row IV Website

Borderlands: 2

It is an extremely creative and cool game, thus its website needed to be just as good. It follows the game’s cartoonish style and unique look. The page features content side animations that will help you navigate between posts with ease.

Borderlands: 2 Website

Website game design is extremely important for a video games because it gives players an idea of the game prior to the gameplay. As humans we are often influenced by general appearance; ergo, if the first web page of a video game is properly crafted, it will immediately grab attention; the more curious the player the better for the game developer.

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14 Flat Free WordPress Themes

The age of flat design is among us, everywhere you look companies are re-branding and re-designing to stay with this trend. Although some consider the trend of flat design to be overrated and overused, I believe it is one of the few trends that needs to be used more. Flat design isn’t just about the color or the non-beveled look, it’s about usability and drawing the users focus to what matters.

That said, having a website that is clean and user friendly is a must. Most people aren’t fortunate enough to be able to afford for someone to build them a flat website or decent looking trendy website though. That is why I’ve put together this collection of flat WordPress themes that are all completely free, so all users have to do is upload one of these themes to their WordPress site and they’re now trendy :). All of these themes have two things in common, they encompass the flat design trend and they’re modern looking.

1. Revera by Fab Themes

One of my favorite themes in this list, revera utilizes a large homepage image slider to showcase posts. This theme sticks with the simplicity all around and shows off the 4 latest portfolio items and the 4 latest blog posts in sections below the slider.

Revera WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

2. Duena by Duena Studio

Duena utilizes some beautiful typography along with flat design elements and bright colors. This theme is perfect for personal blogs, it includes a homepage slider and is fully responsive.

Duena WordPress Theme by Duena Studio

3. Current by Site Origin

An extremely minimal and flat theme, Current is a great theme to help you show off your creative work in simple fashion. This is great blank canvas for developers and designers to build off of.

Current WordPress Theme by Site Origin

4. BirdFLAT by sysbird

BirdFlat is a very simple flat theme that is built in a pinterest style layout. This theme is fully responsive and is perfect for showing off your images.

BirdFLAT WordPress Theme by sysbird

5. Fizz by Site5 Themes

Fizz is the prefect example of modern and flat mixed together. One thing that stands out on this theme is the horizontal image slider on the homepage. This theme is fully responsive and great for a corporate style or business website.

Fizz WordPress Theme by Site5 Themes

6. Time by Site5 Themes

Beautiful and simple, Time is a great theme to use for a personal portfolio and blog. Time is a fully responsive WordPress theme and is widget ready.

Time WordPress Theme by Site5 Themes

7. Oceanus by Fab Themes

Oceanus is a great flat WordPress theme to use for a news style blog. It comes with a jQuery style slider on the homepage that displays a title and featured images from a selected category.

Oceanus WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

8. Mordor by Fab Themes

Mordor is a great visual theme that focuses on imagery and a very minimal and flat design. This theme is sidebar widget ready and includes a full width homepage jQuery image slider.

Mordor WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

9. Helix by Fab Themes

Helix focuses on a full screen slider and has a flat style menu on the left side of the theme. The blog setup on this theme is beautiful and it’s perfect for a personal portfolio style blog.

Helix WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

10. Garvan by Fab Themes

Garvan is a great news and online magazine style theme for any kind of blog. Garman focuses a flat design in a very minimal aspect.

Garvan WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

11. Binary by Fab Themes

Binary is a blog style WordPress theme that utilizes a widgetized left sidebar. Blog posts include featured images and excerpts on the homepage.

Binary WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

12. Virtue by Kadence Themes

Virtue is a minimal and flat style theme perfect for ecommerce websites. This theme is fully responsive and Woocommerce ready, it is also retina ready. The homepage features a large image slider, a featured projects section, as well as a latest blog posts section.

Virtue WordPress Theme by Kadence Themes

13. My Flatonica by myThemes

Flatonica is a fully responsive, very simple, full width, and flat style WordPress theme from myThemes. This theme supports custom background images, colors, logo, and favicon so you can easily manipulate it to your personal style.

My Flatonica WordPress Theme by myThemes

14. Pelican by Fab Themes

Pelican is a WordPress theme that is image focused. It’s flat style and large typography help to catch visitors attention. My favorite part about this theme is the hover effect on the images, each blog post’s featured image displays the title and read more button that folds from the left on hover, a very cool effect. This theme contains sidebar and footer widget areas.

Pelican WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

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Photo Wordpress theme featured

WordPress has become the most popular CMS on earth over the past decade and is being used by some of the worlds top companies including The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, eBay, BestBuy, Tech Crunch and more. With thousands upon thousands of free WordPress themes out on the web, it can be an overwhelming task trying to choose the right one for your WordPress website.

That is why I decided to put together this list of 10 spectacular free WordPress themes that you should consider using for your next website. These themes are well constructed and up with current trends and are sure to stand out from the crowd.

1. Spun by Caroline Themes

Spun is a clean and light-weight and responsive theme perfect for photographers who want to showcase their photos in an elegant manner. This theme supports widgets which can be used in the footer and also supports the Image, Quote, Status, Gallery, and Aside post formats.

Spun Free WordPress Theme

2. Photography by SMThemes

Photography by SMThemes is a ready to go theme that is fully responsive. Great for photographers and bloggers, this theme combines the portfolio style with a blog format. This theme supports custom sidebars, is shortcode ready, and slider ready.

Photography Free WordPress Theme by SMThemes

3. Photo by WP Explorer

Photo is another great theme to use as a portfolio featuring a fully responsive grid style layout. The minimal layout brings focus to your logo and focus to your work.

Photo Free WordPress Theme by WP Explorer

4. Xenastore by Web2Feel

Xenastore is a great theme if you plan on setting up an online shop. This theme features vibrant colors and a simplistic layout so users can focus more on the products you have to offer.

Xenastore Free WordPress Theme by Web2Feel

5. Architekt by Dessign

Architekt is another great theme for a portfolio and features a grid style layout that focuses on images. You can download a free version or opt for the paid version which is responsive.

Architekt Free WordPress Theme by Dessign

6. Shuttershot by Web2Feel

Shuttershot is a full screen slideshow image theme that is perfect for photographers. This is a great minimalist theme that will have users focus towards your photos.

Shuttershot Free WordPress Theme by Web2Feel

7. Simple’n’Bright by Site5

Just as it’s name says, this theme is a simple and bright WordPress theme that is widget ready (footer and sidebar). It’s Google web fonts supported and custom logo and favicon supported. Activate the homepage slider and you’ll have users drooling over your website.

Simple'n'Bright Free WordPress Theme  by Site5

8. iRibbon by Cyber Chimps

iRibbon is a great theme that is fully responsive and includes drag and drop page elements. This theme runs off of the trusted Twitter bootstrap and features a homepage slider and ribbon backgrounds for main heading elements.

iRibbon free WordPress Theme by Cyber Chimps

9. Clippy by Site5

Clippy is a bit girly I’ll admit (with the pink highlights) but this theme features some beautiful fonts and a minimalist layout in Pinterest pin board style. The best part? This theme is fully responsive.

Clippy free WordPress Theme by Site5

10. Lefty by Authentic Themes

Featuring a left fixed side bar, lefty is a great theme that steps outside the norm. This theme is fully responsive, W3C valid, supports Google web fonts, and widgets in the sidebar and footer area.

Lefty free WordPress Theme by Authentic Themes

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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.

  • How to Find a Profitable Niche
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  • How to Beat the Competition
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