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Codilight WordPress Theme by Fame Themes Featured

There are thousands of WordPress themes on the web, finding the right one for your website can be a tough task. Free WordPress themes are a dime a dozen now a days and without the knowledge of being able edit code and customize a free theme, your website could end up looking like 1000 others out on the web. This is where purchasing a premium WordPress theme can come in handy.

Since most of the websites on the web use free themes, purchasing a premium theme can set your website apart from the pack. Premium themes are built with more love and attention to detail, they also come with a lot better support than a free theme would come with. This can come in handy if you decide to start customizing your WordPress site on your own and run into problems or need help. Another great thing about premium themes is that they usually come with a lot more user friendly customization capabilities to help you further set your site apart.

Here we’ve gathered 22 beautiful premium WordPress themes that are sure to appeal to your site audience and set your website apart from the competition. Enjoy…

1. Scroller by Dannci

Scroller WordPress Theme by Dannci

2. Grid by Authentic Themes

Grid WordPress Theme by Authentic Themes

3. Origin by Elegant Themes

Origin WordPress Theme by Elegant Themes

4. Gleam by Elegant Themes

Gleam WordPress Theme by Elegant Themes

5. Vertex by Elegant Themes

Vertex WordPress Theme by Elegant Themes

6. Fable by Elegant Themes

Fable WordPress Theme by Elegant Themes

7. Nimble by Elegant Themes

Nimble WordPress Themes by Elegant Themes

8. Metro Vibes by ThemeFuse

Metrovibes WordPress Theme by Themefuse

9. Conexus by ThemeFuse

Conexus WordPress Theme by Themefuse

10. Codilight by FameThemes

Codilight WordPress Theme by Fame Themes

11. Enfold by Kriesi

Enfold WordPress Theme by Kriesi

12. Salient by ThemeNectar

Salient WordPress Theme by Theme Nectar

13. Avada by ThemeFusion

Avada WordPress Theme by Theme Fusion

14. Jupiter by Artbees

Jupiter WordPress Theme by Artbees

15. Paragon by Artbees

Paragon WordPress Theme by Artbees

16. SimpleMag by ThemesIndep

Simplemag WordPress Theme by Themes In Dep

17. 3Clicks by bring the pixel

3 Clicks WordPress Theme by BringThePixel

18. Kallyas by Hogash

Kallyas WordPress Theme by Hogash

19. Flatco by themewaves

Flatco WordPress Theme by Waves

20. Mineral by Pexeto

Mineral WordPress Theme by Pexeto

21. 907 by Web Creations 907

907 WordPress Theme by Web Creations 907

22. Passage by Qode

Passage WordPress Theme by Qode

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6 Most Ignored Ways of Increasing Traffic

6 Most Ignored Ways of Increasing Traffic Web

If you’re dismayed by “poor” search engine rankings of your website, I’m here to tell you that you can increase traffic following these powerful methods. Very often we overlook simple and innovative ways to connect with prospective clients and improve traffic in an attempt to please Penguin and Panda.

You should not blindly follow your competitors and adopt their methods. In today’s rapidly changing time, a one-size-fits-all marketing strategy will fail miserably. Explore and strike a synergy between various offline and online mediums. Your decision should be based on detailed analysis of your company and target audience.

You must review several mediums to engage with prospective customers. Here are a few highly effective methods to improve traffic to your website.

1. Virtual Trade Shows

Virtual Trade Shows

Virtual Trade shows are the online equivalent of a traditional trade show or exhibition. It eliminates bottlenecks associated with traditional trade shows and exhibitions such as transport, logistics, hotels, hospitality, or overwhelming costs associated with booth space in a traditional trade fair.

The best part about a virtual trade show is that you don’t have to be a computer whiz to design your online booth. It is very easy to set-up a booth on virtual trade show sites. You can engage with target audience from across the globe without the fear of blowing your annual budget. Naturally, this increases traffic to your website and improves your brand identity.

2. LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn Groups allow you to position yourself as a thought leader and an expert in your niche. LinkedIn allows you to start a poll, post questions for fellow members to answer, and participate in discussion threads.

Depending on your activity level, you can become a Top Influencer in your group which will improve your credibility. LinkedIn Members will follow your posts closely. You will gain trust of members and they will be eager to read your opinions, visit your website to get more information about you, and ultimately buy your products and services.

3. YouTube

YouTube Logo

With more than 800 million monthly unique visitors, YouTube is the second largest search engine next only to the mighty Google and way ahead of other search engines like Yahoo and Bing. If you still think YouTube is just about watching movies or candid home videos, get your facts checked. You can upload videos on YouTube for free, optimize videos, and strategically gain mileage from your videos to increase website traffic.

4. Offline Marketing

Offline Marketing

In a bid of using online methods to increase traffic to your website, don’t forget good old traditional methods that have worked wonders for decades. It is a cardinal sin to ignore mediums such as brochures, flyers, and the good old Yellow Pages to advertise your company URL.

5. Freebies

Freebies

Nothing in life comes for free. This is precisely the reason you need to give away things for free to attract visitors to your website. Give customers a complimentary eBook if they sign up for a newsletter or refer a friend’s email, special discounts on your services, or free trial period.

Freebies spread like wildfire and such information goes viral pretty quickly. People like to share such information with friends. They post it on various social networking sites and promote it among their friends and contacts which directly increases traffic to your website.

6. Guest Blogging

Guest Blogging

One of the most effective and easy ways of obtaining quality back-links and increasing traffic to your website is guest blogging. Guest blogging is a proven strategy of writing for another blog with the aim of networking and reputation building. In the process blog owners, in return for your contribution, allow you to give a general author bio with links to your site/blog/ or social media profiles.

However, guest blogging is not about delivering a direct sales pitch to your prospective clients. It is more about gaining credibility, reaching out to new clients, and inspiring trust among people who will in turn visit your website and most likely buy your products and services.

Conclusion

Are you effectively using these mediums to gain mileage? These methods aim at pulling your customers towards your brand and not pushing them to buy. Ignoring these mediums could prove to be a costly mistake. Rethink your strategy for maximum visitors.

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Web Designers vs Web Developers Created by Shane Snow for WIX

The styles and personality of web designers and web developers is one of the bigger things people like to compare and poke fun at. It’s more like a form vs function type of debate. Shane Snow, a tech journalist and co-founder of Contently, designed this quirky infographic for WIX comparing the styles and habits of web designers and web developers, as well as job availability and salary comparisons of each.

Created by Shane Snow for WIX

Web Designers vs Web Developers Created by Shane Snow for WIX

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Premium Wordpress Themes by Authentic Themes

Authentic Themes is a new premium WordPress theme company founded by AJ Clarke and Matt Tucker. Authentic Themes build their themes to a high standard without all the bloat you tend to see in the average WordPress Theme. They stick to core WordPress functions to ensure simplicity and compatibility with future updates.

The thing that stands out most about Authentic Themes is their pricing. For just $40 a year you get access to all premium themes (23 themes right now with more themes added monthly), continuous theme updates, and access to knowledge-base.

They also offer two other packages: Developer for $80 per year, which offers all of the things from the standard package, plus access to developers resources (resources include many things from PSDs, Premium Plugins, jQuery Scripts to Free WordPress Themes) and Lifetime Developer for a $250 one time payment, which offers everything from the developer package for life. The best thing about Authentic Themes? You can keep using the themes even after your yearly subscription is up.

Authentic Themes Pricing

With over 23 themes already and new ones launching each month, it’s a no brainer to sign up for this deal at just $40 a year. You’re probably wondering what these themes look like though right? So let’s check some a few of them out…

PhotoPress

If you’re a photographer looking to showcase your work elegantly on the web then PhotoPress is the perfect Photography WordPress theme for you. This theme features a responsive masonry home/archive pages for your photos and sliders which will display your photos nicely in a grid. For single posts upload multiple images to create a beautiful slider and showcase multiple pictures.

Photopress Premium WordPress Theme from Authentic Themes

Agency

If you have a business, agency, or are a young professional then Agency WordPress theme is right for you. This is a very clean and professional looking theme with simplicity in mind.

Agency Premium WordPress Theme from Authentic Themes

Blocky

Great for bloggers and photographers, Blocky is a simple grid style WordPress theme designed on a responsive layout.

Blocky Premium WordPress Theme from Authentic Themes

Magazine

Set up on a magazine style blog layout, Magazine is great for news and blog websites. It features two navigation menus, built in ad space and a homepage slider.

MagazinePremium WordPress Theme from Authentic Themes

Apollo (free)

Apollo is one of the two free WordPress themes offered by Authentic Themes. Apollo features a two column grid layout, two navigation menus, ad space, and social media buttons in the header.

Apollo Free WordPress Theme from Authentic Themes

The best thing about Authentic themes is the work that is put into them. Utilizing responsive layouts for various screen sizes and being optimized to ensure fast page load times, Authentic themes is a great choice when it comes to premium and free WordPress themes.

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Getting people to come to your website is hard enough as it is, especially with the amount of websites on the web. Getting people to stay on your website though is a whole other story. Having a website that is enjoyable for a user to be on is the single most important key in generating leads, making sales, building a following, and getting traffic.

There are a number of reasons that make people leave your website, not all of which can be listed obviously because most websites are different and have different issues, goods/bads, pluses/minuses; so the reasons for people not wanting to stay can be different. Below we will go over some of the common reasons that drive people into leaving your website, we will also give you some pointers to prevent this from happening.

1. Slow Loading

A slow loading website is the #1 reason why a user will leave your website. We live in a fast spaced – want it now/need it now and will do anything to get it now – world and on the internet this is especially true. Why would someone want to wait more than 5 seconds for a website to load when in 5 seconds they could be back on Google and clicking a link to some other website? Slow loading websites cost you potential customers, and in the end, it can cost you money.

As internet speeds keep increasing so do the size of websites, now it would make since to think “well if the internet is getting faster, I can keep making my website larger”. This is not a good thought process, why? Just because you have fiber internet now doesn’t mean the rest of the world does.

One of my favorite things to do to my websites when I’m bored is “cut the fat”. For some strange reason I enjoy looking for ways to make my websites load faster. This should be every developers favorite thing to do and every website owners main concern. You can test your websites loading speed with Google’s Page Speed Analyzer or with Pingdom Website Speed Tester.

2. Too Many Advertisements

If there is anything that frustrates me more than a slow loading website, it’s a website that is cluttered with advertisements. Nobody likes ads, but in this day and age they’re impossible to avoid and when it comes to the internet, advertisements are some website owners only source of income. That being said, I’m not telling you that you should remove the advertisements from your website (especially if they are your main source of income) but consider limiting the amount of ads and/or positioning them so that they are out of the way and not annoying your users and driving them away.

Being annoying isn’t the only downfall to having too many ads on your website. Advertisements kill your website’s load times as well because of all the extra JavaScript files they have to call. So with removing ads, you can kill two birds with one stone by also making your website load faster.

3. Pop-ups and Modals

With all of the blockers incorporated into web browsers and virus programs, pop-ups are somewhat a thing of the past. They aren’t entirely dead yet though, thanks to modal windows which is a form of pop-up that requires the user to interact with it before returning to the webpage. Modal boxes are very annoying, and so are the way some websites incorporate them. Requiring a user to subscribe to something or read info in a modal window before being able to access the content on your website is just going to drive that user to leave your website.

When I’m browsing websites, 95% of the time it’s because I am in search of information. I don’t have time to be dealing with a modal window popping up on every page and if that’s the case, I am just going to leave the website and find the information I’m looking for elsewhere. If you want someone to subscribe to something, like or share something, or read something; make a blog or news section on your site and post that stuff there. Don’t be annoying about it because that will cause people to leave your website.

4. Video or Sound Automatically Starts Playing

Peace out. As soon as I land on a webpage that has sound or has a video with sound that starts playing I’m out of there. I’m not going to take the time to even wonder what that noise was all about. Why? Because that’s an annoyance. If I am browsing the web while I’m at work or in a library, the last thing I want is a bunch of sound coming out of my speakers thus drawing attention to myself, raising questions, or disturbing others.

If I visit a website that has some sort of audio that starts playing automatically as soon as I visit it, you can bet I will never go back to that website again. It’s not the 1990’s, landing page audio is not cool anymore (if it ever was?).

5. Poor Website Design/Usability

As humans we are visual creatures, if we didn’t/can’t see it, then it never happened/doesn’t exist. We want appeal, something we can tolerate looking at. Having a website that is visually appealing is a big part in keeping a user on it. We also want interaction, something we can easily figure out how to use and enjoy using.

The other day I was searching the web and came across this site that was built using flash. It was a cool website that was visually stunning, but guess what? I had no clue how to use it, so I left and found the info I needed somewhere else. If I (a web developer) can’t figure out how to use your website, what makes you think a regular average Joe internet user is going to be able to figure it out? With this case, the website developer took form over function which is a huge mistake in developing websites. Sure it looked good, but if someone can’t figure out how to use it for it’s purpose then what’s the point?

So it is important that you are able to find a solid medium. Building a website that looks good and is easy for users to use is an important key in keeping people on your website.

6. Redirects

Forbes is notorious for doing this, you click on a link to go to their website and it redirects you to a webpage that has a big advertisement on it. This goes along with the fact that users don’t want to get side tracked or held up when they are looking for something. Having detours on your website is a big no no and this will only frustrate people and cause them to avoid your website completely.

7. Poor Content/Content Layout

This one is pretty obvious, why should I stay on your website and keep reading if your content is bad? Poor content could include a number of things. Spelling errors are a big one, having spelling errors on your website and or in your articles draws the conclusion that you didn’t take your time in writing content or that you are incompetent and this information you are providing is more than likely flawed and untrustworthy. That being said, it is important to go over everything you write before publishing it to your website to insure credibility.

Content layout is equally important to actual content. Things on your website need to be placed accordingly or else you will just confuse visitors and they will leave your website. Images need to be properly aligned to relate to any written content and vice versa.

Text needs to be set up correctly to ensure easy readability for users, this means aligning the text properly (DO NOT CENTER ALIGN TEXT!!) and limiting the amount of characters per line, 50-70 characters is optimal for easy reading. Lines of text that are too long will cause the users eyes to have a hard time focusing on it because it makes it difficult to judge where the line of text starts and ends. It also makes it hard to see what line of text should be the next line you read because the lines are so long your eyes have to track back too far. Lines of text that are too short make the eye travel back and forth too often causing a break in rhythm. Too short of lines of text also can cause a user to skip lines because they are reading the next line of text before finishing the current line.

Proper paragraph breaks are very important as well, if your paragraphs are too long it can be overwhelming for the reader and they may choose not to read it. So it’s important to insure your website has good content and proper content layout to keep users from leaving your website.

8. Outdated

Having outdated content will not only turn visitors away but it will also turn search engines away, so it’s important to keep your website and the content on it up-to-date. The world is constantly changing and the web is changing twice as fast, companies are working on the next big thing before the current big thing is even released. People are coming to your website for information, and keeping that information up-to-date is of key importance. It’s not fun to be misinformed or to think you know something only to later find out that what you know is out of date.

Not only should content be up-to-date but your websites’ design should be current as well. This includes having your website up with current web design trends and best practices like mobile friendly design and content first design to name a few.

9. Not Mobile Friendly

As I briefly mentioned above, not having a mobile friendly website is a big turn down for users. Browsing the web on mobile devices is something that 84% of smart phone users do on a daily basis and if your site is not compatible and easy to view on a mobile device then you’re going to lose customers, traffic, and potential leads and business.

Most users that need information fast are more than likely jumping on their mobile device to get what they need quick. Not having a website that can be easily viewed on mobile will just cause the user to go to another website that is more compatible for their needs and easier for them to view.

10. No Contact or About Pages

Lack of contact or about pages is an obvious one, but believe it or not, many websites still lack these two essential pages. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, but having an about page let’s users know who you are and what your website is about. This can help them in making a decision on whether to use your website/business further or find someone/something else. A good pointer here is to make a very engaging about page that provides all the info a person needs in order for them to make an educated decision.

As for the contact page, how do you expect to generate leads, gain a following, or get business if the user has no way of getting in touch with you? Having a name, email, physical address(if applicable), phone number (if applicable), and even a contact form are some great things to include on a contact page.

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15 free blurred backgrounds by Tommy Sadler

Blurred backgrounds are great for use in both graphic and web designs. They give the design depth and appeal without taking away from the actual design and content that is meant to be focused on. Tommy Sadler put together this free download of 15 blurred backgrounds that will come in handy for your next design project. You can follow him on Twitter and Dribbble to stay up to date with his latest designs and freebies.

15 Free Blurred Backgrounds by Tommy Sadler

15 free blurred backgrounds by Tommy Sadler

**Click the title link or the image to direct to the download page**

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2013 Web Design Trends Infographic created by Enfuzed

Just as with everything, the web has it’s trends that come and go too. 2013 carries with it some web design trends from 2012 and makes some new ones of it’s own. Enfuzed (that’s us) created Infographic showcasing web design trends for 2013. Even though the year is half over, it’s also only half begun. Webdesign trends of 2013 include responsive, metro or “flat”, minimalism, typography, parallax, infinite scrolling, content first, fixed header, single page websites, and large image backgrounds.

Obviously there are many more, but for the sake of load times on this Infographic we cut some of them out. The ones we cut out include retina ready websites and svg images. I decided to cut svg images out because it has not yet caught on completely yet. Retina is slowly rising as well, some people don’t fully understand it yet and I think that is why it hasn’t been adapted by many yet. Be sure to check out our other infographic: Top 10 Reasons People Leave Your Website.

Anyways let’s get to the Infographic, here are some of the latest web design trends. If you see any errors in this please feel free to comment them below. (click image for larger version)

2013 Web Design Trends by Enfuzed

If you want to have an responsive website, you can check at RipeConcepts they provide responsive Web Design and Development.

2013 Web Design Trends Infographic created by Enfuzed

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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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