Custom Vectors for Building Unique Website Designs

Popular vector shapes and background tiles can be used in many different website layouts. Vector graphics themselves are easy to use because they can be scaled larger or smaller without quality reduction. It just takes a bit of work and some time in a graphics editor, but vector shapes may provide some of the highest quality value to your websites.

When you need to find quality vectors I would think there are plenty of resources online. But some designers are looking for specific releases for their logos, icons, or other various interface features. I want to present just a couple online marketplaces for obtaining the most creative and unique vectors online. Check out some of these resources and see if you can use anything on your next web project.

Interior Design for Captivating Spacious Rooms

Many of us can only dream to purchase a nice house one day. The idea of living in a small mansion can be very exciting! Even the imagery of a nice interior can bring about certain moods in your visitors. Stock photography has come a long way to incorporate all of these various aspects into the mood.

I want to present a small collection of interior design photographs taken by freelance photographers. These are all for sale on which can be used via subscription or by purchasing account credits. Lots of people become attached to an idea of interior design which can greatly sway opinion and even improve conversions.

Best Plugins to Manage your WordPress Advertisements

A solution to earning money for running your website online is to charge for advertising. This could be through a marketing company which pays you based on user activity such as Google, Technorati Media, Yahoo! Publishers, etc. But there is also the option of directly charging advertisers and managing your own backend advertisement dashboard.

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In this post I want to talk about some plugins for the WordPress CMS which revolve around managing advertisements. This is a very popular situation amongst webmasters and the possibilities are nearly endless. However, using a plugin will certainly cut down on your development time, as it will not require direct editing in the theme files. These plugins are all great solutions for practical WordPress layouts which just need to include some advertising banners inside the website.

Methods for Displaying Related Blog Posts in WordPress

There are a number of great open source plugins for pulling related blog posts. The WordPress core has a set of query functions which make the programming aspect a whole lot easier. But at times you will need different plugins for showing a certain type of related post design, either in the content or sidebar or somewhere else. This will depend on your WordPress theme and how your layout is designed.

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I want to introduce just a few plugins which gracefully handle related blog posts. These are all written for WordPress using the most recently updated version. It is possible to install each one of these through the Plugins admin menu and give them a trial run. You can only learn so much from the plugin’s webpage, and often times you will want to see how it behaves on a live website before deciding to keep it.

Setup Ajax Comments Pages in WordPress

It is strange to see how WordPress hasn’t adopted Ajax comments for blog posts. Obviously the system should be built to handle typical PHP requests, and you can always add the Ajax functionality on the frontend. But it does make the process of writing your own custom functions a lot more difficult. Thankfully there are a number of open source choices which you may quickly install and get working on any WordPress-based website.

For this article I would like to focus on ajax comments pages when displaying many discussion posts. WordPress will automatically paginate comments listings beyond a certain number. You can adjust this value in the WP admin area, but the comments pages will always load a new permalink. Google and other crawlers will like this structure but the user experience leaves room for improvement. I hope to share a few resources for helping developers come to terms with Ajax paginated comments.

Tips for Styling your own WP Comments Form Area

WordPress developers love to get into the system and hack away at their own function codes. Both JavaScript and PHP gurus are notorious for building some really amazing plugins. And since WordPress is open source it allows for greater accomplishments in much less time. I think one interesting area of the WP blogging platform is within user comments.

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I want to offer some tips for customizing your own WordPress comments area. This includes both the comment form and displaying comments. There are a surprising number of features to consider just for a small bit of user discussion. But as the Internet grows to be more dynamic you can expect to see these features as commonplace in most websites.

Demo Testing the WordPress MP6 Admin Styles Plugin

There was a recent discussion on WordPress about the latest MP6 admin plugin. This is currently released as free open source code for your WordPress site, and it allows webmasters to use a newer updated backend stylesheet. It is still a case study and not recommended for large productions websites as there may still be a lot of bugs not touched upon.

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However if there are other forward-thinking WP users then you will likely want to try this out. I just recently installed the MP6 plugin on my own website and I’d like to offer some thoughts on my own opinion. You can download the MP6 plugin right off the WordPress repository or simply search for it by name in your WordPress plugins panel.

How To Manage Dual WordPress Themes for Desktop & Mobile

There are a number of great methods for handling user redirects on mobile. WordPress is one of the most popular CMS brands on the market. So it makes sense to work around these problems by putting together a two-way split for website themes. I want to present a list of ideas and plugins you may utilize for automatically switching between multiple themes on desktop and mobile devices.

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It is understandable that WP webmasters will need a different type of theme switching based on their content. I think it is worth analyzing a couple methods to determine which is the safest, and the easiest to install. Typical users want to avoid as much code as possible. And thankfully it will help if you already have two themes installed which are designed to specifically handle desktop and mobile content.

Plugins & Resources for WordPress Contact Pages

Any developers who are fairly knowledgeable in WordPress must have toyed around building contact forms. These may be created as a new custom function in your themes folder, or possibly installed as a new plugin. The purpose is to give users a chance for sending questions or feedback on your site – which is commonplace by today’s standards.

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I want to use this article as a quick guide to building contact forms in WordPress. The contact page itself can be created like any old simple WordPress page. Or alternatively you could even build a new custom post type in your theme. But the best methods will change based on the needs of each project, so keep this in mind at all times.

WordPress Bootcamp: Ending Soon

Just a quick reminder: Registration on’s WordPress Bootcamp is ending this week – May 23, 2013 at midnight.

If you want to learn WordPress – and create your first website in just a few days – this is the bootcamp for you! You’ll learn how to build a fully-functioning website using WordPress faster than ever before. Grab your seat today.

Helpful Tutorials for Building your First WordPress Plugin

Even developers who are familiar with the backend WordPress infrastructure may not have an easy time getting into plugin development. This requires a sincere level of commitment to study the ideologies and best practices. And although this will not take more than a week at most, it definitely requires a strong attitude towards working in PHP.

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I want to present a small collection of online tutorials geared towards educating new users about plugin development. If you are not familiar programming in PHP then this may be a step too far. Learning how to theme WordPress may be an easier place to get started. But I think anybody with a firm commitment will be able to learn this system quickly and efficiently.