Today if somebody wants to have his or her own website, the amount of possible options and solutions can be overwhelming for an unexperienced user. There are so many various website builders and platforms each claiming that it will be the best suit for your needs that it’s quite easy for a person to get lost among this hum of possible variants. But it’s safe to say that if you don’t want to spend your time weighing all the pros and cons of each website builder and platform available out there, you should stick with a safe and reliable choice. WordPress has proved to be the most easy-to-use content management system on the Internet and its functionality is supported by a constantly growing community of dedicated WordPress fans. Not only they are ready to fix any occasional bugs in the system, but they also build a great amount of various WordPress plugins that can improve the overall functionality beyond recognition. A bare WordPress website, without any additional improvements can also be a formidable competitor to any other CMS, but when it is boosted with a couple of powerful plugins, you can consider it a killer weapon in your arsenal. One of such plugins is WPML.
The WordPress Multilingual plugin will help you to easily create versions of your website in different languages. Whether you want to translate an article, page, menu bar, or the whole website completely, the plugin will provide you with the most easy and intuitive ways of doing it. In this compilation of WordPress themes we decided to show you the newest WPML ready WordPress themes that can become a perfect choice for your multilingual website. They are built in a special way so you could translate any code-embedded text on your website with a minimum effort.
But besides the fact that the themes are WPML ready, they also have a great amount of useful features. One of these features is responsive design. If you happen to browse websites that can look equally great on both big and small screens, then consider yourself a lucky one, since these templates are also fully responsive. The images and any other layout elements will look great no matter which device you use. Another thing that should be mentioned is that the themes are powered by a popular WordPress Cherry Framework. It is well known for the stylish look of its child themes and a big amount of customization options available. From now on it will be no trouble for you to change a background image, logo, font color, or make any other design tweak you consider to be necessary. The collection has a wide range of topics that’s why we hope you can find here the theme that will perfectly suit your needs.
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Parallax Effect seems to be an intrinsic component of website awesomeness. It has become almost ubiquitous among portfolio websites, as well as it’s applied for most impressing restaurant, fashion and traveling sites. However, for e-stores Parallax Effect is not such a frequent guest as not all the e-commerce platforms allow to easily integrate it. Do you feel like being ahead?
Having an e-commerce website with all the visual awesomeness of best custom design sites is a dream of many. But, not everyone can find a way to reach it without overspending on it. A possible solution may be running a WooCommerce webstore that is both easy to manage and bringing you a lot of functionality beyond basic store options.
In this post we want to share with you 30 WooCommerce themes that manage to build a powerful modern website with Parallax effect, impressive slider, animated gallery and effective integration of social media. The templates are proud to incorporate the latest trends of webdesign, as well as they are technically advanced and well-tested, with every element packed with CSS tricks and effects.
What is great about WooCommerce templates is the fact that greatness of the front end does not mean complexity of back end management. On the contrary, WooCommerce, which builds on WordPress engine, is very intuitive to manage and includes all the options you need and none that you don’t. Moreover, such a template allows you to have all the features of a blog website, when needed. You may post news and updates, set up as many static pages as needed and have a photogallery in addition to your shop catalogue. All this functionality is much appreciated by website owners, as well as the guests.
Is having a successful e-store, visually stunning and easy to manage, something you would like to give a go? Then do not hesitate to take a look at these 30 newborn artworks. You will enjoy working with the theme you choose, and you clients will love the awesome website you bring to them!
Your Way of Style: Men’s Fashion WooCommerce Store
Your Road to Daily Workouts: All For Fitness WooCommerce Webstore
All the Colors of the World: Image Stock WooCommerce Theme
Supplies for Precious Needlework WooCommerce Website
In Style Every Moment: Designer Store WooCommerce Site Design
Proud Fisher: Fishing Gear WooCommerce Template
Selected Cigars Responsive WooCommerce eStore
Motivating Sports Clothing WooCommerce Webstore
Universe of Media Responsive WooCommerce Theme
Futurist Apartments: Stylish Furniture WooCommerce Site
Gift of Health from Nature: Drugstore WooCommerce eStore
Perfect Outdoor Restplace: Furniture WooCommerce Store Design
Premium Cigars and Accessories WooCommerce Shop
Creative T-Shirt Prints WooCommerce Template
Tempting Shimmer: Jewelry WooCommerce Webstore
Darkness Extinguishers: Home Electronics WooCommerce Site
Vehicle as a Statement: Car Tuning WooCommerce Theme
Healthy Poultry Farm WooCommerce Supplies Store
Vending the Best Snacks WooCommerce Vending Machines eStore
Safe Delivery: Packing Service WooCommerce Template
Best Place to Buy a Car WooCommerce Template
All for Brewing Richest Beer WooCommerce Webshop
If this is your first time visiting colorlib you might want to know that we have more than 100 awesome theme collections on our website. if you couldn’t find the right thee for your eCommerce website you might want to check this or this theme collection instead. If you are looking exclusively for parallax themes you might want to check this awesome collection with more than 30 awesome parallax WordPress themes in it.
“Most advanced WordPress theme” or “The last theme you will ever need to buy” are some common sales lines you will come across when buying new WordPress theme, especially on ThemeForest. But these sound rather cliche to me nowadays, wouldn’t you agree? So, that’s why I would like to present why niche themes might be a far better choice for you. I know that there are many reasons why one would buy a multipurpose instead of the micro niche theme. But only small percentage of people understand how things look under the hood.
Multipurpose means bloat
One of the most common complaints I hear and read on the internet is that the websites are too slow. Have you ever landed on the page and thought to yourself, ‘OMG, this website is too fast. I cannot use it because it works so fast.’? I bet $10 you did not. But I also dare to say you though many times, ‘I wish this site was faster’. It is proven fact that faster site means better user satisfaction, better engagement and better conversion rates – and these are your goals, aren’t they? The theme loading time and code quality which embraces good practices is one of the most demanded features your users want. Today, where a large portion of the web traffic is mobile and in some businesses and countries represents 50% or more of all users, the speed and weight of the website has never been more important. To be one hundred percent sure we even did a research about this and it proved we are right.
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. Our products are not rushing in the same direction the majority of the other authors on ThemeForest do with multipurpose themes. By including tons of features, settings, sliders, icons, elements, frameworks etc. you inevitably end up with a bloated WordPress theme. Even though such a product may allow more freedom when creating a new site, I haven’t encountered a single theme till today where one could kickstart it faster and more efficient than with the theme that was built for specific industry in mind.
How creating a micro niche theme looks like?
Since we are an author on the ThemeForest as well, I would like to showcase how the entire workflow for the micro niche WordPress theme looks like from our perspective.
First of all, before we decide to create a new theme, the first thing we do is that we choose a niche that is not well covered yet (i.e. no competition) and then make in-depth research what are the particular needs of that specific retail business. Then, we decide which features we will be implementing in our theme and our goal is to create them on its best. By limiting the features the theme provides, we are able to create the theme that is fast, reliable, and embraces good practices. At the same time our themes provide useful widgets and already designed elements that the prospective buyer will most probably use out of the box.
Over time we learned that in many situations less is more and we strive to provide only the crucial functionality, but we make sure that it works exceptionally well. Counting numbers? Hair styling salon doesn’t need them. Three different sets of icons? Probably one will do for a car repair shop website. Parallax scrolling? It looks fancy, but getting good and high resolution images from the client is a different story.
Every single feature adds on the final bandwidth cost, additional HTTP requests and all the other bad things for performance. Do I need to mention that the code is getting messier when just adding new functionality without thinking whether it brings value to the end user? Well, you get the point.
We do not apply webdesign trends in our themes, because trends are just that – trends. They come and go. Good website should last for years. Small business owners are looking for the website, which will serve its purpose on a long run. They are not willing to invest thousands of dollars every year in their online presence. It is the tiny details, like a contact phone number, visible on the first screen that makes our themes so popular in the eyes of the business owners. It is just funny how easy it is to implement, but almost all retail business WordPress themes lack that fundamental feature.
BuildPress – theme for a construction business
Enough theory. Before I finish this article I would like to present a real-world example of the micro niche WordPress theme we made. It is our latest product we launched in November 2014 and it took off very quickly – BuildPress.
We got the idea for BuildPress in August ’14 because back then the competition was non existent on the ThemeForest for the construction/renovation businesses. On the other hand there are many local companies registered in that industry all over the world – people live in buildings everywhere around the globe anyway, right?
The second thing we did is that we tried to find as many existing websites as possible of the local construction businesses and tried to spot any patterns on them – detect the elements that are common to all these websites. As mentioned in the chapter above, with every product we want to solve real-world problems, not imaginary ones.
Based on the data acquired, we made a list of the features we wanted our construction theme to posses. For every new feature we considered the performance budget. By having the page load time in mind that early in the process makes for a better end product tech-wise – something we learned via trial & error over the years. I even wrote the article how we created useful and fast image slider.
Once that was done, the rest of the process is rather straightforward. The designer starts creating the design that fits the industry well and makes sure to stay on the roadmap. During that process he always iterates daily with the rest of the team, gathering internal feedback as soon as possible. This way the development team can start coding the Photoshop design to WordPress theme before the design is finalized.
Here is a list of features and industry-needs based elements BuildPress has:
Contact information / office location on visible place – the most obvious pattern on the existing websites.
Projects / portfolio – all construction companies want to showcase their portfolio of customers and projects they built so far. We decided to take advantage of Essential Grid plugin and integrate it seamlessly into BuildPress.
Services – different construction companies offer different services. Some specialize more in buildings, others in bridges and so on. It is important for the visitor of the website to find information, what kind of projects the company is best suited for.
Brochure box – we developed nice and simple widget, which allows to attach the PDF / DOC brochures on the website with a single click.
The team – important to show the faces behind a business company, don’t you agree?
Offices opening time – if I am a businessman looking to make an appointment with a construction company, I must know when their offices are opened.
Company’s mission statement – surprise for us as well. Most of renovation companies have their mission statement and usually they include it near the end of the homepage. So, we included it as well ?
It is fast! Try it! Or even measure it with tools such as Pingdom or WebPageTest.
Even though the BuildPress was made with construction companies in mind from start to finish, one interesting thing happened after release. On our support we started noticing the people were not buying it solely for the construction websites, but for lots of other different niches as well. That made us extremely happy, because it was a confirmation that we made an exceptional WordPress theme! In the very first month alone over 700 licenses were sold, which still makes it the most popular micro niche premium WordPress theme in the entire world!
Creating micro niche WordPress themes is fun and challenging at the same time. It forces us to put effort into research before we even start building something. But this part especially breaks the monotony and brings tons of fresh ideas in early stages of the project.
I know that the title of the article is a bit of provocative – I don’t think that choosing micro niche theme is always a better idea than multipurpose theme. But I see lots of reasons why it might be. I hope I convinced you to consider looking for micro niche theme before rushing straight to the multipurpose ones. Have I convinced you? I would love to hear your feedback in the comments!
PS: we are building WP theme for Psychotherapists right now. Want to see some sneak peek? Like ProteusThemes on Facebook!
Everyone loves premium freebies, right? If you’re using WordPress for your online business, you’re in for a real treat. We teamed up with Get Bowtied to offer you Shopkeeper, a fully responsive WordPress theme built with the eCommerce functionality in mind. Get ready to hit the jackpot with their most advanced theme, free of charge.
It was built having WordPress developers and consultants in mind. It’s meant to be used as a framework to quickly build a powerful WordPress site for a client, with or without the eCommerce features.
In a nutshell
Get Bowtied is a dedicated WordPress theme design studio, an Elite Themeforest top selling author. They pride themselves on providing well-crafted, design-driven themes for WordPress that empower people worldwide.
What you’ll be winning
Shopkeeper, their latest and most advanced theme, was built around the feedback received from thousands of ThemeForest customers. It’s flexible, slick and clean, easy to customize, perfect for those of you looking to build an outstanding eCommerce site. Shopkeeper is also fully responsive, retina-ready, so don’t worry about the growing mobile device market, your site will look razor sharp on any screen.
The theme has almost a five star rating from a decent customer sample size and it comes with solid customer support and premium plugins.
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Here’s what you need to do to become a Shopkeeper:
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A Top Selling Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme used for building beautiful responsive online stores, portfolios, personal/corporate sites or blogs.
A stunning, highly customizable & responsive WordPress theme. WordPress consultants are using it as a framework to quickly build powerful websites and online stores for their customers.
Giveaway is now closed and the winner is Jane with this tweet. We will contact Jane shortly.
Stay tuned for more awesome giveaways as we are going to host another one next week.
Parallax scrolling is gradually conquering the web and becoming not a peculiarity of a certain website, but a must-have for every modern site that aims to be visually appealing. Parallax effect provides for improved user experience on the page and for better perception of your website’s contents, as well as it improves the overall impression of your page’s guests.
Have you been thinking that parallax is kind of a recent invention that just boomed last year? It appears that Parallax scrolling was utilized in 2D computer games as early as in 1981 and 1982 (in arcades Moon Patrol and Jump Bug). I would never expect that! Layers of Parallax background that moved with different speed boosted the players’ experience manifold ensuring the lasting popularity of the games.
Web design parallax boom began in 2012 with the introduction of HTML5 and CSS3 (a true milestone), and it went on to grow in popularity during the last two years. At present, use of Parallax background is able to flood your website with awesomeness, letting the guests not just see the page, but experience it, fool around with its interactive elements and have lots of fun.
What is also great, use of parallax effect allows to build great one-page websites and significantly reduces the amount of clicks needed to get somewhere on the website. Story-telling homepages inform users about all you offer and invite them to learn more in each section. Your website becomes truly visually persuasive with wide, high-resolution background images and videos.
There are multiple Parallax options on the web for building a website. In this post we’ve gathered some that we like most of all. They contrast parallax background images with one-color chunks, allowing your website to “breathe” and not to be over-stimulating. Many of the templates have been inspired by ideas of minimalism, making a point on polished structure and expressive typography.
Don’t miss your chance to check out 30 latest Parallax ‘wow’-themes. Pick the one you like and head towards effortless greatness of your website and increased return form what you do!
Boundless Style: Fashion WordPress Theme
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Pleasing Experience Restaurant WordPress Template
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Business of Tomorrow: Promotion WordPress Website
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Hired and Happy: Recruitment Responsive WordPress Site
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Modern Approach to Schooling WordPress Website Design
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Mindblowing Dance Experience: Night Club WordPress Theme
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Open to Innovations: Web Design Responsive WordPress Theme
Happy Smile – All Live Long! Dentist WordPress Theme
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Digital World: PC Software Responsive WordPress Site Design
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Renting Out Comfort: Apartments WordPress Template
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Excitement of a Game: Baseball Club WordPress Site
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Parallax have taken over the world and this isn’t the first theme collection on which we have featured parallax scrolling themes. In case you couldn’t find the right theme on this collection you can head to this theme collection instead. If parallax sounds like a too loud term for you you can also have a look at these simple flat design themes for magazine, portfolio and corporate websites.
Five lucky Colorlib readers have the one in a lifetime opportunity to win access to all of the premium ThemeIsle WordPress themes.
Each of the five winners receive full Treasure Chest packages that includes all 20 premium WordPress themes, as well as access to the VIP support and theme updates for one year. Which means that we are giving away 100 premium WordPress themes. Treasure Chest package allows to use themes on unlimited number of domains making this an outstanding prize for anyone with multiple WordPress websites, or those working as freelance web developers.
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ThemeIsle offers wide range of different themes that are well suited for medical, law form, business, portfolio, personal, music and many other websites. Treasure Chest package will grant access to all of these themes and you will be able to choose any of those well-coded themes.
How to enter this giveaway?
If you like what you have read so far and want to get your hands on Treasure Chest theme package from ThemeIsle, then simply follow these steps highlighted on Rafflecopter widget below. Five lucky winners will be announced next week and will be contacted directly by ThemeIsle.