Home page is the first thing your visitors see coming to your website. And in a large measure on the home page depends whether the visitor goes further or simply clicks the “close” button. So to make the right impression about your company and your business you should choose a proper design.
In this round-up we are going to present you the most popular web design trend of the last year – video background WordPress themes. Motion sometimes can tell more than static pictures. You can represent your projects or show your visitors interesting stories to attract them to your web site. The catchier the plot will be the more chances for a good deal you will have.
Video background WordPress themes suit the creative jobs the most: photographers, videographers, musicians, fashion designers. But actually anyone who wants to variegate his website won’t neglect using these pre-designed templates. Thanks to Cherry framework they are extremely easy to install, fill with the content and customize to your needs. They all are responsive, which is a must for any modern template. You visitors will also enjoy wonderful parallax scrolling experience. Lazy load effect makes your site working much faster. Moreover you get the license to use all the images the template goes with for free.
We have chosen top 15 video background WordPress themes for different kinds of businesses for you. If you didn’t find the theme for your business, feel free to leave your comments.
Applying for the job in the web is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it is easier for the potential employers to find your CV. And thus you get more chances to be hired. But on the other hand you are not the only one who has an online CV. And thus the chances to be chosen are not that high. Unless you make something for your CV to stand out.
The advantages of a personal interview are that you can show all your abilities, communication skills, tell how experienced you are. But it is only the second stage. Without a prominent CV you won’t even get such a possibility. So the first step is to create a really outstanding resume. It is true both for online and offline applying. As your employers get dozens of resumes every day, you need catch their eye by your CV.
Easier said than done. But still there is a solution for online resumes. Here are 10 resume WordPress themes that will create a positive impression on your potential employers. You can choose an official looking one or more informal. Neutral color scheme makes it easy to acquire the information. You can always introduce some individuality to the ready-made theme. Customization process is very simple and won’t take much time and efforts. And Cherry Framework makes the installation simpler for you. All templates are responsive. This means your potential employer won’t have problems browsing it through whatever device.
Now take a closer look at these 10 CV & Resume WordPress themes we have chose for you and feel free to leave your comments.
When we hear the word WordPress we are not thinking about a small blog or a private site which showcases some personal information, we think about a content management system and unlimited options. WordPress grew from a little idea to a software that is now powering nearly 25% of the whole internet and although there is a never ending amount of free themes out there for this popular tool there is a huge market for so called premium WordPress themes.
When you start your journey and do research about premium templates you’ll end up on a site called ThemeForest which is the biggest and leading theme and especially WordPress theme marketplace. If you’ve made it on the top selling list on that site you’re one of the big players and few themes have been able to make it to this top spot.
But last week things shifted and X became the new weekly top seller (and broke the record on weekly sales in the process).
When you look at the themes name, a single letter followed by the bold yet simple statement “The Theme” you might get the impression that there is more than meets the eye, and in case of X from Themeco that statement is not exaggerated. Coming with 4 individual Stacks that bring an unique feeling and set of features with it and the possibility of endless customization make X a winning combination, which the customers just confirmed by buying over 2000 copies in a single week. One reason for their success is for sure their outstanding customer support which is helping each and every customer with any X related problems, having a strong connection and providing assistance even after the initial buying phase is key and an important value for Themeco. Giving their customers endless options and optional features called “extensions” which can be turned on if needed but also left unactivated to keep the theme slim and fast shows that even multi purpose themes like X can be very performance driven with the right engineering and only loading files that are actually used.
Calling X an overnight success would be a brave statement but as for all successful businesses it takes more than that to hit it big. Being a best selling theme on Themeforest is an achievement not a lot of companies can call their own so who are the guys behind Themeco and how did they get where they are now? The idea of the theme started in late 2012 and back then it was obvious to everyone on the team that if they want to go into that market they would have to provide a theme that sticks out and brings something new to the table. This was the moment where the idea about “Stacks” which are unique designs that can be activated with a click was born. The days of switching theme to have a new styling or a new set of features should be over and having one theme which provides everything a customer needs was the goal.
The development of X took over 15 months and after some setbacks the theme got approved on Themeforest and thats when the real work just began. Standing out with an unique set of features, frequent updates and marketing which involved a lot of work ensured X to slowly climb every week in the popular theme list. Over time X proved that they are playing in the ivy league of themes and thanks to happy customers and growing sales they arrived at the top of the league and being the most popular WordPress theme on Themeforest in April, 2015. Envato, ThemeForest’s parent company, even confirmed this record-breaking accomplishment on Twitter:
Its official! #XTheme from @yourthemeco breaks the weekly top seller record on #ThemeForest with 2,062 sales! http://t.co/KZsX9huJki
— Envato (@envato) April 9, 2015
So a big congratulations to Themeco for making such an incredibly versatile and popular WordPress theme in X. Their 4.0 version is set to release in just a few weeks and is sure to again level the playing field in WordPress themes and help them attract even more customers!
We are pleased to announce a giveaway in which you can win 1 of 3 premium music streaming WordPress theme called Sura.
Sura is a brand new WordPress music theme well suited for musicians, bands, artists and everyone looking to create music related website. This theme features Spotify, Pandora, Rdio-like design and functionality that offers online streaming capability using your already familiar platform – WordPress.
This theme is designed and developed by TeoThemes which is behind several best selling WordPress themes on Themeforest. They are specialized in popular niche WordPress themes, many of which we have featured here on Colorlib. We love their themes and hope that you will find them useful as well.
You can find more information about this theme by reading our review. This is the most advanced WordPress music theme ever released and we would like to call it a web app and not just theme because it is capable of much more than just display your content. It is a music sharing service, music store, ticket selling service, landing page, album showcase platform and more.
How to participate in this giveaway?
Follow these simple steps displayed on Rafflecopter widget below and make sure to bookmark this page to be the first one to get to know if you are among the 3 lucky winners.
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Winners will be announced on April 16 here on this post and I will contact everyone personally to provide more information how to download this theme and get support from TeoThemes in case you will need it.
Website speed and page loading times are very important. Not only does a slow loading website negatively affect the user experience of your visitors, but it can also have a detrimental effect on how search engines like Google evaluate your website when deciding where to rank it in their results.
Therefore, if you want to improve the user experience, increase the conversion rates, and get more traffic to your website from the search engines, then you should definitely be focussing on improving the page load times of your website.
While one way to do this is to upgrade your WordPress website hosting to a faster service provider, it’s also important to be aware of the impact of your chosen theme, and any plugins you install. In the past this has required you to invest the time and effort to test the available options yourself. However, now thanks to the WP Speedster website and its author Csaba Kissi, you can find out the speed and performance rating of a vast array of plugins and themes, before you install them on your website.
In this article, we will take a look at the WP Speedster website and their free plugins, to see how they can help you make your WordPress website as fast as possible. This in turn will help you reap all the benefits associated with having a quick loading website.
WP Speedster: Over 25,000 Plugins and 2,500 Themes Tested
With the fastest themes in the WordPress Theme Directory scoring as high as 98 out of 100, and the slowest as low as 33, it’s vital that you speed test any WordPress theme before activating it on your site.
Thanks to the WP Speedster website, you can now see in an instant, which of these themes are the fastest loading. Not only that, but the team have tested over 25,000 of the free plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory to help you see the impact they too will have on the loading times of your website.
The website allows you to view the themes and plugins according to how fast they load, and the impact they will have on your website’s page speed. The tests have all been carried out using the Google PageSpeed Insights tool. Both mobile and desktop device testing has been performed. This allows you to ensure that your chosen theme will perform well on both types of device.
As well as giving you a quick overview of the speed rating of each theme, you can also dig deep into the results. This allows you to get a better understanding of how the theme works, and specifically how it will affect the loading times of your website.
Csaba Kissi has put together a really great resource that any WordPress website owner will gain value from. If you are using free themes or plugins from the official WordPress directories, then you should definitely visit the WP Speedster website for assistance in finding the the fastest options for your website.
View the plugin and theme test results at the WP Speedster website now
Themes Speed Test Plugin
Themes Speed Test is one of the two free plugins from WP Speedster that will help you in your quest to build a fast loading WordPress website.
The plugin has only recently been released and has yet to be installed on many websites. This gives you a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor, and identify the quickest WordPress themes available from the official WordPress Theme Directory, before anyone else does.
The main feature of this plugin, is that it displays two metrics or scores for each of the themes they’ve tested from the WordPress theme repository. These scores are then displayed when you view the themes from directory that you’ve installed on your website.
These two scores tell you the speed rating of the home page and the sample post page of the theme you are looking at. These are the scores or ratings from the Google PageSpeed Insights tool. Considering that one of the reasons you want to make your website as fast as possible, is that it can improve its position in search engines like Google, it’s great to get this site speed rating direct from this useful tool.
As well as being able to instantly see the two speed ratings for each theme, you can also click through to the details of the speed test for each theme. Clicking on the Speed Test button takes you to the page on the WP Speedster website which lists all the results and information from their test of the theme.
From that page, you can find out how the theme compares to the other templates in the WordPress directory, in terms of page load times. You can also see a more detailed breakdown of how the different pages of the theme perform, across a range of devices.
These test results illustrate the speed of the theme on desktop and mobile devices. Google is now factoring in more and more how mobile-friendly a website is as part of its ranking algorithm. This means it’s vital that you know how well a theme performs on mobile devices before choosing it for your website.
When it comes to using the free Themes Speed Test plugin, once it has been installed and activated on your website, it adds a new item to the Appearance menu on the dashboard of your WordPress website. From this page you can view the speed rating of the themes from the WordPress Theme Directory that have already been installed on your website.
From this new page on your website, you can search for themes in the official free WordPress theme repository. You can also jump directly to the lists of best performing themes on the WP Speedster website to help you find the fastest free WordPress theme available. You can also view the quickest loading themes by either desktop or mobile devices.
It’s worth pointing out that the speed tests of the themes aren’t carried out in real time. Instead the results are returned from the WP Speedster website, where the results from the previously performed speed tests are stored. However, at the time of writing, over 2,500 themes have been speed-tested, giving you plenty of options to choose from.
While this plugin does give you the ability to see the speed rating of the themes from the WordPress Theme Directory, it does have one drawback. That is that the theme must already be installed on your website (but not activated), before you can see the speed score.
If you could see the speed test score as you browse the themes in the directory, this would be great. However, as it is, you must first install the theme before you can see the results, then make the decision whether to use the theme on your website or not.
Perhaps it’s naive to expect the developers of the plugin to be able to overlay their speed scores on to the Add Themes page of a website the plugin has been installed on. However, without this feature, it does make the plugin a little less useful. You can overcome this by browsing the themes directly from the WP Speedster website. From the website you can view the speed rating, and then make your choice of which theme to use on your site.
Overall though, this plugin does give you a quick and easy way to see the speed test rating of the themes from the WordPress Theme Directory that you’ve installed on your website. By clicking through to the WP Speedster website, you can then find out more information about the page load times of any prospective themes, or simply find the fastest loading template from the directory.
Update: Next version of this plugin will display performance metrics directly in theme search results. We’ll let you know once this version will become available.
Find out more about the Themes Speed Test plugin today
Plugins Speed Test
The Plugins Speed Test plugin from WP Speedster takes a similar approach to their Themes Speed Test plugin. This time however, as the name suggests, it gives you a way to see the impact the plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory will have on your website, directly from within the admin area of your website.
The benefit of using this plugin to find out this metric, is that it allows you to see the negative effect a plugin will have on your website, in terms of how quickly it loads. If you are trying to make your website as fast loading as possible, then knowing this number can help you make a more informed decision when choosing which of the free plugins from the official WordPress Plugin Directory to add to your website.
After activating the free plugin on your website, a new column is added to the Installed Plugins page of your website. In this column, you should be able to see the speed impact of the plugins you’ve installed on your website from the WordPress Plugin Directory.
From the testing carried out by WP Speedster, you can find out the impact the plugin will have on the home page of your website, as well as the single post page. These results are taken from testing using the Google PageSpeed Insights tool.
You can also see the number of resources in KB that has been added to the post page after the plugin has been installed. Furthermore, you can see the number of database tables the plugin creates. The plugin also adds a ‘more details’ link. When clicked, this link takes you to the plugin testing results page on the WP Speedster website. From here you can view more detailed results from the testing, helping you to make a more informed decision as to whether to use the plugin or not.
Again, like the Themes Speed Test plugin, this tool isn’t testing the performance of the plugins in real time. Instead the plugin is calling the information from previously performed tests, the results of which are stored on the WP Speedster website. However, with over 25,000 plugins tested at the time of writing, there is a good chance any plugin you are interested in adding to your website will have been covered.
Also, you have to install the plugin you want to know more about on your site, before you can see the results of the testing. Therefore, for example, if you want to see which of the free contact form plugins from the official WordPress Plugin Directory will have the greatest impact on the page loading times of your website, you will need to install the options you are interested in, then view the details. Alternatively, you could just view the test results on the WP Speedster website to save you the time and effort of installing those plugins.
Overall, the testing carried out by WP Speedster will be invaluable for anyone trying to make their WordPress website load as quickly as possible. While this tool won’t tell you the impact of a plugin on your page loading times before you install it, for any plugins you’ve already installed from the plugin directory, you can quickly see how they perform.
Find out more about the Plugins Speed Test plugin today
If you want to keep your visitors happy, avoid negatively affecting your conversion rates, and increase the chances of your website ranking prominently in the top search engines, then focusing on page loading times is essential.
Thanks to the efforts of the WP Speedster author Csaba Kissi, you’ve now got a free and easy way to see the impact the free themes and plugins available from the WordPress.org website will have on the loading times of your website.
Find out more about the WP Speedster testing results now
If you want to make a website to promote your music, or the tracks from other artists and make them available for streaming, then the WordPress Music Streaming theme from TeoThemes could be just what you are looking for.
This theme has an attractive design that will really catch the attention of your audience, while also making it very easy for them to listen to your uploaded audio content. By using WordPress and this theme together, your website will allow your listeners to save their preferred music to their favourites, and also, depending on how you configure your website, buy the music directly from your website. This is the closest Spotify like WordPress theme that offers the same music streaming experience and features.
This theme combines lots of great features with an attractive design. However, with many other themes competing in this space, read on to find out if this is the best choice for your project, in our Music WordPress theme review.
Features of the Music WordPress Theme
As well as the high quality and professional design and appearance of Sura music streaming theme from TeoThemes, you will get access to a selection of very useful features, should you decide to build your website with this theme.
At the heart of this theme is the music player. This player is always on display as your visitors navigate their way around the different pages of your website.
This allows your visitors to not only listen to the music featured on your website, but also instantly add a track to the optional shopping cart while it plays.
As the website has been built using AJAX, the use of this technology means that as your visitors navigate the different pages of your website, the actual pages don’t reload or refresh. The benefit of this is that the music player never misses a beat, as your visitors check out your content. If you want to showcase your music in style, without any interruptions, this feature will really appeal to you.
Thanks to the use of AJAX, adding items to your cart, or marking a track as a favourite, also takes place instantly, without any page loads required. This helps to create a really smooth and seamless user experience on your website.
With this theme, you get full integration with the free WooCommerce plugin. This gives you the option of adding a shopping cart to your website. While in theory, this ecommerce plugin will work with any theme, by choosing one that has been built to be fully compatible with this powerful plugin, you can ensure that all of the pages of your store match the rest of your website, in terms of design. This includes the product pages, customer registration pages, and the checkout section, to name just a few.
Whether you want to sell physical or digital products from your music website now, or in the future, knowing that this theme has been created to integrate with the leading WooCommerce plugin will give you plenty of options for selling items online from your website. This free shopping cart plugin also includes the ability to collect payments via PayPal, right out of the box.
However, even if you never plan to add any items for sale to your website, the Sura theme has plenty of other great features that help make it as easy as possible to create the website your project deserves.
Whether you are using your website to promote your own music, or content from a range of artists, the Sura theme makes it easy to organize your tracks on the back end. The theme also makes it straightforward to present that content to your visitors on the front end, in an easy to navigate format.
Through the front end of your website, your visitors can browse the music by album, or by simply viewing all of the individual songs, before diving into the individual song pages to find out more about that track.
This music WordPress theme also includes a useful discover feature. This part of your website allows visitors to browse the music on your site. However, rather than just sorting the tracks by artist, album, or title, they can now filter them by genre, and even the instruments they feature. Depending on how you’ve tagged and categorized your content, your visitors can then filter your music using those same attributes.
When it comes to creating your content on the back end, the Sura music streaming theme includes a number of useful page templates. These are all beautifully designed, as you can see from the theme demo.
Not only that though, but the templates can be easily applied to each new page, simply by selecting them from the appropriate drop down list.
As the theme includes, and integrates with the popular Aqua Page Builder tool, you get a powerful interface for editing the existing page designs, as well as also creating your own. By including a page builder tool, the developers of Sura have given you an intuitive way to break free of the constraints of the default WordPress page editor, and start creating your own personalized page designs.
By using this page builder tool, you are then free to create some truly original landing and inner pages for your website, all through a drag and drop interface. Alternatively, you can just use the attractive and well-crafted templates that come with the theme as they are, and leave the design work to the professionals.
It’s worth pointing out that the Sura theme does omit some of the features you might find on a commercial music website. This includes playlists, stations, and the social networking features found elsewhere. However, this is done to make your website run as fast as possible, rather than bogging it down with nice, but non-essential features.
Rather than spending thousands on a developing a custom built, fully-featured music website, you can instead, by using WordPress and this theme, create a great looking website that allows you to publish your music online and in style, at a fraction of the cost.
The Sura music streaming theme is available from ThemeForest, where it can be purchased for $58. This allows you to use the theme on one WordPress website.
While this is the going rate for a theme on the largest WordPress online theme marketplace, it’s a great price considering the attractive and professional design inspired by Spotify and appearance of this theme, not to mention all the great features it includes.
The highlight of the Sura theme for me, is the way the audio player continues to work as you navigate your way around the website. Rather than reloading the player each time you change pages, the use of AJAX means this never happens and your visitors can continue to preview your music, uninterrupted.
The Sura theme is the best Spotify like music WordPress theme out there and its the right choice if you are looking to get the best music streaming experience using WordPress.
Whether you want to sell music online, or simply showcase your work, and the work of others, the Sura theme allows you to do that and more in high quality surroundings. With more features expected to be added to the theme in the future, if there is the demand, Sura looks like one product that will only get better over time.
Find out more about the Sura music streaming theme now
Does it take you much time to customize the home page and subpages of the website? I bet you spend several hours in front of the screen editing the content, articles and the layout to make it more attractive and user-friendly. Well, now you can make all the changes to the site with a few mouse clicks and save your time. Check our collection of the top 20 themes with MotoPress built in accordance with the latest web design trends.
MotoPress plugin is designed as an alternative to the default WP editor and allows the user to manage the texts and customize the layout without HTML tags. Drag and drop functionality is one of the most useful features of this plugin. It allows users to create and edit content blocks on the fly. Do you remember how long did it take you when you last customized the website? With MotoPress you’ll have this job done twice as fast. However, excellent functionality is not the only great thing about these templates.
Stunning look is another reason why you should pick one of our WP themes. Thanks to a fully responsive design they will automatically adapt to any screen resolution, be it a desktop or a tablet. For this reason, you don’t have to build a separate version of the website specifically for mobile devices. In this collection we offer templates of all kinds, including: business, gaming, health, medical, cafe, etc. If you won’t find a proper solution for your project, don’t feel disappointed. All themes we store in our assortment are highly customizable. So you can easily adjust any of them and make it match with your corporate style.
Go ahead and find the best fit for your project. Make your business work to its full potential today.
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