June 9, 2015 in Misc

How companies attract customers to their website using aesthetics

Choosing to set up a website should be the first step towards creating a strong web presence that is invaluable to any company operating within the 21st Century global business market. It is the perfect way to branch out to billions of people worldwide who have access to the internet, but as they join a plethora of commercial and e-commerce business rivals in having their own website, there is vast competition for market supremacy and consumer interest. It is therefore imperative for companies to ensure every aspect of their website is not of the highest quality and resembles their professionalism, but also make its aesthetic detail stand out in order to make a long-lasting impression with prospective customers who view the site. There are a number of ways in which a company, whether they choose to design their website themselves or hire the services of specialist providers, can make their site visually appealing and have the impact required to meet projected sales targets.

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June 8, 2015 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News, Akismet, WP Super Cache, WPTouch

The popular Akismet WordPress plug-in reaches 3.1.2.  Akismet is a WordPress plug-in which checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not.  This version is mainly a quick security fix, but also brings about some minor UI and performance updates.

WP Super Cache is a cool must-have WordPress plug-in for all WordPress Designers.  It’s the go-to plug-in for improving the speed and performance of your WordPress Blog.  With over 1 million downloads this plug-in is well maintained receiving regular updates, the latest version 1.4.4 fixes a couple of minors errors.  WP Super Cache is compatible up to the very latest WordPress 4.2.2.

WPTouch Mobile is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically adds a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors to your WordPress website. Recommended by Google, it will instantly enable a mobile-friendly version of your website that passes the Google Mobile test, and ensure your SEO rankings do not drop due to not having a mobile-friendly website.  In WPTouch Mobile released on 4th June, 2015 there has been a significant update to the developer’s user guide.  Receiving regular updates and with over 400,000 downloads this WordPress plug-in continues to be popular with many WordPress Designers.


May 30, 2015 in Blog Design Inspiration

Blog Design Inspiration – Greg Wilson


This weeks blog design inspiration from Greg Wilson. A blog written by  a DJ who lives in Merseyside and performs at festivals across the UK.  On his site he talks about the music he hears, the places he sees and the people he meets.

The look of the design is minimalistic in approach, the off-black Georgia font really makes the text easy to read set against the white background.  Links are presented throughout the site in Strawberry red which brings them neatly off the page.

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May 26, 2015 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News, WordPress 4.2.2, Post State Tags, Automattic Buys WooCommerce, Jetpack

WordPress 4.2.2 is now available, this version fixes a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site, you are strongly advised to update your WordPress blogs immediately.

Post State tags is an interesting new plug-in appearing in the repository that highlights the left border color and background color and re-formats the post status as visual color tags in the WordPress Admin post list view (see screenshot below).

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has just acquired WooCommerce. With roughly 7.5 million downloads, it’s easily the most popular e-commerce WordPress plugin.

This one initially passed me by, right at the beginning of the month JetPack has been updated to version 3.5.3, an all important update to fix the Genericons vulnerability.  JetPack describes itself as ‘Your WordPress, Streamlined.’
At over 1million active downloads this popular WordPress Plug-in surely deserves attention.


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May 22, 2015 in Misc

Why Apps Make More Sense Than Web Pages


Within the technology industries smartphones are the new sliced bread. Whilst up until the introduction of the first smartphones, one would only be able to use computers and the internet if they were in front of their own PC, laptop or workstation. Today though, the endlessly enormous and ever-growing digital world is constantly available, all thanks to a 0.7mm thick, 4 inch device that dwells in the majority of people’s pockets.

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March 23, 2015 in Blog Design Inspiration