Making Your Bathroom Intelligent: Smart Reflection

Since the dawn of time, mankind has been making improvements for virtually all aspects of life. We learned how to control and manipulate fire, we invented the wheel, we crossed the vast oceans. These days those times of old fashioned pioneering has long since passed, and we’re looking ever increasingly inwards for expansion and innovation.

With the invention of Smart Reflection, a smart mirror, we are asked to take a look at ourselves, but at the same time, do so with the added augmented reality that the so called intelligent mirror provides.

Smart Reflection offers it users the capability to receive everything from the weather report, to Facebook status updates directly displayed on the mirror, all while having your own image reflected back at you, making it possible to both shave and look at funny cat pictures.

Developed by an app development agency for internal uses, they quickly realized the potential for the mirror as a commercial product, and have as such shifted their focus to incorporate tech users of all ages and levels of proficiency.

Designed to be running on very little power consumption, (the Raspberry Pi 3B uses ~2.5Watts on full load,) the mirror could potentially run 24/7, collecting data used for other household sensors such as thermostats, window actuators and power supplies.

While most of the available input and outputs on the single Raspberry Pi will be used for the mirror, it will be relatively easy to add another unit in series to the aforementioned one, thus making it possible to connect every IoT device in the household together, meaning that the normal bathroom routine can be excellent time for micromanaging the kids electricity usage for instance.

Coupled together with the Raspberry Pi will be a standard PC monitor, placed upon a two-way mirror allowing for the users to see their own reflection at the same time as seeing data displayed on the mirror, just as if it was the monitor itself.

While we foresee certain problems with shaving and watching last night’s basketball highlights, the concept is interesting, and provides unique use cases not previously considered as far as we know.

Smart Reflection is not the first digital mirror however. There have been a few failed attempts on Kickstarter, and various amateurs have built their own private version for home-use.

Nodes aims to change all this by creating a modular-based intelligent mirror with open-source software and hardware anyone can afford and purchase around the world.

Malthe Kringelbach Iversen, Marketing Manager at Nodes explains:

“We loved the prototype that we built for our own personal use so much that we decided to go ahead and try to make it modular and more easily buildable. By combining our extensive knowledge of mobile enterprise application development with our employees love of all things tech, we’re currently in the late design stages of Smart Reflection which we hope people will love as much as we do.”

There are still certain features still to be addressed and programmed for. This includes how to navigate menus and handle user inputs in general, since the prototype used special licensed software that Nodes still want to keep closed.

Since the hardware is based around the Raspberry Pi 3, it will be possible to add a mouse and keyboard to the mirror, although that would sort of defeat the purpose.

More likely we will see voice recognition at some level, possibly based on a hard-coded list of accepted keywords (Think: OK, Google). Alternatively it could be controlled by the 3D Sensor and Gesture Recognition like we know from the Xbox and their Kinetic hardware.

The developers are currently open for user submitted ideas as to the functionality of both hardware and software, so if you have an exciting idea you are sure will become the next big thing in intelligent mirrors, go ahead and post in on their blog – you might even win a first edition Smart Reflection mirror!

Developing a WordPress Theme by using PSD Designs

When we create our websites and themes, we often use Photoshop to design all graphics, place all elements, and check font sizes and much more. By using PSD files moving the menu or placing new items are easy and effortless, and results in a better website if done properly.

Depending on which developer and designer you hire for the job at hand, cost does not need to be double that of finding someone who can do both for you. If you find a jack of all trades, he is after all, master of none, and most likely it will take a much longer time because of that. Using a PSD to WordPress service does not even have to be more expensive.


Why design in Photoshop PSD files and then later convert that into a WordPress Theme?

For people new to the world of websites and web design, this question might appear natural and without a clear answer. It is understandable that people might think the cost is higher for such a project, since you have to pay both a designer to provide a PSD, and then for a developer to convert the PSD into a WordPress theme.

But for anyone who’s worked with websites for just a little while, even if it would cost more than having one person do all the work, there are other reasons why you should consider designing in Photoshop first, and then developing on top of that.

Benefits of PSD to WordPress

  • Speed

If you try to develop your site without having a clear idea of what the end result should look like in terms of design, more likely than not you will end up spending a lot of extra time and effort since it is easy to fall into the trap of modifying a bit here and there, never really looking at the big picture, moving from one part of the site to another.

By having a clear idea of how the theme should look before coding it, you or your developer can program everything from day one, and since the client has already accepted the design, chances are smaller of last minute changes to the design and structure.

  • Quality

Using PSD files allow for better quality in the overall design, often gives users a better experience and first impression, and certain elements can be imported from resources online, such as Google’s Material Elements, allowing for greater consistency and coherence in the theme.

  • Structure, Rulers and guidelines

Working without PSD files for theme development also means having to measure everything in developer tools, or even worse, by printing out the web pages and using an old fashioned ruler to measure widths, lengths, margins and so on.

Photoshop has a great built-in system for handling all these aspects, allowing the designer to get dead accurate with every single element, letter, logo and image on the site. By ensuring these small things are perfectly aligned and in their optimal structures, the first impression and general user experience will be enhanced greatly!

  • Easy to work with

It is easier to work with an already finished design, the developer can cut down tremendous amounts of time this way, and by having a designer and a developer work on their individual expertises, you ensure the best of both worlds.

Would you really want your painter to also fix your plumbing? Or your plumber to choose the color palette for your new kitchen? By recognizing the different strong and weak areas that both designers and developers have, and using just their best strengths, you can achieve a result with your theme or website that far exceeds the majority of websites out there today.

Conclusion

Often times people are needlessly worried that having designed a PSD file and then converted that into a WordPress theme will increase the cost greatly, but that is simply not the case. While there are certain projects where it might be fine with having the developer do all the work, it is not a given, and should be considered on an individual basis per project.

Furthermore, the quality, design and user experience will often see great improvements when using a skilled designer in unison with a WordPress developer, since you draw on the skills from experts in both areas, rather than having one person do the work of several people.

Introduction to Snapchat Marketing

The sell

These days consumers like quick, entertaining and personal interaction with the brands they love and that’s exactly what Snapchat marketing offers, a platform for companies to engage consumers as often as they wish and reach them wherever they may be with the convenience of phone technology today.

If users of Snapchat are in the same demographic as your target audience (age 18-34 and knowledgeable on current technology), this expense-free guerrilla marketing tool can score you new customers and deepen your engagement with an already established audience. A lot of the same types of posts can be applied to Snapchat that you are used to making on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter except Snapchat is more everything: more fun, more current, more often.

Getting started with Snapchat marketing is as easy as downloading the app on your android or apple mobile phone. The app will give you a tour to show you where you can find the basic functions. Swipe right and left to view your in-box and things users are posting as an update, what Snapchat calls a “story” and up/down to find your app’s main menu. Here are 5 interesting types of engaging posts that can enhance your relationship to your customers and broaden your social media presence.

Exclusive Announcements on Snapchat

Allow your followers/friends to know of your product knowledge and events first on Snapchat before any other platform. This makes your audience feel special and in-the-know, increasing engagement with you over Snapchat and at your main business/client contact place.

A Backstage Pass on Snapchat

Another way to make your customers feel special is to allow them to see what goes on behind the scenes of your polished brand. A look inside the life of a sales representative, how the products are produced or candid interviews about your product with people on the street are all entertaining ways to up your following.

Give-aways on Snapchat

Nothing circulates faster than a giveaway. Make it a customer appreciation event or a weekly drawing to expand the hype and make your marketing go further.

Contests on Snapchat

Contests just like give-aways attract a greater following. Contests require a little more action on the customer’s part, which they appreciate because many feel they have a better chance of winning free product or acknowledgment than with a give-away.

Ask Questions on Snapchat

Asking questions engages the customer and furthers your market research effort by gaining feedback. Snapchat accounts often create stories with slides that act as optional answers to a posted question. Users can screenshot their answers and your account will notify you which has the most response.

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Developing A Mobile App With Frameworks

One of the first things you need to decide when you want to develop an App, is which phones and/or operating systems that your app must be compliant with – ie what types of phones and tablets that your app needs to function with. Once that is out of the way, you need to decide is what type of app you want to develop, which functions it should encompass, and how all of these functions should look and feel.

These days, there’s pretty much 3 great choices, depending on your background, proficiency and skills, and ultimately, the desired functionality of the app itself.

  • HTML5 app: Technically, an app built purely on HTML5 is not an app at all, instead it’s just a website that is customized to display via the webview on the phone, and resized to the particular size of the various devices.
  • Hybrid app: This form of app is built with HTML5, but when the code gets compiled, the framework will compile one version for Android, and another one for iPhone, automatically. While this is not a true native app, it has become the most common, and easiest to use these past years.
  • Native app: This form of app indicates that all the code used to program it, is the original code for that particular device (ie. iOS code for iPhones). But that also means that if you want a Native App for both Android and iPhones, you need to program the same app twice, in 2 different languages. These types of apps also harvest some of the best conversion rates in the business.

In this blog post you can read about the pros and cons of the different types of frameworks, and you can become a little wiser on the difference between them, and hopefully you may better decide which type to choose for your app.

If you already know about the different types of apps, perhaps you’d be more interested in reading this article outlining some of the latest app development trends for 2016 and beyond.

Market shares: iOS vs. Android
Basically, it is our recommendation that you should always develop your app for both Android and IOS.
In this way, your app could be used on more than 95% of all phones on the market. According to marketingland.com the market share between Android and iOS covers 60% and 35% respectively on average in the world.

It is this authors personal opinion that in almost all cases, it would be cost-ineffective to produce apps specifically for Windows Phone users and other even less used operating systems.

If you are developing your own app, I’d suggest that you start with developing for Android, since both in Europe and the US, android has more than 60% of the total market share, and if you consider the cost of getting your app into the stores, Android is much cheaper than Apple. Another important factor to take into consideration, is the level of scrutiny your app will undergo before being finally approved for distribution on the 2 major app stores. Once more Android is the better choice for solo developers, since they have less strict requirements compared to Apple.

That having been said, of course it is possible to develop for iPhone first, or only, depending on your wishes. The process on average take a little longer than at Android, because you need more lines of code, along with the need to pass stricter requiremens, and the waiting time has been reported to be twice as long at Apple’s store.

Another thing to keep in mind is adding proper UI and UX elements. By not reinventing the wheel every time you build an app, and instead choose frameworks or toolkits, you can keep users consistently aware of all elements, and chances are they will feel more at home.

Building An Affiliate Site With WordPress

Back in the day, building a new affiliate site took lots of time and money and if you wanted to maintain it with ease, as in having everything managed from a control panel, it was even costlier. Today however, optimizing your workflow building new affiliate sites has never been easier. Using WordPress and either plugins or themes, you can have a website that is responsive, seo optimized and dynamically managed, working in just 30 minutes once you know how. The trick is using Themes or Plugins, whichever one suits your specific needs the most.

Figuring out whether you need to use WooCommerce is a good start point, if you have no idea as to how proceed on your own. If all you want to do is have a website that reviews products, companies or services, you can usually get away with a decently developed WordPress Affiliate Theme, but if you want to build an amazon affiliate store that basically looks and functions as any normal ecommerce site, but upon checkout redirects to amazon with cart data, you would most likely need to first find a suitable plugin, and then either customize an existing theme, or purchase a theme specifically designed to work with that plugin. Feel free to ask in the comments below if you feel like this section should be expanded upon.

Okay, so first we will show the themes, and then progress to the plugins.


Comre

This affiliate theme works in tandem with WooCommerce, meaning that you can run internet marketing campaigns and collect money on your own site as well as link out to other sites for income.


CouponXL


Curate an aggregated collection of discounts, or sell and promote your own with this theme. Reveal bonus codes or coupons as well as discounts on user interactions, and showcase all necessary stats and details responsively.


Rehub

Branding this theme as being the #1 moneymaking theme might not be an overstatement in this case. With the latest top table and list builder, you can create lists with discounts, hosting providers, service deals, you name it. Javascript effects makes it possible to sort in the various fields associated with each item in the list.


Blomag

Despite the funny name, this is a serious WordPress theme for the professional internet marketer. Setting up a new affiliate or marketing site slash landing page scheme can take unnecessary time unless done correctly. Blomag is one of the correct cases!


Compare

Managing affiliates with services or products, in fact anything with tangible data associated with it, becomes easy using this theme. Create unique content and link it together to enable filtering.


Powermag

Last on our list of affiliate themes we have Powermag. This is a theme for the ambitious marketer now also featuring BuddyPress integration. Create movie reviews, book recommendations or anything else relating to internet marketing or affiliate sales.


 

WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates – WordPress Plugin

 

Create your own WooCommerce store and populate it with affiliate products from Amazon. This is a very polished plugin, and features the spot as best selling on codecanyon. Any affiliate marketer can save tons of time with this plugin. And WooZone has done a great job of delivering stellar updates and support throughout this plugins life.


 

 

WordPress Affiliate & Referral Plugin

If you are selling products from your own website, you might want to offer affiliate capabilities to potential promoters. This plugin enables one of the most advanced and complete solutions out there. Pay your affiliates via paypal in bulk or individually.


Amazon eStore Affiliates Plugin

 

Taking products from Amazon and displaying images, prices and descriptions on your own site with your own theme can boost conversions in orders of magnitudes. Let your visitors enjoy your unique design instead of amazons dull template. Send them to amazon checkout page with all items in the cart automatically.

 

 

 

WordPress Themes For September 2015

September is upon us, and we are featuring some very nice WordPress themes from mainly Themeforest this time. I hope you can all keep warm and cozy, and I might suggest pouring a hot cup of coffee or tea, and settle down for this list of the best selling themes in September 2015.


Yonkers is a premium theme built with a rather unique look. Using Visual Composer, you can create just about any layout and design that you desire, but using the default settings in this case should prove a real joy for the eye. With basic squares, the theme combines the mobile first trend with responsive webdesign and no matter if you are on a tablet or desktop, you will want to click these links.


Mixed is a fairly traditionally designed WordPress theme mainly designed for commercial purposes, dentists, doctors offices and similar professions would be the perfect match together with this theme out of the box. But combining the popular Redux Framework together with Visual Composer, you can virtually build any sort of website.


Wired has been built with a focus on the imagery. For most creative agencies this trend is the dominant one in 2015, and has even been quite overshadowing in 2014 and in some developed countries, this trend goes back a few years more on the web. Using premium quality typography and 1st class photos, you can achieve that cutting edge look as well!


If you are selling via WooCommerce, this theme might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. One of the hottest new themes of September is “Mango”. With more than 10 different demo layouts, settings and options, combined with 1 click install you can be up an running in no time, leaving you all the time in the world to do the things that matter most to your business!


If you are a more advanced theme user, ie. developing themes for a living or at least installing them for various other clients, you might want to learn more about Mist. This theme is truly one versatile little gem that’s bound to reach ever higher sales with time. The amount of websites you can create with this one theme is staggeringly high, and the 50+ demo setups they have included in their turn-key format proves that.


Examiner is a great magazine & news based WordPress theme. If you want that look of authority and class, but like the minimal design philosophy you can’t go wrong with this theme. Whether you want to start a gadget blog, or a tech review website, you can do this with Examiner.


Transfers is a nifty WordPress theme designed for a very specific purpose; car rentals & car hire themes. With built in reservation functionality as well as a really impressive backend featuring tons of customization options, this theme can be used not just for cars, but for any project that requires a rental feature.


Leaning heavily on the trends of the time, MO is an elegant multi-purpose WordPress theme designed to look pretty and minimal. Of course, with most WP themes, you have the option of adding content after content to any page and somewhat stray away from the minimal look, but with MO you really don’t feel like it’s necessary.


One of the trends lately on Themeforest, must be said to be that the developers include many demo setups. This is a great addition to any Page Builder plugin, since you more often than not purchase a theme to get started quickly, not to end up spending hours deciding on the hundreds of options the Visual Composer delivers. Pulse maintains a perfect balance between customizability and ease of use.


10+ Best Premium WordPress Themes September 2015

Archi is one of the latest WordPress themes this month has been Archi, a beautifully designed template with both a One Page layout, as well as a “Coming Soon” function. Interior designers as well as architects and creative construction companies can use this theme with great benefit, and with the 6 different homepage layouts and 10 different color skins, showcasing your portfolio could not be much easier!


Do you want to build your own hosting company? Try ArkaHost. Plenty of hosting providers for WordPress and the Web in general offer you the chance of purchasing a set amount of slots, that you can then resell at a markup and thus profit directly from getting customers. This is affiliate marketing on steroids, as you not only get to put your own name on the invoices, but also get full access to control panels and everything your customers visits has your brands on it. Together with arkahost you can really make a beautiful hosting website.


Do you run a photography business yourself, or are you perhaps tasked with creating a beautiful and responsive website for a client offering wedding photography or similar services? With “Emilie” you can display your best work with smart gallery grids, which simply HAVE to be seen in the live demo to be fully appreciated. Wow your visitors with the effects from this photography WordPress theme, combined with the effect from your own images.


Hayes is made for personal blogs and simple businesses, as well as any company looking for a Startup WordPress theme can stop looking once they find Hayes. Designed for use as a personal blogging theme, we feel it easily doubles as a simplistic business or startup company website. Social Feeds, SEO Optimized theme code as well as unlimited colors via extensive options panel all makes for a great theme.


Andy is not really designed to be one specific type of theme. You could use this for your photography portfolio, as well as displaying your mobile app development agency with the same theme and settings for that matter. Unless you are of the creative sort, perhaps stick to the predefined layouts and simply write great content and upload just as great images and Andy will look great all the same!


NRGHost is an nteresting take on the WordPress Hosting Theme niche, this theme uses negative space or whitespace to a great extent on many of it’s pages and layouts. Unless you are willing to use the same images and icons as the demo version, you should be prepared in spending some money on top quality graphics, as the website is somewhat dependant on that aspect to look it’s very best.


Haswell could not be more hipster, and that is perfectly fine! Regardless of whether you yourself think highly of this type of design-trend, it has surely made a tremendous impact and especially female bloggers take to this sort of style in great numbers. If your business relates to the feminine audience more-so than the masculine, this WordPress theme is a great contender for your next website look!


Looking for an easy to set-up, an even easier to use WordPress theme? Try Flavio. If you just want to blog about the latest fashion trends, upload pictures of your shopping sprees, and let your visitors follow and comment on your content, this template can make life a whole lot easier for you. The theme will automatically resize all images you upload, and once you have set up the initial color scheme settings as well as general options, you just have to worry about producing awesome content!


If your ambitions go beyond that of a personal blogging website, perhaps consider envogue. This beautiful magazine style theme suits most female readers regardless of the topic. Fashion, Food, Shopping or Baby Talk, write about it all and showcase your content in the best way possible with this theme. Featuring all of the many features we nowadays take for granted, such as author descriptions, about me widgets and more, you can be sure to build a popular site with envogue.


Flat Design? Check. Unlimited Color Options? Check. Awesome Mobile design? Check. MultiUp has everything you need to get up and running in no time. Using the more old school shortcodes you can easily control exactly where your widgets and features pop up in this template, and with Visual Composer you have complete freedom! Coupled with Demo Import and Google Fonts, you are bound to find this theme to your liking.

Managed WordPress Hosting: A comprehensive guide

Welcome to this blog post. This article contains information relating to the specific type of web hosting called “managed hosting” – This is different from the conventional type of hosting, in that a support team will not only host your WordPress website, but also take care of the security updates, firewall settings and other technical stuff.


If you are not interested in paying for these extra services, we recommend you take a look at our regular Fastest WordPress Hosting article.


Managed Hosting: What is it?

Often times it is easiest to compare this type of hosting to the shared ones. With a managed hosting account you will often receive a dedicated server (computer) that only runs the WordPress stuff that concerns your own website. On a shared setup, you will not be the only one using the particular server, and can therefore experience poor performance if the other websites are running heavy loads. You won’t receive the same level of support either, neither in the form of automatic updates, and security help, but also in the speed of reply you get when contacting about specific subjects.

Managed hosting is typically an expansion of devoted hosting, whereby the obliged equipment is claimed by the hosting supplier and is rented to a solitary customer. It varies from different types of devoted hosting, in any case, in the way that the regular administration and upkeep of the servers is taken care of by the hosting supplier as opposed to by the customers themselves.

The equivocalness in the term managed hosting stems from the distinctive “levels” of administration accessible; albeit completely managed hosting as a rule incorporates, however is not restricted to, the accompanying:

  • Server Checking – This is the procedure of examining the servers looking for any anomalies or potential disappointments; when done in an auspicious manner, these issues can be redressed before they form into significant issues or administration interruption.
  • Security – This incorporates infection examining, spam sifting, firewall setup and working framework redesigns notwithstanding standard physical server farm efforts to establish safety. Security is vital on any PC framework/system, yet it is particularly essential when managing individual or business discriminating information and data.
  • Full Go down and Stockpiling – An organization losing information can be immoderate in each feeling of the word; it can bring about a loss of cash, time and client trust. Consequently, it is indispensable that all basic or individual data is went down and put away safely.

Managed Hosting Suppliers are much more inclined to have both the physical and specialized abilities set up to complete the go down/capacity handle effectively.

  • Server Design and Upkeep – Managed hosting suppliers can offer authority staff with the aptitude to guarantee that the hosting arrangement is at first arranged to meet the client’s prerequisites adequately and hence, to perform the essential server support to keep the stage running easily
  • Support – An alluring advantage of managed hosting is that – if there ever is an issue – there is constantly qualified backing close by. In perfect cases, organizations make human phone support accessible every minute of every day/365, however in some, backing is offered by means of email.

There are likewise business advantages to managed hosting, which as a rule incorporate, however at the end of the day are not restricted to, the accompanying:

  • Adaptability – Managed Hosting is an adaptable arrangement – not an one size fits all administration – and suppliers can work with clients to accomplish an answer custom-made to suit the financial backing and individual prerequisites of their business. Likewise, when those necessities change, managed hosting suppliers can respond in great time to guarantee that the hosting stage keeps on taking care of those requests.
  • Decreased expense of operation – The equipment and ability needed to oversee hosting in-house can be excessive; with numerous organizations, the expense exceeds the advantages. Managed hosting can be a more financially savvy IT arrangement without needing to trade off on suitability or control.
  • More successful utilization of asset – If your organization utilizes IT staff then you know not anybody that talented IT workers can be excessive. On account of this, it verifies that you put this asset to the best conceivable utilization. At the point when utilizing a Managed Hosting administration, the supplier deals with the regular running and upkeep of the servers and framework, implying that in-house IT staff can concentrate on other, more

 

WordPress Managed Hosting vs Dedicated Hosting

 

This form of hosting permits clients to rent pre-configured, dedicated hardware and integration from the supplier. Dedicated hosting gives more noteworthy adaptability than shared hosting (and involves less obligation than colocation hosting), subsequent to the client by and large holds control over the hosting environment and decision of working framework. The supplier, notwithstanding, stays in charge of equipment and system organization.

Administration ordinarily incorporates: Dedicated gadgets, server checking, unmanaged systems administration and capacity gear and complete server farm support.

Clients utilizing a dedicated hosting arrangement ought to have competency in IT and server organization. Dedicated hosting likewise obliges a more critical speculation of accounts, time, and HR than shared hosting.


Managed WordPress Hosting vs Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting is a sort of hosting structural engineering that permits figuring assets to be expended as an administration through the Web. Regularly, cloud situations have the capacity to include or evacuate assets like CPU performance and memory-ram and system stockpiling as required. Indeed, even Base administrations like burden adjusting and movement forming, security, savvy reserving alongside dedicated figuring stages for execution investigation, observing and reporting scale with nature.

The primary concern is that cloud architectures can scale to suit client request and activity spikes rapidly. Designers don’t need to always re-build their surroundings and expense structures to handle top burdens. Organizations don’t need to grapple with the basic framework and center advancements or the everyday operational, execution and adaptability issues of their stage. Rather, they can really center their assets on adding to their applications and destinations.


 

 

 

WordPress Hosting: A Speed and Price Comparison List

wordpress hosting featured imageAh, WordPress. Back in 2005-2006, the infamous 5 minute installation made it’s mark on the world wide web. No more did we have to edit the wp-config.php in order for us just to type in our database and other hosting parameters. Now we could just upload the all the installation files along with any WordPress theme that we so wished to use, and the on-screen installer process would take care of the rest. How things have changed since then. These days, 5 minutes to install WordPress seems like overkill. Any decent hosting company runs with “One-click” application installers, that even type in your database and server configurations for you, basically all you have to do is log on to your hosting provider, click a button or two, and now you are running WordPress!


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WordPress Hosting: What types are there?

This article will compare some of the market’s most famous and widely used shared wordpress hosting providers. If you are looking for other types of hosting, you might want to use the index below. For an explanation of each of these types, read below the list.

 


Hosting for WordPress: What to consider?

First of all, you might want to make sure your website is going to run on WordPress at all. Some web developers still develop ASP pages, which basically means a Windows Server, compared to the Linux servers that is most common for WP servers. Also, if you are just going to have a few pages, you might want to consider just using static HTML files, since these will load near instantaneously, and thus provide a much better experience for your users. However, they are tedious to update, and if you have more than just a handful of pages, you will soon find yourself looking for WordPress or another similar CMS for managing your content.

When considering how to proceed with the hosting, you want to make sure you are focusing on the right things. First and foremost, you get what you pay for in most scenarios. Meaning that if you buy $1/month hosting, you can’t reasonably expect the site to run smoothly at all levels of traffic load. Since the cheapest WordPress hosting is almost always Shared Hosting, then you can experience poor performance and slow load times even when your own pages are not receiving much traffic, because someone else on the same server as you is using all the juice. Just like sharing an internet connection with someone else, you can make that comparison with relative ease.


Shared WordPress Hosting: The Cheapest Option

Still, even though it is among the slowest of the web-hosting out there, it is one of the most popular choices. Why? Well because most sites in the upstart phase don’t need that much performance. If you are building up your site from scratch, chances are you won’t be receiving more than 10,000 pageviews a month, meaning you can deliver your site within 1.5-4 seconds on average, and while you won’t win any prices for having the fastest WordPress hosting, and you might lose a few visitors due to load times, most of your visitors will be using your site regardless, and you can therefore save on costs while starting up. Some web hosts include several levels of shared hosting, meaning that you can upgrade performance slightly, while still keeping costs minimal, but as long as your content is hosted in any shared environment, your clients or visitors will never get that blazing fast experience.


VPN Hosting for WP: A good choice for medium sized sites

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. This means that you get access to their servers via remote control, and thus have far more options than standard shared hosting provides. This requires a bit more technical knowledge, since you can easily make mistakes that will send your visitors 403 or similar error messages. VPN’s are usually shared as well, but the number of websites competing over CPU and Memory power are much lower, where shared hosts sometimes have 100’s of sites on 1 computer, with a VPN you might be sharing it with 5-10 websites, and often have the possibility of completely renting one for just yourself.


Managed WordPress Hosting: What is it, and why choose it?

One of the newer types of WP hosting is called managed hosting, and as the name suggests, the web host will take care of many of the technical aspects of running a WordPress website. Not everybody needs this level of care and compassion, but for the inexperienced, having a contact person whom you can ask any type of WP or Server question will greatly benefit your own learning experience, and keep frustrations at a minimum. Apart from that, you get their experts setting up Security Rules and Firewalls, Cache and Performance enhancements, some managers will also take care of any type of update coming your way. And most of them take scheduled backups as well. There are no hard rules as to what type of server your website will eventually be hosted on when choosing a managed WordPress hosting company, that all depends on the individual order you set up. So that means you could end up on a shared server, paying 2-4 times more for just basic plugin installations if you don’t do your due diligence and read up on the exact specifications. There are other companies out there that provide VPN hosting as well as Cloud hosting for virtually the same cost as those who sell shared hosting packages.


WordPress Cloud Hosting: A short introduction

We’ve all heard the term cloud, when dealing with tech terms, but what exactly is it, and why would you combine it with WordPress? Roughly speaking, “the cloud” is simply a bunch of computers connected, and sharing the load between them. So unlike traditional shared hosting, where you are allocated X percent of the total capacity of a single, specified computer – with Cloud hosting your WordPress installation will be fluctuating between servers around the world. That means improved speed, since often times they work like CDN’s (content delivery networks) and display the resources requested based off of location to the user. This is a great choice if you are planning on upgrading your existing installation due to performance issues.


Self Hosted WordPress: For the true techies

The holy grail of any true nerd must be the ultimate server configuration. We won’t discuss this in much detail, since anyone wanting to get into hosting their own servers, should already know plenty about the subject, or else be prepared to fail a lot.


Cheapest WordPress Hosts: Best for small/new websites

It is important that you choose your hosting account based on your needs. In the article above you will find the most relevant information about the most popular web hosting services for WordPress.

It is of course important to make your choice based on what your goal is with the website – and what your needs are regarding performance. The types of hosting provided in this article are all great packages, but still with room for improvement. If you have special requirements for your hosting however, you should examine whether those web spaces can accommodate your needs.

For all providers of cheap web hosting is possible to upgrade so that you can get more space on your web space. This could be that you have a special need for large quantities of high quality images or video, and therefore it is of course essential that the web can be upgraded – without – having to change providers.


Fastest WordPress hosting: When performance matters

The most important parameters for any experienced WordPress webmaster when choosing a provider of hosting, is stability and up-time as well as performance. Of course it is very important that the up-time is as close as possible to 100%. As a rule of thumb, it is unacceptable that your hosting account has an uptime of less than 99.9%.

However, it can be extremely difficult to control and measure the uptime of the provider – and especially before you invest in your new web space. Should you measure a hosting you about already have in advance so that the tool can Pingdom clearly highlighted. Is it with a new provider, the best thing you can do to read others’ experiences. Google for reviews about specific hosting companies – and if you know someone who uses the provider – ask them.


20+ Best WordPress eCommerce Themes September 2015

If you’ve worked with WordPress for more than a single project or two, chances are you’ve come across WooCommerce in one way or another. Tapping into the beautiful core of WordPress, WooCommerce is a plugin, developed to work using the post types native to WP, adding extra fields and data to the existing database tables, as well as new ones in form of taxonomies, attachments and so forth. This is a powerful combination, designed to work with all sorts of payment providers, such as PayPal, Stripe, and many, many more. As well as offering loads and loads of extra plugins to enhance anything from user experience to shipping courier automation. Perfect eCommerce plugin. For instance, we’ve also created Incredible Planet’s theme using these principles.

WooCommerce will technically work with just about any modern WordPress theme, however the styling and attention to detail is often lacking in free themes. In this list we’ve gathered some simple free themes, as well as a bunch of premium ones to complement each other, and hopefully create a useful list for all of you, our dear visitors. With that being said, we would like to point out our free WooCommerce themes, where you might find something to use for your next project, if you don’t mind getting into CSS. If you’re looking for free WooCommerce themes, you can follow the link. For all our WooCommerce themes developed in-house, you can follow the link.


ShopKeeper

 

Visually stunning theme from all aspects. Potential buyers beware though; it can be difficult to consistently find images of such a high quality that this website requires in order not to detract from it’s look. With that out of the way, there’s a great deal speaking for buying this WooCommerce theme. ShopKeeper can help you create an entire brand identity by it’s website alone. If you are looking for WordPress Startup Themes, you might want to include this in your thoughts, especially if you haven’t yet narrowed down on any specific style, or logo or other graphical brand identity.


Flat

 

This theme is currently the most purchased WooCommerce theme on the famous market place, ThemeForest. When looking at the demo, one has to admire the craftsmanship, and the ability to blend all elements into a very flat and truly great-looking theme is no small feat. Mobile optimized with retina images and beautiful css queries that resemble that of poetry, you can be assured your products will look great with this theme.


Kallyas

 

Using the free Page Builder plugin found on the WP repository, Kallyas provides a broad package to be used for many different projects. This is one of those WordPress themes you as a webdeveloper would do good in learning how to work with, and then never look at another theme again! This is a general practice I recommend, but with this theme you can really create any type of layout you so desire.


MayaShop

 

This WooCommerce and or Jigoshop compatible WordPress Theme has infinite customization options in the form of layouts, colors, sections, widgets and skins. Mayashop provides shortcodes and custom widgets, as well as widescreen and narrow-screen views. More than 40 default backgrounds come with this theme and eight default sliders as well as google fonts and more. Packed with goodies, if you like how it looks, you’ll love how it works!


Retailer

 

Comes with Visual Composer, a premium plugin that creates virtually any type of layout directly in your page/post WordPress editor, as well as seperately in it’s own custom plugin area. Utilizing this you can create a vast range of different websites using the same theme.


BazarShop

 

Many themes are integrating WooCommerce, but BazarShop truly built with WooCommerce rather than around it. Uniquely this theme utilizes specialized checkout pages, zoom effect as standard on products, catalog mode that disables prices on the frontend, as well as your choice of slider (including 2 premium ones) and a popup plugin for opt ins.


Neighborhood

 

We imagine this design to work best with businesses that take their own product photos. Dependent on images for this WooCommerce theme to work, you might be hard pressed to actually use this practically. But if you can, Neighborhood comes with amazing features and a very minimalistic theme in the very best meaning of the word.


Legenda


This is one of those themes that just get it right. Huge featured images, or small thumbnails on the homepage? Whatever type of style you are leaning to, make it the best it can be with Legenda. Any WooCommerce store will look ultimate with this theme from EightTheme, one of the more established WP developers out there.


Flashlight

There’s plenty of Photographer portfolio themes out there for the hobbyists and intermediates, but what to do when you have photographs that people want to buy also? This theme also works great for Art Galleries as well as Showcases for app and website developers. Integrated with WooCommerce, you can take full advantage of your own images, and WordPress’ core functionality.


 

Blaszok

 

No wonder this theme is selling like hot cakes. Every major plugin is compatible or even built-into Blaszok. bbPress makes awesome forum sites, BuddyPress Themes makes great community sites, and WooCommerce makes awesome ecommerce pages. Together with Visual Composer and or Page Builder, you have the choice on what plugins to use with Blaszok, one of the hottest themes of 2014.


Sommerce

With a quirky name, but beautiful code, this theme has deserved it’s spot as the #10 best selling theme on themeforest in the eCommerce section. Create any type of store and reap the benefits of having a mobile ready, responsive, seo optimized website with full customization options as well as unlimited colors and more than 50 custom backgrounds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8+ Best of WordPress Business Themes

Creating a business website with WordPress has never been easier. Just find a suitable theme for what sort of message your business wants to emit, and add your unique content. Sounds simple when it’s written down like this, but in reality, there’s many questions you need to answer before you end up with a well designed website for corporate use.
Please note that our WordPress themes somewhat differ from the similar but more niche oriented “StartUp Themes for WordPress


3Clicks

This theme has a lot going for it. For starters it uses the free plugin “Page Builder” which in an by itself is a great tool for any WordPress administrator. But coupled with powerful skins and predefined layouts, 3clicks provides an all-in-one user interface for creating virtually any sort of layout within the given framework. Plenty of color customization options as well as WooCommerce integration, this makes for a great all-round business theme.


Avada

Needs no introduction, the single best selling theme ever to come out on ThemeForest, with more than 160,000 copies sold and almost as many happy customers, you can never go wrong with Avada. Drawing upon the inspiration from others, you can create whichever layout, style or design you so dream up. If you only ever want to learn one commercial theme’s framework to use for your clients, this theme is it my friends.


X The Theme

One the other hand, if you dislike how Avada functions, you could try out X. Just like Avada, this theme is one of the top bestsellers on themeforest.net and also enables anyone to build anything within the WordPress universe. The difference in these two themes is not necessarily in the look and feel of the website itself, but more-so in how the administrator and webmaster interacts within the administrative panel, when customizing options and so on.


Enfold

One of the customers favorites, this theme has one of the best ratings out of any WordPress business theme out there, or any WordPress theme in general for that matter! And if you look at what Enfold offers, it is no wonder. Superb customer support for any sort of question, linked with a state-of-the-art documentation and FAQ, anyone who purchases this theme will find it within their range of creating unique and beautiful WordPress websites.


The Seven

This theme is perfect for anything with a commercial interest. With it’s clean lines, and sombre, almost dignified feel to it, you can be sure to impress your visitors with this design. Choose one of the many premade layouts for both the frontpage, and any other page in WordPress, using Visual Composer, an easy to use drag & drop interface for building content like never before.


Jupiter

More than 20.000 users have purchased a copy of Jupiter, a perfect theme for anything WordPress. With it’s advanced and unique custom-made template system, you have dozens of templates ready to be put into good use with your webcopy. All you need to do is choose how it should look, and then enter the text into the ready-made fields and your layout will be fully responsive and work perfectly. Every time.


Sahifa

Sahifa is one of the best selling themes at the envato marketplace, and for good reason. A very solid and extensive foundation lays the stepping stones for virtually any blogging or news site imaginable. Updated regularly and well documented, this theme has earned it’s 1st spot on this list as being the best all around adsense ready theme, usable for any situation. While the theme might be slightly over-bloated in my humble opinion, this is common for many themes, and appears to be the norm of TF submissions these days.


BeTheme

Just look at it, a great theme to showcase any sort of portfolio, image-rich product list, or other type of content relying on beautiful, high-quality, retina-ready photographs. This WordPress theme is a stunner!


Cinematix

Social Network Theme that works perfectly well for creating a similar type of website to some of the famous sites out there such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and many more. The name implies a heavy connection with the movie industry, although I’ve found many purposes for this theme spanning further to a BuzzFeed Clone for WordPress, and much more.


 

10+ BuddyPress & Dating Themes For WordPress 2015

BuddyPress is a powerful, free plugin for WordPress that enables more advanced user handling, including the option to build just about any online community out there. It has been used for dating, forums, facebook clones and much more.

For the past 8 years I have diligently taken advantage of WordPress as a platform for a variety of sites of different characteristics. The fact is that these days there are plugins and themes for just about anything you could ever want from a web application, and if it is not built yet, it will be built if someone thinks of it. Because of that, there are not really any limitations on the variety of websites that can be built with WordPress as the core. That fact has only made it even easier to choose WordPress, even when setting up complex websites. Therefore, I have not hesitated to use bbPress and BuddyPress in addition to WordPress related to more community-based websites.


Sweet Date


Are you looking for a WordPress Dating Theme? If so, this is probably the theme you are looking for. Featuring Facebook Login Integration as well as Membership Subscriptions, you can use BuddyPress as the core and this theme as the perfect extension to WordPress. Everything you would want from a normal WordPress theme in terms of layout, responsivity, and clean, flat modern design. It is WooCommerce ready, and has smart notifications, so you as an administrator won’t get bogged down. Combine this with the unique features of paid dating subscriptions all built by the same developers, ensures a seamless integration between WordPress, WooCommerce, BuddyPress, bbPress and your Dating Theme for WordPress.


 

Social Buddy


This theme is created for Niche Communities, or Social Network sites. It is primarily more professional and sober looking, than themes you’d use for dating or recreational hubs, but for more serious topics this theme can make any website work perfectly in harmony with bbPress or BuddyPress. Fresh colors and have plenty of custom functionalities. Unlike some themes I believe that this issue could also be used for personal blogging.


wOffice Intranet



Are you looking to develop a fully functional, well-founded intranet or extranet? If you base it on WordPress and use W Office with it, you can get quite a powerful package for a relatively low cost. The documentation is great and quite extensive, just as the customization options and possibilities for this theme. Any sort of business needing to take care of data internally for shared use can use this theme to great effect. Set up your client with this theme and you will save a lot of development time compared to the cost of the theme.


OneCommunity

Everything from the original BuddyPress stylesheet has been given a serious haul, and is now up to a modern, clean and crisp looking design style. As with all BuddyPress Themes for WordPress, you can use it to build almost virtually any type of online community, and couple it with bbPress to use forums, you got yourself a Facebook clone,


Salutation

This is a colorful theme which makes use of many eye-catching colors. At the same time it is very simple and clean design, which is perfect for a more personal community, or a more simple and minimalistic type of website, where you still have plenty of opportunities to put your personal touch to this theme, and of course always rely on the powerful combination of WordPress and BuddyPress.


 

WildCommunity

Wild Community is a bold and stylish theme where their design is using flat colors, it is responsive and you can easily translate the theme using its .mo and .po files. Nothing less than perfect for an easy start into the universe of online communities.


ReviewIt

ReviewIt is a rather genious stroke of development, with a great integration of BuddyPress. Truly everything standard from WordPress and bPress have been updated and improved. If you want to create any type of review site using WordPress, this great blog theme fits well with especially personal blogs. There is great focus on your posts and sidebar allows you to come up with different information about you (eg a picture, your social profiles, etc.). The theme is obviously responsive, so it can be used on mobile devices.


Kleo Next Level

 

A beautifully designed and truly modern community theme, Kleo is true to it’s slogan of being next level. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything ordinary about this theme, from the way it handles user integration and display, to the way you set up your theme options with minimal amount of effort and error.


 

Score Review

 

One more excellent theme to use for reviews is the so called “Score Review” theme. Optimized for AdSense this WordPress theme is a great choice for especially game and tech reviews and blog posts, and can be used for much more than simply posting your own reviews, as it includes powerful shortcodes and an advanced review system that is SEO optimized and easy to learn.


 

Community Junction

Looking somewhat ambitious this theme strives to take the best parts of the famous social media platforms out there, and roll those features into the famous and most powerful blogging platform out there; WordPress. Looking at the theme demo it is clear that many things have been updated from the original files, and a large amount of work has gone into making a beautiful, responsive BuddyPress theme.