Learn How CSS Grid Properties Work With Griddy.io

If you keep up with web design tech then you should know about CSS grids. These properties are new additions to the CSS3 format and they’re quickly becoming a developer’s best friend.

We recently covered a fun game to help you learn the CSS grid properties, but games don’t always teach practical ideas. That’s where Griddy might be more useful.

This free webapp lets you customize grids in real time and updates live snippets on the page. You can mess with your own custom grid by defining columns, gutters, and margins, and restructure the page to learn how grid properties work.

learn css grids with griddy.io

Griddy is actually a free learning tool made for frontend developers who wanna understand more about CSS grids.

With this webapp you can add new items into the grid, remove other items, and resize them to fit any layout you want.

The webapp has different sections with different input fields for editing grid properties. These let you reformat the grid rows/columns and they teach you exactly what you’re doing along the way.

You can define column gaps, align grid items, and play with justification settings – all through these form fields. Whenever you make a change it’ll auto-update the preview and the small code snippet underneath.

This way you can just copy and paste the CSS into your own stylesheet if you wanna mess with it further. Pretty cool!

griddy webapp preview

Griddy may not be as fun as Grid Garden but Griddy is a practical way to learn and visually understand how the CSS grid properties affect page elements.

To play around with it just visit the Griddy homepage. You can also share your thoughts or questions with the creator on Twitter @drewisthe.

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Best AWWWARDS winners of the last 12 months

When did web design become an art form? We know it sure as heck wasn’t anywhere close to when sites really started hitting the World Wide Web in waves back in the 90s. With no CSS, ugly fonts (the polar opposite of these), brutal colors and a painfully slow loading time, calling websites art back then is like calling a jackhammer music. Thankfully, we now have a world where progression is expected, and much like every technological discipline out there, web design has moved forward so fast that we’re essentially playing catch-up.

It’s quite remarkable to think that we’re in an age where pre-designed website templates exist for those either unwilling or incapable of creating their own. But while what you can find here is useful for non-web designers in terms of templates, there are still those who desire to push the envelope in terms of web design and consequently change our perceptions of what makes a great website. Does it present information in a succinct and appealing manner? Yes, but how exactly does it do that? That’s what Designer Daily is all about, as we want to delve deeper and showcase the sites which take that information and make it art.

However, it’s not just us, as AWWWARDS.com does a great job of featuring brilliantly functional and gorgeously designed sites which can’t help but put a smile on your face. AWWWARDS gives out honors for site of the day, site of the month, and site of the year (alluding to design, creativity and innovation), and as that’s far too many to discuss in one article, we’re going to focus on our favorites from the site of the month category over the last 12 months.

Tao Tajima

Filmmaker Tao Tajima’s site makes such a great use of space because as soon as it loads, the screen is filled with a full-size video of Tajima’s work while the necessary text is overlaid splendidly in white. What’s more, the transitions from one page to the next seem to shimmer and dissolve, making the whole site appear as one living, breathing entity. His videos can be accessed easily enough and come with a short and interesting backstory, while a ‘Play’ button simply begs you to click. A beautiful portfolio on a cutting-edge site.

We The Fans

For ESPN’s upcoming documentary series following hardcore Chicago Bears season ticket holders, an accompanying website has been set up to add further detail and simply to hype the project. The user is greeted with a calming blue screen featuring a lit-up stadium, in addition to the typical sounds one hears in the midst of the action. After clicking ‘Start the experience,’ you can explore particular areas of the stadium and find out more details of the fans featured in the documentary. The overall experience is soothing, delightful and enjoyable, as we’re the ones who get to move around the (admittedly small) section of the digital stadium and read about the fans as and when we feel.

Ghost Recon Wildlands

This site is made for the new Ghost Recon video game, and after the intense and quite shocking video, we’re treated with a map view of Bolivia, where we can play side missions relating to the story. While the missions are mostly observation and don’t involve the user doing too much, it’s still an immersive experience and overall, makes you feel invested in the world. The map design is fantastic, and the moving elements such as cars and helicopters turn it into something so much more.

If you’re a web designer who wants to be a trailblazer and smash preconceptions of what a website is capable of, then the AWWWARDS are merely a way of simultaneously motivating you to try harder and be inspired by the work of others.

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Improve Your Brand With Typography

Branding goes beyond the logo.  It also transcends the product or service and creates an emotional resonance with the public.  Typography assists with creating a brand.

As we move into a digital world, new products or brands are being given the opportunity to shine.

If you’re looking at building a brand which stands out amongst the competition, focus on the role typography plays in creating a deep emotional resonance with your audience.

Designers today work with digital and web technology.  This includes video, illustration and social media.  However, text-based website content plays an important role in building a relationship with an audience.

Once a video has been played, the audience will interact with the text of a website.  In fact, there is probably more text on a website than anything else.  As a designer, you can ensure this makes an impact.

Typeface helps to identify a brand

There are many free fonts available online, but if you’re looking at identifying your brand, paid fonts or unique font designs have their place.  Companies such as The New York Times and Coca-Cola are immediately recognizable by the fonts they use.

Using a single identifiable font gives your page a clean feel.  As a page is not simply made up of headers or titles, you can use other fonts as well.  Limiting your number while creating a neat feel to your page helps to create an identifiable brand which is familiar to readers.

Classic brands have used digital imagery to create an online presence.  This means that their brands remain easy to identify both online and off.  The quality of the design creates a positive experience for online viewers.

What do fonts add to a brand?

Fonts are expressive and give words a visual representation or language.  They are also durable because they help to create an identity for a brand that will remain in the minds of the public.

Brands such as Coca-Cola, American Eagle, Apple, Vogue, Disney and Calvin Klein all use distinctive fonts that help to identify their products and communicate their message.  It is no wonder companies pay such large quantities of money to have a logo designed.

Through using typography, brands communicate a message.  Think of Disney’s typeface logo, which communicates fun, imagination, vibrancy and nostalgia.  However, branding goes beyond the typeface used for a logo.

Aligning you’re the typeface on a website with a company’s message helps to add another layer to the brand.

Which typeface should you use?

There are a great number of different typeface fonts in the world.  Some are wonderful, some terrible, and opinion is sometimes personal.  However, there are some basic design principles to take into account when choosing a font.

Body fonts

When selecting your body font choose lettering which is simple and easy to read.  Some fonts come with serifs or finishing strokes (serifs) between letters, such as Times New Roman.  Others are without these strokes and are sans serifs.

In the printing industry, serifs are often used for text.  Online, however, the copy is often sans serif, and fonts like Helvetica are popular choices.

Fonts for headings

When selecting headings, fonts can be dramatic or full of flourish.  It should also be bold enough to command attention.  Display fonts break up your page, add contrast and direct the user’s attention.  You can use fonts which are eccentric, elegant, beautiful or full of flourish.

The font does have to be easy to read, however.  This is because headings often give a site user quick insight into the contents of a page.  If the font is difficult to read, it will lose its design purpose.

When working with a font, it is often helpful to limit your choice to two options, but vary the weight and height in order to create emphasis or hierarchy within the text.  This will help to create a sense of consistency as well as keep your page uncluttered.

When selecting a typeface, take the following into consideration:

Legibility:  Does your typeface feel familiar to your readers?  Are the letters easily distinguished?  Look at the spacing between the typeface.  Does it flow, so that readers can follow easily?

Readability:  Is it easy to make sense of the text?  Each letter should disappear into the background as the reader recognizes the overall shape of the words.  This makes the text enjoyable for the reader.

Suitability:  Look for a font which is suitable for the product or brand.  Apple, for example, uses a slick, clean-lined and modern typeface as a part of its brand.  Remember to pick a typeface which fits the purpose of your design as well.

Free versus paid for typeface

Many people use the term typeface and font interchangeably.  However, from a technical perspective, typeface refers to the name of the lettering (such as Helvetica or Arial) whereas font refers to the variation within the lettering, such as Bold or Light.

A typeface which is freely available online often comes in only one font.  This means it doesn’t come with a variety of weights and styles.  This might limit your options as a designer.

Many free fonts are also untested, which means that they do not always look the same across web browsers.  This can limit your ability to design your page according to the message you would like to portray.

Quality fonts which have been tested and which are helpful to the design industry are not normally free.  There is a range of typefaces which are fairly inexpensive (between $35 and $75) which will give you a range of options and weights in order to create a cohesive and well-designed site.

There are, however, some designers who charge a great deal for their lettering.  Determine your client’s budget in order to establish how much you have to spend on a typeface.

Services such as Adobe Typekit are helpful to access fonts across the web.  Typekit obtains fonts from different artists, testing them across different browsers to ensure uniformity and quality.  Users can obtain typeface from Typekit.

Creative Cloud is a desktop application which enables you to sync fonts available from Typekit onto your computer.

If you’d like to build up a library of font purchases on your own computer, you can use sites such as fonts.com or myfonts.com.

These fonts can be purchased by you for a set fee.  If you do choose to purchase your fonts, ensure that everybody who will need access to them will have a license to do so if you’re working in a team.  Otherwise, this might exclude certain members of your team from working on a project.

Digitalization adds new options to design

In the past, printing relied on letter setting. When a book or pamphlet was about to go to press, blocks of letters were arranged in a printing press.  Lettering options were limited.  It was also harder to make changes because this would mean rearranging all of the letters in the typeset.

These days, it is much easier to make changes to a page as you go along.  This means making copy easier to read.  You can add or subtract headlines and break up the text.  You can also try out a number of different lettering styles until you are happy with your design.

How does your font speak to your audience?

Each typeface has its own personality.  Some fonts are clean-lined, sleek and modern.  Others speak of elegance and heritage. They bring a sense of trustworthiness and reliability.

The personality of your typeface should combine with the message behind a brand in order to send out the correct message.  This is particularly true with a logo.

Your design should send out a message or first impression to a potential client or customer.  This message will be clear before the client purchases a product.

What meaning will the audience take from it?

A typeface will have to mean to your reader.  If a font is familiar, it will often feel as trustworthy as an old friend.  This doesn’t mean you have to limit your choices.  Instead, consider carefully what your brand is portraying.

Fonts are often related to products we’ve seen in the past and will remind viewers of a range of products, from pickles to candy.  Some fonts are associated with ceremony while others with technology or creativity.

When it comes to font, consider the size, weight and height of your typeface as well.  This will enable your font to whisper, shout or make a simple, bold statement.

As a designer, you have the ability to use type to create a statement.  And to ensure you are putting across the right message.

Understand how your message is received

The choice you make in selecting your font will determine how your readers determine a brand or product.  Are you contemporary, innovative, trustworthy or old fashioned?

How you present a brand will determine audience response.

Although some responses are subjective, it is often helpful to determine how an audience sees a design or product before making a final commitment.

Selecting the best choice for a brand often means determining how the audience interprets your design.

Researching or understanding public perceptions of a typeface will help you to establish the meanings you create for a product and the way that your brand speaks to the audience.

Your design should be invisible

If your design is doing its job, your audience shouldn’t notice your typeface.  This is because the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

You want your audience to gain an overall impression of a brand which transcends both your design and the product.

This might be one of creativity, honesty, reliability, innovation or even intelligence.  This is because it’s the emotional resonance with a brand which motivates a client to make a purchase.

An effective design assists clients to understand a product, organize information, easily digest what is being said and it attracts attention.

This enables the audience to build a story.  In effect, a good design is like the backstage work in a theatre which ensures the audience is able to resonate with the production.

Summary

The story we absorb, or the end product we perceive (form) follows a process of careful and practical planning or creation.  As designers, we want our work to be attractive.

However, it is the thought and creativity we put into it which will result in the emotional resonance with a brand or product.  It is therefore crucial that this is well thought through.  Without it, we simply create an attractive image.

Typography, when used with care, can turn a product into a brand which has a deep emotional resonance with its audience.

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Web Design Museum Shows You Web Design Trends From The Past

We often forget just how primitive the web used to be. Dating back to the late 90s and early 2000s people were just getting online, and even then many didn’t use the web very often.

Nowadays most people can’t imagine life without the Internet. And because of that growing audience, web design has seen many advancements for the better.

The Web Design Museum is an online archive of screenshots from older sites dating back through 1995-2005+. This was the first major decade of the consumer web and it’s fun to see how many sites followed these now-outdated trends.

web design museum homepage

For browsing the museum you have a few options.

You can do a search to find a specific site(s) you’re looking for. This is a fun way to check out different years and changes in designs for your favorite sites like eBay or Google.

But there’s also a really cool timeline page listing a full timeline for each website in the gallery.

This way you can dig into the site’s design for every major year available. Not every company dates back to the 90s, although many examples like Coca-Cola will leave you red with embarrassment.

The Web Design Museum gallery lists over 800 websites with different screenshots dating back to the mid-90s and various redesigns along the way into our present era.

It works much like the Wayback Machine except these screens are just images, not fully archived pages. These screens also feature all the proper CSS/images required to view the sites in fulls — something you won’t find in the Internet Archive’s database for every screenshot.

old cocacola layout webdesign museum

This site probably won’t make you a better designer or help you design faster. But it will give you a taste of the older web so you can see just how far the web has come in a few decades.

To learn more visit the about page and be sure to dig into their massive gallery.

And if you have screenshots from classic websites you can even submit those into the museum to be archived for future generations.

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Mobile SEO – 9 Steps to Optimize for More Conversions in 2018

2018 is going to be a landmark year in the history of SEO, as Google has announced that it will switch to a ‘mobile first index’ this year. Rankings for websites, once the index is implemented, will be impacted by a website’s mobile experience.

So, if your mobile website is not as great as its desktop version, then you can try to make some adjustments to it. In this guide, I am going to cover 9 steps that can help you optimize your website for mobile SEO in 2018, so you get more visibility online, and more conversions. Let’s read on.

Continually improve page loading speed

Page loading speed is important on all platforms, but it increases manifolds for mobile websites. The ideal page loading time for a mobile website is less than 3 seconds. Google offers you a TestMySite tool that you can use to get actionable feedback on page loading speeds for your mobile website.

Some common tips to help combat issues that bloat the loading time for mobile website pages are:

  • Minify CSS.
  • Use browser caching.
  • Optimize images.
  • Make use of image compression.
  • Do away with render-blocking Javascript and CSS.
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I also recommend you check out Behavior and Site Speed in Google Search Console to get detailed understanding page speed issue for your website. As 4G proliferates, the expectations of super fast loading web pages will increase, so slow loading pages are going to find it tough to convert.

Focus on Mobile-friendliness

There has been a lot of talk about choosing the ‘right’ mobile configurations (responsive designs, separate URLs, dynamic serving etc.). Whereas there are pros and cons of each, there’s nothing drastically different in terms of mobile SEO for each.

Instead of the mobile configuration, you should focus on eliminating the issues with your site’s mobile-friendliness.

This is where Google’s Mobile Friendly Test tool helps. This Moz guide, though a couple of years old, is still one of the best resources to help you ace the Mobile Friendly Test.

App Indexing

Many brands integrate their website and app content. For them, there’s every reason to invest effort in app indexing. The concept is not very old but has started featuring in advanced mobile SEO conversations. Simply put, app indexing is actually doing SEO for your mobile app.

Here are the basic rules of app indexing.

  • Fixing crawl errors.
  • Indexing as many app pages as possible.
  • Using keyword research to design and create your app content.
  • Eliminating negative factors such as overlapping interstitials, and content mismatches.
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Engage users through Integrated Tele-call & SMS marketing

You can drive your prospects through the sales funnel by building a complete customer journey map centered on mobile. Email marketing, for instance, becomes the first point, driving your prospects to the mobile-ready website.

Give a button that allows users to “send a text” to your toll-free number for appointments, free quotes, etc. on the website for SMS powered lead generation.

Next up, your sales and marketing team can take over and convert the qualified leads into customers.

Google AMP

In 2016, Google rolled out AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project to enable websites to become mobile friendly. It’s almost 2 years since then, and early adopters of AMP have already reaped the benefits. If you haven’t used it yet, now is the time.

Giving a complete explanation on how to implement AMP for your website would be out of the scope of this article. However, here’s a pretty comprehensive resource to get you started with it.

Google AMP now powers more than 2 billion web pages and 900,000 domains, and it’s time yours became a part of the same. Consider being a part of one of the pending AMP road shows for 2017, to get into the thick of things of the technology.

Google-amp

Optimize Your Mobile Website for Local SEO

Most of your initial mobile-specific local SEO efforts will be geared towards optimizing your website for local keywords. Here are some must-dos.

  • Using city and state name in the title tag, H1, the URL, meta descriptions, and image alt texts could boost conversions.
  • Embed a Google Map that points to your Google Plus Local page.

Improve your website’s UX

Creating a responsive website is not the end of the mobile-readiness game. You need to constantly improve the user experience to drive engagement, and hence conversions.

Two-thirds of mobile traffic doesn’t allow for 3rd party cookies. This can make it a nightmare to track the effectiveness of your mobile website. So, make it a point to use analytics software well in advance, especially ones that can use 1st party cookies to track website visitors.

Tools like ClickTale and Hotjar help you with heat maps and session playbacks, apart from tracking mobile gestures such as pinch, zoom, tap, double tap, scroll, and tilt. Because a user’s mobile behavior could be vastly different from that on desktop, it makes sense to understand the usage patterns, and improve the user experience on mobile.

Voice Search

2016 Internet Trends Report clearly highlighted how voice search was headed up for the stars, and 2017 showcased it amply. By 2020, voice searches could well account for a major share of global searches.

Voice search is conversation-like, and hence the search queries are longer than desktop browser search queries. So, this calls for a move towards long-tail+ keywords (the + sign means adding words that make the keyword more suited for a voice search).

Questions make for a huge percentage of voice search keywords. Also, Google’s suggested keywords (the block of 6 to 8 phrases at the end of the result page) is a good source.

Look for long tail keywords in Google Search Console, that you think will fit well for voice searches.

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Sign up forms

So you think it’s ok to throw a subscription or sign up form on your mobile website visitors. Well, the fact is that 86% users dislike pop-ups and 23% don’t convert even after signing up. And that’s mainly because of a poorly designed form.

Therefore, while designing sign up or login forms for your mobile website or app, keep these things in mind.

  • Use real-time validation to help users complete forms quicker.
  • Keep the number of fields to a minimum.
  • Give them the option to make password visible as they type, to avoid frustration because of wrong password entry.
  • Ask for email or mobile number instead of usernames that they’re going to forget.

Some final words

The biggest news for 2018, from an SEO’s perspective is to be around the launch of Google’s mobile-first index. The best decision you can take for your website is to make it as ready as possible for the big shift.

The tips discussed in this guide will make you ready from a mobile SEO perspective, and will help you improve conversions in the process.

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Communication is key in business: 5 ways to talk to your customers online

Regardless of the nature and the sector of your business, whether it’d be B2B or B2C, downright online or also on location, your customers should be your primary focus. With such vast competition and so much on offer in the market these days, the quality of your customer service and relations can be the breaking point between you and your competitors. Improving customer communication on your website can even increase your revenue. Here are five, easy to accomplish ways of how to improve customer communication on your site.

Blogging

The key to an excellent company blog is knowing your audience and consistently producing quality content. If you have already established your online business, chances are, you also know your target audience. Use that knowledge to deliver targeted and personalized content that your customers will want to read. In your blog posts, try to answer questions your customers might have, provide valuable advice and share your experience. Blogging is a kind of an indirect way of talking to your customers, sharing common concerns and joys. Also, by including social media buttons on your blog, you allow your content to be shared by your readers gaining a wider audience and more potential customers.

Live Chat

There is nothing more frustrating than an inability to contact customer support or difficulty in finding company’s contact details when you have a question to ask about the product or service. Your customers might have inquiries that your blog or website’s copy isn’t answering, therefore, integrating a live chat button on your website is a quick way to handle all sales questions while the lead is still hot, establish a conversation with your potential customers, and reduce your website’s bounce rate. On top of that, using Live Chat, you also get more detailed information about your website’s visitors, such as their location, pages they viewed on your website, email address, and so on.

Web Forms

Generating a good web form on your website is one of the best ways to get input from your potential clients. Online forms are where your potential customers will disclose personal information like email address, name, and surname. Web forms are not only a source of all your customer data but also an indirect conversation starter. Based on the information you get through a web form, you can send personalized emails, sales proposals, and updates about your company directly to your clients. These free forms are the perfect conversation starter. Optimized well, they can help you turn leads into customers.

Produce a lot of visual content

According to research, only 10% of heard or read information is remembered a few days later. However, if that same information is paired with a video or an image, 65% of it is remembered a few days later. Including sales or promotional videos, infographics, engaging images, and other visual content onto your website is an easy way to engage with your customers and grow a loyal audience. Information that you see, and especially if that information connects and motivates you in some way, is easier to remember. It is also essential to make that information easy to share. Who can be better advocates of your brand than your customers?

Use Social Media platforms

Social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram can not only increase your brand’s visibility and become yet another perfect platform to talk about your services and products but also it allows you to listen to what people are saying about your brand. Opinions expressed on social media can come not only from your customers but also from your competitors. Social media presence is vital for any business as it connects you and your customers outside of the “usual environment” like your company’s website. By connecting with your customers on social media channels you establish a less formal contact.

To sum up

Communicating with customers is key to success in any business. Providing perfect conditions for your website’s visitors to communicate with you is essential. In order to do that, it’s good to analyze your website from your client’s perspective and see what it might be lacking. Make sure you include these five points mentioned above on your website to create a more visible and engaging brand as well as establish a loyal audience.

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Top 10 Cryptocurrency Free & Premium WordPress Templates

Back in 2000s the cryptocurrency niche was a terra incognita, the existence of which was not yet known to human. In 2008, someone calling oneself Satoshi Nakamoto set foot on it and brought Bitcoin and the very first blockchain into being. It’s been quite a few years since the day of cryptocurrency inception. It may be you, who’ll push the niche forward with your business. However, to make it to the top, you can’t go without a new-gen cryptocurrency website. So, we present you top 10 cryptocurrency WordPress themes to power it.

What Aspects Should You Account For When Choosing a Cryptocurrency Theme?

  • First of all, decide on the CMS that you’d like to work with. You need the engine that serves best for blogs and corporate websites, and also allows adding some e-commerce functionality on top. Such a website engine is WordPress, the most popular and comprehensive website engine in the world. WordPress is used by more than 30% of all the websites in the world and is an absolute leader among CMS platforms that are out there (find out more here). You’ll appreciate simplicity and extendibility of WordPress that has it all handy in its admin panel.
  • Secondly, think of the color scheme of your preference. The most effective color schemes for cryptocurrency templates are using the shades of blue that highlight your reliability and professionalism, and shades of orange/gold/red that fill your website guests with optimism that comes from the sense of security. Choose the color palette that best fits your corporate identity and your vision of the ideal website.
  • Thirdly, mind user-friendliness and functionality. You need the theme that makes your website a true pleasure to surf on different devices, navigate, learn about different services you provide, and buy, sell and exchange with you. Modern finance WordPress themes will amaze you with their functionality. So, don’t miss a chance to get one of them!

In this post, we share with you 10 modern cryptocurrency themes that we find ideal for creating a cryptocurrency/Bitcoin website. These themes are available to you thanks to TemplateMonster, one of the leading marketplaces in the template market. To experience all the greatness of the templates they offer, see the full collection of their top themes for WordPress.

Take your time to experience some of the best cryptocurrency templates on the market, and we hope you’ll be able to find the one that works best for you! By the way, don’t forget to check out the Live Demos of the templates to see their grandeur in real time.

BitUnit: WordPress Template for Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency Site

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With an unforgettable flair of professionalism to it, BitUnit template is the one that lets your advanced apprehension of cryptocurrency market shine through. The richness of content types available is fostered by Elementor builder, the awesomeness of which is flawlessly enhanced by the indispensable JetElements pack. Within Elementor, it takes just a few clicks to add custom widgets, shortcodes, toggles, raw HTML and much more. Needless to say, precise documentation and 24/7 reliable support help you get through template customization facing no single obstacle.

MineBit: Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency WordPress Template

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MineBit is a paramount candidate to get your cryptocurrency blog going with flying colors. This template brings you not one, but 5 impressive homepage demos, each absorbing the winning elements of a certain web design style. On top of Elementor and JetElements, MineBit motivates you to power an unbeatable UX using CherryProjects, Booked Appointment, Mega Menu, TM Timeline and other value-packed plugins. What’s more, MineBit is the template that speeds up the finalization of your project with its value-laden pack of ready-made cryptocurrency website pages.

CryptoHub: Cryptocurrency Hub Resposnive WordPress Website

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Leaving your competition far behind and making it to prominence is an obtainable goal with the CryptoHyb theme. This theme is Visual Composer compatible, meaning that you can tweak every box and block of it using this highly intuitive and comprehensive visual editing tool. Moreover, it’s highly beneficial that this template comes with electronic commerce functionality underpinned by the leading-edge WooCommerce plugin. WPML support is another template’s point of attraction as it allows you to effortlessly localize every string of text on your website.

TradeBit: First-class Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency Trading WordPress Site

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The next inimitable item in our list is the UI- and UX-brilliant TradeBit theme. With its flawless design, you cryptocurrency ambitions will face no limitations and rely on the sound base of loyal clients. TradeBit theme greets your site guest with an ultimate attention-grabbing treat, i.e. the CTA-buttons-enhanced top slider. What’s more, the template provides you with the mold for every site page you may need, as well less lets you make the choice of header and footer layout pre-sets on your own.

BitRate: White-n-Clean Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency WordPress Design

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You’re more than welcome to tap into new progressive technologies of online cryptocurrency trading with the imperfection-free Bit Rate template. This theme is far from looking unprofessional and blunt. On the contrary, its calm and clean design submerges visitors to the ambiance of modern web design and uniqueness. Commenting on the theme’s feature, we can’t help mentioning such advanced custom-tailored plugins as Cherry Projects, Cherry Pop-Ups, Mega Menu, WordPress Social Login, Elementor and Live Customizer. Moreover, it’s hard to overestimate the user-friendliness of this theme, as the customization experience it fosters is second-to-none.

Bitcrypt: Cryptofinance Multi-function WordPress Template

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One of the most progressive template design studios on the web is happy to present you it’s next brainchild, the UX-first BitCrypt theme. This template has a statement-making juicy design that adds a lot to your brand identity and makes your business recognized among others. You’ll be amused by the multi-concept new-age design elements, more than 100 of which are included to Bitcrypt as a bonus. Screen resolutions of site users are also of no concern to you as this theme adapts to any of them in a jiffy. On top of this all, with Bitcrypt, you’ve got more than 550 fully adjustable options in your hand.

Rebyte: Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency WordPress Theme

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Rebyte is a canonical digital currency template powered by the professionalism-led ZEMEZ team that produces templates since 2004. On top of impressive, classy and readable UI, this template features polished-to-perfection SEO optimization. Built in full adherence to the latest search engine methods, Rebyte theme marries its valid, breach-free core with elaborated SEO tweaks and extensive options. What’s more, you get 5 Rebyte homepages to choose from, JetElements pack to provide for most handy visual editing experience, a solid bonus images pack and way more!

Fully-functional Dinarcek Crypto-blog WordPress Website

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Dinarcek is a one-of-kind crypto-blog template that comes with some unique functionality to it. On the homepage’s top, you’ll easily locate the bar featuring cryptocurrency exchange rates. This bar adds informative value to your site’s UI and confirms your professionalism. With feature-rich Dinarcek, it will take just some hours or days to implement a Bitcoin (Ethereum, Ripple, Monero, Litecoin) website you’ve been dreaming about. This theme is limitlessly customizable, adaptable, flexible and extensible.

Businessup: Finance Crypto-Wallet WordPress Site

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Businessup is a mine of digital trustworthiness and a perfect touching point to introduce your business to the masses. The template brings your contact details to the top and makes sure they’re accessible on every page of your site. After installing your Businessup theme in 5 minutes, you’ll get a chance to feel the creativity flow with all the straightforward editing tools that the theme has on board. Moreover, both developers and non-techies will appreciate the extendible code base of this template making it a joy to customize and enhance.

Bitunit Lite: Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency Free WordPress Design

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Do you procrastinate jumping on your first website design endeavor as you lack experience? You can catch up and get down to practice with the free Bitunit Lite design that’s kindly offered to you by ZEMES team with educational purposes in mind. Fortunately, this free theme is not stripped to the basics. It lets you try Elementor, play around JetElements, enjoy Live Customizer, install WooCommerce and a lot on top of this. All in all, you’ll hardly get your hands on a more advanced free theme in the market!

Congrats! You’ve reached the end of our roundup. Now, you know what the pioneering themes that will dominate crypto-market in 2018 are. Fortunately, all of them have the full potential to become a core stepping stone to your online success.

Meticulous documentation and fast-responding, approachable support will make your goal of powering a striking web presence with a premium WordPress theme attainable. We wish you good luck in this!

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Detailed CSS Inspector on Every Site with CSSPeeper for Chrome

The regular Chrome DevTools panel is crazy powerful. It lets anyone dive deep into any page to study a site’s layout, CSS, and even HTTP headers if needed.

You can do a lot with the DevTools CSS inspector. But it doesn’t have a clear GUI panel and that’s one thing every developer would love.

Check out CSSPeeper, a free Chrome extension that adds this GUI inspector to your browser. It lets you study the CSS properties of any element on any page, although it’s only built for Chrome right now.

Once installed you just visit a webpage and click the extension’s main button in the Chrome add-ons bar. A new inspector window appears on top of the webpage with details about each main element.

As you browse through the site you can click on any element you see with a dotted outline. This can include buttons, page sections, headers, navigation items, you name it.

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From there you’ll get a whole inspector with details on the typography, color choices, and font styles. It’s a great way to pull styles directly from a webpage without digging into the CSS code yourself.

CSSPeeper even lets you pick related colors with a built-in color picker and color scheme generator. You can export images from pages, build your own color schemes, and apply these into your own mockups with Photoshop or Sketch.

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I primarily recommend this extension for designers instead of developers as it’s a much more designer-friendly plugin that pulls raw CSS and transforms the code into easy-to-read chunks of data.

But this plugin can also help developers too! It’s really a powerful site inspection tool for all types of CSS.

Take a look at the CSSPeeper homepage to learn more about what it can do. The main page also includes a link to the Chrome store so you can install the extension free of charge and take it out for a test run.

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A heater that mines cryptocurrencies while keeping you warm

Cryptocurrencies have been a very hot topic since 2017, it’s been in the news daily and keeps on staying at the center of attention. Apart from the volatility of the Bitcoin, one big concern for all the specialists has been the sustainability of the blockchain as a technology, can it really scale and become a mainstream technology?

The example that first comes to mind when talking about this is the insane amount electricity needed to mine a Bitcoin now that it’s expensive. Can you even believe there is a Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index?

French company Qarnot found its own clever solution to this issue, they have released a heater that passively mines cryptocurrencies (Ether by default, but you can change) while warming up the room. They even claim that the cryptocurrencies mined this way will pay for your electrical bill.

The elegantly designed heating device comes at the price of $3,500 and can very easily be set up to start mining as soon as you use it. Normally, the energy used for mining cryptocurrencies will generate some heat that will be cooled down using fans. This makes is use even more electricity. The QC1 by Qarnot turns this heat into a passive feature, which is really clever if it works as well as they claim.

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4 Tips For Getting The Right Talent For Your Design Team

Design plays an important role in business. It can be expected to increase revenue, improve net operating profits, and even boost exports. The smartphone, for example, is a revolutionary piece of technology, offering remarkable functionality. But without designers compensating for the smartphone’s weaknesses, like the ugly camera bump and its fragility, it would not be possible to create a case that hides the bump and protects the phone from scratches and falls. If these weaknesses were not adequately addressed through careful design changes, fewer people would be interested in buying it.

Since a designer or a team of designers plays such a critical role in a company’s business success, a company needs to be very careful when hiring its designers, whether it is just starting out or whether it is looking to fill in some job vacancies. A business can’t simply hire anyone with a degree in design or people with design experience; it has to attract enough good candidates to have a decent chance to pick out the best ones available. It needs people with high talent to create a profitable product, one that appeals to its customer base.

So with that in mind, how do you hire the right talent for your design team?

4 Keys to Hiring the Right Talent

1. Write good job descriptions.

The more clearly you can write your job descriptions, hitting all the salient points in a succinct way, the more attention your published job postings will receive.

2. Use top recruitment software to create your applicant shortlist.

In order to find candidates for a designer job position, it’s not enough to simply publish a job posting on your website, in social media, in the local newspapers, and/or on the most popular job boards. Chances are that you will soon be inundated with hundreds of resumes each day that the ads are running. Unfortunately, most of the candidates will not possess the education, certification, or experience that you are seeking.

Unless you get recommendations from one of the top applicant tracking systems (ATS), things will not go well. Your overwhelmed recruiters will have to review resumes too quickly and superficially, potentially resulting in the failure to notice the most promising applicants. While exhausted human beings only have a short attention span, an ATS system can accurately sift through the relevant data to find the most promising people.

3. Conduct in-depth interviews.

While humans may not be as good at the tasks that software can automate, they are excellent when it comes to interviewing candidates. A good interviewer will have a mix of the following skills:

  • The ability to listen without judging, stay interested in the other person, and remain completely objective.
  • The verbal fluency necessary to ask clear questions.
  • The right blend of intuition, analytical thinking, and common sense.
  • A knack for building rapport through voice tone, articulation, pacing, and pitch.
  • An eye for detail while retaining a big picture perspective.
  • Emotional intelligence to express empathy and warmth.

So besides using the top ATS software to sift through the applicant’s paperwork, you also need highly skilled interviewers.

4. Follow up with job candidates.

If you’ve written a good job description, used top recruiting software to automate your resume analysis, and deployed the services of an excellent interviewer, then you will come across candidates who appear to be a good fit for your culture. Their glowing resume will complement their affable personality, and they will appear eager to work at your company. However, it’s not enough to find the right candidates. You also have to follow up on job candidates. The most promising candidates will also be sought after by other companies. So be proactive in getting back to candidates as soon as you have made your final decision.

Develop A Good Onboarding System

In closing, it’s good to remember that after you have found the right candidate or candidates, you need to have a good onboarding process to create a positive first impression and improve retention. A documented plan for introductory training and assimilation into your corporate culture will serve you well.

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