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September 2018

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Reveal Artist Portfolio Theme for WordPress

reveal wordpress grid portfolio theme for artistic people and college dropouts

wordpress portfolio themes

Known as a minimal portfolio theme, Reveal will truly help you reveal what you feel like the world has to know about your brand. It is an Ajax-powered project, which means that it is a responsive theme—truly an important facet of themes these days. What’s good is that you can try a live demo, so you’d know if it’s the kind of theme that would go well with your blog, and it even has great theme options that include CSS, custom colors, and even your very own logo so you could personalize both your brand, and your blog all the more!  Here are some more amazing minimalist WordPress themes.

Reveal also makes use of smooth filtering animations and hover effects that would surely make the portfolios you’d create to be outstanding. You can even create your own contact forms, and can also make use of Google Fonts and video support to enhance your website in full. Plus, there are promo codes and discounts that flash onscreen from time to time so you can enjoy the theme without spending too much—especially if you’re only starting to get your hands into creating websites. With a vast list of options that can make your website news better, Reveal certainly is a revelation in itself!

The Reveal WordPress theme is one of those creative and responsive design portfolios that I just can’t keep my eyes off of. This template is ideal for any sort of portfolio with its clean and minimalist style paired with Ajax powered project viewing. That makes this an ideal theme for showing off your best work. With plenty of short codes and tons of theme options this responsive and mobile-friendly WordPress theme has localization support, multiple portfolios with cool animated effects that make your portfolios look incredible and it even supports embedded videos from YouTube or Vimeo or any other of your favorite video websites. There are contact forms and the typography is handled by Google fonts. I think theme trust is one of the best designers in terms of support and you can always count on them to get back to you fast if you should run into problems.  Check out our collection of outstanding WordPress portfolio themes if you’d like to see more themes like Reveal.

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Hydra, Fast Loading WordPress Blog and Portfolio Theme

hydra-demo-wp.ecko.me-EckoThemes - Hydra WordPress Theme

With a claim of blazing speed, I’ve just got to review this theme.  Hydra is a full-featured WordPress theme that has a left and right aligned demo for your pleasure.  With a launch price special of $39, you better get this thing while it’s hot.  For personal blogging sites, professional creative sites and more, Hydra is a dangerous ally to have.  You want to be careful, you cut off the head, two more grow in it’s place.  That can add up after a while.

Hydra has a responsive full page layout, it’s perfect for any of the thousands of different devices folks can possibly access your site with.  That means your pages and posts will look incredible and functionality will remain high on all devices, no matter what.

They’ve included dozens of finely crafted shortcodes to extend the native capabilities of WordPress, easy to configure through the WordPress post editor.  For bloggers of all kinds, that’s an incredibly user friendly way to get a site online and begin to build it’s popularity.

Hydra offers custom widgets you can select from, there are a dozen of them by the way, and Hydra supports all default widgets too, including the new gallery widget available in the newest WordPress 4.9 release.  Read more about that here.

Over 700 Google fonts, the WordPress customize, Hydra is developer friendly and it also contains tons of documentation for easy, user-friendly adjustments to your website.  Retina ready, translation ready into any language, unlimited colors and demo data is included.  That’s a lot of features.

Okay, on to the claim of blazing speed.  So many lies get told, I have to check them on it every time.  I tested this theme from three locations and here’s where it was the fastest, Stockholm, Sweden.  Check it out.

tools.pingdom.com-Website speed test

So….yep, fast as can be.  Man, just 37 requests and a 95 grade.  Better than 96% of all themes out there, that’s cheetah speed baby!  Like they say in the advertising copy, nobody likes to wait.  They claim rigorous code optimizations to reduce bloat and I’d say it paid off handsomely.  SEO is going to be a piece of cake with Hydra, that theme is incredibly fast.

So, all things considered if you need a really fast blog and portfolio theme, Hydra could be the answer.

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WordPress 4.9 Released

Well, the time has come to say hello to WordPress v4.9, so I thought I’d check in to see what you can expect to see with this new version.  I did some scouring of the internet to see what people are saying and the word is, it’s a big improvement over previous versions.

WordPress 4.9 is named Tipton, after jazz musician Billy Tipton.  All the major updates are named for jazz musicians and singers, if you didn’t already know that.  There are tons of features to help smooth work flow and make for a better user experience overall, particularly in terms of coding errors.

There are design drafts, scheduling, preview links and locking, the theme customizer workflow is greatly improved for collaboration between different bloggers or content creators.  Also, there’s code syntax highlighting and error checking.  That’s meant to make for a smooth site building experience.  Oh yeah, there’s also a slick looking gallery widget now too, which is very nice and it’s a great way to lay out your images.

Customizer Workflow Improvements

Draft and Schedule Site Design Customizations – Yes, you read that right. Just like you can draft and revise posts and schedule them to go live on the date and time you choose, you can now tinker with your site’s design and schedule those design changes to go live as you please.

Collaborate with Design Preview Links – Need to get some feedback on proposed site design changes? WordPress 4.9 gives you a preview link you can send to colleagues and customers so that you can collect and integrate feedback before you schedule the changes to go live. Can we say collaboration++?

Design Locking Guards Your Changes – Ever encounter a scenario where two designers walk into a project and designer A overrides designer B’s beautiful changes? WordPress 4.9’s design lock feature (similar to post locking) secures your draft design so that no one can make changes to it or erase all your hard work.

A Prompt to Protect Your Work – Were you lured away from your desk before you saved your new draft design? Fear not, when you return, WordPress 4.9 will politely ask whether or not you’d like to save your unsaved changes.

Coding Experience Enhancements

Syntax Highlighting and Error Checking? Yes, Please! – You’ve got a display problem but can’t quite figure out exactly what went wrong in the CSS you lovingly wrote. With syntax highlighting and error checking for CSS editing and the Custom HTML widget introduced in WordPress 4.8.1, you’ll pinpoint coding errors quickly. Practically guaranteed to help you scan code more easily, and suss out & fix code errors quickly.

Sandbox for Safety – The dreaded white screen. You’ll avoid it when working on themes and plugin code because WordPress 4.9 will warn you about saving an error. You’ll sleep better at night.

Warning: Potential Danger Ahead! – When you edit themes and plugins directly, WordPress 4.9 will politely warn you that this is a dangerous practice and will recommend that you draft and test changes before updating your file. Take the safe route: You’ll thank you. Your team and customers will thank you.

Tons of Widget Updates

The New Gallery Widget – An incremental improvement to the media changes hatched in WordPress 4.8, you can now add a gallery via this new widget. Yes!

Press a Button, Add Media – Want to add media to your text widget? Embed images, video, and audio directly into the widget along with your text, with our simple but useful Add Media button. Woo!

Enhance Your Site Building

More Reliable Theme Switching – When you switch themes, widgets sometimes think they can just move location. Improvements in WordPress 4.9 offer more persistent menu and widget placement when you decide it’s time for a new theme.

Find and Preview the Perfect Theme – Looking for a new theme for your site? Now, from within the Customizer, you can search, browse, and preview over 2600 themes before deploying changes to your site. What’s more, you can speed your search with filters for subject, features, and layout.

Better Menu Instructions = Less Confusion – Were you confused by the steps to create a new menu? Perhaps no longer! We’ve ironed out the UX for a smoother menu creation process. Newly updated copy will guide you.

Just for the Developers

Customizer JS API Improvements – We’ve made numerous improvements to the Customizer JS API in WordPress 4.9, eliminating many pain points. (Hello, default parameters for constructs! Goodbye repeated ID for constructs!) There are also new base control templates, a date/time control, and section/panel/global notifications to name a few. Check out the full list.

CodeMirror available for use in your themes and plugins – We’ve introduced a new code editing library, CodeMirror, for use within core. CodeMirror allows for syntax highlighting, error checking, and validation when creating code writing or editing experiences within your plugins, like CSS or JavaScript include fields.

MediaElement.js upgraded to 4.2.6 – WordPress 4.9 includes an upgraded version of MediaElement.js, which removes dependencies on jQuery, improves accessibility, modernizes the UI, and fixes many bugs.

Roles and Capabilities Improvements – New capabilities have been introduced that allow granular management of plugins and translation files. In addition, the site switching process in multisite has been fine-tuned to update the available roles and capabilities in a more reliable and coherent way.

And probably a ton more.  but that’s enough of a list for now.  What do you think, have you updated yet?  I have and love the experience so far.

If you’d like a great looking WordPress theme to install on your fresh update of WordPress 4.9, check out our WordPress video themes, WordPress personal blog themes or WordPress minimalist themes, which are three of our most popular posts.  Or, check out a free theme like Silverbow or Quartz.

 

 

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Weedles, WordPress Theme for Virtual Reality Store

Weedles is a wonderful WordPress theme for virtual reality companies.

If you’re running a virtual reality company, you might just want a theme like Weedles.  So purple!

This theme is called Weedles. It’s built for virtual reality companies, which may be why you’re here.  But then again, maybe it isn’t.  Weedles looks like it’d be great for any sort of new technology.  If you’re into the latest gadgets, perhaps you need a great theme too?  Software too, I think as an SaaS promo theme, Weedles could be a nice fit.  Virtual reality is about immersing yourself in a new world, seeing things in a new way.  That may be what Weedles is trying to do with this theme.

Here’s what the theme developer Design Themes, says about Weedles.

Our new WordPress theme Weedles is focused on virtual reality. It has modern design and stylish and handy interface. The theme can be used as a promotional page for a VR product, a VR blog or online magazine, and even an online store of VR sets and accessories.

Weedles is loaded with diverse pre-built pages, so you can feel relaxed while creating your online presentation – just import them using one click demo installation option! One of the main features is Visual Composer compatibility, so no worries if you want to get more creative with your pages – due to cool shortcodes, it’ll be fun and easy to build the new layouts. We have made the theme compatible with such plugins, as Essential Grid, Slider Revolution, WooCommerce, etc., and built it entirely responsive and SEO ready.

Virtual reality is a big business and if you want to capture part of that market, WooCommerce is the shopping cart of choice for many folks.  The design of this store is flat, modern and tech-savvy.

This is Weedles' shopping cart page, flat in style, clean layout, big bold typography.

You can’t sell stuff without an eCommerce theme. It stands to reason.

Okay, that’s our review of Weedles, which can mean only one thing.  It’s time for the links.  Check this out for more information and to get hosting, should you need it.

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Sancho’s, WordPress Theme for a Mexican Restaurant

Sancho’s is a new WordPress theme that will be perfect for mexican food restaurant, cafe or catering service.

Sancho’s is a new WordPress theme that will be perfect for Mexican food restaurant, café or catering service.

This theme is called Sancho’s and it’s meant to be a nice looking website for upscale Mexican eateries, though I suppose it would work just as well for any sort of restaurant, whether it was an ethnic restaurant or regional dining establishment.  What does it matter what *kind* of food you serve?  If the theme has the right look, it has the right look and that’s pretty much all there is to it.

And Sancho’s has a look that would fit a lot of restaurants, in my opinion.

Sancho’s was developed by MW Templates, who have been developing WordPress themes for quite a while now, racking up around 7000 sales so far with a solid overall rating, though most of their sales are of PSD templates or HTML templates rather than actually fully developed WordPress themes.

Nowadays ordering food to the office during working hours has become an ordinary deal. The chain of different food delivery services is growing bigger and bigger every day. So in order to stay on top compared to your rivals, you want to make sure that your website is bright and eye-catching as well as professionally made. It’s not just the most modern and effective way of growing your business but also your main working platform.

That is why we offer you the easiest solution. Our latest theme is surely going to be a very convenient website that is going to take your business to the next level.  You’ll find all the necessary sections for an effective website, plus, all the layers are grouped, named and organized appropriately for your convenience.

Bear with me here, did you know what a ‘Sancho’ is?  I assumed it’s a nickname, like how people named Anthony are often called Tony, Robert can be called Rob or Bob, or Richards can be Dicks.

I’ve known a few that were.

For ladies, it’s the same.  Margaret gets two nicknames, Peggy or Daisy. Weird, right?  More?  Well, gee, I guess I could…Sarah becomes Sally and Mary becomes Polly.  Best of all, Buffy is a shortening of Elizabeth.

Who knew?

Anyway, I assumed Sancho was short for something else, like Chava is short for Salvador and Jesús can be shortened to Chuco, even though that’s not much shorter.  Also, José becomes Pepe.  So all this time, that formerly innocent, mildly amusing frog meme that’s become completely racist was really José the frog?  Feels bad man.

Anyway, a ‘Sancho’ is the ‘other man’ when a woman cheats on her husband.  Weird, right?  Anyway, where was I?  Oh yeah, the Sancho WordPress theme.  Get it.  Or don’t.  I don’t care.

I just found out what I was thinking of, maybe.  Pancho is a nickname for Francisco.  Pancho or Paca, either can be used.

So, that’s our review of Sancho’s with a bunch of extra bullshit thrown in for good measure!

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Waulah, Pinterest Inspired WordPress Blog Theme

Waulah Infinite Scroll Pinterest Style Theme for WordPress

Got a hankering for some Pinterest style goodness? Have a look at the handsome and talented Waulah theme.

This theme is called Waulah, by a developer called uipro.  This theme may look a little familiar to you, particularly if you spend as much time on Pinterest as I do.  That’s probably because it’s clearly a Pinterest inspired, infinite scrolling blog theme. But you’re not locked into that style, while there is the Ajax infine scroll option, you can also use simple pagination or the Ajax load more button option.

This is what the theme’s developer has to say about Waulah.

Waulah is a premium, clean, modern, feature-rich and easy-to-use grid based infinite scroll news, magazine and blog WordPress theme. It is suitable for wide-range of blog niches such as personal blog, fashion, photography, travel , sports, editorial, news, magazine etc.

The theme is very flexible and super easy to use. It is packed with tons of features, including theme options ( with a lot of customizing options ) and custom widgets. SEO base already built-in with rich snippet microdata for articles.

Enjoy fresh responsive design, amazing new features, complete 1-click demo import & regular theme updates and feature enhancements. And don’t hesitate to ask us for help, we love supporting our customers. If you have a great time with this theme, don’t forget to rate it five star!

An intuitive theme options panel helps you navigate the process of updating your site and lets you create a tailor made blogging site that looks just like you want it to look.  Customize the typography, headers, homepage settings, the blog settings and social networks.

Speaking of social networks, Waulah knows how important social media is to marketing your website, which is why they’re made it easy to share content with simple to configure social share buttons for Telegram, Whattsapp, Viber, Pocket, Odnoklassniki, VKontakte, Tumblr, Stumbleupon, Reddit Google+, LinkkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and, of course, Pinterest.

Responsive design, one click demo data import, mega menu support, structured data markup and more make this a full featured, fast loading and user friendly theme for all occasions.

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Leka, Fresh WooCommerce Theme with Multiple Styles

Leka has 7 great looking demo sites you can choose from. Here are six of them to whet your appetite for more.  What will the 7th one look like?!  I’m going to guess it’s a modern, somewhat simple design with plenty of white space and an eye catching set of images, because that’s what the others are like.

Leka WordPress WooCommerce Themes

With Leka, you get seven great looking theme demo styles for major flexibility.

Leka is a theme by Linharex, a developer with an eye for simple catchy designs that never forgets to add the features where they need to be.  This is what Linharex has to say  about what Leka brings to the table.

Leka WordPress WooCommerce Theme has ideas and inspiration for all types of ecommerce stores, including: Fashion, Shoes, Jewelry, Watch, Hi-tech,…and more. Based on the latest Foundation technology, this WordPress WooCommerce theme its self prides its unrivalled responsiveness and mobile-friendliness.

This responsive WordPress theme comes with pixel perfect design, dynamic mega menu, incredible revolution slider, product widgets, nice effect Static blocks, good-looking 404 pages pre-html code for blog integrate and lots of other great features. It also includes Powerful Theme Options allowing you change colors and features of theme just in some minutes. With Leka, you are able to customize many aspects of your theme such as footer, navigation menu and fonts with ease.

Let’s move on to more information.  Oh wait, one more image first.

Leka Full Screen Image WooCommerce Theme

Leka has been downloaded over 500 times from Theme Forest and it’s averaged a 4.52 rating so far. Nice!

With a completely responsive design, Leka is a mobile first eCommerce theme that looks great on handheld devices and laptops too.  Visual Composer powers this theme, but we’ll forgive that because the site is smooth loading and simple enough to overcome the drawbacks of Visual Composer.  Optimized for speed for great SEO, Leka also has a powerful admin panel for simple editing and customizing of your website.  From what I’ve read, they offer great support and the strong, in-depth documentation helps round out what Leka has to offer, so I think this theme could be a very good value at just $59, considering the bonuses you get with each download.

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Fenix, GPL Licensed Multi Purpose WordPress Theme

Fenix is something a little bit different.  I know, you’ll look at Fenix’ design, the full screen images, the big text headlines over those images, the stylish professional or personal blog, the portfolio that’s perfect suited for creative agencies, the eCommerce shop that’s ideal for any type of products.  You’ll look at all that and say, that looks like a lot of stuff on the market.  It’s a pretty typical Multi Purpose WordPress theme.

And you’d be right.

But it’s also one of the best looking 100% GPL WordPress theme on the market.  You’ll know because it says this just under the description of the license’s available on Theme Forest.

This item is licensed 100% GPL.

So, GPL, that isn’t the case on every theme, particularly one that has this many features.  Let’s have a peek at what the theme’s developer Evolve Themes, has to say about this template.

Have you ever tried to create a website and, after hours of attempts, the end result wasn’t really what you had in mind?  Fenix is the multipurpose theme we’ve always wanted to build. Born from years of experience, Fenix goal is to provide a tool to go live quickly, with a beautiful presentation and still be easily editable.

Let’s have a look at some of the different styles that are there to be had.  A creative portfolio like Fenix is a great way to make the impression you need to.

Here’s a WooCommerce powered online store, simple looking and elegant, easy to use and easy to navigate through the process of shopping, checking out and paying for products.  It really is easy to use.

Here’s the creative agency design, I really love those bold images.  Now, you may not have such striking images, but whatever you have is going to look great.

Alright, one for the road.  This is just another look at a front page. 

Okay, so, here we go, it’s Fenix.

Six bold demo styles, classic, blogger, shopping, creative, photography and app promotions, they give you the style flexibility to make a great looking website.  Fenix is fast, it’s performance is incredible, layer slider is included, Slider Revolution too and Fenix uses the Brix Page Builder, though it works with Visual Composer and Beaver Builder, as well as Elementor.  If you prefer those page builders, you’re in luck.  If you prefer Visual Composer, I’d recommend you pick a different page builder.

With a responsive design, a classic single column blog layout, a grid blog design, sidebar layouts for every page, post formats support, the Fenix theme really adds a ton to any project.

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Ballard, Modern Personal CV, Restaurant and Agency Theme

ballard-personal.tommusdemos.wpengine.com-Ballard Personal – Just another Your SUPER-powered WP Engine Multisite Install site

This theme is called Ballard.  Is it named for the neighborhood in Seattle, famous for ultra-rich hipsters and $10 cups of coffee, expensive dive bars and aging hippies with million dollar houses?  If so, I’m not sure it’s hit the mark in terms of design.

Ballard is a incredibly clean, basic and flat vCard or personal resumé theme.  Made by Tommus Rhodus, Ballard has a distinct style, a multi-niche design that works for more than just vCards, there are several different demo styles we’re going to highlight in this post. (PS – Tommus Rhodus created another great theme we just reviewed, it’s called Foundry. It’s a flat, Bootstrap theme for business, so it’s got a lot in common with Ballard here.)

What does Tommus Rhodus have to say about Ballard?  Read on to find out.

Ballard is a finely crafted, minimal WordPress Theme for creative professionals, restaurants, law firms and agencies looking to establish a smart online presence. We’ve gone for a simple approach without a page builder, meaning your site will be easy to use, and most importantly, fast to load with no plugin bloat!

Stand out from the multi purpose crowd with bold templates that bring your resume or portfolio to life. Build a unique agency website that represents the attitude of your brand.  Ballard’s strong restaurant template has a contemporary design edge that blends seamlessly with your business aesthetic.  We think Ballard looks so good, there should be a law against the included legal firm template!

Agencies, personal CVs, restaurants and law firms, that’s the niches that Tommus Rhodus recommends you consider Ballard for.  I don’t know about any of that but I do know a little bit about Tommus Rhodus, enough to know they make really cleanly coded, very popular WordPress themes.  The vast majority of themes they’ve created get rave reviews, averaging 4.8 overall with almost 2500 total reviews so far across all of their themes.

That’s a lot of reviews.

Considering they’ve sold their themes nearly 50k times, they’ve got their game dialed in.  Support is fantastic, the documentation is strong.  There’s really quite a bit to like with all their themes and Ballard is set to join the ranks of the best vCards around.

Here’s the simple, dark background restaurant theme style.

ballard-restaurant.tommusdemos.wpengine.com-Ballard Restaurant – Just another Your SUPER-powered WP Engine Multisite Install site

Here’s a strange one, the blue screen of death WordPress theme!

ballard-agency.tommusdemos.wpengine.com-Ballard Agency – Just another Your SUPER-powered WP Engine Multisite Install site

They’re saying that’s for a design or creative agency.  Sure, why not?  Who needs more than a color and some words?

Well, we’ll be back in the near future to take a crack at more reviews of WordPress gems.  Stay tuned!

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Proton, Simple and Fast Loading Minimalist Portfolio

neuronthemes.com-Proton - Minimal Portfolio Theme Crafted from NeuronThemes

neuronthemes.com-Proton - Minimal Portfolio Theme Crafted from NeuronThemes

Want a great looking, minimalist portfolio theme that’s built for style, performance and ideal for creative agencies who want to make a great impression.  Proton aims to be faster, lighter, simpler and better than other themes for every day use.  Classic style or modern style, you can switch between the two with ease.

The theme options are equally powerful, easy to use and user friendly.  Set options page to page or through the entire site at once.  Translation ready, any multilingual plugin works great with this theme, since the po-mo files are included.

I love the different portfolio styles, the masonry grid portfolio is particularly attractive.

This is Neuron Themes, an Elite Author on Theme Forest, this is their description of Proton.

Proton is high quality creative theme with great style and clean code. Proton can be used for many purposes starting from minimal portfolios, agencies, freelancers and much more. Template is created and tested in all devices and works perfectly without a single issue.

You want to talk about fast loading?  That’s Neuron Themes’ Proton, absolutely.  Have a look at this.

That’s a really solid result, especially considering they didn’t leverage browser cache properly.  Do that and your site is going to load up even faster.  And with this theme, that’s going to have massive impact on your rankings.

The typography is gorgeous and easy to change if you happen to want a different option or different look.  There’s a one click demo import feature so your site can be set up quickly.  And if you need a simple, beautiful and stylish online shop, WooCommerce is fully supported with Proton.

Unique portfolio styles, clean code and fast load times.  Proton is everything it advertises itself as and I highly recommend this theme.

Want something a little different?  Well, take a look at Mango and Crate.  These are a couple other themes by the same developer as Proton and both are really great looking themes that work very well for a ton of portfolios.  Neuron Themes really does a fantastic job with minimalist themes and we know that if you love a simple, professional and fast loading theme, this one could be right for you.

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