Archive for July, 2013

Add More Style: Use Unique Icons In Design

Do you consider an icon to be not the most influential part of your website design? Then, I should make you change your mind ; )

What is an icon? It’s a small picture or symbol, which in most cases represents a certain concept in a graphical UI and some content of a website. Icons make your website design stylish and attractive.

I bet, you can really rarely find a website which does not use any icons in it’s design (even if we speak about minimalistic concept)!

There is a variety of icons types: they differentiate in designs, shapes, sizes. Use the icons, when working on your website design: they will help to transform some specific information and ideas into very interesting graphical format.

A simple small icon can communicate a great amount of details and data, which basically could occupy a lot of website space, if placed in text form.

Icons are essential part of a website design: these small attractive and eye-catchy elements cannot go unnoticed for you, as they definitely grab user’s attention and help your visitors (and obviously, your potential customers) to find the content (product, info, whatever!) they search for at your website (which is basically your purpose and goal).

While browsing our collection of templates, pay attention to the icons we used in their design. Keep in mind, that we can help you to create a set of unique icons for UI to meet your needs!

Get inspired with us!

Top Notch Templates For Business

Want to develop your business globally and dynamically? Then there is a need to create a professional website to populate your brand.

We are glad that we can easily help you with building a website. TemplateTuning has got an amazing collection of Business Web Templates. “There’s no luck in business. There’s only drive, determination, and more drive” – states Sophie Kinsella. So, use this drive and determination to conquer new business goals.

Business is definitely a great game, which is played for unbelievable stakes. You’re always in a wild competition with other experts. If you are eager to win, then learn to be a master of the game.

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it s amazing what they can accomplish” – says Sam Walton. I’m sure you would agree with that!

If you see a successful business, be sure – once, in the past, a courageous decision was made by someone. You can run a business to make money. But you should also understand, that this can be an amazing tool to support what you believe in.

Well, now browse our collection of Business Web Templates and choose one, which most closely meets your needs and requirements!

Please, note, that in our Business Website Templates category you’ll find web templates related to financial consulting, investment, business blogs, service companies, professional services, communications businesses, mortgages, technology businesses, shipping, insurance agencies, accounting, business publishing, etc.

Lucky you – what a wide range of choices!

Keep in mind, TemplateTuning professional team will be glad to provide additional customization and help you to create a great website for your brand!

Stay tuned!


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Featured WordPress Themes For Art And Photography

The WordPress templates, which you find at our website, are templates (themes or skins) for the most popular BLOG software system from WordPress. Though, basically, WordPress can be used not just for blog!

A theme modifies the way the site is displayed without modifying the underlying software. WordPress CMS allows you to update content – texts, pictures, links – without a need to work with code! Some of our WordPress Themes are “wigetized” (compatible with widgets).

Click here to enjoy appealing designs of Template Tuning collection of Art & Photography Wordpress Templates. These templates are the right choice for photographers, art dealers, galleries and portfolios. No matter if you are building personal page or some specific website Art & Photography template will work great for you. To save your time and effort please feel free to order template customization services from our experienced Template Tuning team.

Here is a showcase of latest featured Art&Photography WordPress themes!

Your Awesome Dedicated Wedding Website

Bright summer and fall are top seasons for getting married, so it’s perfect time to organize and celebrate your wedding. We love writing about weddings: as everyone imagines the wedding as a personal fairy tale – huge, beautiful and white; couples have great hopes to love each other all their lives as much as if they had never married at all. : )

So, in the modern world building a wedding website is a cool way to communicate with your guests – family and friends. I would dare to say that creating a dedicated wedding website is a leading trend today.

It’s obvious that such website will serve as info-portal about your wedding: all the details about ceremony, dress code, wish list and more can be presented there. Later on you’ll be glad to share photos and videos in your website gallery.

We will be glad to help you making your site stand out from the others! You can browse our collection of Wedding Web templates and get useful tips from this post, as well as to order template customization to fit your needs, if you lack time to work on website!


So, what are the essentials things, which will make your wedding website really a special one?

  1. On-trend look and feel. Recently, we posted articles about latest web design trends: minimalism, flat design, long shadow design, parallax scrolling, responsiveness etc. Feel free to follow and apply any of them to your personal wedding website!
  2. Complete and relevant event information. The details include: ceremony/party time and place, dress code, food and drinks options, wish list for gifts, contact details like an email, phone number or physical address. Use captcha to protect your website from spam and unwanted visitors.
  3. Focus on landing page. Your homepage or landing page should vividly present your couple and clearly show the wedding date.
  4. Tell your love-story. The website should reflect who you are as a loving pair. Your website should match your couple personality and tell your story: how you met, how long you are together, what was your path to marriage and other things, which you consider to be important for both of you.
  5. Upload photos and share news. Add photos, create a blog to share news and make your friends and family stay updated about your story, and have fun! Showcase your favorite and best pictures before and after wedding, later on you can also share photos from the ceremony and honeymoon!

Make your wedding an unforgettable BIG day! Good luck!

Changing Design Trends Of 2013

We love talking about web trends, because it’s kind of predicting the future. The web design and development industry is usually very «liable»to the trends, which appear in IT world and change the flow. It’s important to stay up-to-date, flexible and ready for the changes (which always come!); and obviously, to follow the new tendencies and developments.

Minimalism

Minimalism definitely gives more professional look to a website. Very often less is more:this is a new approach, which is appreciated and followed by web designers.

Infinite Scrolling

Infinite scrolling (like one used in Google Images search) is really liked by the users. Scrolling more and more will bring you to the needed image instead of clicking numerous pages.

Focus on Responsiveness

Smartphones and tablets changed a lot in web-world. Technologies make us find new ways to surf the Internet: responsive feature makes you feel comfortable while browsing the web on different gadgets, desktops, and laptops.

Mobile Web Designing

If you are not eager to go for the responsive (adaptive) web designing (which is weird, I am sorry!), then at least make the design mobile-friendly. The website layout should be displayed equally well with iPhone, Windows 8 phones, or Galaxy line.

Design Transparency

CSS 3 features would be a great way out, if you do not like complex editing procedures in Photoshop. You can easily edit the design elements in terms of varying opacity.

Less Flash

It would be no news for you, that Flash is no more considered as SEO friendly. Recently, Flash has been replaced by HTML 5 and JavaScript. Moreover, Flash designs don’t work fine with mobile devices.

Large Background Images

Large photography in website background is definitely a trend in the web design industry. Why not use it for your website?

Social Media Appeal

Have you seen a website without social media buttons recently? Nope, I have not either! Use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and many other buttons to help your website visitors easily link and share the content they like! Social media is one of the most influential web marketing tools! Don’t underestimate it : )

New Concept: Long Shadow Design!

There is a new trend which gains high scores rapidly all over the web: it’s long shadow design!

The trend is brand-new, and web designers have just started chatting with wonder about it in recent weeks!

Though, “long shadow” is not a new term, as it’s in fact borrowed from lighting and photography terminology. Long shadows shown in photographs are there to create a high-drama effect.

In web design, long shadows are being added to objects in flat design schemes. Actually, long shadow design adopts a lot of the flat design principles. Some folks even consider it to be a form of flat design!

Similarly to flat design, the long shadow design is based on simple shapes and clean lines. It also applies a bright and vibrant color palette (and basically color is also used for shadows).

The long shadows are created by using a tint of the color with no fading, shading or graduation of color. It means that these shadows are also flat. Most shadows fall to the lower right corner of the object at a 45-degree angle, although some designers use 120 degrees. The edges of shadow are sharp and add some extra depth to the overall look and feel.

What is peculiar about long shadow design is that it’s kind of a limited concept, because it is intended only for small elements like icons or buttons.

You can see the showcase of long shadow design and learn more about the concept here!

Stay tuned, dear friends!

Your Website Branding

You will agree, if I say that brand (the whole concept of your brand) is more than just a catchy logo and memorable company name. The brand is about trust and your good relationships with the customers. Your clients (potential or regular) need to know they can completely trust your brand, which provides some important products, services or experiences.

All your steps and actions done for site branding should be carefully and well thought-out! Trust and credibility are essential basic components of your successful interactions and establishing good relationship with your customer.

Your company identity should vividly present and “express” your company’s goals and principles. Don’t let yourself to mislead your customers, otherwise soon or late you’ll regret about this and you know why…

Make people remember your brand, return to you for new interactions and recommend it to others. The positive word of mouth is the most powerful marketing and advertising tool, believe me.

We are overloaded with lots of information, bombarded with facts, opinions, suggesting. People respond to these suggestions differently, depending on their background, what they value or what they seek for. Does your company website provide something important and unique? Think a lot about the audience you hope to reach and develop for. Your brand, your company, your business is your customer.

So, when building a trusted brand, make sure that customers will be able to give you five starts for: content quality, website performance (speed), ease of use, satisfaction and brand value.

Obviously, the customers compare your company and brand website with your competitors. In ideal case, you should dominate in all business aspects: provide the best price, product, service, and user experience. But frankly speaking you can rarely find a company that dominates in all the areas. This is the reason, why establishing high-class brand value will help your clients to become your regular customers.

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Go Minimal!

The concept of minimalism in web design, which we discussed some time ago, is not really simple, as it may seem.

We believe that in most cases simple sites tend to be more effective because you do not overburden your site visitors and customers with lots of bad-structured information and design tricks. Sometimes less is more, and you know this.

Every element of your website should be a practical and functional item, not a “decorative” one. If there is no good reason for the graphical element to exist at your website, please, avoid it. A reason “it looks nice here” does not work for minimalism.

Absolute simplicity can be reached through avoiding the use of borders, patterns, gradients, different textures and etc. There is no real need to organize the content visually.

Focus your attention on general website structure: position website elements according to their relevance to each other. Simple geometrical shapes work best, – trust us.

One more important aspect of achieving the clean “minimal” style effect is using color in a smart way. We would recommend to combine gray scale and a bright colors. The predominant color should be of gray scale, and the bright colors can be used for the functional elements such as navigation, buttons, etc.

Your main goal is to keep sheer simplicity.

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Is Captcha A Remedy For Spam Problems?

I guess there is no need to explain what is captcha and how it functions. I bet all of you came across it many times while registering a new account, filling out some online forms or downloading something.

Obviously, the main goal and purpose of captcha at any website is to prevent spam. One of the most popular types of it is a text based captcha: usually it’s a combination of random distorted alphanumeric characters, which cannot be comprehended by robots and machines. Sure, humans can recognize the symbols, as we are able to perceive patterns visually.

But does captcha really control spam? Basically, spam is human- or machine-generated bulk messages, distributed online. That’s no news that spam can be used to manipulate online content, post unethical links on sites, access confidential information or spread malicious code.

First of all, captcha helps to distinguish between a human and machine, because more often spam is generated automatically by machine bots.

There are different types of captcha, which help to prevent your website from spam attacks: text or image recognition, logic questions, friend recognition and user interaction. Each type has its own set of advantages and limitations, but more or less can help you to protect your website data and your visitors. Captcha is one of the essential tools for web security, don’t underestimate it.

We’ll be glad to help you integrate captcha on your website! Feel free to contact TemplateTuning team with your request!

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