Avoid email sent from your WordPress site ending up in the user’s spam folder.

Did you know that sometimes monthly newsletters or weekly special offers  from your WordPress site are going to your recipients’junk folders? This is a common problem with emails that are sent from a website via PHP.  Different mailbox providers adopt different techniques to decide when an email is or is not spam.

Why does that happen? How can you stop this from happening?  In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to fix this email issue. Read More

How to Add Custom Menus locations in WordPress Themes

WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism to create your own menus and menu structure. From your wordpress admin panel click on  Appearance >>Menu.

Here you can see existing menus and menu display locations. You can create as many menus as you want. But displaying this menu varies  from theme to theme. This tutorial describes how to add additional menu locations to an existing WordPress theme.  Read More

How To Create A Child Theme in WordPress

A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that produce the graphical interface for a wordpress website. You can find plenty of free or premium themes on internet. A good premium theme providers will aggressively

  • Update their themes with new features and functionality
  • Add more security features or bug Fixes
  • Update any browser compatibility issue
  • Keep up with the latest WordPress enhancements.

Whenever a new version of your WordPress theme is released, WordPress dashboard will notify you to update your theme to the latest version. WordPress experts always recommend you to update yo themes to your theme to latest version.

But when you update your theme, you’ll lose all the tweaks you made to it. How can you update a WordPress Theme without losing customization? WordPress is providing an easy mechanism to solve this issue. It is parent theme child themes combination.

What is a Parent Theme?
A parent theme is a complete theme which includes all of the required WordPress template files. Any theme in your /wp-content/themes/ folder is considered as parent theme.
What is a Child Theme?
A child theme is simply a theme that inherits the functionality and looks of another theme – the parent.

How to Create a Child Theme

A child theme consists of at least one directory with minimum two files (style.css and functions.php) in it. In fact only one file ( style.css) is required in child theme. But functions.php is necessary to enqueue styles correctly.

  1. Step1. Create a child theme folder:

    First, create a new folder in your themes directory, located at wp-content/themes.The directory needs a name. It’s best practice to give a child theme the same name as the parent, but with -child appended to the end. For example, if you were making a child theme of twentyfourteen, then the directory would be named twentyfourteen-child.

  2. Step2. Create a stylesheet: style.css


    Next, you’ll need to create a stylesheet file named style.css, which will contain all of the CSS rules and declarations that control the look of your theme. Your stylesheet must contain the below required header comment at the very top of the file. This tells WordPress basic info about the theme, including the fact that it is a child theme with a particular parent.

  3. Step3. Create a functions.php file

    Your child theme’s functions.php file should start with a php opening tag and end with a php closing tag. In between, you can add your desired php code.

  4. Enqueue the parent and child theme stylesheets

    What if Child theme does not overwrite parent themes style.css
    Some times ever after adding css code to your child theme, you don’t see any changes to the site’s style.

    For this, you need to enqueue it and add the parent stylesheet to the childtheme. The correct method of enqueuing the parent theme stylesheet is to add a wp_enqueue_scripts action and use wp_enqueue_style() in your child theme’s functions.php.

    add_action( ‘wp_enqueue_scripts’, ‘enqueue_parent_theme_style’ );
    function enqueue_parent_theme_style() {
    wp_enqueue_style( ‘parent-style’, get_template_directory_uri().’/style.css’ );

5 Best WordPress Product Catalog Plugins

WordPress is a popular content management system that is known for its ability to be a customizable multipurpose platform. WordPress provides a user-friendly dashboard, free library of themes and plugins that is available for all users that have installed this content management system.

Most e-commerce based online stores are using WordPress. When it comes creating an online catalog, WordPress has made it easy for every business to turn their website into an online catalog. Read below and discover the 5 top rated WordPress catalog plugins.

5 Top Rated WordPress Catalog Plugins

1- Product Catalog

The first top rated WordPress plugin is the Product Catalog by Etoile Web Design. This plugin is mainly popular for its minimalistic themed product catalog design and its SEO options. In terms of style, minimal web design is the hottest themed trend in web design today.

A minimal layout is lightweight and promotes sophistication as well as modern web style.  The Product Catalog Plugin is a great plugin that includes a self-help question section and a video tutorial guide to make it easy for anyone who needs instant support.

Best Additions: SEO product pages, custom permalink, drag and drop layout creation, product reviews section, and custom product tagging.

Current Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

Plugin Creator: Etoile Web Design

Plugin Url: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-product-catalogue/

2- ECommerce Product Catalog.

This second top rated WordPress plugin is the E-Commerce Product Catalog created by impleCode. This plugin is known for its easy step by step installation and instant product implementation.  With the E-Commerce Product Catalog it’s easy and compatible to install on to almost any WordPress theme.

The E-Commerce Product Catalog plugin contains amazing custom settings to design specific product items including the on page link color, product price color, font size display per product and other main headings custom color choices available. Aside from its customization features, it is also translated into 19 different languages making the plugin amazing for worldwide use.

 

Best Additions: Easy installation, great internal code base, quick search engine optimized preferences, and great product template selection.

Current Star Rating: 4.5

Plugin Creator: impleCode

Plugin Url: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ecommerce-product-catalog/

3-Catalog for Woocommerce.

The third top rated WordPress plugin is the Catalog for Woocommerce plugin. This plugin is known for its ability to completely change a WordPress woocommerce store into a simple product catalog. The Catalog for Woocommerce may not be the most popular plugin out there, but it provides a quick solution to instantly change a website into catalog form.

 

Best Additions: Color customization, popups enable with shortcodes, ability to hide reviews, price tags, and ratings.

Current Star Rating: 5

Plugin Creator: Phoenix

Plugin Url: https://wordpress.org/plugins/catalog-for-woocommerce/

 

4-WP Catalogue.

The four top-rated WordPress plugin is the WP Catalogue by Enigma Plugins. This plugin is known for its ability to produce great catalog designs in a lightweight manner. The lighter a website is, the faster it will load and this will result into web visitor on page satisfaction. The WP Catalogue is primarily popular for its ability to be lightweight while and provide an abundance of options at the same time.

 

Best Additions: Unlimited product page creation, browser compatibility, breadcrumb installation, drag and drop features, menu options, color scheme selection, and instant shortcode creation.

Current Star Rating:4.5

Plugin Creator: Enigma Plugins

Plugin Url: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-catalogue/

 

5.Ecwid eCommerce Shopping Cart.

The fifth top rated WordPress plugin is the Ecwid eCommerce Shopping Cart. This plugin has the ability to be integrated with some of the major shipping companies like UPS, USPS, FedEx, and other international carriers.  Ecwid eCommerce was created to work for worldwide use. The newest version Ecwid eCommerce has improved the page load speed, SEO Url structures, and widgets.

 

Best Additions: Shopify to WooCommerce easy product migration, sitemap integration, and certified secure shopping cart.

Current Star Rating: 4.5

Plugin Creator: Ecwid Team

Plugin Url: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ecwid-shopping-cart/

Summary

The 5 catalog plugins analyzed above all have different key features that they are known for. Every online catalog has different needs when it comes to custom preferences, product customization, and unique brand identity.  They all have their own unique customization options, installation preferences, and extra integration features. Read the above and make the best selection for your online catalog plugin.

And don’t forget to share this article and please do leave a useful comment as well!

 

About: Ntw designs is an experienced web design company that provides web solutions to companies to of all sizes around the world.

Speed Comparison of Popular ThemeForest WP Themes

ThemeForest is the most favorite and most sought out place for premium wordpress themes.  Most of the themes are created by professional web designers and have high quality design and latest features.

Let us do a speed comparison of  best selling ThemeForest WordPress Themes. What follows is a list of most popular ThemeForest wp themes, sorted by Rank.

We have used 3 tools for this comparison:

A Comparison matrix should help you get an idea of speed performance of these  themes. You can sort the table by any column. Just click on header column to sort the table by that column.

Please note that this Data is as of August 16, 2014.  This may vary if  compared at a later date or if  the theme had a new release.

ThemeForest Rank Theme Name URL PageSpeeed – Mobile Score PageSpeed – Desktop Score GT Metrix – PageSpeed Score GT Metrix – YSlow Score GT  Metrix – Speed in secconds Pingdom Tools Grade Pingdom Speed in Seconds
1 Avada Avada Details 51 75 97 85 5.36 80 3.49
2 X theme X theme Details 65 77 73 81 4.96 96 5.17
3 EnFold Enfold Details 68 87 89 90 4.23 93 2.67
4 Bridge Bridge Details 45 62 89 70 11.69 75 3.63
5 Salient Salient Details 63 77 82 78 8.26 95 60
6 the 7 The7 Details 51 67 84 84 7.74 67 3.81
7 Brroklyn Brooklyn Details 60 71 85 69 4.96 88 2.89
8 Metronic Metronic Details 17 29 63 69 7.17 69 4.8
9 BeTheme BeTheme Details 70 82 86 80 8.02 94 4.26
10 Hemlock Hemlock Details 20 31 73 67 5.81 87 6.57
11 Angulr Angulr Details 49 62 70 83 5.15 80 1.74
12 Hazel Hazel Details 51 54 90 73 2.85 69 7.54
13 Porto Porto Details 27 33 41 68 2.13 80 2.24
14 SEO WP Seo wp Details 47 61 71 89 8.93 82 3.41
15 Story Story Details 15 21 32 77 5.52 85 1.53
16 Flat Responsive Flat Responsive Details 47 60 82 81 8.96 93 6.46
17 Newspaper Newspaper Details 68 92 70 86 4.12 96 4.4

Avada

Avada
Avada

Avada is a Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme by ThemeFusion. It is beautifully designed with built in mega menu at the top. You can select from a lot of different styles of blog including portfolio style, shop style, magazine style etc. It has 17 beautifully designed home page layout options. Avada also lets you include shortcodes on any page or post to add more features. It has a powerful admin panel that let you customize the layout, colors and style within minutes. Admin also include advanced options to enable/disable individual features. Avada includes 4 amazing sliders; Revolution Slider, Layer Slider, Fusion Slider, Elastic Slider. Each slider can be used on any page or post and offers its own set of unique options. Avada can be used for a blog, shop, product selling website and costs $58 on ThemeForest.
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X theme

X Theme
X Theme

The X Theme is a powerful, responsive and stylish theme created by Theme.co. X theme provides multiple unique designs and several layout options to choose. X comes with numerous pages templates and you can easily turn off certain elements like your header or footer on particular pages or can add more functionality to your website using shortcodes. For example, some available shortcodes are: Accordion, Block Grid, Buttons, Icons, Responsive Slider, Responsive Video, Tabbed Content and more. There is a Visual Composer to build complex layouts with these Shortcodes. X theme costs $63 on ThemeForest.
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EnFold

Enfold
Enfold

Enfold is another awesome super flexible and fully responsive theme in ThemeForest that is suited for business websites, shop websites, and portfolio site. It comes with 18 predefined skins and provides several options to modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within powerful admin panel. It has a Drag and Drop Template Builder with a ton of unique elements such as Slider, Buttons, Gallery, team, Tabs, Toggles, Accordions, Pricing and Data Tables and many more. Enfold fully supports a shop option, and has two separate designs for this. Enfold costs $58 on ThemeForest.
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Bridge

Bridge
Bridge

Bridge is another multi-purpose WordPress theme. Main features include: Fully Customizable Headers/ title/ mega menu, set header to be fixed or Sticky Header, Visual Composer for WordPress, different blog page layout, 7 different portfolio single layouts, Full-width carousel slider plugin, Layer Slider, Extremely Customizable, Interactive Elements such as – Counters, pie charts, horizontal progress bars, icon progress bars, elements with animation, graph charts and more. Bridge costs $58 on ThemeForest.

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Salient

Salient
Salient

Salient is a beautiful word press theme that supports video as a background. The theme features 4 Stylish Blog Layouts, 2 Header Layouts + unlimited colors and Footer Column Options. Salient has an advanced version of visual composer. Other features include: Exclusive Nectar Slider, Graphically Intuitive Shortcode Generator, Sortable Portfolio, WooCommerce Support, SEO Optimized, Sortable Portfolio, Child Theme Ready and more.

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The 7

The 7
The 7

The7 is fully responsive and mobile optimized Multi-Purpose WordPress theme. The7 allows you to customize almost every aspect of its appearance. The theme has 12 Ready-Made Skins in different color schemes, Plenty of Blog, Portfolio & Galleries layouts for different purposes. It includes many Coolest and most trendy design features such as Fancy headers, full screen slideshows, Revolution Slider, boxed and wide layouts, striped content backgrounds, parallax stripes, floating menu, and more. The7 costs $58 on ThemeForest.

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Brroklyn

Brooklyn
Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a Creative One Page (single page) word press theme which is best suited to create your personal website or any other type of website such as a food blog, photographer, travel agency, web design firm, a music / video producer site etc. This theme has everything you need and come up with 8 unique pre-made demos. There are 3 different portfolio showcases with really easy management. This Creative multi-Purpose Theme will deliver a great user experience. Brroklyn costs $48 on ThemeForest.

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Metronic

Metronic
Metronic

Metronic is a responsive Admin Dashboard Template. Metronic comes with different theme versions such as Metronic Admin, Metronic eCommerce Front end, Metronic Corporate Front end, Metronic One Page Parallax Front end etc. Metronic can be used for any type of web applications such as custom admin panels, admin dashboards, eCommerce back ends, CMS, CRM, SAAS and websites: business, eCommerce. corporate, portfolio, blog etc. Metronic costs $27 on ThemeForest.
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BeTheme

BeTheme
BeTheme

BeTheme is a Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme with 31 Homepage Options. You can use this theme for almost any niche site including beauty, hotel, travel, school, church, wedding, business,web hosting,real estate, medial, transport, restaurant, shop and more. Using BeTheme you can create one page Website. The BeTheme comes with 4 different grid layouts, 7 different header versions, built in mega menu option, Revolution slider, Many pre-configured Pages, more than 200 shortcodes and huge number of components and much more. Using the Drag and Drop Builder, users can drag all the components of the theme and create a layout as per choice. BeTheme will let users to create unique website real quick. BeTheme costs $58 on ThemeForest.

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Hemlock

Hemlock
Hemlock

Hemlock is a Responsive WordPress Blog Theme available with classic full width blog layout and with Sidebar layout. Hemlock has a clean, straightforward and striking design. Hemlock enabled with Grid Blog Layout, Full Width Featured Slider, various custom post types and widgets, Unlimited color options and more. Hemlock costs $38 on ThemeForest.
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Summary:

So you saw the list. Be your own judge. Compare speeds as well as features and select the best. Note: This blog, wordpressluv.com, is using EnFold Theme and have a decent page speed score and excellent features.