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How to select a suitable WordPress Theme/Template!

The title itself says a lot! Selecting suitable wordpress theme/template is confusing, especially from thousands of designs available upfront! We show how to put the Best Foot Forward.

“Freedom of choice paralyzes” says Psychologist Barry Schwartz but narrowing down helps avoid “analysis paralysis”. Newbies can’t decide what exactly they need, have just a rough sketch in mind. In this backdrop, we get you started.

Step 1: Narrowing down for better theme/template selection.

WordPress theme/template developers already have created many distinct branches. First identify which branch you would focus on. Out of the many, here are the broad demarcations:

  1. Creative
  2. Corporate
  3. Blog
  4. Magazine
  5. eCommerce
  6. Retail
  7. Entertainment
  1. Non-profit
  2. Technology
  3. Miscellaneous
  4. Education
  5. Real Estate
  6. Wedding, and
  7. Buddypress

Quite a mouthful so to speak of!

But the task is nicely cut and all you do is identify your suitable branch. If undecided still, choose the nearest, matching branch and you are good to go!

Step 2: Decide whether looking for Free or Paid options!

Free themes save you money whereas the paid ones reduce labor. With the latter, you can look for guidance, solving formatting and myriad other issues. Good authors even throw in a forum addressing all queries.

The above classification came from paid themes (Did we say reduced labor)? With free themes, you can always change themes

  • for the heck of it, or
  • because the overall look & feel didn’t meet your expectations, or
  • because it was too difficult to work on, or
  • any other reason.

Both: paid & free themes have their pros and cons. You can always start with free themes and switch later on to paid ones, the choice is yours.

For this article, we focus only on free themes/templates. You are welcome to the discussion on using paid wordpress themes.

By default, WordPress installs these three themes for your convenience. But you can always proceed choosing from thousands, till you drop dead.

The latest, fast-loading but limited themes. Click the button for more variety! To avoid disappointment, please bear these tips in mind!

  1. Free themes rarely, if ever, provide either demo data or specific instructions enabling to match your install with their showcased site.
  2. Get well-versed with terms like H1, H2, … H6 and Header/Footer/ Sidebar/Widgets/Lists/Wordpress dashboard before proceeding!
  3. Free themes are available inside WordPress and elsewhere on the Internet. The Freemium themes are also free themes with some premium (so-called) features. No harm trying them too!
  4. Few succeed in their first attempt. However, getting back on track is not too difficult either!

If unsatisfied with the above three themes, click on the Add New link and get ready to be overwhelmed. Remember, every option reduces the choices!

Plethora of layouts & themes to choose from! Click on needed options. Our Advice Don’t go overboard. Start with the minimal but essential filters.

Responsive is the most important one to choose among the others shown below.

Select minimal but essential. Choosing right/left sidebar makes no major difference.Clicking on the Apply Filters button on top left corner, gets you the chosen few (34 is good enough, out of thousands!) themes. Click on your chosen one and then on the Preview button.

Remember that “theme options” is an essential filter, especially for beginners! Everyone likes to fiddle with a new toy. Your website is no different! Even you would like to adjust a few settings and observe changes. Be sure to select “theme options” as an essential filter.

Step 3: Pay Attention to Author’s description on his theme!

Before giving in to the looks, please look at the ratings and what the author has to say about his product. Good authors always pay heed to users’ needs and advise accordingly. Only they know which topics suit best.

Either choose the matching layout or the nearest suitable. Avoid those that bait with free themes only to pester you to update for Pro versions.

Also, don’t get overawed by the words like page builder options as you could always buy separate plugins!

Your Preview may not match the chosen layout!

Most previews come loaded with only some pics and NO text. Don’t let this hollowness affect you. Every theme needs to be worked upon, needs adding-or-changing a few settings to match the needed look. Do not get disappointed.

The pre-built layout, on left, may not match the one on right! It’s normal. Click on the Install button which downloads the theme. Soon, you will see the screen asking you to activate the chosen theme. Activating is just a click away. Normal themes (read without theme options) present only one preset section, found under Appearance, Customize allowing you to change just a few tid bits. However, the one with Theme Options, allow much more customizations in almost all areas of your website.We let you decide which one of the following two is better.

Why restrict your options when so much is on the platter and for free? When WordPress theme publishers are spoiling you with options, freebies and what not, why settle for less? Come take your pick! Happy Site Building!
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Top 6 Reasons why we are Different

Uncluttered ideas and sticking to the basics are the keys we never forget. What’s more, even Google understands this and asks everyone to stick close to them!

We are a group of seasoned professionals engaged in guiding everyone. BTW our team also includes a father-and-son duo as the latter always coughs up classics he cannot solve, allowing us to take a hard look and help him out. Mostly it results in an article we publish here!

Anyway, for the curious, we advise on all of these:

  1. Site Building and Promotion
  2. SEO propagation and Content Selling
  3. Helpful tips on Speeding Websites Up
  4. Selecting & Recommending Blogging Theme
  5. Recommending Mix-and-Match web fonts
  1. Suggesting Content & Tips on website design
  2. Video Creation
  3. Facebook Related
  4. Reviews on apt templates/themes for blogging & selling i.e. woo commerce.

Yes. Quite a handsome list for everyone.

We also help our friends on setting up Woo-commerce sites. Since there already are many Guru’s on it, we don’t consider ourselves worthy enough to feature in the above list. We are just happy playing second-or-third fiddle. But we share our expertise whenever needed, but, mind you: we can be the worst critic!

We are passionate about design, type-styles, the look & feel and visitor satisfaction. Shortlisting good blogging themes is what we pride ourselves in. We love to answer queries from budding bloggers and newbies.

Anonymous We Remain!

True. We prefer working behind the curtains. To us, our work speaks for itself. Moreover, names keep changing as new people visit us for different durations and reasons.

Different situations like Panda, Penguin demand specific inputs. This cannot be a one-man show. Decorated professionals provide their vision, share improvement tips, shake hands and leave.

Our Experience Speaks

The sole reason we put that in our tagline. We ourselves follow the guidelines we share. There absolutely is no difference between You and Me! If you want to join us, use the Contact us for any reason Form.

If you are passionate about anything or everything we do, and want to share your ideas & inputs, you are most welcome. Even if you want to criticize us for anything, please do. After all, even a critic does work analyzing a website.

We defy Norms!

Everyone be detailed categorically, as possible, contrary to what the experts suggest. For instance, we use and recommend categories like Category/sub-category/sub-sub-category/postname. If it increases Google Bot’s work, let it be. Detailed classification is the need of the hour and to stay apart and rank!. Beneficiary always needs a separate identity.

Different! Get paid.

First we need to stand out, “outstanding” tag comes next! Let others do what they do, you maintain your own path. Soon, everyone would follow suit. Then, again, you need to rework and maintain the distance. Hard work always pays.

Payments always follow the discerning workers. You already have established yourself and managed a separate identity. Paying customers are bound to look up and reach out to you!

Slow Cooking tastes the Best!

Getting quick “Likes”, having “instant” followers seldom works. Even movie stars don’t get instant recognition (different from publicity). Let visitors digest your site slowly. Let its content be “really” shared amongst them and all this should progress on a low pedestal.

Warning! Even Google’s bots get alarmed when a site gathers rather quick attention. Also when links appear instantly, that is, without proper propagation raises everyone’s eyebrows!

Ever smelt fragrance even before germination?

Shortcut to Success

Don’t fall prey to bogus claims. Remember, Rome was not built-in a day. Even concrete needs time to settle, nine months for a baby to appear, you can’t hurry the process. Let your audience savor the content, they will share it, sooner than later.

Humans have a natural tendency to share, especially if they find something extraordinary. Once this becomes a chain, the text is bound to appear all over. Success is just round the corner.

Final Words!
Today no one wants to crawl. Everyone needs fast results. Nine men attacking a woman doesn’t get the baby out in a month! Defy this mad-rush, believe in old values and proceed to succeed. Remember, please, patience is the key. Period.

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Games On The Go With The Nokia Lumina 900

For those of you who take your gaming seriously, it’s probably come as no surprise that the number of platforms seems to advance at a frankly ridiculous pace. No sooner have you acquired the latest, must-have piece of kit before two new ones are released and an upgrade for the one you’ve just bought. With the world moving towards the idea of motion control and photo realism, where can a gamers go to just play some good old fashioned games?

It may come as a surprise to you that the Nokia Lumina 900 was recently voted as one of the most popular hand held gaming device, and so it should. The range and breadth of games available is quite staggering, whatever type of experience it is you are looking for. Whether you’re after old school platform adventure, brain taxing puzzlers or even first person shooters, there really is something that you will love. Enjoy online casino games? The Lumina 900 has all you need to get the ball rolling.

As Nokia progresses, the games just get better. Each generation of games become slightly more able to take full advantage of the hardware available. This is perfect for browser gaming at places such as online casino Canada, as well as the possibility to find remakes of old classics like the Final Fantasy series, even going up to such recent gems as GTA 3. The controls have all been modified to suit a touch screen setup, but otherwise it’s just how you remember it back in the day.

As well as old favourites, there are some new stars coming up on the app store, with new games being released every week. Just load up the app store and see for yourself. There are hundreds of games available; lots of them as free downloads. The gaming boom is happening all over again, and the Lumina 900 is where it’s happening.

Qt Quick Components UI Demo On The Nokia N8

Check out this video demo of the first release of Qt Quick components for Symbian Technology. The preview applications contain Qt Quick components, reference API documentation, components gallery for Symbian, music player and Flickr demo applications and example code snippets and documentation. I love the overlay status bar in the top right corner of the screen, hope this materialises in upcoming updates and devices, as it frees up some valuable screen space. Its minor things like this that make the bigger overall difference. Check out the video after the break.

New Firmware v54.005 | Nokia E72

The Nokia E72 has today received a new firmware update taking it up to v54.005. The new firmware includes many core software updates to improve and enhance the stability of the operating system, and should be available to download for many of you immediately. If you handset does however have a non-generic product code, you may need to wait a while before it becomes available. Check out the full changelog after the break.

Nokia E72 v54.005 Changelog:

  • SIM Lock 3.0 and B2B Certificate, phase 1 added
  • Startup settings baseline updated (wk47, 2010) (new dates etc.)
  • After a hard reset or on first use, Camera shortcut is replaced with Ovi Store shortcut in the Home screen
  • Removal of Ovi Files (service is now outdated)
  • Vlingo application removed

How To Update The Firmware

There are many ways of updating the firmware on your Nokia handset. To install the software on your device using FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air), type in *#0000# on the home screen or go to Settings>SW Update. Then select Options>Check for updates and follow the on screen prompts. On newer devices you’ll get the option to select which updates you would like to install, so once selected, press Options>Start update. If the firmware update is not immediately available via FOTA, or the device you are using does not have support for this service, you can also update your firmware using NSU (Nokia Software Updater) and or Nokia Ovi Suite on your PC. Once you plug your device in, select the PC Suite option, ensuring that the phone has a Sim Card inserted and the profile is set to General. Some devices support UDP (User Data Preservation), which will preserve all your data and content on your device during these updates. However we still recommend you do a full backup in order to guarantee the safety of your data. Please share your thoughts and experiences with the new firmware in the comments below.