WordPress themes

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From the time this open source content has been out, blogs and blogging have occupied the internet. Photography blogs, blogs on various places, blogs on makeup and styling, blogs on vehicles, are just a few to name.

Don’t you think that each blog is different and unique in its own way? Yes. Their appearance, content, creative style of presentation makes them so unique and interesting.

Appearance? Yes you read it right! Providing information is one part, how you provide is another. Just, as your way of makeup varies for different occasions.

Themes or templates form the appearance part of a page. They are used on the user interface to make the pages stylish and apt for a specific topic.

What goes into theme making?

Themes involve two important files. One PHP file, ieindex.php and one Cascading Style sheet file style.css.

PHP file gives the content to the page. The CSS file contains the styling information.

Can Images be added in Themes?

Yes, images can be embedded in the styling sheet to make your page beautiful and meaningful. CSS is a language used in web designing. They contain various tags to be added into the page. Color tag specifies the color. Background color, to specify which shade should your page hold in the back of your content, to make it look great.

The image tag is available to embed any image of your choice into your page. The specified image should be kept in a folder or file and that path should be given within this tag. Done!!! Your image appears in the background. Your content will be displayed above the image.

WordPress also has a collection of themes readily available for the users. These themes are also made the same way as said above. The only difference is that here in WordPress it is a ready mix available to you.

All the themes in WordPress are predesigned with various color, font styling and font colors and simple images. Page layouts are used to make the page look well structured. Alignment tags are available to align content, pictures. Borders can be added to your pages by using border tag. Users just need to use them on their page and the theme can be incorporated.

Just imagine you personally creating the design page – front end! You need to learn all about designing them, CSS and HTML language. HTML is another web designing language. For a person who is writing a wildlife blog, this would become a burden.

With the WordPress themes, don’t worry about that. You can style your page with various options available, for free. If you need to change something according to your choice, fret not, the source code is always available. Download the source code, make changes accordingly and save. If you want to add an image, go to the image tag, change the link to your image, save the code and apply. It’s that simple. If you have ample time, write the code all by yourself, with the help of WordPress by comparing the code.

WordPress has undergone many upgradations till date and offers much more new features. Many themes have been created to help the users. If you are good at it, you too can create one and upload it, to help and assist other budding bloggers.

4 common mistakes web designers make

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An important part of learning is to experiment. That way you will learn from your mistakes. Web designers are creative people who experiment with various kinds of designs. Here are the common mistakes they make.

Lack of vision

Every webpage is there for a reason. Some websites are there to convey information, while others are there sell a product or service. The function of each element on the website must be clear. If there is anything that doesn’t support, it must be removed. You must create a clear visual hierarchy so that the visitors can easily scan the page and get the key information. The styling and tone of the page must reflect the purpose of your site.

Accepting fads and trends

It’s a good idea to go with the trend, but it’s essential to stick with the main design principles. You should stick to the principles of typography, image, and layout.

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Poor text treatment

The text of your website shouldn’t be very small. You should check how your website looks at various resolutions and CSS media queries to adapt. Headings must be bigger than the paragraph text. You should give enough vertical space between the lines of text. You must also leave enough ‘white space’ around the text. You should not use more than two to three fonts. Having a dark text on a light background works well.

Poor photography, logos and icon treatment

You can use the stock photography websites to get images. Your photos should not be too small. Same goes in case of icon and logos. You should master in Photoshop so that you can adjust the color and contrast of the photographs, logos, and icon.

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If you can avoid these common mistakes, you will be able to design a great website. The website will not only look good but will be functional as well.