Orbisius’ Child Theme Creator For WordPress: Four Thumbs Up (Including My Feet)

WordPress. The holy grail of the Web 2.0 business and personal blog content management. If you need an easy fix, WordPress is the go-to solution. You could even buy web themes for your blogs (I’ve been selling lots of these; sometimes my main source of income). However, Orbisius’ Child Theme Creator is something else. You know why?

 

You Don’t Have To Know Jack About Coding

 

Okay, so how does a theme creator not need any knowledge from PHP or web design programming? You just click a button and presto!

 

But wait, isn’t that how the other WordPress themes actually install? We definitely search for it, look for the Install and Activate link and we get the same results?

 

The difference is that Orbisius Child Theme enables you to create spinoff themes from that parent theme you just installed.

 

For example, you need a logo for that new website you have. The child theme creator just does it for you. All you need to do is upload the logo and voila!

 

You wouldn’t need to use some complex PHP. Orbisius and other developers even post some snippets of codes you could use for your website. Sweet!

 

Features

 

What I like about the version 1.2.5 of Orbisius’ epic creator is that you could edit two themes at once.

 

For any web designer, you could say that “it’s impossible” because the flow of your mind must always be going at a straight line.

 

Wrong. In the real world of web designing, I would definitely say multitasking is the key! Editing two themes at once also allows for great time saving and efficiency.

 

Its Multisite features are also awesome. Having a multisite helps because it makes creating slight modifications of themes for different websites easier to manage.

 

One last thing I love about it is that it has an easy to use interface. Remember, you don’t have to know coding to excel in it.

 

The Cons

 

Like every other good thing, The Child Theme Creator has some troubles too. Sometimes, it could mess with your PHP files.

 

One example is when I used the theme creator and I happened to mess up the child and parent theme’s header.php, which showed something of the makings of a disaster. Instead of saving time, I ended up having to put in extra time to correct the situation.

 

Before the update, I was also disappointed about how it required me to rename my child theme folder instead of renaming it while I’m already working on it. It sucks time off of me, and I didn’t like it. Thank God for Version 1.2.5!

 

Signing Off

 

Orbisius’ Child Theme Creator definitely deserves a five-star rating and four thumbs from me. The possibility of creating another theme without having to go through some complicated PHP is useful not just for beginners looking to have a pretty good website, but for other users looking to significantly save time in developing websites and themes. Give it a go, and tell me all about it in the comments section!

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How to Excel Against The Enormous Clutter of Freelance Web Designers

You know, you won’t really get hired if you just make a half-hearted proposal to a business you’re working for. Businesses are looking for prominent solutions, and us web designers are the solution providers that these companies need. However, it’s not easy to compete against all of those youngbloods looking for a job.

 

When I was starting out back in 2006, web design markets boomed to huge proportions. The Web 2.0 made everything look fresh and elegant. The increasing number of computer and Internet users made businesses consider investing in very good web designers.

 

Fortunately, I was one of them.

 

We were still few back then. We graduated with programming degrees. But I, trained in the art of object-based web design (self-trained, I may add), tried to excel in the field by providing some attractive, roomy and ambiant designs I could muster.

 

You might say it was easy being so few of us with training for new PHP coding disciplines and the rise of Photoshop’s global domination, but I’ll tell you, it wasn’t that easy.

 

What Unique Thing Can You Bring To The Table?

 

I remember this one time when the client approached me and said,

 

“Your designs are amazing. It’s evident that you’ve invested time and efficiency doing this. However, I find them lacking in something. I believe it is character.”

 

For a funny man, according to my friends, that comment was something I didn’t expect.

 

Personality is important when it comes to web design. If you haven’t found something you really love about web design (Surely, you will. It could be designing personalized favoricons or even logos, or maybe shaping the scroll bars or something), you won’t develop a signature.

 

In other words, you might not be capable of building something really unique, which is important for businesses.

 

My Mafia Connections

 

You’ve definitely watched a Mafia movie. Surely you have. When you develop connections, you never run out of jobs.

 

Businesses want to hear from other past clients how much good you’ve done for their websites. It’s like your resume to success. You could create noise on your own, but creating noise through different megaphones, that’s another thing.

 

To cut through the clutter, be sure to satisfy your former clients. Make sure they recommend you to their friends. Make sure to recommend them to your friends as well.

 

Personal Signature

 

Again, I’m going back to the issue of personal signatures. Personality is everything if you want to cut through the clutter of today’s large numbers of young web designers looking for work.

 

We’ve had our time copying the designs of lovely websites, but now is the time to unleash that artist inside of you.

 

Without being comical about it, take time to meditate and understand your objectives, particularly your design objectives. Ask yourself what you want to come out of your project. Tell yourself to find your “soul” in your webpage.

 

It might seem over-dramatic, but it helps you channel your energy to create your personal signature, one you could be proud of.

 

Signing Off

 

It’s never easy being a freelance web designer, but it’s easy to find your personality in your design, which would help you cut through the shuffle of a tens of thousands of web designers vouching for the same position as you do.

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The Essential Checklist In Creating a WordPress Responsive Theme

WordPress is extremely popular nowadays, and so are smartphones. In fact, many people you’ll meet in the train today have their noses stuck in front of a smartphone screen. No it’s not a bad thing, but it’s a challenging thing for us web designers. I’ve compiled a checklist of things that’ll ensure your WordPress responsive theme is one for the books.

 

  1. Do You Have a Design Concept?

 

Keep in mind the design of your desktop website. Keep it when you try to develop your responsive website design.

 

  1. Will it Work With Google’s Material Design Principles?

 

Google has made famous its Material Design framework when designing websites to ensure maximum visibility and functionality. Assess whether implementing this framework could help your website.

 

  1. Check your Footer and Header Widgets

 

Do you have the right menus? Which ones will the audiences click first? That’s what you need to know.

 

  1. Choose Screen Resolutions Wisely

 

Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes. Finding a common denominator for a design is important. Be sure to choose the right screen resolution, or else you might have to pay the price.

 

  1. Is Your Main Menu Interesting Enough?

 

Look at the items in your main menu. Check if they’re something your consciousness would flow through without much trouble. Is it interesting enough for you? If not, have someone check it. If they say otherwise, then revise.

 

  1. The Changing Sizes

 

Responsive websites are well-known for their changing sizes. When you look at it from a desktop, it should show all details. On a tablet, it should omit some of these details or resize the windows. More so for smartphones.

 

  1. Time To Reach

 

A responsive website showcases your menus without showing much clutter or smaller desktop fonts for your visitors. However, it’s never an easy task if your user needs to click on so many things just to reach the information they need. Maybe you need a one page responsive design, maybe you need a scrolling website when you resize.

  1. WordPress Navigation

 

WordPress might grow mad at you and tell you that it insists on using drop-downs rather than the designs you’re planning to use. However, touchscreens don’t use mice and you’ll need to hover to navigate effectively.

 

  1. Widget Areas

 

Widgets are the first to go when the windows resize. Make sure you have the right content with the one or two widgets you could show your users.

 

 10. Form and Input Buttons

 

Consider the form and input fields of your design. For every responsive design, it is important that these buttons are of the right size and shape. You might miss out some customers because you failed to resize them.

 

Signing Off

 

It’s never an easy task to create a responsive website. It’s like programming three website themes looking at them through different windows. With a bit of architectural knowledge and the usage of space and dimensions, your design should work out fine.

 

Just make sure to keep this points in your head as you try to design your new responsive website theme.

 

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