04 3 / 2014
The great guys over at PixelKit want us to let our readers know about the chance to win one of three Annual Membership Subscriptions. How’s that for good news today! By winning one of these three Annual Membership Subscriptions to PixelKit, you will gain access to UI Kits and design resources that provide any web designer with everything they need. Their UI Kits contain navigation controls, app screens, icons, sliders, and buttons that can put a premium spin on your website. With so many different graphics to choose from, any web designer can find whatever they need for a website no matter what the content may be. Here’s how you can enter for your chance to win one of these three vouchers!
- The fastest way to enter is by just contacting us with your reasoning on why you should win and what you would do with your membership if you did win.(don´t worry that we also hate SPAM and your e-mail will not be used anywhere. Trust us.)
- You can also let your followers know about us by tweeting : Win a free @PixelKitcom Membership Account from @[your Twitter] (RT to Enter).
- Lastly, head over to Facebook and hit the Like button on PixelKit Facebook page.
This is an amazing opportunity that everyone with a blog or website to run should take the time to enter to win. Not only does the Annual Membership Subscription give you access to all those great features, it also saves you time by giving you premium UI Kits quickly and easily so you can get through your projects as fast as possible. Check out some of the icon sets and UI Kits you would be able to choose from:
Swanky Outlines - Outlines Icon Set
This icon set lives up to its name offering a swanky and classy outline set perfect for any modern website.
Modern Touch - Flat UI Kit
With the right balance of weight and balancing when it comes to the margins and colors on your site, this UI kit will provide your sit with a stunning feel that is not only pleasing to the eye, but fully functional as well.
Charming Boutique - Shopping Icons
If you are the proprietor of an online store or eCommerce website, this icon set is perfect for you with several pixel perfect icons that cover the majority of “call-to-action“ shopping needs for your site.
Fashion Ave UI Kit - eCommerce UI Kit
The Fashion Avenue UI Kit is ideal for any designer looking to create or manage a shopping website that wants to maintain an upscale high-end look without losing its functionality.
Gentle Edges - Minimalist Icon Set
With over 1000 icons in 46 categories, this icon set has almost everything a web designer would need for their commercial project if they want to keep a minimalist feel for their site.
Funky Tunes – Music UI Kit
An excellent music UI kit designed to perfectly match an artist or musician website. Whether it is a music news website or blog, you will love the modern and fresh looking style of this UI kit.
Metro Vibes - Metro UI Kit
If you’re looking to give your blog, website, or app a modern metro feel, the Metro Vibes UI Kit has what you need..
Take a moment to look at this – the Free PixelKit Bootstrap UI Kits. There are modern HTML templates you can download for your website to keep it looking good and easy to use.
25 2 / 2014
For years the traditional method of creating websites has been cumbersome and disadvantageous to the designers. 70% of the total money spent by the client was pocketed by the developers for writing the code and only 30% went to the designers.
A group of designers who were running a graphic design company were utterly dissatisfied with this methodology. They decided to do something about the issue and hence Webydo was born.
Webydo is the leading professional website design studio for creatives. The platform was created by designers and for designers, ensuring that all the needs of the professionals are met in terms of their website creating projects. The software is intentionally created in such a way that it resembles the traditional photo editing platform ‘Photoshop’ to provide a familiar working environment. Since it is targeted towards professional designers, designers can use the features provided therein to create pixel perfect websites, completely independent of developers, since it is a code-free work space.
Webydo goes above and beyond what is presently available on the market as it is equipped with several advanced website design features like grid generator, smart guides and snapping, layers window, text caption for images and galleries, the ability to design sophisticated forms, set corner radiuses and other elements’ properties such as fill, shadow and stroke.
Below I discuss some of the important features of Webydo.
Code free Website Design
Webydo is targeted solely at professional web and graphic designers to enable them to create websites for their clients and without having to pay any extra expenses to hire a developer.
Designers are able to design websites in the front end through the software while Webydo’s algorithm will keep generating the necessary HTML code in the background. This also allows to create a responsive website that has complete cross browser capabilities, without going thru any extra steps.
Then when the designer completes the design, the HTML code will be ready to be submitted to the client. Hence this process eliminates the need of developers from the picture.
Cross platform code
The code that is generated, as described above, is a cross platform one. This means that the website will look equally well on all different sorts of devices and browsers.
You see in this day and age there are dozens of browsers and hundreds of devices. People are browsing the Internet from Android phones, Android tablets, iPhones, iPads, laptops, etc. If you are designing your website for only a particular browser or a particular device then you are missing out on millions of other users.
Webydo takes care that this won’t happen.
Webydo gives a simple and easy integration of Ecwid E-Commerce widget, a dynamic and mobile
friendly solution that accepts payment from many different sources.
It also provides great stock control, media rich category and product description.
So this feature ensures that if you are planning to start an online store i.e. you want to sell products online then you won’t face any difficulty.
Drag and Drop
This drag and drop feature of Webydo allows designers to drag elements on the page anywhere they want and then drop it where they want it to appear. These elements may include shapes, images,
text, videos, flash, galleries, forms, widgets and menus. Then Webydo will automatically optimize and take care of all your assets for the best possible performance.
Build Your Brand
Webydo understands that your brand name is important. Therefore it allows you to fully rebrand the entire system by putting your brand’s identity in the front. You can add your logo to your client’s login screen, to your dashboard, your online design studio and onto the Content Management System of your client.
Truly own the system and build a powerful and impactful business of web design.
Webydo is also standing out as one of the leading design platforms because of their commitment to their designer’s community. Deciding the direction of Webydo’s road is their dedicated professional user base of over 50K professional designers. These designers are submitting new features suggestions, voting on what is adding next on the Participate page and enjoying seeing their votes actually implemented in the platform for them to utilize.
Go and take a look at the site, try out their free version, create one or two websites, then let me know what you think about it in the comments below.
This article is proudly presented and sponsored by Webydo’s designer’s community.
24 2 / 2014
If you have even just a passing interest in web development, you almost certainly have heard of WordPress and Joomla!; their use has become so embedded into the culture of web development that they power nearly 25% of the total websites around the web, and a massive 70% of all CMS-reliant websites. Adding to their popularity is their respective ease-of-use; there’s no need for a deep understanding of HTML, CSS and PHP when the CMS can take care of delivering your content, so CMSs have built great traction with first-time website creators.
By combining a CMS with the additional form and function offered via templates and modules (or themes and widgets, if you’re a WordPress aficionado), your site can have a professional look combined with powerful features, all without touching the code itself; this frees up time to work on what will ultimately be the driver for your site’s success; the content you create.
So who are GavickPro? In its basest form, GavickPro is a company dedicated to creating Joomla! templates and WordPress themes; much like many other template development companies around the web. Yet there are differences; differences that may make GavickPro a more appealing option.
Originally founded in the mountains of Southern Poland back in 2007, GavickPro has remained close to its roots, currently residing in the mountain resort of Krynica Zdroj, where time spent not creating new templates and themes can be spent skiing in the winter, or hiking in the summer. Though the company has grown in size somewhat from its simple origins, the foundation at its core has stood steadfast; Within these picturesque surroundings, our developers work hard to innovate, to develop, to create new concepts; to go beyond the basics of simply designing templates and themes and instead contribute to the community whilst remaining at the cutting-edge.
There are a number of ways to do this; first and foremost is that our developers focus on creating new modules and widgets. Whereas GavickPro’s templates and themes are available via subscription, our modules are always provided free of charge to everyone via our GitHub repository. The functionality these modules provide is not to be sniffed at; News Show Pro GK5 can be used to create simple news showcases, images with text overlay and on-hover highlights, video overlays, or a combination of the above with all information taken from articles, categories, RSS feeds, and more.
Then there’s the Grid module, that creates metro-style grids of content that can include other text, images, video embeds or even other modules, all in a responsive layout. That’s only a small selection; there’s also Tabs GK5, Image Show GK4, Highlighter GK5; the list goes on. Perhaps our biggest creation isn’t a module at all; it is the Gavern Framework, that was created specifically to power GavickPro’s templates but is freely available to everyone in our free Meet Gavern template and theme. This framework includes a huge amount of options designed to make customizing your site easier, with features including:
- Social API, that adds like/share/pin it buttons to all your posts, making sharing simple.
- Advanced Typography options and short codes, with Google and Squirrel Font support, to help you make the aesthetics of your content as good as they can be.
- The ability to add branding to your site in seconds; change logos, copyrights and favicons to suit your site’s style.
- Predefined Styles, to make swapping colors of your site a breeze.
GavickPro’s team also supports the Joomla! and WordPress communities in other ways; we’ve sponsored the WordCamp conference and sponsored and provided speakers at Joomla! Day in Poland; we also provide links to helpful resources and highlight new developments in the web-design world via our social media channels, to help keep our customers at the head of the pack and to give ourselves a few ideas of what new technologies our templates need to include!
With the great features of GavickPro’s framework combined with their modules and free templates/themes, you might be wondering why you even should purchase a subscription. The answer to this lies in the effective, flexible designs that are produced monthly. Some template and theme developers focus more on quantity; they release new templates and themes monthly, and support them for years to come to maximize profits. At GavickPro, we think differently. It’s great to include support for older templates and themes, but not at the expense of innovation. With a 2 year rotation, we aim to have approx. 24 currently updated templates available at any given time, covering a wide range of requirements; there’re Portfolio templates, e-commerce templates, templates built for personal and business sites, templates for blogs and events. Each one brings something new to the table, whether it enhances visuals, such as via parallax scrolling like in our Creative template, or provides additional functionality behind the scenes, such as the multiple header options included in our latest template, MO. Of course, our older templates are still available to download and use if needed.
Perhaps the best thing about a GavickPro subscription is the value for money; our Personal subscription is only €39, and includes 2 domain licenses, rather than the single domain license many of our competitors offer. During your subscription you are free to download any and all of our templates and apply them to your domains; as long as the domain is licensed then there’s no restriction. What’s more, once the subscription ends you only lose access to our downloads and support forum; any downloaded templates will continue to work as normal should you want to swap them around at a later stage. Our Lifetime subscription remains the subscription with the highest cost/return ratio of any template offer currently available; just €99 for unlimited access to our download section and support forum, forever, including any new templates that are released in the future, all with a massive 10 domain licenses, so you can use our templates across a wealth of sites.
Don’t waste anymore time; sign-up today and try out some of the amazing templates available. Who are GavickPro? They’re the best that template designers have to offer.
11 1 / 2014
11 1 / 2014