Archives For March 2012

Subtle light texture patterns background are comprised of 4 light tile patterns ideal to create a subtle and original light web background for your next project.

Download from Pixeden

WooCommerce is the WordPress eCommerce plugin developed and maintained by WooThemes. The actual wordpress plugin itself is free which is awesome and if you are more then happy to make your own themes to go with it, but if not there is a growing market of themes and plugins made specifically for WooCommerce. Today’s WordPress Wednesday post is a round up of 10 premium WooCommerce themes.

1. Sentient $70 for standard

Sentient is a smart, innovative WooCommerce theme. Products are cleverly aligned using jQuery masonry allowing you to cleanly showcase a great number of products on your shop pages without any wasted space. Sentient has also been fully optimised for use on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

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Today’s design freebie is a wooden black chalkboard icon in Photoshop format. The wooden blackboard is a highly detailed illustration that can be used as an education or noticeboard icon.The icon comes as a full vector shape layerd PSD file.

The download file also includes 3 icons on a transparent PNG background in popular sizes of 512×512, 256×256 and 128×128. Download the icon and let me know your thoughts.

Download from Graphics Fuel

Today’s post is for the web designers and developers who loves new web apps, frameworks, jQuery plugins, icons, productivity tools, responsive design resources. Many of the resources below that features in this post of are new & awesome that are free or very low cost and I’m sure that most of these are useful to a lot of designers and developers out there.

jQuery HTML5 Placeholder Plugin

The plugin adds cross-browser support for the HTML5 placeholder attribute functionality.

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Blanka free website template is all about you, your company and your services. It has a huge space for your logo on home page, as well as a nicely styled tagline, recent works and blog posts and even your recent tweet.

As an addition we included blog page template and portfolio page template. But that’s not all of it.

You can customize Blanka template any way you want with fully layered and nicely grouped PSD files available in the package.
Download from Freebies Booth

Adding maps to into your WordPress site or even just a post is really simple. You can just go to the Google Maps and get the embed code or use Google Maps API to quickly display static maps. But that is just boring and you want to do more with your maps right ?

For example, providing driving directions, including a contact form within the map or showing multiple locations and thankfully there are many great high quality plugins for that can help you do any of these things and more. Today I’ve handpicked 6 free and 6 premium wordpress map plugins that use the Google Maps API

Free Plugins

1. Google Maps All In One

This plugin does it all, providing a solution for the everyday blogger, the ma and pa business owner, and even the most particular of power users! And it’s ready to be used in any environment – WordPress, BuddyPress, and Multisite. It’s never been easier than it is now!

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Today’s freebie is a crafty set of 100 crazy awesome icons by the beastly Vaibhav Bhat. There’s 100 different vector icons to curb your downloadin’ appetite for a bit. Enjoy the swell creativity dripping from these layers; you’re gonna love ‘em.

Download from Purty Pixels

Being a designer or a developer isn’t your average job as it is constantly evolving, giving you new tools to either become more productive or to simply create better work.  We often read books, brush up our skills with tutorials, subscribe to blogs and even attend conferences but we most of us still overlook one medium and that is the almighty podcast today’s post is about 8 Great Podcasts for Designers & Developers.

1. ShopTalk Web Design Podcast

Shoptalk is a live and pretty new podcast from Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert. Both of them does an excellent job focusing the conversation on front end web development, and they bring on great guests to talk . They balance show by answering audio and email questions including all that great geeky humor. I’ve personally been a listener to their very first show.

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Today’s PSD freebie is a space rocket icon in Photoshop format. Use this icon and blast your web designs into space or as a coming soon graphic or website launch icon!The icon comes as a full vector shape layer in Photoshop format. The download also includes 4 icons in PNG transparent background in popular sizes of 512×512, 256×256, 128×128 and 64×64 pixels. Download the icon and let me know your thoughts.

Download from Graphics Fuel

So what are Shortcodes, Shortcodes were introduced in WordPress 2.5. To put things simply, it is a shortcut. Shortcodes are WordPress specific pieces of code that allow you to save time. Many themes includes shortcodes these days but having them in a wordpress probably not the best way to handle them because if you change themes you will lose those codes.

That’s why it is best to include them within a plugin so if you change themes all of those codes stay within your posts/pages. Today’s WordPress Wednesday post is all about free and paid for shortcodes plugins. To start with I’ve personally used both Style With Shortcodes and Shortcode Kid which are premium/paid plugins which are included on this list.

Free Plugins

J Shortcodes

J Shortcodes allows you to add custom buttons, content boxes, tabs and accordion panels, build call to action and information boxes. You can choose color, size and shape for any of these elements.
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