Rookieup.com – A Different Form of Online Education

Considering the amazing professional and personal development possibilities along with the large market offered by the online world, it’s no surprise more and more people of all ages are eager to acquire new skills, whether it’s just for earning extra money from a side job or for setting out on a completely new, exciting career path (as a web designer, marketer, web developer etc).

The online education industry is quickly expanding: according to recent studies, in 2015, the e-learning market was worth $166.5 billion. In 2017, it’s been estimated that this will grow to $255 billion. So, can we consider online learning the future of education?

One form of online education consists of the for-credit courses students enrol in for taking online classes offered by higher education learning institutions. But we will now concentrate on the other form of online education, usually targeted at professionals and students interested in getting online professional training and certification preparation to broaden their horizon.

While the number of people choosing to begin an online course is swelling each year, we can’t ignore the boundaries and the challenges of online education. Some interesting research recently conducted by specialists shows that 96% of people who start online courses never finish them.

For example, if you are an aspiring creative, interested in a career in visual design or illustration with no guidance from a specialist who could answer your questions and help you achieve your creative goals, you might feel lost and drop an otherwise interesting online course. On the other hand, studies show that people who receive one on one teaching will perform 2 standard deviations better than people who don’t have a personal coach.

This is why Rookieup is trying to introduce a level of personalization to the “self-guided online education” industry who could help the students finish their chosen online course, reducing frustration and improving the quality of their work.

 

How does it work?

You can search the community to find the perfect mentor for you. Then, you schedule a 30-minute session with your chosen mentor to talk about the industry, ask technical questions or receive quick design critique. In case you need more in-depth explanations, career advice or a complete portfolio review, you can go for 60-minute sessions with your mentor. This could develop into a long-term professional relationship with a specialist who can offer you guidance throughout your journey. Whether you are interested in motion graphics, visual design, UX design or photography, mentorship could be your way towards professional achievement.

How does that help you? Receiving good feedback is crucial, especially when you are a beginner. And, even if you have worked on a number of projects, you might sometimes feel at a loss as a designer. You may lack inspiration or get stuck in the same set of color schemes fonts and design elements that you tend to use again and again, project after project. You need innovation and encouragement to break from the old style you are so familiar with. A good mentor will give you fresh insights, will help you get out of your comfort zone and will recommend sources of inspiration that will jump-start your creativity.

How do you know if your mentor is good for you?

You should choose someone whose skill sets are complementary, rather than too similar, so that you have even more to learn from this person. The perfect mentor will understand your strong points and your weak points and will provide all necessary support for you to overcome difficulties.

I am sure you are tired of the corporate environment, and would rather become your own boss. However, becoming a freelance graphic designer/illustrator can be tough. It takes time and great effort to learn and develop new technical skills, gain self-confidence to take up more difficult, challenging projects, build a partner network and find that successful marketing technique that brings you on top. Successful freelancers also know how to choose their clients, how to quote their work, when to stop working and take vacations.

It may take years to learn how to cope with all these aspects, without the help of an experienced mentor who can offer you industry insights and career tips thay might ease your way up. A very important aspect a mentor could help you understand is how to be more efficient with your time and how to take pleasure in your work. After all, you should enjoy your journey and not let stress take away your happiness.

Conclusion

Finally, it’s extremely important to understand that your mentor just gives you direction; but, at the end of the day, it’s YOU who has to make the right choices. Your mentor isn’t there to tell you which direction you should take, they are their to offer guidance, which will only help you down the path you choose to take.

Who knows, perhaps with a little help, you could become the next Kal Michael (one of the first iOS designers), Gemery Mumenthaler (employee 1 at Noun Project), or Mike Casebolt (freelance designer/illustrator). They all became who they are today with the help of great teachers. So, believe in yourself, find a good mentor, and keep up the good work!

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Python Course for High School and College Students

Our new course ‘Powerful Python 3’ will be out soon!

This is a brand new course that teaches Python 3.6, and is aimed at total beginners to programming. It’s a great course for first year computer science students and other learners.

Not just any Python course, it’s a StudioWeb Python course!

StudioWeb’s courses are unique in many ways, but at the end of the day, all that matters is the exceptional results we achieve.

StudioWeb’s Python course has the same easy to understand and fun video lessons (created by a published author, and highly experienced educator) that are found in all our courses. The videos combined with a our unique quizzing and code challenges, set in a gamified learning environment, promotes student engagement and amazing retention.

… Your students will quickly learn the foundational programming concepts and techniques, that will allow them to explore computer science with a solid foundation.

Besides teaching the basics of programming:

  • Variables, collection types in Python
  • Data types and type conversion
  • Functions, modules
  • Object oriented programming techniques and principles

… Students will be exposed best coding practices, tools that developers use, working with Python on different OS’ and Python’s place in the programming world. So StudioWeb’s ‘Powerful Python 3’ goes way beyond your typical Python course!

Sample Python video lesson: drawing with Python:

The following video lesson from Powerful Python 3, teaches students how to use conditional statements and a loop, to animate with the Python Turtle module:

Powerful Python 3 will be released in April 2017. Like all StudioWeb courses, Powerful Python 3 will come with hours of fine grained video lessons, comprehensive code challenges and quizzing, suggested classroom activities, powerfully accurate auto-grading, and real time student activity tracking.

If you would like to check out the video lessons before we release the course, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks!
Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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Improve Your Conversions By Using The Psychology of Color (Infographic)

Color is a big deal when it comes to web design, but it’s not just about looking good. A seemingly inconsequential variation in shade can have a significant impact on conversion rates. That’s because colors have a proven and measurable impact on our attitudes and emotions.

This little crash course in color psychology can help you better connect with your ideal audience and build trust with visitors.

Is Color Psychology Really a Thing?

Yes indeed. In fact, key findings related to the subject have been published in peer reviewed journals. Read one for yourself while science is still legal. Aside from the documented scientific proof, consider all the marketing pros who have split tested countless pages to find that certain color schemes can produce vastly different results in terms of conversion, even when all the content is exactly the same.

You’re wielding a lot of power over the human psyche with your use of colors. The question you need to ask yourself is whether your experiments in emotional manipulation are working for you, or against you.

Grow Your Legions of Minions and Master Mind Control with These Color Rules

Earn Trust by Using Blue:

Even if you’re a grotesquely rich corporate overlord you can help foster trust by using the color blue in your web design. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook should be enough to convince you of this, but I guess we can look at some actual evidence too.

  • Studies have determined that blue is a universally-liked color.
  • It promotes feelings of calm and tranquility, according to this credible source.
  • Facebook, LinkedIn, PayPal, Twitter and hundreds of other corporate entities use some shade of blue as their primary color.

You’ll see blue a lot in the financial world, particularly among credit card companies. Maybe they’re hoping it will help calm customers down before they call to dispute that ridiculous $200 finance charge.

Red for Pasion and Urgency:

Red gets the blood pumping. It’s a color that promotes passions, energy and urgency. Red is often used to promote clearance sales or to draw attention to CTAs.

Orange Inspires Impulsive Behaviors:

According to the marketing wizards at Kiss Metrics, orange can inspire activity, a sense of urgency and even impulsive behavior. When Amazon tempts visitors with a limited offer, it’s usually highlighted by a bright orange banner.

Black is For Luxury and Sophistication:

If high-end class and sophistication is what you’re going for, black does the trick. Using black is also said to promote a certain edginess, making it a great choice luxury goods, fashion and cosmetics.

White for Clean Simplicity:

White is believed to promote cleanliness, virtue and simplicity. It makes a great backdrop for the healthcare industry – or for anyone who enjoys a clean, minimalist approach to design.

Gray Promotes Professionalism:

Gray comes across as professional and subdued. When used correctly it helps create a balanced and calm effect. Used by white color professionals as well as luxury brands, but works well across a wide span of industry types.

Purple is Powerful on Many Levels:

Purple is seen as a color of majesty, opulence and luxury. It’s often associated with success and respect. This is a go-to color for beauty products, massage, yoga spirituality and feminine brands.

Green for Positivity and Health:

This color is associated with health, nature peace and relaxation. Some experts believe the color green can actually help alleviate depression. It’s also a great color for conversions, as it is said to promote decisiveness.

Yellow Keeps it Warm and Cheerful:

Yellow is a great color when it comes to generating a sense of optimism among your visitors. It’s also a great attention grabber. One rule to keep in mind when implementing yellow is to use it sparingly, as this color can easily become overwhelming.

This Infographic Will Show You How to Use Colors Together and Increase Your Conversions

Are you ready to start using colors to generate more results? Take a look at this infographic to learn more about how to use certain color schemes to drive more participation and action with your web design.

 

Psychology of Color on Web Design

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Creating Video for your Website or App

Video is common on the Web, and it is almost essential for many websites. In this article, I will give you a quick overview on how to produce video, the tools you can use, and what I’ve learned over the last 14 years of producing video for my websites and web apps.

A picture is worth a thousand words they say, given that you have 30 or 60 frames (images) per second of video, it seems to me that video is a worthwhile investment in your website or app!

Types of video: screencast vs live video.

What are screencasts and how to create them?

A screencast is just a video that captures whatever is going on, on your computer screen. There are dedicated apps/software that makes this easy. Here are a few options:

  • Quicktime on Mac
  • Camtasia Mac or PC
  • Screenflow

… And so many others! Check out this wikipedia page for a big list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_screencasting_software

I’ve used several, but I tend to use Camtasia since I use both Mac and Windows. Having a screencasting app that works on both operating systems makes my life a little easier.

All the major screencasting apps come with built in editing tools and the ability to output your videos in a web friendly format. There are a few options, but you should probably just use the most popular: MP4.

Creating and editing live digital video.

Live video is any video that is not a screencast. It could be video of you vlogging (talking into the camera, sharing with the audience your profound thoughts), or perhaps a product video … just any standard video.

When it comes to creating video, you have a few options these days:

  • Digital camera / SLR
  • Video Camcorder
  • Smartphone video
  • Webcam

I’ve listed the video recording devices in the order of the quality of video they can produce, and the flexibility of the video recording. Meaning, dedicated digital cameras can often times produce higher quality video than a typical smartphone. But in addition, you get with the extra cost of a dedicated camera, a flexibility and consistency of video quality. Simply stated, you can do more, but you will pay more with a dedicated camera.  

That said, these days, several smartphones can match expensive digital cameras in many circumstances. For example: iPhone 7, Samsung S7 and Google Pixel can produce amazing video.

The camera you choose, depends on the kind of video work you want to do and what your budget is. If I were just starting out, I would just use my smartphone, especially if is one of the ones I listed above.

For my live video work, I use the Canon 80d because it provides a lot of flexibility in my video work. Since I am a solo video creator most of the time, the Canon 80d has two features that are crucial: amazingly fast dual pixel autofocus, and a flip screen so I can see myself.  It isn’t perfect, but it meets my needs. That said, I’ve done good video with other dedicated digital cameras, camcorders and even a webcam!

… In fact, some of the top Youtubers in the world use a simple webcam! They can produce decent video. The best one I know of is the Logitech HD PRO WEBCAM C920.

Options for including video on websites or apps.

Now that you’ve created your video or screencast, you need to get it live on the Web or into your app. Here are the basic options:

  1. Self hosted – you need to have nerd skills to get this done.
  2. Youtube – easiest but less control.
  3. Vimeo – easy with total control.

I use all three options. These days I would suggest just starting a Youtube or Vimeo channel. Both are free. Vimeo offers premium services at a cost and it might be well worth it depending on your needs. For example, with Vimeo, you can control what websites can embed your videos, you can create custom views, and controls for playback … it’s pretty cool stuff.

Youtube doesn’t provide these extra tools but it is still a great option, especially if you want to attract an audience.

A few video tips:

Video can be recorded in many different quality levels, the most common: 480p, 720p, 1080p and 4k. The higher the number, the better quality the video.

These days, you are best to record live video in 1080p since 99% of your audience will watch in1080p or less. 4k video is slowly being adopted, but it is such a beast to work with (huge files!) and most people will not want to download massive 4k video. I would suggest not recording 4k video for now.

Instead, record in 1080p (which is standard HD quality) and you will find the process of creating video much easier. Editing 4k video requires a very powerful computer compared to 1080p video.

That said, some would argue that if you have the camera that can record 4k video (modern smartphones can,) and you have a powerful computer, you might be better off recording in 4k, since you will have a much nicer source video to work with.

This means when you edit and render the video, downgrading it to 1080p, you will end up with a nicer video. Basically, having 4k video to start with, gives you more options, even if you render out the video at a reduced 1080p.

Thanks for reading!

Stefan Mischook

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How To Use Color Contrast To Get The Maximum Impact

Colors influence our whole life from the very beginning. They could attract or distract attention, set a mood, or even influence our emotions and perceptions. As we know, “an image worth more than 1000 words”.  Therefore, the professionals involved in the communication area use the colors to send, support or to highlight a message.

However, sometimes it could be hard to know where to start when choosing the color palette for your design projects. Which could be the best option? Using the pairing colors or the contrast ones?

Well, there is not just one right answer or a magic formula for this. You should try different color schemes and combinations to see which of them appeal you the most and transmit the right message. But before doing this, you should know the basics of the colors and their combination. In this post, we will focus on the contrast (or complementary) colors and their usage, with some case studies.       

So, let’s start with the basics.

Contrast is more than opposites like black and white or large and small. Contrast is a design principle that should be a part of every design project. Why? Because it helps you organize the design and establish a hierarchy, showing the viewers which parts of your design are more important and help them focus on those. On the other hand, the contrast adds to visual more interest, regardless if we are talking about the logo design, print or online ads, website design, indoor or outdoor signage.     

In the color theory, the contrasting (or complementary) colors are directly or almost directly positioned across one from another on the color wheel. For example, purple and yellow, red and green, or blue and orange. As you can see below, the complementary colors provide the maximum contrast.

 

In terms of contrasting colors, we can also talk about Hue, Saturation and Color’s temperature.

Hue

Hue is a specific term for colors, traditionally one of the 12 found on the color wheel. But the color theory also can provide some handy information for graphic and web designers. Besides the traditional complementary colors, some other options include

  • Split-Complementary: any color on the color wheel plus the two that flank its complement; this scheme still has strong visual contrast, but is less dramatic than a complementary color combination.
  • Triadic: any three colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel.

 

Saturation

The saturation of colors refers to the color intensity, comparing to the black – white spectrum (the complete absence of a hue).  A color in its purest and brightness form is 100% saturated. The more you desaturate a color, the closer you are to gray (or black, or white, depending also on the brightness of the color). Therefore, using bright and saturated colors can be a strategic plan to highlight the important parts of a design project.

Temperature

As we know, based on their temperature, all colors can be categorized into groups, based on their temperature: cool, worm and neutral. Reds, yellow and oranges are considered warm colors; blues, and greens are cool; black, white and gray shades are neutral. Depending on how they are used, the beiges and browns can be considered neutrals. You can get a high contrast by mixing the color temperatures in a design, especially warm and cool colors.

Using the contrast colors

In logo design:

The companies use many times contrasting colors in order to underline and emphasize their branding messages. But before choosing your color palette, you should start with the following elements: your brand persona, your brand message, the color psychology and meaning.  Let’s take a look, for example, to the following logo designs:

 

Mountain Dew uses green and red. Right away, a name like “Mountain Dew” evokes images of the great outdoors. Green works for the Mountain Dew’s logo because it nods to the brand’s connection to nature. But the red brings the kick that’s so central to the brand persona.

Visa uses yellow-orange and blue. They are definitely complementary colors. But besides the positions of the colors on the color wheel, let’s have a closer look to the meaning of the colors. Blue is a color often associated with trust, loyalty, royalty, friendliness, wisdom and peace. Yellow evokes positivity. So, the general message is trust, loyalty, positivity and wisdom. What else can we ask from a company at whom we throw wads of cash?

In web design:

On the web, color contrast is about finding colors that not only provide maximum contrast, but also provide enough contrast between content and the background for anyone. This doesn’t mean you have to limit your colors to complementary colors, but the contrast should be kept in mind all the same. You can combine different saturated and desaturated colors, to enhance the drama.

For example, the primary objective for this website is to reflect the adventure and wildness through the design, by combining different colors, textures and layering.  In order to do this, the designer not just used the vibrant orange-red letter on the forest green, but also used contrasting levels of the saturation.  

Using contrasting colors in web design helps you not just add more appeals to your design, but also organize your message and highlight the important parts of the design.

For example, the Mint website. The designer used one of the powerful combinations of contrasting colors. The white text, the orange color used for the call-to-action buttons and the bright green logo contrast with the dark background and stand out. Again, the designer used not just complementary colors, but also played with the dark and bright colors in order to highlight different elements of the website page.

In print design

For print design, the principles of the contrast are the same as for the web design. Whether you are working on a flyer, a brochure, a poster or have to publish an ad into a magazine, establishing the contrast is one of the most important things to consider. If it’s done properly, the contrast should be really noticed. It helps you separate the things, but it’s also the bond that puts the things together. Not only that a page is more attractive when contrasting colors are used, but the purpose and organization of the document are much clearer.

For example, the Hilton/F&B Brochure.

They use contrasting colors in their brochure design in order to highlight not just the pictures, but also the copy. Both of them are important, so the designer created the contrast playing with the colors.

On the other hand, let’s take a look to the Relic’s ad. They used tonnes of complementary and pairing colors in order not to just organize their design, but also highlight the message and create a summer feeling.

As in the web design, using the contrasting colors in print design helps you create a focus. For example, the adverts from the iPod used contrasting colors to focus the viewer’s attention on the music player. The ad featured a black silhouette character on a brightly green background. The iPod and the earphones appear in white and stands out from the black silhouette and the bright background.     

In indoor and outdoor signage

Because business signage is the first visible advertisement for any company’s services or products, you should give a special attention to the colors used for them. It’s true that the colors used have to match to your brand colors in order to provide a unified image of your company, but there are also other things you should take into consideration. One of them is the level of the visibility that will be created. By contrasting a light color on a dark background or a dark font or graphic on a light background, the viewers will be more drawn to your signage.  

For example, Starbucks uses white text on dark green background; and the signage can be viewed during the days and nights. Staples uses white text on the dark red. Although the white is a neutral color, combined with the dark red, it pops up!

With LEDs signs, it’s important to use contrasting colors. Contrasting colors do not only make colors eye-catching and more vibrant, it forces eyes to gaze at it. This is the key to getting the most marketing power out of your color choices – add some contrasting colors in the message that you’re trying to send.

Bottom line

As we said in the beginning, there is no magic formula for using the contrasting colors. You have to try and experiment by mixing different colors, using not just the primary colors, but also tones, shades and tints, because each concept and color combination can drastically change what you are trying to say with your project design.

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My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #12

My name is Mason Ellwood, and I’m currently working on Flatiron School’s Online Full Stack Web Development Program. Each week, I’ll be writing about my experience, what I’m learning, and tips on learning to code.

Something that I have struggled with personally, is finding a comfortable place to work. I do not believe I am a complete introvert because I love being around and interacting with people. With this personal trait sometimes it is hard to sit in front of a computer all day which lacks that “human” aspect.

Learning to overcome this, I have set a routine for myself. Weekly I work to update my surroundings and interactions I have with people to break the monotony of isolating work. This has helped me to maintain sanity while establishing a productive routine to get through school.

Spending all day at a computer “learning” in an online program is challenging, and I won’t beat around the bush. It is easy to get distracted and set focus on other things. When your time frame to complete school is “self-paced” it is hard to set that pace aggressive enough to complete the school in a timely manner. Setting a schedule for myself through location and set aside time has increased my chances of success dramatically and I encourage you to the do same.

Boolean Enumerables:

As stated in previous posts; Module Enumerables are able to provide a set of methods that can search, sort, manipulate, and transverse a collection` such arrays or hashes. With your understanding of arrays, loops, and hashes you will be able to pick up on this concept quickly. There not really doing anything new, just doing the same thing in less line while being more semantically correct.

As I talked about before, #all iterates over a block and returns true or false, depending on the value being passed. Unlike the #all? Enumerator which must return true for each iteration of the entire #all? Method to return true.

Every iteration, every loop for the block must return true, or else it will return false like the example above.

Unlike #none? Which is the opposite of of #all?, which we are interested in none of the elements in an expression returning true within the block passing to #none?

This expression #none? Returns true because none of those numbers will produce a true expression when asked if they are even within the block. The way #none? Works is that no iteration of the block passing to #none? Can create a true expression. #any? Ensures that at least one element in a collection will create a true expression within the block passed.

#include? Will return true if the given object exists in the element if no match returns false.

I have only covered a few that I tend to use quite often. For a more comprehensive list, please visit ruby-doc.org (http://ruby-doc.org/core-2.4.0/Enumerable.html). Again ruby-doc.org will save your life over and over again. Next we will get into Hashes and Regex and finally move onto Object Oriented Ruby! These are concepts that I am currently fighting to understand so bear with me through these next couple of confusing posts.

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The Hipstory Collection – 21 Famous People Depicted As Hipsters

Hipstory is a project created by Amit Shimoni, an Israeli artist (29), graduate of the Be’zalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

A little bit about the creator, Shimoni is the founder and operator of his design studio Amit Shimoni Illustration based in Tel Aviv where he happily lives with his wife Noga and their adorable dog Adam. Among the studio’s projects Shimoni worked with top brands in Israel and around the world including the New York Times and illustrating a cover for the New York Observer. Shimoni received over 300 media coverage worldwide including leading magazines, newspapers and TV Shows like The Guardian, The German Stern, Wired magazine, Vice, Entertainment weekly and Comedy Central.

Shimoni’s artwork is exhibited in galleries around the world including Berlin, Madrid, Tel Aviv, New York and more.

HIPSTORY doesn’t talk about politics, it talks about generation Y.

“I often find myself wondering about the difference between my generation and the great leaders of modern history. About their belief system, the way they thought and what motivated them to act for change. Compared to our more self-centered generation which in my opinion is in a constant chase after fashion, style and trends as a way of self-expression while steering away from the big ideologies and meanings. I wanted HIPSTORY to re-imagine the great leaders of modern history and place them in a different time and culture era- ours. I wanted to created a sort of mirror- a mirror that on the one hand is supposed to make one smile, and on the other to make him think. As I see it criticism doesn’t always have to be poignant it can simply be a method to arouse discussion and show things under a certain light”.

What is the creation process of HIPSTORY?

“For every character I try putting my own interpretation, but I’m always leaving a place for the viewers own interpretation. During my thinking process I study each character as a leader and as a person. I try bringing a new twist to the smallest details that define the character, for instance, on Obama’s chest you can find the words “Hope” and “change” which are details anyone can recognize. On the other hand, I also leave details that are less notable like the tattoo on his right shoulder which represents a scene from Moby-Dick which probably just a few can recognize as Obama’s favorite book.”

For more information about Hipstory, you can visit their website at http://www.shimoni-illustration.com.

 

1. Albert Einstein

 

2. Donald Trump

 

3. Dalai Lama

 

4. Santa Claus

 

5. Shimoni Che

 

6. George Washinton

 

7. Margaret Thatcher

 

8. Queen Elizabeth

 

 

9. Vladimir Putin

 

10. Barack Obama

 

11. Martin Luther King

 

12. Angela Merkel

 

13. Nelson Mandela

 

14. Abraham Lincoln

 

15. Vladimir Lenin

 

16. John F. Kenedy

 

17. Hillary Clinton

 

18. Mahatma Gandhi

 

19. Winston Churchill

 

20. Queen Beatrix

 

21. Benjamin Zeev Herzl

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20 Best Business & Services WordPress Themes

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No modern business can be a success without solid web presentation. Most of the entrepreneurs understand this very well. Web design services are in demand now and will be asked for many years to come.

However, not every website will make a business thriving. It should look trendy, use advanced technologies, be simple, user-friendly, and comply with the latest web design and development standards. If you are a web developer, this compilation will help you build such kind of website quickly, without extra efforts, deliver it to the customer and take your money for a great job.

Business & services WordPress themes for the compilation were created by TemplateMonster.com, a famous industry leader.

Buying templates from the experienced, highly professional companies like TemplateMonster guarantees your and your customers’ satisfaction. The templates will be easy to handle, which will free your time and the result will exceed clients’ expectations. By the way, the guys from TemplateMonster have more than 26 000 of templates in stock, but their inventory is being replenished daily.

Please view this 2-minute video to know about one of their latest releases – Monstroid2 – a multipurpose WordPress theme.

The theme takes the first place in our list.

But this is not all good news for today. The company launched a new service for its partners and clients. It is TemplateMonster Web Studios Catalogue.

The best thing about this catalogue is that it is useful both for end users looking for professional assistance and web design studios seeking for the ways to expand their client base and increase their income.

The Catalogue includes a list of all web design studios and freelancers who have successfully completed TemplateMonster’s certification and proved their high level of expertise of working with TemplateMonster’s WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, PrestaShop, HTML5, Magento, Drupal, and Moto CMS themes.

The Catalogue features an extended list of TemplateMonster’s partners. The availability of integrated advanced search form allows people to come across the right studio in their location quickly and easily. Thus, one can filter all partners by country, city, and CMS they work with.

The Catalogue also includes a rating chart. Depending on the number of projects you have launched, you receive a rank on the chart. The greater amount of released sites results in higher rankings.

TemplateMonster’s audience vast, it consists of the users of different backgrounds and skills levels. A list of certified partners allows them to come across the best studio or a freelancer who can get their theme customized in the short run.

A person who buys a template is not necessarily aware of what to do with it next. How to get it installed and modified according to personal needs. That is why they start looking for third party agencies who can do the job for them. TemplateMonster Web Studios Catalogue saves the users’ time on search and helps them come across contacts of certified partners who know how to work with TemplateMonster’s themes.

In addition to being listed on a certified partners chart, every freelancer and web design studio can let the audience know more about their services, recent projects, story, and read TemplateMonster’s feedback on a separate profile page. This is where you can locate personal information, contact details, links to social media profiles, a list of CMS that your studio works with, pricing, and any other information that you want to share. Whenever a client reaches the page, he/she can get in touch with a studio via a request form.

Hopefully, the above info was useful for you. Are you ready to view the showcase of 20 best business & services WordPress Themes right now?

Have an efficient browsing!

Monstroid2 – Cool Multipurpose WordPress Theme

If you like all-in-one solutions, Monstroid2 is the theme for you. It has a clean and crispy design, bulletproof layout consistency, and intuitive navigation. It includes 9+ pre-built websites, 7 customizable header styles, and 4 customizable blog styles. Moreover, the theme has GPL3 license, which means that you buy it once and use forever. The theme has extensive plugins block, WooCommerce Plugin, and a number of other extraordinary features that will make your project one-of-a-kind.

Monstroid2 - Multipurpose WordPress Theme

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Financial Services WordPress Theme

Choose this theme for your financial company even if you know nothing about coding. Build pages easily without touching it. Take advantage of more than 25+ modules, a library of presets, and drag-and-drop functionality. Also, with an advanced set of configuration options, you can easily customize the design of your theme. Choose from a variety of layout options and experiment with your pages structure.

Financial Accounting WordPress Theme

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Financial Advice WordPress Theme

The theme is built on Cherry Framework 4. This framework that offers you easy-to-install themes with solid Bootstrap options, numerous shortcodes, and widgets, and a foolproof way to update the current design. MotoPress Editor plugin can ease the process of editing your website. With its help, you will have an opportunity to manage page elements in the visual mode. Drag and drop is always good.

Financial Advisor Services WordPress Theme

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Market Research Agency WordPress Theme

The theme offers Content Modules that allow you to add multiple content types to your page. This includes buttons, images, pricing tables, contact forms, sliders, and much more. Each of them has an extended set of options that you can tweak to match the style of your website. Take advantage of custom widgets that enrich your theme with advanced functionality. Simple Slider, post carousel, and social media widgets help you build a stronger online presence, and offer you additional ways for displaying your content.

Business Analysis and Market Research Agency WordPress Theme

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Emmet – Business Responsive WordPress Theme

All sections of the front page of this theme are completely customizable. Change texts, images, and links to each section or simply hide them. Choose one of the predefined colors or make your own one to make your website colorful and outstanding. The theme is equipped with Visual Page Builder, a complete solution for building responsive pages without coding, by dragging and dropping content elements. You can display your projects in Portfolio section, present offerings in Pricing Tables, introduce the stuff in a Team section, put Newsletter form, edit Testimonials sections, set Contact Form, and adjust Google Map to show your location.

Business Responsive WordPress Theme

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News GPL WordPress Theme

This theme for news portal comes with Live Customizer. It gives you the possibility to see the results on the fly when you make changes to your website. A huge set of Premium Widgets like Calendar, Social media block, and others makes theme layout user-friendlier. The theme is highly customizable (it provides a front page for various layouts). Besides, intuitive navigation and fabulous readability will make the users come back to your website every now and again.

KingNews GPL WordPress Template

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Top Level Business Company WordPress Theme

This theme for a business company is very attractive. Parallax effect adds depth and perspective to its layout. You can choose between multiple slider plugins when crafting your pages, including Cherry Simple Slider and Premium MotoPress Slider coming with the template. They allow you to assemble professional-looking slides of text, images, and videos, spicing them up with various transition effects. Use 80 handy shortcodes to simplify the embedding of media content.

Business Company WordPress Template

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Cozy House WordPress Theme

The theme is delivered with Cherry Real Estate Plugin. It will turn your website into a true Real Estate monster. Add properties to your site and let your clients find exactly what they need. Filter the search results by required categories and see where exactly the property is located on a map with preview markers. You can also allow your visitors to leave property submissions by filtering out a form and assign each of the submission to one of your agents.

Real Estate Agent WP Theme

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Professional Financial Advisor Services WordPress Theme

Stock Ticker Widget is included into template’s package. This financial data widget displays real-time market prices and statistics information on your website. It provides your site users with access to the latest financial data of the needed companies in the elegant and readable way. The site users are able to calculate their lease payments for particular periods by submitting real prices online on your website with Lease Calculator Widget. The widget will help you enhance the overall user experience by providing useful tools for the customers’ needs.

Financial Advisor Responsive WordPress Theme

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Business Consultant Services WordPress Theme

With background video, you will be able to tell much more about your company. Using large, browser-size videos as a background for your web page improves a visual experience in a creative way. Enhance the mood and atmosphere onsite or demonstrate your product in action. You can tell a complete story that will be easy and fun to view – as opposed to regular, static pages. The theme is provided with parallax effect as well.

Business Responsive WordPress Theme

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Good Advice WordPress Theme

This theme was crafted for you with care. Enjoy the sleek, modern design of your theme. Each element of a design is carefully created and corresponds with the latest web design trends. Customize your site with multiple theme options. View all the changes you make to your design life, without reloading your page.

Financial Advisor WordPress Theme

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Real Estate Responsive WordPress Theme

This theme lets you showcase your projects using a large variety of layouts and filter options. It has a full support for the dsIDXpress plugin. Embed live real estate data from an MLS directly into your blog. The dsIDXpress is not included in the package and has to be installed separately. The theme is mobile-friendly and looks great on any device and screen resolution.

Bellaina - Real Estate Responsive WordPress theme

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Stylist Responsive WordPress Theme

The theme includes an Appointment Booking Plugin. This is a must-have plugin that allows your guests to book appointments with or without registration. The plugin comes with color pickers to help you apply suitable website colors. It can be easily integrated with WooCommerce payments and read-only appointment calendar feeds. Backend plugin management is a real ease.

Business Responsive WordPress Theme

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Business Consultations WordPress theme

This business theme is WPML Ready. WPML makes it easier to run multilingual WordPress site with a single install. With WPML you can modify pages, posts, custom types, menus, and even the theme’s text so that the right ones are displayed in every language. Advanced SEO support is integrated into the theme. This is important because SEO optimized pages can help you find your site easier on the web.

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Business Solutions WordPress Theme

This business theme is provided with MegaMenu. It is a powerful tool for creating a better look and professional navigation easily without technical knowledge. It allows organizing your categories, subcategories easily with different content showing-off. Also, the theme contains a Contact Form. By means of this built-in web form, customers can easily get in touch with you, inquire more information about your services and give their feedback on using them.

Business Firm WordPress Theme

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IT WordPress Theme

Owing to the valid, semantic code your site will have better SEO ratings, impress your visitors with faster page loading speeds and get more flexible. All PSD files are fully customizable and were optimized to be used equally well by experts and beginners. The detailed documentation covers all the ins and outs of your theme. Use it to squeeze the most out of your website’s functionality. The theme is Cross Browser compatible, so doing whatever changes to your website, be certain to have its look and performance the same perfect in all browsers.

Information Technology WordPress Template

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Business News Responsive WordPress Theme

The theme includes Custom Page Templates. Build a unique and stylish site for any kind of business with a variety of custom pre-designed page templates. It is possible to use unique types of posts for various info like customers’ testimonials, team bio posts, company services description, and other posts you would like to highlight. Every page of your website can possess its inimitable charm. All you need to do is to choose from a list of available post formats, individually designed to match different tastes and needs.

Business Responsive WordPress Theme

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Advertising Agency WordPress Theme

This theme for an advertising agency is responsive. Your site will quickly adapt to any gadget with any screen size the user has at hand right now. Text and images are flexible as well, so they will be rendered correctly. This will boost your conversion as your visitors will have no limits in terms of their location or device. The theme is retina ready, by the way.

Advertising Agency WP Theme

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Contemporary Business Firm WordPress Theme

Built by qualified developers, the theme ensures a cutting-edge performance on all screen resolutions and modern browsers. Find and change any element of the theme quickly and easily. The code of the theme is clean, well-structured, and carefully commented. Written in accordance with the latest web-standards, it lets you understand the purpose of any of its elements easily. The template’s package includes 24/7 effective and friendly support.

Business Firm WP Theme

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Financial Vision WordPress Theme

The theme is not only responsive but retina ready. The retina ready templates will perform and look awesome even on displays with high pixel density. In this way, they will help you keep the site up to date for years to come. The theme is built on Cherry Framework 4. It is a simple framework that offers you easy installation, solid Bootstrap options, numerous shortcodes and widgets, and loads of other helpful features.

Financial Consultant WordPress Theme

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This was the utmost collection of 20 best business and services WordPress themes. Did you find anything suitable for your business? Please tell us which theme did you choose and what features were crucial for you. Please also let us know what do you think about TemplateMonster’s web studios catalog? Are you going to get on the chart? Any feedback is welcome in the comment section.

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How to Add a Responsive Lightbox in Adobe Muse

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How to Add a Responsive Lightbox in Adobe Muse. No Coding Skills Required.

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A Lightbox is a great way to have your website visitors focus their attention on a specific item on your web page. With a Lightbox you can have the website be in the background while a specific item is emphasized in the center of the website. An opaque or solid overlay covers the website so it is not seen in the background while an element is focused on. Adobe Muse has a few Lightbox features but one of the drawbacks with the Adobe Muse built-in Lightbox is that it is not responsive. That is why I decided to create “The Lightbox” widget. With this widget you can add a YouTube video, Vimeo video, image, Google Map, or website to the Lightbox. As the user resizes the browser the Lightbox changes size as well to fit all devices. You can also set the opacity of the overlay in the Lightbox to be more solid or more see through. You can have a solid color or choose a gradient for the Lightbox overlay.

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Features Include:

  • Set the background color and opacity of the Lightbox background.
  • Add a gradient for the Lightbox background.
  • Link a YouTube video to the Lightbox.
  • Link a Vimeo video to the Lightbox.
  • Link a website to the Lightbox.
  • Link an image to the Lightbox.
  • Link a Google Map to the Lightbox.
  • Link a Muse For You Hover Box to the Lightbox.

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Here are the steps to add “The Lightbox” widget:

1. Install the The Lightbox Widget by clicking the .mulib file inside of the widget folder. This will install directly into the Adobe Muse library panel.

2. Drag and drop “The Lightbox – Add First” widget from the library panel onto the Adobe Muse website. If you would like to have a gradient background in the Lightbox add “The Lightbox – Add First – With Gradient.” If you do not see the library panel go to Window > Library. From the “Add First” widget you can style the color and opacity of the Lightbox overlay.

3. Next drag and drop “The Lightbox Widget” onto your Adobe Muse website. You will notice there is an option that says “Graphic Style Name.” This is the graphic style name you will want to apply to the element that opens the Lightbox when clicking on it. To assign the graphic style name open the graphic styles panel. If you do not see the graphic styles panel go to Window > Graphic Styles. Then assign the graphic style name that is in the widget to the element you would like to open the Lightbox.

4. Afterwards link the element in Adobe Muse to a YouTube video, Vimeo Video, Image, Google Map, or website via the built-in “Hyperlinks” section in Adobe Muse.

5. Preview in the browser to see the Lightbox.

6. Done!

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For more widgets and tutorials for Adobe Muse visit http://museforyoushop.com.

Happy Musing :).

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Facebook Messenger App Gets A Brand New Look

The popular social networking platform made yet another important change that was not formally announced. Facebook made a move that has probably been planned for a long time: the platform just changed the entire messaging experience by integrating the Messenger app into its desktop version. Reactions of all kinds soon appeared online.

The change brought to Messenger app was spotted by most users, especially that this time it seems to be more than just a simple beta “test.” When we look at the home page, we notice that the Messenger icon in the blue navigation bar at the top of the screen has replaced the old inbox icon; when you click on it, you go to a radically overhauled inbox, similar to a Messenger.com.

Judging by the public statements made by its representatives, Facebook needed to go more mobile. The platform is also meant to help its users by presenting them with relevant information which can be more easily accessed. Indeed, the following features of the newest Facebook Messenger version can be quite useful:

  • The new “home page” divided into modules/panes allows you to see a list of the most recent messages and the friends you chat most frequently with are highlighted in the “Favorites” module below.
  • You can now easily find a particular conversation, change the chat’s color, edit nicknames.
  • The new “Active Now” module allows you to see when your friends are available, and the “Birthdays” module will remind you of your friends’ birthdays.
  • The new Messenger includes in-built emoji, stickers and GIF buttons, and, what is more important, payment options to transfer money to contacts, and video games.
  • The new Messenger is easier to use because it gives you the possibility to reorganize your chat threads based on your favorites and active users so that you might get to important chats faster, and get immediate responses back.

 

On the other hand, numerous users were not pleased with the new changes, stating that the old inbox layout was better and asking how they can switch back to the old Messenger (which is not possible).

The features people mostly complained about are:

  • The possibility to see your other messages on the side. This can be quite distracting and inconvenient, especially when you have lots of messages from your admiring fans and exes
  • The extra space for ads that was added on the right side can be disturbing
  • The bigger version of the inbox covers half of the message screen now and this can also make the app harder to use
  • the message box only scrolls to the right, so users can’t easily see the whole message to guide the feel of the message or easily check for typos. That can be frustrating.
  • When users try to copy parts of a conversation and save it in word, this is not possible anymore. Also, the date and time of the messages can’t be copied at all
  • Users now can’t write longer messages without their paragraphs being truncated in the composer
  • Messages can’t be filtered by “unread”
  • Photo sharing needs improvement
  • Currently, you don’t have the ability to delete individual messages within a conversation

What users generally complained about most is the fact that Facebook complicated things unnecessarily, without doing usability studies or testing the changes in focus groups first. The loss of the inbox layout shook most users which openly expressed their complaints online. People are also discontent with the fact that the Messenger app, originally designed for mobile, is now being forced upon desktop and laptop users without choice.

In reply, David Marcus, the vice president of messaging products at Facebook, stated that the changes were meant to harmonize the user experience across all platforms, especially when the app is used by 1 billion+ people primarily on mobile. Clearly, the Messaging app needed to feel and look more mobile.

Mr. Marcus also claimed that what Facebook was actually trying to do with the New app is add more value to messaging, to make it more relevant and more interesting than before. And he promised his team would look into the features that people are not currently pleased with.

Stan Chudnovsky, head of product for Messaging at Facebook, also stated that the only change brought to the network is the introduction of the new modules, which actually put together different messages or different people. Messages have been displayed in chronological order since the beginning of the smartphone era.

The Facebook representative also claimed that there is more in store for Messenger: new modules will be progressively introduced to the app because people deserve an enriched messaging experience. The need for innovation is undeniable, especially in this field. It looks like you’re going to have to keep your eyes on your smartphones to see what the platform offers you next.

Facebook’s intent is apparently to revolutionize messaging communication, but will these new changes convince the public?

What do you think about the new update? Let us know in the comment section bellow.

 

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