Are you wondering what is going to happen with the web design industry this year? You’re not the only one who is. I will go out on a limb here and assume that the trend of using large image or video backgrounds on websites will stick around for a while, and generate some clever new ways to optimize images for fast loading, or responsive re-sizing.
Even further, I believe that WP themes are getting stronger than ever, as they work to provide web designers with more and more resources. Think about type kits. Didn’t fancy typefaces and fonts use to go hand in hand with big budgets? Well, time has opened doors for the average WordPress user. Right now, every self-respecting theme comes with type kits, and some of them even include multiple weights and styles.
What the Wind of Change May Bring
The truth is that no one knows for sure what waits just around the corner. However, we can speculate about possible events by drawing on past experiences. Do you remember when it was unthinkable to set about creating websites without developers? Or, when coming up with a responsive website felt like taking the first steps on the moon?
Fast-forward to the present and look around. We have platforms and themes that consider responsiveness a God-given commandment, and generate W3C-validated code for your designs. We live in the Golden Age of web design, with brilliant shortcodes and a designer-friendly front office.
X Theme: a Great Ally
If you’re constantly waging war on time because you have so many projects, but limited resources, then you need to upgrade your web design practice with a solution that supports your productivity and even transforms it. X Theme isthe fastest selling product on ThemeForest, and web designers have been rushing to get their hands on it for months.
It’s worthy of your attention because it’s packed with many layout, styling and navigation options, not to mention that it eliminates the dull admin panel and offers a live preview feature for your ongoing work. Comprehensive tutorial videos here and there, 600 Google Fonts with all their weights and styles, plus 40 shortcodes (some of them quite innovative) are also part of the deal.
X Theme has four Stacks and makes ready to add more. Integrity, Icon, Renew, and Ethos are complete designs that help users create websites in multiple fields and industries. To see what each one is about, check out the 30+ demos. However, as the saying goes, there is no smoke without a fire. Version 3.0. Of X Theme is going to spark everyone’s interest with Extensions.
Themeco Extensions: WordPress Plugins with a Twist
Last year, you probably broke your back trying to get this or that plugin for your WordPress projects. Since each client is different, every project had unique requirements and you wanted to do a good job every time. Hence, you ended up spending $50 to $200 per plugin. What if I told you that you can do away with all that hassle?
X Theme has developed a series of extensions and transformed other well-known plugins to fit in with its infrastructure. To unlock them, you’d have to buy a unique copy, and then confirm the purchase. Behold, you gain access to all existing and forthcoming extensions, along with free and automatic lifetime updates. And the best part is that you can get all the extensions for FREE, when it could have cost you over $1000.
Make Your Mark
Would you be interested in a simple path to push your brand forward as you’re working on various client projects? Themeco gives you a helping hand via White Label. Thanks to this native extension, you can easily transpose your brand identity on the WordPress log-in screen (insert a custom image representing your logo), and proceed to further personalize the Add-on home.
As you deliver a project, include a thank you note, your contact information, or even slip in some pieces of advice regarding some technical problems that might surface. You are at liberty to customize any type of message you can think of.
Get Your Users Involved
You could be working on a web store, a blog, or any other type of pages that users take an interest in. When you’ve managed to draw their attention, you also have to pave the way for them to express themselves. Encourage readers to give you a piece of their minds, and to talk to each other, with a neat comment section.
X Theme offers the extension Disqus comments so you can change the age-old WordPress comment system with an inviting alternative.
Mesmerize Your Audience
What’s your marketing strategy when you want to pitch offers to your viewers? You could do that with a video, but how can you be sure that your readers won’t click away? X Theme integrates an extension that allows you to play a video that your users watch for a while.
Video Lock is a charming feature, whereby you can choose a video width and establish a header/footer caption, program the offer to start after some seconds, lock the closing button, and reveal it some time later.
Sweeten the Pill
Some scenarios can really bring your website users down. One of the most common blunders is clicking on a broken link. The 404 nightmare is disliked by everyone, without exception. However, you can reach out to the extension that takes the worst of it away.
X Theme is equipped with a Custom 404 function that permits you to customize a message and upload a background image to deflate the sense of irritation in your users.
Top Up Your Parallax
Everyone’s crazy for animated parallax backgrounds, these days. A growing body of evidence underlines its positive effects on user experience. If you’re about to use X Theme to get a parallax website up and running, then you might want to consider the following extension that allows you to morph the native physics of your scroll bar.
Implementing Smooth Scrolling makes sense when you know for a fact that the overwhelming majority of your public is using a desktop, and therefore the mouse wheel, to navigate through your website.
The Era of Full-Package WP Themes
In our humble opinion, X Theme has it all: flexibility, intuitive usability, richness in features, and possibly the next big thing in terms of WP themes – a smart collection of extensions rounded up for web designers. We can’t help but feel grateful to Themeco for coming up with a complete solution that doesn’t entail sky-high costs, and helps save time and energy when working on multiple projects. The story continues, with over a dozen experts who work full time to funnel X Theme into the perfect WP theme, now and always.