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16 Awesome Examples of Website Testimonials Done Right!

Testimonials can be very powerful for helping to establish trust and encouraging visitors to buy, sign up, fill out a form, or take whatever action you are after. For websites and online businesses…

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10 Tips to Help You Choose the Right SEO Keywords [Infographic]

Picking up those correct SEO magic keywords is never simple, however it’s totally basic. Without the correct keywords, your business will squander significant time, cash, and assets catering to a crowd of people that doesn’t even know you exist.

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Useful Tips for Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

It’s ironic that there are so many WordPress themes at large, yet we have such a hard time finding the right one. This article aims to shed some light on questions that plague most web designers, like "what should I look for when choosing a WordPress Theme?"

Well, this is the guide you need for identifying top-grade WordPress themes. We’re going to look into the areas that you need to pay attention to, as well as tips on how to spot the WordPress themes that are worth your money and time.

Look for Versatility

Different clients have different demands that you must adapt to. You may have to create portfolios, business websites, or blogs and magazines. It would be counterproductive to use a different theme every time. First, you spend a lot of time searching for it, and then you have to invest energy learning how to make the best of it.

Each new theme means you have to adjust to a new coding style. Wouldn’t you be better off with a single theme that is powerful and versatile enough to deliver on your requirements and needs across various projects?

If you manage to secure a truly flexible theme, then that theme will not only lay the foundation for many types of websites, but it will also help you come up with unique results again and again.

You also need to keep your options open. While some clients are easy to please, others don’t really have a good sense of what they want. Those are the ones that ask you to make all kinds of changes. So you must ask yourself, does your theme help you please your clients? Would it allow you to modify the website layout from boxed to sidebar/content, or full width? Does it give you the option to modify navigation and go from fixed top to fixed right or left?

Great Support is fundamental

Web designers have to stick to a time schedule. The more projects we undertake, the less time we have – and we need to manage whatever is left on the clock to the best of our ability. Therefore, a WordPress theme is not helpful if it demands too much of our most precious resource: time.

We need to make sure that the themes we’re using are backed by a support team with strong communication skills who can and will help us solve all issues that crop up. There are themes with a team that has lousy response times, and themes with what you might call "decent" standard of customer support. But you don’t want decent, you want excellent support, and on your own terms.

A great support team answers calls of distress in less than 2 hours, and always gives you practical advice that you can work with. You shouldn’t settle for a service that makes you wait up to 48 hours, or directs you to their knowledgebase for answers. When in doubt, check the testimonials because that’s where you can spot great support, if it is provided.

"Everything works perfectly and customer support is second to none."

"Hands down, the best theme and support I’ve experienced. The developers respond quickly in the support forum and resolve any issues in a timely manner. Well done!"

If your theme doesn’t score points on customer support, let it go and move on to another one that helps you stay on schedule.

Clean code and good Shortcodes

The whole point of using WordPress themes is to eliminate web designers’ dependence on programmers and developers. A good theme has solid code and provides plenty of shortcuts – it’s not a matter of shying away from the repetitive nature of manual programming, although admittedly not everyone is a big fan. The goal is to optimize our working process, so we can launch wonderful websites faster.

There is also the issue of transitioning from handwritten code to themes that can keep up with the latest developments and core WordPress features.

In short, clean code is a must-have for any respectable WordPress theme. Improperly written or deprecated code will damage your website with broken-up layouts, data-corrupting shenanigans or worse. A fine theme will make these worries disappear.

Also, it will save you from having to test your website for cross-platform responsiveness and compatibility with the latest browsers (don’t get us started on those). Aside from clean-code, good WordPress themes unlock a series of shortcodes that can be used even if you have minimum to zero programming skills.

You Will Need Plugins

We’ve come to expect plugins with every WordPress theme. You will find that extended functionality is an important aspect – it is here that some themes outshine others. Take a closer look at your themes, assess their utility, and try to see whether the theme developers had gone the extra mile to create custom-made extensions.

Variety Of Plugins

The first checkpoint is a rich variety in plugins. Some themes throw in one or two essential ones which are compatible with others, but you have to purchase them separately and install the plugins yourself. Thankfully, there is a flip side to this practice – you can tell which themes are most considerate of your needs, by the number of plugins they volunteer from the start.

Usability Of Plugins

Then again, on closer inspection, some plugins may turn out to be more useful than others. Some plugins could be useful on a visual level for instance; many web designers prefer to build pages with a visual editor or composer. A gallery-type plugin would also be most welcome, because you never know when you’ll have to showcase a few slides for your portfolio or web store.

Then, there are plugins that help you administrate your website. You could benefit from an analytics plugin, and perhaps an easy-to-manage plugin for the comment system.

Customized Plugins

Last but not least, if the theme you’re looking at took the trouble to customize some plugins, you should check them out. In determining what exactly these extra plugins help you achieve, you might be able to come across a theme that is catered to your very needs. For instance, if you’re crafting an e-Commerce website a terms of use plugin or marketing-oriented plugins like content dock or a video marketing tool may come in handy.

Custom plugins are optimized for fast website loading time. Useful custom-made plugins both load fast and bring huge UX benefits.

Wrap Up

There you have it! Your tips to first-rate themes. As you can see, choosing the right theme is not such a big deal, as long as you stay faithful to four principles: versatility, reliable customer support, clean code and good shortcodes, and lastly plugins, customized or otherwise.

Editor’s note: This post is written by Kate Dagli for Kate enjoys writing roundups for web dev and technology websites. She is currently a staff member of

How To Deal With Facebook Game Invites (The Right Way)

We need to talk about Facebook games. I believe if you’re on Facebook, you are either on the team that plays games, or the team that does not. The former basically taps into Facebook for favors from friends while the latter runs the "Please do not invite me anymore" recording on loop.

The bad news is, this is going to keep going on for as long as you are still on Facebook. The good news is, you don’t have to sever ties with friends who "just don’t get it that I do not want to be a part of their Villes". The what-you-should-know news is that whether you play Facebook games or not, there are things that you can do to better manage this.

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I’m going to split this into two sections where you either (1) don’t play Facebook games or (2) do. Please find your seats. Let’s take a look.

I Don’t Play Facebook Games

So you get a Facebook notification only to find out that it is an invitation by so-and-so to play games. This is starting to frustrate you because it’s the umpteenth time you have asked your friends nicely to stop doing this.

The thing is, for almost all Facebook games, there is the "Invite All" or "Send to All" option readily available. Certain games (but not all) may have collected your friends who are already on the game on a smaller list. In both cases, the urge to be lazy and just send requests to everyone on the list – instead of picking the names one by one – is strong.

Basically Facebook game players see your messages, but Facebook does not make it easy for them to choose who not to spam – and there is nothing you can make them do about it.

But you can stop getting notifications, and stop receiving their updates as well as requests.

To Stop Getting Notifications

1. When you receive a Facebook notification on your desktop, click on the notification icon for a dropdown of all your notifications and locate the game notification.

2. However near the right side of the bar and you will see a circle and a cross appear. The circle gives you the Mark as Read option. The cross allows you to turn off notifications. Click on the cross.

3. Click Turn Off. And you will no longer receive notifications from said game. Do this once for each game.

To Stop Seeing Game Updates

1. On your Facebook feed, look for any game-related posts, like these:

2. To the right of the name of the game, you will find an arrow-down button. Click on it to see a dropdown menu.

3. You will see several options:

(1) I don’t want to see this will help you block that single post.

(2) Unfollow [friend] will ensure you no longer see posts from said person, including non-game-related ones.

(3) Hide all from [game] will block updates from any friend related to that game.

4. Pick any of the option above. I usually go with Option #3. Note that you will have to do this for each and every game, one at a time.

To Block Game/App Invites

This is for those who have too many invites from too many games from too many friends. The fastest way to get rid of all this drama is to block those invites in one go. Here’s how:

1. On your Facebook main page, go to the far right at your top menu bar. Click on the dropdown arrow and click on Settings.

2. On the left sidebar, choose Blocking and you will be taken to the Manage blocking section.

3. To Block app invites from someone, go to that section (third from the top) and type in his or her name. The field autocompletes so you can click on the person’s name or press Enter. You will no longer receive app invites from that person. Don’t worry, your friends probably won’t notice if you do not respond to their invites.

4. While you’re there, you can head down two more sections to the Block apps section and type in the games you want to block unconditionally. The field autocompletes too so you can take a stab at what the game name contains like Candy or Ville or Pirate, and click the app to single it out.

So far so good? Now, share this post with a fellow friend who is frustrated with game gangsters who can’t stop making game requests he or she can’t refuse.

I Play Facebook Games

I come in peace, and a proposition. If you want to play Facebook games, do it on a separate Facebook account. All you need is a second email address, which I think most people already have.

You get two benefits from this: you get to avoid the wrath of your friends, and secondly you get to tap into a world of Facebook game players who share your level of enthusiasm when playing the same games.

They don’t even have to be people you know. People who play Facebook games usually play multiple games, are active in game forums, and add tons of friends for help and favors to advance in the game. You will feel right at home.

There are two drawbacks that I know of. First, you will probably need to start from scratch for most of your games because I do not know if you can unlink your Facebook account from the game and link another Facebook account to it while keeping your most current progress (if you find out, let us know).

Secondly, since Facebook has yet to allow multiple account sign-ins on their Facebook mobile apps, you may need to choose which Facebook account to have on your mobile – I’m just going to leave this dilemma here, and move on.

Wrap Up

Having two Facebook accounts helps you separate your game addiction from what you do outside of it. Sure, there are implications of game addictions but let’s not go into that in this post. Truth is, there are many things you yourself can do rather than just ask people to stop sending game requests and invites – and now that you know, send this to someone who you think may need this.

15 websites that use white space the right way

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Whenever anyone says white space, then we literally visualize white blank/empty spaces in our mind (white space can be of any color though). Well, that is true and is applicable even while designing. White space is actually the space that exists between elements to give a clean look to your web design. These days, many […]

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How to Choose the Right eCommerce Platform for Your Digital Content

If you are a blogger, designer, or budding online entrepreneur, you probably have something to sell. And you might not even know it.

In this age, digital content is all around us. From eBooks to…

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Designed to be hired: tips on finding the right resume template for the job

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When looking for a job, it may be tempting to design the most beautiful resume template you can and start to send it around. However, it isn’t the most clever strategy if you are looking to be hired. During job search, you should look at your potential boss as a temporary client. What are they […]

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10 street artworks made at the right place

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One of the main advantages street artists get, when compared to traditional artists, is that they can work pretty much anywhere they want. Of course, this comes with some risks as it is often illegal, but when they work at the right place and adapt their work to its environment, it becomes pure gold. 1. […]

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ListenUp: Elvis Presley: That’s All Right

Elvis Presley: That's All Right

On what would have been his 80th birthday this week, Elvis Presley’s first-ever recording was auctioned off for $ 300,000. Though many fans may not know this ballad—called “My Happiness”—it was an essential stepping stone in his career. Presley had……

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Excellent Examples of Sign Up Forms That Impress Your Customers Right From The Start

Although these forms are seen as less important details, they should be taken seriously. There are many businesses which don’t pay attention to this form and just throw something on their website that is supposed to be filled out, irrespective of its design. But without an increased number of subscribers a business couldn’t become a thriving business.

Excellent Examples of Sign Up Forms That Impress Your Customers Right From The Start

The truth is that sign-up forms come in so many styles that is very difficult to know which is the right choice. And yes: usually, they include a few form fields such as “email”, “password” and “repeat password”. So, is there something important to design here? There are just 3 form fields! Will they scare people?

Well, in some cases this really happens and data extracted from Google Analytics shows this is true. And of course, they’re not scared by forms, but by being spammed. Or, they’re reluctant to wasting time if the form is boring, too complicated and too long. A sign-up form should be catchy, memorable, remind the user that he is important and the reason why he uses the website.

How to create top notch and effective sign-up forms

Sign-up forms should look great, but they also need to be functional. Although there is no particular recipe for designing effective web forms, there are some general ideas that could be very helpful.

First of all, it should not take long for users to find the form. So, ensure that it’s visible. Offering the answer to the above mentioned questions creates trust and realistic expectations.

Some of these forms are placed in a corner of the website or on the welcome screen. In these cases, a sign-up form is just an instantly forgotten detail. One of the best things would be to place it on the top of every page on the website.

If there are some special offers, include a brief statement that informs users about them. Adding only those necessary fields and asking only what is really important usually makes people fill in a sign-up form easier and faster.

Designing clean, beautiful and effective sign-up forms involves a lot of creativity from designers. Building these forms in a very unique way attracts visitors and increases chances to fill out. Therefore, a memorable design should be considered.

Nonetheless, “memorable” doesn’t mean fancy or complicated. Even a clean and airy design can be impressive. The most important thing is to offer a different vibe to a sign-up form. It can feature big buttons, images, smaller or bigger fields, instructions and anything else that could be useful. The form layout is of major importance as well, so the button size should be aligned perfectly with the form fields.

Check out some examples of websites with creative and effective sign-up forms!

TestFlight has a simple, but effective sign-up form, with well aligned fields, including the terms of use and privacy policy.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - TestFlight
Website link: TestFlight

The form on the Barack Obama website is another great example of simple and very short form.

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Visitors already know that they have to fill out a sign-up form. Once they get at this point, there should be no distractions to keep them from accomplishing his task. Plus, they want what is on the unseen side of a form, so completing forms should be a breeze. In addition, the tone should be conversational, friendly and enticing. Yahoo sign up form is a great example as it requires only what is really necessary. The fields are perfectly aligned, your password is shown, there are no directions and it also includes the terms of service and privacy policy.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Yahoo
Website link: Yahoo

Winning the trust of your visitors is essential. Usually, they don’t give their email IDs because they could be spammed. Under such circumstances, the best thing would be to add a statement that says “This website never shares your personal information with a third party”. Thus, people are reassured that their email IDs stay confidential and safe. Catalog Choice emphasizes that the privacy of personal information is protected. Other benefits are also mentioned on the left side of the form.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Catalog Choice
Website link: Catalog Choice

Another way to create trust is by telling visitors about the frequency of the emails and by giving a sample of the type of content they will receive. People usually are reluctant to the unknown and they also don’t want to waste time reading less useful information, so offering just a small glimpse of what they will receive can prevent this problem. AVANTI does that. Their sign up form is entitled “Sign up for promotions”, so they inform you that by signing up, you will receive promotions, specials and news about their events at AVANTI.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - AVANTI
Website link: AVANTI

Calls to action incorporated on the sign-up forms add engagement and interaction. “Sign up” or “subscribe”? At the first glance, this is just a detail without any importance. But it might not be like that. “Subscribe” might sound too salesy. The word “subscribe” can send a subliminal message that makes people think they have to pay for something. Thus, “sign up” would be a wiser choice. “Start here” is also less used and it can also be great to use as well as “Start here!”.

Or, the call to action may describe what users can get by submitting the form. For example, providing an incentive is a great tip to make visitors sign up. It can be a free download, ebook or a free trial. InstantLoop uses beautiful colors and its logo design is very pretty. The call to action button is surrounded by some white space that enhances it. By “Join now”, users understand very well right from the start what to expect.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - InstantLoop
Website link: InstantLoop

LiveResto features a call to action button that tells you exactly what you’ll get.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - LiveResto
Website link: LiveResto

Letting people know about password length or format before submitting saves time. Generally, this kind of information emerges after users type in their password and it is too short or doesn’t include a number. Github seems to know that seeing error messages repeatedly is annoying. That is why they added some specifications for the password on their sign up form.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Github
Website link: Github

The more sensitive info should not be required at first as people will become suspicious and will leave the website. Facebook sign-up form is a great example. The date of birth is the last info that is required and under it, there’s a short explanation: “Why do I need to provide my date of birth?”.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Facebook
Website link: Facebook

Red buttons on sign-up forms have been used for a long time and at present, they are quite controversial. Nonetheless, testing is the best way to tell which color is right to choose for the sign-up button. That’s what GSM did!

Targeted forms increase the chances to be filled in. Thus, adapting to the specific needs of people improves the relationship with them on long-term. Jabong is a great example of sign up targeted forms. When filling out their form, visitors have to choose their gender.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Jabong
Website link: Jabong

Simplify the form to prevent abandonment. The services or products provided by a business may be great, but if people don’t feel motivated to fill in the form, they will just leave the website page. Progressive profiling is another excellent solution to reduce the number of form fields. It means that a user won’t have to fill in 10 mandatory fields at once, but only 3 or 4 and then use other forms to get the additional pieces of information needed. Hubspot explains the process in details and tells you how to create this type of forms.

Great copy is also important. If emotional, smart and enticing copy is used for a sign-up form, chances are that more people will fill it out. Smart copy can also indicate that it takes just 2 minutes to fill it in. Tumblr features on its sign up form two simple, but enticing sentences: “Follow the blogs you’ve been hearing about. Share the things you love”. Microcopy is also beneficial. Microcopy means brief pieces of info that answer vital questions when filling out such a form. It answers questions such as “is this a free ebook?” or “will I get a weekly email if I sign up?” and makes a user feel more comfortable.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Tumblr
Website link: Tumblr

Adding social media buttons is an extra piece of proof that the service is ok and safe. Podio adds several social media buttons such as Facebook, Live, GoToMeeting and Google. On the right side they also mention the main advantage and entice you to invite other co-workers. The headline “Good Decision” manages to build a positive impression related to the entire signing in process.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Podio
Website link: Podio

Mentioning the number of subscribers builds trust and professionalism. Basecamp mentions that it has helped over 285,000 companies finish more than 2,000,000 projects.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Basecamp
Website link: Basecamp

Showing the benefits of the form and using touchy, emotional language leads to a more personal connection and reliability. is a great example. On the right side of the form they have mentioned some bullet points enhancing the reasons why they’ll love

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Using Captcha may make user experience more difficult and also decreases conversions. Nonetheless, if you still believe that it would be extremely useful, test and see what happens. Then, you will know for sure which option is appropriate. To ensure protection against spam, Virb asks people to select the word “beldon”.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Virb
Website link: Virb

The header of a form is also important. It should feature a larger font size than other text labels incorporated in the form. Some bullet points are also helpful as they can support and explain the main message better. Shutterfly sign up form has an enticing header. It’s visible and clearly shows what you will get.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Shutterfly
Website link: Shutterfly

A sign-up form over a dynamic background with many images adds interactivity and grabs attention right from the start. Vimeo is a good example. The form appears right when you enter the site, but the form is designed in such a way that is still visible.

Excellent Sign Up Forms - Vimeo
Website link: Vimeo

If many details are required, creating a longer sign-up form is not the right solution. The user will get tired very soon and abandon it. In this case, the most suitable solution would be to provide a clue by showing the following steps. Another tip is to make the form look smaller even if they have to fill out the same information and the same number of fields.

The above mentioned websites are a great source of inspiration. And of course there are many other great examples of websites with effective and creative sign-up forms. It’s difficult to know which tips to choose and apply because you never know that to expect. And if creating sign-up forms can sometimes take too long, there are web form builders that require no coding. Thus, web designers save time and simplify their work. All in all, testing is crucial. As there is no precise recipe, testing will prevent many problems from happening and it will show you what should be improved. So test and test again and ask yourself: would you fill out that sign-up form?

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