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There are thousands of free wordpress themes available on the internet. With so many free themes available why would one opt for premium wordpress themes?
Quality of design
There are wordpress theme designer programs available that allow a user to mass produce themes. Themes created by these programs are often found on free wordpress theme directories. The graphics and design elements are limited to the options available in the software creating the themes. The themes do work but rarely contain a professional design expected by users browsing a company website.
Many premium wordpress themes are built pleasing to the eye to draw the attention of those that expect a quality design for the money they intend on spending. Custom graphics, stylesheets, and designs should be part of every professional wordpress theme. After all, who would pay for premium wordpress themes if they looked no better than free themes readily available at every corner?
Free wordpress themes often have no administrative options to easily customize the layout, colors, and widgets. This leaves the end user with a lot of custom coding to do. If the user doesn’t have a good knowledge of CSS and PHP chances are they will not be able to customize their website. The only other option is to hire a theme designer to make the changes to the theme. Having a designer customize a theme for a user will cost far more than a premium wordpress theme.
Premium wordpress themes should contain theme options available directly in the wordpress administrative panel. Professional wordpress themes may contain color options, site layout options, slideshow options, many widget options, and other options. These make life so much easier for a user that has little to know programming knowledge.
Almost all websites you find free wordpress themes on are not run by the same people who created the themes. Because of this, tech support for a theme you download is not available. Websites that sell premium wordpress themes are often run by the developers of the themes. They are able to provide the support you need when you have questions about setting up the theme or making custom changes.
Yet again, WordPress developers love changing things with several of their major version changes, but in this case, their WordPress 3 menu management system is built into the admin now. This is a very long overdue feature and it marks the beginning of making menus easier for the end-user and non-techy savy individuals. Although, it's best to have a WP 3 theme to take immediate advantage.
Las Vegas is all about high end hotels with elaborate casinos and flashing lights. The idea is to draw as many people possible to their establishment by creating an enchanting and alluring atmosphere. It is important to have a similar design mindset when deciding on a casino based professional WordPress theme . Although a website can’t compete with the entertaining environment that is Las Vegas it can draw the attention of potential customers over competitors.
I've talked about this with several users of my themes but decided to write a quick tutorial for everyone to learn how to take advantage of a WordPress plugin called "Widget Logic" and how "WordPress Conditional Tags" work in conjunction with your own web site. To be honest, I think this should be a standard function with WordPress so you don't feel stranded with limitations.
Coming soon to a Theatre website near you! Yes, movie tutorials are coming soon to Pixel Theme Studio which will definitely give members a much better way to learn how to setup themes and perhaps learn how to create their own design. Reading content works and seeing a static screenshot helps but in many situations, it's just better to offer a visual enhancement with movie tutorials to show how something is done. You can sit back and watch it over and over while you watch and listen as I go through each step.
I've been asked how I made my home pages on some of my theme demos' while many believe this is part of the theme a person downloads. Actually, it's only partially related whereas the rest is done with WordPress settings. For this to work, the theme should have at least one different "page template" included because it doesn't make sense to use the default page template that comes with WordPress as your home page. In most cases, the page template to be used is often designed in a way that it's unique in one way or another.
For the longest time, it appears just by doing a Google search about opinions regarding the WordPress HTML editor is showing a lot of dislike for it's quality level. Many (including myself actually) are frustrated with the default editor WP has included into their content management system. There is a lot of potential for WP to develop over the coming years but the one thing they really need to place more attention to, is their html editor.
First up, I want to thank everyone for their support for Pixel Theme Studio which is helping this site to continuously grow in popularity. With feedback I receive from members (and visitors), I've been making ongoing improvements to the site and its features over the last month. With 2011 approaching, there will be a few more changes for Pixel Theme Studio which will solidfy the direction that will benefit the end-user even more. I won't go into everything I have planned quite yet but I will give some hints along with some important information that everyone should be aware of before 2011 arrives...
Shock, frustration, anger, and the unknown consequences of changing your website's theme for a new and different one is something that is quite common with most people. Unfortunately, everyone on the planet is not a web designer or experienced with content management systems (cms) or themes (templates) and how they really work and relate to one another. Too many times I have seen people get a surprise of their life when they change to a totally different web site theme, only to experience a very different looking web site - with things in places that shouldn't be in those places. In a perfect world, it would be nice to have everything magically go into the right positions when using a completely new and different theme or template.
I know many have been asking, "are we there yet?" "is it done yet?" "how long before you release it?" Valid questions because what was supposed to have been a simple 1-week project to enhance just a few things in the Visionary theme from 2009, turned into almost 3 weeks because I kept adding more and more features to it. I can happyily say that it's finally available for download but there are a few things you should know about if you are using the older 2009 version of Visionary...
While designing website graphics and opting in for the PNG format, either png 8 or png 24, you might notice that everything looks fine in Firefox, Safari, Chrome, even some of the other popular browsers...with the exception of the non-compliant browser called "Internet Explorer" from a company called Microsoft. With this browser, regardless of the version, you will notice that png's look different, especially if you have an image on a background that has the same colour as your graphic, only to discover in IE that is not so.
Something looked different when you arrived moments ago to this web site for anyone who've been here before...A complete different design for Pixel Theme Studio along with several other changes have and will still take place between now and December 31st. One obviously is the overall look and style of the site from what it was before. This was a big change and a lot of work but so far so good...feel free to let me know what you think of the new site style...
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