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I am pleased to announce the release of the Hurricane WordPress Theme, one of the 3 themes which I previewed at the weekend.

The Hurricane theme was designed by Leland and his team at CustomTheme.com, a WordPress Design company who specialise in making unique WordPress designs for their clients. The theme has a grungy look with the main colours being black and light blue.

Click on the image below to see a large screenshot of the theme. Alternatively, you can see the theme in action in our demo area.

Hurricane WordPress Theme

The theme has five widget areas: one in the sidebar, three in the footer and one in the 404 error page. All of which allow you to easily add, change and remove content very easily. The theme also has it’s own options area where you can add your Twitter, Feedburner and Google Analytics information.

To download this theme, all you need to do is sign up to our newsletter using the form below. You will be emailed a link to all of our free ebooks and themes once you have confirmed your email address.

I hope you like the theme. If you have any questions about using or customising this theme please let us know in the BloggingTips Theme Support Room.

Link : Hurricane WordPress Theme

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Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog and provides support to bloggers at Rise Forums. He can also be found on Twitter @KevinMuldoon and .

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Thrive Themes vs. StudioPress vs. Elegant Themes: Who Wins?

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The Battle of the Best Sites for WordPress Themes

The Top 5 WordPress Theme Clubs that the Cool Kids are Part of

As a WordPress user, you know that the types of websites you can build are almost unlimited. And one of the first things you must do is to select the perfect theme that’s right for the business you are into.

Anyone can put up a website and just go with the simplest theme and design they can have. But, a good web design will help you with your users first impressions about your business, branding, and ultimately conversions.

As you probably know, there are so many high-quality themes and plugins available that choosing the perfect one for you can be a challenge.

To help you with your search, let’s take a closer look at the three of the best WordPress theme providers in the market.

Thrive Themes

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Thrive Themes prides itself to deliver conversion focused themes and plugins no matter what your goals are. They built an “All-in-One Online Business Toolbox” tool that includes all of their themes and plugins, constant updates, and unlimited support.

They can be bought individually, but you can also join their membership where you can have access to all the products that they have including access to their Thrive University.

Why Choose Thrive Themes?

  • Thrive Builder  Thrive Builder gives you the ability to create a page using a drag-and-drop interface. You can select from the templates they have, or you can also create one on your own from scratch. What this means is you can customize a template that you like to meet your needs without help from a web developer.
  • Conversion Focused – Again, Thrive Themes help you create your web pages with a particular goal in mind – conversion. So if you are looking to generate more leads and sales, their themes could be a good match for your business.
  • Thrive University – Thrive University is where you can have access to a library of resources including video sources, webinars, marketing resources, and interactive content for your business.
  • Pricing – For agencies and web designers who want to use themes on their clients, the membership costs $49 per month when paid annually. On the other hand, if you’re only an individual and solo entrepreneur, you can get the membership for only $19 per month.

StudioPress

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If you need a theme that has a built-in SEO functionality and has a wide variety of themes to choose from, then you should have a look at StudioPress.

You don’t need to sign up to their premium plans, what you can do is head over to the built-in store for themes in different categories like e-commerce, business, and photography. It’s ideal for people who don’t want to pay a monthly hosting and maintenance fee for their site. If you’d like to know which theme is right for you, refer to Carrie Dils’ post.

Why Choose StudioPress?

  • Genesis Framework – Genesis Framework will let you build your website whether you have prior experience or not. But it’s more than just a theme. It ensures security, scalability, and top quality performance of your site. To put it simply, according to their developer’s analogy, WordPress is the engine while Genesis Framework is the frame and body of your car.
  • Trusted and Reliable  Their Genesis Framework is already being used and has proven its performance to more than 500,000 WordPress sites. You can’t go wrong with having this as your starter theme provider.
  • 24/7 Support – Whether you’re working in the middle of the night and a problem suddenly arises on your blog, you are assured that StudioPress will be there to assist you.
  • Pricing – You can get StudioPress’ full features for only $27 per month. This plan is best for small business owners and bloggers. While their plan that’s recommended for e-commerce and courses sites go for $37 monthly.

Elegant Themes

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Elegant Themes is a membership theme club that has a huge collection of themes and plugins to choose from that are suited to different kinds of niches.

Why Choose Elegant Themes?

  • Plugins – Some of the popular plugins they offer are Monarch social sharing plugin and Bloom email marketing plugin. Both will help you boost your marketing efforts especially if you are looking to expand your website’s reach.
  • Divi Builder – Sometimes, creating a theme will require a bit of knowledge with CSS and HTML coding. But with Divi Builder, you can build one of your own even with only a few technical skills. It is also slightly ahead of other website builders like Beaver Builder regarding features and customizability.
  • Huge Selection – From portfolios, online publications, to e-commerce and magazines, Elegant Themes now has a total of 87 themes that you can choose from. Surely with that list, you’ll get one that goes well with your business goals. According to WPKube, no other theme offers this much quality themes for its price. Speaking of…
  • Pricing – Elegant Themes offers a whopping $89 per year to access all of the themes and plugins available. If you loved everything their offering and want a lifetime access instead, lifetime access costs $249 only.

Who Wins?

We get that people are now more focused on conversions more than the traffic. If that’s also the case for your business, then Thrive Themes would be perfect for you.

If your goals are to improve your website’s functionality and design, you may consider buying a theme from StudioPress.

Lastly, if you need access to a huge library of themes and plugins, go for Elegant Themes.

Choosing the right theme for your blog is critical to your blog’s success. You also have to consider speed and other functionalities because it’s hard to find a theme that can be able to offer everything on the table. Because of that, you also have to be open to compromises.

Hopefully, this article has given you ideas on what service to avail for your website. Thankfully, WordPress is always flexible to changes, so if you decide to use another theme some few months later, you can always go back to this post for reference.

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Why are One Page WordPress Themes Gaining in Popularity?

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One-page website designs are cropping up more frequently as time goes on. WordPress, one of the most popular platforms for blogging and website design, has a number of one page WordPress themes that are now available for it.

But is a single page WP design right for your website? This post introduces one-page website design, goes over its advantages, and disadvantages, features, and the future of this design style.

What is One Page Website?

A one page website is exactly what it sounds like. It is a website on one page.

But it is quickly becoming one of the hottest trends in website design. Due to advances in technology like the use of HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Browsers can do a lot more too and of course, internet speeds have increased exponentially while decrease in the price.

Advantages and Disadvantages

A primary advantage of using a one page WordPress design is that it tells a story.

This story in turn activates visitors and compels them to complete an action. So it’s an ideal design for getting a message across. The pageless design style also tends to encourage more interaction among visitors and immerse them in the website experience.

In other more traditional WordPress layouts, visitors find themselves being asked to provide their name and email address before they’ve even had a chance to look around the site. It creates a disruptive experience and does not make visitors want to stay on the site. In single page WordPress themes, requests for contact information or the opportunity to buy something can be placed at the end of the page. This gives the visitor more time to read, get to know the story of the website, and get convinced to complete the desired action.

The one page WordPress template encourages visitors to share the page more too. With a more straightforward layout, it is easier to understand what the site is about. Visitors are all the more likely to pass links to the site off to friends, family, and co-workers thereby expanding the influence of the page.

Finally, single page WordPress themes look great no matter what device they are accessed on. This is an extremely important feature because themes that are not friendly for mobile devices confuse visitors or they are difficult to navigate. This can be avoided by using a one page WP theme.

Like anything else, there are downsides to using a one page WP template. First, if the design naturally lends itself to a multi-page setup, this layout may not work for:

  • Blogs
  • E-Commerce sites
  • Review websites

Despite the advances in web design and technology as a whole, one page WordPress themes can actually take longer to load due to the scripts, plugins, and videos that may be located on the page. Sites that take too long to load may prompt visitors to go elsewhere.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) also does not fare well with a pageless design. SEO depends on keywords and in a one page design, SEO may be limited. So if this is an important factor for the website, a multi-page solution may work out better.

Primary Features of a One Page Website

One page websites offer continuous scrolling. The visitor for a one page site won’t even think about it.

A single page WP design is also smartphone or tablet friendly which makes visitors on these devices able to navigate the website easier.

It allows for linear storytelling in an easy to follow structure. If the story for the website or business primarily drives website traffic, one page WordPress templates will support this effort in a seamless way.

Future of one page design

One page WP themes have been around for a few years now. So it is natural to wonder if this trend will continue.

The answer is yes.

For businesses that require a simple website, especially one that is stagnant, a one page website is easy to maintain and provides all of the necessary information without a lot of content or fuss.

Despite being mobile friendly and looking good on every device, one-page won’t necessarily become the dominant design style because it doesn’t work for all applications.

If a single page WP theme is the right design style for your website, WordPress offers a variety of different themes that are free and paid.

CyberChimps’ One Page WordPress Themes

If you are using WordPress, you should check the Single Page WordPress themes by CyberChimps. These are tried and tested WordPress themes that will suit all your website needs to perfection.

One Page Business Pro

One Page Business Pro is a single page WordPress theme specially designed for business and company websites. It has a simple and sophisticated layout with a pleasing color theme.

This Multipurpose One Page theme helps you to engage with customers on your site without redirecting them to different pages. You can impressively highlight your products or services using just one page. The theme comes up with 7 stunning sections – Home, About Us, Services, Team, Portfolio, Testimonial, and Contact. With awesome features like dynamic alignment, portfolio section with modal effect, sliders, etc. One Page Business Pro is a must have theme.

Minivet

Minivet is a single page WordPress theme with smooth scrolling & navigation and is perfect for business, corporate or agencies.

This one page WordPress theme for business features 5 sections – About, Contact, Portfolio, Services & Team; each of which can be chosen to show/hide. Minivet has a full-width background image on the homepage that gives it a novel look. Its sticky header ensures that your dominant links/menu items are always displayed to the user, whenever he scrolls down.

BlueArcs

Newest in the lot – BlueArcs is a creative multipurpose and effective framework specially crafted to help you feature your work on a single page.

BlueArcs theme contains 8 sections that will completely brighten up your one page website – Home, About, Services, Project, Testimonial, Latest blog, Contact and Footer section which are completely customizable. An interesting addition to this theme is that it has other WordPress features i.e displaying a single post, blog page, archive page, other pages,etc. making it an analogous to CyberChimps’ multi page WordPress themes.

So go ahead and visit CyberChimps’ WordPress theme store and pick a theme that suits your needs.

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Enfold Theme Review – ThemeForest

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Time to learn about the famous Enfold theme in detail as I’m sharing a detailed review of the same. The product is available on ThemeForest platform and has managed to get over 121k sales in last four years. It’s also been one of the top used themes for new bloggers looking to create a professional blog of their own.

So, it’s not a new product and it’s definitely a popular one. Still, that doesn’t mean we should buy it without considering all the factors involved.

Let’s get into the details and see the good and bad sides of the product in question here.

Enfold Theme Review

Enfold is not the only product from the developers behind as they have about 19 different products available on the ThemeForest. They have been delivering quality services since 2008. So, the age factor attached with the product is really impressive.

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Highlight Features

  • It packs 20+ live Demos which are easy to setup and are distinct from each other.
  • The product supports a built-in custom Drag & Drop page builder which seems powerful enough to support any possible visually stunning layout.
  • It supports third-party plugins including WooCommerce, WPML and many others.
  • The layout is using high-resolution graphics and supports Retina ready display units. The layout is responsive as well!
  • LayerSlider plugin is also onboard which can feature both 2D and 3D images.
  • Other useful integrations like MailChimp newsletter are also onboard which completes the overall website or blog.

Now, you might think that there are many other themes offering a similar set of features. But, just the number is not important. What’s important is that they all function in a proper harmony!

SEO and Performance

Proper use of typography, use of validated code behind, translation option, proper compatibility with SEO norms, and tonnes of small features which maintain user experience of a top-notch level. All these features add together to achieve an exceptional score when it comes to the SEO.

The same goes with the performance as the complete theme is coded in a way to consumer lesser resources. You can enable only the required modules, keeping rest of them off from the main website. It helps in achieving good performance result, which is important for both SEO and user experience.

The mobile friendly design is kept onboard which is also lightweight to achieve maximum user experience score. This particular score from the mobile platform is really crucial these days. As Google considers it as one of the ranking factors. You know why, right?

To get even better results, it’s advisable to use Yoast or any other known SEO plugin, yes, third-party, for even improved SEO score, and WP Rocket or W3 Total Cache to improve the performance further.

The theme is compatible to work with all known third-party plugins and there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues. If you find any, the official developers are always ready to come up with a dedicated support and sort it out.

Design

The Enfold theme comes with 25 pre-ready Demos which are one-click away from the setup. All these designs are ready for multiple niches like a blog, business, e-commerce, one-page (landing page), photography, portfolio, etc. They even have a Demo for quick setting up a Coming Soon page.

Enfold Theme Review

Most of the niches known to us fall under these aforementioned parent niches, which means that all those niches are already covered by Enfold.

Coming at the design, all these Demos look professional and modern. The layout in use is kept responsive and Retina display friendly to support all known smartphones and tablets, including the Apple manufactured ones.

I don’t know why but, there is an option to keep responsive feature turned OFF! I’ll advise you to keep it turn ON as most of the web traffic comes via smartphones only.

LayerSlider plugin is included which allows using both 3D and 2D images. It supports high-resolution pictures, matching with the high-resolution graphics of the primary theme.

Coming at the post formats, the theme supports even videos, pictures, and galleries. A custom skin is being used for these special post formats which are graphic rich.

If all these existing design options are not enough, then there is an option to use a Child theme. Yes, Enfold supports this concept where you can change the entire look by coding a custom Child Theme.

Inside the package, about 30 PSD files are also included.

Theme Options Panel

The developers have come up with a unique looking solution for Enfold theme, as the Options Panel is totally custom. In fact, they are using a custom Drag & Drop page builder instead of popular ones like Visual Composer or Cornerstone.

During my testing, the drag & drop page builder tool was looking really good and everything was smooth. I was able to create a custom web page without writing a single code. Gravity Forms plugin is also integrated using which one can quickly create a custom form to quickly gather user’s information.

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All set of tools are listed at a single place like it should, and the interface is user-friendly. Proper labelling is done to help users quickly understand a new tool.

If it all feels too confusing, then it’s advisable to go through official documentation of the product. The developers have created a standard knowledge-base for the Enfold.

Over to You

This was the whole story behind the success of Enfold premium theme and, I guess the success is for good reason. I didn’t find any black doors during my testing, which means, the theme is good to go.

The primary question now is if to pick Enfold or any of its competitor? Because the other items among top-selling list at ThemeForest are equally worthy!

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