Looking back over your shoulder, it’s obvious that web design has evolved in many respects, and it will most likely continue on the same accelerated course. Next year, you’re probably going to think of today’s circulating trends as the established norm.
What are the areas where we have seen the most significant progress? With regard to website creation, it’s safe to state that device and browser responsiveness is now a rule instead of a commodity, not to mention that our overall attitude towards coding is different. Presently, well-designed WordPress themes include shortcodes, open the front office for web designers, and offer type kits.
This Year’s Trends
Web designers are bound to rely more heavily on premium WordPress themes, which are striving to present them with as many options as possible and an accessible price. The topmost themes aren’t just based on clean code, they also provide innovative functions and techniques for fast page loading.
Last year, websites that sported tremendous image and video backgrounds were a big hit. This trend is going to escalate even further throughout the upcoming year, so everyone will be on the lookout for tools that optimize new image loading and responsive re-sizing.
Imagine working with a WordPress theme so heavenly equipped, that it covers all of your demands.
X Theme, a Game Changer in 2015?
The giant marketplace for design resources, ThemeForest, has marked X Theme as the most avidly employed product on the shelves. An army of happy customers back that statement up with delightful testimonials. It seems that Themeco really has a chance of making it big with their brainchild this year, because this WordPress theme already answers to many designer-specific needs, and an expert attention to details is soon bound to produce more wonderful surprises from their 12 full time staff.
X Theme has loads of navigation and layout options, 40 shortcodes, and 600 Google Fonts with all weights and styles. Additionally, it does away with the admin panel and lets you preview your ongoing project directly. But the most attractive feat of all comes with version 3.0., which includes a wealthy set of specially devised extensions. We will come back to Themeco’s extensions later in this article.
First, we have to mention the Stacks – X Theme’s collection of complete designs that target different directions for your client projects. To this day, four Stacks have been introduced: Ethos, Renew, Icon, and Integrity. If you want an elegant, business website, Integrity will help you create it, or for a magazine website, Ethos will place images front and center. Long story short, each stack is accompanied by a number of demos, and the smooth creative process is assisted by tutorial videos.
Futuristic Extensions from Themeco
We have come to think of WordPress plugins as costly and additional functionality for a theme. Frankly, no one likes the prospect of coughing up $50 to $200 for a single plugin, no matter how proficient and necessary it is. Themeco upends that conception, by coming up with a variety of uniquely blended extensions that DON’T COST A PENNY, even though their added up value would rise as high as $1000.
Videos That Demand Attention
Care to extend a video offer to your website users? X Theme has got you covered with a marvelous extension named Video Lock. As the name aptly suggests, it helps you keep your visitor’s screens locked in and play a video for as long as you decide. Words of advice, though; don’t push your luck. Stick to sensible time limits that don’t cause discomfort.
Get a delay on that video, and lock the closing button for a few seconds – just to keep your audience hooked in for a while. Use a heading, or a footer, if you wish, and decide on the width of your Video Lock.
How does your website fare when it comes to user engagement? It’s a fact: a web page without comments comes across as lonely and less circulated. If you want to draw more attention to your posts, products, or services, then provide your site members with the proper setting for a cozy chat.
The comment system from WordPress falls short of inviting, so X Theme had the common sense to give its users a Disqus comments extension. People love to voice their opinions and carry out meaningful conversations on the web with Disqus.
Your Personal Touch
We believe that your brand identity should accompany you everywhere. For example, if you’re creating WordPress websites on a regular basis, then you should be able to upload a custom image with your logo on the log in page. Luckily, X Theme has the right tool for this mission: the White Label extension.
Apart from the log-in screen, you can move on to the Add-on home and set up branded thank you notes to your clients, advise them on eventual issues, share contact information, or customize any type of message for that matter.
Knowing the Rules
International laws state that every website should inform first-time visitors of what it means to access the page. In other words, they need to understand what they’re signing up for, what guidelines you have, and what they’re bound to experience on your site. Users’ consent to your conditions is compulsory.
Easy-Breezy Content Slides
Would you like to integrate a simple photo slide on your web page, but would rather not deal with the complex functionality of Revolution Slider? X Theme has that extension, but it also gives you a lighter and more straightforward option: Soliloquy.
It’s perfect for configuring basic image slides, without further ado, and it sports the hybrid technology of dynamic asynchronous ajax pre-loading. You can use it to safely showcase images, or videos from Youtube, Wistia, or Vimeo, in a cross-device responsive slide.
We’re rooting for All-in-one Themes
2015 sets out to be an eventful year. There’s no telling what tomorrow may bring, but we’re placing our bets on complete WordPress themes like X Theme. You’ve witnessed how powerful and promising it is. Besides, the developers from Themeco are going to extend their product even further this year. We will follow their progress closely, and keep all eyes and ears peeled for any news concerning web designer resources.