Well I was waiting for this release for a long time
I am a big fan of the new interface, the design and the feel of this 8 version it definitely a stept up into the future.
Cannot wait to update, but will wait for a few months to find myself a new PC also. I will go for sure for a HP touch smart , all in one PC, solution. With a touch screen and a keyboard.
Here is what I recomand.
First I think tutorials available over the WEB are covering just the tehnical part of the design. Will learn you only how to create the design, but not to make it high quality.
So for this first part you will need to practice and practice untill you learn all the tehnical tips and trics of the design software you will use.
Then from my point of view the high quality comes from the details. And that is what you need to study. And the details can only be learned by analizing other designs (not only websites designs, also out world designs , nature, photos, arhitecture, interior design..etc ) and study the small details that make things perfect (shadows, colors, sizes, arangements, spaces, textures, and the way they combine togheter).
For example the WEB part, analizing great websites designs, or illustrations from the web galleries or showcases like dribbble and others, you can get a lot of details from them. See how the simplest websites design can create a huge impact because of the small hidden details they have, like fonts, colors, spacing, borders and photos puted in the right places to impress visually.
Also I think that you must find your own style, your own vision about design, not try to create things that allready exists, try to take only the best details of the things you see, and put it together in an original way. This will define your style.
Hope this helps.
It’s just some personal thinking, and some things I am doing now myself.
1. Page builders:
Advantage: easier to understand and use than shortcodes by the user, if they are well explain in the HELP file, or video tutorials.
Disadvantage: takes more time to build one, and will load the theme with some extra files
Definitely NOT the ones without some editor buttons to automatically load the shortcode framework. Do not let the user to add also the frame of the shortcode manually, let him add just the content of the shortcode.
Advantage: Easier to build and edit/add new ones. Faster because of the less files added to the theme.
Disadvantage: Not very user friendly by the beginer users, that will have to arange manually the codes in the editor. But if they are well explain in the HELP file will do the job.
As a conclusion, from my point of view, either of them will work fine as long as you will create a simple logical system to add the units (shortcodes or sections of the page builder) and explain it well in the HELP files.
Also as you can see in the “forest” a simple theme with basic no custom admin options can stay in front of the ones with hundred of options
If this is a plan to rob Peerapong I am in .....just kidding
Waiting for your next trip in Europe Kailoon, and I would be glad to join you for a chat or have a drink or a punch, whatever…:)
“Terminal Dosis” is one of my fav. And also “Abel”
I live in a cute little town in Switzerland
Nice country to live
We agree in more “Food&Restaurant themes” , it is a niche with potential, this why it’s on our list to do as future themes. Also I think envato should start some new “Most Wanted” rewards based on niche like this one, I would jump in for sure
Just did it too 2 weeks ago.
I say go with kneeling too, it’s a must in this situation
Also take her to a breathtaking place, I did it on an island, on a small empty beach. I have told her to get my camera from a bag to make some photos and in the bag was a small box with the ring. She found it and after just some simple words about “spending the rest of our lives together…”
Congratulations for you both (you and her) and Happy Birthday!
6000 ? That’s huge. Congrats. Your main website must have a lot of traffic over 20K daily I guess
Just sent you an email also. Some really great photos you have there.
Hello i buy a fair few themes so i though i would tell you what i would look for in the health and beauty theme, i have in my time converted a few themes from here into theme
List of Do’s Price lists (most beauty/dentists etc tell visitors there prices, keep them simple as the have loads of items they sell )
Simple Email booking calendar
Testimonials, (we used custom posts and a front end form for the user to submit)
portrait galleries work best as most are head or body shots (we added a before and after gallery once looked good if done right)
Groupon Mad, they all do groupon we used a plugin for this so the client could add there own deals
Facebook is really big with them, hairdressers and beauty saloons all have them
Dont’s (in my opinion)
Minimalist: most clients didn’t link the minimal white look Icons for services dont work – pics work well tho Large wide banners we found didnt work very well, as images are hard to source as most need people in themgood luck all
Thanks for the tips. Working right now on a health related design, and I will sure include some of your suggestions.