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September 3, 2015

Styler Updates: What’s New in This Exclusive PrestaShop Theme

Not long ago, TemplateMonster developed a number of exclusive PrestaShop themes that are far ahead of other eCommerce designs. The themes are packed with extraordinary front pages, original subpages, completely revised modules, and full dumps of content. Over a comparatively short period, these designs became quite popular among users, which motivated the company’s developers to continue their work on them. Eventually, they updated one of these nonstandard PrestaShop themes dubbed Styler. And today we’d like to focus your attention on its updates. Here is an overview of what Styler’s change log includes.


TM Google Map. The module enables you to add an interactive Google map to your website’s front page. On the map, you can mark addresses of your stores and complement them with short descriptions.

TM Sample Data Installer. Thanks to a renewed version of this module, it will take you only a few easy steps to install the sample data.

TM HTML Content. This module has been updated to provide broader opportunities of design for you. With its help, you can insert ad / info blocks into your site. There are several positions to display content: displayNav, home, top, topColumn, left and right displayLeftColumn / displayRightColumn, footer. Furthermore, this multilingual module can function on multi-store websites.

TM Social Login. By means of this updated module, you can let visitors register and sign in to your site via their Facebook and Google+ accounts.

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TM specialists have also added a number of new pages to Styler. In such a way, you will have all the essentials at hand while building your store. Take a closer look at each of those pages.

About Us Page. Version 2


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Monstroid: Multiple Extras for a Single Price

You may already know about the most significant release of this year, which is none other than Monstroid. Launched on July 22, this multipurpose WordPress theme has attracted a lot of attention in the community of web designers. So, let’s explore the reasons of agio around Monstroid dubbed a theme on steroids.



First of all, Monstroid is available for a surprisingly moderate price, i.e. only $ 79. It’s $4 higher than a standard cost of other WordPress themes from the inventory of TemplateMonster. But, unlike its predecessors, Monstroid offers much more than just a skin to your site. So, check below what you can find in the package of this all-inclusive theme.


Multiple Child Themes. Besides Monstroid itself, you can design your site using child themes. Initially, the package has 4 child themes apt for finance, education, art and interior design topics, but it will be expanded with 15+ themes monthly. In such a way, you will have around 60 unique designs at your disposal in December.

145 Pre-Designed Pages. The theme contains 145 pre-designed pages with multiple layout structures, styles (grid, flat, masonry, masonry flat), UI elements (tabs, accordions, toggles), typography options (500+ Google fonts), animations (parallax, lazy load, hover effects), etc.

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Welcome Monstroid, an All-Purpose WordPress Theme

When we get down to building a site, all of us want the same thing, i.e. to have all the essentials at hand. It would let us avoid a long and tiresome procedure of surfing the web for plugins, images, fonts, and any other add-ons. At last, users of WordPress have such an opportunity, as guys from TemplateMonster have released an all-inclusive WP theme called Monstroid. Monstroid seems to have everything in its package, you name it! For example, there are multiple child themes, 145 pages, 120+ PSD files, 50+ professional images, 500+ fonts, 150 shortcode variations, 23 premium plugins and much more. So, let’s explore the major aspects of this multipurpose theme, namely design, functionality and extras.

Visual Side of Monstroid

First of all, learn about the visual side of Monstroid step by step. Here, we’d like to highlight the following issues: layout structure, style options, and skins.


Layout Structure. There is no need to bother with coding to structure your website layout. The whole process takes place in the admin panel. You can build a boxed or full-width layout of 1170px or 960px and optionally add sidebars to it on the right or left.

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Style Options. Elements can be arranged in grid, masonry, flat, and masonry flat styles across the layout. Just pick the most suitable way of showing them to your website visitors, from Pinterest-like tiles split with gaps to well-structured boxes kept as a single unit.

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Key Aspects of Creating a Successful Affiliate Site With WordPress

Have you been looking for a winning formula that requires you to work once, but help you reap benefits for a prolonged period? Well, then setting up an affiliate website is worth a try.

Now, when it comes to creating an affiliate website with WordPress, you can find numerous resources available online in the form of tutorials, posts, etc. explaining the process of creating such a site. But, before knowing about the specifics of getting your affiliate site setup, it is important for you to understand about the different types of affiliate websites.

So, in this post, we’ll make you understand about the different categories of affiliate website. Also, we’ll discuss about creating SEO strategies for your affiliate website. But, before proceeding, let’s first have a look at the most obvious concern.


Why You Should Consider Creating an Affiliate Website?

To understand why you should create an affiliate site, you’ll first need to know what is affiliate marketing. Basically, affiliate marketing means how you promote products and/or services of any other company; and when people buy something that you’re promoting, you’ll earn a commission.

The best part about affiliate marketing is that, it is inexpensive and serves as a simple approach to make money online. But, it would be wrong to consider it a get-rich-quick scheme. Remember that your affiliate site(s) will have to attract plenty of traffic, and a lot of your visitors must make purchase the products you’re promoting, and only then you can expect to get good returns.
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TemplateMonster Infographic: the Best Cross-Platform UIs of Today

In the age of technological innovations, most people interact with different gadgets and devices during the day. It can be a smartphone to communicate with friends, a tablet to surf the web, an MP3 player to listen to music, a smartwatch to check the time, a laptop to work, and many others. To provide seamless interaction with these devices, there were created different cross-platform UIs in the course of time. Some of them became popular among users, while others remained underrated.

If you are interested in exploring this subject deeper, the latest Infographic by TemplateMonster professionals will be helpful for you. But before proceeding to the Infographic, let’s check the most widespread cross-platform UIs, namely Windows by Microsoft and iOS by Apple.

Windows 8

Windows 8 was developed to provide an operating system consistent with all the Microsoft products. Designed in the metro style, it featured a clean and readable interface spiced up with bold, flat color accents. The platform didn’t only facilitate user experience, but also beautified it dramatically. No wonder, Windows 8 won recognition of users eventually, and soon it found its way to multiple devices, e.g. PCs, tablets, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Huawei phones, and even Xboxes.

Of course, there were still some users annoyed with colorful blocks, but most people found them really cool and convenient. Consequently, this style was also implemented in the later version of Windows, and we bet Microsoft isn’t going to stop on this. The company is constantly seeking for new ways to build an optimal platform for all of its Windows-running devices.

iOS 7

An intuitive interface has always been a calling card of Apple, and iOS 7 is a striking example of it. Unlike the previous versions, the 7th one is deprived of any skeuomorphic elements. Instead, its clean interface boasts clear geometric shapes, ultramodern icons, elegant typography, and translucency. These innovative features caused a boom in the Apple fan base, even though some pessimists were dissatisfied with iOS 7 navigation, parallax effect, etc. But such a tendency seems to be a common practice when something new is invented. In general, replacement of skeuomorphism with a clean, flat design was definitely the right step on the way to the iOS perfection.

Material Design

No doubt, Microsoft and Apple did a good job to have developed their cross-platform UIs, but Google went even further. Not long ago, the company introduced Material Design, a cross-platform visual language incorporating traditional design principles with innovative technology standards. Set in the tactile environment, it conveys the interaction of objects through the fundamentals of light, surface and movement.

The invention of Material Design was aimed at building a single system that would provide the same experience across all the devices, from Android Wear to Android Auto. And Google successfully achieved its aim, having created an easy-to-understand and user-friendly UI. Compared to Windows and iOS, Material Design can exist in a larger environment (portable devices, PCs, Android TV / Wear / Auto), and it’s expected to grow more.

Now, study the TemplateMonster Infographic to find the most suitable cross-platform UI for you.


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Win a Web Design Card Deck: 7 questions, 7 days, 7 winners

As you may remember, TemplateMonster depicted the evolution of web design on an interactive Infographic not long ago. Since it had won the recognition of many individuals from the web design community, the company implemented this idea in another project. TM professionals created an exclusive card deck guiding through web design trends over the last 12 years, namely from 2004 to 2015. Read on to find out what is so remarkable about this new gimmick.

In the deck, there are 52 playing cards that are both entertaining and informative in their nature. At the front, each of them provides a visually appealing illustration of one trend, which is complemented with the year of its emergence and concise description. At the back, all the cards are flavored with notes of material design. This hot trend of today is also applied to the box they come packed in. The cards can be used not only to play games, but also as a creative souvenir for someone related to web design, gambling, magic tricks, or any other things that cross your mind. To take a closer look at them, click here and here.

If you got enthusiastic about obtaining this card deck, we have good news for you. From 26 May to 2 June, TemplateMonster gives an easy quiz on the history of web design, and those who pass it successfully will have an opportunity to win the card deck. To take part in the quiz, follow two easy steps listed below.


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TemplateMonster Pre Summer Promo: Save 60% on HTML5 Templates

The summer hasn’t come yet, but we can already feel its heat in the air, especially after TemplateMonster announced its Pre Summer Promo. The company offers a discount of 60% on all the HTML5 templates, without any exceptions. You can make use of the discount only within a limited two-week period, i.e. from May 18 to June 1. So, if you believe it’s time to update your site or create a new one from scratch, you will have an opportunity to save a fair amount of money on its design.

At present, the inventory of TemplateMonster contains more than 7300 unique HTML5 templates, which may complicate the process of choosing the right one for your site. Luckily for you, the marketplace of TM has a number of filters to accelerate your search. To be exact, you can sort out templates by the following criteria:

  • categories (art & culture, computers & Internet, design & photography, education & books, fashion & beauty, business & services, click here to find out more);
  • functionality (Ajax, online chat, mobile layout, different types of animation, color switcher, gallery, forum, blog, etc.);
  • popularity (top-rated, bestsellers, zero downloads);
  • compatibility with Bootstrap versions;
  • date (yesterday, last week / month / 6 months / year or your own timeframe);
  • styles (cartoon, clean, corporate, flat, futurist, geometric, grunge, minimalist, neutral, retro, urban, etc.);
  • colors (multiple options).


What’s more, TemplateMonster has unveiled a list of its best-selling HTML5 templates to help you with your choice. Popularity among multiple customers is a true sign that products are of decent quality. So, follow the link to look through TemplateMonster best-sellers over the last month. Whether you choose one of them or any other HTML5 template from the company’s assortment, you will certainly be satisfied with the 60% discount. Hurry up to make a purchase within the fixed timeframe.


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Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid While Creating Responsive Design

Responsive web design is the call of the day. If you are a website owner, you just can’t do without this form of design for your site in recent times. It is no more a luxury, but a necessity. It has somewhat become imperative to use this form of web design to develop sites.

And there’s some major reasons for it. Even a few years back, you would have built a site only for a desktop computer. So, the website would have to fit a fixed screen size. However, with time, a lot of internet-friendly devices have arrived. So, when you build a website now, you just can’t tell in what screen size your website would be viewed. Hence, it is essential to make the websites responsive.

But it has been observed that a lot of web designers commit a few major mistakes while creating responsive web design. These pitfalls can spoil the user experience and drive bounce rate for your website.

The first thing that you need to do to avoid these mistake is to have a clear idea about them.

So, what are the most common responsive design mistakes that can affect the user experience for your website?

Here’s a quick look.


Hiding Content on the Responsive Version

Are you planning a website for mobile devices that has less content compared to its desktop counterpart? It is never the right thing to hide content from people who are browsing your website from internet-friendly mobile devices. No mobile user wants to see the ‘lite’ version of your website. In fact, it has been observed that 90% of the users check a website in more than one device when they need something from it. So, it is important to have a responsive website that shows all the content, which are presented in a way that offers all that your desktop website has. All you need to do is present that content in a creative way to enhance user experience.
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How to be Prepared for Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update

Move over Panda and Penguin, there’s a new algorithm update in town. Google has yet another surprise up its sleeve, and this time it is going to be apocalyptic.

Once  April 21 arrives, websites worldwide are going to undergo the test of their lives. Only those which have been optimized for mobile devices will emerge unscathed. They are calling it the ‘Mobile Friendly’ algorithm update. And believe me, the impact is going to be huge.

Basically, this is what’s going to happen:

With the number of mobile-only Internet users worldwide sky-rocketing to over 780 million, Google decided that it was time to take user-experience to the next level. The focus is to provide mobile users with a better search experience. With the ‘Mobile Friendly’ algorithm update, Google is making major efforts to tailor its search results to favor websites which have been optimized for mobile use.

In other words, if your website isn’t mobile-friendly, your ranking in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page) and eventually, your website traffic is going to take a massive blow.

With Google dominating a 75% share of the search market, unresponsive website owners can already smell the bitter aroma of catastrophe.

‘Mobilegeddon’, some have named it.

Is your website ready for the new update?


Have you been sticking to the old-school website design practices for the past decade? Google has been quite the gentleman this time and given you a heads-up to upgrade your website and optimize it for mobile devices. So lose the panic-stricken look and get busy.

Here’s what you can do:
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Hot Sale of Premium Templates: 40% Discount for Everything

Spring euphoria is already in the air, but TemplateMonster is going to intensify this feeling of elation even more. The company is currently offering a discount of 40% for ANY template from its rich inventory. Whether you need a fresh design for your site or understand that you will need one soon, it’s definitely the right time to acquire it. The discount is available within a short period, from April 14, to April 21. So, make sure you will meet the deadline and take full advantage of an opportunity to save 40% of your money.

Regardless of the site you run, you will surely find a proper solution for it in the extensive assortment of TemplateMonster. At present, it contains over 29 000 templates for different site types (personal portfolios, corporate portals, blogs, online stores, etc) and a wide range of niches (art, business, education, entertainment, fashion, food, medicine, real estate, the list is really long). There are also many filtering options to help you come across a proper design faster. To be exact, you can narrow down your search by the following criteria: categories, types of engines, features, popularity, compatibility with Bootstrap versions, date, styles, and colors.

What’s more, you might have heard that sites unfriendly with mobile devices will lose their positions on the SERP on April 21. If you haven’t had your web resource optimized for mobile screens, it’s about time to take care of it. And TemplateMonster has a lot of responsive templates that can adapt your site interface to displays of smartphones and tablets. So, don’t miss your chance to stay Google-friendly for a discount price.


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