How do you change your menu navigation in WordPress?

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Changing your menu navigation in WordPress is very simple. In this manual, we will explain step by step how you can change a menu in your WordPress website. Read more

12 best WordPress themes for dentists

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With WordPress, it’s very easy to make a beautiful website for your dental practice. Including for dental hygienists, dental surgeons and/or ENT specialist this online business card has become indispensable. In this article, we’ve listed the 12 best WordPress themes for dentists, dental hygienists and dental surgeons.

What’s important when looking for a WordPress theme for dentists?

When selecting the right themes for dentists and dental hygienists, we’re obviously looking for reliable and clean WordPress themes. Also, you want the possibility to introduce your team, and make an appointment via the website. Finally, you may want to sell products via your dentist website, so we’ve also checked out this option.

Some links in this article contain affiliate code. 

MedicalPro ($ 79)



Pros:

  • Ample space to introduce your team members (when you have nicely cut photo’s available)
  • Direct focus on the ‘Make an appointment’ button
  • Includes a free, nice-looking booking plugin WITH integration for iCal, Google Calendar, etc.
  • Webstore integration
  • Important information is directly available in the header
  • Attractive page for contact form



Pros:

  • Clean design
  • Booking form included
  • Focus on phone number to call immediately
  • ‘Latest news’ on homepage has a nice design

Cons:

  • Booking form cannot be linked
  • No webstore integration (which can be a pro, if you don’t want a webstore)

Enfold ($ 60)



Pros:

  • Clean design, worked out very neatly, very user-friendly theme
  • Webstore integration
  • Ample space for your own logo
  • Clear contact form
  • Direct focus on making an appointment on the homepage

Cons:

  • Booking form cannot be linked

Medicare ($ 59)



Pros:

  • Straightforward
  • Classical typography combined with modern style
  • Most important information always visible
  • Webstore integration
  • Booking/contact form
  • Several availabilities per employee displayable

Cons:

  • Booking form cannot be linked

MediCenter ($ 59)



Pros:

  • A lot of information in a compact header
  • Direct focus on news on the homepage, so interesting for active writers
  • Webstore integration
  • Schedule with availability per department/employee makes this theme also suitable for larger organizations
  • Contact form with option to choose a specific department

Cons:

  • Booking form cannot be linked



Pros:

  • Direct focus on making an appointment
  • Calm, clear design
  • Webstore integration
  • Both a booking form and a contact form

Cons:

  • Booking form cannot be linked



Pros:

  • Possibility to make an appointment
  • Webstore integration
  • ‘Latest news’ on homepage has a nice design
  • Schedule with availability per department/employee makes this theme also suitable for larger organizations

Cons:

  • Design has not been fully worked out
  • Contact page is not completely logical

Medicus ($ 49)



Pros:

  • Very spacious look
  • Direct focus on booking form
  • Ample space to introduce employees
  • Timetable with availability per department
  • Compact contact form

Cons:

  • Booking form cannot be linked

Hatch ($ 59)



Pros:

  • Clean design
  • Organized homepage
  • Webstore integration
  • Possibility to display your dental fees in a clear pricing table

Cons:

  • Theme does not have a booking form with date planner
  • Button to make an appointment does not work automatically

Medicare ($ 59)



Pros:

  • Ample space for extra pages through drop-down menu
  • Attractive header
  • Direct possibility to make an appointment
  • Ample space for photography
  • Ample space to introduce employees

Cons:

  • Booking form cannot be linked

Sanabel ($ 49)



Pros:

  • Modern style and sleek design
  • Simple setup, without any fuss
  • Especially suitable as an online business card
  • Webstore integration available

Cons:

  • Contact form is very limited
  • No booking form



Pros:

  • Opening hours directly visible
  • Large, visible button to make an appointment
  • Organized contact form on the page to make an appointment
  • Skew slider adds a playful effect
  • Possibilities for webstore integration

Cons:

  • Design not fully worked out (dark letters on the slider)
  • No booking form with date planner

WordPress Page Builder Review: Divi Builder 3.0

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Last year, the American company Elegant Themes proudly introduced the newest version of their page builder for WordPress: Divi Builder 3.0 ($ 89,-). With this plugin you can drag and drop the elements of your website, building the layout of your WordPress website. Like building blocks for WordPress. In this article, we will test the Divi Builder 3.0 and find out how the plugin works when you want to build a WordPress website. Read more

The best 100 free WordPress themes for 2017

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One of the benefits of WordPress is the incredible high availability of free WordPress themes. But how can you see which WordPress themes are good and which are not? That’s why we’ve made an overview of the best 100 free WordPress themes for 2017.

What to look for when picking a free WordPress theme

Not every free WordPress theme is published with good intentions. In the past free WordPress themes have been distributed containing hidden malware. Therefore it is good to always choose WordPress themes from developers with good reputation from trusted WordPress marketplaces.

Also, keep in mind that WordPress theme builders often offer free versions of their themes hoping that you purchase a more extensive version later. This is called the freemium model; the basic version is free but you must pay for the extras.

Finally, a free WordPress theme is always a ‘gift’; when you are not quite happy with WordPress theme, then you probably should not count on much support from the developer. Are you looking for better support with your WordPress theme? Then we suggest to take a look at our list of online marketplaces for paid WordPress themes.

100 best free WordPress themes for 2017

Optimizer



Illdy



Spacious



Lensa



Sydney



Panarea



Shop Isle



Bakes And Cakes



Iris



Llorix One Lite



Twenty Seventeen



Oblique



Total



One Page



ColorMag



iRibbon



Classic Photography



Personal Page Theme



Magnifique



Photo Grid



Pilot Fish



Iridium



Mystile



Sinapp



Grid Style



Minimal



Gadgetry



GreenChilli



Photogram



Left



Sukelius Magazine



Monaco



NewsPress



SimpleCorp



Octavia



Murmur



iPin



Clean Response



Pytheas



Solio



VFlex



Sonorous



Quiescent



June



Halifax



Perolia



Path



Realty



Snapshot



Simple Bright



VibeLivre



Photo Theme



Simple Grid



Valor



Grid Theme



Zenon Lite



Buttercream



Adelle



Vintage Camera



Danko



Primal



Photographer



BizWay



Hatch



Esquire



Visual by Dessign



Orion



Zylyz



Wallbase



Gears



Faith



Yasmin



Widely



Ultra Grid



Exhibition



Swatch



Triton Lite



Theron Lite



Yoko



Velvet Skye



Casual



Expositio



Origami



Imbalance 2



Avenue



Landis



Scylla Light



OXO



Swiss



Spectacular



The Foundation



Oxygen



Origin



Fanwood



Evidos



Delphi



Zenshop



Axis



Canyon



Rolex



Nomad



Reco



Pronto



Simple Style Photography



Double Exposure Photography



Stylish Church



Green Grunge Church



Simple Church



Simple Non-Profit



Minimal Non-Profit



Vasiliki



Shaken Grid



Invoice



Easy Docs



Dzonia lite



Mansion



Sight



Suburbia



Portfolium



Ultima



Senyorita Light Clean



Prosume



Boldy



BonPress



Photoria



Academica



Optimizing WordPress, WooCommerce and WPML

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In this article we will discuss what it takes to improve the speed, stability and security of a WordPress webshop with WooCommerce and WPML. To illustrate this, we’ll look at Ztijl, a multilingual webshop that sells vintage design lighting and furniture. Read more

WordPress Theme Review: Enfold

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On april 2013, Vienna based Kriesi produced a new WordPress theme: Enfold, which proved to be quite profitable to the renowned developer. With over 100,000 sales already, it has grown to be one of the best selling WordPress themes available today.

What is it, that makes Enfold such a  powerful theme? And would it be interesting for your WordPress website to switch to Enfold? We decided to do a thorough analysis on this populair theme for you.

Looks

Watching the Enfold-demoyou wouldn’t label this a winning theme right off the bat. Although the overall design and photography used in the demo may be okay, the layout isn’t much of an eye-catcher. It is actually quite traditional, having a logo on the left side, followed by the menu next to it, and placing the header underneath. Nevertheless, this may just be one of those strengths that sets this WordPress theme apart as a multi-purpose one.

The theme itself is crisp and minimalistic, fully in line with webdesign trends of today. The chosen font seems a bit too delicate though. In one way this makes it possible to use a relatively large body of text without it optically looking cluttered. Then again, you may at times want to use less words to say more, in which case you would want a bulkier font. We’ll come back on how well you can adjust this feature later on.

Added to that, it is also retina-ready. This will, for instance, cause your icons and other graphic elements to come out crystal clear on high resolution monitors.

Enfold theme installation in WordPress

Once you have purchased Enfold, you can immediately download the installation file. A simple procedure that works as follows: Within your WordPress environment, go to Appearance > Themes. Then click on ‘Add New’ and then ‘Upload Theme’. Search on your computer for the proper installation file, then click ‘Install Now’. Once you have done so, click ‘Activate’ and your installation of the Enfold theme is complete. In our experience, anyone can complete this process within any standard WordPress website without much difficulty.

At ‘Theme Options’ you can make sure your theme is automatically updated. We recommend you to do so, as Enfold regularly adds new and interesting features.

With the installation of Enfold, the LayerSlider WP is added as a bonus: an advanced slider plugin for WordPress that enables you to make beautiful visual slideshows.

Adaptability of WordPress theme Enfold

After having installed Enfold, you have direct access to the page via ‘Theme Options’. This option page consists of nine tabs, each showing multiple settings. The ’General Styling’ tab provides you with 18 predefined color schemes. These generally consist of matching pastel colors that compliment the crisp, minimalistic look. There are also some predefined settings that offer a brighter use of colors for your Enfold theme.

It is also possible to adjust the type of font on this tab. Standard fonts are provided, but a selection of Google fonts are available too. Surprisingly, it is not possible to change the default font size, which is a drawback for websites with little written content.

Other than this, Enfold offers its users to choose either a stretched or a boxed lay-out. The stretched lay-out provides an increased space for wide, panoramic photographs. Alternately, a boxed lay-out makes it easier to build your website in full-length, which will have a more traditional feel to it. Despite the fact that these two settings are the only lay-out options, each one does give your website a radically different look.

And that pretty much sums up Enfold’s adjustment options. Users that like to really have a go at their WordPress site so as to drastically revamp it, will quickly be done with Enfold. Those wanting to style their site to the point of giving it a distinct look and feel, will have to resort to add their own CSS coding within the Enfold theme.

Page Editor of WordPress theme Enfold

Editing pages is a delight within Enfold. The theme offers an built-in ‘Advanced Layout Editor’, allowing you to build pages by simply and intuitively dragging-and-dropping elements.

And so you can start out by simply arranging a page into one or more columns. You can vary the column-width from full width to 1/5th of your website. And then you have the option to alternate columns, creating all sorts of optional layouts. In the example on the right, the page layout starts off with a row divided up into columns sizes 1/5th, 3/5th, and again 1/5th, followed by a section divided into columns sized 1/3rd and 2/3rd. At the bottom there’s a full-width column.

Each column can then be filled with content and media elements. You can add title sections, paragraphs, icons, information boxes, buttons, forms, tables, images, slideshows and much more. Each element can be tweaked and adjusted as you see fit. And when altering text content, you’ll notice the old, familiar text editor of WordPress reappearing. Since this page builder is personally developed by Kriesi, the simple drag-and-drop mechanics operates flawlessly with the theme, giving all elements an immediate, stylish look on your actual website. The benefit of this is that you’ll be able to get a fancier result faster than by building your pages with a separate page builder plugin, like Visual Composer. The latter does offer a more elaborate range of content and media elements. Still, content elements you will mostly use, are provided by Enfold, so the additional features of Visual Composer will hardly be missed. Enfold’s page builder simply does work a lot faster than Visual Composer.

The fact that Enfold’s layout editor is only available for pages and portfolio items, is somewhat of a surprising set back. The inability to use the page builder is an immediate restriction when writing and editing blogs and/or news postings. From Kriesi’s forum we learn that the page builder can be can be activated for Posts by simply making a few code alterations. And yet, we feel the Austrian theme builder did miss an opportunity here to make Enfold a true all-star.

Portfolio

Enfold offers various ways to present your personal portfolios. As each portfolio-item is appointed its own page, you’ll have the advantage of being able to refer to separate portfolio items and share these on social media for instance. It is obvious that Enfold’s portfolio is developed for graphic purposes, since the divers portfolio set ups will primarily stand out when presenting high quality imagery. Audio or text portfolio seem less suitable within Enfold.

Compatibility

Enfold offers display support from Internet Explorer 8. This means that this theme works equally well with older browsers. Additionally, Enfold allows for the implementation and display of common WordPress plugins, among like WooCommerce (WordPress web shop), Gravity Forms (forms builder) and WPML (for multilingual websites). So in essence you can start a multilingual webshop with WordPress, Enfold, WPML and WooCommerce without having to type any code. Naturally, this sounds a bit easier than it is. Of course, installing all these packages requires quite some time. Also keep in mind that it will slow down your website, so make sure you make use of quality WordPress hosting.

SEO

From the base up, Enfold is geared for search engine optimization (SEO). By virtue of a proper implementation of guidelines as provided by  Schema.org, the theme’s coding clearly indicates the purpose of each content element. And such implementation is highly favored by search engines. Other than that, the code is also clean and tidy, using breadcrumbs to clearly point out where you find yourself on the website. Naturally, the effect of this kind of SEO support by Enfold will stand or fall by the way you progressively style your website from there.

Enfold as a framework

Sowmedia uses Enfold in both smaller and bigger projects. When working on bigger projects, the basic styling is abandoned and the css will be customized in line with our clients preferences. With the smaller projects we aim to work within Enfold’s own styling options as best as we can, adapting the css as little as possible.

What follows are a few projects wherein we used Enfold as a framework and then abandoned the basic styling.

Bata Industrials Veiligheidsschoenen

Bata Industrials is the market leader of industrial shoes within the Benelux and a division of the world’s biggest shoe manufacturer (Bata Shoe Organisation). Bata Industrials is based in 35 countries world wide. Sowmedia was assigned to develop websites for each country one-by-one.

ICT Automatisering

ICT Automatisering is a stock market listed company that offers software solutions within the information and communication
 technology. ICT Automatisering operates in a wide ranch of branches, varying from healthcare to the high tech industry. Sowmedia developed the WordPress website for ICT Automatisering, taking Enfold for a framework.

Portbase

Portbase connects multiple companies in the both the Rotterdam and the Amsterdam
harbor by virtue of overarching company ICT services. Via the Port Community System, Portbase offers over 40 different services to approximately 3,600 clients in all sectors of the Dutch harbor industry.

Conclusion

With Enfold, Kriesi built an extensive and solid WordPress theme that rightfully won many WordPress users over. Besides, the theme is being actively developed, so users are habitually presented with new functionalities.

The biggest strength of Enfold, however, is the user-friendly and extremely fast layout builder. This makes building and filling pages a breeze. The only disadvantage being, that it cannot be utilized in the Post section. Other than that, Enfold’s Theme Options are sufficient, be it not overly elaborate. Customization is rather limited since you cannot adjust font sizes, making custom CSS the only way to give the layout a good spin. When accepting the theme as-is, you’ll probably still working with one of the best tools out there to build your own professional website.

Enfold can be purchased at ThemeForest.

Google penalizes pop-ups: Here are 3 WordPress alternatives

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Are you used to grabbing visitors’ attention on your WordPress website through pop-ups? Well, you may want to take note of the fact that Google will penalise these so-called ‘intrusive popups‘ in its search results as from january the 10th, 2017. Especially when you set up intrusive pop-ups that are almost screen filling on mobile devices, you’d better find alternative ways to attract your visitors’ attention before January 10, 2017. Read more