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Take WordPress at Your Fingerprints with WordPress Mobile App

WordPress is an open-source and free MySQL and PHP based Content Management System (CMS). WordPress is installed on web server which is either a network host or a part of hosting service. Some of the amazing features are template system and PlugIn architecture. As of April 2016, WordPress has been used by around 26.4% of leading 10 million websites. WordPress is reportedly the most popular and easiest blogging or website management system which supports up to 60 million websites. Released by Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg on May 27, 2003, WordPress allows users to install themes and switch between various themes.

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How to create Multisite Network in WordPress?

Making a WordPress multisite network is simply like having your own version of WordPress.com. Like end users of WordPress.com can create their own blogs, your users will also be able to create on your network In case you don’t want to make users create multisite you can make a multisite network with only you as administrator.

 

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In real, a multisite network is a collection of different sites in which all of them are installed in same WordPress installation directory. You can also use and share plugins and theme between these sites. Each of the sites of your network will be virtual sites without their own servers but they have their own separate directories for media uploads and installation along with the separate labels in the database.

When compared to a single WordPress installation, a multisite network site has some additional considerations. Like managing the subdomains and sub-folders. The installation of plugins and themes are done throughout the network and need not put on individual sites.

While opting for a multisite WordPress network, you should take a deep backup of your database and files as major changes can occur there. You will need also to deactivate all your plugins while opting for a multisite. You can again reactivate then after the network created.

To setup WordPress Multisite network, you have to first define the multisite in the wp-config.php file.

To do this, you have to open Wp-config.php file and add a line on above of line which says /* that’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */.

If you cannot see this anywhere then add this line above the first line that begins with require or include:

/*Multisite*/define (‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’,true):

In order to continue, you have to refresh your browser.

This steps simply enables the network setup in your tools menu which is used generally to create a multisite network of WordPress sites screen.

You are free to choose between subdomains and subdirectories but sometimes the existing settings restrict your choice. You can choose any of them and afterward you may reconfigure the network in order to use it.

All you need now is wildcard DNS for the on-demand oriented websites despite the advice that can be on the screen.


 

What are sub-domains and Sub-directories?

Sub-domains are actually a domain based network in which the network on-demand sites uses subdomains while the sub-directories are a path based network in which these on-demand websites uses path.

You will have following options while setting up multisite network:

  • The network details are filled by itself but you are free to make changes anytime.
  • The server address of the website will be the domain of the URL which you are using to access the WordPress installation.
  • The admin email address will be the common admin email for the whole network.
  • The network title will be the title of the whole network.
  • Before pressing the ‘install’ button you should double check the details.
  • The installer will then perform a check for the wildcard subdomains when you have not configured them already. You can ignore the warning if it does not apply on your network.

In order to enable your network, you need to follow these instructions.

First of all, make a backup of your wp-config.php and .htaccess files unless it is a fresh and new installation and you don’t have to lose anything.

You can do this in these two steps:

  1. First of all, you should add specified lines to your wp-config.php file. (The extra lines will go just after the line you have added preparing your WordPress)
  2. Secondly, you will need to add some specified lines to the .htaccess file.

If you don’t have a .htaccess file already then create the same directory as the wp-config.php file.

In case you already have .htaccess file then you should replace the existing WP lines with new ones.

Once you have done all these steps simply login with the link provided, you may need to clear cookies and browser’s cache in order to log in.

Now you will have “My Sites” option on the left of WordPress toolbar. You can see all your site listed there with handy fly-out menus along with the “Network Admin” menu.

That’s all, you have setup your multisite WordPress Network successfully. Hope you like our article, if you already have tried with multisite WordPress network then kindly share your thoughts regarding the experience.


 

About Author:

Shara J, mid-level wordpress website developer working for Pattronize InfoTech. I do research on WordPress and other opensource technologies and share my knowledge in my free time. You can contact Shara on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

 

Top 15 Innovative Packaging Designs for Effective Marketing

Nowadays, different approaches are adopted by the marketers to promote their products, so that they can compete to the similar products available in the market. There are countless products languishing on the store shelf, consumers see number of advertisements every day. So, what makes your product stand out among the other similar products, is its attractive outer shell.
Package design conveys half of the message that what the product is about. It acts as a promotional tool, as innovative packaging entices the customers to make a purchase. An attractive outer shell of the products generate need of the product in the mind of the viewers. Many times, we find several products that we are not supposed to buy, but its innovative packaging increases the chances that more likely we pick it up.

 

Consumers always have a General approach about the product that the quality of the product depends upon its packaging, price & many other factors, but cover is what that attracts the customers more. Sophisticated & artistic cover can be a mood changer for the customers, it also reflects the quality of the product. Here, we have a few bottle, folding carton, can, and package designs to feed your creative minds. So, the designers can create innovative packages for different products with the use of images that speaks for the product itself. Hope you enjoy!

10 Beautiful Graphic Design Portfolios

The designing age remains competitive in today’s digital world. If you own a business or planning to start a new business you should have well designed website to attract visitors. Apart from creating appealing look of your site you need to have constant update and innovative designing to raise the bar and retaining back your visitors.These interesting aspects will attract the users/ audience to come back to your site again and again.

Today while exploring you will find thousands and thousands of awe-inspiring design portfolios.They all are of different shapes and size but here I will mention 10 beautiful graphic design portfolios.In making all these efforts few designer stood out of the crowd.Some are impressive, others unusual, and a handful have a splot of humor in the designs, these 10 Beautiful Graphic Design Portfolios collected from all over the Web showcase the unspoken talents and technical skills of amazing designers.

The fact is that you don’t have to be a hero or a superstar web designer.You simply need to add some creativity and innovation. If you wish to create a brilliant portfolio without writing any coding then there are lot of online tools available for example “Behance” is the best online tool I have ever used to build portfolios.

Here are 10 Beautiful Graphic Design Portfolios –

 

1. Adhemas Batista –

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Adhemas Batista is an artist and, graphic designer born in Brazil. He has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Adidas, Coca-Cola and Sony. Batista’s incredible portfolio shows his passion for exploring vibrant and colorful concepts.

2. Ryan Scherf –

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Ryan scherf is a web designer, web developer, writer, teacher and builder. In between he was able to create this awe inspiring portfolio site.This one page website is very simple to scroll yet effective.

3. Charlotte Tang –

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Charlotte Tang is an interactive designer based in Toronto. She is really interactive and passionate about her designing ‘(it can be clearly seen through her portfolio site). She is in love with graphic designs and web designs by finding a balance between functionality and aesthetics.

4. Robby Leonardi –

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Again Robby Leonardi (based in New York city) is also a Multi tasker like Ryan Scherf.He specializes in following fields – illustration, graphic design, animation, and front-end development. He has worked with big brands like Speed TV, FX Networks, myNetworkTV, and G4. His fabulous and fun interactive design portfolios will interest you.

5. Lizzie Seymour –

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Lizzie Seymour is a creative designer with adorable crafted portfolio.She loves playing with character design, illustration, installation, a bit of coding. Her fabulous portfolio will give you a sense of her intense work.

6. Björn Meier –

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This is one of the most simplest yet beautiful portfolio to navigate.This beautifully minimal portfolio from Björn Meier is a feast for the eyes.

7. Jeremy Sallee –

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Jeremy Sallee is a self-taught French graphic designer.Salle has an impressive array of work on offer that you can navigate using some very cute mini icons.

8. Marc Thomas –

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Marc Thomas portfolio has a sleek layout and a handful of striking shades. His use of typography is masterful, plus the look and feel of the site stays consistent on mobile screens.

9. Rosie Lee –

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Rosie Lee (a hybrid creative agency) has an extensive experience in branding, advertising and retail design.They love building unique layout and work with complementing colours.

10. Studio Airport –

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Studio Airport is a design agency based in the Netherlands, with a strong online presence embracing airport graphics, large photographs and strong typography. We love the little animated reordering of contents that takes place in its Projects section when you switch options in the left-hand menu.

These inspiring examples of online graphic design portfolios will help individual designers as well designing agencies to move forward in a right direction.

Top 20 Websites to download free fonts

While surfing on web you may find ample of free fonts websites where you can simply get a variety for your designing. But the toughest task is to choose best out of it which are not poorly  structured but well framed and are free to use.Therefore, here are some free font websites for your easy download.

  1.  The Northern Block

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Northern Block was created by a creative director Jonathan Hill in 2006 offering a number of free fonts. If you are looking for some geometric design or bold to modern you are here to find a suitable font for your project.

   2.   Fontcab

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Another source for free download of fonts is Fontcab.The website has a simple layout and easily navigates through the fonts without much effort. It does a great job by finding great fonts without wasting your time.

  3.    The Open Font Library

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The Open Front Library is most popular free font site and mainly used for personal creative work. The website showcases extensive fonts to study and share for your personal or professional designs.You can choose from exclusive catalogs inclding a wide range of web fonts too.

  4.   Fontellium

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Fontellium is basically known for traditional fonts used for historical projects. Its unique styles and fonts make it a hub of historical themed projects. It has everything relic including categories from Egypta to Art Nouveau.

  5.   Vitaly Friedman’s Font List

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Vitaly Fiedman’s Font list consists suitable fonts for official sites and business pages.The fonts of Vitaly Fiedman’s Font list cannot be used for websites related to social networking.

 6.  Fonstruct

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Fonstruct is not a mere website but a community place where members can freely structure and share their fonts with others. It provides a variety of fonts to work with, in addition to the daily newly generated fonts.

 7.  Adobe Edge Fonts

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Adobe Edge Fonts is a free to use, high performing and stable font resource, contributed by Google, Adobe and other designers throughout the world. It  allows you to gain access to a massive font library.

 8.  The Fell Types

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The Fell Types website lets users to access digitalized fonts versions to use in websites. You can enjoy contemporary and improved fonts available on the website

 9.  Abstract Fonts

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Abstract Fonts is famous for one of the most cleaner interface in this arena and easy to navigate. It has extensive fonts available (a list of 14,000 to select) .There is a custom font preview option updated on a regular basis

 10. 1001 Free Fonts

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1001 free fonts does not contain only 1001 free fonts but more than that, probably more than 10,001. All these fonts are managed into 64 divisions. Also there is an option for browsing according to designers ease.

11. The Oatmeal

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The oatmeal website provides comic fonts which are freely available. These fonts are mainly used for comic writing and animation themed project.

12. TypeDepot

TypeDepot

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This website offers free as well as paid fonts. TypeDepot allows its visitors to have free fonts to download. It has business fonts seperately.

13. Google Web Fonts

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Google web fonts makes it easy and simple for everyone to use fonts on their website. Using fonts from Google fonts makes it quick and offcial to use for all purposes. Excitingly, it is an open source font site where you can freely share, edit according to your use and also can hook up with the original designer for further improvement.

14. Iconian

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Iconian site contains fonts that are free for non-official purpose but if you want official fonts then it is pretty costly. There are hundreds of fonts to select from a huge list (listed alphabetically).

15. The best free fonts for designers

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If you searching for some stylish, new and amazing fonts, here your search ends. Browse through the list of The best free fonts for designers.They update their Blog regularly with some innovative fonts.

16. Impallari

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Impallari is one of the most popular free font website on the web. Its exciting design, excellent OpenType features, constant development and inclusion in the launch of Google Web Fonts last year have made it a favourite for millions of people.

17. Kevin and Amanda

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Kevin and Amanda is meant for scraped themed project. If you are looking for crafted or scrapbook themed fonts then Kevin and Amanda is for you. It has 500 handwriting and scrapbooking fonts to download for free (adored as cute by fans all over the world.)

18. Font Squirrel

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This site is very nicely designed and gives you free commercial fonts to download. Anyone can get quality and font-face compatible fonts in Font Squirrel.

19. Dafont.com

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Dafont.com is a huge extract of freely downloadable fonts.You can browse the massive listing by alphabetical order,by theme, by author, by style, or by popularity. This is something on a professional side but still you can find some good stuff specially for novelty theme.

20. LostType

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LostType was founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin in the year 2011. It is a unique website where you can pay whatever amount you wish to pay for font downloading.Even you can pay $0 for a free download.

15 Epic Typeface Combinations You Can Use In Any Design Project

There are very few more time-consuming tasks than hunting down the perfect typographic pairing for a project, and for us graphic designers; it remains one of the most difficult parts of the design process.

Not only is there an abundance of typefaces to choose from in the first place (this infographic shows 400 unique combinations created from less than 3% of the total typefaces on offer from Google Fonts, for example), but also the process of finding a typeface that is complementary to your original choice is a daunting prospect.

Sure, you can do a bit of Googling and read some of the many “best pairing” lists out there, but typically, these pairings are massively overused and thus, using them won’t help you to stand out from the crowd.

So, if you’re looking for a unique yet epic typeface combo, we’ve rounded up some of the lesser-used pairings that we’ve found across the web.

Here they are:

Brandon Grotesque + Freight Display Pro

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Based in South Carolina, Nudge is a creative design studio specialising predominantly in anything relating to visual identity (i.e. website design, print, packaging, etc.).

Their website makes use of a lot of white space and has a minimalistic, yet high-quality look to it. The site makes use of two fonts: Brandon Grotesque and Freight Display Pro.

Freight Display Pro is the serif font used for the main paragraph text; it’s stylish and easy to read. Brandon Grotesque is a friendlier font that is used for the menu items and various other aspects on the site.

Neuzeit Grotesque + Freight Sans

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Neuzeit Grotesque isn’t a typeface that you tend to come across very often, but as you can see, it’s beautifully simple and bold in its appearance (it’s used for the heading in the image above).

It’s a sans serif typeface similar to the likes of Helvetica – or possibly even Proxima Nova (to an extent) – as it has a no-nonsense yet modern look and feel to it.

Alongside Neuzeit Grotesque, you can see Freight Sans Regular; the pair work stunningly well together.

Open Sans + Proxima Nova

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Open Sans and Proxima Nova probably wouldn’t typically be a good font combination choice, as the two typefaces are pretty similar in their appearance (i.e. both sans serif, simple, etc.).

However, by making use of the condensed version of Open Sans alongside Proxima Nova Regular, the issue of pairing similar, non-complimentary fonts has been avoided.

Sure, they’re both still quite similar, but as you can see from the image above, they work well alongside each other.

Museo Slab + Brandon Grotesque

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Museo Slab is a gorgeous typeface that has it’s own unique style. It’s a slab-serif font that works perfectly for headings and paragraph text alike.

In the example above, Museo Slab is the primary typeface used throughout the site. It’s used for the headings, and much of the paragraph text (although various font styles, sizes and weights are used to ensure there is hierarchy in the design).

However, the website also makes use of Brandon Grotesque for various elements; and despite not being all that different from Museo Slab, it adds a certain level of depth to the design.

Didot (Italic) + Futura PT

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Didot tends to be used for body (or paragraph) text, but in this instance, the designer has opted to use Didot primarily as a display font (i.e. for headings).

It features alongside Futura PT (the primary typeface used throughout the design), which is a simple sans serif typeface that is both modern and exceptionally readable (even at small font sizes).

Although Futura PT is an elegant typeface, it does tend to lack a little personality, so it’s good that Didot – a serif, italicised typeface – is there to make up for this and help bring the design to life.

Old Standard TT + Montserrat

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Let’s Travel Somewhere is a beautifully crafted website that comes across as modern, simple, and most of all, extremely elegant.

This is thanks – in part – to a well-chosen typeface combination: Old Standard TT and Montserrat.

Montserrat is essentially the “grounding” typeface of this design; it’s highly readable and modern. On the other hand, Old Standard TT has a little more elegance and life to it; it’s also a serif typeface, which almost always works well alongside a beautiful sans serif font.

Georgia + Cassannet (Bold)

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Georgia is perhaps one of the most well known fonts in existence; it comes preinstalled on just about every major operating system and is widely used across the web (as well as in print).

However, it usually tends to be used for large chunks of text (e.g. paragraphs). In this instance though, it’s used relatively sparingly alongside Cassannet: an extremely unique typeface that is somewhat similar to Raleway (albeit with a bit more “uniqueness”).

Although on it’s own, Georgia might come across as a rather formal and dull choice, Cassannet manages to bring the typeface to life, and gives the design a unique and eye-catching appearance.

Franchise + Old

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The Brooklyn Soap Company is a modern, somewhat vintage-looking brand that produces natural men’s grooming products.

The entire premise of the brand is based around a no nonsense approach, which makes Franchise and Old the perfect typographic combination for the company.

Old is a serif typeface that has a vintage-y feel to it, whereas Franchise is a heavy-looking sans serif typeface. The two fonts couldn’t be more different, which is partly why they make such a great combination.

You know what they say: opposites attract.

Univers Condensed + URW Garamond

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Univers is the simple, elegant and well-formed typeface that has been used for the headings in the website pictured above (“silk road” is the heading).

Alongside it, you can see URW Garamond: a unique serif typeface that has been used for the main body text.

Once again, these two fonts are extremely different from one another, which is why they work so well together. Both of these typefaces probably wouldn’t create the desired effect alone, but with the help of each other, well, you can see the result for yourself.

Gudea + Droid Serif

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Gudea is one of the hundreds of free typefaces available to download and use from Google Fonts. However, despite the fact that it’s open source and free, it’s not a typeface that you come across very often.

It features a relatively simple sans serif design, but it has a certain inviting quality to it. In the design above, it has been paired with Droid Serif (another free typeface available from Google Fonts), which offers the perfect counterpart.

Droid Serif is – as you’d expect – a serif typeface, which is one of the reasons it works so well alongside Gudea (a sans serif typeface).

Futura Condensed + Droid Serif

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Futura and Droid Serif are used in this simple and unique website design promoting the movie, Life of Pi.

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there were three or four typefaces at work here, but there isn’t. Instead, Futura Bold and Medium are used for different aspects of the design, which is what creates the sense of hierarchy.

Futura has been used for the main eye-catching parts of the design (e.g. heading, subheading, etc.), whereas Droid Serif has been used for the calls-to-action and the main paragraph text.

It’s a classic sans serif + serif combination, and it works perfectly.

Georgia + Proxima Nova

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Zegna.com is a stunning website that has an upmarket, luxurious feel to it.

While this is partly down to the use of high quality product photography (this always goes a long way!), typography also plays a big part in the process.

Proxima Nova and Georgia are combined to help create the desired brand image. Georgia is used for the headings, whereas Proxima Nova is used for the subheadings and menu items.

It’s a beautiful combo that’s simple, clean and is sure to appeal to their target market.

Bebas + Droid Serif

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Style Me Pretty is a highly regarded online magazine covering everything related to fashion/style/home, amongst other things.

Being a website focussed on style and “pretty” things, it makes sense that the website itself should be extremely stylish and pretty, and it certainly achieves this goal.

White space is used in abundance to achieve this, with Bebas and Droid Serif combining to create a stylish font pairing. Bebas is used for headings, whereas Droid Serif is used for the body text.

This pairing would likely work just as well the other way round (i.e. Bebas for body text and Droid Serif for headings).

Helvetica Neue + PT Serif

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Helvetica Neue is a hugely popular typeface. It’s used on hundreds and thousands of websites, and it also recently landed a job as the default typeface on all of Apple’s operating systems (i.e. OSX and iOS 7-8).

It’s a simple yet elegant font that is at its best at large font sizes (hence why it was used for the heading in the website pictured above). On the other hand, PT Serif works just as well at both large and small font sizes, which is why it has been chosen as the primary typeface for the Teehan+Lax website.

The thing about Helvetica Neue and PT Serif is that they are drastically different fonts; this is a good thing, as opposites tend to attract in the typographic world.

Arial + Times New Roman

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Times New Roman and Arial: perhaps two of the oldest and most widely used typefaces in existence.

Despite being so well known and widely used, it’s rare that you see these two typefaces paired together on the web. Typically, designers neglect these typefaces in favour of newer, seemingly less overused typefaces.

However, this website serves as a good example of what a great pairing Arial and Times New Roman can be.

Bio: Joshua writes for a number of design blogs and is based in the UK. Typography has always been a passion of his from a young age, and he simply can’t stand poor type combinations.