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10 Free WordPress Themes For July 2014

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Another month, another list of the best. Here is a collection of the top 10 new free WordPress themes for July 2014, and all of these theme feature rich premium looks to go with responsive layouts. As always, most are available to download from the official WordPress Themes Directory:

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Adaption

It does not get more official than this. Designed by Automattic, the people who brought us WordPress itself, this theme comes with a modern and trendy look in an adaptable layout. Feature rich, with a number of options like post formats, multiple menus, custom header and background, and more.
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Ignite

If you are looking for that straight up blog look, then Ignite is a simple and responsive option. Not only can you upload your own custom logo, but you can also adjust its size and positioning. There is also a sidebar, widgets, attractive featured images, along with social media icons.
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FastNews Light

Another light version, this one is designed for magazines, blogs and news websites in mind. A responsive design with unlimited sidebars, you get a variety of features in this theme, including a handy theme options page. Also translation ready.
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Radar

What do you get when you combine flat design with a bold and colorful look? Radar is one such possibility. A responsive layout means that your blog or website will adjust and scale perfectly on any device, and elements like a slider, widgets, and custom menu make it great for sites high on content.
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Yolee Lite

Zany name for a WooCoomerce enabled WordPress theme. Built with Bootstrap, this one allows you to easily set up a store and shop to sell your products online. The design may be simple, but it is fully responsive and is high resolution. The theme itself is optimized for SEO.
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Isola

Perfect name for a minimalist WordPress theme, again by Automattic. Use this one column creation to showcase your creative photos. And it can also be used to present videos, or regular articles. The simple design does not mean it skimps on features. You get custom menu, widgets, featured images, and more.
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Baskerville

Hard to decide what is better, the name or the design. This free theme is a great option for all sorts of blogs and news websites, with its support for nine post formats. Customization options, custom widgets, four page templates, and the ability to upload a custom logo come standard.
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THBusiness

What would a best of list be without a dedicated business theme? This corporate theme is built with the Bootstrap framework, and can be used to present your company with elegance. There is support for a custom logo, favicon, footer description, even a call to action widget.
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Bosco

With a name straight from the early 1900s, this is another release from Automattic. And it comes sans distractions and diversions. Simple, one column layout with a lot of white space means you get to put your content in focus. You do, however, get three separate widget areas for customization.
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Semicolon

A clean magazine style, this theme is perfect if someone is starting out with blogging or web publishing. Large featured images, related posts, author bios, widgets and a social media menu complete a package that is quite pleasing to the eyes, but minimalist in some sense.
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Marcus Daniels is a real geek. He loves to get his hands really dirty with CSS, PHP and HTML 5. He loves to build, destroy and rebuild websites.

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  • DK

    Nice variety. Out of all of them, Isola is my favorite. I’ve always enjoyed the minimalism themes more than the super busy ones. Thanks for sharing the best of the new themes for the past month though. I like that idea.

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How To Find Out What Theme A Site Is Using?

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Okay, that’s not quite as confusing as it initially sounds! More and more websites are now built with underlying content management systems like WordPress and Joomla.

While this is good, the best part is that many of these websites utilize custom built themes, whether free or paid. Premium ones are developed structurally and systematically, with designs that scale great on desktops or mobile devices.

Responsive web design, as it is called.

But what if you like a particular design and want to see if you can use something like that on your website, or even a webpage — for example that dedicated landing or squeeze page you’re developing?

Luckily, it’s not hard to find out what theme a site is using.

You can peek under the hood, check out for hints by taking a look at the source of your chosen page. But a couple of solutions exist that accomplish this process a lot more elaborately.

And perhaps the best one around goes by the name of WPThemeDetector.

It digs deep and not only provides details and version number of the theme a WordPress powered site is using, but also author or company details of the designer.

This online detection tool also finds and lists any plugins used on the website you input, along with links to download these extensions. A few additional details are also offered — including previous analysis of a given site, where applicable.

Another less fancy site is What WordPress Theme Is That?, and it too provides similar functionality.

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Create Customized Dashboards On iOS With Numerics

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The iOS platform already boasts a number of remarkably well designed dashboard apps that pull in data from different sources and present them onscreen.

This allows you up to date overviews for your online businesses, including website analytics, social media engagements and sales funnels. Even your account balances and data from your spreadsheets hosted in the cloud can be easily displayed.

And one of the best ones currently available is Numerics from Cynapse.

You can easily create and customize multiple dashboards from a growing number of third party sources, swipe between them, zoom in and interact with the data. Beautiful animation combines with several useful gestures to make interacting with the various widgets a pleasing experience.

A number of predesigned widgets are available — line graphs, pie charts, number tallies, funnel lists and more, these widgets can be effortlessly configured, connected and customized.

The app also includes background updates and push notifications, on a per widget basis, meaning you always stay up to date on everything that is going on.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of this app is its customizability. You can either create a layout automatically, or drag and drop the widgets however you see fit. These can then be labeled and colorized for even better control.

The dashboards can also be displayed on external screens using AirPlay to AppleTV, or via a simple HDMI connection to any standard television, monitor or projector.

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All the important integrations are included, from Google Analytics, to Twitter and Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo Stocks, Stripe, Salesforce, Basecamp, Github, Foursquare, and more. Even WordPress is part of this ever growing list of integrations, meaning all your vital data is just a glance away.

Although free to download, the app unlocks the various integrations via in-app purchases, which range from $2.99 to $5.99. But totally worth it for the active online marketer.

Take a look at everything Numerics offers at the official site.

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The Need For Image Compression For Websites

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Although internet speeds have improved around the world in the past decade, heavy downloads are still an issue for a lot of people with sketchy bandwidths or slow computers.

And that’s not even bringing SEO and mobile usage into the picture.

Even with such apparent limitations, most images for the web are typically not optimized to reduce file size while maintaining quality. Most people (and some) graphic designers still don’t use the optimum settings when outputting their final images.

Having large images does not mean their file size has to be large too!

Here is a concise list of some of the immediate advantages of using image compression for websites, and reducing the file sizes of the images, photos and art on your website or blog:

Faster load times

No one says no to a quick loading site. Compressing your images down ensures a superior experience for your visitors, users and readers where they won’t get frustrated. It also makes sure your audience engages with your website longer.

Improved search rankings

It’s no secret that Google loves faster sites. Squeeze as much data off of your site or blog to make it load faster, increasing your organic search rankings along the way.

Better conversion rates

Faster sites convert better. Logic. You don’t risk losing buyers and subscribers this way, while they are waiting for the images to load on your signup page.

Enhanced inbox placement

If you are feeding images from your site to your emails and newsletters, your messages run the risk of landing in the junk folder. The last thing you want, really.

Easier migration

Web hosts are fickle affair, everyone knows that. If you need to change hosting providers, small, optimized images mean quicker movement of files from one server to another. This holds especially true for large blogs and ecommerce portals. Perfectly optimized images also help with faster backups.

Print adventures are fine, you don’t necessarily need to reduce files sizes there.

But images intended for use on websites should always be adjusted for easy and breezy downloading. More so, now with better compression algorithms and browser support. What type of settings you use will depend upon the art you’re creating.

Often enough, going in with an 80% compression in your graphic design software (Adobe Photoshop, or any other) for JPEG files is a good bet for most images.

There’s no hard and fast rule here, though.

It comes down to the dimensions, resolution and type of your image — and whether it’s artwork, gradient, a photo or logo. Do some on the fly experiments and settle on what you feel looks best, does not result in a drastic decrease in quality, and ends up with the smallest file size possible.

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