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Few weeks ago, EmailCraft, an e-mail/newsletter design and markup service, has contacted me asking whether their service can be reviewed at WRD.

I thought this was a chance to offer another nice freebie to WRD readers and try the service which I was aware of for a long time.

EmailCraft gifted their “Design & Markup” package (priced $178). I was also in need of a newsletter design for a project I was part of (ioDeck) and ordered a design-markup for it.

The brief was simple: “a slick newsletter to share any upcoming features with few screenshots and details”. The output is pretty nice, we’ll be using it regularly and want to share it considering you may want to as well. Here it is (click for full version):

ioDeck Free Newsletter
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The communication with the EmailCraft team was great and they created 2 different templates to choose from.

I selected the one above and requested few revisions. They were so responsive and quickly replied to the changes I asked for (all the process took only few days).

In the past, I have used PSD to HTML services and this was the first time for an e-mail markup service.

Imho, it makes so much sense as designing newsletters is a pain considering each e-mail client has its own rules and things are much worse compared to crafting HTML-CSS for websites (btw, the template above is compatible with all major e-mail clients/platforms).

P.S. The template is completely free to be used in personal and commercial projects with no attributions. It is only not allowed to redistribute the template.

The default “directory listing” web pages that Apache serve, although making the job, are not so stylish.

Apaxy is a customizable theme for improving these pages with the help of mod_autoindex Apache module and some CSS.

It offers a clean interface with icons for each mime type and makes further improvements possible.

Apaxy

Crowdfunding websites (like Kickstarteror Indiegogo) are the trending and also a great way of funding projects.

Locketron, a project which was rejected by Kickstarter had ran its own crowdfunding campaign and became very successful.

Selfstarter

They have now open sourced their website, named Selfstarter, which was used for the crowdfunding so that anyone can make use of it and run their own campaigns with ease.

It is built with Ruby on Rails and uses Amazon Payments for collecting the funds. However, any other payment providers can also be integrated.

The boilerplate is not a full-featured app, it is just a starting point and still requires custom coding for setting up the authentication, administration and product management.

Almost every application or dynamic website requires a backend to manage it.

These admin screens come bundled with ready-to-use apps (like WordPress, Magento, etc.) but custom apps need custom backends.

It is usually considered as a simple process to create an admin template but, most of the time, this requires a lot of effort as there are lots of things (usually related to usability) to think of.

Designers/developers out there have created various free admin templates and here they are so you don't need to search:

Charisma Admin Template (demo)

Charisma Admin Template

Charisma is a responsive admin template that is built with Twitter Bootstrap.

It has 9 skins and includes almost everything we may need like forms, charts, buttons, tables, file manager, image gallery and much more.

Here is also the GitHub link for the template in case you want to fork it.

INADMIN – jQuery Admin Template (demo)

jQuery Admin Template - INADMIN

INADMIN is a jQuery-powered admin template with header + top navigation and styles for tables, forms, messages and more.

It also includes a nice sign-in page.

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If you are a WordPress fan just like millions of others, you are already aware that every WordPress website requires a hand from a WordPress developer in some way.

This may be a theme or a plugin created by others. Or, the explanation of a WordPress feature/function you have Googled for.

WPMU DEV, a premium club for WordPress users, brings all of these as a simple package and offers high-quality themes, plugins and support to its members.

WPMU DEV

The club has 140+ premium WordPress themes that target any web user including bloggers, corporate sites, photographers and more.

And, if you are using WordPress as a social network (or multiple sites CMS), WPMU DEV probably has the biggest collection of resources for MultiSite and BuddyPress users.

Every theme is updated regularly so that they are compatible with the latest WP version and you can always contact an expert to get help about them.

WPMU DEV Themes

When it comes to adding features to your WordPress installation with plugins, WPMU DEV has again lots to offer.

There are 140+ premium plugins that are guaranteed to work as expected (which is great so that you don't have to try many plugins) and it is possible to find a one for every need.

As an example, some of the plugins offered are: MarketPress (e-commerce), Events+ (creating/managing events), Google Maps integration, SnapShot (for backups) and much more.

WPMU DEV Plugins

Just like themes, the plugins are updated and supported professionally.WPMU DEV has club memberships that allows downloading any item you want or it is possible to get only the items you want.

Also, the same team of developers are running a great website to hunt for WordPress tutorials.

How to join the giveaway?

In order to get a chance to win one of the 3 annual WPMU DEV accounts, you can choose to do one or any of the below to increase the odds:

  • comment to this post
  • tweet with #wrd-wpmudev hashtag by linking to this giveaway
  • like WPMU DEV on Facebook (that's actually for good karma)

Winners will be selected 1 week later (01 October 2012) randomly and announced as an update to this post.

Good luck to all.

The winners

Here they are:

  • @dotcompals
  • Paulo Oliveira (comment #747443)
  • Nix Dexter (comment #)

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for joining the giveaway.

We probably all know About.me, the web-based service for creating simple personal websites.

The Personal Page is a free HTML-CSS template for creating similar websites very quickly.

It is a mobile-friendly (responsive) template which allows inserting a logo, a portrait (as the background) and a short bio.

And, the code is clean, simple and can be updated/improved easily.

The Personal Page

Few weeks ago, RightBanners, a company focused on creating custom banners and landing pages, contacted me asking to review their service.

Besides experiencing the service, I though this was a great chance to provide a handy freebie to WRD readers. I placed an order for a landing page just like any other customer and gone through the whole process. You can find out what working with RightBanners is like and download the landing page they created below.

Free Landing Page

The ordering process was very easy: I wrote the details of the project which was for a non-existing/virtual open source app named Media Presenter (a photo gallery web app).

I simply provided the logo, described the landing page I had in mind with the list of menu items and some of the content. I also shared examples of landing pages I liked so that RightBanners guys can have an idea of my style.

They use a ticketing system which is great. I can contact the RightBanners team and view the correspondence thread any time. The communication process was very smooth. RightBanners team asked for some other details. I added some extra information and they came up with 2 landing page designs the next day.

Free Landing Page

I selected one of them and requested a couple of changes on it. The new screenshot arrived the next day which was pretty fast.

At the end, I was happy with the result, approved the design. RightBanners created the HTML-CSS markup (via their sister service PSD2HTML) and it arrived within 2 days with the PSD source.

Conclusion

I was satisfied with the service, they were always there to reply and things worked pretty fast. I believe that this is their way of working but not because that order was for a review. If you are looking for a landing page or banner design service, you should definitely give them a try.

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P.S. The free landing page template can be used in free or commercial websites with no attributions. Only, it can not be distributed without permission.

Looking for a new theme for your WordPress-powered website? This may be your lucky day.

Our good friends at ThemeFuse are giving away 3 WordPress themes to WRD readers (details on joining the giveaway are mentioned at the end of this post).

ThemeFuse is one of the most popular providers within the premium WordPress theme industry. They have high quality builds, lots of original designs and providing a very good customer support.

ThemeFuse Giveaway

For anyone hunting for an authentic premium theme that will set your site apart from the others, they should definitely be checked.

There are themes for almost any type of site you are planning and each theme is professionally developed with robust, reliable source code too.

All themes have a simple configuration interface which offers some very useful capabilities like:

  • setting up different sidebars on your site
  • easily add your own logo
  • change the Favicon
  • include your internal analytics code
  • get access to a massive number of shortcodes to use (adding tables, graphs, video clips and custom containers without coding).

Whenever you need help, you’ll experience that ThemeFuse is good at that. They’ve got a full support forum, a detailed FAQ and online documentation available.

Here are several examples of WordPress templates created by ThemeFuse to better see what can be created with ease:

PhotoArtist – Photography WordPress Theme

Looking for a way to showcase your photography skills? Here is a full-featured portfolio website.

Photography WordPress Theme

MobilityApp – Mobile WordPress Theme

Need to promote an iPad, iPhone or iPad app? This WordPress theme is ideally suited for your specific needs.

Mobile WordPress Theme

Coffee Lounge – Bar WordPress Theme

Own a cafe, coffee bar or bistro and want to make a real impression with your website? This is the theme for you!

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Responsive design is becoming a "default" for any new, modern projects and it is a very good idea to add resources that help creating such outputs to our libraries.

MightyDeals, the website which regularly offers discounts on creative products/services, is now offering a "responsive website templates pack" for a good price.

The "10 Premium and Fully Responsive Web Templates" deal is by FlashMint and normally priced $450 but offered for $17.

MightyDeals - FlashMint

Templates in the pack are built on a 960px responsive grid, enhanced with jQuery, include CSS3 effects and some of them have responsive sliders, Google Maps integration, contact forms or a Twitter "latest" tweet" feature.

Each template is focused on a specific niche including websites of a design studio, corporate company, sports saloon, interior design company and more.

All the items are cross-browser compatible, ready to work in all major screen sizes (desktop, tablet, mobile) and well-layered PSD files exist for them for further customizations.

WordPress is an amazing CMS and can be customized completely in means of design and functionality with the flexibility it offers.

In order to create a new theme for WordPress, you should know how it works, the logic of its loop and functions.

However, if you want to build a theme without touching any code, WPThemeGenerator reaches to help.

WPThemeGenerator is a professional web app (with a free and paid version) for designing WordPress themes without any coding, all web-based.

WPThemeGenerator

There are 1000+ pre-designed objects including menus, backgrounds, shades, dividers, icons, buttons, boxes, fonts, sliders, frames, colors, shines, and patterns or textures that can be used.

Multiple options exist for each element (for ex: you can choose from different popular image sliders) and all other stuff like fonts (there are 50+) or colors can be customized too.

With the provided framework, it is possible to mix 7 different combinations of positions to get countless layouts with the dynamic sidebars generator (use images, text, menus, galleries, contact forms, etc.).

Although new elements are added to the this WordPress theme generator daily, you are not limited with them and can upload your own designs too.

WPThemeGenerator

Once a design is completed, it is available both as a HTML/CSS template and a WordPress theme.

The themes created are automatically updated with the added new features and they will be compatible with the latest WP version.

WPThemeGenerator is created by the talented team of Iconshock + WordPress Theme Shock and a gallery of themes created with the application present the flexibility offered.

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