WordPress is a pretty robust application that is kept up to date with regular bug fixes and security patches, but it really benefits from a bit of maintenance to keep it running fast and efficiently. Over time WordPress saves snippets of information to its database, which can become bloated with unnecessary values, thus slowing down your site and putting more stress on your server setup. In this post we’ll look at 10 ways you can give your WordPress install a spring clean to trim the fat and put everything in its place.
Posts from February, 2013
The trend of full screen background images has definitely become more popular over recent years. It was once only really prevailent with fashion or photography sites that relied particularly on impactful imagery, but now we can see the use of large photos spanning the page on sites of almost any topic. Large images have always been a proven tool for grabbing attention as we’ve seen in printed magazines, posters and advertisements, so it’s interesting to them being used in a similar way in web design.
I only recently heard about the term “Flat design”, but I’ve definitely noticed lots of website and interface designs springing up with this design style. Flat design is a label the community has adopted for designs leaving behind drop shadows, subtle textures and gradients in favour of solid colours, clean layouts and sharp typography, somewhat similar to the design of Windows 8 and the Metro UI. This post showcases 20 great website designs that all exhibit popular traits of the flat design trend.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a showcase of web designs with clever header effects. In that roundup we saw a bunch of sites making use of a simple collapsing header effect, where the page header or banner would gradually shorten and disappear upon page scroll. Let’s take a look at recreating this cool effect for use in your own website designs.