Regardless of whether you’re typing a search query into Google, YouTube, Amazon or any other major website, live search has become an essential element of modern web design. Live search is when you see a list of suggested search terms that updates as you’re typing, and it can be a valuable addition to any website. Today many users simply expect every website to feature live search, and you may discover that very few people are willing to hunt through your website manually. By helping visitors find the content that matters to them, you can keep them on your site longer, provide a better user experience and may even be able to generate some extra revenue, by making it easier for visitors to discover relevant products and services. In this article, I’ll show you how to replace the standard WordPress search bar with a powerful search engine using the Ajax Search Pro plugin. Out of the box, this live search bar will be capable of searching any content type, including WooCommerce content. ..
Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel AndrewBuilding A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew Vitaly Friedman 2019-12-10T10:30:00+00:002019-12-11T10:36:08+00:00We’re opening up our Smashing TV webinars to everyone, and today you’re welcome to follow along as Rachel Andrew builds a layout using CSS Grid and Flexbox. In the session, Rachel will be building a component of a layout, talking through her thinking as she does so. Is Flexbox or Grid the right method to use? How will the component respond to different screen sizes? And, what about those old browsers? If you are a Smashing Member then you will get the added benefit of being able to ask your own questions after the session. Rachel Andrew On CSS Layouts The session took place on December 10 at 6:00 PM Berlin time (12:00 PM New York time). In case the video below doesn’t play, you can also watch it directly on YouTube. From Smashing With Love To help you stay on top of things, you can subscribe to our bi-week..
Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic SurgesStruggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges Suzanne Scacca 2019-12-10T10:00:00+00:002019-12-10T10:15:34+00:00(This is a sponsored article.) When a traffic spike hits, you want your website to be able to ride the wave instead of drown beneath it. But how do you do that without constantly overspending on server resources in anticipation of a traffic surge that may or may not happen? Part of it comes down to knowing how to read your data really well so that you can predict upcoming upticks (or slumps) in traffic. Even then, the ebbs and flows of your data don’t always accurately predict when a traffic surge will hit, how big it will be or how long it will last. So, what you need to do is make sure your clients’ websites are prepared to take the hit and then sustain the traffic. What we’re going to do today is help you create a system of tools, monitoring, and testing that will enable your websites to do this. How To Prepare Your Website..
Brand Illustration Systems: Drawing A Strong Visual IdentityBrand Illustration Systems: Drawing A Strong Visual Identity Yihui Liu 2019-12-09T12:30:00+00:002019-12-10T10:15:34+00:00In the flood of online content, companies live or die by their brand image. A brand image has to express the company’s message and connect with users, who should instantly recognize it across different media, even away from the company’s website and marketing content. A strong brand image is like an anchor, helping ensure user attachment and fix value associations. Brand image is typically built up from different visual elements — logos, color palette, a particular font. Alongside these, illustrations are another powerful means of visual communication which are more and more in demand for online UI. Why? Because illustrations introduce narrative elements to visual content and allow for subtler emotions or more complex situations to be expressed. Including human figures make ideas active and accessible,..
A lot of little details go into creating a beautiful and functional website. As such, one of the biggest challenges of being a web designer is producing quality work with peak efficiency. Building layouts, adding special effects and ensuring that your work can be viewed on any device takes time. That’s why designers are increasingly taking advantage of helpful tools like page builders. They allow you to create amazing page layouts in short order – and without the burdens of writing and testing code. The result is an attractive, fully-functional website built in a fraction of the time. Say Hello to Elementor for WordPress When it comes to WordPress page builders, Elementor stands out as a top choice. Both the free and pro versions of the plugin offer tons of features aimed at making the design process as efficient as possible. elementor.comAnd, while you can certainly build custom pages from scratch, Elementor templates can save you even more time. These prebuilt page tem..
How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On MobileHow To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile Suzanne Scacca 2019-12-06T11:00:00+00:002019-12-07T10:07:35+00:00A sales funnel is a set of invisible steps you lay before visitors that takes them from the point of entry to the desired action. There are three stages in a sales funnel: Top of the funnel (TOF), Middle of the funnel (MOF), Bottom of the funnel (BOF). Why do we call these three stages a funnel? Because, together, they form a funnel-like shape: A sales funnel and its three key stages: top-of-funnel, middle-of-funnel, bottom-of-funnel marketing. (Large preview) At the top are all the people who enter your website or PWA. At the bottom are those who’ve bought something. The reason it tapers off is because your funnel sheds visitors and leads along the way who aren’t a good fit. This process actually occurs with or without your help. (It’s just more effective if you take the time to carefully construct it.) Open Google A..
It can be difficult to differentiate yourself in the real estate industry, but a beautiful website can certainly help. Finding the perfect real estate theme is a challenge, considering the sheer number of themes available. That’s why we’ve curated a premier selection of our responsive WordPress real estate themes, so you can easily find the features you want along with an attractive site design made for 2020. Best Creative Real Estate WordPress Themes for 2020 on Envato MarketEnvato Market’s WordPress real estate category, home to almost 200 premium real estate themes has you covered: Best real estate premium templates for 2020, available for sale on Envato Market (Themeforest). Here’s a collection of the best-selling responsive WordPress real estate themes currently available on Themeforest: 1. MaisonCo - Single Property WordPress ThemeLet’s begin our list with a very stylish and elegant theme, built to market a single property. Whether you’re promoting a high-class apartment, a ho..
How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2) Alvin Wan 2019-12-05T11:00:00+00:002019-12-06T10:06:04+00:00In this tutorial series, we will build a web-based multiplayer virtual reality game, where players will need to collaborate to solve a puzzle. In the first part of this series, we designed the orbs featured in the game. In this part of the series, we will add game mechanics and setup communication protocols between pairs of players. The game description here is excerpted from the first part of the series: Each pair of players is given a ring of orbs. The goal is to “turn on” all orbs, where an orb is “on” if it’s elevated and bright. An orb is “off” if it’s lower and dim. However, certain “dominant” orbs affect their neighbors: if it switches state, its neighbors also switch state. Player 2 can control even-numbered orbs, and player 1 can control odd-numbered orbs. This forces both players t..
Perhaps you create jewelry and would like to turn your hobby into a business, or maybe you’re ready to start selling a wide range of products from other brands. Whatever your long-term plan, one of your first ports of call should be to launch your website—after all, what better way to get more eyes on your products? Best Selling Jewelry WordPress Themes for WooCommerceLuckily for you, you don’t need to spend too long away from the drill press as you can set up a high-quality website quickly and easily with the WordPress themes available from Themeforest. You don’t even need any web design or development experience—all you need to do is download one of over 1,300 WooCommerce themes and customize it to give the site its distinct personality. Jewelry WordPress Themes for WooCommerce available on Themeforest nowWith the WordPress WooCommerce plugin your site will do more than just look good as users will be given the opportunity to purchase directly from your online store. Sounding good..