Meet Modula, a Grid Gallery Plugin for WordPress

by Mark Zeni on January 18, 2018

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If you run a WordPress website, you know how important it is to showcase high-quality images.

But it isn’t always easy to get things setup properly, from sizing images, to creating grids, mastering image placement is a challenge that many WordPress website owners face.

So, what do you do when you’re short on time and looking for a solution that will solve this problem once and for all?

The answer is really easy…

You purchase the Modula Grid Gallery.

What is the Modula Grid Gallery?

It shouldn’t surprise you that does Modula what its name suggests. It provides you with easily modified picture galleries that suit the needs of your WordPress website.

Here are just a few of the features:
-Customizable grids
-Multiple galleries
-6 prebuilt lightboxes
-Responsive design
-Tons of hover effects
-Social sharing

We live in an age where content is important. If you are spending valuable time and resources designing landing pages, you need photo galleries that work and help sell your products and services.

Customers love eye-catching images and Modula helps you showcase those images with minimal effort.

Remember this one rule…

No one remembers when a website works properly, but they certainly do when it doesn’t. Modula puts this fear to rest by helping you build photo galleries that work exactly like they should.

It’s Fairly Priced

One of the most expensive parts of owning a website or a business is all the software, plugins, and addons you have to purchase.

You’re probably frowning at the idea of piling on another expense.

Lucky for you, Modula is fairly priced and the different packages are worth it.

Here are the 4 packages that Modula comes in:
-Basic for $19 – covers 1 website
-Duo for $29 – covers 2 websites
-Pro for $39 – covers 5 websites
-Business for $49 – covers unlimited websites

The main selling point of the packages is the number of additional websites that you can install the plugin on. They all come with the same features, so if you are a web design agency, the business plan is a no brainer, while a single website owner will be more than happy with the basic plan.

Each plan comes with unlimited galleries, images, filters, rotation and slide effects, 12 hover effects, 6 lightboxes, and 1 year of updates and supports.

Installation Is a Breeze

Like any WordPress plugin, you can easily install Modula from the backend of your website. Simply visit the plugin section of your wp-admin page, search for Modula, and download and install the plugin. Once installed, enter your product code in order to activate the plugin and to gain access to all of its features.

The Only Gallery Plugin You’ll Ever Need

Even if you are looking to trim the fat and cut down on your WordPress plugins, you probably will want this wordpress image gallery plugin.

Modula does exactly what you need it to. It won’t blow your mind and its not an extremely multi-functional plugin. But what it does do is provide you with an easy-to-use plugin that helps you design photo galleries that look good and make your website seem more professional.

You’ll never have to worry about being one of those websites with bad photo galleries when you use a plugin like Modula.

Original post: Meet Modula, a Grid Gallery Plugin for WordPress

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Free January Wallpaper

by Lindsey on December 31, 2017

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Our January wallpaper features patterns from the 70 Stylish Luxury Patterns and the free Playfair Display font.

Included in the free download are two files per device–one with the calendar and one without the calendar so you can use the option you prefer.

Enjoy!

For Personal Use Only.



 

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Need to Host a WordPress Site? Check Out Kinsta

by Mark Zeni on December 22, 2017

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Have you ever tried to deal with most web hosting companies’ customer service? That experience alone is enough to scare you away from those company for good.

Seriously, it can be that frustrating!

If you own a website, you know how frustrating it is when your server goes down and you are forced to sit on hold for over an hour.

It is that frustrating experience that motivates me to always keep looking for hosting companies that provide top quality service. Recently I discovered Kinsta

So, what is Kinsta?

Good question. They are a highly reputable hosting and support company that work exclusively with WordPress websites.

Kinsta doesn’t treat you like a number and their customer service is some of the best I’ve experienced.

The thing I like about Kinsta is that they offer their services through the premium version of the Google Cloud Platform and they are even recommended by Google Cloud themselves.

But they are more than just a web host

I was excited when I learned that the team behind Kinsta is mainly WordPress developers, the same developers that have made tons of WordPress themes, plugins, and who have troubleshooted countless problems on the platform before.

It’s that kind of expertise that helps you get your website back online when something goes wrong. And of course, having 24/7 support 365 days a year helps too!

Here’s another thing good about Kinsta

Other companies will often just throw your website up on any server and call it a day. This isn’t how Kinsta does it.

They let you choose which data center you want to have your website hosted on.

Look at these amazing choices:
-Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
-St. Ghislain, Belgium
-Changhua County, Taiwan
-Sydney, Australia
-The Dalles, Oregon, USA
-Ashburn, Virginia, USA
-Moncks Corner, South Carolina, USA
-São Paulo, Brazil
-London, UK
-Frankfurt, Germany
-Jurong West, Singapore
-Tokyo, Japan
-Mumbai, India

You’ll never have to worry about slow speeds because you are in direct control of where your website is hosted, meaning you get localized speeds that are backed by Google themselves.

And in the case where something does go wrong, who do you trust more to get your hardware back online? The Google Cloud!

The answer is easy

I’m not a tech guy, but when they told me that my individual WordPress website was being hosted in its isolated container, that sounded good. They told me that they used LXD managed hosts and LXC software, but honestly, that kind of terminology was beyond my paygrade.

The thing that sold me was that I was being provided a dedicated service that was 100% private. I didn’t have to worry about my customer’s data being leaked because my server will be secure.

Sounds good, right? What’s the catch?

You do have to pay for Kinsta. They offer tiered plans starting at $30 a month for smaller websites.
The other plans include:

$60 per month for 2 installs, 40,000 visits, 6GB of storage, and a free SSL & CDN
$100 per month for 3 installs, 100,000 visits, 10GB of storage, and a free SSL & CDN
$200 per month for 10 installs, 250,000 visits, 20GB of storage, and a free SSL & CDN
$300 per month for 20 installs, 400,000 visits, 30GB of storage, and a free SSL & CDN
$400 per month for 40 installs, 600,000 visits, 40GB of storage, and a free SSL & CDN
$600 per month for 60 installs, 1,000,000 visits, 80GB of storage, and a free SSL & CDN
$900 per month for 80 installs, 1,500,000 visits, 120 GB of storage, and a free SSL & CDN

Their plans may seem pricey, especially if you are a smaller business. I get that. But $30 a month for a smaller website is fair if the hosting is top notch, and upgrading to a larger plan takes a few clicks to do.

My Verdict – 5/5

Don’t penny pinch and settle for a budget host. When you do, you get a budget host and that will hurt your website.
Your website needs to be online 24/7, especially if you are selling products. Pay a few extra dollars to get a quality host.

I give Kinsta a 5/5 because of their reliability and dedication to the WordPress platform.

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Examples Of How Graphics Compact Lengthy Explanations

by Mark Zeni on December 19, 2017

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When you have large chunks of information to convey to your visitors, using imagery gives you the opportunity to make that information easier to understand. It takes far less time for someone to absorb information presented in a symbol than it does when they’re forced to read about it word-by-word.

The internet is full of examples of poorly documented instructions and written explanations. Users are plagued with too much information, incomplete information, signs in the wrong location, and ambiguous language.

There’s an equal amount of poor visual communication, but that’s because symbols need to be carefully designed and developed for maximum efficiency. You can’t just pay someone five bucks to create your image and expect a masterpiece in return.

Colors play a role in communication as well; colors can capture attention or drive it away. The construction of the wrong color combination on your blog can turn readers off.

Symbols quickly convey complex instructions

This basic fact can be seen on the roads where symbols describe what vehicles and pedestrians can and can’t do; instructions that would take a driver too long to read when spelled out. Road signs also communicate to drivers what’s ahead, so they can prepare to be in the correct lane.

For instance, these complex road signs use long arrows to indicate where each lane leads, and tells the driver what lane they need to be in when approaching a roundabout/rotary. The same type of symbol is used in GPS so the driver knows which lane they need to be in to maintain their course. When a freeway has four lanes but only the far-left lane will take the driver to their destination, only that lane is highlighted so the driver knows to stay in that lane.

The use of symbols as instructions is also seen in user manuals, although some companies are better at designing these manuals than others. When the imagery is done right, the symbols convey tiny nuances words can’t describe. For example, when you’re putting a piece of furniture together, accurate images depicting how the pieces fit together is more efficient than trying to figure out ambiguous or unfamiliar terminology.

People are hard-wired for visual processing

According to Canva, approximately 20% of your brain is devoted to vision – the visual cortex – and that system “reaches out and interacts with at least half of your brain, sending electrical impulses all over the place.”

Color plays a big role in capturing visual attention, and that’s why marketers focus on it. Citing a 2009 study from the University of Berkeley in California, Canva also explains that colors like blue and green are interpreted as safe, while red is interpreted as dangerous.

Color consultant Leslie Harrington comments on the power of color: “Color is a universal, nonverbal language, and we all intuitively know how to speak it. What color you paint your walls isn’t just a matter of aesthetics. It’s a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotions and behavior.”

You can use color to influence people’s perception and behavior. Marketers, artists, and interior decorators do it all the time.

Colors support visual communications

Colors heavily support symbols in conveying complex messages. For example, this page discussing the safety of natural herbs compared to pharmaceuticals uses both red and green to convey degrees of safety. Colored meters are used to rate the potency of each substance on a scale from mild to extreme.

According to the visual meters, all pharmaceuticals have a red background while all-natural herbs have a green background.

When your content is often misunderstood, as is the case with the healing power of natural herbs, using colors to support your symbols is important.

Visual communication isn’t limited to infographics

Infographics are popular, but they’re not the only way to convey important messages. Icons, which have been around forever, were invented to replace words. Ted speaker and relationship coach Bruce Muzik uses large icons in the middle of his website to navigate to his blog, his coaching program, or to hire him as a speaker. What’s powerful about his icons is that all three icons depict hearts, representing his heart-centered approach to his work.

Communicating your message isn’t only about information

You could have a genius, 10-page report that answers every possible question anyone could think of, and most people will still prefer the condensed version in the form of an image. Efficient communication isn’t about conveying all of the information; it’s about conveying small chunks of information quickly and clearly.

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Premium Web Tools & Services Recommended By Experts

by Justas Markus on December 18, 2017

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As an entrepreneur, it is important to have the right tools to help you build your business. And if you’re looking for one, there is an abundance in the market already with different functions…

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Color Love | Candy Cane

December 18, 2017
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This image of tasty treats includes shades of burgundy, gray and tan. These colors paired together create feelings of warmth and yuletide joy. See our collection of other gorgeous color palettes here. Learn about the power of color in blog design here.

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Need a FAQ for Your Site or Blog? Check the WordPress FAQ Plugin

December 13, 2017
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If you own a website, you understand that there are so many plugins, apps, and services looking to suck you in. With limited resources, you can’t afford to try them all. I understand that struggle, I’ve felt it too. After building my website on WordPress, I became frustrated with how many plugins I had installed. […]

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How to Write Post Blog Posts That Rank Well

December 11, 2017
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Everyone wants their blog posts to be seen. That’s only normal. But only a few understand what makes the difference between a blog post that ranks well and one that doesn’t. You don’t necessarily have to be an SEO expert to write blog posts that rank consistently. Here are a few tips on how to […]

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Holiday Bucket List Free Printable

December 4, 2017
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Do you feel like time flies during the holidays? Us too, which is why we created this Holiday Bucket List so we can remember to do the things we want to do most. Use this bucket list printable to make a list of fun things to do this holiday season and then check them off […]

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Free December Wallpaper

December 1, 2017
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Our December wallpaper features graphics from the Fabulous Winter Collection and the free Buttercup font. Included in the free download are two files per device–one with the calendar and one without the calendar so you can use the option you prefer. Enjoy! For Personal Use Only.  

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