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November Top 10 WordPress Sites Powered By Themify

We love sharing and featuring sites that use our WordPress themes. Seeing how each site is creatively designed and transformed really motivates us to design and create more. And in honor of those sites which have used our Themify themes, we share to you our top 10 favourites of 2014.

danandmisono
1. Blooming by the Bay
Blooming by the Bay is one of Themify's first few original showcase sites. Their site really exemplifies simplicity, elegance, and character. Using the Elemin as their base theme, they created a personal blog, which is built to show the stories of Dan, Misono, and their lovely children. Dan and Misono used soft colour schemes and easy sidebar navigation that enables them to highlight their favourite moments, from month-by-month gallery pictures of their newborn, to birth stories, post stories, and social links. Their site captured the hearts of their audience not only through adorable pictures of their children, coupled with captivating designs, but also through the amazing site layout, allowing visitors to easily get updates and stay in-touch with them.

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2. Sculptor Sam Spiczka
Number two goes to the sculptor Sam Spiczka. Designed using our Tisa theme, this site's homepage slider just captivates and captures your attention, drawing you to browse further. Its portfolio post layout, gallery photos, and custom font styles enable site visitors to easily navigate and see Sam's work.

deansauls
3. Dean Sauls
This is a cool resumé-style website, also designed using our Tisa theme. The site was built to showcase himself, with his focus on marketing his skills and expertise to get clients. His homepage is creatively designed with a slider at the top of the page, to act as a banner, explaining the site's purpose with clever use of texts and images. As you continue to scroll-down, you'll find a list of skills he specializes in, the works he's done, as well as, his personal biography.

yanagidalabel
4. YANAGIDA Label
This has got to be one of the coolest header design that we've seen that use our Parallax theme. With its fascinating background image, logos, and red & white designed social links, YANAGIDA creates a really cool look as soon as you open their site. But don't let the header design confuse you. As you scroll further down their main page with its smooth parallax scrolling effect, they've designed a simple and clean layout that effectively showcases their services, with galleries of pictures, short blurbs, their blog, as well as, a contact section all located in their homepage.

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5. Heiko Kanzler
This Porsche driving, Mac-Addict consultant creates this amazing personal blog site using our Pinterest inspired, Pinboard theme. With the auto stacking layout with infinite scrolling Heiko is able to highlight his blog posts with excerpts of text, images, and even comments on posts.

playerstravel
6. Players Travel
This site makes us really want to go on a vacation. Based on our Agency theme, they creatively designed their homepage layout to showcase various services and events that they offer with eye-catching images and text, with credible testimonials at the bottom of the page, to increase the credibility of their services.

analyticsjourney
7. The Analytics Journey
Using Themify's Metro theme, this site is straight to the point, and captivating at the same time. Perfectly laid out using the hover flip animation tile feature, which when pressed, a light box appears, revealing the content of each tile. There is great attention-to-detail and amazing concept, enabling them to easily relay their message to the users.

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8. HUF Magazine
Designed using our Responz theme, this fashion magazine brings their edgy content out of their magazine into their website, showcasing their editorials through top sliders. All front-page content is shown in a 4-column layout with minimal design. Their monthly updates focus on exhibiting their latest content, photo shoot updates, as well as, advertising campaigns at the home page.

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9. Juan Millán Bruno
Juan takes our Parallax theme and creates one of the best designer sites we've seen. With Its simplicity and ease of navigation, more visitors are reeled in. The simple design, however, is perfectly complemented with its smooth parallax scrolling, beautifully designed fly-in animation content and artistic mini-photo sliders.

sweetcakesyndrome
10. Sweet Cake Syndrome
We saved the sweetest site for last. The Sweet Cake Syndrome site, based on our Parallax theme site really brought out our sweet tooth. With its mouth watering pictures at the heading slider and all throughout the site, you are definitely drawn in to try out everything they make. The parallax scrolling is like giving you a sneak peak before showing you the entire image as you scroll down. With it's neatly and clearly laid out content the Sweet Cake Syndrome take our top 10 spot.

Would you like Themify to feature your site?

This wraps up our top 10 sites for 2014. We know we missed a lot of other great sites out there that uses our Themify themes. Please let us know and contact us. We'd love to feature your site next time and also place it on our showcase page.

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How to Get 90+ Score on Google Pagespeed Insights With Themify

How to Get 90+ Score on Google Pagespeed Insights With Themify

Since Google has officially made page speed and user experience as a ranking factor in search engine results page (SERP), having a fast loading site is very crucial as part of your SEO tactics. If you want to rank higher than your competitors on Google search, it is time to pay attention to your site's pagespeed!

Aside from the SEO purpose, pagespeed can also affect user engagement and conversion. No one wants to see a slow site. Reports show that slow load time can reduce conversion and increase bounce rates. In other words, if your site is slow then your visitors and customers are more likely to exit your site and move on to your competitors' sites.

If your site can not get a 90+ Pagespeed score, check out our flagship themes, Ultra and Shoppe. As seen in our demos and our customer showcase sites, there are a lot of fast loading sites built with Themify. Also see our pagespeed showcase round 1, round 2, round 3, and round 4. (more…)

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How to Create a Custom WordPress Design (and Have Complete Control Over it) with WordPress.com and Themify Ultra

How to Create a Custom WordPress Design (and Have Complete Control Over it) with WordPress.com and Themify Ultra

Are you looking to create a stunning custom WordPress design? If so you’re in the right place. We’re revealing how to achieve exactly that with WordPress.com and Themify Ultra!

Whether it’s the first time you’re creating a website or you frequently work on custom WordPress design for clients, beautiful aesthetics are a must-have.

If you’re brand new to the web building game, you're likely wondering: which website builder will best suit my needs? But even veteran web designers are continually looking for new ways to simplify customization, site responsiveness, SEO - the list goes on...

There are loads of website builders out there that provide everything you need to build a fully functioning website. But as well as basic web design features, there are other significant factors to consider. (more…)

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New Music Modern Skin

New Music Modern Skin

We have been working hard to introduce a new and revamped theme for bands, artists and all musicians alike. The new "Modern" skin is a redesign of our current Music theme, which you can experience on our Music demo, giving it a fresher and more modern look. The Modern skin has all the pre-built layouts that are essential for your site, making it a one-stop shop in achieving a great web experience.

The skin provides a layout that allows you to put a lot of information without it being too overwhelming, making your site appealing and informative at the same time. This theme's Home page alone offers the complete package, allowing you to view, in a summarized format, all the important information  - updates, albums, upcoming and past events, etc - without navigating elsewhere. Offering you a very vibrant and visually appealing aesthetics, this will sure present your musicians in the best light. 

Whether it is for a solo musician, a band, or for a music festival and event, the Modern skin is your perfect template in creating a top-of-the line site in just a few easy steps. Any existing users who want this new look can select it from Themify > Skin panel. The change will not affect existing sites if you don't select the new skin.

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New! Furniture Skin for Furniture eCommerce Shops

New! Furniture Skin for Furniture eCommerce Shops

We are excited to start the new year by introducing a new Ultra skin that any online furniture store and interior design store needs. Create the finest online storefront for your furniture products and launch it in a snap — all made easy with the new furniture skin. The skin is available in Ultra, Shoppe and Builder Pro, you are well on your way on creating a top-notch website.

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With an air of sophistication and freshness, the furniture skin has everything a modern online furniture website can ever need. It offers a unique layout that brings out the best in your products.

Try the new Furniture skin and custom create just about any website in the same day. Experience the Furniture Skin now.

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The Future of WordPress and Performance Tuning Tips in 2021

The Future of WordPress and Performance Tuning Tips in 2021

Guest post by Tom Fanelli, CEO and founder of Convesio

The best thing you can do for your WordPress website in 2021 is to tune up its performance, but that's not always as simple as it sounds. Generally, you can sum up performance as 50% site speed and 50% user experience, otherwise known as UX. Unfortunately, UX improvements often lead to lower site speed, which means you may be faced with a difficult challenge when optimizing your site.

It takes a delicate balance, but it's possible to fine-tune your WordPress performance by enhancing both UX and site speed when you choose the right techniques and technology.

My name is Tom Fanelli and I'm the co-founder of Convesio, a next-generation managed WordPress host. With two decades of digital experience, I've gone from owning my own agency to taking on multiple senior executive roles at large public companies.

In this post, I'll cover the most common issues I see with WordPress performance while considering the perspective and impact of both speed and UX, as well as what you can do about them. Let's get to it!

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