Back in old days, designers needed to think twice about which font to use. They could use different fonts but their choice was too limited. Only the web-safe fonts, assumed to be present on most computers, could be used. Some of these web-safe fonts are Arial, Verdana, Georgia, and Comic Sans.
Fast forward to 2011, way past beyond font replacement techniques like Cufon and @font-face, Google single handedly took the responsibility of bringing great typography to the web. With over 190 fonts in the Google Font Directory and counting, a designer now has a wide choice of fonts to choose from. In this tutorial, we will be learning how to use and install Google fonts for WordPress. Let’s start. Read More »
Those of you who read our twitter feed might have seen our tweet about IRC. It wasn’t a fluke, we indeed opened and registered an IRC channel. You can find it on the FreeNode network – #templatic. The channel will provide a unique experience to both sides. We won’t be providing theme support through the channel but we will be able to assist you if you have some tiny problem that can be sorted really fast
This post will serve as a mini-tutorial for those that want to participate in the channel but don’t know how.
We introduced our test site more then a year ago so this is just a reminder for those who didn’t have a chance to use it. The test site features all of our premium themes and you have 15 days to try out as many of them as you can. If you run into problems during testing you can always let us know via HelpDesk.
To visit our test site just click on the large image or on the link below:
Most WordPress themes have hundreds of files and it’s not always apparent what file you need to edit to make the desired modification. Add-ons like Firebug let you see the HTML code, but they don’t show you the name of the file where that code is located. To find that out you’ll need PRGrep, software that allows you to search inside the files. If you never used Firebug before, we recommend you check out our tutorial on using Firebug. You can download PRGrep free of charge at http://www.prgrep.com/download.php?lng=en
After installing the software make sure you check “include sub-directories” under Parameters. All Templatic themes have multiple folders and sub-folders, you want to be able to search all of them. All you need to do now is enter the desired search item under “Containing:” and a path to your theme under “Directory:” You can select the folder using the button on the right or you can just copy-paste the path.
Not the pretties piece of software, but it works!
For example, let’s say we want to see what file needs to be changed in order to make modifications to the Submit Property form (RealEstate theme); this is a common support question.>
The first step is inspecting the form itself using Firebug. When we click on the form we see a div class=”form_row clearfix” appearing on several occasions. Let’s copy that text to PRGrep.
PRGrep now displays several files with the same div class, but one file really stands out – property_frm_with_reg.php located in \RealEstate\library\includes\ folder. That’s our file.
It shows you the exact path to the file as well as the location of the keyword
Now that we know which file to edit we can make the desired modifications!
If you have any questions be free to ask them in the comments below
We’ve had our eyes on creating this one since a long time. To add to that, we’ve been receiving crazy amounts of theme requests related to the hotel booking concept. So, not to make you wait any further, here it is – Hotel Booking WordPress Theme, an ultimate booking management tool for hotel businesses.
Eye catchy aesthetics, backed by strategically coded design and easily configurable admin panel is what this theme is all about. We wanted to provide the best experience not only to your users, but also to you, as an administrator. Apart from the attractive design as seen in the screenshots, the extensive admin options let you customize and edit any section of your site. Multiple custom widgets are provided to ease your task.
You can show pictures of your hotel properties in a sleek image slider on the homepage. For booking purpose, there is an intuitive booking form which your visitors can use.The booking requests can easily be approved/rejected/managed from the back-end. Your visitors will receive notification emails accordingly.
The dashboard features a handy ‘Upcoming Booking Requests‘ section for a quick glance at the recent booking requests and previous booking logs too. The ‘Booking settings‘ let you specify many options related to the booking process. From number of rooms to currency settings, from tax surcharge to coupon settings, from photo gallery settings to additional services setup, you are in full control of everything.
The ‘Hotel settings‘ let you manage contact and address information while the ‘Email settings‘ is for managing notification emails required to be sent to your customers. The inner pages let you add more content about your hotel business in your preferred layout (full-width or with a sidebar). There is also a blog where you can interact and get personal with your visitors. We have tried our best to incorporate as many tasks related to hotel booking management within this theme. The goal is to simplify the booking process for you and your site visitors.
Hotel Booking theme for WordPress is all you need to run an elegant website for your business with minimal effort. Did we tell you, there’s an auto-install option that automatically adds sample data to get you started?
Winners of the content will be announced on this page at the end of the competition.
The time has finally come to announce the winners of our HotelBooking competition! First off we would like to thank all of you who participated and spread the word for this beautiful theme. So, the three winners are:
Mauricio Mancias. Mauricio won by retweeting. You can find his Twitter feed @ElPimbo
Scott Jarvis. Scott won the theme by liking our post on Facebook. You can visit his profile by clicking here
The last winner is William Lang. Just like Mauricio, Will also won by retweeting. You can find his feed @WilliamLang
To bridge the gap between Templatic staff and you guys Bhavesh decided it’s time to bring a community manager on board – me! My name is Vedran Fak, I am 23 years old and come from Croatia, a small European country with sunny beeches, interesting history and pretty good beer.
You can count on me helping you out with pretty much anything. If there is a Templatic-related problem, let me know. Expect to see me on Templatic Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also get in touch via email, the address is on the left.
WordPress has been my CMS of choice for around three years now – best three years ever! I have experience in programming (various languages), SQL and of course HTML/CSS. Administrating a small gaming for several years now taught me lots of stuff about communities and how to handle them; this knowledge will undoubtedly come in handy here at Templatic. Those of you who share my love towards gaming can send me a quick email so we can schedule a Rock Band jam session. While on that point – I love Rock Band! :)
A great learning period is in front of me but I am looking forward to every bit of it. Contacting support people likely won’t be a highlight of your day so my mission here is to make everyone’s life at least a wee bit easier.
Please use the comments below to ask whatever comes to your mind.
First of all, thank you for the amazing response provided to recently released Appointment and Spa Salon themes. Soon you’ll see some new niche themes from us. Let’s get on with preview to one of them.
What if you can make a daily deal site like Woot and Groupon in WordPress? What if you don’t have to go through the tedious hassle of designing, coding and maintaining it without considerable efforts? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, you asked for it and you will finally get it. We are working on DailyDeals WordPress theme right now and would like to share small preview with you.
DailyDeals theme is strategically designed and coded after a lot of research and iterations to give you a perfect daily deals site for your business. We hope you like it once it comes out. Is this the theme you have been waiting for?
If you keep up with the latest developments at WordPress, you’d probably know that version 3.2 is out now, after a few beta and RC releases. It brought with it some cool new features and some notable UI changes too. We’d like to notify our users that WordPress 3.2 has some minimum requirement changes as mentioned below.
PHP 5.2.4 or greater (old requirement – since WordPress 2.5 was PHP 4.3 or greater)
MySQL 5.0.15 or greater (old requirement – since WordPress 2.9 was MySQL 4.1.2 or greater)
We’ve tested our themes on WordPress 3.2 and are glad that they are all working as they should. In a rare event, if you find any issues with any of our themes, please let us know via our helpdesk and we’ll sort it out.
Our appointment theme has proved to be a success and as previewed earlier, we are releasing Spa Salon – our 3rd theme of this month today. Built specifically for spa, salon and other service providing business, you will love it’s elegance, simplicity and advanced capabilities.
The strategically planned, fully widgeted homepage lets you manage all the sections as per your choice. The homepage highlights a sleek image slider for you to showcase your business center facilities and services. Also the theme contains many other custom built widgets built specifically for service business such as “Special offers”, “Business hours”, “Appointment Booking form”, “Contact Information”, “Social media” etc.
Each of the inner pages in this theme lets you set a full width banner image matching that particular page / service and of course, it supports standard blogging system of WordPress so you can start your spa business blog, communicating with end-user.
Manage services, Book Appointments, Charge for it
Add/Edit/Delete the services you provide and manage appointments for those services. The intuitive admin panel of the theme lets you to accept, reject and further manage booking requests. Once you accept/reject a request, the customer will be notified via email, too. Additionally, you can manually add a booking request received via offline media. ‘Spa Salon’ theme will become an ultimate booking managing tool for your spa salon business before you know it.
You can even set prices for the appointment for each of those services and can accept payment directly in your PayPal account. This way, you get serious, confirmed appointments only and not just general inquiries. Once the booking is done, that time slot will no longer be shown to anyone else in the front-end of the site.
Just in case you wish to only charge only some % of the full price, you can set this as well from the wp-admin > spa-salon theme settings.
Just like many of our themes, Spa Salon, too, comes with 5 beautiful color schemes.
The time has finally come to announce the winners of our Spa Salon competition! First off we would like to thank all of you who participated and spread the word for this beautiful theme. So, the three winners are:
Twitter user @OrwellDesign that goes by the name Gary Sutherland in real life. Congrats Gary!
Iliyan Zarkov who also won be retweeting. You can visit Iliyan twitter page @izarkov.
The last winner is Mr. Muhammad Noval who also won by retweeting. You can find Muhammads Twitter account over @premiumlatest
So, what do you think of this elegant beauty? Leave a comment and let us know your feedback.
“Hello Templatic readers, I’m James Bagart, an attorney by profession. I started my practice a year ago and overtime I felt the need to have an online presence. I wanted to have my own website where potential clients could reach me from anywhere, anytime. Also, I wanted some online booking functionality embedded into it where my clients can book appointment requests and I could approve and reject them based on my availability to ease tasks for both of us. I am glad I stumbled upon this WordPress theme called ‘Appointment’ from Templatic. Based on what I learnt about it, followed by my experience with the theme’s demo, I was excited to try the Appointment theme on their test site.
When I first saw the homepage with the ‘book appointment’ form, I was literally awe-struck. That was exactly what I wanted. A custom-editable site with an appointment form where I could manage approve, reject and manage appointment requests from clients. My curiosity increased and I logged-in to the admin panel on my test site to check the back-end possibilities. To ease the setup, there is an auto-install option which populates sample data to start with, which is quite cool. I went on to edit the booking form as per my requirements and what’s nice about it is that, I could add/edit/delete any number of fields without any limitation whatsoever. However, I thought it’d be wise to keep the fields to a minimum in order not to overwhelm my site visitors. It hardly took me an hour to setup my site.
There’s a cool ‘My work’ section where I can list my previous works, a ‘Services’ section to list my services and a blog. Did I mention that the home page is entirely widgetized? There are all sorts widgets for setting up my location on a Google Map, closing hours, availability, etc. There is also an option where I can add an appointment manually for a client who sent his request via some other offline medium. Payments can be accepted via PayPal. Must say, Templatic has developed this theme very thoughtfully, keeping in mind the requirements of vast majority of professionals. I am definitely going to buy this theme.”
Please note: The above story is our humble attempt to launch a theme in a first person perspective so as to better connect with you. Just imagine the diversity of people from different areas of life who can use the Appointment theme. Doctors can take appointments from their patients. Lawyers, consultants and business owners can do the same from their clients. Restaurant owners can take food orders from consumers. The possibilities are endless.