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12 Sites Every WordPress Theme Developer Needs to Bookmark (And Why)

There’s no getting away from it – being a WordPress theme developer is a truly multidisciplinary job.

At a minimum, you’ll find yourself straddling the worlds of design and development on a daily basis. And, regardless of whether you’re a one-person operation or working in a WordPress dev shop, business and marketing needs will also almost certainly never be far from your mind.

In this type of environment, it’s essential to actively maintain a list of key resources you can lean on for inspiration; that enable you to keep sharpening your skills and stay up to speed on each of your core areas.

In this article we’ve selected 12 of our favorite sites across four key disciplines to get you started. Each site is a no-fluff, regularly updated resource packed with actionable information. We’ve also included a small tip per site to help you get the most out of of each one.

Let’s get going.

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How to Create a Content Strategy to Futureproof Your Revenue Stream

A detailed explanation on why content is king and how to use your king :)  

Business owners are constantly on the hunt for anything that can give them an edge in keeping their revenue stream steady and acquisition costs low.

In this article we’ll look at one of the most reliable ways of tackling both those issues – creating a viable content strategy for your firm.

It’s a technique that can work wonders for everyone from one-man bands to large-scale enterprises, and is one of the most cost-effective ways of driving growth in the medium to long term.

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7 Warning Signs of Web Dev Clients from Hell (And How to Handle Them)

There’s no getting away from it: At some stage in your career as a web developer, you are going to run into the client from hell.

Maybe you already have. Perhaps you’re horribly familiar with the dread and plummeting morale that dealing with such a client entails. Perhaps you’re even unlucky enough to be facing this situation on a regular basis.

Don’t despair! Toxic clients don’t just randomly appear in your life like April showers or luxury watch spam. Much as the king of the jungle will announce his stately presence with a mighty roar, a truly awful client will usually signpost their arrival well in advance.

This article will teach you seven key warning signs to look out for as a web developer and provide concrete tips for dealing with clients who exhibit them.

Before we begin though, let’s cover one crucial point: responsibility.

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The Complete Guide to Updating Enfold

Updating WordPress Themes is easy, but if you are new to themeforest and/or WordPress here is a guide to help you

In 2015, quickly putting together a professional looking WordPress site that displays perfectly across all devices has never been easier. The days of needing a team of eye-wateringly expensive external developers to fine-tune your site for weeks – if not months – are now thankfully in the past.

Here at Kriesi we’re proud to have played our part in this by releasing a suite of easily configurable, fully responsive themes, chief among them our flagship product Enfold. But one major paint point we’ve seen come up repeatedly – particularly for less experienced WordPress users – is the subject of updating.

Enfold ships with a lifetime guarantee of free updates, and in this article we’ll walk through everything you need to know to update safely and with confidence for many years to come.

Let’s begin with a quick look at the major versions of the theme to date for some context.

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Enfold 3.2 – Super flexible columns, new church and wedding demos and so much more…

You ask for it, we build it ;) 

It finally arrived. One of the most requested features ever, the highly customizable columns are now available for Enfold. You can now remove the space between columns, set them to equal height, control the padding and margin (even negative margins are possible as can be seen in our church demo), background color, border color, border radius, custom classes, etc

Although the changelog is a little shorter than with other major releases don’t let it fool you: this is one of the most powerful changes to date since it enables layouts that were previously not really possible :)

In addition to that we got a few new template builder elements, a deeper integration with the events calendar, some new color schemes and 2 new demos.

Here is the changelog with the most important updates:

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How Much Should a WordPress Website Really Cost to Make?

As a web developer you get that question quite often. My usual answer: what should a car cost? As with most things in life it depends…

Back in the halcyon days of the early web, developers were free to pluck pretty much whatever crazy price occurred to them out of the air and present it to their clients.

These days –  particularly at the entry level – pricing is becoming increasingly commodified and pressure is very much in the downward direction.

Working out how much you should be paying for a website remains a pain point for many small businesses though, as does finding someone reliable to build it for you in WordPress.

In this article we’ll tackle the question of how much a WordPress website should really cost, and what you need to know about pricing as a site owner to make sure you aren’t paying over the odds.

Let’s start with why you should pay someone to do this in the first place.

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