50 Clean And Minimalistic WordPress Themes

Complexity in design is not everyone’s cup of tea. Banners, sliders, and other design elements distract users from your work. Minimalistic, clean sites allow your content to shine without unnecessary details bogging it down. These kinds of themes are perfect for showcasing your work, without all that clutter.

And that’s why in this roundup, I’m showcasing 50 clean and minimalistic WordPress themes for use in blogging, as a portfolio, for a photography site, magazines, corporate sites and more, to fit any taste. Here you’ll find 30 free and 20 premium clean minimalistic themes. You can be sure that a site built using one of them will load fast and Google would love it!

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So, scroll down and enjoy the showcase.

Free WordPress Minimalistic Themes

1.Globaly by TemplateMonster

Globaly is a free responsive WordPress theme with dark yet clean minimalistic design.

2. Ares by FreeWPThemes

Ares is a corporate theme with a beautiful full-width slider on the homepage, a light airy look, and of course responsive design.

3. StanleyWP by gentsthemes

Stanley is a Twitter Bootstrap WordPress theme best for showcasing work portfolios.

4. Daily by Robert Brodziak

Daily is a minimal blogging or portfolio theme, depending on your needs.

5. Expositio by Wpshower

Expositio is a responsive portfolio theme made for designers and photographers with big clean layout.

6. Dazzling by FreeWPThemes

This elegant, clean theme is the perfect choice for blogs and magazines. The slider in the header can be used for featured posts.

7. Pure WordPress Theme by Webdesigner Depot

Pure is a quite simple, creative and playful theme for all creative needs. It’s a great solution for online portfolio.

8. Pho WordPress Theme by Slobodan Manic

Pho is a gallery-style minimalistic theme suitable for designers and photographers.

9. Cudazi Mono by Curt Ziegler

Cudazi is a fashionable clean WordPress theme with custom post types, widget areas and drag and drop menus for more flexibility.

10. Fukasawa by Anders Norén

Fukasawa is a minimal blogging theme for photographers and other creatives.

11. Lawyeria Lite by codeinwp

Lawyeria Lite is a clean, responsive, multi purpose WordPress theme perfectly suitable for lawyers and other corporate purposes.

12. Bravo by wpmultiverse

This theme was created for business blogging. It has a light, clean design to make sure you look professional and elegant.

13. Swell Lite by David Morgan

Swell Lite was created for bloggers and it has an extremely minimalistic design. The theme features full width custom header photo, and an option to add your own logo on it.

14. PlumBelt Lite by codeinwp

This theme was made for plumbers, according to its name. In any case, it could be used for any other small business, craft, teaching, and others. It features a responsive layout, featured image and sticky posts.

15. Sydney by FreeWPThemes

Sydney is a great business theme which can be used by both businessmen and freelancers. It provides a lot of customization possibilities to add your personal touch.

16. Whimsy Framework by Natasha K. Cross

Whimsy Framework is a parent theme for WordPress that has everything a normal theme has to offer. It has custom widgets and responsive customizable design which work great for business needs.

17. Torch by MageeWP

Torch is a business theme with 100% responsive design. You can change the color scheme in just single click. Also, it’s SEO-friendly and well-coded.

18. Enlightenment by One Designs

Enlightenment is one more multi purpose theme in this collection. It features a huge number of features, such as custom logo, menu icons and descriptions, custom layouts, portfolio, image lightbox and infinite scroll.

19. IH Photographer by Rohit Tripathi

This theme was created with a purpose for portfolio in mind.

20. TA Portfolio by ThemeArt

TA portfolio is a one-page WordPress theme with minimalistic clean design. Perfect as portfolio sites for designers, freelancers and other small businesses.

21. Codium Now by henri

Codium Now is a WordPress theme featuring Pinterest-like design. You can easily add header to this theme, change the colors and background, add various widgets to enhance the features.

22. CORDILLERA by MageeWP

This minimalistic theme with flat design suits any kind of business purposes. It’s responsive and fully customizable.

23. Tesla by FreeWPThemes

Tesla is a simple yet elegant theme for bloggers with a portfolio section. It can be used for any creative purposes. It features a small slider in header, and nice thumbnails to showcase your work in portfolio section.

24. Zerif Lite by codeinwp

Zerif Lite is a responsive flat one page theme excellent or creative agencies, freelancers, and business portfolios. It’s a Retina-ready and SEO-friendly e-Commerce theme.

25. Asteria Lite by towfiqi

You may build any type of website on the base of this theme: business, blog, or portfolio. It has three page templates, responsive design, and many other useful features.

26. White Paper by JustPX

White Paper is a clean laconic theme for bloggers.

27. Sensible by FreeWPThemes

Sensible is a WordPress theme “for almost anything.” And that’s true. Its modern, clean look makes it suitable for any type of sensible business.

28. Keratin by themecot

Keratin is a masonry grid-based theme with clean light style. It’s suitable for blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

29. The Thinker Lite by Anariel Design

The Thinker Lite is a WordPress theme made for bloggers. It has a clean minimalistic design focusing on content.

30. Aileron by themecot

Alieron has clean design and modern look suitable for creative bloggers.

Premium Themes

31. DW Jason by Design Wall

DW Jason is an elegant WordPress theme which can be used to create your own portfolio or resume online. It’s fully responsive and retina ready to fit in any screen resolution. [$49]

32. Trail by Theme Trust

This is an awesome portfolio theme with a focus on huge images and typography. [$59]

33. Pure by Theme Trust

Pure theme is up to its name. It’s a super minimalistic and a clean theme for bloggers. [$59]

34. Milo by Minimal

This delightful, clean feature-rich theme is an excellent choice for portfolio of any type. Moreover, it’s WooCommerce ready and mobile-friendly. [$99]

35. 7th floor by Theme Fashion

7th Floor is a modern-looking nice WordPress theme for blogging. You can change fonts, sizes, and colors with ease. [$35]

36. Hero WordPress Theme by Theme Trust

Big slider and thumbnails showcasing images is all you’ll find in this theme. [$59]

#37 Flat WordPress Theme by themify.me.

Flat WP theme is all about… flat. This theme is minimalistic, despite the range of color it uses. See for yourself. [$49]

38. Chic & Modern by Theme Fashion

Chic & Modern is a luxury blogging theme for fashionistas. It’s fully customizable to fit in your needs. [$30]

39. Infinity by Theme Trust.

If you’re looking for really clean portfolio theme – you found it! Infinity features project filtering and infinite scrolling for blog posts. [$59]

40. Mex by cththemes

Mex is a simple and elegant WordPress theme for business with full-size image header. [$43]

41. Nudge by wearesupa

Nudge is a brand new theme created in 2015. It is fully responsive parallax scrolling theme for any business or creative purposes. Colors, fonts, images and any other website elements can be customized. [$58]

42. Gear by Theme Trust

Gear is a new sleek clean theme for online store. It can be used for a store of any kind starting with candies to clothing. [$59]

43. Bokeh by ImanGM

Boken is a fantastiс unusual theme for blogging and business. It has unique page navigation that will help your site stand out from the crowd. [$43]

44. Bloc by Alley-Cat

Bloc is a responsive, clean and minimal theme with multiple post types, beautiful icon sets and a page builder. The theme portfolio features make it possible to display any work of creative professionals. [$48]

45. Accessories by aztheme

The theme pack includes unlimited color skins, a revolution slider, mega menu, visual composer, contact forms support, multiple blog formats, 600+ Google Web fonts, and quick product view. [$58]

46. Superba by THBThemes

This theme was originally designed for photographers. This theme is WooCommerce compatible. Moreover, it has 2 blog layouts, 3 different portfolio layouts, a portfolio filter, unlimited sidebars and a child theme version. [$58]

47. Milk by Pryanikov

Milk is a clean Pinterest style theme which suits to photographers, designers, and any other creatives that need to showcase their projects online. You can play around with various hovers, color palettes, and fonts. [$43]

48. Peliegro by Peenapo

Peliegro is a modern, clean blogging theme that will help your content stand out! It can be used for personal blogs, newspapers, magazines, or even portfolios. [$43]

49. VAN – Minimalist Agency by Theme-Studio

This light, clean theme is the best for those who want to create a portfolio with WooCommerce options. Responsive design makes it looks beautiful on any screen resolution. [$58]

50. Expressivo by Knacc

This fully responsive clean theme for blogging will make your content shine. It features a clean style and tiny details, like blue icons and elegant logo that make all the difference. [$48]

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Fresh Resources for Web Developers – April 2015

How’s your (friendly reminder) April Fool’s Day this year? Well, for the rest of us who aren’t into pranks, here’s the latest instalment of fresh resources for web designers and developers.

For April we have a number of great apps to increase productivity, a library that improves user experience with large datalist, a Photoshop extension that gives you weather widgets, and a handy web tool that caches web font.

CSS Ruler

There are a number of unit measurements in CSS; a few are fixed while some others are relative such as em, rem and ch. CSS Ruler is a tool where you can visually compare the units scale with one another.

ResponsiveJP

ResponsiveJP features a number of responsive websites from Japan, mainly as a reference for web designers who are finding it hard to work out responsiveness when it comes to non-Latin typographical content. It helps you to stretch your perspective and get an inside look at eastern web design trends as well.

Google Fonts Alternate

Many Google services are blocked in China, Google Font included — it is almost certain that Google Font will not render properly in China. If you would like serve the Google Font collection in China mainland, point the font stylesheet to an alternate source from Useso, for example:

 // Google Font stylesheets. <link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'> // Alternate link <link href='http://libs.useso.com/css?family=Open+Sans' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'> 

Good luck and godspeed!

Muir Icons

Muir Icons is a collection of icons designed to match OS X Yosemite. Named after John Muir, a naturalist and activist who helped preserve the original Yosemite, yes, that national park in the U.S. At the time of this writing, there are already 3 volumes of these icon sets released. Each consist of popular app icons such as Adobe Creative Suites, Twitter, Sketch, Skype and SublimeText.

CouleursApp

CouleursApp is a small app that allows you to pick up colors anywhere on your screen. It improves the built-in Mac color picker app. It supports a number of color formats including Hex and the UIColor of Swift.

Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or above

Weather

Weather is a Photoshop extension that adds weather widgets onto your Photoshop workspace. It is a handy tool to help you decide whether it is time to leave your desk and go outside to enjoy nice weather.

Compatibility: Photoshop CC

Awesomplete

Awesomplate is a JavaScript library that mimics HTML5 <datalist> element. You can add a list of suggestions within an input element that will appear as your user types. It ia a practical approach to improving user experience, particularly when dealing with a large datalist.

Compatibility: IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari 5+, Mobile Safari.

Noizio

Noizio is an app with a collection of natural noises: sounds of the wind, ocean and thunderstorms. It may help you better focus on your work by providing a calm environment which allows you to detach from the hustle and bustle of a pressurized working atmosphere. At least, it did for me.

Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or above

Hocus Focus

This is one for those who find it hard to focus. HocusFocus is an app that will cleverly hides windows and workspaces within your OS X desktop for a certain period of time, leavng only the window(s) you use most. It makes you more efficient, cleans the clutter from your desktop and helps you focus on your work.

Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or above

PixelCounter

PixelCounter counts the pixels in your images. Just drag and drop an image or a whole directory of your project into the app, and it will count and add up all the pixels in your JPEG, PNG, WebP, GIF, and even SVG images. Now, if we could only start a trend where we charge clients by the pixels… hmm.

Compatibility: OSX 10.8 or above, Windows 7 or above, and Linux (Coming Soon)

UI Blurbs

UIBlurbs generates a fictitious user profile and is the perfect web app to use in tandem with UIFaces and UINames for building a design prototype.

localFont

localFont is a webapp that improves web font performance. As you drag and drop a font (.woff, or .ttf), it will encode and embed the font in CSS. It also generates a few lines of JavaScript that will cache the font in the user’s localStorage (read our previous tutorial about using Cookie & HTML5 localStorage).

15 Useful Web Typography Tools, Libraries And Frameworks

Dealing with typography on the web has been real quirky. Each browser has their own algorithm to render fonts which could lead to unexpected discrepancies. There are only a few CSS properties you can use to have some control over fonts, such as font kerning, font smoothing, in creating DropCaps etc. On top of that, we have to deal with a lot of layout issues when it comes to fonts.

The good news is there are resources that you can use to take over the wheel when it comes to website typography. Here are 15 web tools, libraries and frameworks you can use to that end.

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TypeRendering

In a nutshell, TypeRendering works similar to Modernizr, except it only identifies the browser engine for font rendering. This library adds custom classes based on its discoveries which can be used to apply specific styling rules for type rendering.

KerningJS

Kerning is not customizable for use on the web yet – font-kerning support is still poor at the moment – but a new standard property is coming our way. KerningJS is a Javascript library that gives you a few new properties for better kerning control, for example -letter-kern.

 #heading { -letter-kern: 1px 1px 0 0 0 1px 0 2px 0 0 0 0 0; } 

Keep in mind that the above example is non-standard and only applicable with KerningJS.

DropcapJS

Though creating a dropcap is doable with current CSS standards, the outcome is not perfect yet. Sometimes it is downright undesirable. DropcapJS, developed by Adobe Web Platform, is entrusted with the mission to allow web designer to apply a perfect dropcap easily.

LiningJS

LiningJS is a JavaScript library which adds the line class in each line of your paragraph. This allows you to style the line separately. It simulates the idea of ::nth-line(), ::nth-last-line() and ::last-line pseudo-classes which is not present in CSS still. Here is an example how we style the first line of a paragraph with LiningJS:

 p .line[first] { font-weight: 600; text-transform: uppercase; } 

In addition, LiningJS also supports Chinese paragraph flow.

UnderlineJS

UnderlineJS is a JavaScript library that makes the text underline better. Check out the demo to see what I mean, be sure to hover over the lines. Compare the demo with the underline output of current CSS text-decoration standard and you’d probably be a fan of underlineJS too.

FlowType

This plugin will dynamically adjust font size based on a specific wrapper width. FlowType helps you apply an ideal number of characters per line at any screen width. The library comes with options where one can set min/max screen width, min/max font size, and font ratio.

HatchShow

HatchShow expands the size of a font to fill the entire width of its container. The plugin works out of the box with the algorithm; in a nutshell, it measures the container width, and length of the font character and appends the proper size of the font.

GridLover

GridLover is a great tool to generate basic styles for typography arrangement (size, line height, and margin) with an easy slider UI. It generates the styles in SCSS, LESS, and Stylus so you can include it right away in your project regardless of which CSS-Preprocessor you use.

TypeScale

TypeScale is an online tool that will help you to easily determine the right font size for your website. The tool provides a simple intuitive GUI to insert base font size, scale, and font family you want to use. The results will be visualized for you so you can play around with the scale, to get just the right value. Just grab the CSS once you are done.

Modular Scale

Modular Scale is a tool to generate ideal font scaling for body and heading text. It outputs in Sass which should be used in conjunction with its Sass library. Alternately, you may use JavaScript .

Font-To-Width

Font-To-Width (FTW) is a Javascript library that makes a font fit to its width container. It will determine the font size along with the word spacing required for the font. Should you want to make a pretty headline, this is the library you may want to try.

FFFFallback

FFFFallback, a handy tool that allows you to find the best font stack that will degrade gracefully. The tool comes in a form of a bookmarklet, which will analyze the font family on your page and suggest a set of fonts to use as fallback.

Font Pair

Google Font is one of the most popular web font library used by millions, and host above 500 font families. Font Pair is a collection of paired Google Fonts, where you can find a various combination between font families and type faces easily. Font Pair makes choosing font pairing a little less overwhelming.

TypeSettings

TypeSettings is a collection of CSS rule set to define proper font scaling, vertical rhythm, and responsive ratio of typography. TypeSettings comes in Sass and Stylus which allows for flexibility to meet your project needs by adjusting the variables.

Typeplate

Typeplate is probably one of the most complete starter kit for setting up typography. Typeplate ships with a handful of basic typographic styles that address scaling, colors, small capital, dropcap, indenting, hyphenation, blockquote, code block and a lot more stuff.

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5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Online Sales Revenue

Have you ever seen your analytics reports and noticed that your store isn’t making enough money? How did that feel? It must have felt pretty bad. In those moments of desperation, you’d probably do anything to increase your store’s revenue.

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What happens next is pretty common: you start looking for different ideas on how to increase your revenue, but find nothing useful. The truth is: it’s pretty hard to find simple tactics to use for increasing your revenue. Sure, implementing a $100K PPC campaign might help, but it’s not simple nor realistic for your needs.

That’s why in this post I want to show you 5 simple ways you can start increasing your e-commerce store revenue today. These tips are so simple, you will have no excuse to not put them into action to improve your store.

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1. Add Relevant Upsells

First of all, an upsell is a sales technique where you offer your customers the chance to purchase upgrades (better features, better specifications, more volume) or to get the more expensive versionof what they’re buying, so you can maximize the value of their purchase (higher price).

In order to add relevant upsells into your store, there are four main things you need to do:

  1. Make a list of all the products you sell.
  2. Separate those products into two lists: the regular ones and the expensive ones
  3. Tie the better products with the regular ones
  4. Talk to a developer to add a section in your product page, where you show your upsells

Depending on which e-Commerce platform you use, you can skip all those steps and add a plugin that automatically gets it done for you. For example: Product Upsell by Shopify, OpenCart’s Also Bought, and Magento’s offering, Automatic Cart Upsells & Cross-sells.

Upsell In Action

As always, the best way to see an upsell in action is to go to the king of e-Commerce sites: Amazon. Let’s say you want to buy a great DSLR camera. You select the Nikon D5500 as a great option to buy. This is what you’ll see at first.

So you’ve found what you’re looking for but wait, if you scroll down, you’ll see the following upsells:

And more:

In these two cases you’ll notice that not every product is more expensive. In some cases, they even add cross-sells (see next point). That’s fine. What this says is you don’t have to show your upsells and cross-sells separately; you can use them together to have a bigger impact in your sales. The key is that you must offer items that can add value or improve the user experience of your client.

Why This Is Simple

Because once you add your upsells to your website, it’s just a matter of waiting for them to take effect. Of course, you need to check daily or weekly how they’re performing. Also, the best thing you could do before launching your upsells is testing them first.

Create an A/B test, where in the A version your store is the same as usual, and where the B has the upsells. If you see a decrease in the average order value, or in conversion rates in the B version, then don’t make your upsells public. On the other hand, if in that same version you start to see bigger average order values and revenue, then publish it and start making more money.

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2. Add Timely Cross-sells

If upsells represent upgrades and more expensive versions of a product a customer is buying, a cross-sell is giving options for add-ons.

In the previous example I showed you how Amazon tries to sell you other expensive items related to the one you wanted to buy at first. But as you saw, they don’t always show more expensive items next to your desired product. Sometimes they show other similar items – that’s cross-selling.

In the previous case, cross-sells for the Nikon D5500 are lenses, bags and flashes, among other accessories. Cross-selling works so good for Amazon that it’s said it’s responsible of 35% of their e-Commerce revenue back in 2006.

Adding cross-sells to a store is a more difficult process than adding upsells, because there are many ways to choose what products to cross-sell. For instance, an online store that sells sneakers has many cross-selling options to choose from, such as socks, laces, jeans, other sneakers from the same brand, similar sneakers from other brands.

However, just because it’s hard it does not mean you can’t do it. If you want to add cross-sells to your store, I’ll give you two recommendations:

  1. Take the time to adapt the upselling steps I previously mentioned to cross-selling (be patient)
  2. Depending on the e-Commerce platform of choice, buy and install a cross-selling plugin for instance:

Similarly to upselling, the key to effective cross-sells is providing value to the customer’s life – think about the customer first before suggesting a cross-sell.

Why This Is Simple

Because cross-selling has shown its effectiveness in many companies, including Amazon. Also, just as with Upselling, once you set up your cross-sells, there’s nothing much to do except to analyze its impact on your company’s revenue. If it goes up, it works. If it doesn’t, then there’s something wrong that needs to be fixed (probably something related to your site’s usability, a coincidence, or a bug).

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3. Define Your Best-Selling Products

Do you really know which your best selling products are? You may think this is an obvious thing, but it’s usually not. Knowing your best sellers is key, because it helps you understand your customers better, and most importantly, it allows you to know what you should be selling more of.

To learn which are your best selling products, access your Google Analytics account, and go to Conversions > e-Commerce > Product Performance. In that report, you can choose to sort your products by units sold and revenue, among other metrics.

Once you know which your best selling products are, it’s just a matter of selling more of them, either by setting up paid ads, upsell and cross-selling them, among other strategies.

Why This Is Simple

Because knowing what is selling the most is the best way to know what you should keep selling. Also, it helps you understand your customers better.

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4. Test Your CTA

Testing is a great way to increase revenue because it takes a specific element of a page, and it shows if a change in that element can help you increase your conversion rates. If it does, you get an increase in your revenue. If you don’t, well, you don’t.

You can test many elements of a page, such as:

  • Your site structure
  • Your product page structure
  • Your checkout process
  • Your product’s copy

However, I say, to test specifically your call-to-actions (i.e. the buttons that your customers click when they want to buy your products) because it’s the simplest thing you can test that can help you increase your revenue. Also, testing your call-to-actions (aka. CTA’s) is a pretty straightforward process.

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Testing Call-To-Actions

1. First and foremost, develop a hypothesis that you want to test, like “I think changing the CTA’s color to blue will increase its contrast, which will increase the CTR (click-through rate).”

2. Construct a plan of action to test those hypotheses, in which you define what tasks need to be done for your tests to take effect. For example:

3. Run the test.

4. Finally, analyze the results. If the newer version (the B version) increased your conversion rates, then keep it. If not, reject it.

(Even though testing is a complex topic, I don’t want to make things more complicated than they are. For your needs, this is pretty much you need to know.)

There are three things you should test in your CTA’s:

  • Your CTA’s copy (e.g. ìBuy Nowî versus ìAdd to Cartî)
  • Your CTA’s size
  • Your CTA’s positioning (at the right of the image, below the description, etc.)

To see the power of testing your CTA’s, and how you should do it, take a look at this post.

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Why This Is Simple

Because testing is a simple process: come up with a few hypotheses every month, deploy the tests in your site with the help of Optimizely, wait a few weeks, and boom, you have increased your revenue. Of course, tests can fail, so if they do, don’t panic. In fact, I’d say most of them will, especially when you first start. Keep doing it until you find a winning formula.

After a while, you’ll develop a sixth sense about your customers, and you’ll start to know what things will probably increase your conversion rates.

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5. Add Better Product Images

What’s the one big advantage offline shopping has over its online counterpart? The product’s touch and feel .

If I had to choose one serious advantage of offline shopping it is that I can see, feel, touch, smell (yeah, it sounds weird, but hey, I don’t judge) and even try the products on. The closest thing to that experience online are the product’s pictures and things like:

  • Different angles
  • Zoom in
  • Product test, or in action
  • A video
  • A 360 degree view of the product

Of course, don’t forget to make the images look professional. Things like lighting, filters and custom touches make a huge difference when it comes to making a product look good. That’s why it’s important to always err on the side of choosing professional photographs instead of taking a DIY solution.

If you can’t afford a professional photographer, try what Richard Lazazzera did with his own store.

Why This Is Simple

Adding extra images (2 or 3) can give your customer the final push to buy a product. Every time you add or change something to your store, think about how this will affect your customer. Competing with offline stores is hard. Make your customer’s experience as flawless and simple as possible.

Further Reading

Have you ever tried any of these 5 ways I talked about in this post? If so, what was your experience? Please share your answers in the comments below.

Editor’s note: This is written for Hongkiat.com by Ivan Kreimer. Ivan is the Growth Marketer at Receiptful, an API that lets you send beautiful email receipts that help increase an e-Commerce store’s revenue with the usage of targeted, marketing messages and upsells.

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Developers: Why You Shouldn’t Skip Documentation

In the development realm of mobile apps, web apps, desktop apps, or JavaScript libraries, documentation plays an important role that could determine the software’s development success. But if you have ever done documentation, you’d agree with me that it is pretty much the least favorite things for developers to do.

Unlike writing code (which is what developers signed up to do), documentation (which we didn’t) has to and should be easily digested by everyone. Technically, we have to translate a machine language (code) into a language that is understandable to humans, which is tougher than it sounds.

Although it can be a real burdensome, writing the documentation is important and will deliver advantages for your users, your colleagues, and especially yourself.

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Good Documentation Helps Users

Documentation helps the reader understand how a code works, obviously. But many developers make the mistake of assuming that the users of the software will be proficient. Hence, the documentation may be thin material, skipping a lot of the essentials it should have contained from the beginning. If you are savvy in the language, you can figure things out on your own initiative; if you are not, then you are lost.

Documentation intended for users usually consists of practical use or the “how-to”. The rule of thumb when creating documentation for general users is that it should be clear-cut. Using human-friendly words is preferable to technical terms or jargon. Real use examples will also be greatly appreciated.

A good layout design would also really help users scan through each section of the documentation without eye-strain. A few good examples (aka my favorites) are documentation for Bootstrap and WordPress‘ “First Steps With WordPress”.

It Helps Other Developers Too

Each developer will have their own coding style. But, when it comes to working in a team, we will often have to share codes with the other team mates. So it is essential to have a consensus on a standard to keep everyone on the same page. A properly written documentation would be the reference the team needs

But unlike end-user documentation, this documentation typically describes technical procedures like code-naming convention, showing how particular pages should be constructed, and how the API works along with the code examples. Often we would also have to write the documentation inline with the code (known as the comments) to describe what the code is doing.

In addition, in the case where you have new members joining your team later, this documentation could be a time effective way to train them, so you don’t have to give them a 1-on-1 run down on the code.

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Strangely It Also Helps The Coder

The funny thing about coding is that sometimes even the developers themselves do not comprehend the code that they have written. This is particularly true in cases where the codes have been left untouched for months or even years.

A sudden need to revisit the codes for one reason or another would leave one wondering what was going on in their minds when they wrote these codes. Don’t be surprised: I’ve been in this situation before. This is precisely when I wished I had documented my code properly.

By documenting your codes, you will be able to get to the bottom of your codes quickly and without frustration, saving you a lot of your time that can be spent on getting the changes in.

What Makes For Good Documentation?

There are several factors that to build a good piece of documentation.

1. Never Assume

Don’t assume that your users know what you know as well as what they want to know. It is always better to start from the very beginning regardless of the users’ proficiency level.

If you built a jQuery plugin, for example, you may take inspiration from SlickJS‘s documentation. It shows how to structure the HTML, where to put the CSS and the JavaScript, how to initialize the jQuery plugin at its most basic level, and even shows the complete final markup after adding all these stuff, which is something obvious.

The bottom line is the documentation is written with the thought process of a user, not a developer. Approaching your own documentation this way will give you a better perspective in organizing your own piece.

2. Follow The Standard

In adding documentation that goes inline with the code, use the standard expected of the language. It is always a good idea to describe each function, the variables, as well as the value returned by the function. Here is an example of good inline documentation for PHP.

 /** * Adds custom classes to the array of body classes. * * @param array $classes Classes for the body element. * @return array */ function body_classes( $classes ) { // Adds a class of group-blog to blogs with more than 1 published author. if ( is_multi_author() ) { $classes[] = 'group-blog'; } return $classes; } add_filter( 'body_class', 'body_classes' ); 

The following are a few reference for formatting inline documentation with best practices in PHP, JavaScript and CSS:

If you are using SublimeText I would suggest to install DocBlockr that will cleverly pre-populate your code with inline documentation.

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3. Graphical elements

Use graphical elements, they speak better than text. These media come in useful, particularly if you build software with graphical interface. You can add pointing elements like arrows, circle, or anything that may help users to figure out where to go to accomplish the steps, without guesswork.

The following is an example from the Tower app where you can draw inspiration from. They efficiently explain what how version control works in a pleasing way that makes it more understandable than using plain text command lines.

4. Sectioning

You may consider wrapping a few things in the documentation within bulleted lists and tables as this makes longer content easier to scan and read for users.

Add a table of content and split the documentation in easily digestible sections, yet keeping each section relevant with what comes next. Keep it short and straightforward. Below is an example of nicely organized documentation in Facebook. The table of contents takes us where we want to jump to in a click.

5. Revise and Update

Lastly, review the documentation for mistakes and revise when necessary or and whenever there are significant changes to the product, software, or library. Your documentation would be of no use to anyone if not regularly updated alongside your product.

15 Lessons “The Art of War” Teaches You About Winning Life Battles

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is widely regarded by many as not only a “bible” for the battlefield, but also a great source of lessons for life in general. Life in itself is a constant struggle to, if not stay on top, at least make it through daily challenges, while making the most out of our resources.

Subject to personal interpretation, The Art of War can also be a great source of inspiration and guidance to web designers and developers in their work struggles.

IMAGE: Wikipedia

Here are some key takeaways from The Art of War that you can apply in your personal life, work, and your quest for self-improvement.

Life And The Art Of War

“Attack is the secret of defense; defense is the planning of an attack.”

Web designers and developers are easily replaceable. Every day there are thousands of new people entering the industry, some are self-taught and some trained in schools. The competition is growing bigger and the only way to ensure success is to constantly build up your arsenal of skills. Never stop learning.

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.”

In our work, there are a lot of instances when clients would ask for several revisions, tweaks, and minor requests that just pile up and take away days to weeks of our time. And in our line of work, every second truly counts. Learning how to say no, or at least how to renegotiate the details, will come a long way.

Other times several projects will present themselves and you will have to make the hard decision to choose which one to accept, or risk burning yourself, which is harder. This is also a good way of saying that you need to balance your work life and personal life. Is it really a victory that you completed several projects in a week if you missed your sister’s wedding?

“One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.”

Of all the things you want to do in your life, you will only accomplish a fraction of it because of how limited and fast time flows. The cool thing about this all? You can actually “experience” something even without doing it. Or better yet, in order to have more time for yourself, why not outsource some of the things you are doing to someone else? Bring in extra brains and arms to work on the things that are taking way too much of your time.

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“Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”

For practically anyone, every action counts. It’s important to be careful, to think twice, and to plan carefully. Even the smallest mistake could prove costly, and what you may lose might be something you could never get back.

This is a good way of saying never burn bridges, both in your personal and professional life. Particularly with web designers and developers who mostly thrive through their clients. It doesn’t matter if you had a hard time dealing with a specific client, try not to lose contact with them. Who knows, maybe your calm interaction with them even when they were totally aggressive can go a long way into the future.

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“Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”

Careful planning and precise execution go hand in hand ; it’s no wonder that these two are the integral components of any project’s success. Before making any kind of decision, consider the pros and cons, as well as the consequences that each possible decision could bring forth.

Take this piece of advice together with the third point and you’ll be able to tread life more carefully. This is particularly helpful when dealing with people around you. Another version of this is, “think before you speak” or “measure twice, cut once.”

IMAGE: Pixabay

Work and The Art of War

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and When you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

Make sure to devote a significant amount of time to planning for any project. The importance of a sound plan cannot be overstated; however, without solid action, a plan is just a plan, and nothing more. Many beginners and experts alike fall prey into being overly excited or prideful when working on a project that they fail to fool-proof it, and ultimately leading to a project roadblock. Others call this “overestimating yourself”.

“He will win who knows how to handle both superior and Inferior forces.”

This particular quote is of great significance to team leaders. A web design and development team doesn’t need to have all the advantages just to ensure success. Learn how to manage people, set expectations, and more importantly, develop skill sets.

A balance of proper training, initiative, and cooperation will take your team places – you don’t need to be a multi-billion dollar team of experts to come up with a quality website or award-winning design. Remember, it’s not how you start, it’s how you end.

“There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.”

It’s not in the quantity of tools you have; it’s in how you use them. This quote, which curiously has “design” written all over it, should remind web developers and designers that what truly matters is learning to work with what you have.

Apart from learning how to use your tools properly, you also need to learn to manage risks. Don’t be afraid to try new and unfamiliar things. No one could have known that blue and red make violet, or that mixing red and yellow would result in orange, if no one tried mixing the colors. who knows, a brighter future might be waiting for you, situated where you can’t see it by if you stayed in the same place.

IMAGE: Pixabay

“Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.”

Learn to spot opportunities as they arrive; these may be in the form of a new idea for process improvement, catching the attention of a potential big client, or even going to drastic measures such as quitting your day job in order to start your own web design and development firm.

The point here is to always aim high and play to win. Capitalize on every opportunity to get ahead, as long as it doesn’t involve stepping on other people. Think about it. People who have succeeded much in life fought and pushed hard when they saw the opportunity.

“If he sends reinforcements everywhere, he will everywhere be weak.”

Focus is important in order to succeed. Concentrate on key areas of improvement, and don’t try to be everything and anything at once. It is not reasonable to expect designers to be content writing experts, for example, or web developers to be social media strategists.

This is another mistake many of us commit. We tend to think of ourselves as experts in many fields, and in some instances it may be true, but there is only so much we can do with our limited time. Furthermore, it is also proven that spreading yourself across many things, aka multitasking, is bad for your well-being and career.

Personal Improvement and The Art of War

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

As is in everything in life, it is important to have a good understanding of everything. Knowing yourself, how you react to certain things, will go a long way. Especially as a web designer or developer, dealing with clients every day is unavoidable. Knowing their personality will save you from so much trouble.

For example, during my early days as a web developer, I failed to realize that my client then didn’t have an understanding of how websites worked, and I loaded him with details about hosting, FTP, cPanel, and the programming languages and CMS I use. Safe to say, I didn’t become his favorite.

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while Defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”

Whether it’s for work or for personal satisfaction, jump in because of passion and because you want to do something, not because you’re expecting some form of compensation or glory at the end. While it’s true that every journey has a destination, you’ll quickly find that there is more to be gained along the way than at the end.

Keep in mind that true victory lies in making decisions that you feel no regret for. If you pursued something that ultimately did not succeed the way you wanted it to, it still counts as a victory, for the sole reason that you put hard work into it and received valuable lessons in return.

“There is no instance of a nation benefiting from Prolonged warfare.”

Strike efficiently, and strike quickly. If you have ideas for self-improvement or projects that you truly believe in, don’t act tomorrow or next week. Act now. This is more important for freelancers. Clients won’t wait for you, you need to catch up with them. The same is true for your dreams. Why delay the implementation of your awesome idea? If you wait long enough, someone else with the same idea will build it.

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

I am talking about learning from mistakes and chaos. No one has reached a great deal of success without experiencing their fair share of problems. We learn how to properly align our div tags using CSS the hard way. Nine out of ten web designers and developers I know never quite figured out how to align divs side by side until after several hours later.

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There is always a lesson to be learned in the midst of chaos. It may be difficult to deal with now, but if you push yourself to fix the issue, you won’t have to deal with it again in the future.

“Never venture, never win!”

For everyday people like you and me, a career change can go a long way. In fact, right now, there are a lot of people founding their own startups. This rings particularly true for me. I left my job of 4 years several months ago in order to freelance full-time, which was the second best decision I made.

The best decision I made is partnering up with a web design company. It’s a pretty big leap, but hey, “Never venture, never win!” Be it a new skill, new project, or new career you are thinking of, if it makes you lose sleep at night and makes you all excited in the morning, you might want to consider pursuing it!

IMAGE: Pixabay

Final Words

Here’s one more passage from The Art of War for everyone to remember: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.” Overall, what The Art of War tells us is that we need to be aware of ourselves and of others. By keeping an open mind to the things that are happening around us, we can make informed decision that will not only help us in our personal lives, but also at work.

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Every wondered what it is like to work in a startup, and how different the experience would be compared to working in a regular multinational corporation? Aside from the rules and regulations that MNCs eat, breathe and sleep with, there are plenty of differences that separates the bold from the established. And Wittyfeed has turned some of those differences into a handy visual guide.

From the choice of shoes, office chairs, and facial hair choices to how meetings look like, here are some of the stark differences you would expect at startups and MNCs. You can find the original compilation on their Facebook page.

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7 Content Curation Tools For Bloggers

There’s a lot of effort that goes into running a blog professionally. And the larger part of a blogger’s time is spent in researching and organizing information – often more than it takes to create the content itself.

But it’s possible to save a significant amount of time at this stage if you use the right curation tools. Curation helps you filter out the signal from the noise and manage information more efficiently.

Here are a few such curation tools that can help you do this. One thing we kept in mind while creating this list that the tools should be aimed for use by individual users only and not enterprises, and consequently, a majority of their feature set must be offered for free.

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1. Listly

Use it to: Create smarter lists that your readers can interact with.

Bloggers know that list-based stories work. That’s why we have so many “9 ways to…” and “13 things you need to know about…” posts flying around. Lists work because they’re easier to consume than a chunk of text. But what if you could crowdsource your list-making?

Listly brings a collaborative approach to list-making that is much more suited to online publishing than just standard, text based lists. Once a list has been created, readers can make additions to the list, vote the entries up or down, comment on an entry, share the list, and even embed the list on their own website.

2. Headslinger

Use it to: Find news that’s relevant to you faster than ever before.

Need a way to quickly browse through news headlines? Give Headslinger a shot. With Headslinger, you can follow the most popular publications on the Internet categorized under different sections such as arts, auto, tech, food, travel, health, humor, entertainment, and more.

You can sort your news sources and keep them in separate folders for better organization. At one glance, you are presented with all the headlines of any publication along with a small excerpt – from here, you can directly share these headlines on your social networks or “sling” them to be read later when you want to.

3. Utopic

Use it to: Easily save web pages with one click and sort them in folders.

Browser bookmark systems are often too basic to serve any real purpose. In most cases, we just click on the bookmark button and then lose track of it; the bookmarks just keep piling on in an endless list that we never end up using. But thankfully, better tools are available.

Utopic is a visual bookmarking tool with social features that lets you find, save, and sort web pages. Setup is really easy, all you need to do is sign up with your Twitter or Facebook account – and once inside, you can either use a bookmarklet or a Chrome extension to create your bookmarks.  If you’re looking for an alternative, check out Diigo.

4. Prismatic

Use it to: Get highly personalized recommendations of what to read next.

Prismatic is a beautifully designed news curation and discovery app that uses machine learning algorithms to filter content that aligns with the interests of a specific user. To start your account, you select and follow ten topics out of the many available such as business, television, health, technology, automotive, DIY, and more.

Once you’ve done that, you’re led to your Prismatic homepage, which presents stories from the topics and the people that you’ve followed. Once you start reading, liking, and sharing stories, Prismatic automatically and continuously serves up content best suited for you.

5. Protopage

Use it to: Set up your go-to page on the internet for information and task management

Protopage is an RSS reader, virtual desktop, and Internet start page. It’s an extremely feature rich tool that allows you to create a completely customize page just for yourself on the Internet. You can use it to read your own selection of blogs and news, create to-do lists, keep bookmarks, place sticky notes, add photos, manage your calendar, and more.

The basic organization on the page is done by creating, editing, and arranging widgets as per your needs. Protopage also optimizes content for viewing on mobile devices such as Android, iOS, and Blackberry.

6. Saved.io

Use it to: Create bookmarks easily without installing any resource-intensive extensions

Saved.io is the simplest bookmarking system that you will ever use. There are a lot of bookmarking tools out there, but almost all of them need you to install some sort of browser extension to work – and of course, if you use different browsers on multiple devices, you’ll need to find and install the right extensions for them all. No need for all that with Saved.io.

All you have to do is create an account and prepend “saved.io/” to any link in your browser and hit enter. That’s it. Your bookmark is now saved. You can create lists if you like, but other features such as tags and descriptions have been eschewed in favor of simplicity. Who’s complaining?

7. Kippt

Use it to: Collect design inspiration, tell stories, research new subjects, and much more

Kippt is a full-feature curation and archival tool that allows you to save links, read articles, watch videos, share notes, and much more. Your collections can be private or public, or shared with the people you work with. Kippt makes your information workflow and archiving effortless.

When you collect something to Kippt, the page and the content will be searchable, organizable, readable on your devices and easily sharable too.

So these were some tools that can help you save time, be more organized, and manage information in a more effortless manner. What are some tools apart from these that you use to curate information?

Editor’s note: This post is written by Vishveshwar Jatain for Hongkiat.com. Vishveshwar, a writer and editor for over 6 years, with experience in both digital and print media, is now a content marketer at AdPushup; which helps users optimize ad revenue generated from their existing ad units. Find him on Twitter.

15 Lightbox Libraries For Mobile Responsiveness

Lightbox is one popular way to overlay images on the web. When you click on an image, the Lightbox pops up with some form of animation, and dims the background so your focus is on the image itself. The image is also larger in scale. Most popular Lightbox JavaScript libraries that we have known for years let you do this well on desktop, but not so much on mobile platforms.

Neglecting this, and the need for responsiveness, is not a good idea nowadays, which is why this collection of 15 responsive Lightbox libraries must be checked out.

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PhotoSwipe

PhotoSwipe is by far my favorite ligthbox plugin. It’s light, touch-enabled, and most importantly modular which allows me to ditch a few parts that is not needed. It runs nicely in mobile browsers. You can swipe through images with your fingers as you would in a native app, and the transition runs really smooth.

  • Dependency: None
  • Browser Support: IE8+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and a couple of mobile browsers.
  • License: MIT license

MagnificPopup

MagnificPopup is another lightbox plugin, developed by the same person that gave us PhotoSwipe, Dmitry Semenov. It comes in the form of a jQuery/Zepto plugin, and also brings capabilities that are missing in PhotoSwipe such as support for Video, Map, and Ajax content. This is a great alternative for those who prefer having more features at hand.

  • Dependency: jQuery 1.9.1+, or Zepto.js
  • Browser Support: IE7 (partially), IE8+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.
  • License: MIT license

SwipeBox

Swipebox is a jQuery plugin with touch gesture support for mobile platform. It also supports videos from Youtube and Vimeo aside from images. Swipebox is also downright easy to implement, and has a handful of options to customize its behavior. I think Swipebox is a great lightbox plugin for JavaScript noobs.

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE9+, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, IOS4+, Android, and Windows Phone.
  • License: Undefined

iLightbox

iLighbox is a jQuery lightbox plugins with a wide range support of media types: including videos, Flash / SWF, Ajax content, iframe and maps. This plugin also adds social media buttons on top of the media, allowing your users to share it to Facebook, Twitter or Reddit. Also check out the advanced section to see how iLightbox can be applied in different scenarios.

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE7+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera
  • License: Undefined

Lightbox for Bootstrap

Lightbox is one of the glaringly missing pieces from Bootstrap. This plugin fixes that. If you are using Bootstrap, I highly recommend using this library. The plugin is well-integrated with Bootstrap’s code-base.

  • Dependency: jQuery and Bootstrap Modal
  • Browser Support: IE8+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera
  • License: GNU license

Nivo Lightbox

Nivo Lightbox is a flexible lightbox plugin. Several options are included to change the appearance into the way you like it to appear, such as changing the theme, the transition effect, and switching the navigation.

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera
  • License: MIT license

ImageLightbox

ImageLightbox is a lightbox plugin without the bloat. It is built specially for image hence the name given — no video or other media type supported. It also does not require extraneous HTML markup; the <img> element is sufficient. The plugin just works.

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera
  • License: Undefined

Mini Lightbox

Another lightbox plugin with none of the bloat. The library is only 2kb, and works only with images. It’s the perfect plugin if you only designate for the latest browser and do not need to overlay other media types like videos.

  • Dependency: None
  • Browser Support: IE10+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera
  • License: MIT license

LightCase

Lightcase is a lovely lightbox plugin. It comes with several animations that makes user interaction come alive, like fade, elastic zoom and scrolling. Furthermore, it also supports various types of media including Youtube embed, HTML videos, SWF and input forms. The plugin also properly handles media cannot be reached or found errors

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera
  • License: GPL license

Yalb

Yalb stands for Yet Another Lightbox — but it’s not. Yalb comes with a handful of APIs including custom events that allow you to identify lightbox states, such as when it is open and when it is close. Yalb comes in two version, Vanilla JavaScript and jQuery plugin.

  • Dependency: None
  • Browser Support: IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera
  • License: MIT license

FeatherLight

The 6kb Featherlight is a bare plugin for savvy developer and carries only the essentials. If you need, for example, to group image lightbox in a gallery, you can include the gallery extension. You can also develop your own extension for this plugin to fit in your project needs.

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE8+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera
  • License: MIT license

LightLayer

LightLayer is an easy to use lightbox plugin. It has a handful of options, custom JavaScript methods, and custom events. the plugin works with images, videos, maps, and external content. What’s more can we ask.

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera
  • License: MIT license

LightGallery

LightGallery, another lightbox plugin with a lot of features added. It comes with more than 20 options to customize the tiniest of details of the lightbox.

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE7+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone
  • License: MIT license

FluidBox

Fluidbox is an image lightbox plugin that is inspired from Medium. It works with images under various circumstances including floating image, image with absolute position, images that have border and padding, and galleries. Check out how it was built. If you need a WordPress plugin, there is one.

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera
  • License: MIT license

StripJS

StripJS is a unique lightbox plugin. Rather than overlaying the image, the plugin slides the images in from the side instead, so that it won’t block the whole content. StripJS supports both image and video.

  • Dependency: jQuery
  • Browser Support: IE7+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, iOS 5+, and Android 3+
  • License: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 license

Top 9 Free Photo Collage Makers for Windows 8.1

Photo collages have been around for a while but is a trend that is making a come back in a selfie-laden era. Showcasing multiple photos within the same frame to communicate a fusion of stories, collages may be awesome to look at but difficult to manually make without the right tools.

The good news is there are plenty of graphic editors that can help organize photos in a beautiful fashion and all without the fuss that usually comes with. In this collection, we find 9 free photo collage makers you can use on Windows 8.1. Some have preset styles, designs, frames, grid arrangements, the ability to add text and other features that you’d probably find use for.

1. El Collagero

El Collagero greets you with a superb list of collage templates including shaped collages, and classic and cool template collages. It comes with hundreds of these templates, and offers some of the best customization options for making the photo collage that best reflect your thoughts. You can also go for customization options like page layout, background, photo shape, etc.

2. PicsArt

PicsArt is a powerful collage maker, which offers three modes to create photo collages: Grid, Frame and Background. All three modes offer different sets of collage templates. Frame provides lots of collage templates like birthday, nature, travel, etc. It lets you add photos from various services other than your computer’s local storage, such as PicsArt network, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Picasa, etc.

3. Fotor

Fotor is a photo editor for multiple platforms including the web but is also a great photo collage maker. You can customize the border, background, template and photo quality. Pick your photo collage using any of the three offered modes: Template, Freestyle and Photo Stitching or go with the Freestyle mode, which allows you to organize the photos in any form or style of your choice. Check out our in-depth review on it.

4. Phototastic

Want to make a photo collage for a lot of photos? Phototastic lets you group up to 25 photos in the same collage. Fetch your photos from local storage, straight from your camera, or from Flickr then use their grid templates to create your collage. On top of that, you can customize the border, photo shape, frame, background, or add text or stickers to the photo collage.

5. Atlantas

Atlantas provides two layouts to start with the photo collage: Smart layout and Advanced layout. The simple Smart layout offers fewer customization options (only border and layout options) and a grid-based result. The Advanced layout offers freestyle placement of images along with more customization option, such as shapes, templates, background, photo shape, photo groups, etc.

Cool Collage

Want to keep it simple? Cool Collage keeps things basic and simple, just add the photos, choose a background and photo size, adjust or arrange the photos, and it’s complete. It offers a freestyle collage template, wherein you can place the photos in any form or style of your choice. You can also share your collages with your friends and family via Facebook or the Charms Bar in Windows 8.

My Collage

My Collage not only lets you create photo collages but also customized e-cards for various occasions. Choose one of the many given collage templates, add your photos and that’s it, you’re done.

While there are few customizations, you can add text, which can be used to write custom greetings or quotes on the photo collage or e-card and make them more personal. Share your masterpiece on Facebook.

Photo Joiner

Photo Joiner cannot be any simpler. Creating a photo collage using this application is as simple as choosing the photos and setting some customization options. It simply joins the photos in a vertical or horizontal grid to make a photo collage.

It offers only the basic configuration options, and no fancy or advance options such as collage templates, text, stickers, etc. are provided as its competitors. It also allows to share your collage on Facebook and Twitter.

Tap Collage

Tap Collage is a simple collage maker, which is not only limited to photo collages but also offers to create e-cards. You’re limited to pre-defined templates for making collages as well as e-cards using this application.

There are templates for creating collages of various types and e-cards for special occasions. The only option it offers is background color and this make the whole process easy: you only need to choose the template and add the photos, and the collage or e-card is ready!

Bonus: Pic Stitch (Paid)

Pic Stitch, as the name suggests, lets you stitch pictures, i.e., join photos to create collages. It’s a premium application that comes at a small price for Windows platform.

Some of the offered features are stickers, photo effects, rich collection of collage templates, and various customization options such as texture and border layouts, photo aspect ratios, etc. You can also share your masterpiece on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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