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411 Pro Theme from Studiopress

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The 411 theme has been recently launched by Studiopress. It’s one of the most elegant and simple looking premium WordPress theme. Like most of the recent releases, it contains HTML5 markup and is a completely responsive theme which means the site can be opened effortlessly on both desktop and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Features

The 411 Theme is actually one of the best and simple looking themes. You can also have a custom homepage. The homepage will have a custom widget in which you can add any custom HTML template. The custom widget is also helpful for welcoming new visitors on your blog. You can tell your new readers what your website is actually about. The theme also contains custom footer widgets. You can also add HTML templates to the footer.

The theme also supports threaded comments which means you can have nested comments up to a certain level. It actually helps in comment and reply management on your blog and thus, providing more flexibility. The theme also supports a floating social sharing plugin which includes sharing buttons which lets visitors share your posts directly from your blog.

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You also need to make sure that you have the Genesis Framework installed on WordPress before installing this child theme. Without it, the theme won’t work. The Genesis Frame acts like a parent theme to it’s child theme. Some of the features of the child theme are actually inherited from the parent theme.

In terms of template, you get three predefined templates namely archive, columns and landing page. The archive page can be used to show your list of posts. The columns page can be used to show different no. of columns in a custom page. It’s actually pretty great to show some of the features of your blog. The landing page can be used to create attractive sales pages to get more conversions on your blog. It can actually help you earn more from your blog. The theme also has a contact page which you can use to let your visitors contact you through an e-mail.

Pricing

The Genesis Framework and the 411 pro theme together is priced at $99.95. When you  buy the theme, you get instant access and unlimited updates and support. It’s a one-time purchase and you also get access to detailed tutorials.

So make sure you check out the The 411 Theme because it’s awesome and I recommend it.

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My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Vertex Theme from Elegant Themes

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Vertex theme from Elegant Themes is one of the best premium WordPress themes out there. It is actually a great theme for service providers that who want to showcase their products and the services.

Vertex Theme Features

The Vertex theme is one of the most versatile and flexible WordPress theme there is. The most impressive part of the theme is the stunning looking homepage with stunning images in the background which actually lets your visitors engage with your site and you can equally showcase your services to a whole new level.

At the very top, you will find a very attractive looking menu which acts as a very good navigational guide for incoming readers and potential customers.

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As you scroll down the homepage, you are greeted with different types of animated content including your portfolio section. You will also come across a great looking animated fully responsive content slider which supports both images and text. The slider is actually very helpful when it comes to showcasing your best works.

The homepage also consists of a great looking animated testimonial section. The images have special effects when you hover over them and their testimonials also appear just above them automatically.

The theme also has a custom blog page which lets you display all your posts in a blog style format. It also has a separate portfolio page which lets you showcase all your services and skills. The Vertex theme is actually a great choice for small business owners and service providers.

In terms of page templates, the Vertex theme also has a separate image gallery page which lets you display all your images in a single page with some nice animation effects.

You can also create a custom team page on your site which highlights your team members and the domains they are expert in.

Shortcodes Support

One of the main reasons Elegant Themes is so popular is because of their wide range of shortcodes support. You can actually create lots of stuff by using the shortcodes which includes pricing charts, tabbed content, column width contents, colorful buttons, content slider, image slideshow , tooltips, social media buttons and even password protecting your content.

Pricing

You can buy the Vertex theme and acquire all the other Elegant themes for only $39. You don’t need any other framework. All of the functions are controlled by a separate ePanel. Buy it and install it and you’re good to go. So, make sure you check it out as I highly recommend it.

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About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Streamline Pro Theme from Studiopress

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Streamline Theme is one of the best premium WordPress theme out there. The theme was created by Studiopress and it runs on one of the most popular frameworks for WordPress – the Genesis Framework.

Theme Features

Streamline theme has loads of features and it’s one of the most elegant looking themes for WordPress. Like all the other Genesis child themes, after the Genesis 2.0 update it too now supports HTML5 markup. The theme is completely mobile responsive and it works seamlessly on mobile devices.

The theme comes with 3 color styles – Blue, Green and Orange. You can choose any color and change it anytime you want. Streamline theme also comes with a featured page area which helps you in displaying featured content from your site. It can be very effective when you want to show off your own products and also comes in handy when you promote a certain product and are aiming to get some sales.

The Streamline Theme comes with 3 page layouts – content / sidebar, sidebar / content and full width content. In terms of page templates, Streamline theme provides you with 4 options – Archives, Blog, Columns and Landing. The Archives page can be used to show off all your articles that you have on your blog. The Blog page can be used to show off your content in a blog style. Most of the theme nowadays comes with custom homepage builder and that’s why an additional blog page is provided if the user prefers to display their content in blog style.

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The columns page can be used to display multiple columns on a single page. Columns page pretty useful when you’re displaying testimonials of your clients. It saves space and makes it look compact. Landing pages are used by most affiliate marketers and bloggers especially for sales pitches. Landing pages provides a distraction free look and helps in promoting your product more effectively. They are ideal when you’re looking to get sales – whether it’s your own product or someone else’s.

Genesis Framework and Pricing

Please note that before installing make sure that you have the Genesis framework installed. Without the Genesis framework, the Streamline won’t get installed. In fact, no Studiopress theme will be installed unless you install the framework. The Genesis Framework and the Streamline theme together cost $99.95.

So, make sure you check out the Streamline Theme as it’s one of the best and I highly recommend it.

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About Brian

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Evolution by Elegant Themes

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Are you looking a fully responsive WordPress theme that different layouts and themes for your business. Maybe a theme that can display featured content, feature images with a slider, maybe even a members log on page, and a portfolio to show off your latest projects. If so, I have found the perfect theme for you.

On November 21, Elegant themes released another great theme. Evolution is one of those themes that has a simple and classic design. Its fully responsive so it will adapt to any screen size you or your readers can throw at it.

Four Color Schemes

You have the choice between four color schemes; White, Blue, Green and Red.

Optional Blog-Style Structure

Evolution was created to be page-based structure for a CMS site. But if you want to run it as a blog, then you can use the theme as blog instead.

Page Templates

The theme has different page templates to choose from, all designed to make your life easier. These page templates are pre-made layouts and utilities that can be applied to individual pages, so you can change the looks and functions to create a different look for your different page templates.

Automated Thumbnail Resizing

Evolution utilizes timthumb to automatically resize your thumbnail images. This way, you only need to upload one image even if the theme uses different thumbnails.

Advertising Management

The theme has an optional advertisement system that makes it easy to place 125×125 banner images in your sidebar and 468×60 ads to your post pages with ease. If you want to use advertisements on your site, then its handled within the wp-admin panel.

For more information and to try out the demo, check out Evolution’s demo page.

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My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Executive Child Theme by StudioPress

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Recently I shared with you a great Executive Theme, today, I found another great corporate styled WordPress theme for your business. The theme is the Executive child theme that is designed to work with the Genesis Framework.

The Executive Theme was designed to work as a corporate and large business website but, it will also work with for small businesses as well. The theme is a great way to share lots of content in a professional way.

StudioPress Features

The Executive Theme comes with a lot of great features. You get fixed widths, multiple theme options, featured images, and 6 layout options to choose from. Plus you get all the great features of the Genesis Framework.

For more information about the Executive Child Theme and to check out the demo, make sure to take a look at the information page.

What is the Genesis Framework?

All StudioPress child themes require the Genesis Framework. That means you must purchase the Genesis Framework along with the child theme. If you already have the framework, then all you need to do is purchase the child theme.

The Genesis Framework was designed to complement the WordPress code and take WordPress tp the next level. It comes with rock solid SEO integrated code and additional SEO options to help the search engines find your content, it has easy to install child themes, and many other features that will help you build and maintain a better site.

When you purchase the Framework, you get unlimited support, unlimited easy updates, and you get lifetime access to the support team and staff.

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My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Elegant Themes Releases the Sky Theme

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In October Elegant Themes announced the release of their new theme Sky WordPress Theme. The Sky theme loads the content seamlessly using Ajax. What this means is your page loads first and if you have the slider installed, it doesn’t matter how many pages you have linked to that slider because each page is only loaded when it is displayed. With some sliders, they can slow down the home page load times.

Four Unique Color Schemes

Sky comes the option of choosing red, purple, blue, or green color schemes.

Portfolio Section

If you want to display your photos, graphic design projects, or websites you have created, you can easily do that with the portfolio option. The gallery is setup with a full view lightbox for each image and its paginated.

Home Page Slider

On the Home page, you can enable the featured slider that you can use to display important articles or pages so all the new visitor can see what you have to offer. Through the ePanel, you can control the animations and the speed.

Blog Layout

The blog layout is setup so you can feature a category of post on the home page.

Advertising Management

Sky also comes with an advertising option where you can place 125×125 banner images in your sidebar and 468×60 ads on your article pages. With this added feature, you can get rid of another plugin and use the theme tools to manage your banner ads!

For more information and to test drive, check out the the Sky WordPress Theme info page.

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My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

Fabric by StudioPress

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There are lot of premium themes available for WordPress and many of them feature a ton of design options and some even have over the top color schemes. But what about those that want simple elegant look that has a great a look and a little texture to give the site a little life? If you are looking for a site that has a professional look that keeps it simple but does have a little texture to give the site a trendy feel, Then I have the theme for you.

Earlier today, I came across a child theme by StudioPress that uses the beauty of woven textiles to give the site texture and life to it. That theme is the StudioPress Fabric8ted Theme. The Fabric theme, was designed a child theme for the Genesis Framework. That means, not only do you get the great designs and features of the Fabric theme, you also get all the benefits of running the Genesis Framework on your site.

Fabric Child Theme Features

The StudioPress Fabric8ted Theme Theme comes with three layout options, three color styles, fixed width, footer widgets, threaded comments, and several other theme options. As with all StudioPress child themes, you must purchase the Genesis Framework or already have the framework installed on your site.

For more information about the StudioPress Fabric Child Theme and to check out the demo, make sure to take a look at the information page.

What is the Genesis Framework?

In order to use any StudioPress child theme, you must have the Genesis Framework. The Genesis Framework works like a regular theme. But for a custom look, you can create your own child theme around the framework. Or you can purchase a child theme such as the Fabric8ted Theme to complete the look of your site.

The Genesis Framework was designed to add more features to the WordPress code and take it to the next level. The framework comes with SEO integrated into the code and additional SEO options to help the search engines find your content. Plus it makes it easy to install child themes, and many other features that will help you and your site.

When you purchase the Framework, you get unlimited support, unlimited easy updates, and you get lifetime access to the support team and staff.

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My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers.

10 Tips on How to Manage your Team Effectively

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The supervisors, managers and the top brass of any company always look for ways to improve the productivity of their subordinates. But it can’t be achieved if they are don’t know how to manage their team effectively. The efficient use of the resources and performing to the optimum is what every manager wants from his team but it isn’t a straightforward process.

It’s a dilemma for the owners of a business and the top management to how to manage the workforce in an effective manner. For a supervisor/manager the team can vary from 2-3 people to dozens of employees of varying age, designation, experience, etc. That’s where it becomes even more difficult and some of you look for shortcuts as how to manage your team.

This article will help you in this regard in the form of 10 tips that I think can be highly effective if you apply them with sincerity and commitment.

  • The Recruitment Process

The management you have to do for a team will be far less hectic and cumbersome if you have hired the right people for the right job. Don’t hire people for saving some bucks; instead find a capable person who can work well in your team with minimum supervision saving you important time that you can spend on managing other aspects of your business.

The process of hiring should be transparent and centered around the priorities you have in mind. Give considerable time to screening the resumes and selecting suitable candidates. This will make the interview process a lot easy and less time-consuming.

  • On-Job Training and Orientation

On-Job training is a continuous process. While some people need it at the early stages of their employment, others need it regularly. Getting used to a new software installed at the company and getting the related training is a good example why most or all employees need on-job training.

While some of the employees do have the work experience and expertise about the position for which they were hired, many others need some sort of orientation is required for them so that they can get gel well with the team for which they are hired and to shy away from the initial period where new employees feel nervous and reluctant in contacting any person or dealing with the work.

  • Obtain a Good Task Management Software

One question that business owners and managers ask the most on forums and with consultants is how to manage my team better and giving my resources the tasks as soon as they are free. A good task management tool or software can be of immense help so that you are able to perform your duty of managing your team efficiently.

A manager needs to get the complete picture of what’s happening within the team, what’s the progress of a certain task and the overall productivity of the team as well as that of each individual employee. A task management system or software can be the best solution so that you can track everything at the click of a button.

  • The Need of a Manager

Certain employees need the help of their managers to carry out a special task. Others look for their supervisor/senior person for any task they are assigned. These employees can be a real headache to handle and consume much time of the manager that surely is unproductive. As a senior member of the management, you need to think of ways to handle the situation and one way is to make them work independently.

As a manager, you need to give them the parameters to help them do their job without any supervision. In the beginning it will be difficult but you should apply this across all departments and start training employees in this regard. If one team can be trained then you will be sure that every employee in the company will be trained in some time.

  • Manager as a Role Model for the Team Members

The manager of a department or even a small team should act in a positive way and should be the role model of his immediate subordinates. The reason is simple; if the manager will act in a way showing that he is truly dedicated towards the company and in increasing the sales and revenue, only then the team members will be inclined to do the same.

Motivating the team members to manage them effectively is very difficult. Sometimes even perks and benefits are not enough for the employees to work harder if the manager doesn’t look sincere to the cause. So the role of the manager/supervisor/team lead is of pivotal importance.

  • Set Short-Term Goals and Strive to Achieve Them

Managing a large team can be difficult especially if there is no vision of the future in front of them. The manager’s role is crucial here as a team needs some sort of direction to get going. You can set monthly, quarterly or annual targets so that your team members are motivated throughout the period. Announce lucrative incentives too so that they have more reasons to achieve the target. This keep the focus of the employee on the target and the manager gets the work he needs in time.

  • An Open Door Policy

The employees need assistance from their managers or top management in a number of ways. There are times when they make mistakes too and need guidance in this regard too. An open door policy can be really effective as it can pave the way for any employee to meet his immediate boss or manager. This is done in order to make every employee feel that he is an important part of the company.

This policy can be applied to all the smaller teams consisting of 2-3 employees as well so that no one in the company feels left behind in terms of contacting the management for any grievance or matter important to them.

  • A Healthy and Relaxed Culture

The working of the company and the culture plays an important part in making sure the employees feel engaged in the day to day operation and motivated to work. An open culture with people whether working in a team or in a large department are allowed to work in a relaxed manner. You need to put your employees first and take better care of them so that in return they’ll work for you with passion, dedication and commitment.

  • Expanding the team at the Right Team

The manager’s role in making the decision about when to expand his team is crucial. A critical situation may require expansion of the time and on urgent basis too. But hiring the right person in his team is part of the management. The situation demands quick response but even then the manager should keep his composure and look for the best available talent as getting a wrong person will ruin the team.

  • Transparency in Every Aspect of Doing Business

The role of the manager in terms of sharing information about the clients and the financial health of the company is again of paramount importance. As the management of the company or a supervisor leading a team, the role is quite complex as transparency should be visible in every aspect. The matter becomes more crucial if you are starting a venture as your team should know where you stand in terms of financial health so that they can contribute to the company with their full capability.

Conclusion

To manage a team successfully is a difficult ask when it comes to make them productive. There are many issues involved but I have mentioned the 10 reasons which I think are important. That’s the reason why I am sure you will learn immensely from this article no matter if you work in a junior position or as a manager.

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About Saher Naseem

Saher Naseem is a Content Curator and Brand Strategist at TaskQue – an online task management software that simplifies project management process with its user-friendly and powerful features set. She has penned down many articles related to content marketing, social media trends, productivity tips, project management and staying organized. Follow her on Twitter.