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Technopsis is looking for a new WordPress theme

Wordpress themeBekijk in het NederlandsTechnopsis recently moved from a free blogger domain to our custom .com domain. During this move we also switched from using the blogger software to the more versatile WordPress software. This was a huge improvement for us and our website become better looking than ever and way easier to navigate. We still are very happy with our move but are approaching the limits of our free WordPress theme. The theme we use now is not as customizable as we would like it to be, and several things are downright not coded right.

That’s why we are looking for a new (premium) WordPress  theme. We would like it to have the same looks and feel as our current theme. It must incorporate a slider like we have on our main page now, and must have a social media floating slider (or be compatible with a slider plug-in that is also usable on the homepage). But most importantly, it must be flawlessly usable with the polylang plug-in which enables us to host the site in two different languages!

At the moment we are very busy looking around for a new theme, be it free or premium, but we have little luck finding a proper one.

That’s why we are asking you to help us!
Do you know of any WordPress theme that fits the description above?

Please let us know in the comments below!

 

UPDATE: 

I am currently looking at the Volt theme from Themeforest. This theme is highly customizable and has the same basic look and feel of our current theme. In addition it is much more versatile and professionally coded.

The only thing I am not sure about yet is wether it is compatible with polylang, but it does have it’s own multilanguage solution!

If you have worked with a Themeforest theme, please let us know how the experience was in the comments below!

 

 

Increase website speed

Blog – 5 tips to increase website speed

Bekijk in het NederlandsSo you finally got a blog or website up and running and are filling it with content faster than you would have dared to dream. You are doing great, but all these additions are making your site load slower than ever. Viewers are clicking away before the main content has even loaded! Learn how to easily increase website speed with these 5 simple tips!

1: Caching is key!

increase website speedWebsite caching is a simple but very effective tool to reduce load on your webservers and to increase your website speed to get your content to the viewer quicker. What caching does is that it pre-renders a website in a simple HTML format, so that whenever a viewer enters your website it gets serverd this already rendered version of your website instead of your servers pumping out a fresh version. These cashes can be refreshed every few minutes, but it is still faster than making a new version for every visitor. This also greatly reduces the time needed for a visitor to download your site, as it just has to download a simple HTML instead of waiting for your servers to have a fresh version of your site ready.

There are several ways of increasing your website speed using this method, but especially for wordpress users this is really simple. You can just install certain plugins like w3 total cache or WP super cache. W3cache is more powerful but harder to set up and it had problems with other plugins I was using. WP super cache was extremely simple to set up and configure, but it lacks some of the more advanced options W3 total cache has. I would however advise to use the latter one for new users.

2: Load your Javascript libraries from google directly!

Javascript libraryAnother very easy and effective way to increase your website speed incredibly is loading everything you can from Google’s international servers instead of your own localized ones. Websites often use standardized sets of instructions that need to be loaded everytime someone accesses your website. Why not use someone else’s servers to load these instructions then? Google’s servers are set up all around the world and are blazingly fast! Google is nice enough to host those Javascript libraries so that we can load them straight from Google, increasing the speed of your site incredibly – depending of course on the base speed of your own server.

For WordPress users this is once again just installing a plugin. It couldn’t be easier. The plugin checks which libraries are used on your site and then redirects their location to the Javascript libraries on Google’s servers and within seconds your site has become much faster!

3: Combining code to speed up your website

The third way is a method that combines different sets of code into one, reducing the amount of times a user has to access your servers to load your website. For this example we combine your Javascript code with your CSS, making it far easier to load your page.

WordPress users can download the better WordPress minify plugin. It will automatically combine different sets of code into one, increasing the website speed within seconds!

4: Combining pictures to increase website speed

Another powerful tool is combining all static pictures on your website into one big sprite. This again reduces the amount of times someone has to access your servers to download pictures, and can greatly reduce the total size of the pictures since they are compressed into sprites. Don’t worry though, their alt text and title will stay intact if used correctly.

Some guy over at Google made a very nifty tool for just that in his spare time. Over at spriteme.org you can bookmark their tool. After that it is just simply going to the website site you want to optimize for speed and run their tool. It will suggest which pictures to combine and after you approve it will do just that for you. Afterwards it is simply adjusting the location of the pictures in your CSS and upload the sprite to your servers. This can reduce the loading time of your blog or website a lot and increase your overall website speed!

5: Compressing your site for website speed!

gzipThe fifth and final method of increasing your website’s speed is simply zipping it up like you would do any other file on your computer. You can compress the data you send to your user, reducing the time it takes to load your website. There are serveral standards of compressing online data, but gzip is probably accepted the most. Note that a browser needs support for the compression, since it will have to decompress or unzip the data it receives.

For WordPress users this is gain as simple as installing a plugin. Within seconds you are saving bandwith and increasing your website speed!

I personally use or have used most of these tactics on my own website, and the speed with which the site loads has increased tremendously. My site receives a score of 90 in Google’s page-speed test. It’s not a 100 yet, but we are well underway!

What do you think is the best method to increase your website speed? Let us know below!