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How to Build a Great Photography Theme for Your New Blog

A great photography blog is more than the photos you put on it. There are many web design elements you need to think about if you want to present your photography in the best possible light. If you’re designing your own theme or template for your blog, there are many important considerations you need to look at. Here are some tips on how to design a great photography theme.

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Start with a reliable content management system. Photography sites are not complex, so WordPress is almost always the best option. There are many WordPress hosting providers that will help you get set up if you don’t have the technical know-how. These WordPress hosting providers often have one click installs and many tutorials if you want to get your hands dirty and learn how to use it yourself.

Layouts Make Your Photos Pop

The worst way to present your photos is to lay them out right next to each other without a clear layout. If you want your photos to pop, you want to use interesting layouts to present them in unique ways. A great layout not only makes your photo collection visually pleasing, it also entices your web visitors to want to browse through the pictures. At the end of the day, the goal is to get your visitors to discover your work.

Some ideas for layouts include card based designs, multi slideshow galleries, multi-column setups just to start off. One interesting idea that some visually based blogs are adopting is to use multiple layouts throughout the blog. For example, the layout may start out with a three-column setup, move into a slideshow gallery, transition into a card-based layout, and go back to the three-column setup. What this does is to present your photos in different ways to engage visitors and keep them browsing.

Create a Great Slideshow Gallery User Interface

If you’re creating a photography theme, you will be creating some kind of slideshow gallery function at some point. One of the most annoying design flaws that themes seem to have is a bad user interface for these slideshow galleries. They have small scroll buttons, transition slowly to the next photo, and don’t allow users to click to the photo they want. These features hurt the user experience.

Here are some ideas to fix these common flaws. Use big buttons so that users don’t have to struggle to click to scroll. Have scrollable mini preview windows underneath the highlighted photo so that users can view the photo they want. Make all the photos load once the user opens the gallery so that it transitions to other photos quickly. Allow users to scroll by pressing a key on their keyboard.

Use a Grid Based Approach

Rather than building a free form layout, you should use a grid-based approach. There are several reasons why you should go with this approach. First, it helps establish a solid foundation that sets up positioning and balance in a layout. This helps ensure that the content on the website is presented in an intuitive way. Second, its makes the actually design process easier. It takes time to learn how to use grids but once you do, you’ll find yourself designing even faster than before and with more ease.

Finally, it helps with readability and engagement. It aligns typography in a cleaner way and fits your content to make it more digestible to your users. It also leads to more space which distinguishes many elements and content sections on your website. As a result, it draws the user’s eye to where they need to be drawn.

Make the Theme Responsive and the Site Mobile Friendly

As always, you want the theme to be responsive so that your website is properly displayed in mobile devices. 15 percent or more of your visitors will be browsing from a mobile device. By not using a responsive design, you’ll be alienating a large part of your audience. Aside from refitting your site, you’ll most likely have to work on a navigation menu that’s ideal for mobile devices as well.

And since your blog will be photography based, you have to put in a lot of work into making it mobile friendly. You’ll have to put in a lot of time into image size optimization. Computing capacity and Internet connections are worse on mobile devices. That’s why you have to figure out a way to balance image quality and size compression.

Those are some solid ideas on building a great photography theme for your blog. You want to focus on the fundamentals first so that you can take your theme to new projects and or share them with other designers. Once you get the important things down, you can start adding things like multiple layouts for the theme, graphical accents and technical features like popovers.

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Back End Featurs:

1. User Manager
2. User Role Manager
3. Category Manager
4. Property Manager
5. Property Photo / Video
6. Property Comment / Rating Manager
7. Property Amenities Manager
8. Country / City Manager
9. Payment Manager
10. Newsletters Manager
11. Banner Manager
12. System Configurations
13. CMS Pages Manager
14. Package Subscription Manager

Front End Featurs:

1. Login / Register using Facebook and Twitter
2. User Profile and Settings
3. User Property Manager
4. Commercial / Residential Property Search
5. Property Listing
6. Property Details with Photo Gallery, Video Gallery, Google Map
7. Property Reviews and Ratings

Property Data:

Property Name
Property Desciption
Property Type
Property Photos
Property Videos
Room Type
Price ($) per night
Weekly Price ($)
Monthly Price ($)
Cleaning Fees ($)
Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Minimum Rent
Maximum Rent
Floors in building
Property in which floor?

Amenities Data:

smoking Allowed
TV
Internet connection
Air Conditioning
Elevator in building
pool
Parking Included
GYM
Indoor Fireplace
Breakfast
Suitable for Events
Dryer
Pets Allowed
Cable TV
Wireless Internet
Heating
Handicap Accessible
kitchen
Doorman
Hot Hub
Buzzer/Wireless Intercom
Family/Kid Friendly
Washer

Location Information:

Society Name
Address Line
Near By Landmark (e,g, School Name , Office Post, or Hospital Name)
City
State/Province/Region
Zip/postal Code
Country

Searchable Data:

City
ZipCode
Bedroom
Bathroom
Availability (Date)
Room Type
Minimum Rental
Maximum Rental

PHPFox Development

PHPFox helps you connect and share with Club Community.

Most unique interactive social community of its kind, dedicated to everything related to care and welfare.Join us and make friends with like minded social lovers, chat, share your photos and videos, and partake in forums that focus on your needs and views.

PHPFox on Mobile

phpFox is ultimate solution for your social network, easy to use, easy to customize and packed with advanced social networking features found on top community websites!

PHPFox Development

phpFox is a social network software that gives you the ability to create a unique community that includes many of the features found on sites like Facebook and MySpace.

phpFox: http://www.phpfox.com/
IDE: Eclipse
Language: PHP
Server: Apache, SMTP
Other: PHPFox Modules, jQuery, Flash, HTML5

Key Features
Graphics: We provide good GUI/HTML approved by W3C for phpFox applications, HTML5 is on demand development.
Database: We will provide optimized database (MySQL etc.) for various phpFox applications.
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Video Review Sharing Site

Video review sharing site for kids. It provide facility for hanging out with a bunch of friends who like to talk about the same things you do.

WordPress Red5 Development
WP: http://wordpress.org/
IDE: Eclipse
Language: PHP
Server: Apache, Tomcat, Red5
Client: Adobe Flash Player, Custom Video Player
Other: WordPress Plugins, jQuery, Flash, HTML5

Key Features
Graphics: We provide good GUI/HTML approved by W3C for wordpress applications, HTML5 is on demand development.
Database: We will provide optimized database (MySQL etc.) for various wordpress applications.
Content: The content API is used to manage data access and publishing by providing services for dealing with resources,
content providers, and packages.
Media Streaming: We provide Red5 Recording and Streaming in custom flash player cum recorder.

Live Broadcast in Joomla

Live Broadcast in Joomla enable customers to stream using VLC/FMLE live camera from remote server to end user clients in different format like Flash, Windows, iPhone, iPad, QuickTime, Android and HTML5.

Requirement: To setup a publishing point for Live streaming in a hosted VLC/FMLE Server and create an embed code using Web Based Player or similar.

For alternate Media Encoder review our blog
Live Camera Streaming With Flash Media Encoder & Red5

Features

1. Broadcast Live Camera Stream from remote server in different format using VLC/FMLE.
2. Setup Publishing Point on Joomla Server to record and stream using web based players.
3. Quality vs Size Consideration.
4. Encode video streams in multiple formats.
5. Multiple PlayList Formats and VOD Support.
6. Live Video Plugin “[video:/video_file_location/]” for Joomla Content Editor.
7. Media Stream HOTLINK Protection.

Read more on blog about this plugin…

Stream Live Event Using VLC Media Player
Remote Secure Token
How to prevent downloading and leeching media files

We are Joomla Plugins, Components, Modules developers and enable customers to manage there media using Joomla CMS easily 😉

We are happy to assist in Amazon CloudFront, Amazon S3, Wowza, Red5, FMS, WMS integration with Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.x

Joomla Development
Joomla: http://www.joomla.org/
IDE: Eclipse
Server: VLC Player, FMLEncoder, MPlayer, Video Encoder, Live Streamer
Client: WM Player, Mobile Players, Web Players
Language: PHP
Other: Joomla Plugins Components Themes modules, jQuery, Flash, HTML5

Key Features
Graphics: We provide good GUI/HTML approved by W3C for joomla applications, HTML5 is on demand development.
Database: We will provide optimized database (MySQL etc.) for various joomla applications.
Content: The content API is used to manage data access and publishing by providing services for dealing with resources,
content providers, and packages.

Please review recent launch in Joomla

 

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Mobile: +919928673578
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HTML5 MP3 Player for iPad

HTML5 <audio> the element enable native audio playback within the browser. It supports all browsers i.e. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE and Opera.

HTML5 MP3 player also support iOS & Android Devices… HTML5 MP3 Demo

HTML5 MP3 Player with Playlist just in $25

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HTML5 Audio Player with Playlist, Repeat, Random, Stream Seek, Volume Control, Timer, Next, Previous, Play-Pause option.

We are expert in media streaming services. We already worked on wowza, red5, amazon s3, amazon cloud front, MaxCDN, Google App Engine etc.

We also worked on web security plugin for wowza, local, remote HTTP / RTMP / MMS files 🙂

Review our latest development articles

Remote Secure Token

Compile or build flowplayer or jwplayer to create secure token for wowza server

iPad compatible scrollable playlist

Fallback for all Browsers & iOS

Wowza MediaSecurity AddOn Package

 

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Mobile: +919928673578
Skype: svnlabs

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Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/svnlabs

Concentrate > Observe > Imagine > Launch

 

Wowza Secure Token

There are 2 methods to put secure token for video players like flowplayer or jwplayer…

1. Token inside javascript code (shared secret)
2. Token inside flowplayer or jwplayer source code (compile the token inside the plugin)

Read more about it:

Compile or build flowplayer or jwplayer to create secure token for wowza server

SWF (with token) files from hotlink, theft, download and Leech

Contact us to add SecureToken protection to JWPlayer and FlowPlayer for Wowza, Red5, FMS media files.

 

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Email: info [at] svnlabs.com
Mobile: +919928673578
Skype: svnlabs

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Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/svnlabs

Concentrate > Observe > Imagine > Launch

Media Streaming for Joomla

Media Streaming for Joomla – It includes streaming videos for Flash, Windows, iPhone, iPad, QuickTime, Android, HTML5 etc.

Front End | Back End

We are Joomla Plugins, Components, Modules developers and enable customers to manage there media using Joomla CMS easily 😉

We are happy to assist in Amazon CloudFront, Amazon S3 integration with Joomla 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7.

Joomla Development
Joomla: http://www.joomla.org/
IDE: Eclipse
Language: PHP
Other: Joomla Plugins Components Themes modules, jQuery, Flash, HTML5

Key Features
Graphics: We provide good GUI/HTML approved by W3C for joomla applications, HTML5 is on demand development.
Database: We will provide optimized database (MySQL etc.) for various joomla applications.
Content: The content API is used to manage data access and publishing by providing services for dealing with resources,
content providers, and packages.

Please review recent launch in Joomla

 

Email: info [at] svnlabs.com
Mobile: +919928673578
Skype: svnlabs

Twitter: http://twitter.com/svnlabs
FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/svnlabs
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/svnlabs

Concentrate > Observe > Imagine > Launch

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WordPress Development
WP: http://wordpress.org/
IDE: Eclipse
Language: PHP
Other: WordPress Plugins, jQuery, Flash, HTML5

Key Features
Graphics: We provide good GUI/HTML approved by W3C for wordpress applications, HTML5 is on demand development.
Database: We will provide optimized database (MySQLetc.) for various wordpress applications.
Content: The content API is used to manage data access and publishing by providing services for dealing with resources,
content providers, and packages.