Freebies

5 Sites with Free Resources for Web Designers and Developers

The open source nature of WordPress has inspired many creators to develop sites offering free content to help others on their web journeys. A shining example of this good will can be seen in the web design industry, where some of the most popular WordPress web designers and developers make their work available for you to view, download, modify, and use in your own projects – completely free!

Free resources for web designers and developers from WPMUorg

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10 Free Plugins to Add Custom Content to Your WordPress Sidebar

Do you need unique WordPress sidebar content on…

different pages?
page templates?
posts or post types?
category or tag pages?
archives?

Well then, here’s a collection of free plugins that enable you to dynamically display different widgets, or entire sidebars, pretty much anywhere you like. Some of them have rather unique ways of displaying custom content in your WordPress sidebar. Check ‘em out, I’m sure you’ll find one that will work for you.

Dynamic Widgets

Wordpress Sidebar - 10 Plugins to customize sidebar content

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Launchpad, Free Landing Page Plugin for WordPress

Setting up a new blog, or website? Want to create some buzz around it before you go live? Of course you do! Your pre-launch is almost as important, if not more, as your actual launch.

Starting a new site, or launching a product online is hard work and the worst thing you can do is not capitalize on the initial interest. This is the perfect time to grab email addresses, provide interested users with teasers or just put up a simple landing page in anticipation of launch day.

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Gridly: A Free Minimal and Responsive WordPress Portfolio Theme

Looking for a free WordPress theme to launch your portfolio online? Gridly is a great minimalist theme option for displaying your work in a clean, responsive grid layout. It’s designed in such a way that when visitors view your site on a mobile device, the grid will automatically respond to the available space in the browser.

The Gridly theme features:

Minimal Design
Responsive for mobile devices
Simple Options Panel
Support for Featured Images
Logo upload option
2 Colour Schemes: dark and light
Widgetized Footer
jQuery Masonry for automatically adjusting columns
WordPress 3.0 Menus

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Pachyderm: A Free Responsive WordPress Tumblog-Style Theme

Pachyderm is advertised in the WordPress Theme Directory as “A cute, clean, responsive microblogging theme,” and it is just that. The theme is built with post format support for a Tubmler-like blogging experience. It comes with special icons for each post format and sticky posts even have their own unique icon. When you’re composing your post you can select the post format and the icon will automatically be assigned.

The Pachyderm theme features:

Supports all WordPress post formats
Featured images
Change the layout with an optional right sidebar
Drop-down menu
Flexible header image
Custom backgrounds
Responsive layout for mobile devices

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Free Coming Soon WordPress Theme for App Developers

If you are in the business of creating kickass apps for mobile devices, this new free WordPress theme is for you! Most apps cannot depend on the very little exposure they receive within the various app stores. Apps also require a solid web presence in order to be successful. AppifyWP Launchpad is a coming soon WordPress theme that was designed and developed specifically for app developers who want to start getting the word out about their upcoming app releases.

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Use Microsoft SkyDrive To Make Your WordPress Site Load Faster

Online file storage sites like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s SkyDrive are beginning to change how average site owners manage their content.  Instead of having all of their content on their own servers, website owners are beginning to see the value in having some of their content, especially images and video, housed remotely on special storage sites or CDNs (Content Delivery Networks).  This makes for:

Lighter sites that load faster, due to much of the content being hosted in a separate location
Cheaper sites, due to the decreased space and bandwidth requirements.

Which One Should You Use?

Use Microsoft SkyDrive as a CDN to improve website Performance

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9 jQuery WordPress Menu Plugins + Bonus Tutorial for the Adventurous

Search “WordPress menu plugins” in Google = Eeek!
A quick search for WordPress menu plugins in Google will bring up over 32,000,000 results. Oh, dear Lord! Dozens, if not hundreds, of those results can be quite mouth-watering at first glance. But sifting through the mess of unappetizing stuff to find something satisfying can be frustrating to say the least. Even searching the WordPress plugin repository can be quite tedious.

WordPress Menu Plugins - JQuery powered navigation

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Free Online Magazine and News Theme for WordPress

Today, gazpo.com released a nice new, clean and highly customizable news theme, silverOrchid. This free magazine WordPress theme is available from the WordPress theme directory. If you are trying to fit a lot of content into your site’s real estate, you may want to give this theme a download. It makes space for lots of images and headlines, and provides plentiful widgets and socially interactive features.

The SilverOrchid theme is for use with WordPress 3.3+. Its most notable features include:

Custom Menu support
Featured Image Support
Extensive Theme Options – Custom logo, favicon and banner upload, custom CSS code, tracking code

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