Did you notice our brand new look? Pretty spiffy huh? We’ve cleaned house and added a fresh coat of paint here at WPExplorer, plus we’ve assembled some great new features to make it easier for you to use our site.
Of course you’ll see all of these as you peruse the site but we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites updates. Here’s a quick list of new features you should keep an eye out for:
- All new responsive design.
- Revamped author pages.
- New how-to video guides.
- New free themes – Blogger, Corporate and Elegant.
- Updated free themes – Bizz, GoPress and WPTuts.
- And so much more!
Stay tuned for a follow up post about what runs WPExplorer. In it we’ll share all of our tweaks and plugins with you.
Wow – do we have a great giveaway for you. We’re giving away tons of prizes! Thanks to all of our generous WordPress and web design sponsors we’ve put together once in a lifetime prizes that will have you rolling in themes for the rest of your life (or at least until we host another mega-giveaway). Enter the giveaway for your chance to win one of our amazing prizes using the Rafflecopter widget below. There are lots of entry options – so get clicking!
What You Could Win
- Authentic Themes Lifetime Developer Membership
- AppThemes Standard Theme License
- Year Bluehost Shared Web Hosting
- Year Cart66 Membership
- CSSIgniter 1 Year Membership
- Copy Designmodo Flat UI Pro Kit (PSD & HTML)
- Dev7Studios WordPress Plugin Bundle
- ElegantThemes 1 Year Developer Membership
- 20% Off Coupon For First Elto Project
- EnviraGallery Standard Plugin License
- Event Manager Shop Fudge Theme Standard License
- FacetWP Standard Plugin License
- FooPlugins Standard Plugin license for FooBox/Social Wiggle Pro/PostFlow/BrandBar/FotoMoto
- Gorilla Themes Deluxe Theme License
- Copy inkyDeals 50 Spring Illustrations
- Instagrate Pro Business License
- ManageWP Business Package for up to 10 websites
- MightyDeal Deals up to $50 each
- Mint Themes SoundStage Theme Standard License
- OptinMonster Standard Plugin License
- Copy Perspective Mockups Photoshop Plugin
- Photocrati Theme License
- Restrict Content Pro Plugin Single Site License
- Pixelkit Standard Membership
- SearchWP Plugin Developer License
- Soliloquy Plugin Developer License
- Templatic Standard Theme License
- ThemeFurnace Developer Membership
- Themefuse Single Theme Licenses
- Themes Kingdom 1 Year Membership
- Themify 1 Year Membership
- WPZoom Single Theme Licenses
About Our Sponsors
Keep reading to learn more about our sponsors and what they’ve each contributed to the prize packs.
Authentic Themes is a premium WordPress theme membership site. They offer a great collection of clean and minimal WordPress themes perfect for just about any project. Plus all developer level memberships include access to their premium theme resources which add features such as shortcodes, a coming soon page or a notification bar to your website.
Appthemes is home to complex niche themes that are easy to use. Their themes are awesome directory and listings style themes that really pack in the features. You can quickly create and manage coupon sites, stylish job boards or even a customer feedback page. With AppThemes, all the technical features have been coded for you; all you need is content.
As a recommended WordPress hosting provider, you know your WordPress site is in good hands with Bluehost. They offer 1-click WordPress installation and will process core updates within 24 hours so you don’t have to. This is just skimming the surface. They’ve also offered a special rate to all WPExplorer readers, plus you can snag plan bonuses for $200 in advertising credits just for signing up. If you’re thinking about switching hosts, consider giving Bluehost a try (they have a 30-day guarantee, so what’s there to lose?).
When building an e-commerce website using WordPress you need a reputable e-commerce framework to add and manage your online store. This is where Cart66 comes in. They offer a monthly managed e-commerce solution for WordPress – they support over 50 payment gateways and they handle all the security aspects (SSL certificate, sensitive customer data, etc.) so all you need to worry about is your inventory. You can see our overview of Cart66 Cloud over on our blog.
CSSIgniter is a great WordPress theme membership site that offers so much more than themes. Really though – each theme you download includes an HTML file and a PSD, plus all the themes includes unlimited use all the time. If you’re a developer, or if you manage multiple WordPress websites that are in need of new themes, CSSIgnited is a great option.
If you love web design chances are you’ve landed on Designmodo before, and if you’re one of the rare gems that has never visited their site you need to. Designmodo is home to fantastic blog posts on anything and everything design related. They provide a wealth of knowledge, resources and of course inspiration – not to mention some great design frameworks and UI kits to boot.
Dev7Studios is the mastermind behind the oh so popular Nivo Slider. Dev7Studios offers 8 wonderfully useful premium WordPress plugins that make adding sliders, managing galleries creating carousels and even testing a beta website easy. But the magic doesn’t stop there. They also offer awesome webapps – one of our favorites is WP Updates, which allows theme and plugin developers to provide users with auto-updates.
One of the bigger names in WordPress, Elegant Themes is a great theme membership site that offers a wide variety of themes for a very affordable price. Their latest WordPress theme Divi is worth the price of a membership alone. The comprehensive business theme is responsive, includes a drag & drop page builder and has lots of other useful options. If you have one website or many, Elegant Themes probably has a WordPress theme for you.
So you have a website that runs on WordPress -that doesn’t mean you have any clue how to customize the design, how to move your site to a new host or how to optimize your SEO. No problem. Elto can help you with anything and everything related to your website. Just select the service package you need, or get a custom quote for a specific request. Elto can help you make your website better.
EnviraGallery is a stunning WordPress gallery plugin. Newbies and veterans alike will appreciate this easy to use responsive gallery, especially if they run an image heavy website. Just install the plugin and create your galleries. You can drag and drop images to reorder them, quickly import galleries that you’ve exported from other WordPress installations, and you can even create galleries to use on multiple posts and pages.
Event Manager Shop
Managing events is tough business, and staying organized is key. Event Manager Shop is a niche WordPress theme company that creates themes specifically for events to keep attendees informed, planners organized and event hosts happy. Their themes offer support for event schedules, speaker profiles, countdowns and more. Everything you need for your event website is wrapped up in their themes.
FacetWP adds faceted search and filtering to any WordPress site. You’ve seen facets before – think of sites like Amazon and eBay where there are interactive elements for filtering content. The FacetWP plugin includes over 8 different facet types including checkboxes, date ranges, sliders, hierarchies, and auto-complete fields. FacetWP is a perfect compliment to eCommerce sites, staff directories, resource libraries, search pages, and much more!
FooPlugins creates WordPress plugins you need, and ones you didn’t even know you wanted until you see them. Home to fantastic plugins for notification bars (fooBar), lightboxes with social integration (fooBox), a branded demo bar (BrandBar) and loads of plugin extensions you’re sure to find a plugin or two that want or need.
Gorilla Themes creates stylish and graphical WordPress themes for niche sites including real estate, hotel & leisure, DJs and especially car dealerships. All of their themes include great features, but they’ve paid special attention to the needs of car dealerships and resale lots. With Craigslist integration, VIN decodes and of course fantastic galleries you can really show off your inventory to entice prospective buyers to come into your dealership.
InkyDeals offers top design resources at crazy low prices. You can get literally thousands of vectors for less than $70 – like their Ultimate Illustrations Set (valued at $4000, but only $69 at InkyDeals). Plus if you head over to our coupons page first, you can save even more on their premium web design resources.
Social media is a great way to promote your brand and your business – so why not add your social media posts into your WordPress website? With Instagrate Pro you can create blog posts right from your Instagram posts. Images, videos, comments, hashtags – your Instagram account and your WordPress website can communicate all of this information and more with the plugin. Checkout all of the awesome Instagrate features on their site.
ManageWP is a top notch premium WordPress management solution that gives you the ability to manage all of your installations from one dashboard. That means you only have to process plugin updates once and ll of your WordPress installations will be updated – easy! Our friend Peter even wrote a glowing ManageWP review over on our blog that highlights why he loves ManageWP and some of the features he uses most often.
MightyDeals is a legit daily deals website that offers you great prices on the web design resources you love. Their deals are constantly changing, so you best bet is to check beach each day to see what’s new. Plus if you visit our coupons page first you can 10% on their already discounted prices – so it’s a double win for you!
At Mint Themes you’ll find great themes for a fair price with awesome support (they promise same day replies). They offer lovely themes for restaurants, musicians, photographers, online stores, bloggers, businesses and churches. Each theme was created with the user in mind so using the themes should be nice and easy.
When you’re running a website or online business your newsletter can be a huge source of publicity, traffic and of course sales. OptinMonster is a plugin that you can use to drive up your conversions by getting more subscribers. Create and add customized optin forms to your website, then use the built-in reporting feature to run split tests and see which forms convert the best. Checkout our OptinMonster review over on the blog.
So you’ve spent tons of time designing or creating an app or mobile WordPress site for a client; now you need to present your work. With Blaz Robar’s awesome Perspective Mockups Photoshop plugin you can show off your work or ideas in a modern and professional format. Just install the plugin and you’ll instantly have access to awesome mockups right in your Actions menu.
Photocrati is an all in one WordPress website, gallery and blog. It’s a great choice for professional and hobbyist photographers to display their work. The theme framework includes 60 pre-designed homepage styles to choose from, so you can surely find a style that works for you. Plus you can sell your own work right from your own website so you can monetize your website as soon as you start adding photos.
Pippin’s Plugins is home to the famous Easy Digital Downloads plugin, as well as great extensions for the e-commerce plugin, Restrict Content Pro plus extensions, Love it Pro, Sugar Event Calendar, bbPress extensions and so much more. Pippin provides high quality plugins to add functionality to your WordPress website at budget friendly prices.
PixelKit is a great resource for premium design files. Their membership encompasses their full portfolio of UI kit psds (all based on the themes that you’ll see over on Themefuse) which they add to each and every month. Plus, if yuo upgrade to their developer membership you’ll also have access to the Bootstrap ready HTML versions of the UI kits.
SearchWP is a WordPress plugin that gives you the ability to customize your search results within your WordPress site. Just install and active the plugin to start creating custom searches for specific post types, taxonomies or fields. Then utilized the built-in statistics to see what you’re users are looking for and what your site might be missing.
Soliloquy is an awesome responsive WordPress slider plugin (it’s so awesome we’ve used the Lite version it in many of our free WordPress themes). The plugin adds in a slider module where you can create all of your sliders to then insert into any post or page. You can also get add-ons for the slider to integrate Instagram, add a “Pin It” button to slides, access a live preview, add in image filters and more.
Templatic provides professional WordPress themes for many websites, but lately they’re done a fantastic job with their Directory WordPress Theme. This comprehensive listings and directory theme offers tons of features including Google Maps integration, user submissions, membership packages support, and a whole lot more. The theme runs on the powerful Tevolution plugin and has a host of niche specific child themes ready and waiting to help you create yellow pages, restaurant recommendations, travel listings and more.
ThemeFurnace creates themes perfect for blogging, photography and business that have the features you without all the bloat. Using the UpThemes Framework, most of their themes give you essential customization options (logo, typography, social media, etc.) paired with ThemeFurnace’s clean and elegant design style. All of their themes are a great choice i you want to create a fresh and professional website.
Themefuse regularly releases new and beautiful niche themes. Whether you’re a freelancer, hotel, church, auto dealer, small business, daycare, law firm or another profession ThemeFuse has a WordPress theme for you. If you’re a web developer they also offer a monthly membership which when paired with PixelKit gives you all the tools you need to create lovely websites (and website mockups thanks to PixelKit) for your clientele.
Themes Kingdom is a premium WordPress theme membership site with great value. A membership breaks down to just $3 a theme – an awesome price if you’re a web developer with lots of clients. Themes Kingdom’s themes also all come with PSDs, so creating mockups is a breeze. And they do their best to make their themes easy to use and customize to make your job easier, and your clients that much happier.
Themify offers premium drag & drop WordPress themes. You read that correctly – all of their themes support their easy to use drag and drop page builder plugin (it’s been integrated into their framework). So whether you’re new to WordPress or if you work with it everyday, anyone can create truly custom page layouts and websites with Themify.
WPZoom creates great WordPress themes that can be used for news, magazines, fitness sites, political pages, restaurant websites, photography portfolios, business sites and more. With 50 themes to choose from you’re sure to find one or two that you just have to have – like their Energy fitness theme, or Photoframe photo blog.