I’ve been asked a few times what wordpress plugins I use + love, so I thought I’d do a little round-up post. Please note that these are subjective and there are usually several kinds of plugins for any given need out there! My suggestion would be to do your research and test em’ out to see what you like best. So without further ado, here are some sweet plugins :
PINTEREST PIN IT BUTTON Nowadays, it’s trendy to have an image hover that allows your readers to “pin” images straight to their boards. There are a TON of options out there for this, but I’ve been most successful with this plugin. The reason I love it is because a separate pinterest box pops up that doesn’t interfere with your actual site. Beware of some plugins that actually take visitors away from your site.
COMMENT REPLY I personally use WordPress’ native “reply to comments” feature in my theme, but if yours doesn’t have that enabled and you don’t know how to do so – I would suggest using a simple plugin like this one or this one. These work straight out of the box and send an email to anyone who has received a reply to their comment. I think having something like this enabled is KEY for communication within your blog. I absolutely love replying to comments on my end and the discussions that ensues!
As I started to receive applications for my internship position I posted about a few weeks ago ( NOW CLOSED ) — I realized that it could be very helpful to write some resume, cover letter, and general application tips for those of you applying for creative jobs out there. Landing that dream job of yours is all about how well you present yourself. Here are a few things to keep in mind :
FIRST LOOK – One of the most important things you can realize before applying for a creative job is that your work MATTERS. The person looking over your materials will almost always look at your portfolio ( or work submitted ) first. With that said, your portfolio and work should be presented in a way that you are proud of and be top priority. Everything should be up to date and tailored to showcase your best work. Make viewers WANT to stay and explore more about you + your work.
I thought it was about time to share another batch of my favorite web fonts, so here we are! You can see some of the past round ups here, here, & here if fonts are your thing. One of my favorites out of this bunch definitely has to be Sanchez. It’s a slab serif that looks good both small AND large, which is always a plus. Very versatile. Another good one has always been Raleway. Now, this one is a bit more tricky simply because it looks best large and you definitely can’t use it as body copy. It shines best as a header or decorative typeface. You can download and play around with the rest of them via the links below. All free :
croissant one / sanchez / raleway / antic didone / roboto condensed / satisfy
Awhile back, I hosted a little freelancing Q&A sessions via facebook, and I’m ready to do that again, blogging style. All day today ( from 9-7CST ) I will be taking questions on facebook and answering them as soon as I can. To participate, please head on over to my facebook page and look for my post over there about the Q&A sesh. I’d like to keep all of the comments and questions under one post so that everyone can follow along. I will tag your name in my response in order for you to receive a notification. So what are you waiting for?? Head on over and ask about anything blogging related!
It’s been awhile since my last web font roundup. You can see the previous two here & here. Being that I design a lot of websites, I’ve dug even further into google web fonts and have found some more goodies to share with you guys! I stumbled upon Monsterrat last week and absolutely fell in love with the bold weight of it all, especially in caps. A great one for headers. As for serif fonts, Playfair Display is a definite bookmark. I know, first hand, how hard it is to find a good ( + free ) display serif that has contrasting line thicknesses. Plus, how cool is that ampersand? Yeah. The good news is that ALL of these fonts are free and available on google web fonts, which makes everybody’s day just a little bit easier. You can check them out below :
montserrat / old standard / open sans / sail / playfair display / copse