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Top 5 Irish Inventions

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In honour of St Patrick’s Day we thought someone should celebrate a few of Ireland’s top contributions to society. Thanks Ireland!

1. Chocolate Milk

Sir Hans Sloane

Yes we have the Emerald Isle to thank for this most delicious of drinks. Sir Hans Sloane discovered locals mixing cocoa with water in Jamaica, decided this was vile and so mixed it with milk. I for one will be forever thankful for this invention.

Sir Sloane also left his collection of artefacts to the nation establishing the foundation of the British Museum. Also impressive but we’re focusing on the chocolate milk.

2. Modern Chemistry

Modern Chemistry

Sir Robert Boyle from County Waterford is recognised as one of the founders of modern chemistry with his book The Sceptical Chymist. He is also well known for Boyle’s Law which has something to do with Gas. . .

3. The Modern Tank

The Modern Tank

The invention that changed warfare forever, the modern tank, was co-invented by Major Walter Gordon Wilson from Dublin after Sir Winston Churchill issued an all points bulletin for it’s creation.

4. Colour Photography

Colour Photography

Creating colour photographs required the help of Irish born John Joly inventing something now called the Joly Colour Process. Imagine a life where the vibrant green of your kale salad couldn’t be seen on instagram? It just doesn’t bare thinking about.

5. Whiskey

Whiskey

Guiness may be Ireland’s most famous contribution to alcohol but did you know that the first written reference to Whiskey is from Ireland as far back as 1405. It references a Chieftain who dies from drinking too much at Christmas.

Do you know of any other Irish inventions?

Top 5 PHP Scripts

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In this blog you will find all the information you need when dealing with PHP based Scripts, we will be covering features, function and I will be giving you my opinion on the script.

1) WordPress

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Overview

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.  WordPress is a completely free platform and yet utterly priceless at the same time. WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.  WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on hundreds of thousands of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.

Features

  • Full standards compliance
  • Changes you make to your templates or entries are reflected immediately on your site
  • Pages allow you to manage non-blog content easily, so for example you could have a static “About” page that you manage through WordPress.
  • Links allows you to create, maintain, and update any number of blogrolls through your administration interface. This is much faster than calling an external blogroll manager.
  • WordPress comes with a full theme system
  • Cross-blog communication tools : Trackback and Pingback
  • Comments
  • Spam protection
  • Full user registration
  • Password Protected Posts
  • Easy installation and upgrades
  • Easy Importing for Movable Type, Textpattern, Greymatter, Blogger, and b2
  • XML-RPC interface
  • Workflow : You can have types of users that can only post drafts, not publish to the front page.
  • Intelligent text formatting
  • Multiple authors
  • Bookmarklets
  • Ping away :WordPress supports pinging Ping-O-Matic, which means maximum exposure for your blog to search engines.

Our Rating

WordPress is by far the best CMS out there with so many core functions, you can create practically anything. And with the amount of developers using WordPress and modifying it by creating plugins and theme, it’s hard to find something that has never been done on WordPress…

At Nova we pride ourselves in saying that we are WordPress experts and have created countless website using this easy CMS system which allows us and our customers to have complete access to content and images.   Thus giving them the freedom to create their own pages and posts in the future with ease.

 

2) OpenCart

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Overview

OpenCart is an open source PHP-based online shopping cart system. It is a robust e-commerce solution for Internet merchants with the ability to create their own online business and participate in e-commerce at a minimal cost. OpenCart is designed; feature rich, easy to use, search engine-friendly and with a visually appealing interface.

Features

  • Unlimited Categories
  • Open Souce
  • Unlimited Products
  • Free Documentation
  • Unlimited Manufacturers
  • Templatable
  • Multi Currency
  • Automatic Image Resize
  • Multi Language
  • 20+ Payment Gateways
  • Product Reviews
  • 8+ Shipping Methods
  • Product Ratings

Our Rating

A very simple and easy to use E-commerce shop with so many functions it is no surprise that this is the Best E-commerce PHP Script.  If you begin with a very good standard theme, it’s effortless to create your shop within hours.

 

3) PrestaShop

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Overview

PrestaShop e-Commerce Solution was built to take advantage of essential Web 2.0 innovations such as dynamic AJAX-powered features and next-generation ergonomy. PrestaShop guides users through your product catalog intelligently and effortlessly, turning intrigued visitors into paying customers.

Features

Front-office

  • Featured products on homepage
  • Top sellers on homepage
  • New items on homepage
  • ‘Free shipping’ offers
  • Cross-selling (Accessories)
  • Product image zoom
  • Order out-of-stock items
  • Customer subscription & user accounts
  • Payment by bank wire
  • Google Checkout module
  • Cash-On-Delivery (COD)
  • Preconfigured for Paypal

Back-office

  • Unlimited categories & subcategories, product attribute combinations, product specs, images, currencies, tax settings, carriers & destinations
  • Real-time currency exchange rates
  • Inventory management
  • Unlimited languages & dialects
  • 100% modifiable graphic themes
  • Newsletter contact export
  • Alias search
  • SSL encryption
  • Visitors online
  • Customer groups

Our Rating

One of the best features about this E-commerce Script is the well designed and easy to use admin panel, which is a great improvement compared to other E-commerce scripts. The front end however is a bit disappointing as the design has not been finished with the same quality as this script’s functionality.

 

4) Drupal

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Overview

Drupal is an open-source platform and content management system for building dynamic web sites, offering a broad range of features and services including; user administration, publishing workflow, discussion capabilities, news aggregation, metadata functionalities.  It also uses controlled vocabularies and XML publishing for content sharing purposes. Equipped with a powerful blend of features and configurability, Drupal can support a diverse range of web projects ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven sites.

Features

  • Collaborative Book
  • Friendly URLs
  • Modules
  • Online help
  • Open source
  • Personalization
  • Role based permission system
  • Searching
  • User management
  • Polls
  • Templating
  • Threaded comments
  • Version control
  • Blogger API support
  • Content syndication
  • News aggregator
  • Permalinks
  • Analysis, Tracking and Statistics
  • Logging and Reporting
  • Web based administration
  • Discussion forums
  • Caching

Our Rating

Drupal is the next best thing from WordPress.  As a CMS with many developers working on Plugins and themes it’s easy to create your website the way you want it without knowing different coding languages.

 

5) phpBB

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Overview

phpBB is used by millions of people on a daily basis, making it the most widely used open source bulletin board system in the world. Whether you want to stay in touch with a small group of friends or are looking to set up a large multi-category board for a corporate website, phpBB has the features you need built in.  Newer users will appreciate phpBB’s extensive administration panel, which allows the customisation of even the most intricate features without having to edit code directly, while advanced users will value the ease with which phpBB can be integrated into existing systems.

Features

Some of phpBB3’s major features include:

  • Modular design for the Admin Control Panel, Moderator Control Panel, and User Control Panel
  • Support for multiple database management systems, including MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Firebird, OpenLink Virtuoso, and other ODBC-accessible DBMS
  • Support for unlimited levels of subforums
  • Ability to create custom-defined BBCode
  • Ability to create custom profile fields
  • Permissions system
  • UTF-8 Support
  • User Preferences
  • Moderation
  • Administration
  • Search Engine spider Handling
  • Unread message tracking
  • Private Message System
  • Statistics

Our Rating

This is my first choice for creating a Forum as it is extremely simple to create and with a 1 Click Installer like Softaculous, its makes your job a lot easier.  With hundreds of FREE themes to choice from and many more premium choices it is extremely easy to find your ideal forum design.

“Please note information has been taken from softaculous”

Top 5 Photography WordPress Themes

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There are possible hundreds of Photography word press themes out there that look fabulous but which one should you buy?… This list of 5 New Photography WordPress Themes will help you decide on the best theme for you…

 

1) HQ Photography Responsive WP Theme

HQ

Website: http://themeforest.net/item/hq-photography-responsive-wp-theme/3200962

Demo: http://demo.themedev.me/?theme=HQ%20W

HQ is a great theme with full screen image and video capabilities, a homepage with an excellent slider and a pop out sidebar with an accordion style vertical navigation. This theme is a very high detailed, well documented and comes with the GT3 page builder which makes it easier for users who cannot create WordPress pages as quickly as others. I particularly like the Homepage with Grid Gallery, Its a very good layout for users with lots and lots of images as it is a 6 column layout.

Theme Features

  • WordPress 3.5 Ready
  • Drag & drop GT3 Page Builder
  • Fully Responsive
  • HTML5 & CSS Code
  • Easy Installation (demo content import)
  • Translator
  • Color Option
  • Google Font Support 500+
  • Theme Settings Panel
  • Custom Landing Page
  • Display Menu Permanently
  • Password Protected Galleries
  • Gallery Settings (fit image options)
  • Home Page with Fullscreen Slider
  • Home Page with Grid Gallery
  • Home Page with Static Image Background
  • Home Page with Video Background
  • Fullscreen Photo/Video Grid Gallery
  • Custom Modules
  • Custom Shortcodes
  • Custom Widgets
  • Post Formats Support (youtube and vimeo support)
  • Portfolio Pages
  • Unlimited Sidebars
  • Working Ajax Contact Form
  • Layer Slider Plugin (included)
  • PSD Files Included
  • Documentation

2) Flashlight – fullscreen background portfolio theme

flashlight

Website: http://themeforest.net/item/flashlight-fullscreen-background-portfolio-theme/616050

Demo: http://www.kriesi.at/themedemo/?theme=flashlight

FlashLight is a simple theme with many different layouts for galleries, portfolio and pages. but the key feature about this website is has woo-commerce integration which is a great idea for users who want to sell there images online. There is 2 different CSS skins for this theme light and dark, that both look fantastic.

KEY FEATURES OVERVIEW

  • 6 different Galleries (Fullscreen, Masonry Grid, Inline Slideshow, Inline Attached, Classic 3 Column, WordPress Default)
  • Shop support with woocommerce: the theme now lets you sell your pics with ease
  • Any Number of Galleries possible, Galleries can be attached to each post, page or portfolio entry
  • Exif data display
  • Password protected posts and galleries
  • Performant javascript fullscreen slider on very large resolutions. Supports pattern overlay of images, autosliding, tooltips, thumbnails and more
  • Optional image overlays for background slider, so visitors cant just right click and save your images
  • Supports Inline Video Content with the help of WordPress Embed function
  • No plugins needed whatsoever, everything is included within the theme
  • Translation Ready
  • Visual Shortcode editor with preview function
  • Custom Widgets like: Recent News, Recent Portfolio entries, Twitter, Twitter + RSS follower count
  • Color picker options for any number of gorgeous color settings.
  • Unqiue Sidebars for each page/category possible
  • Ajax Contact Form
  • Extensive User Manual, short videos and professional theme support by me and my team to fix any kind of problems
  • Growing community in our support forum: 4500 registered users, 5300 Topics, 25000 Posts. We do care that your site works!
  • Portfolios & Portfolio Custom Post types
  • jQuery 100% unobtrusive wich degrades gracefully if javascript is turned off
  • Code built with SEO best practice in mind
  • PSDs included

3) This Way WP Full Video/Image Background with Audio

This Way

Website: http://themeforest.net/item/this-way-wp-full-videoimage-background-with-audio/943634

Demo: http://themes.renklibeyaz.com/?theme=ThisWayWP

One of the best things about the This Way Theme is its pure beauty that shines through its CSS and HTML coding, such as the menu on the right hand side that follows your cursor around the page, and when you hover over the menu icon it changes to the navigation. When you select a page on the navigation it overlays the page onto of the homepage which is a slider format with images and videos, with very unique pages and shortcodes this website is a very good choice for anyone looking to create a photography based website.

GENERAL FEATURES:

  • Audio support
  • Ajax Content Loading
  • 4 columns design options
  • Optimized features for IPhone, Ipad and Android devices but it is not responsive
  • Portfolio filter
  • Contact form validation
  • Deeplink Support
  • Twitter feeds
  • Valid HTML
  • Pretty photo lightbox
  • 617+ Google fonts
  • Google map
  • Button and special elements support
  • PSD & Fireworks layered PNG Files
  • Video help documents
  • WordPress version 3.5 and Earlier Versions Compatible

4) Kaleido Responsive Fullscreen Studio for WordPress

Kaleido

Website: http://themeforest.net/item/kaleido-responsive-fullscreen-studio-for-wordpress/3635599

Demo: http://www.imaginemthemes.com/themes/?theme=Kaleido

Kaleido is a user friendly simplistic theme that contains audio, video and images on its homepage slider which makes this theme look fantastic. With features such as the filterable portfolio, slideshows, audio, Google maps, picture frames and many more this theme is everything you need to create you photography website fast and cheaply.

FEATURES:

  • Fullscreen Portfolio
  • Responsive
  • Light + Dark
  • MultiColour Options
  • Postformats
  • Unlimited Portfolio
  • Contact Template
  • 400+ Google Fonts
  • Shortcodes
  • Advanced Options
  • Lightbox Activated Slideshow Thumbnails
  • Password Protected Portfolio Thumbnails
  • Iris Colour, Background and Font Selectors
  • and Many More

5) Slash WP

Slash

Website: http://themeforest.net/item/slash-wp/701905

Demo: http://themeforest.net/item/slash-wp/full_screen_preview/701905

The SLASH theme contains lots of features such as self-hosted videos on the slideshows to unique looking masonry portfolio layouts, this theme has a very unique look that you may find is not your style but this theme looks the part and its jQuery, CSS and HTML shine through on this theme.

Some of SLASH WP features:

This theme provides you with several full-screen homepage templates: video homepage, awesome slideshow (with the option to preserve original image proportions), and static-image page.

Portfolio pages allows you to show both photo and video works. Dynamic AJAX filtering + awesome jQuery Isotope animation make your portfolio extremely usable and easy to navigate.

Gallery pages have both classical (photos only) and 2-layer (Albums -> Photos) layout types.

Homepage Slideshow, Portfolio and Gallery modules are powered by WordPress custom content types. So there will be no mess between different types of your content.

Theme Options page and Background Builder function will help you to create pro-looking and sexy skin for your website and customize it beyond recognition just in a few clicks!

Top 5 One Page WordPress Themes

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There are possible hundreds of One Page WordPress themes out there that look fabulous but which one should you buy?… This list of 5 New One Page WordPress Themes will help you decide on the best theme for you…

 

1) The One Pager

theonepager

Website: http://www.woothemes.com/products/the-one-pager/

Demo: http://demo2.woothemes.com/?name=theonepager

This theme costs $70 and comes with 2 bonus themes from the WooThemes Catalogue this works out at $23.33  , for this you get a fully customizable homepage with editable headers and woo plugins such as WooSlider, Features, Testimonials and Woo Commerce. Of course you get the WooThemes framework which as many user know is a very good documented framework, This  means you can set up your site very quickly and efficiently.

 

2) Emerald

emerald

Website: http://themeforest.net/item/emerald-responsive-onepage-wordpress-theme/4934333

Demo: http://themeforest.net/item/emerald-responsive-onepage-wordpress-theme/full_screen_preview/4934333

This theme costs $40 off of Theme Forest, for this you get a fully responsive Website that contains:

  • Metro Flipboard Slider
  • Drag  & Drop, Demo Content
  • Advance Them Options
  • Revolution Slider (worth $15)
  • 300+ Retina Ready Icons
  • Shortcodes
  • Elegant Blog Design.

One of the best things I found with this theme is that you Create each section of your page in a “page sections” area in the back end of WordPress that provides you with the ability to create as many sections as you choose, in the menu section of WordPress there is a section called “Visible sections” where you can add, remove and move the order of the page, this gives you the ability to make your page look the way you want it to without lots of manual moving around content.

 

3) Kallyas

kallyas

Website: http://themeforest.net/item/kallyas-responsive-multipurpose-wordpress-theme/4091658

Demo: http://themeforest.net/item/kallyas-responsive-multipurpose-wordpress-theme/full_screen_preview/4091658

This theme costs $55 and has lots of features and a powerful admin panel with lots of customizable options, here is a few examples:

  • amazing customizable page builder
  • reponsive layout
  • smart loader
  • SEO Ready
  • WPML Ready
  • Translation ready
  • Unlimited Headers
  • Unlimited Colours
  • WooCommerce Integration
  • Dummy Data Included
  • Unlited Homepage Variations
  • Dark/light versions
  • Huge  cool modern sliders variations
  • Multiple Portfolio Layouts
  • Lots of custom pages
  • & Many Many More

What I liked about this theme is that it is very modern and can be made to be a one page website very easily but still have has the option to be more than one. After using theme for a Semi-One page website with an e-commerce section I found that it was very quick to set up and the core framework of the website was made very quickly…

 

4) Scroller

scroller

Website: http://themeforest.net/item/scroller-parallax-scroll-responsive-theme/4858606?ref=Dannci

Demo: http://themnific.dannci.com/06/

This theme doesn’t have many purchases which is a good thing because it means that this theme isn’t plastered over the web like some WordPress themes, this theme contains lots of features such as:

  • Advanced theme admin panel,
  • Modular homepage – Layout sections + Layout Shortcodes,
  • Scroll menu with dropdowns,
  • Responsive layout,
  • Unlimited color schemes – using colorpickers,
  • Font selector/custom typography – 57 fonts available (web-safe fonts and Google webfonts),
  • Full-Screen jQuery sliders (Content and Caption slider),
  • Custom posts: Layout, Slider, Services, Portfolio, Clients, Staff and Pricing tables,
  • 3 homepage portfolio sections – slider, carousel and classic layout,
  • 7 Posts formats: standard, video, audio, gallery, image, link, quote,
  • Custom archive post,
  • Video ready – custom metaboxes,
  • Logo and favicon upload,
  • Social networks section,
  • Dropdown menu (custom menus are possible),
  • Author template,
  • Translation ready,
  • WordPress 3.5 + ready,
  • Smooth tabless design.

with is modern smooth high resolution design that includes 2 demo templates for you to choose from your website will look the envy of your profession. The of CSS Design work and parallax features really makes it stand out from the rest and its one of my personal favourites.

5) Mercurial

mercurial

Website: http://themeforest.net/item/mercurial-one-page-parallax-wordpress-theme/3505513

Demo: http://themes.sqrt121.com/?theme=mercurial

Mercurial is the theme that you would need if your company was very graphical as the design is based on full width parallax images, this theme has many features such as:

  • One page with parallax effect
  • Liquid smooth scrolling
  • Fully responsive
  • Retina display ready
  • Custom color/background on every front page section and on all the pages.
  • Shortcode based (create front page sections / pages easy using shortcodes)
  • 17 awesome shortcodes (columns, buttons, alerts, toggles, tabs, text types – for typographic effects, smart padding – for smart spacing, sliders, info columns, team, pricing tables, skill bars, portfolios, clients logos, social icons, twitter feed and contact form)
  • Full Localisation Support (contains .po/.mo files)
  • Post Format Support (Gallery, Standard, Video)
  • Extensive Documentation
  • Many more …

One of the highlight features of this theme if the portfolio it is the most important part for this graphical WordPress theme, there needs to be lots more features in this theme and more CSS design work, such as more animation on the portfolio items when highlighted.

Make A Modern Blog In Under 30 minutes

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Have you ever wanted to create a stylish blog but thought it was too complicated or that it might take too much time?  As part of Nova Technology month I will explain how to make a modern blog in under 30 minutes using technology that I have discovered with my time at Nova Digital Media.

STEP 1) Installing WordPress

First you will need to install WordPress.  If your hosting has One-Click Installs you can use this to install WordPress very quickly. If your Hosting doesn’t have this you will need to install WordPress manually. If you need a post on how to install WordPress manually have a look at this one:  http://www.novadigitalmedia.com/install-wordpress/ . Once you Have successfully installed WordPress you will need to login and move onto step 2.

STEP 2) Configuring wordpress

You can configure WordPress by using the settings section in the left sidebar of the backend of WordPress, this is where you can change your site name and permalinks settings.wordpress config 2wordpress config

STEP 3) Installing Diablo WordPress Theme

First you will need to purchase and download the theme from themeforest, http://themeforest.net/item/diablo-eyecandy-minimal-responsive-wp-theme/4293221. You can install the theme via FTP or the theme upload section of WordPress.  For upload via FTP you will need to transfer the Diablo FTP ready Folder into wp-admin/themes, or via the backend of wordpress you will need to go to Appearance > Themes > Upload, then upload the ZIP file of the theme.

Then you will need to then activate the theme by going to Appearance > Themes, then select activate the Diablo theme.theme upload

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STEP 4) Installing Sample content

You can install the sample content from the Diablo Install pack you downloaded.  It will contain an XML file that you can upload via Tools > Upload > WordPress.  After you upload the XML it will Install all the sample pages.

The theme install pack also contains TXT files that are sample for the different layout you can have such as Colored, Dark and full width, If you open the TXT file and copy the contents then go to Diablo > Export/Import, and paste the contents into the export and press save.

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STEP 5) Configure Diablo Theme

By going to the Diablo section in the right sidebar you can configure all the settings you choose to change.

Please use the Diablo Documentation for further information about the theme or set-up of the theme.

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STEP 6) Enjoy Your Blog

Congratulations you now have a blog that is ready for you to post your content.

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Happy Blogging