Material Design - Pinterest Layout

Material Design Masonry Layout

One of the most popular themes over at BragThemes.com is PinStrap. Most people find it by looking for WordPress themes with a “Pinterest layout” or “Pinterest design”. Pinterest really made the masonry layout popular and a lot of people want the same design for their website.

Since material design has been gaining popularity, I thought it would be nice to integrate the masonry layout within the MDLWP WordPress theme.

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Strappress - Rich Eisen

A StrapPress Surprise

If you have followed my online ventures over the last few years then you probably know about StrapPress. If not, where have you been? Just kidding.. but really..

StrapPress was my first WordPress theme based off the popular Bootstrap framework. The theme has changed a ton over the years based on user feedback and new Bootstrap features. StrapPress is really a great theme for those who want to use all the Bootstrap components in a WordPress theme.

Some people use StrapPress as-is and others use it as a parent theme to build a customized look and feel for their website(s). This brings me to why I wrote this post…

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Material Design Lite WordPress Theme

Material Design Lite WordPress Theme

Google recently announced Material Design Lite which includes CSS, HTML, and Javascript to help you add Material Design components to a website.

Material Design Lite lets you add a Material Design look and feel to your websites. It doesn’t rely on any JavaScript frameworks and aims to optimize for cross-device use, gracefully degrade in older browsers, and offer an experience that is immediately accessible.

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Last Post Class

Adding a Class to the last WordPress Post

So the other day I as working on a WordPress theme where I was including bottom borders after every blog post. I liked the way this looked except for the last post.. In this case, the last post had a bottom border and didn’t look good with the navigation. The CSS selector :last-child wasn’t giving me the result I was looking for so I did some searching..

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Material Design WordPress Theme

Material Design WordPress Theme

You might have heard Google has been putting together a set of guidelines for web and application design called Material Design. These guidelines and principles set the baseline that web developers and designers should follow for the best user experience.

Google hasn’t released any markup or code, but there are a lot of projects online that are following there guidelines to create Material design frameworks. The one that caught my attention created a Material Design Bootstrap theme. You can see the demo here.

Since I have been building Bootstrap WordPress themes over at BragThemes.com and GentsThemes.com, I thought a Material Design WordPress Theme would be a fun project. So I put together a WordPress theme that uses the Material Design Bootstrap theme and called it MaterialWP.

If this is something you might be interested in, you can download it at MaterialWP.com or on GitHub.

Let me know what you think!

Magento Header into WordPress

How to pull the Magento header and footer into WordPress

Update: Notice this post is 5+ years old which means this post is ancient in the online world. Some or all of the solution in this post may or may not work currently for your project.

Recently I had a client that was running a Magento eCommerce store and wanted to use WordPress as their blog CMS. That is all fine and dandy as we just installed WordPress in a subdirectory and had it up and running in no time. The next tasks was to make the WordPress blog look like it is integrated into the Magento store by pulling the Magento header and footer into the WordPress theme.

To do this, I ended up using cURL to fetch the HTML of the Magento header between two comment tags.. For example, here is the header.php of the WordPress theme.

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