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September 09 2019

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New Course: Easier Project Setup With the Vue.js CLI 3

Setting up a new Vue.js project will get a whole lot easier if you watch our new course, Easier Project Setup With the Vue.js CLI 3.

What You’ll Learn

Front-end coding has come a long way since JavaScript first appeared, but more sophisticated frameworks and tools mean that setting up a project or development environment can be tedious and time consuming. But if you use Vue.js, the Vue CLI can get you up and developing with little to no configuration.

Easier Project Setup With the Vuejs CLI 3

In this course, Jeremy McPeak will show you how to use the Vue CLI to create and configure your Vue projects. You'll learn some of the key options for a new project, how to add new pages, how to work with assets, and how to use Node.js environment variables. And finally, you'll learn how to build your app for deployment.

Watch the Introduction


Take the Course

You can take our new course straight away with a subscription to Envato Elements. For a single low monthly fee, you get access not only to this course, but also to our growing library of over 1,250 video courses and industry-leading eBooks on Envato Tuts+. 

Plus you can download unlimited items from the huge Envato Elements library of more than 1.3 million creative assets. Create with unique fonts, photos, graphics and templates, and deliver better projects faster.

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September 07 2019


Best Material Design Android App Templates

Android app templates are an indispensable tool for budding developers who want to improve their coding skills by studying the building blocks of an app while building their own. They're also useful for more experienced developers who are looking to cut down on the time and effort involved in creating an app from scratch and focus their energies on the unique and customised parts of creating a new app.

With this in mind, it is really worth considering a Material Design template. Why, you might ask? Well, because Material Design, an Android-oriented design language created by Google, combines the principles of good design with the innovation of technology to create an onscreen touch experience that is second to none.  

Take one of CodeCanyon's best Material Design Android app templates for a spin and you'll see what I mean.

1. Material Design UI Android Template App 

Material Design UI

Material Design UI is a stylish and modern Android UI template with five gorgeous themes that can be used to make any app project stand out from the crowd. The template themes focus on social, travel, media, and shopping apps, and there is a universal theme that can be used with a wider variety of apps. The template uses hundreds of UI elements that can be recombined endlessly to create a beautiful and unique-looking app.

User mposhtkouhi says:

"Good collection of UI code. Saves you a tremendous amount of time.

2. Universal Android WebView App

Universal Android WebView App

Some clients want to convert their site into a beautiful app that allows their visitors to access key features of their website from their mobile phones and tablets, easily and seamlessly. Universal Android WebView App allows developers to make that happen with minimum fuss. It is compatible with WordPress and other web frameworks, is highly customisable, and is packed with features.

User Linkadmin says:

"Awesome app! Clean, well organized code and excellent documentation that guides you through customization"

3. MaterialX


MaterialX is a UI template that makes your apps look amazing by providing you with beautiful, ready-to-use materials, so that no matter what app you’re creating, you can implement it in the code. Features include grid, list, and tab views, media player, social media timeline, eCommerce shopping, and more. 

User tusharmate says:

"Nice designs. Good quality. Many layouts available to design your projects."

4. Android News App

Android News App

Need to create a mobile news app for Android devices? Look no further than the Android News App template. Users can view the latest news in different categories, save articles as favourites, get notified about the latest articles, and more. It comes with an easy-to-use admin dashboard for modifying the news categories and other details.

User saurabhn says:

"Extremely well-made app. Good code quality and documentation."

5. SuperView—WebView App

SuperViewWebView App

SuperView helps you create a single page web app with on-screen or no navigation, like an interactive page or web-based slideshow. It's perfect for web developers who want to ease the difficult learning curve associated with writing native apps in Java.

User Ankudowicz says:

"Very good and easy to edit code. Good work"

6. Universal Android App

Universal Android App

Universal Android App is one of the best and most popular Material Design Android app templates available at CodeCanyon. This awesome app lets users create just about any app they want by pulling in unlimited content from sources such as blogs, timelines, feeds, channels, playlists, or webpages, and easily combine them into one customisable app. The template supports the most popular web content sources, like WordPress, YouTube, Facebook, and RSS.

User VishnuGoyalLIVE says:

'Thanks for this wonderful app template. I'm not a professional coder and I was able to launch my Android app with Universal.'

7. eCommerce Online Shop App

eCommerce  Online Shop App

eCommerce Online Shop App is an Android app template for creating eCommerce apps to promote and sell your product. The app offers a powerful admin panel for managing orders, creating categories and product menus, and organising currencies, taxes, and users. The UI implementation is based on Material Design guidelines. The template uses the official Google support library and is built using the latest Android Suite.

User ManoharOfficial says:

'Awesome developer. Well organized code and documentation. Would like to purchase more in the future.'

8. City Guide

City Guide

Create your own handy travel guide app for the city of your choice with the City Guide Android app template. The template, which was developed in Android Studio and styled with Material Design, doesn’t require programming skills to use, and with just one config file to set up, is easy to configure and customise. 

You can organise your chosen city highlights in categories like attractions, sports, hotels, or nightlife. These chosen highlights can also be viewed as clickable spots on an interactive map which uses geolocation to identify your phone’s current position and distance from each highlight.

User michalis1984 says:

“Great start point to build your own app (if you know coding) or to use as it is to create a simple basic app with the provided functionality with limited or even no knowledge of coding. Great work! Coding structure is clear.”

9. Your Radio App

Your Radio App

Your Radio App is perfect for developers who want to create their own mobile Internet radio-streaming app. With a powerful admin panel, the app can manage unlimited radio stations and categories and supports many formats.

User sbonyaka says:

"Great online radio streaming app for Android. The app is truly amazing and works exactly as advertised and comes with easy to use documentation, as well a good level of support from the developer."

10. Cookbook Recipe App

Cookbook Recipe App

The Cookbook Recipe App template gives experienced and novice developers alike an easy way to make their own recipe app, as it doesn’t require programming skills and the code is easy to configure and customise.

The app has many great built-in features like a drawer menu with categories, shopping list, favourites, a powerful search, Google Analytics, various animations and effects, and more.

Cookbook Recipe App stores recipes in a local SQLite database so users can run the app without an Internet connection.

User okopca says:

'Great code, great developer.'


That's it for our list of the best Material Design Android app templates. Though we've limited our list to 10, there are many more wonderful Material Design app templates available at CodeCanyon, so if none of them quite fits your needs, there are plenty of other great options to choose from. If you want to find other great Android app templates, check out these very useful articles below:

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How to Create a Web Booking Form With the Smart Forms Script

Booking forms can serve a lot of purposes on a website. You can use them to allow your visitors to book a hotel room or tickets to a popular event. They can also be used for other things like booking appointments with clients.

They are a great way for people to simply give you all the necessary information about their stay or visit and check the availability on a particular date. This saves both you and your clients a lot of hassle.

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There are a lot of plugins and scripts available for you to add booking forms to your website. The right choice for your situation depends on the features that you are looking for as well as factors like ease of use and budget. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a booking form for your website using the Smart Forms script from CodeCanyon.

Why Use Smart Forms?

Before we start diving deeper into the topic, I would like to explain why I chose Smart Forms for this task.

One of the first things that you will note on the description page of Smart Forms is that it offers a lot of features and allows you to create all kinds of forms. There is a good chance that the website you are creating will need at least a few other different types of forms, such as a contact form or a comment form. With Smart Forms, you will be able to create all of these in very little time.

You also get lots of options when it comes to customization and features. The script is updated on a regular basis and keeps receiving new features. It also offers a large number of starter templates with different forms in three unique styles and color schemes. This way you can be certain that any form you create blends in perfectly with the rest of your webpage.

What We'll Be Building

Let's create the front-end of a booking form using Smart Forms. We will be creating a form to book hotel rooms. The same principles will be applicable for creating a booking form for an event or any other type of form. You just have to make the appropriate changes to the input fields.

Here's what we'll be making:

Room reservation form

Getting Started

If you haven't already, the first step would be to purchase the script from CodeCanyon. You will be able to download the files after you purchase the script, and you'll also be entitled to free lifetime updates and support for six months.

After you extract the downloaded .zip file, you will notice that it already contains a lot of templates for everything ranging from simple comment and contact forms to some multi-step forms. You can simply start using any of these templates in your projects and be good to go in ten to fifteen minutes.

To help you understand all the basics, we will be creating our booking form from scratch.

Creating the Booking Form

The markup of the booking form page should look something like this in the beginning.

Smart Forms relies on Font Awesome to add all the icons to the form, so you have to load both the CSS files.

Now, we will move on to the contents of our booking form. The Smart Forms framework divides the form into three sections: the form header, the form body, and the form footer.

The form header section at the top is used to display the form title in a presentable manner. For a booking form, you could say something like Book a room online or Make reservations in minutes.

The form body will contain a bunch of elements that visitors have filled out. You could ask for any relevant information here, like the number of adult guests and the number of children accompanying them. Similarly, you could ask for their period of stay, contact information, and other necessary details.

The form footer section contains the buttons to submit or cancel the form. It is displayed prominently at the bottom of the form.

Add the Smart Form Boilerplate

Here is the form markup that we need to add inside the body of our webpage to display our booking form.

With all the markup that we have added to our page so far, you should get something similar to the image below.

Booking Form Header and Footer

Building Out the Form Components

Let's add our actual form elements to the booking form now. This is the markup that you need to do so. It will go inside the div tag with class form-body.

With all the markup added into the form, it should now look like the image below.

Complete Booking Form

It might seem like a lot of code now, but you can copy most of it from different starter templates. After that, you simply need to make little changes to the markup in order to customize it. For example, you can easily change the class of the Font Awesome icons for a more accurate representation of the input fields.

It is important to remember that you should be careful when making changes to some attributes of the form elements because this will affect the overall appearance or behavior of the form. For instance, you can change the width of different elements by changing the  colm classes. When two input elements in a row have classes colm8 and colm4, their width would be in the ratio 2:1. If the digits don't add up to 12, you will also see some blank space in that row.

Whenever you change the value of the name attribute of a field on the front-end, make sure to change the corresponding values in the PHP files on the back-end. This way, you won't lose any form data that users have provided.

Adding Validation to Our Booking Form

The Smart Forms framework relies on core jQuery and many other jQuery-related plugins to give you different features like a month and time picker or the ability to drag and drop files. There are a total of 22 different JavaScript files that you can use to enhance the functionality of the form.

Make sure that you only include the files that are necessary for your particular form to work. The function of each of these files is mentioned in the documentation. In our case, we will need to include the core jQuery file, the jQuery UI file, and form validation files.

You can simply add the following code to your webpage to include all the JavaScript files. You can place it either in the head of the document or just before the end of the body.

Once you have added the files, you need to add some code that can begin the validation process or add other elements like a date range picker to the form UI. Here is the code that you need to add.

You will have to replace booking-form with the id that you have set for your form, and it will automatically start validating the fields. The image below shows how the error messages show up by default after you start validation.

Form validation error example

You can pass a couple of options when initializing the date pickers. They will determine the UI of the calendar, like the number of months to show or the date from which the calendars should be shown. For example, setting defaultDate to +100w will open the calendars 100 weeks into the future.

One more thing worth noticing is that after you have selected a date, the check-in calendar sets the minimum date for the checkout calendar to be the selected date. This is done by the callback function attached to the onClose event. The checkout calendar does something similar, but it sets the maximum date for the check-in calendar.

Date picker calendar UI

Final Thoughts

In this tutorial, we learned how to create a booking form with the Smart Forms script available on CodeCanyon. During the process, we covered some basics to help you get started quickly and create your own unique forms. As you can see, it is very easy to create nice-looking forms with input validation and other enhancements using Smart Forms.

You can create a lot more than just booking forms with the Smart Forms framework. The process of creating the markup and adding JavaScript functionality will stay similar to what we have covered here. If you ever feel stuck, the detailed documentation will help you out. You also get access to free support for six months, so figuring out how to make a form work would be very easy.

My advice would be that you begin by making small changes to the starter templates provided in the download file and then begin creating custom forms from scratch.

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September 06 2019


14 Best PHP Event Calendar and Booking Scripts

There are several reasons PHP calendar, booking and event scripts might be a great addition to your website. If you’re a service provider, then it makes sense to have an appointment booking system on your site that allows potential customers to see your availability and select an appointment time and date that is best for them. This could cut down on needless calls to your business to make appointments and free up your time or your staff’s time.

Online calendars are also handy for organisations of any size to help team members share events and tasks and keep each other abreast of what other members are working on.

Their usefulness isn’t just limited to companies, however. Artists, writers, performers, bloggers and anyone else with an active public life could make good use of online calendars to let followers and fans know the whens and wheres of public appearances.

What Type of Script Do You Need?

When it comes to scripts in the event calendar and booking space, choosing the right one can get a little nebulous. They can take dozens of forms, and finding the right one for you can be a daunting task.

To help narrow the solutions down a bit, here’s a few questions to ask yourself before you get started:

  • Do I need to focus on events, which occur at specific times, with a large number of tickets to sell? Or on bookings, with a smaller number of services that could occur at any time?
  • Will I need to support only my business? Or are there others that will be included in my listings? For example, a business cooperative might need to handle bookings for multiple service providers.
  • Will there be a single entity that events or bookings are attributed to, or several—as in a hair studio, with several stylists available?
  • Do I need a script to embed into a current site, or do I need something that stands on its own?

With all this in mind, we’ve compiled 14 of our best PHP calendar, booking and events scripts available for download today at CodeCanyon. This post will help you choose the one that’s right for you.

1. Cleanto

Cleanto is ideal for many different types of service companies looking for a reliable way to provide clients with full-featured online booking.


Standout features:

  • PayPal, Authorize.Net, and Stripe payment methods
  • email reminders
  • auto confirm bookings
  • ability to add breaks in schedule
  • and more

User Crossera says:

“Amazing customer support. These guys came back to me within a day with a fix for all the problems I faced. The plugin can be customized to whatever your needs are.”

2. Appointo—Booking Management System

An end-to-end solution for booking, Appointo Booking Management System takes the heavy lifting off your CMS or static site. This script provides a front-end calendar and booking system that can be easily used to mark appointments or events. Then, on the administrative side, you can manage the events and services that are available, and keep track of customers or attendees.

Standout features:

  • front-end booking calendar
  • ability to manage services and booking
  • point-of-sale support
  • customer management
  • support for both PayPal and Stripe
Appointo PHP Booking Management System Admin Dashboard Appointo's admin dashboard in action

User moffei says:

“Cool and Clean Customer Support. The fastest customer support I've ever had on CodeCanyon, plus a better script for the job. I definitely recommend it.”

3. Vacation Rentals Booking Calendar

The Vacation Rentals Booking Calendar is an online vacation rental booking calendar script that allows property owners or management agencies to create and manage rental availability calendars for their vacation rental properties.

Vacation Rentals Booking Calendar

Standout features:

  • highly customizable
  • email notifications to site owner or administrator
  • XML and JSON availability feeds
  • export calendars to iCalendar format
  • and more

User Craignic says:

“Great product and quick support given when I had a query.”

4. SaaSAppoint

A little different from the rest of the scripts on this page, SaaSAppoint allows users to book appointments from multiple businesses in one place. Co-ops, business partnerships, and more can benefit from its directory style setup and single interface for booking from multiple vendors.

SaaSAppoint Booking Script The front-end of the SaaSAppoint booking script

Standout features:

  • multi-business booking support
  • time padding for appointments and blocked-off days
  • discount and coupon code support
  • email and SMS notifications
  • CSV report exporting

User travis-taylor says:

“This product is awesome, and just keeps getting better and better”

5. NodAPS Online Booking System

The NodAPS Online Booking System promises to help you manage your appointments more easily. You can create unlimited accounts with administrative, assistant, and staff permission, and add unlimited languages to the system. You can also change the booking time and date with a drag-and-drop feature.

NodAPS Online Booking System

Standout features:

  • multi-provider system
  • seven different booking type forms
  • multilingual
  • easy to install
  • and more

User Jam79 says:

“Very simple to use. Fast and effective support!”

6. Facebook Events Calendar

A large number of businesses use Facebook as their community hub, posting and sharing most of their events to the platform. Facebook Events Calendar exists to help close the gap between Facebook and your website, letting you embed many of the functions right into your site.

Facebook Events Calendar

Standout features include:

  • versions for standalone, WordPress, and Joomla platforms
  • display Facebook events directly on your site
  • calendar and list styles
  • several layout options
  • expand event information using a tooltip hover

7. Bookify

Bookify is one of the newest apps at CodeCanyon, but it is already proving to be quite popular with features such as an installation wizard that doesn't require any knowledge of code to use. Bookify also has Google Calendar sync, live chat, and detailed documentation.


Standout features:

  • Stripe and PayPal are supported
  • live chat
  • multi-language support
  • Google Calendar sync
  • and more

User Teatone says:

“Great customer support. Great code quality! If you are looking for something that works with great support, Bookify is the one.”

8. Laravel Booking System

The Laravel Booking System with live chat offers a great online system for booking and making appointments. Users can buy credits as a payment option and view available services, total transactions, their total credits, and administrator contact information via their dashboard.  

From the administrative side, the system administrator can manage all things system related: general settings, payment settings, and user management. Admins can also manage bookings and respond to inquiries from their dashboard. 

Laravel Booking System

Standout features include:

  • live chat
  • multi-language support
  • booking and transaction history
  • PayPal integration
  • and more

User brentxscholl says:

“This plugin works great. Great code. Customer service is fantastic. We asked for extended features and they were delivered for a reasonable price.”

9. Tiva Timetable

Fully responsive, easy to set up, and very customizable, the Tiva Timetable is a good choice for those who are looking for a calendar with a clean, simple, modern design.

Tiva Timetable

Standout features include:

  • responsive design
  • customisable theme
  • well-documented
  • three layouts available
  • and more

User mandrake62 says:

"Very good script, easy to install. Customer support at the top!"

10. Ajax Calendar 2

Ajax Calendar 2 is a highly customisable personal calendar designed to help you keep organised. This is a best-selling update of another popular script, the Ajax Full Featured Calendar.

Ajax Calendar 2

Standout features include:

  • PHP and JS versions with PHP classes and object-oriented programming
  • ability to auto-embed YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, or SoundCloud media
  • ability to export calendar or events to iCal format
  • supports recurring events
  • and more

User sv_fr says:

“Great script. Practical uses. Helpful support.”

11. Event Calendar

Built with jQuery FullCalendar and integrated into Bootstrap’s grid layout, the Event Calendar plugin allows users to organise and plan their events.

Event Calendar

Standout features:

  • create new types of events
  • ability to add fields such as title, colour, description, link, and photo
  • Google Fonts and Font Awesome icons
  • and more

User teddyedward says:

“Really enjoy using your script—it's perfect for my needs. It's also well documented and easy to use.”

12. eCalendar

Quite simply, the eCalendar script is designed to keep individual users or companies organised with a calendar that allows users to add as many events as needed, as well as updating details like the event title, location, or time.


Standout features:

  • choice of two designs
  • cross-browser compatibility (IE8+, Safari, Opera, Chrome, Firefox)
  • events are saved in your MySQL database
  • fully responsive design
  • and more

User levitschi says:

“Everything works perfectly! Support was better than I ever expected!”

13. Event Manager

Event Manager is an online booking system that has the advantage of displaying your events in three forms—calendar view, list view, or map location view using Google Maps.

Conceived for PHP and MySQL, built with the very popular jQuery Full Calendar plugin, and integrated into the Bootstrap grid layout, Event Manager is easy to add to your existing site.

Event Manager

Standout features:

  • fully responsive
  • highly customisable
  • three views available
  • well documented
  • and more

14. BookMySlot

Focusing largely on event bookings, BookMySlot takes it up a notch by allowing your site to handle multiple vendors, with their individual events nested underneath. This script is thorough and self-contained, so if you are looking for a turnkey solution, rather than something to add to an existing website, this could be the script for you.


Standout features:

  • thorough documentation
  • separate dashboards for admins and vendors
  • supports Stripe payments
  • built-in messaging system

User aungoo says:

“Outstanding customer support. I'm also happy with the quality of coding. ”


These PHP event calendar and booking scripts just scratch the surface of products available at CodeCanyon. So if none of them catch your fancy, there are plenty of other great options to hold your interest!

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20 Best WordPress Calendar Plugins and Widgets

Whether you need an event calendar plugin, a booking system with payments, or a Google Calendar widget, this list of plugins will have something to improve your app or site. Take a look at these 20 plugins available for download on CodeCanyon to see what WordPress is capable of.

WordPress calendar plugins include plugins for events, bookings, and appointments. Some transform WordPress into a private workplace app, while others let you set up a fully functioning scheduling and payment gateway.

Take a look at these 20 WordPress calendar plugins available on CodeCanyon and you'll see what I mean.

1. EventOn


EventOn is a multipurpose WordPress event calendar plugin that gives you all the things you need in a calendar. 

It has a clean, minimal design, and you'll be up and running quickly and easily.

Major features include:

  • set unlimited images for an event
  • Google Maps integration
  • calendar widgets and shortcode generator
  • event categories with custom color assignments
  • social share

Not only can you customize each event with images, maps, icons, colors, and more, but you can also configure your calendar to search and sort in several different ways.

EventOn is a nice, easy-to-use event calendar plugin that also offers a unique slider addon

2. Bookly


You can book and schedule just about anything with this WordPress plugin.

Bookly is an incredible appointment booking system that blurs the line between a WordPress website and a web application. It is well designed, fully responsive, and even supports gestures.

You'll also find:

  • a form builder
  • Google Calendar sync
  • WooCommerce integration
  • SMS and email notifications
  • several online payment gateways
  • and a whole lot more

This plugin allows customers to book and cancel appointments, update personal information, and send payments.

There's also the ability to create schedules for each staff member—you can even block out holidays.

Bookly's customization options and useful features make it more than just a way to serve customers well—it also helps the website owner keep track of staff and appointments at the same time.

3. Amelia


Amelia is a simple and powerful plugin for accepting online appointments and bookings. It features a good range of elements and components that make it easy to create beautiful layouts, even when you have no coding experience.

Amelia also allows for Google Calendar synchronization. It is the perfect plugin for gyms, spas, law consultants, fitness experts, etc.

Other key features of this plugin include:

  • powerful admin dashboard
  • real-time SMS notifications
  • smooth UX that provides a seamless booking experience in just one page
  • fully customizable design
  • Google Calendar sync
  • multiple payment options

4. Calendarize it!

Calendarize it

This plugin supports WPBakery Page Builder, but it can also be used with any other popular page and layout builder by using shortcodes. 

It comes with features that can be configured however you like, and its simple design makes it a good fit for any theme or style.

You'll find many useful features, including, but not limited to:

  • events by user role
  • sidebar widgets and shortcodes
  • Custom Post Types support
  • advanced filtering with custom taxonomies
  • single events, recurring events, arbitrary recurring events, and recurring events with exceptions

Calendar it! also features a powerful CSS editor that allows you to change colors, fonts and style to match your brand theme

5. WordPress Pro Event Calendar

WordPress Pro Event Calendar

There are certain features that you expect with a WordPress calendar plugin; however, there are a few features that set a plugin apart. Take a look at WordPress Pro Event Calendar, and you'll see some advanced features that make it stand out from the pack.

Well designed and fully responsive, this plugin has some great features:

  • WPML support
  • fully responsive layouts
  • flexible event settings
  • Google Maps integration
  • subscribe to a calendar
  • custom fields and date range support
  • and more

But what really sets it apart is the ability to import events from ICS feeds and Facebook.

Best of all, WordPress Pro Event Calendar accepts events submitted by front-end users, making it easy for users to add events.

6. Event Booking Pro

Event Booking Pro

Here's another great option for setting up a fully functional event booking system.

Event Booking Pro is very pro as it boasts over 600 settings!

There are a lot of features with this WordPress calendar plugin, and they are always adding more. Here are a few:

  • user-friendly event creation
  • very customizable, including text, emails, color, size, padding, and borders
  • unlimited events
  • AJAX control panel
  • offline and multiple booking
  • PayPal, coupon, and CSV integration
  • and many, many more

There's no shortage of shortcodes, it supports CSV, and everything can be customized and styled as you like, making it fit into your WordPress theme design perfectly.

Event Booking Pro is an impressive WordPress calendar plugin.

7. Events Schedule

Events Schedule

Events Schedule is a simple yet powerful WordPress events calendar that lets you schedule classes and events in seconds. It is the perfect plugin for any event organizer.

When it comes to search and filter, Events Schedule offers five filter categories: namely type, location, instructor, day, and time of the day.

Other features include:

  • daily cron job for event updates
  • 12 timetable styles to choose from
  • custom labels and messages
  • live filters
  • Google Maps integration
  • fully responsive
  • event countdown feature
  • WooCommerce integration

Learn how to use the Events Schedule plugin with our hands-on, step-by-step tutorial.

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8. Timetable Responsive Schedule for WordPress

Timetable Responsive Schedule for WordPress

The Timetable Responsive Schedule for WordPress plugin offers a new approach to WordPress calendar plugins.

With it, you can create a timetable of events easily! Use the Timetable shortcode generator to create timetable views for classes, medical departments, nightclubs, tutoring, and so on.

Quickly create a timetable by:

  • adding a new event with day, time, category, and more
  • adjusting and configuring the design and appearance
  • generating your shortcode and placing it into a post or page

And that's it!

There are plenty of event options and many different shortcode options—a color picker and font configuration are included.

Timetable Responsive Schedule for WordPress also includes a great widget lineup, rounding out one of the best WordPress calendar plugins you'll find.

9. Booked: Appointment Booking for WordPress

Booked Appointment Booking for WordPress

Booked is another great appointment booking option. It features an advanced appointment calendar which allows ease of management of appointments. It also gives you endless color possibilities when it comes to the design 

Other features include:

  • guest booking
  • looks great on any device
  • customer profile pages
  • custom login and registration pages, time slots, and custom fields
  • customizable customer and admin emails
  • displays your calendar with a shortcode or widget
  • and more

10. WordPress Events Calendar Registration and Booking

WordPress Events Calendar Registration and Booking

The WordPress Events Calendar Registration and Booking plugin is feature-rich, offering some options you'll only find in plugin addons.

Everything you need (and maybe more) for successfully setting up a fully functional registration and booking system is right here.

This "out of the box" solution includes:

  • shortcodes
  • a color picker
  • multilingual support
  • Google Maps integration
  • recurring events, tickets, and coupons
  • social media sharing
  • responsive design
  • and more

One of the best features of this plugin and others is the countdown timer for all your events. It also features a stats dashboard that lets you keep track of payments and attendees and view the latest events and event categories.

Beautifully designed and leveraging Bootstrap 3.0, the WordPress Events Calendar Registration & Booking plugin should not be overlooked.

11. Booki


Like several of the above-mentioned WordPress calendar plugins, Booki offers a full booking system using WordPress.

There are so many great applications for these type of plugins, with each plugin offering a unique perspective on the appointment management process.

You can set up unlimited booking projects and service providers. Options include:

  • add optional extras for bookings
  • online payments via PayPal Express
  • offline payments—book now, pay later
  • admin stats page with summary information
  • sync bookings to a provider's Google Calendar
  • and more

As for the calendar itself, it displays your booking and appointment calendar with a popup, inline calendar, and more. It also has a stats page where you can view bookings and other information.

Booki is an excellent solution for booking appointments with multiple projects and service providers.

12. Team Booking: WordPress Booking System

Team Booking WordPress Booking System

This calendar plugin doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Instead, Team Booking ties directly into something you're already probably using: Google Calendar. Team Booking's mission is to:

Use Google Calendar to schedule availability.

Additional features include:

  • team booking
  • ability to add discount coupons
  • keep and export your data
  • supports Stripe and PayPal
  • appointment approval system
  • customized forms for each booking type
  • maps
  • and more

There are also a lot of great customer features, like displaying reservations and the option to cancel their appointments.

Team Booking is a fresh take on appointment booking calendars and leverages Google Calendar to the fullest.

13. Stachethemes Event Calendar

Stachethemes Event Calendar

This events plugin looks good and comes with out-of-this-world features. You can easily create single, multiple, and all-day events, or events that last for more than one day. You can showcase events in different ways including a grid, box, map, agenda, and more. 

It also comes with a front-end submission form where users can submit events. Users can also share events via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber.

This event calendar plugin offers everything you need to get started in creating events. 

Other key features include:

  • customizable event sections
  • a built-in booking system where users can book and pay for tickets and appointments
  • beautiful designs
  • Facebook and Disqus comment section
  • social share
  • Google Maps location and maps

14. HBook: Hotel Booking System

HBook Hotel Booking System

You can use a one-size-fits-all booking plugin for hotels and B&Bs, or you can use a solution built specifically for them. With the HBook hotel booking system, customers will be able to book directly from your website. 

The plugin features powerful booking management that lets you view bookings and reservations. You can also synchronize your bookings with Airbnb. This snappy plugin includes:

  • seasons and rates tables
  • multiple payment gateways such as PayPal, Stripe, Square, and Mollie
  • availability calendars
  • customizable booking forms
  • booking forms and rules
  • and more

HBook has a clean design and is best configured for hotels, B&Bs, and more!

15. Responsive Event Scheduler

Responsive Event Scheduler Plugin

The Responsive Event Scheduler plugin is one of the best options for publishing event schedules on your website. It is suitable for music festivals, conferences, conventions, meetings, training, exhibitions, etc.

Features include:

  • built with standards-compliant HTML5 and CSS3—including SVG icons
  • one-click color customization
  • event image options
  • fully responsive
  • WPML ready
  • and more

Responsive Event Scheduler is not only impressive from a feature standpoint, but it's one of the best-looking options you're going to find.

16. Facebook Events Calendar

Facebook Events Calendar

Facebook is where everyone is at, but how do you integrate it with your website?

The Facebook Events Calendar plugin is a great way to display your Facebook events on your WordPress site in a super-easy way.

Features include:

  • displays all events from your Facebook page on the calendar
  • two layout versions—full and compact
  • using a widget or shortcode, placing this in the page is super easy
  • and more

Facebook Events Calendar is a great way to connect your Facebook with your website.

17. gAppointments: Appointment Booking Add-On for Gravity Forms

gAppointments Appointment Booking Add-On for Gravity Forms

If you're already using Gravity Forms and need to integrate appointment booking, this solution is certainly worth a look.

Features include:

  • supports paid and non-paid booking
  • accepts any payment gateway
  • many options for service intervals and slots
  • and more

Combined with Gravity Forms, gAppointments is a powerful plugin for booking appointments.

18. Chauffeur Booking System

Chauffeur Booking System

As the name suggests, Chauffeur Booking System is a car reservation system suitable for companies of all sizes. It provides an easy way to book a vehicle based on distance, hourly rate, or a flat rate. It also supports WooCommerce and Google Calendar integration.

Other features include:

  • live route preview
  • unlimited booking forms
  • multiple payment methods
  • multiple currencies
  • geofencing and geolocation

19. Webba Booking

Webba Booking

Webba Booking is specially designed and optimized for service providers, making it possible for them to save time and money. It provides a real-time, two-way Google Calendar synchronization. It also allows you to set different time zones, hence catering to customers all over the world.

Other key features are:

  • integrations with services such as PayPal, Stripe, and WooCommerce
  • unlimited appointment schedules
  • unlimited number of staff appointments and staff members
  • users can perform multiple bookings simultaneously

20. Responsive Timetable for WordPress

Responsive Timetable for WordPress

Responsive Timetable for WordPress is a flexible calendar plugin that can adapt to different types of businesses. This plugin offers the ability to create and showcase events with a clean and responsive interface. You can also create advanced filters for easy event filtering.

Other key features include:

  • customized fields
  • a built-in live editor
  • responsive interface
  • event popups
  • a custom CSS and color picker


WordPress has come a long way since its first default calendar widget. You can see by this list that WordPress has evolved into a web-based tool that can be used day in and day out for all kinds of organizations for event scheduling, booking, and more.

Dig through CodeCanyon for more WordPress calendar plugins—and of course, if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, you could always code your own!

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20 Graphic Design Websites You Will Be Inspired From

Graphics designing has become the core of every industry from the past decade. The entire digital marketing concept is based on graphic designing. For every website we create, for every blog we post and for every Instagram post, we require graphics that speak for us. Top companies are identifying the needs of graphics and have started adopting them using the latest trends.

Nowadays, the story is conveyed in a better way through graphics and visuals being the only words. The old digital marketing companies are converting their past blogs into infographic formats to re-use and update their information section.
The world is transferring from a digital to a designing world. Everything in the coming years will involve designing. The form, the shape, the structure, the words, the ideas, the thoughts, everything around us in the kind of content would involve designing. The next era is based on design and not just digital as design widely requires innovation, which has a high need in the world. Here, we are listing 20 graphic design websites that will inspire you to go to the next level and understand how important design is for our sustainable growth.


Stolen goods are a straightforward, colorful, and elegant website, which is a kind of studio website. As we enter the website, it greets us with a hello and takes us through the website with a simple call to action button – ‘Take a look around.’ As we go further, we find a very subtle page bread crumbs defining the purpose and information of each page. It is a small one-page website. The footer contains all the social media pages and blog sections, to help the users connect to the website owner easily for work.


If you lack the color enthusiasm, the original boom will help you to get inspired in multiple ways. It has a very vibrant and clean user interface with a simple name of the website on the top. It does not involve any logo yet looks elegant. It has a search button on the top, which helps the users to find relevant information and a menu on the top right to help the users navigate efficiently. The blogs are segregated in the form of image boxes of various sizes, making it all look cheerful and vibrant. It is an art to build a website that is stuffed with multiple colors as well as makes it look clean and straightforward for visitors to use smoothly.


Maya Ealey is one of the most smartly created websites so far. It is a simple one-page website, which represents the information through the color bars on the home page. As you click through each color bar, it shows different information in the form of a portfolio. It has a small yet creative geometric-inspired logo at the top. It also has a menu bar on the top right, which helps the users to navigate through the information quickly. The designer has used the space very wisely and has made a difference in the viewpoint of the users. It is highly responsive.


Mirador is an abstractly designed website. It is well segregated through different pastel colors blocks along with black as the significant middle block. It has all the features of a designer website as it includes the works in a very well defined manner. The logo is simple yet creative with the use of lines and other culinary objects. It has a link button on the top which allows the users to like its Facebook page directly. It is a tremendous one-page website that shows all the designs on a single page, eliminating the hassle of scrolling to different web pages.


Hello Monday is a true inspiration to every user even on Tuesday or Saturday: P. It is a great animated website with different animations on every scroll. It has a very smooth scroll which gives a satisfying user experience to the visitors. It has a scroll up and down menu on the right-hand side of the website, which allows the users to scroll quickly to different information. It also has a menu on the top left, which provides the users with the overall knowledge of the user.


It is one of the most informational websites with multi-functionality. It is a type of portfolio website which inspires the users in multiple ways. It has a simple white logo that changes its background color as we scroll down to the image blocks. A unique feature of this website is the ‘S AND L’ icon on the top right corner. It shows that the image blocks can be viewed in both the sizes, giving an open choice to the users. It also has a clean bread crumbs section that has information about the entire website as well as social media icons in the same line.


Cuberto has an Amoeba kind of animation on the home page, which glues the attention of the users in the first go. It has a colorful yet straightforward structure. The design consistency is throughout the website, which inspires the users in various ways. It has a menu bar on the top right corner, which helps the users to find the relevant information is quick time, thus saving their browsing time. It is highly responsive in spite of having much high-resolution animation on the page.


Made by folk is a vibrant website with a hidden meaning in the home page art. The website is created in a very sarcastic way, making the users think and realize specific issues of society in a humorous way. It has a very creative all- white logo on the top which itself is enough for the inspiration. It has a search and cart button on the top right, which helps the users to search and purchase without any hassle. The typography compliments the color scheme of the website very well.


Hicks is a very quirky website like its domain name. It has a funny vector image on the home page, which makes it look like a happy and creative website. It is a great one-page website full of comic images. Each comic represents a story of its own. It has a well-segregated menu on the left, which provides information relating to work, journals, and goodie bag offers as well as contact details to help the users connect to them quickly. It also has social media icons right on the home page, which works as a clear call to action for the users.


Studio & More is very crisp and to the point website. It is just one screen length website which has all the required information needed by the users. It has a simple animation in the middle of the website, defining the purpose of the website. It has four menus in the four corners of the website, which allows the users to connect to them quickly as well as know about their work in the best possible way. The designer has also smartly incorporated the social media icons in the footer of the website.


Kanyegg is a medium one-page website that has multiple features associated. It has an amusing animated logo on the top which represents the ideation behind the name. It also has an animated egg image in the middle of the home page, which gives a clear message of their purpose to the users. The entire website is based on photo blocks that provide information about a particular topic or design. It is inspired by Studio & more and has a similar structure like three menus on three sides of the home page. It has about us section on the top right corner, and a work portfolio menu on the bottom left corner with a social media menu on the bottom right corner.


Alice lee is a graphic design inspiration in all ways. It starts with an animation on the entire home page with clean bread crumbs at the top. It has a small dog in its logo, which makes it look creative. It has all the work displayed on the website, allowing the users to access immediately. It has a well-defined footer with complete information on the website on one side. It has a subscription box at the end of the website to reach more users personally.


Just creative is a long one-page website. It is as innovative as its name. It is a portfolio plus a business website that has all the information about the owner’s work as well as the company’s work. It has a brief footer that displays the entire information of the website under one tree. It has a search menu along with the main drop-down titles to help the users find their relevant information. The blogs are displayed in the middle of the website with bog icons, serving as a form of call-to-action button along with guiding information.


Dieline starts with a monochrome theme and ends with a highly radiant idea. The unique factor in the website is the typography. It has a new style of font which is consistent through the website, may it be blogs or any headings. The menu is displayed on the right-hand side in the middle of the home page, which makes the use clear for the visitor. It also has a login and register option in case the users would like to be a part of the member community.


Amy hood has a straightforward and elementary design. It is a great one-page website. It has bread crumbs on the top, which enables the users to directly dive into the needed information without wasting much of their time. The testimonials section is a USP of this website. The testimonial section inspires the users to hire graphic services quickly, forming a trustworthy engagement.


The art of the menu website is an art in itself. It is precisely designed in the form of menus, making the user wonder and stick to its front page for hours. It has excellent typography, which exactly compliments the overall website layout. It just has nine blocks of images which define its entire work and purpose. It has a total of 104 pages, and the user can jump to any pages with just a scroll. It has a clear disclaimer of about their services in the footer section.


It starts with showcasing its most creative side. It is a portfolio website that portrays its mission and works through the owner’s image itself, leaving no ground for doubts. It is a small one-page website. This website shows uniquely the latest work done by the company. It is very crisp and clear. The same information is mentioned in the header as well as a footer for the users to follow.


Yellow trace has a little tinge of yellow on the website. It has a clear tagline- ‘Design inspiration & resources for creative & curious minds.’ Defining its motto. The review work is displayed right on the top of the website, thus inspiring users in multiple ways. It has a consistent social media icons on the left-hand corner of the website, which serves as a clear call to action button for networking and interacting with the users through social platforms.


Eye magazine is a kind of website which mesmerizes the users. It is a graphic magazine website that allows different graphic designers to portray their works and skills in a single platform. It has a simple logo that defines its name and purpose clearly. It is a small one-page website with the information menu right on the top of the website. It also has a search button that helps the users find a particular magazine or work.


Rene Agudelo is a blue and grey colored theme studio website. It has a simple ‘A’ initial logo with attractive typography. It has a testimonial section right in the middle of the website, which attracts the users through the brands the owner has worked with. As we move further, it shows large blocks of images that display the work of the company very precisely. On top of the website, it also has a dribble account option that takes the users directly to the owner’s dribble account. Apart from these facilities, it is highly responsive.

Here we end with our handpicked 20 graphic design websites for inspiration. The most important aspect which brings these websites in the top 20 is the UX/UI features, flexibility, and unique display ideas. As a designer, your website is your main portfolio for the clients. Next, the time you design a website, make sure you have at least one creative factor from the above websites.

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Don’t Send Personal Messages Through LinkedIn (Unless You Want People to Hate You)

Looking through my parents’ storage boxes, I found letters that my mother and father sent one another prior to my existence. This unfathomable world was decades away from mobile phones, public internet connectivity, and social networking. Along with explanations of humorous or ordinary everyday episodes and proclamations of love, the letters included doodles, crossed out words, and long postscriptums. I don’t know if my mother or father ever dabbed some perfume on their letters hoping to evoke butterflies in the other’s stomach; it would not have been out of place.

My parents may not have thought about it, but their craftsmanship likely had an impact on the recipient. Perhaps my dad’s use of smiley faces (predating by 45 years when the word “emoji” was selected as Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year) made my mom smile. Maybe crooked handwriting or spelling mistakes hinted that one of them was anxious or hurried. The intuitive idea that the recipient of a letter responds not just to the dictionary meaning of the words within but also to the tone, paper, calligraphy, neatness, and presentation would be wrapped up by the behavioral science concept that “context matters.” When my parents customized their letters they were in control of said context. They manipulated the context to amplify their love or neutralize a piece of sad news.

Things done changed

Technology has created new ways for people to interact. Email and instant messaging, coupled with smartphones and a widely available Internet have created a different set of expectations in terms of expediency of messaging (now), allowed us to reach people in far away places and made it possible to reach people we wouldn’t have been able to reach a lifetime ago (e.g. Amazon’s boss:

Technology greatly expanded my range of possibilities: I can send audio snippets, hilarious gifs, and memes that serve as an allegory to what is being discussed. However, although it created new roads, technology also standardized the vehicles. When I use a messaging app on my phone, there is only so much I can customize. Writing my wife, I can include emojis and perhaps create my own emoji footprint through re-using particular chosen graphics . But the range of interactions is preplanned. My font choice doesn’t provide clues about my mental state. I can’t spray my cologne or slip an origami animal into my instant message. Does context still matter in modern social media communications? In other words, could my use of one social network over another signal something about me or cause a message I send to be understood through a different emotional filter?

Context still matters

Even though we typically use a set of comparable social network channels to communicate with others, my research hypothesis was that context still matters and that social media channels themselves do affect how our words are received. I anticipated that the same messages would not resonate in the same manner whether they were sent and received in Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or WhatsApp. I wanted to prove that social network users were likely to implicitly judge content differently in the context of what a social network typically provides – whether it is professional services (e.g. LinkedIn) or more general interactions with friends and acquaintances (e.g. Facebook).

If proven true, the implications from this research would suggest that certain types of content are a better fit for some social media networks versus others. Marketers often use the same media campaigns across channels but maybe more thought should be given to ensure the content is not incongruous with the context. Perhaps, BeLinked, a dating app that suggests matches based on LinkedIn profiles, has a fundamental flaw in that the professional context elicits a negative reaction that is not present for other social networks.

Designing the research experiment

The study, conducted as part of my behavioral science masters at the London School of Economics aimed to quantify the impact of the “container” on the message through various typical social interactions. It was carried out through an online experiment. Participants were asked a series of demographic and social media usage questions and were then randomly allocated to four interactions within one social media channel: receiving a request to connect, receiving a text message, receiving a picture, and receiving a like.

The study also had a control condition that did not specify a social network or messaging app. Instead, it asked respondents to, e.g. “imagine they received a social network request to connect” or “imagine they received a ‘like’.” The fictional correspondence across all networks was with an androgynous individual, Sam, whose gender was not specified and whose picture was not distinctly male nor female. After seeing a visual mockup of each interaction, participants were asked to rate how connected they feel with Sam following the interaction. Once the four interactions were complete, respondents were asked how confident they are they will “remain in touch.”

The chosen social network tools (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and LinkedIn) all allow for building and maintaining social connections, albeit with slightly different target markets and providing for distinct functionalities. Whereas Facebook and WhatsApp are for general connectivity, Instagram specializes in sharing pictures and video, and LinkedIn is intended for the business community.

However, even with differing specialized features, all these platforms have a core suite of capabilities that are interchangeable such as accepting connection requests and sharing content. All of the selected social media tools have a mobile app offer which means that they can all be used for immediate communication on the go. Although social media networks nowadays allow for a much wider range of interactions (e.g. sending video content, applying a funny filter mask to one’s picture, sending stories that expire), the interactions studied are relatively standard and are present across all the social networks (the exception is “liking,” which is not present in WhatsApp).

Study image bank

Condition: Friend request

Control: Imagine you received a social network request to connect from an acquaintance (“Sam Adams”). Assuming you accept the request, would you feel more connected with Sam following this interaction?

Facebook Instagram WhatsApp LinkedIn

Condition: Text message

Control: Imagine you received the following message from Sam over social media: “Hi, I wanted to reach out and see how you’re doing. Was it a good summer and did you go on the trip you were speaking about?”. (…)

Facebook Instagram WhatsApp LinkedIn

Condition: Picture message

Control: Imagine Sam sent you a picture of the beach over social media. Would you feel more connected with Sam following this interaction?

Facebook Instagram WhatsApp LinkedIn

Condition: Like

Control: Imagine Sam “liked” one of your posts on social media. Would you feel more connected with Sam following this interaction?

Facebook Instagram WhatsApp LinkedIn NA – WhatsApp does not have a like notification

Making sense of the data

When it came to the data analysis, I narrowed the analysis to the 570 respondents who self-reported themselves as having experience across all the social media channels I was investigating. I controlled for demographic data and used techniques appropriate for ordered and categorical dependent variables. I ran a model for each interaction and found that all of the models had valid explanatory power (95% confidence interval).

This results showed that the communication “wrapper” had an impact on the message being transmitted. The same content and online interactions yielded statistically significant different reactions from study participants across networks. LinkedIn consistently resulted in lower feelings of connectedness when subjects were asked to score receiving a friend request, text messages, and a “like”, i.e. on three of the four interactions I measured. LinkedIn was also rated statistically lower in terms of the likelihood to remain in touch. These results could be due to generally lower feelings towards LinkedIn or a mismatch between LinkedIn and the more casual, not work related, interactions carried out in this research.

On the other hand, Facebook and Instagram revealed higher ratings of connectedness following receiving a message with a picture, even when the image was relatively generic and impersonal. It is easy to hypothesize that Instagram, being a visual medium-focused network, is especially conducive to pictures eliciting feelings of connectedness. Even though Facebook is less reliant on just visual content, picture images are evidently congruent in this channel.

A summary of my findings is as follows:

Model Findings Friend request A friend request on LinkedIn and WhatsApp was linked with lower ratings of connectedness Text message A text message on LinkedIn resulted in lower ratings of connectedness Picture message A picture message on Facebook and Instagram resulted in higher ratings of connectedness Like A like on LinkedIn resulted in lower ratings of connectedness Likelihood to remain in touch LinkedIn had a statistically significant lower likelihood to remain in touch


This research makes the case that each social media network has a persona, and the interactions carried out in the network should fit its persona.

Incongruent content to channel pairings (e.g. posting one’s CV to Facebook) are likely to be noticed as such. We should observe some channel etiquette! If we meet someone in the professional sphere and have them as a LinkedIn contact, we probably shouldn’t send them lasagna recipes through LinkedIn (unless we are OK with being perceived as a monster). If we eventually would like to discuss more personal matters with them online it would be beneficial to do through another network: once a work colleague graduates from being a LinkedIn work contact to a “friend,” the research indicates they should be added as a friend on something like Facebook, where the type of communication we would like to have with them will better fit the context it is in. Using LinkedIn in the same way as Facebook—such as sharing personal life anecdotes or entertaining links—is likely to result in that content being viewed less favorably than had it been shared on a social network channel more oriented to everyday life.

There are also some implications for the social networks themselves. Aside from trying to be the Swiss army knife of social networks, another social network ambition is to become an ecosystem, a base layer through which all other online behavior is carried out. Without leaving the app, some social networks let us play games, book appointments, check into flights, reserve taxis, and the like.

However, some functionalities may be a more cohesive fit than others, which may not fit with the “personality” of the social media channel. It will be interesting to monitor these trends over time. Perhaps, as the lines between professional and private lives become more blurred, the effects we are currently seeing will cease to be and LinkedIn will become the place where singles find dates.

Perhaps not.

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June 13 2019


Easier Apps With Ionic Templates, Frameworks, and Tools

One of the biggest problems in development is the idea of “limitless” possibilities. How do you choose what app to build when you can create anything? Which choice to get from point A to point B is the right one, when there are so many combinations on how to get there?

This holds true when using the Ionic framework as much as anywhere else in development.

To help with this issue, this article will guide you through some of the most common uses for Ionic, and show you the path to accomplishing what you want.

What is Ionic?

Ionic is a framework for JavaScript that allows for the creation of mobile apps using web development languages. With this framework, you can push apps to Apple devices, Android devices, and more, all from a single codebase.

The framework builds on top of JavaScript, but also includes additional features, such as giving developers access to native functionalities.

Why should you be using Ionic for your projects?

  • single codebase for multiple native apps
  • support for continuous integration and continuous deployment
  • access to native functionality
  • open source, with free access to the framework
  • easy-to-use app builder that let’s you create front-end UI’s with ease
  • many of available templates, skeletons, and kits to build from

All of this together makes Ionic a strong framework, especially for small teams or those who want to get their app finished fast.

Let’s look more into the different tools available for your Ionic projects.

Using Ionic Mobile Templates for Your Project

Many developers make assumptions about using templates for projects, and the Ionic space is no different. Some think that templates are only for beginners, while others deem them too difficult to use for those starting out.

Despite these views, templates have their place in most projects, for many different developer experience levels.

For those brand new to the Ionic Framework, templates can provide a quick launching point for any project. Not only does it close the gap from beginning to learn to finished project, but having a complete app with good documentation will give you a grasp of how to work within a project—knowledge that can’t be found in the developer docs alone.

For those with some experience using Ionic, templates are a good way to see all of the pieces that go into an app in action. Junior developers working with Ionic are likely to have implemented some features, or work within an already existing app structure, so working at a different scale can give insights into the areas typically reserved for senior developers.

Experienced developers can utilize the pre-built infrastructure to reduce the cost and time associated with their project. Though templates often don’t give you a project that is completely ready to hand off to a client, getting a project to 70% completion for less than a dev hour in cost can be a godsend. Plus, you won’t have to program the same common features again and again.

Let’s take a deeper look at the different formats, tools, and variations of Ionic templates available.

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Low- and Zero-Code Ionic App Creation

Don’t have much experience in developing for Ionic, or any at all? There are solutions available to help build an app without coding at all.

While you shouldn’t expect to build highly sophisticated apps using these tools, they can help you create solid basic apps and proofs of concept.

One of the types of tools that allow for this are code generators, such as IMABuildeRz: Universal AppBuilder for Ionic. This generator lets you create code by using menus, drag and drop editors, and an admin system that make the code for your app without the need for programming. Those that have some experience with programming can use it as a jumping off point, giving you a solid code base to start from.

IMABuildeRz Universal AppBuilder for Ionic

Another popular way to build an app is to use the editor available in Ionic Studio. With drag and drop editors, component libraries, and more, this platform by Ionic let’s you put together fully-featured apps with minimal code.

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Get to Minimum Viable Product Faster with Ionic Skeletons

For those building something too complicated for a drag-and-drop editor or generator, there are plenty of skeletons and templates out there to give you a solid base.

These templates often are not complete apps, but rather provide all of the basic features found in all apps. Don’t want to program yet another login screen? Or setup another forgotten password user flow? These templates solve those issues at a reasonable cost.

Here’s some of the best boilerplate templates out there:

Barebone Ionic starter template

Build an eCommerce App Fast With Ionic

A common use for Ionic is to create shopping apps, where your users can browse your wares from any type of device. Building these types of apps can be difficult though, often exponentially harder than non-eCommerce apps.

Using a template though, you can quickly jump through the hurdles that come with setting up an eCommerce app from scratch. Payments, cart handling, products, and more can be done from the get-go, giving you more time to worry about your customers and your shop.

If you already have an online store, there are a number of app templates available that will integrate directly into them, helping to give your customers a consistent experience, no matter where they are viewing from. On top of that, this means that you will only have to update your products on one system, saving you a ton of time!

Here are some of the most popular eCommerce templates available:

Ionic eCommerce app template

Use Pre-Built Building Blocks with Ionic UI Kits

Even without using a full app template, there are often portions of apps that are easier to slot in, rather than programming them from scratch. These components act as building blocks that can be used to piece together screens and apps more quickly than if you were starting from nothing.

These types of kits can be a godsend for developers that have a hard time with design, giving your app a highly polished look without mastery of UX and UI.

Some of the best kits out there include:

Ionic3 UI Theme

Easily Make Business and Service Apps

The final type of Ionic template available is highly niche, but offers more value than the other types of templates for anyone whose needs fall within these niches. Specifically, we’re talking about full-fledged apps that are built for a specific purpose, and only need minor changes to customize them for your needs.

These templates typically come in the form of clones of popular apps, or app templates built for a specific business type, such as restaurants. Because of the specificity associated with their use, using one can cut down on development costs drastically, and in some cases, they might not require any coding at all.

Here’s some of the more popular niche app templates available:

How Will You Use Ionic?

With all of these options available for starting your Ionic app, which will you choose? What are your favorite tools and templates for Ionic?

Let me know by posting in the comments below!

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