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Screen Design, Prototyping, WordPress?

Design on the go with the InVision app.

Invision: Screen Design Software

InVision Studio

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Why Invision Studio?

Okay, so you’re looking for an alternative to Adobe Xd…So, why choose InVision Studio?

If for any reason you happen to be looking for an alternative screen design program, I mean other than Adobe Xd. InVision Studio is a very good example of software that seem to have been designed by developers with a good grasp of what it is their users want out of a screen designer.

Now, although not as intuitive as with my most recent experience using Adobe Xd. InVision Studio is presently the other Screen Design app I would turn to for projects that require or can benefit form its use. But to be fair, if I wasn’t already familiar with using Adobe products, which all share common “Power User” navigational nuance.

I reckon Invision might just make it as first choice, especially as it also handles animation.

InVision Studio

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Screen Design with Fluidity

I’m not sure if that makes sense to you, but to clarify, once you’ve used and familiarised yourself with the short-hand commands for navigating and accessing hidden commands using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, for example. You can use the the same or similar commands using Adobe Xd. 

A Good examples of this are commands that include actions like, resizing text using the command + shift keys plus the > keys to increase and decrease the text size. Or, there is copying an item by clicking option and dragging… 

Knowing these little tricks all add to helping make the experience more natural and flowing. InVision Studio does have a little of its own flowing ability, which is why I recommend it as an elligible app alternative for all designers involved with building user interfaces and user experiences.

As for the collaborative aspects for working with team members. Invision Studio provides its own cloud service. So for design collaboration and getting feedback, you can share your work with colleagues using the Invision Cloud platform.


Web Design & Prototyping



Special Drag and Drop, Accessibility Design

They’ve been on a mission to democratise access to the tools and knowledge required for building digital properties and products that are are also compliant with best coding practices. 

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Framework+, Design and Prototyping 

The Framer dashboard provides you with 5 main menu tabs, plus other tabs including; Insert, Comment and Handoff.

The Insert menu tab gives you access to an array of options and is likely to become one your most frequently used tab, if of course you decide to adopt Framer into your website design workflow. 

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Plugin and Theme Suites

Sparkle, the free-form visual website builder for macOS


The team at River SRL, a privately funded company, founded in 2011, are busy working on Sparkle from the beautiful Florence, Italy, as we speak…


Sparkle is a simple to use visual website builder because it works in a way that most people find natural. There are no requirements for the user to execute any HTML coding. However, if you really need to, you can (You knew that already). 

Anyway, what you may also find interesting about Sparkle is how quickly you can pull something together, with or without using a template.

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Best Pro Website Page Builder for WordPress Users…

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Favoured by agencies, marketers and entrepreneur types, Thrive Architect provides a professional environment for building, from simple landing pages, to more complex online courses, membership sites, and other ‘goal’ focused websites. 





Essential Plugins

Security, Optimisation and Performance are 3 crucial components that every successful websites needs to have covered. The following are reputable and recommended plugins suitable for most WordPress websites.

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Multi-use Themes

The are 1000s , if not gazillions, of WordPress Themes available online. Each designed for specific purposes and customisations. However, for 2 simple and relatively flexible themes that can be used for a website, blog and eCommerce store, take a look at Astra and Ocean WP.

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WordPress Suites

Where it comes to web design, security, optimisation and performance are 3 crucial additional components that every successful websites needs to have covered. 

The following are reputable and recommended plugins suitable for most WordPress websites.

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