Earlier this month, we have announced the e-commerce framework beta version which is ready to be released. But before we do, we’d want to make sure it works fine for everyone. Especially, to make sure we are not missing something important here.
The response we have received is overwhelming and some of you provided really nice suggestions that has helped us make this framework even better.
Instead of building this revolutionary WordPress E-commerce solution behind the bars, we love to include you, the actual user into this process and build it to match your actual requirement. Please take active part in beta test of this framework and let’s make this framework Best ever e-commerce solution in WordPress.
Version 0.2 of e-commerce framework is available now. Here’s what has changed and what you will benefit by the change.
Flexibility that you want
Different Shipping for different regions: Shipping module in the framework is now upgraded to it’s level best. As an admin, you can now set any kind of criteria for local, regional, country wise or even international shipping – each of them differently for your store from the admin panel. Each of this can be set as either free, flat rate, price or weight based.
Different Tax for different regions: Same like shipping you can now set state/region or country wise different tax as per your wish. You can even choose to keep some/all of those products tax free.
Product ratings: The framework already supports product reviews. Along with that, now it also supports product rating on each product.
Number of Items per page: Though this is a tiny upgrade, this will be really flexible for you to set how many items you wish to show per page on your site. Not to forget, this framework already includes
Upgraded SSL: All our themes do support SSL on the payment page. But we’ve taken it a step further. The framework now supports SSL on checkout, login, register and payment pages as well.
PCI compliant: We’ve taken extra precaution and now the framework is PCI security compliant
IP address: Each of the order will now record IP address as well of the customer and as an admin, you can check this from admin panel. A tiny but very useful addition.
Built for you
Clone a product: It gets really boring when you have to add same data again and again when most of your products are almost similar except few of the things. That pain is gone now. You can simply add a product and then, with a single click from product list page in your wp-admin, you can clone that product. Once done, simply change the parameters that is different in this and publish. YAY!
User profiles: If you wish, as an admin, you can view profiles of all/individual user profiles to check customer’s profile data and purchase history etc.
Improved Interface: Since first version, the interface of the framework is nicely designed. We’ve made some nice UI improvements so it gets easier for you to manage the store.
How to upgrade?: Login to templatic member area and download Ecommerce framework update zip file of the framework. It only includes updated files and folders. Simply overwrite it on the existing framework theme folder and your framework will upgrade automagically.
No design change required!: This is the actual power of this framework. The child theme that you are testing requires no change. All the changes you may have done in the child theme design remains as is and it does NOT get affected at all. While the above mentioned modules and benefits will automatically be upgraded once you overwrite the framework updates
Note: If you have purchased any of our e-commerce themes, you already have access to this upgrade. Simply login to your member area and download the latest version of the framework.
Magazine is well, a magazine WordPress theme. Your first impression of this theme might be something like “not advanced like other recent themes in here” but that’s what we intend to do.
Of corse we do create niche specific, advanced themes but at the same time, you do need different kind of ‘traditional’ themes as well that helps you utilize WordPress in it’s standard format – to publish content. This month, we are coming up with themes to address this need.
Magazine comes with 4 color schemes and it contains minimal, grid based look. The theme is entirely widget ready so you can choose which sections to keep, which ones to remove as per your requirement.
It includes all the standard features of our WordPress themes including advanced design options panel. Plus, as you can see in the screenshots above, it includes lots of custom widgets built specifically for this theme.
Whether you’re here to buy themes, download freebies, or read articles and tutorials, we’re constantly trying to improve your experience at Templatic.com. However, we don’t always know what’s best so we’re reaching out to find out what’s really important to you, as a customer, theme user, and/or blog subscriber.
To get your direct input, we have created a small survey for you asking different questions. This survey is not just for general improvements. We’re trying to lay the foundation for Templatic.com’s evolution. What Templatic’s future will focus on depends on your inputs and it starts now.
By taking the survey, THREE different users get a chance to win templatic club membership. If the winners are Templatic club member already, membership of additional TWO years will be added in their account. All three winners will be announced on templatic website on August 15, 2010 this month.
The very beginning of our endeavor in WordPress theme market started with this massively popular free theme WP Premium theme that has been released on my personal website http://cssace.com. At templatic, this theme is close to our heart as it has played a major role in motivating us to conquer the WordPress Themes market.
Featured on Smashing Magazine, this famous free theme has been praised a lot by actual wordpress users for it’s elegance, usability, strategic layout and SEO friendly code.
We’re glad to make it part of Templatic wordpress store now. The great news is, even the paid version of this theme is now going free. Meaning, you get advanced version of the theme with 10 colorschemes and advanced control panel absolutely free.
While bringing over this theme, we’ve also upgraded this theme with advanced control panel and many other code improvements and tiny details. Head over to official download page of WP Premium theme to view all the features and download the theme. You might want to check live demo of the theme as well.
We’re sure you’ll love the beauty and elegance of this blog theme that represents your content so nicely.
Loved this free theme? Please give it some social love and spread the word.
Support for this theme is exclusively available to our customers only. You may purchase one of our theme from our Premium Themes Store and attain support.
Last month, you witnessed some of the finest premium wordpress themes and also theme upgrades of our existing themes like Job Board and Answer. We sure will continue to work passionately at this momentum. This month, we will be focusing on beta testing and improving the revolutionary WordPress e-commerce framework while also releasing some of the best WordPress Magazine themes. Here’s preview to some of the upcoming magazine themes.
This is not exactly a magazine theme but you will truly love it’s typographic excellence, customizability and minimalist approach. Take a look at following two screenshots. Need we say more about the customization possibility?
Look what’s possible by tweaking just few of the theme options. In a minute, you can turn the above design into..
The Specialist theme also have nicely designed blog and inner pages. You can use the theme as a starting point to create your WordPress project.
Magazine theme is more of a advanced blogging theme that helps you give your site a magazine kind of look while focusing on content along with custom widgets specially built for this theme.
The inner pages like blog, post details and page templates will make this theme truly admirable.
News Time is yet another magazine theme but this is aimed for content heavy websites. It will turn your wordpress install into a News Portal.
The theme is controlled by widgets. All of the stuff you see above can be added/removed by widgets. We are sure you will love this theme to create your own news portal.
What do you think?
Love them? Hate them? Are we missing something? Added something that we shouldn’t have? Simply let us know your views on the upcoming themes mentioned above via comments below. Your positive comments encourage us, criticism push towards improvement.
As you already know, once in a while we keep upgrading our e-commerce themes with newer necessary features and modules. However, all our e-commerce themes share same code in the backend and it becomes a bit difficult to upgrade if you have already made design changes into the theme.
Why this framework?
You’d be glad to know that we’ve created a unique and powerful framework based on the same framework where designs will work as child themes. Means, you can upgrade future upgrades without changing your design modifications :)
If you are a developer, the possibilities are endless. Creating additional modules, child themes and so on.
We’ve changed it completely to make it future proof. Added countless small and big features that you actually need. I’d rather let you explore the framework and experience the difference but here’s some of the things that you will get excited about
Endless design possibilities with child themes.
Revolutionary one click auto-install of the framework + child themes
Reformed tax module. Set your taxes as you like
Set your own payment gateways
Define and name your own product attributes. Size, name, color, etc. etc. etc.
Almost everything is widget ready. Simply drag and drop.
Revised theme control panel
Upload unlimited product images. Choose how you wish to show them
It is open for integration with our future modules.
That’s not all. You will need to install the framework and experience all the change that has been made.
Would you like to beta test?
Right now, we are looking for beta testers to test this framework and child themes, providing suggestions, reporting bugs and so on. Also this is a unique opportunity for you to suggest changes before we make it available for everyone.
Please login to your member area and you will be able to download “E-Commerce Framework – beta” zip file. It includes the framework and a sample child theme. (you should have purchased one of our e-commerce themes)
How to install?
Download the framework from member area and you will find two folders in zip file. E-commerce Framework and eShop child theme.
Upload them in your wp-content/themes folder.
Under your wp-admin > appearance > themes, activate the framework and take a look, explore all the different addition, upgrades etc. that we made.
Once you are done exploring the framework, activate the eShop child theme from wp-admin > appearance > themes section and you will see that your site now features a custom design with the power of awesome framework we created.
Take active part
You are the one who’ll actually use it and this is your chance to provide active feedback to us, providing suggestion, reporting bugs etc. so together we can create something that everyone of us want to use in actual business. A WordPress E-commerce Framework built with your active participation.
Where to report bugs and provide suggestions?
We’ve created a separate forum temporarily, specific for this beta test. http://templatic.com/community where our team will work with you on different bugs and implementing suggestions for this framework. As a templatic member, you do not need to register separately. Your existing logins will work just fine.
Hope you’d love this news.
Looking for your active participation,
A common question among new Templatic theme users is “How do you replace the logo?” There are two ways to do it and either way is fine. However, there is one tricky part you need to understand first.
Website images come in many different formats. The most common are GIF, JPG, and PNG. Templatic theme logos are PNG images. Not only that, they are transparent PNG images. It means besides the logo in the image, everything else is transparent and you can simply place this transparent PNG image on any part of your website. Regardless of the background color or pattern, the image and your website will fit seamlessly. That’s the magic of transparent PNG images.
Here’s an example using the eShop theme logo:
It looks weird. I know. That’s because I opened up the logo.png file of the eShop theme in Adobe Photoshop (a tool for editing images) and saved the screenshot of it while the image is active in Photoshop.
The checker-board pattern behind the logo is the default background pattern of Photoshop, not of the logo. This pattern is what you see in Photoshop when your image’s background is transparent instead of a white, blue or another background color. It goes back to my point above, whatever background color or pattern you place the transparent image on top of, it fits in seamlessly.
If you are using Adobe Photoshop, here’s how to create a transparent logo PNG image:
Create a new file to draw your logo, but make sure the background is transparent.
Draw the logo then go to File > Save for Web & Devices…
Select the file format Transparent PNG-24.
Save it as logo.png
Below are screenshots to help you follow the instructions above:
Now that you have a new transparent logo.png file, let’s focus on the two ways you can replace the logo in any Templatic theme.
Upload the new file to the correct folder to replace the default logo.png file that comes with the Templatic theme. Because you’ve saved the new logo file as logo.png, when you upload it to the correct folder, the server will ask you if it’s okay to overwrite the old logo file with the new one. Agree to it. From then on, whenever you try to go to the logo.png file on your website, you will see the new logo instead of the default logo.
In this eShop example, the logo.png file is located at wp-content > themes > eshop > images > logo.png.
If you don’t know how to upload to your web hosting server, ask your web host for your account’s FTP information first then download Firefox and install FireFTP. Here’s a simple tutorial on how to use FireFTP.
Upload the new logo to anywhere you want on the web.
Copy the online address or URL of the file
Log in to your site Administration area
Go to Design Settings
Click on the Header Logo Image tab
Paste the new logo URL in the logo address box
Make sure the Show Blog Title + Tagline checkbox is not checked
Click on Save Changes
Go back to the front page of your website and refresh it to see the new logo
Past this year, templatic has pushed & taken WordPress to highest level with innovative products every now and then. With Productz theme (earlier known as Multi Product), we are taking yet another leap in innovation.
Productz as the name suggests is a CMS theme that allows you to represent your products easily in WordPress. What’s different this time is it allows you to have as many products you want on your site. Each of the products have its own homepage, sub page and dedicated area for different important elements such as product screen shot, powerful punch line, price, Buy buttons, sub pages, icons and so on. Each product pages serves as homepage for that particular product. So you can use this theme even if you have only one product to sell. Have many products to sell? That can be done as well.
In other words, you can create a site like templatic using this innovative theme
Take a look at some of the unique benefits of this theme
Strategically built UI of home and inner page layouts
Dynamic, widget ready homepage
Lightweight banner slider on the homepage
Site wide featured products slider widget
Lots of custom widgets such as latest tweets, recent videos, client testimonials, affiliate, social media, custom services and so on
Featured product image or video. Showcase product on left or right
Highlight price, product punchline, intro, images, buttons and text
Product page subpages in sidebar with sub page icons, widget ready page sidebar
What you should check on the Live Demo:
Homepage: Check banner slider, featured products slider, different custom widgets like services, latest news, screencast, testimonials etc.
Product page: check the featured product, how the product title, punchline, intro text, call to action buttons and links can be showcased. Check sidebar on the same page showcases child pages of this particular page along with icons. You might want to check different possibilities like Product featured on the left or right or showcasing a video, a digital product, book, t-shirt, iconset, software package or any other product you may wish to showcase.
You can easily sell the products by adding third party buy now links from e-junkie, paypal or other selling method of your choice. We’re sure you’d love this innovative, different kind of product that helps you showcase more than one products on your site.
While releasing Job Board theme, we thought we covered every important aspects of this niche but thanks to active feedback from members, we have now added some of the missing important features into the theme. The theme is now available for download in templatic member area.
Site visitors can now do advanced search based on the criteria of their choice. They can search jobs based on location, job type, category and so on.
While posting a job, the user can submit company logo that will be displayed separately on the job details page.
Administrator can activate “Apply Online” feature from admin panel. The job publisher then can enable this feature while publishing a job. Once the job is published, the visitor can submit their resume directly from this page and it will be sent to the job publisher email
Job publishing process has been refined completely. Users can simply login or register quickly while submitting a job. They don’t have to login first.
Administrator can specify more than one fees structure now. For example, $10 for 30 days, $15 for 60 days and so on.
Predefined, unlimited Locations
Administrator can specify different locations of his choice in the admin area. Job publishers will then be able to select one of them while posting a job.
Share, Print or Email
site visitors will now be able to share, print or email the job to their friends directly from the job details page.
One of our aim is to keep this theme simple with balanced features. Guess that made Job Board theme much better and perfect now.
Guess you now have more reasons to grab Job Board theme. If you are already a member, simply login to templatic member area and download latest version of the theme. Open changelog.txt file in order to know exactly what has been changed.
If you think we are announcing some upcoming news, sorry to disappoint. The fact is, just this morning while starting the day, suddenly one of our team member mentioned that we haven’t released a freebie recently.
Quite true. The reason we haven’t released a freebie is because there are lots and lots of free themes available on the net and we wouldn’t release “Yet another WordPress theme” unless we do have something unique to offer. Earlier, we’ve released unique free themes such as Visiting Card, LiveTweet, GTD and Aggregator themes which are totally different than the simple blog themes. So if we want to release a theme, we needed to do something unique.
On the other hand, development schedule is a bit tight at templatic office considering the upcoming exciting projects we are working on. For us, completing this freebie as quick as possible was important too.
So we started working on “Coming Soon” wordpress theme – something that we can develop in a day, can be useful in lots of different ways and Can be customized as per the user’s choice. Just before few minutes we completed the development of this theme and here’s the theme for you to download.
Can be used in lots of different ways
Use as a Coming soon page for your website / Application / Software
Showcase your product in one single page with featured image and description on the right. Lots of iPhone App websites are built this way. You can use this theme to create a website just like that.
Showcase your digital product by creating a very quick website by previewing screen shots.
Use this theme as a list builder by enabling Feed burner Subscription Form from the design settings.
Any other way you want.
Customize per your imagination.
In the design settings, we have provided all the options to choose colors of your choice in every aspects of the theme. You may change fonts, background color or image, content color, product image and so on. So, your imagination is the limit. Be a little bit creative and create a unique design for yourself. The color picker will help you choose any colors of your choice without having to know exact color codes. Check some of the quick customization we did with this theme.
Once you upload and activate the theme, you should see “Coming Soon Theme Options” link in your wp-admin > Appearance section. You will find all the versatile design settings there. You can change content, images, colors and other aspects of the theme from here itself.
Note: This is just a single page theme for the unique purpose explained above. It does not support wordpress pages, posts or categories.
Your feedback please
We’d love to know what you think of this quick fun project we did on this Friday. Love this theme? Hate it? We’re all ears. Shoot your comments via comment form below.