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.
I’ll save you the background lecture. Let’s get straight to it. With the 3.0 release, WordPress is now capable of creating and managing multiple blogs/sites with only one install. You don’t need separate databases or plugins to make it work. However, this multi-site feature is not enabled by default because it’s not for everyone. If you do need multisite capability or want to experiment with it, here’s how to enable it:
(Unfortunately, the additional steps for absolute beginners in this article are for Windows users only. Also, this tutorial assumes you have an existing installation of WordPress. Users installing WordPress for the first time, skip Step 1; do Step 2 before you install WordPress.)
Before you even start with Step 1, back up your site and database. For the beginners, it’s simply creating a backup of your site in case anything goes wrong. Your web host control panel should be able to guide you through creating a site backup.
Install WordPress 3.0 or upgrade to it.
Open up the wp-config.php file and add the following code:
How to get the wp-config.php file:
If you don’t have a copy of this file on your computer, download Firefox and FireFTP add-on. Search for a tutorial online on how to use FTP. Login through FTP to your server, find the wp-config.php file, and download it to your computer. Open up this file on your computer and add the line of code above to this file.
How to edit the wp-config.php file:
If there’s no default application indicated for opening this file, right click on it and select to open with the Notepad application.
Where to place the line of code:
Place the code above this line in the file:
//** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your webhost ** //
Save wp-config.php file and upload it to your server through FTP. If you upload it to the right location, FireFTP will ask you to overwrite the file on server. Agree to overwrite.
Login into WordPress administration dashboard. Check to see whether the Multisite (Network) feature is enabled.
Clicking on the Network link under Tools will give you a page similar to this:
(If you didn’t get something like that, but instead received a message telling you to deactivate your plugins before installing the network then go deactivate your plugins, but take notes of each plugin settings first because not all plugins will give you the old settings once they’re re-activated.)
On that page, if you’re getting this message:
Because your install is not new, the sites in your WordPress network must use sub-domains. The main site in a sub-directory install will need to use a modified permalink structure, potentially breaking existing links.
And, it means for all other sites on your server created through this one WordPress install must have a site.yoursite.com (sub domain) address. It cannot be yoursite.com/site (a sub directory address). WordPress Multisite feature is forcing you to use sub domains because you have an existing site older than 30 days. And because of that, it’s trying to avoid duplicate address problems.
For example, your existing blog or site already has a page at yoursite.com/fashion. If you enable the multisite feature and create a new site called fashion while using sub-directories instead of sub-domains (site.yoursite.com), you would have a new site and an existing page on the original blog pointing to yoursite.com/fashion. Two pages using the same address is definitely a problem.
So why not just agree to using sub-domains? Why worry in the first place right? Well, what makes this difficult for users with existing WordPress blogs/sites is that not all web hosts allow you to use Wildcard DNS, which is a web hosting feature allowing your site to create sub-domains on the fly through WordPress.
So in short, the Multisite feature forces WordPress blogs/sites older than 30 days to use sub-domains if they want the multisite feature, but if the web host doesn’t have Wildcard DNS on, then you can’t use sub-domains. For how to get WildCard DNS working, read the WordPress codex on creating a network.
Step 1 through 4 was for enabling the multisite feature. The next step is following WordPress’s instructions to enable the actual network. The previous page, on which WordPress asked you for email and name of network, if you’ve pressed the Install button, the next page should be something similar to this screenshot:
It doesn’t have to be exactly like the screenshot above. Instructions are different for each blog/site install conditions.
Follow the instructions on that page to finish enabling the network. Creating the blogs.dir directory is easy, right click in FireFTP and select to Create Directory. You already know how to edit and update the wp-config.php file. As for the .htaccess file, you might not be able to see it in the first place on the FireFTP screen. If you don’t see it, in FireFTP, go to Tools > Options and select Show Hidden Files.
Then proceed to download the .htaccess file, edit it, and upload it back onto the server to update it.
After you’ve followed all of the WordPress instructions, click on the login link to re-login.
Managing Multiple Sites
At this point, you’ve done everything needed to enabled the multisite feature and the actual site network. If done correctly, WordPress gives you a new group of links to manage your sites. Those links will sit under a new group labeled Super Admin.
Here’s an example of adding a new site to the network:
Go through the new Super Admin pages and try creating a new site to see what settings are configurable.
Here’s a quick announcement on some of the updates we did in Answers Theme – Question Answer theme in WordPress.
The theme has under gone many tiny changes & improvements. Here’s some of them.
New tab Recently Answered: A new tab “Recently Answered” has been added where you can see the question that has been answered very recently. Also sorting tabs at the top has been revised with different labels (you may change the labels by editing label.php file).
Select category in Ask a Question page: While asking a question, now your site visitors can select under which category they wish to ask their question. As an admin, you may select a default category in case your user select no category.
Display of Answers : The display of answers in a particular question page has been changed to a different, better look. With gravatar focused on left, users can be distinguished differently.
Voting UI: Voting the answer is not revised to different, better look that takes less space and looks more in line with the overall layout.
We hope this upgrade will be useful to you and empower you using this Q/A theme even better.
Note: Please login to templatic member area and download the latest version of this theme. The theme zip file also contains a changelog.txt file that explains the files that has been changed in this upgrade.
Few weeks back we showed you teasers of the upcoming themes at templatic and the theme being released today is one of the last of them. Introducing Store Front the finest e-commerce wordpress premium theme you can use to create your online e-commerce business easily in WordPress. This time the theme is introduced in a bit different structure that many businesses use.
The logo at the top along with wide banner is definitely a cool thing to have. After the menu part, the sidebar on the left starting from the top is nice to have – it feels a bit different than the current boring trend everywhere. Also this widget ready sidebar remains consistent throughout your site showcasing the mini shopping basket and other widgets such as shop categories, ad banner, archives, pages etc.
It transforms your WordPress install into a fully functional Ecommerce store complete with backend administration. Use wordpress to easily manage your store that sells Tangible or intangible/digital goods.
This theme utilizes all the standard features of our other e-commerce themes.
Revolutionary one click auto install of the theme. Activate and your test site is ready.
Different modes of your store: Shopping cart, Digital Goods or Catalog mode
Multiple payment gateways
Bulk product upload
Built in multiple product uploader, auto image resize.
Specify colors, sizes, tax, weight and other specifications per product.
Before pretty permalinks were the norm, we used shortlinks, which are default links created by WordPress to link to your blog posts. For example, before customizing your permalinks structure, the link to the first post on your blog is:
The problem with that is blogs tend to have many entries you can’t keep track of. For example, pretend you wrote a post a long time ago titled, “Goodbye World.” What is the ID number or link for that post now? Is it 498 or 500? You don’t have time to remember all 500 posts and neither do I.
But, once you’ve customized your permalinks to use post titles instead of post ID numbers, the shortlinks get hidden and not everyone knows how to get them back or look for them. Even for people who knows how, it’s time consuming if more than one shortlink is needed, which is why WordPress 3.0 is making it easier to grab shorlinks by adding a Get Shorlink button.
While permalinks that use titles instead of ID numbers are easy to easy to remember and good for search engines, they’re long and some are temporary. For example, what if you needed to paste a link into a Twitter post (which is limited to 140 characters), would you use
The second disadvantage of the longer link is that it could change if you ever needed to change the title of that post. Lets pretend again that you’ve published the Twitter post with the longer link then decides to change the title and URL address of that post two days later to something like, “The Best Post I’ve Ever Written… Yet”. WordPress will update your blog for you, but will not update Twitter so everyone who clicks on the link you previously published on Twitter after the title and URL change will end up at a blank page.
On the flip side, if you had instead on Twitter linked to the shortlink, it doesn’t matter how many times you change the title or URL address, it stays the same. Anyone clicking on the link on Twitter before or after the URL change would be sent to the same page.
How to Enable Short Links
The good news is if you’ve never customized your permalinks structure then you ARE currently using shortlinks. Ta da! If you’ve never customized permalinks for your blog then your permalinks page should look like this:
And when you write or edit a post, the Get Shortlink button should not be present similar to this image:
If you have customized permalinks and the Get Shortlink button is not there when you write or edit a post then you’re not using WordPress 3.0 and should upgrade your blog to 3.0. Otherwise, click on Get Shortlink button to grab…the shortlink :).
How to Display Shortlinks on Your Blog
Maybe your readers have a habit of linking to your blog posts on their Twitter accounts and you’d like to make it easier to for them to do so by giving easy access to the shortlinks instead of forcing them to use URL shortening services like TinyURL and Bit.ly. Well, here’s how:
– Open up your theme’s folder and find the index.php and single.php template files.
– Find The Loop in both files and paste the following line within the loop:
<?php the_shortlink('Shortlink', '', '', ''); ?>
– Save both files and upload it to your web hosting server to see the change made to your blog.
Explanation for the line of code above:
– I’m starting a set of PHP codes.
– Let’s use the_shortlink() function of WordPress to display shortlinks on my blog.
– Within the_shortlink(), there are four options for me to customize the actual display of shortlinks represented by four sets of single quotes.
– First of all, in the first option I want all shortlink display titles, regardless of the actual title of the post or ID number, to be Shortlink. Although it could be anything like say… Peanut, in which all posts would have a Peanut title link, linking to the actual shortlink URL.
– The second, third, and fourth options for customizing the shortlink display are empty because I don’t need them. But if I did:
Second option is for link title, which is different display title. The link title is hidden until you hover over the link you want to click on, then it pops up for you to read. For example, if I use Something Random in the second set of single quotes, when you hover over Shortlink, it would pop up “Something Random,” instead of the actual title of the blog post.
Third option is for placing anything before the actual link display title.
Fourth option or set of single quotes is for placing anything after the link display title.
Here’s an example of all customizable options filled out:
As you can see from the screenshot above, anything you place in in the third and fourth sets of single quotes will be placed directly before and after the actual display title, without any additional spacing if you don’t include the spacing. However, the third and fourth customizable options are often used for adding codes for styling, which would not need additional spacing for it to look like it makes sense.
Going back to the first and second options, see how my display title is Peanut and link title is Something Random? It’d be weird if you use that combination for all posts because they wouldn’t make sense. Especially Something Random, different shortlinks to different posts have different titles, they don’t all have Something Random as the title so leave the second option empty. When you leave it empty, WordPress defaults to using the post titles in the place of link titles.