Even though Hotel Booking is by no means a bad-looking theme, we decided to provide another design to our members. 5 Star theme is the fruit of that labor. Just like HotelBooking, it’s powered by Tevolution and a Booking add-on. This approach allows us to provide the same features across a number of themes. Updating is especially a breeze for both you guys and us.
With 5 Star you can…
As I type this, a well organized brute-force attack is underway and WordPress sites are the target. The reason for the attack is unknown, but it has happened before (never on this scale though). With that said, it’s fairly easy to protect the site from the attack. Attackers are trying to login to wp-admin using the “admin” username and a set of most used passwords.
To stay secure please follow these tips:
- If possible remove the “admin” user from the site, create a new user with the administrator role
- Set a strong password for the (new) admin user, i.e. at least 8 characters with small and capital letters, numbers and special characters. Use LastPass if you need help remembering these long passwords
- Install a plugin for an extra layer of security. The plugin can limit login attempts, rename wp-admin and more
For more info on the attack open this The Next Web post.
Our Tevolution-fellowship continues to grow… Vacation Rental version 2 is the fifth theme powered by the plugin. It is similar in many ways to our recently released Hotel Booking theme. Both themes are powered by Booking System, a Tevolution add-on in charge for handling bookings. Vacation Rental comes with a simple, but customizable design which will work for many vacation house owners.
As the title would suggest, ability to manage multiple houses is by far the biggest change made in Vacation Rental 2. In the older version you were limited to just one availability calendar and a simple booking form. Version 2 is much more flexible with it’s variable booking form and a unique availability calendar for each created house.
Similarly to Nightlife 1.1 version released a while back, Events v2 theme has also been updated with new and improved recurring events. These new events will make the theme streamlined (no more regular / recurring tabs) and easier to manage; for both you and your visitors. “Recurring events” as such no longer exist inside our event directory themes. They have been replaced with a recurring system which allows you to quickly and easily generate a regular event for each occurrence. This has awesome benefits such as the ability to edit a specific occurrences. Our developers also used this update as an opportunity to add a requested option inside Events v2 – the ability to set the default tab on homepage and category pages.
All Templatic e-commerce themes have also received an update. The update focused on some design issues that emerged after the WooCommerce 2.0 upgrade. The update covers both eCom Framework and supreme powered e-commerce themes.
Has it been 5 years already? It is as if we got started just a while back. Started as PremiumThemes.net with 25 blog themes, we launched our website on March 15, 2008 (Templatic brand was established two years after). Never did we thought to reach at the heights we are today – all thanks to you our customer, our employees and WordPress community.
Started with the mission to help people get online presence quickly, easy and affordably, Templatic products now help tens of thousands of people build professional websites and also helping them make money in the process; something we’re most proud of.
As Templatic founder and CEO, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone. I am nothing but grateful today towards everyone who helped us in anyway at all.
Automotive is a vehicle directory theme powered by our Tevolution plugin. One might call Automotive a spiritual successor to the Automobile theme released back in 2010. Since Automobile v2 won’t be coming after all, we’ll be allowing existing Automobile owners to upgrade their license to Automotive. Those owners will be happy to hear that features such as advanced search and a front-end submission form are finally available.
One of the requests we received quite often for Automobile theme was to include functionality that will allow people to manage both cars and vehicles such as motorcycles. Well, with Tevolution and it’s create a new post type functionality this is finally available. After a post type is created the plugin will even generate unique sidebar areas so you can provide content unique to that post type.
Publisher is an advanced CMS / e-commerce theme for selling books and other digital products. With v2 we wanted to give even more tools to the admin while making the experience more accessible for visitors. Newly implemented responsive design should ensure that each visitor gets the same experience; no matter which device they use to access the site.
The core functionality (selling digital products) has been revamped from scratch. Publisher v2 is powered by our Tevolution plugin and a custom Tevolution add-on called Digital Downloads. In order to make the upgrade process easier we avoided making too many changes to the product structure. Most of your product information will transfer over to the new system. As usual, you’ll find detailed updating instructions inside the theme guide.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Nightlife has been retired and is no longer available for purchase. Instead, check out the Eventum theme.
Few weeks ago we announced an important update to our Nightlife members. With the update we wanted to revamp recurring events (again) because it felt like they still aren’t on the level the theme deserved. Well, the update is finally ready and here are some of the changes that were implemented…
Recurring events are of course the biggest change. In Nightlife v1.1 recurring events won’t actually exist in the front-end; you will just use the recurring events functionality to generate a regular event for each instance of the recurring event. Say you want an event that occurs on every Friday in March (2013) and lasts one day. Once the main (recurring) event is created 5 additional (regular) events will be created as well. The first one will start on March 1st, the second on March 8th and so on. If you change something inside that main event, new instances of the event will be created (and old ones deleted).
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HotelBooking version 2 has been available as a beta in our forums for a while, but, the time has finally come to officially announce it! Design wise, HotelBooking 2 is very similar to its predecessor, however, things are substantially different under the hood. Unlike the original HotelBooking theme in which the booking module was hardcoded, HotelBooking 2 is powered by our Tevolution plugin plus a booking add-on. This change is allowing us to standardize the booking functionality across multiple themes. The same system will power Vacation Rental 2; scheduled to release in a week or two.
Read this post and see what’s new in HotelBooking 2, if you’re more of a video type watch the overview instead.
One of the things our recent survey showed us was that most of you guys are satisfied with our support. Support is something we’ve been working on extensively for the past year so it’s really nice to finally see some real numbers / results. One of the things we’re extremely proud of is the fact our forums became something more – a community. Templatic forums are now a place to not only get support, but also to talk about your theme and exchange valuable tips with other members. However, there is always room for improvement….
The improvement this time around is a new support staff member, mr. Motaz Tawfik! Those of you who visited our GeoPlaces v4 forums most likely saw a post or two from motaz (his username). Motaz was by far the most active member of the forum so when time came to hire a new employee we really didn’t have to look far. Not sure what makes us more happy; Motaz coming to work with us or the fact we were done with hiring in 20 minutes :)
Improving support systems
How happy are you with the current support systems (Helpdesk / forums) from a technical perspective? Would you prefer a unified system? What is in your opinion the best support system / solution out there? You are being asked these questions because we’re starting the see room for big improvements in our current systems. However, if it turns out that most of you are happy with the way things are, we won’t go about messing with what works.
Thank you for the input!