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.
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!
One of the things our Club members tell us fairly often is the limited selection of simple blog/magazine themes in our portfolio. Up until now, TechNews was basically the only magazine theme available. We set to change that with Anchor. Anchor is an all purpose theme that can be used for business, magazine or literally any purpose.
Mobile Friendly Design
Just as all our recent themes, Anchor is completely responsive and will look good on virtually every device. The best way to see responsive Anchor in action is to visit the demo site with your smartphone or to resize your browser window while on the demo site.
With Anchor you won’t have to worry about updating the theme, notifications about new updates will come directly to your WordPress dashboard. What’s more, you’ll be able to perform the update right there inside the dashboard. Be careful though…updating will undo all your customization so be sure to back everything up first.
More than just a Blog theme
On top of being an awesome magazine theme, Anchor can also be used to start a fancy online webstore. To enable that Anchor is compatible with the free WooCommerce plugin. Digital, physical, variable products…with WooCommerce you can sell pretty much anything.
Instead of providing a couple of preset skins, Anchor will allow you to define colors for things like buttons, titles, header, footer and so on. All of this is accomplished using the WordPress Customizer meaning you get to see your site change in real-time.
Anchor comes with an extensive selection of shortcodes created using Twitter Bootstrap. Along with standard shortcodes such as alert boxes or icon lists you can also add tabs, galleries, tooltips, popovers and more. A full list of shortcodes is available on the Anchor demo site
Other Anchor features
Anchor Video Overview
Lately we’re starting to notice that more and more of our members struggle with finding freelancers that are ready to take on their custom job. Because of this we decided to revamp our customization site. Instead of allowing members to submit custom jobs, the revamped site will provide links to people/websites that can provide custom work.
Are you a freelance WordPress developer? If you’d like be showcased on the customization site, please click here.
[Note]Important note: Developers keep 100% of the earnings. The customize site will just serve as a link directory, nothing more[/Note]
The recent update frenzy continues with the TechNews magazine theme! Much like eBook and iPhone App released earlier this month, TechNews 2 is also powered by our supreme parent theme.
What can you expect from TechNews 2?
- The same mobile friendly design that looks great on any device
- Widgetized homepage for easy content manipulation
- Great selection of new Templatic shortcodes
- Theme Options moved to WordPress customizer – see changes as you make them
- Mega menu support
Full support for three awesome plugins
[templatic_tab title=”WooCommerce”] Want to sell something with your TechNews theme? You can totally do that now! With full WooCommerce support you’ll have access to the exact same features as our e-commerce themes. Base WooCommerce plugin is completely free with tons of optional upgrades. To download the plugin just click on the WooCommerce logo below [/templatic_tab]
[templatic_tab title=”bbPress”] bbPress is a perfect solution for all those looking to extend their community. It makes forums super-easy to manage and the best thing is – you never need to leave the comfort of your WordPress install. While not feature rich as some other forum solutions, growing extension database more than makes up for that[/templatic_tab]
[templatic_tab title=”WordPress SEO by Yoast”] TechNews 2 doesn’t come with SEO settings built-in. Instead, we’ve decided to provide full support for the best SEO plugin available today – WordPress SEO. Don’t trust us, click on the SEO logo below and see what others are saying about it [/templatic_tab]
With TechNews 2 you won’t have to worry about updating the theme. Notifications about new updates will come directly to your WordPress dashboard. What’s more, you’ll be able to perform the update right there inside the dashboard. Be careful though…updating will undo all your customization so be sure to back everything up first.
Do you own any of the themes that were updated this month? Let us know what you think about these updates.
It’s been a while since we wrote a post about what’s coming next. So, in the next few minutes we’ll try to outline what you can expect from Templatic over the course or two months
- This month, we released updates to eBook and iPhone App. Both themes were re-coded from scratch and feature several new features; most important being the responsive design and woocommerce compatibility.
- We have yet another updated theme coming up – Tech News, a popular blogging magazine theme that will be re-coded much like eBook and iPhoneApp
- Then after we have Anchor – a church & business theme that will serve as a spiritual successor to Grace. You’ll love this.
- Then, Automotive – a theme built for car garage owners. Expect a detailed preview of both Automotive and Anchor in the near future
- Then, in 2nd half of February, we have updates to Vacation Rental and Hotel Booking lined up. Before they are actually released, beta versions of both themes will be provided in our forums so you guys can take a closer look
- Finally, Publisher theme will be released will full Tevolution-support
Most of the above updates comes up with WooCommerce support so you can make more money. Plus, it will have responsive design, short codes, page templates, few new widgets and lots of tiny improvements.
Along with all this, we’re actively working on improving the purchase/sales system and the entire support system.
In any case, these next two months look like they’re going to be interesting :)
Anything in particular you guys were hoping from our side?
And now it’s time to announce upgrade of iPhone App theme. It has been on the market for a while, 3 years to be exact. When it was released after lots of brainstorming, it was first and best of it’s kind, later replicated by many others. Till now it helped many in selling their iPhone apps.
Over time, smart phone apps has evolved and this new version caters to latest demand of this market. The updated version (iPhone App 2) will offer even more flexibility when it comes to selling your apps.
What's new in iPhone App 2?
- Mobile friendly (responsive) design that looks great in any device.
- iPhone, Android and BlackBerry sliders. Which means you can showcase not only iPhone, but other mobile application as well.
- Better coded and powered by our supreme framework. Which includes numerous other features such as page templates, mega menu, additional widgets and so on..
- Full WordPress SEO and bbPress plugin compatibility
- Widgetized homepage for easy content manipulation
- WooCommerce compatibility for those that do not sell their apps on App/Play Store
iPhone App 2 comes with an extensive selection of shortcodes created using Twitter Bootstrap. Along with standard shortcodes such as alert boxes or icon lists you can also add tabs, galleries, tooltips, popovers and more. A full list of shortcodes is available on the iPhone App 2 demo site
Just as eBook v2 released a few days ago, this theme also supports automatic updates! With iPhone App 2 you won’t have to worry about updating the theme, notifications about new updates will come directly to your WordPress dashboard. What’s more, you’ll be able to perform the update right there inside the dashboard. Be careful though…updating will undo all your customization so be sure to back everything up first.
Hope you’ll love this upgrade. Wishing you greatest success selling your mobile app :)
We have a lot of cool stuff planned for January 2013, fist among those is the release of eBook v2. For those unfamiliar with the original theme…eBook is a theme for book authors that featured a simple design and feature set which basically revolved around showcasing a single book. The theme itself had no e-commerce capabilities but you could provide a link to your book on Amazon.
Although the new version looks the same as the last one, that is where the similarities end. With the new version we wanted to provide the tools which will allow you to see the book(s) on the actual site (and Amazon if you wish). How will this be possible? WooCommerce!
Let’s take a look at some of the changes that will make your book-selling experience a whole lot easier
Cater to any audience
With eBook v2 you won’t have to worry about your mobile visitors, the theme will render great on both desktop and mobile devices. eBook v2 features a responsive design which will adapt to the visitors screen size.
Showcase and sell books
As hinted earlier, eBook v2 is completely WooCommerce compatible. For those unfamiliar with WooCommerce, it is a free WordPress plugin which you can use to sell pretty much anything. You’ll find more information about the plugin inside the eBook theme guide.
With WooCommerce you can link both the main Purchase button and the image to a product on your own site. PayPal is supported out of the box, while other gateways can be added as paid extras. Selling on Amazon is now just a perk, not the only option.
A flexible homepage
Even though they look the same, homepages in eBook and eBook v2 function in completely different ways. In eBook v2 the homepage is controlled entirely from the Appearance -> Widgets section meaning you can easily swap widgets between one another. With widgets you’ll even be able to display WooCommerce content like products or the cart.
[templatic_msg_box type=”info”]Quick note for existing eBook owners
eBook theme options have been moved from the wp-admin -> Appearance section to the WordPress customizer. The quickest way to access the customizer is to click on the big blue “Customize this site” button on the WordPress dashboard homepage
WordPress SEO and bbPress support
To help boost your site ranking eBook v2 has been made completely compatible with WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin. The theme doesn’t come with any built-in SEO settings, it is completely dependent on this (awesome) plugin.
To help you start a community, the theme has also been made compatible with bbPress forum plugin. bbPress works within your WordPress install making it super-easy to manage and get started. If you’re looking to start a community around your book/website – this is the way to do it.
eBook v2 comes with an extensive selection of shortcodes created using Twitter Bootstrap. Along with standard shortcodes such as alert boxes or icon lists you can also add tabs, galleries, tooltips, popovers and more. A full list of shortcodes is available on the eBook v2 demo site
This feature has been at the top of our list for quite some time, but, it’s finally here! With eBook v2 you won’t have to worry about updating the theme, notifications about new updates will come directly to your WordPress dashboard. What’s more, you’ll be able to perform the update right there inside the dashboard. Be careful though…updating will undo all your customizations so be sure to back everything up first.
We are planning strategy for year 2013 and really need to know exactly what you guys think of us and what are your expectations down the road. What better way to do that than with a survey?
Here’s your chance to become one of the three winners to Win Premium Theme Club Membership for a year while providing your genuine and honest feedback that will help us improve upon the whole Templatic experience and product line.
Winners will be announced on this page on 20th of this month. Make sure to provide a valid email address in the survey so we can contact you in case you’re the one that won one of three Club memberships! Here’s we go.
The survey has finished
We received a total of 650 submission with all kinds of ideas and suggestions. Thank you all once again!
The following three emails (winners) get 1 year of Templatic membership:
So 2013 has begun already and it’s time we look back to see and learn what we did in year 2012. For us, it was a year filled with new development, happy and sad moments, business lessons, few innovations. Overall, one of the good year.
Here’s an overview of all the (awesome) stuff that’s been going on in the past year
Theme launches and upgrades
We introduced several unique new themes: eMarket, Tech News, Realtr, Price Compare, Education Academy, Catalog, NightLife and Cool Cart.
Upgraded existing mighty themes such as GeoPlaces, Real Estate, Daily Deal, Job Board, Events, Vacation Rental and Hotel Booking.
Best of all, we introduced Tevolution plugin, our biggest release of the year and symbolize a big shift in handling theme releases. It took the most time for us to develop but it will make things lot easier for everyone going forward. You’ll get benefit of real power of revolution in year 2013.
What started as a feature is now a must have standard in web design world wide. All new templatic themes now includes mobile ready designs known as responsive technique.
Earlier in the year, we adapted Supreme – a theme framework that will make designing things easier. All our recent theme releases is built on this.
In order to clean up, several themes from templatic store were retired to make room for new development and innovation.
Shift to WooCommerce
In early October we made all our e-commerce themes WooCommerce compatible. As WooCommerce continued to grow we decided it would be cool to give our e-commerce members an option too choose the shopping-cart you want to use.
20 people strong
Any company that wishes to grow must expand the workforce. Templatic is no different, sometime in June we had about 18 people working in our offices in India with extra two telecommuting from USA and Europe.
A Templatic member was so happy with the support we provided that she sent us a cake all the way to India at our office! Maybe a small gesture, but it was a very special moment of appreciation for all of us in the team. To this day the team is still arguing which was better – the surprise or the actual cake :)
After a few weeks of hard work, the Docs site was finally opened to public. The docs site enables you view all support content on one place.
Taking this further, we are also working on a custom support solution to combine documentation, forums and help desk together which will make support easier, faster and more efficient. More news on this later.
Conferences & Events
WordCamp Mumbai was the fourth WC event in India. Just like in Jabalpur, we attended and spoke at the event.
Also we had the privilege to attend the PressNomics conference in Phoenix, Arizona and meet up with so many popular WP folks.
While you were on Christmas holidays, we moved over to FireHost for better security and stability. This means you will have better access to website and less downtimes :)
Finally, ended the year with Christmas sale. You still have until tomorrow to get benefit of Buy 1, Get 3 themes and club membership offer.
So that was year 2012. Looking back, I guess we matured as a business and took some bitter but right decisions. This not being the fastest but a good, awesome year for us.
We are turning 5 year old in year 2013 and hope to bring in awesome innovations and solutions that will make online presence quicker and easier for everyone this year.
Happy New Year!