If you visited our support forum today you probably noticed certain changes. Instead of a short Support Tip in the header now there is a special topic with guidelines on how to request help when something goes wrong or what do to when you need help with customizations.
Other than that we’ve made small changes to the forum design, namely the user info within a specific topic. We’ve fixed the problem where avatars would break the design and also added extra info like the number of posts, date of registration and user location. I’d like to ask all of you to open the user control panel and add your avatar and location.
However, the changes you just about read are all pretty trivial. The biggest change will come over time. We decided to treat the forum as the primary source of support here at Templatic. We’ll publish more and more content on the forums and instruct our users to use the forum instead of helpdesk. Don’t worry, we won’t force anything at the moment. If you feel more comfortable in helpdesk feel free to continue using it.
We believe that forums can help both you guys and our staff when it comes to theme support. On top of that we have some other ideas on how to engage the community to use the forums instead of helpdesk; but all in due time :)
If you have any suggestions on how to improve our forum (both the technical aspect and content-wise) feel free to write them in the comments below or send them to my email.
About time we show you a preview to next theme. Scheduled to be released early next month, our next theme is all about the location map. Yes, we have GeoPlaces theme to cater to this but its much too advanced and many users need a simple theme that lets them add places on a map and create location guide websites.
WP Locator, our next theme will cater to this purpose. You can create a dedicated small site to serve different purposes like store locator for big brands, a site dedicated to the places you have traveled, location guide on specific topic for example “Chocolate shops in London” and so on.
Of course, the theme will have regular WordPress features, like dedicated blog and features you usually see in WordPress themes. Along with that, with this theme you will be able to add a place from wp-admin, add photos and content about the place, etc. The full screen homepage will list all the places as a map marker. You click on that and you will be taken to that full screen page showing map of that place while showing you details of the place.
We are excited about this simple, yet unique theme. What do you think?
WooThemes has launched a short WordPress survey to learn more on about how you are using WordPress and how it can be improved. The survey consists of 22 questions and will take you around 5 minutes to complete. The survey is not reserved for WooThemes customers, everyone can chime in. The data will be shared with templatic as well so we will be able to know what you as an end WordPress user want and we can bring in product updates accordingly.
There is something in it for you as well! No, it’s not the fuzzy feeling you get when helping someone (well, that too), it’s 5 Kinde Fire devices that will go to random survey participants.
Click on the following link to participate in the survey:
Lately there has been a lot of talk about browser wars and how Firefox is losing its followers. I wanted to see if this was in fact true so I checked Google Anaytics data for Templatic.com and indeed found some interesting results.
The sample period is January 1st 2010 – October 31st 2011
During that period the site had over 2,5mil visits so it should provide a pretty good sample for this little overview. During that time Firefox emerged as a clear winner with almost 50% of all visits. Chrome is second with 28%, Safari third with 12% and IE fourth with only 10%.
That was kind of expected, but what happens when we start monitoring growth? What happens when we compare let’s say October 2011 with January 2010? What happens is…things get interesting.
- January 2010, Firefox: 26,444 visits, 60% of all visits
- January 2010, Chrome: 6,183 visits, 14% of all visits
- October 2011, Firefox: 68,437 visits, 40% of all visits
- October 2011, Chrome: 60,231 visits, 36% of all visits
To put things into perspective here are growth numbers across all major browsers. Growth measured between January 2010 and October 2011.
- Firefox 160%
- Chrome 875%
- Safari 200%
- Internet Explorer 210%
- Opera 190%
What about this year? How do the two most popular browsers fair when comparing them on a month-to-month basis?
If this trend continues we could see Chrome take over the lead as early as January or February 2012 (on Templatic of course :) )
I personally prefer Chrome, but also use Firefox and Opera daily. What about you, which browser do you prefer (and why)?
It’s been a few months since we last launched an eCommerce theme. Today we are happy to announce yet another WordPress theme built on top of our eCommerce framework. The theme is designed for showcasing and selling digital goods – DigitalBox.
DigitalBox theme is all you need to setup a trendy online retail shop within minutes. The beauty of this theme lies in its professional design and easy customizability. Not to mention the robustness and flexibility offered by our eCommerce framework that powers the theme. Apart from being visually appealing, DigitalBox follows the standard rules of an eCommerce site while still providing decent inviting look. Not only your visitors will love your site, but even search engines like Google. That’s because we have incorporated the best SEO techniques into DigitalBox. Simply install the theme, add your products, their pictures, some description and you are all set! The neat grid layout on the homepage is intuitive and easy to draw your visitors to the product page and finally to the checkout. For quick check-out, the bar is provided to the top-right.
DigitalBox theme has many customization settings so you can easily mod it to your taste. Although we’ve made this one for digital products, you can use it for other goods too. We’re sure that DigitalBox eCommerce WordPress theme is all you need to create your own eCommerce site you always wanted! Check out the live demo of the DigitalBox theme and of course, you can try it free for 14 days.
View Live demo and Buy this theme. Create your eCommerce site now!
Share & Win
Like this theme? Want to have it? Help us spread the word about it and who knows, maybe you’ll be among 3 lucky winners who will get it. Just like the past couple of Share&Win contests, the same rules apply here. You can win the theme by tweeting about it (clicking on the Tweet icon below), by sharing/liking this on Facebook (the Like icon below will take you to the Facebook post) or by being the fastest one to provide a correct answer to our contest question. The question will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook feeds sometime in the next 2 weeks.
The time has finally come to announce the winners of our DigitalBox contest! First off we would like to thank all of you who participated and spread the word about this beautiful theme. Just like last time two lucky souls were selected at random and one person won the theme by being the quickest to answer to our question. So, the three winners are:
- Ben Gillin. Ben won the theme by liking our post on Facebook. Be sure to visit his Facebook page by clicking here
- Chintak Dholakia. Chintak won the theme by retweeting. You can check out his twitter feed by clicking here
- The last winner is Vince LaMonica. Vince won the theme by being the fastest one to answer our contest question. You can follow Vince by clicking here.
Again, thanks everyone who participated!
Just like the past couple of years, that special time of year has come when we are going to take a little break. Starting with Wednesday, October 26th most of us at Templatic are going on a small vacation. We’ll be back until Monday, October 31st at the latest.
We will be celebrating Diwali, an important holiday here in India. We’d like to take this opportunity and wish Happy Diwali to all of you who celebrate it.
When it comes to theme support, remaining Templatic staff will try to handle as much tickets/forum threads as possible. Try to go easy on them :)
Billing and coding issues will take the biggest hit during that time since all of them are handled by the staff in India. We would like to ask for your patience during those days. Wishing everyone a joyous and prosperous days ahead. Happy Diwali!
When planning a vacation at a popular place, people are often bothered by unavailability of hotels, lack of decent rooms & proper services, etc. So they’ve started opting for houses on rent. If you have a residential property, preferably near a tourist spot, you can offer it on lease to tourists and generate a decent passive income. This WordPress theme is for property owners like you to showcase your vacation home, attract potential customers online and offer it on rent. Say hello to Vacation Rental theme!
With this theme, you can display photographs of your apartment/villa along with customizable descriptions, amenities, location on a geo-map and directions. Potential tourists can book your property for the price you specify in the back-end. An entry is done in a calendar to avoid further bookings on same dates and payments are handled by various gateways like PayPal, Authorize.net, 2CO and Pre Bank Transfer. Yes, there is a Pay at arrival option too.
The design of the theme is attractive and responsive (so that it displays fine across all devices). Though you can list only one property at a time, it’s strategic design will give you great ROI. What’s more? It has a beautiful blog section where you can get personal with your readers and potential customers. You can check out the demo of the Vacation Rental WordPress theme and test it free for 14 days.
View Live demo and Buy this theme. Offer your vacation home on rent now!
Share & Win
Like this theme? Want to have it? Help us spread the word about it and who knows, maybe you’ll be among 3 lucky winners who will get it. Just like the past couple of Share&Win contests, the same rules apply here. You can win the theme by tweeting about this on twitter (clicking on the Tweet icon below), by sharing/liking this on Facebook (the Like icon below will take you to the Facebook post) or by being the fastest one to provide a correct answer to our contest question. The question will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook feeds sometime in the next 2 weeks.
All of the themes mentioned in this preview have been released! To learn more about each of them visit our Themes Gallery
It’s been a while since you heard from us regarding upcoming themes. The themes that have been previewed earlier have all been released, about time we preview some of the upcoming stuff here at Templatic.
Vacation Home Rental is a theme targeted towards helping you create a quick, professional website for your vacation home. This is not a giant portal but instead, a theme built specifically for the home owner.
The theme will let you list your vacation home or property with all the nifty features you would expect in such a site. However, we are not 100% sure whether we should include the booking module into this one like our earlier Hotel Booking theme? Please comment in here and let us know.
You all know we recently released a professional e-Commerce theme called StoreBox. However, possibilities in this niche are endless and here’s the two more themes that we are working on (pictured above and below this text). We decided to cover both angles with these two, as you can see one of them features light, straightforward design while the other is very rich with content, much like StoreBox.
Other than these three themes, there are some other niche specific themes we are working on but preview of them is coming up later.
As usual, feel free to use the comments section below to share your ideas and opinions about the themes previewed in here.
We are proud to announce the new club promotion that will enable you to get all Templatic themes for just $199. The promotion starts today (October 7th) and lasts a full week (until October 15th 2011). If you’re unfamiliar with our Club package make sure you visit our Club page To check out the sweet themes you’ll have access to when you become a member be sure to visit our Theme Store.
Become a member now and get all Templatic themes for just $199! No coupon code required.
Other than just themes, Templatic club members also have access to beta releases. That’s right, become a member now and be among first to get your hands on the new version of the Geo Places theme when it becomes available.
Want to become a member but can’t afford it?
Help us spread the word about this promotion and get a chance the win one club membership totally free! To participate in the contest click either on the tweet button to post the news on Twitter or the Like/Share link to share or like the news on Facebook. The contest ends on the last day of the promotion (October 15th).
If you have any questions about the promotion feel free to ask them in comment section below. Be sure to act quickly, promotion ends in a week (on October 15th 2011).
The time has finally come to announce the winner of our club membership contest! First off we would like to thank all of you who participated and spread the word about this contest. The winner is:
- Kim Woodbridge. To follow Kim on Twitter please click here. Also, be sure to visit her Facebook page. Congrats Kim!
Again, thanks everyone who participated!
Considering heaps of mobile and tablet devices sprouting up all over the place, there is no denial that the Responsive web design is the way to go. Sketching such a layout takes a lot of brainstorming and involves strategic analysis of ‘what-goes-where’ when the view-port changes, however, the end result is always fascinating and in favor of the user. The trend has subtly entered into WordPress too and we are keen on adopting it as early as possible. So, yes, here it is – Responsive WP Portfolio theme.
In this age and day, ‘always-accessible‘ online presence is of prime importance and professionals like you would definitely want to provide optimum experience to your customers irrespective of the device they use. This theme caters to this crucial need while still maintaining the familiarity and flexibility of WordPress. You can create a customizable business portfolio site with beautiful slider and custom widgets in a jiffy. Simply set it up and it will dynamically adjust the layout based on the device used.
ake a look at the demo of the Responsive Business Portfolio theme. Try changing the width and height of your browser windows and see how it ‘responds’! You can even test drive the theme at: test.templatic.com. We hope you like our first Responsive theme. Don’t forget to provide us your feedback.
View Live demo and Buy this theme. Own this responsive portfolio theme now!
Share & Win
Like this theme? Want to have it? Help us spread the word about it and who knows, maybe you’ll be among 3 lucky winners who will get it. Just like the past couple of Share&Win contests, the same rules apply here. You can win the theme by retweeting/sharing or by providing the fastest answer to our question. This time the question will be published on our Facebook account sometime in the next 2 weeks.
Note (for Twitter users): In order to participate in the contest you must follow @templatic because winners will be notified via direct message.
Retweet: Win a copy of Responsive Portfolio Theme from @templatic //bit.ly/WPResp Retweet to Win
Share it on Facebook
The time has finally come to announce the winners of our Responsive contest! First off we would like to thank all of you who participated and spread the word about this beautiful theme. Just like last time two lucky souls were selected at random and one person won the theme by being the quickest to answer to our question. So, the three winners are:
- Sarah Weeger. Sarah won the theme by liking our post(s) on Facebook. Be sure to visit her Facebook page by clicking here
- Edmundo Perez. Edmundo won the theme by retweeting. You can check out his twitter feed by clicking here
- The last winner is Dane Glerum. Dane won the theme by being the fastest one to answer our contest question. You can follow Dane by clicking here.
Again, thanks everyone who participated!