Mimbo Pro was one of the very first themes that I ever purchased. In fact, it was while I was still working in big business (Dell, Inc.) and I was using it as an internal proof-of-concept piece for a communications project hoping to prove to upper management that blogging was something that shouldn’t just be forward facing but also valuable for internal com as well.
Mimbo helped me prove the project and we went on to custom build an internal solution that is still in place today. I have a lot of gratitude for those guys and the product that they’ve created.
That’s why I’m excited to see where they are headed with the next release of their Version 4 which is decidedly lighter and more “trim” than the previous versions. What they’ve discovered is that what they have is a core offering that is best offset by plugins, now released to the general public:
These extras can be introduced through plugins and extensions. And these plugins often work better than our custom code does. And so, recently, we have been deleting stuff.
Removing old stuff feels great. It improves the theme no end, making it slick and streamlined once more. What’s more it allows us to concentrate on perfecting what is available in the core theme – without having to worry about all the extra fluff.
I love this perspective and it’s one that I can entirely agree with. Check out their Mimbo Pro 4 overview video:
I think many other theme creators and theme shops are considering how they can streamline their product development and create the most value for their users. This is where the market is headed and instead of bloatware the goal is to create a more friendly and accessible core product.
Everyone wins. Check their new release here.