After 8BIT recently closed shop, many people expressed concern over the destiny the company’s core product, Standard Theme. Was it going to be retired…discontinued? No one seemed to know. On 8BIT’s blog—which has been notably silent as of late—an announcement was just made: Standard Theme has been acquired by WooThemes. It lives on! 8BIT’s been working on a “transition” strategy behind the scenes, and as they explain in their post, WooThemes will be providing support for Standard Theme and its customers moving forward. Existing customers will receive more information from 8BIT soon, and new customers can go straight WooThemes in the near future […]
I hope you are having a very chill and relaxed weekend as we walk into the 4th of July week! Many of you are probably traveling this week and I hope you travel well and safely. Perhaps most importantly is that you can get offline and just enjoy family, life, and other such things that are vastly more important than *gasp* WordPress! Hahaha!
This is your WordPress weekend roundup – blog posts that we couldn’t entertain fully in the past week but that might still be worth your time. We spend our weekend curating this list so that you don’t have to! We hope that by spending a few hours (or more than a few hours) that we save hundreds if not thousands of our own community’s time! It is an opportunity we can’t pass up! And at this point we’ve done over 20 of these at this point! Ready? Here we go!
I hope you all have a great and relaxing Sunday! I have some new plugins to share along with a quick plugin review as well. Did you know that you could submit plugins and themes to us to review? Cam did a review of a theme a while back and we also have tags for Plugins and Themes for all of the posts related to each of them. Here’s the plugins after the jump!
Michael Novotny, who runs QA for 8BIT, launched a new site during his session this weekend at WordCamp Atlanta called WP Test. As Michael explains, WP Test uses “a fantastically exhaustive set of test data to measure the integrity of your plugins and themes.” WP Test will run your themes and plugins though the gauntlet and show you visually where your blog survives and where it breaks. WP test is built off of the WordPress Theme Unit Test Codex as well as 3 years of experience in plugin and theme support, corner cases included.
How much time have you spent on educating your WordPress clients on how to use WordPress (or even your parents and friends)? Lots of time perhaps – too much time if you’re running a full-blown WordPress-centric business. Well, that’s where WP101 steps in and helps ease the pain of education by providing robust videos and tutorials covering nearly every aspect of WordPress and even technologies (like RSS) that aren’t a part of WordPress. Obviously this covers the bases and saves a lot of people an incredible amount of time – which is why Pagely has begun using their service for […]
Although it seems that many WordPress-based companies are moving away from affiliate programs it’s still not even close to global shift and will always be a big part of growing an online business, whether it’s WordPress or some other digital product. It is, generally speaking, a very successful and strategically-proven method of capitalization. Heck, I’ve tried it multiple times for many different web-offerings and it’s been a good one! But one question that’s come up time and time again is about employees taking affiliate income via their own personal properties and/or projects related to the core business’ product. In other words, […]
There are so many great themes out there. How on earth do you choose the right one? I think it’s almost like buying a home or a car really. You need to come up with your list of most desired features, nice-to-haves, and most likely price. This list is different for most, but there’s something I think should be on everyone’s list that is most likely over-looked. Community: I think that community should be at the top of the list. I would argue that it should be in your top 3 at least. For me personally it looks like this: SEO […]
Yup. WooThemes is closing down their affiliate program for some very simply stated reasons: We’re sorry to say that we are discontinuing our referral program because of lack of traction for the program. Access to signup and log in has been removed for the time being. Bummer. In a much longer newsletter to existing affiliates, it was clearly stated that not just lack of traction was an issue but also fraud and abuse: I’m in the unfortunate position to let you know that we will be closing our referral program on Friday, 8 February 2013. In the last couple of […]
A couple of weeks ago Code Poet shared a new Balsamiq template for the WordPress Post Editor. The guys at Modern Tribe created the template file and you can grab it yourself in this post. I decided to take it for a spin myself. I have used Balsamiq before in the past, so it was easy to get things set up. I didn’t have it installed on my current machine but luckily they have a 7 day trial so I was able to download and try it out. Once I got Balsamiq up and running, I opened up the template file […]