Road Trip! We’re getting ready to attend three WordCamps this summer and we want to meet you there.
The first WordCamp is just a few days away in Reno. We’ll be making the beautiful drive over the Sierra Nevadas to attend WC Reno. We’re really looking forward to it.
Next up is WordCamp San Diego on July 16. This will be San Diego’s first WordCamp and they have had a great response. The 200 available tickets sold out in no time. We’re even more stoked about WCSD as it will be the first WordCamp sponsored by AppThemes. To top it off, the World Champion Giants (yes, we are fans) will be in San Diego to play the Padres. WordCamp on Saturday and hot dogs and baseball on Sunday – how could it get any better?
Of course, the big event will be WordCamp San Francisco in August. There’s no way we’d miss this one. We’re making plans to do something fun that weekend and we will have more news later.
If you are planning to attend any of these events, let us know. We’d love to meet you in person. Also, if you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, try dropping in at a WordPress meetup. David is one of the organizers for the San Francisco WordPress meetup and will be speaking at the next meeting.
It’s going to be a great summer. Hopefully we will get a chance to meet you in person.
Coupon and deal websites have taken off in the last couple of years and rightfully so. With the economy taking a toll on everyone’s wallet, shoppers search for coupon codes or printable coupons before they make their purchases. The problem is, where do they go to find these deals and how can you capitalize on this niche market?
Introducing Clipper, a coupon and deal management application theme for WordPress. Now you can be their source for discounts and make money from affiliate sales and monetize the traffic with our powerful new theme.
Gathering customer feedback about our products has always been a priority for us. It not only gives us valuable information about how they use our products, it also provides us direction for future product updates.
Previously all feature suggestions and ideas were posted in our “Feature Request” forums which worked great….in the beginning. Our support team combs through those forums on a weekly basis and gathers all ideas for us to review. The only problem now is the high volume makes it hard to determine what feature ideas are the most popular and great ideas could potentially get buried and we wouldn’t even know about them.
You have spoken and we have listened. To provide a better mechanism to communicate when themes will become available, we have built a Theme Release Status page.
Previously, we’ve tried several different ways to communicate our theme updates (i.e. blog post, forum thread, blog comments, twitter, etc) but not everyone receives the same message (or at all). Unforeseen circumstances can also arise so release dates get pushed back. Then old blog posts, etc become outdated (for instance the ClassiPress 3.1 Preview post) and people still expect it released by that date. It makes us look bad and worst of all, it confuses everyone.
This new status page streamlines our efforts and provides a central location where anyone can view our progress. It will not only give you an estimated release date, but will also give you insight into where our team is with respect to development. This page will be updated when progress has been made so bookmark it and come back often. The “Last updated” text at the bottom of the page will let you know once something has changed.
Thanks again for all your feedback and we hope our Theme Release Status gives you a better view into our theme release cycle.
Today we’d like to announce that all AppThemes products are moving to the General Public License (GPL). We’re excited about the change and how it benefits our existing customers especially with all our new upcoming themes.
So why the switch?
Earlier this year, I attended WordCamp SF and had a chat with both Brian Gardner from StudioPress and Matt Mullenweg about the WordPress premium theme market. We covered a lot of topics and shared our perspectives on the direction the premium themes market was heading. I then brought up the topic of GPL and how AppThemes (ClassiPress at the time) planned to eventually move from a fixed license model to GPL.
One of the most common requests we receive from our customers is, “Do you provide consulting services”? As much as we’d like to help, we just don’t have the resources to do outside projects. Instead, we focus our efforts on enhancing and building amazing WordPress Premium Apps.
But that didn’t stop us from figuring out a way we could add value to our customers and provide such a service. Our new AppThemes Certified Partner program does just that. We’ve partnered up with some top design/development firms who would be happy to help you customize your AppThemes themes.
Please welcome JobRoller – the newest edition to the AppThemes family. JobRoller is a premium WordPress job board app designed to instantly turn your site into a professional job listing site.
JobRoller takes full advantage of the latest available features in WordPress 3.0, specifically custom post types, custom taxonomies, and a custom write panel. This gives you several key advantages to better manage your site.
It’s been a while since we’ve updated our affiliate banners and figured now was a good time to do so. You’ll notice that we’ve streamlined the banners into a uniform look to focus more on the AppThemes brand. We created a bunch of unique ones for each theme so you can grab em to promote on your site.
If you already have our ClassiPress affiliate banners on your site (using your affiliate code and image url), you don’t need to do anything. They should have automatically been updated.
If you would like to get a hold of our new banners for JobRoller or general AppThemes banners, just login to your affiliate account and get the code. There are several new banners and dimensions but if there is a size you would like us to create, just let us know in the comments below.