2016 is just around the corner and it’s time for some number crunching. Here’s a list of our 10 most popular WordPress themes (most downloads) for 2015.
You might have noticed we’ve been a bit quiet for the last couple of months, and for a good reason. April & May were arguably two of the most productive months we’ve seen here in CSSIgniter having updated almost every single aspect of our business and products.
If you are already a CSSIgniter member then you already now about our effort to provide the best possible support. A typical meaningful response to any question won’t take more than a few hours. In every case, all support tickets must be resolved within 24 hours. As the winter holiday season is just around the corner, we need to take some time off and make sure that we will be able to provide this kind of support in 2015 too. Don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere, we will just be operating on a reduced schedule just for a couple of days:
- Wednesday, December 24th – Support will close at 4pm GMT+2
- Thursday, December 25th – Support will be closed for the day
- Friday, December 26th – Support will close at 4pm GMT+2
- Wednesday, December 31st – Support will close at 4pm GMT+2
- Thursday, January 1st – Support will be closed for the day
Right after we attended WordCamp Europe, we made a pact as a company to follow through on Matt’s five for the future, calling all WordPress focused companies to dedicate 5% of their resources working for WordPress.
Since there are four of us at CSSIgniter right now, and since my right leg can’t code by itself (yet), we decided to dedicate 5% of our time. That means for one day each month (to start with), we will run a WordPress contribution marathon as a company and the first of these contribution events will take place tomorrow, 29/10.
We are planning to start off by helping users with issues on the WordPress support forums, and for everyone who might be interested in joining we created a public HipChat room. Starting at about 13:00 p.m. CET, join in, get to meet us and we will coordinate the process.
We believe that this is the way to go forward; the above pact along with our sponsorships, organizing events and helping out wherever we can is a great start.
You have an idea. I have an idea. We swap. Now you have two ideas. And I have two ideas. WordCamp Europe 2014.
The famous quote by George Bernand Shaw, quoted by Simon Wheatley in his “Running An Open Source Business” presentation was arguably the most powerful message one should take from this year’s WordCamp Europe. Technical talks are amazing and fulfilling but the Open Source inspirational mentality is what makes them possible, what even makes WordCamps possible. Coupling this with Matt’s post about investing 5% of a company’s resources towards the well-being of WordPress, I firmly believe we had the most inspirational WordCamp weekend, at least one that I have attended personally.
Just a bit over two years ago, when we launched CSSIgniter, we started off with high hopes and expectations and it’s exhilarating to watch our hard work come to fruition. It’s arguably an understatement to simply say that so far it has been a life changing experience for us. Throughout these last two years we’ve grown our portfolio to 62 themes (that’s an average of almost 2.3 themes per month), grown from zero to 17,000 paying customers, answered more than 10,000 customization support tickets, added new talent to our team, and all that doing what we love most: developing for WordPress and talking to our members.
A couple days ago Envato announced a new set of theme submission guidelines for the Themeforest marketplace; you can read them in detail here.
They are a set of rules in an effort to ensure that every theme provided by Themeforest meets a certain high quality standard, using clean code and general web development best practices. We believe it really is a great list of what to avoid and what to be careful of when you develop a WordPress theme and a website in general and Envato has done a great job in recruiting experienced authors and advisors in order to compile it.
How these guidelines affect CSSIgniter’s themes
They don’t. I’m honestly and shamelessly proud of the fact that every single theme of ours, be it in cssigniter.com or in the Themeforest marketplace, already meets every single item on Envato’s guideline list.
A year and a half ago, we embarked into the already overcrowded WordPress theme market with a very specific strategy comprised of two parts: The first part was to make our themes of as high quality as possible by following the best practices of our profession, practices that we’ve learned and tested over the years we’ve been building websites. The second (and most important part) was to keep our themes as simple as possible while not compromising their features and customizability. This is the exact reason why we don’t provide “endless color schemes” or “a billion shortcodes” and we’re really happy that it’s paying off and getting justified.
So, to end this little proud moment, big props to Envato for their new guidelines and we hope you never again see 800 lines of inline styles on your website again :)
In an effort to expand our support section we are looking for someone who will be able to record video tutorials on how to properly install our WordPress themes. We do provide written documentation but let’s be realistic. Who reads those? Video tutorials on the other hand seem more attractive to users. So if you are interested:
You will be creating video tutorials for our current and future WordPress themes. You will also be creating video tutorials describing generic WordPress processes (How to create a page, how to install a plugin etc). You will also be responsible for reformatting our written documenation to better match the video tutorials.
- You must be familiar with the self hosted version of WordPress. You have an understanding of the WordPress ecosystem (template hierarchy, custom templates, custom post types, taxonomies and the various WordPress APIs).
- You must be a fluent English speaker. That’s not enough though. You must enunciate and use a vocabulary of a six years old. We now have members from more than 60 countries and speaking clearly without using any slang is a must.
- You must be familiar with video/audio recording software (doh!).
- We hate excuses so if you miss a deadline just tell us exactly what you drunk the night before. We may provide good tips on how to get over this nasty hangover.
- Access to our themes collection.
- Work from home.
- Work whenever you want as long as you don’t miss the deadlines.
If you are interested get in touch. Email us at info [at] cssigniter [dot] com and don’t forget to tell us your hourly rate. Action!
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Almost 1 year and a half ago we – Anastis and I – entered the world of premium WordPress themes. Back then little we knew about what it really takes to run such a thing. We were excited and confident about our WordPress skills. We thought, why not? Things weren’t so simple though.