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.
You probably already know that we’ve been hard at work to bring you peace of mind, by implementing small and big features, here and there. You also probably might know that we’ve been on the quest to bring full WPML compatibility to our full themes catalog.
We just heard back from the good folks of WPML and we are happy to announce that three more of our themes are now fully WPML compatible.
We might have been a bit quiet lately, but the world of WordPress is constantly evolving and we work hard to keep everything up to date, as well as providing more features and new themes. You may already know that a brand new version of WordPress is due (v3.8), and we are double-checking that our themes will work flawlessly.
Speaking of features, setting up multilingual installations is one of those things that our members seem to be doing quite often. We’ve built internationalization support into our themes since day one, by properly wrapping all text instances into gettext functions and providing the appropriate files. However, translating a theme and having a multilingual website, is a whole different story as WordPress can’t handle multilingual websites natively.
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.
Hello all and Happy New Year!
Just a quick post to let you know that we’ve just released an update to our newest theme “Mozzy”.