Last week we got a local version of WordPress up and running along with a brand new fresh theme. This week I’ll be going through the WordPress hierarchy, files you need and best practices for your functions.php file.
Creating your own WordPress theme is more simple than you think. In this first instalment of a multi-post guide I’ll be going through the basics of getting WordPress up and running locally with a fresh base theme.
Customer support is something I provide every single day. Whether it is for customers of my themes or my business clients, today I’m going to talk about support for a product or service and not a mention of the new iPhone 7 in sight either!
Below are a list of functions I find myself using day in and day out when building for WordPress. There is a mixture in there of stuff you can find all over the internet to a few tailored pieces of code I’ve used. I thought they may come in handy so I’m sharing them here, if you know a better way of doing something please let me know – I’m always trying to learn.
Selling WordPress themes on ThemeForest (and other marketplaces) has given me some insight into what customers really should be looking for when selecting a theme. It can be a daunting task with so many themes fitting so many niches across all of the marketplaces and it is important you make the right choice.
A fast and performant website is incredibly important. Mobile and tablet usage are on the rise, people are busy and increasingly impatient, everyone wants to get to content more quickly. Although this post is tailored to WordPress there are still some great takeaways for any web project so even if you’re not running a WordPress website, read on to learn some neat tips and tricks you may not have already heard of.
I realised today that I have become far more empathetic to customer support and customer service agents. I was never rude in my dealings with them, but I’d often approach things from a point of frustration which makes for an immediately uncomfortable situation.
I know why I’ve become more empathetic, the answer is two-fold.
I had a random email from someone the other day, looking to get into theme development and looking at Ghost as a way to start off simple.
I sent them a lengthy reply via email back, I found the following rather interesting and thought you might do too!
Continuing on from where I left off on my post about selling themes this post focuses on all things non-ThemeForest.
A lot of authors just add their themes to ThemeForest and they make a great living doing so. I’ve found that if I want to make more money and gain a greater customer base, I also need to sell themes on a number of different marketplaces.
I’m going to explain my experience on each in detail so you can get a clearer picture of whether it is worth the time and effort featuring your work there.
Partly as a challenge, partly due to a short spell of no client work I decided to start up a WordPress Theme business in June 2012. I uploaded my first ever commercial theme “Scruvely” which went on sale on 1st August 2012. I’ve now got 34 themes on sale across multiple marketplaces. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, learnt a lot about WordPress, customer support and marketing along the way. I thought it was about time to share some of this, so here we go…