Last week we have launched a small facelift of our website and changed a bunch of details on ThemeZee.com. The biggest change is the new showcase, which will show live examples of our themes and first-hand experiences from real customers. Although most modifications are only minor we want to share the exciting news with you.
I am very happy to announce the release of our next magazine WordPress theme named Rubine. We have worked really hard to make Rubine as easy as possible and I think we have made a good job. The theme setup should take no more than 5 minutes and you can start to write your content immediately. Read full article »
Dynamic News is our first theme on WordPress.com and is quite popular so far. The theme is an advanced version of zeeDynamic with a focus on usability and an easy setup. It was greatly improved during the theme review process with the help from the awesome Theme Wranglers at Automattic (Thanks again, Michelle).
We’re very excited to announce the release of our newest WordPress theme called Smartline. It is a perfect theme for news and magazine websites as well as simple blogs. Smartline is a responsive theme with strong colors and looks great on any device.
We have developed our support systems step-by-step since we have released our first premium themes and paid theme club. We added a documentation section, video tutorials and support forum and have written a lot of tutorials as we went along. The result was that our support center has become a little bit messy over time.
Today I am announcing the retirement of all our older, static-width themes which were mostly created back in 2011. Since then a lot of things have changed in web and WordPress theme development. Websites are visited more and more on mobile devices rather than desktop computers, which has led to Responsive Webdesign and mobile-ready themes.
After the launch of the theme club back in September 2012 and offering PRO themes and top-notch theme support ThemeZee has gained over 2.000 paying theme club members so far. Although the theme club model has worked quite well and ThemeZee has become a healthy business, there were several downsides of the existing subscription model.
Another year has nearly passed and it was a quite successful one for ThemeZee. After improving the support process at the beginning of the year I spent really much time on learning everything about responsive webdesign. The result were the release of eight new ThemeZee WordPress themes with responsive layout in 2013. Finally ThemeZee.com also got a mobile ready design.
Some of you have surely recognized already that ThemeZee got a new design yesterday. I’m very happy that I finally managed to update themezee.com. I was working on the new theme the last few weeks whenever I found some time beyond the daily business.
As you can see it is no radical change in design but only slightly improvements. Therefore I guess nobody gets confused with the new look.
So, let’s take a quick look on the enhancements: Read full article »
It is about a year now since I have introduced the ThemeZee Club and the PRO versions of my themes. Before that, ThemeZee provided only free wordpress themes and earned some money via affiliate marketing for other theme shops. Since users of my free themes asked for more features and theme support regularly I eventually decided to start the Theme Club. Actually there was just to less time to provide theme support and theme development for free.
So far I’m quite happy how the theme club has developed over the past year. I have learned a lot about operating an own online business and have greatly improved my theme development and WordPress skills. It is awesome to see how you are using and customizing my WordPress themes and how many website are powered by them.
Some of you certainly noticed that I’m working very hard at the moment on new responsive themes and I’m very proud to introduce two more themes today. After releasing several business WordPress themes I have created my first two responsive magazine themes the last two weeks.
The big difference between my magazine and business themes is the frontpage template, which is designed in a smooth magazine layout and displays your latest blog posts in various ways. This means the frontpage template comes with an awesome featured post slider, several category post boxes and a latest blog posts section.
This week ThemeZee has released two more business WordPress themes named zeeFocus and zeeVision. While zeeFocus went live on Monday and was approved in the WordPress.org theme directory by Friday, zeeVision was just released yesterday.
Of course both new themes come with responsive layout and look great on any device. Naturally the themes have the proven and established frontpage template with a slideshow, intro text and horizontal widget areas.
After creating two business WordPress themes I was in the mood to design something different. I always wanted to use WordPress post formats in my themes so the decision to create an one column blogging theme with post formats was quick.
The result is zeeLinear, a beautiful theme which is designed to focus on your blog content. Of course the theme is fully responsive and ready to look great on any mobile device. The Featured Posts Slideshow built in the theme allow you to highlight particular posts from one category.