I’m thrilled to announce that we have released several updates for all our Magazine WordPress themes this week. In addition, all Pro add-ons were updated as well. This short post covers the new features and describes what things have changed.
We have changed all our product prices on themezee.com from USD to EUR. This change was made to simplify things on our end. We are located in Europe and therefore have to keep books in our currency. It was getting increasingly complicated with PayPal payments in USD, because every single transaction had to be converted and recorded in Euro.
When ThemeZee was founded in 2010 the WordPress theme market was much smaller than today and only in its beginnings. It was a fast decision to create our website completely in English to attract a larger audience.
Since then 5 years have passed and WordPress has enlarged its market share rapidly. We think it was time for us to be finally present with a German website in our home country.
Today I would like to introduce you to our newest Magazine WordPress Theme called Merlin. It is our first theme built with the popular Underscores Starter Theme and is most likely one of the best themes we have created so far.
We spent countless hours to hone every detail of this theme and we hope you turn it into your next awesome WordPress website. Let us know in the comments 🙂
We usually try to avoid any significant changes in the design of our themes, because it is not ideal for the existing user base. However, Anderson was not as popular as we wished and our theme with the fewest downloads. It could not cover the cost of development and it was increasingly hard to justify further development and updating the theme.
You want to create a personal blog or small magazine website about your hobby or leisure activities? Leeway will be the perfect WordPress theme for you. Of course you can use the theme for any other topic or kind of content related website as well.
We really hope you like the bold and heavy colors and contrasts of the design, which surely let your online magazine stand out from the crowd.
This weekend we made some big changes in our business model, product policy and update process. We really hope you are not totally overwhelmed by it so far. You may have noticed that our price model has also changed along with the new license system.
Since every purchase is now linked to a license key with a maximum number of installed websites, the pricing structure needed some refinement. We have added three different price options depending on the number of sites you are using. The price model is now more flexible and aligned with your needs.
One key feature of our new PRO Version plugins is support for automatic updates. Our WordPress themes are actively developed and we release updates for new features and bugfixes quite often.
Manual updates were always a big hassle for a lot of users and had the result that many websites run on outdated software. We also got many emails with reports for bugs which were already fixed in the latest version of the theme.
This update “problem” will be solved with our new products. The automatic updates will be provided by using a complete software licensing system on our website, as many other WordPress companies already do. This post will describe all changes.
A few weeks ago we have released our newest theme Courage. We have also tried a new approach and released the PRO Version of Courage as a plugin rather than a standalone theme with more features.
Today we like to announce that we have decided to make this major shift in product strategy for all of our themes.
The year is almost over and I’d like to give you an outlook for the coming year with this short post. We have great plans for ThemeZee and the slight feeling that we are just getting started – there is a lot more to come.
The big news is that we are shifting our focus to Magazine Themes, starting today.
We have to admit that the update process of our PRO themes was not very perfect and we want to simplify it. So far you could manually check for available updates on our Changelog page. Furthermore we have announced critical updates on Twitter, Facebook or via Blog.
However, it was not a really good and thought-out process to notify you about theme updates and it is time to change that.
We wanted to give you a quick note that ThemeZee will be on company holiday from 10 to 17 September. That means it will be a little bit quiet here and answering theme support mails will take longer than usual.
We will use the break to recover and recharge our batteries for the final quarter of 2014. We have several new themes, 2 plugins, a german website and an affiliate program in our pipeline and therefore some exciting months ahead of us.
Thanks for your understanding.
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.
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.