So I figured I’d share the spotlight with 9 other people that make up the top 10, and help introduce you to them. Here they are! [Read more…] about 10 Most Influential WordPress Twitter-ers
After 15 months as a lead developer at iThemes.com, today marks the launch of my very own Premium WordPress Theme business, ModThemes.com. That’s right, myself and three other talented individuals, are launching a new business together, and it’s time to open up shop.
Sometimes, it’s hard to find good sources of quality WordPress content around the net. The problem is, many times good sites go unnoticed because of a lack of good marketing. Sometimes, even, good sites get sold off to bad owners. It happens.
I track a lot of WordPress content daily, so I’m happy to sort through the noise for you. My list is lean and mean, and I don’t mind sharing. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feeds and/or follow them on twitter too.
Here are 10 sites I highly recommend if you are looking to expand your understanding of WordPress, or keep up with what’s going on in the community. [Read more…] about 10 Sites That Produce Quality WordPress Content
So, yes, I admit it. I’ve been mostly silent here on the blog for a while. But I promise, it’s going to change soon. Trust me.
In the mean time, I wanted to let everyone know what’s going on, and what’s coming up. [Read more…] about Where I’ve been, and What’s Next
Quite a few months ago, I made a proposition to my readers. I put a call out for great designers, loyal to the idea of Open Source software, to contact me and collaborate on an idea that I thought would make many users in the WordPress community very happy.
Today, I want to put out a similar call for your input, and (in a roundabout way) give you more details about the upcoming project.
This idea of mine, which has been stewing since February, 2008, is very similar to the idea that my good friend Brian Gardner just announced over at his site.
So, I want to know from you, my loyal readers … what makes you lay down your hard earned cash when it comes to WordPress themes?
- Is it the theme itself, features, innovation?
- Is it the support that comes with a premium theme?
- Is it the Documentation?
- Is it the exclusivity (since popular free themes tend to be overused)?
I want to know! Premium themes are very popular right now … more so than they ever have been. But there must be some reason we pay for a theme. Are all premium themes really that much better than their free alternatives?
Second question, what if themes — good themes, great themes! — were available for free? Would you be inclined to send the author a “thank you donation”? Would you be willing to pay for support, documentation, tutorials, add-ons, etc.? What about people you know? Would they be willing to pay for the added support, or would they be perfectly happy with just downloading the theme and nothing else?
Hey guys and gals, I’ve been working pretty hard lately to make sure the bills are paid, but during some downtime, I finished up the homepage for my newest free theme release, Stripped (click the link for a demo image).
I really love the “barely there” minimalistic look of this theme, and I really can’t wait to release it! It still has some work to be done on the inner pages, but it’s 90% complete, and just needs a few finishing touches.
However, I am still debating in my mind how to go about releasing “color packages” or other options as a way to compensate the time it took to develop this theme. That part of the process will probably be the most time consuming (developing the color packages, and figuring out how to release them).
It’s an experiment, that’s for sure. If you have any ideas or feedback for this project, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
There were actually more submissions than I had thought there would be, but still … I decided to submit one of my articles to the DailyBlogTips.com contest to see if any of his readers might be interested in coming over this way and trying out this blog. I think I give practical, understandable advice to people looking to either get into web design … WordPress development … and also people looking to pick up a nifty trick or two to try out on their blog sometime.
Obviously, you can read more about the purpose of this blog over at my about page :-)
Anyway, I thought I’d share the list with people here for the sake of giving Daniel a little link love. This contest isn’t just to benefit the readers you know, it’s also meant to generate some extra traffic and a few links in the process for Daniel. So, here’s the list of all the articles submitted: [Read more…] about A Piece of the Action
Over the past 10 months or so, I’ve jumped head first into the blogging world. I started my personal blog in October … and little did I know the opportunities that little website would bring me.
Here I am nearly a year later, and it’s been a wild ride!
Back in February, I decided to take a shot at releasing a WordPress theme. It was ugly, and it was rough, but I saw then how my pre-existing knowledge of web development could translate easily into theme development. After that first theme, Cory Miller and I started RockinThemes.com, where we have released over 40 free WordPress themes. We also started an custom theme and website development company and have done very well so far.
We’ve since invited new designers to join us at RT, making it a true multi-user theme release hub.
I’ve spent most of my time in the last few months running RockinThemes, but recently I got the idea that I needed to launch out with a site of my own where I would develop and support a small handful of my most popular themes.
And hence NathanRice.net was born.
I won’t get too heavy on the details at the moment, but for the time being I’m thinking this will be a place where users can personally interact with me as I write tutorials on web design, WordPress development, and blogging.
As you can tell, the design is a work in progress. I’ll be working on it sporadically for the next few days and weeks.
But for now, enjoy the new blog! I hope you stick around and check back often. In fact, I’d love it if you would go ahead and subscribe to my feed. Since this a new blog, you can be one of the few people who can say you’ve read it from the very beginning! :-)