A Review Of Customer Service And Support Models Of Premium WordPress Shops

Although I don’t do much with WordPress on a day to day basis now, and even when I did we always used to custom develop our themes rather than purchase them off-the-shelf from a theme store, but if you’re watning to setup your own blog / website and don’t want to put the time / money into getting a bespoke design then these theme stores are the perfect place for you.

I’ve personally had experience of using woothemes and found it was excellent, which is backed up by Smashing Magazine’s review. There seems to be a lot of less than great websites offering themes for WordPress though, so it’s good to find out who the heroes in this sector are.




How To Build A Media Site On WordPress (Part 1)


In part one, we’re going to setup custom post types and custom taxonomies, without plugins. After that, we’ll build a template to check for and display media attached to custom posts. Then, in part two, we’ll use custom taxonomy templates to organize and relate media (and other types of content).

As we focus on building a media centric site, I also want you to see that the principles taught in this series offer you a set of tools and experience to build interfaces for and organize many different types of content. Examples include:

  • A “Media” center, of any type, added to an existing WordPress site
  • A repository of videos, third party hosted (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc), organized by topics and presenters
  • A music site, with streaming and song downloads, organized by bands and associated by albums
  • An author-driven Q&A site, with user submitted questions organized by topics and geographical location
  • A recipe site with videos and visitor ratings, organized by category and shared ingredients

In a future tutorial, we will focus on customizing the WordPress backend (with clients especially in mind) to manage a media site and in another tutorial we will use the foundation laid to build a dynamic filtering interface that allows visitors to quickly sort their way through hundreds or even thousands of custom posts.


Very interesting, can’t wait for part 2.

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Detailed Comparison of Premium WordPress Theme Clubs

A nice article on Smashing Magazine reviewing some of the popular Magento theme clubs.

WordPress professionals are faced with many options when deciding which membership-based theme providers are worth their investment. It is important to know how frequent future releases are, what your actual cost will be over time and what kind of support you can expect. It is also important to know what types of themes you will be gaining access to. What I will provide in this article is information to help you compare the details of popular WordPress theme clubs, so that you can more easily determine which might be useful in your situation.




18 Million WordPress Websites Now Available in iPad Format

Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com, just flipped the switch on a new feature that transforms WordPress.com blogs into app-like destinations optimized for tablets. The company says it worked closely with NYC-based startup Onswipe to to create a whole new blog consumption experience for the iPad. Onswipe provides publishers with simple tools to create tablet-optimized websites.

“Our iPad-optimized view is app-like in its functionality, but pure HTML5 goodness on the backend,” said WordPress’s Nick Momrik in a blog post announcing the new feature. “It supports touch interactions, swiping, rotation and many other features of the iPad.”

The iPad-optimized blogs have a module interface, making it easy for publishers to switch up the look and feel of their websites. The WordPress.com Dashboard now includes options to change fonts, create personalized covers and change skins. The iPad optimization feature is also available as a WordPress plugin for anybody who runs a self-hosted WordPress.org blog.

Fantastic that this has been included, and so many sites across the internet can support this now.