There are many WordPress themes, page building tools, design element sources, and related services on the market today. With eachContinue Reading
Yes, I know...It seems we are late to the Facebook "fan" game. For the loyal DesignM.ag readers you will recall that we had a page several months back that was used as a job board. This idea seemed brilliant at the time but after realizing it was taking a ton of resources and we were getting very little participation we canned it. So now we are back with a regular fan page that will keep you up to date on what is going on with the DesignM.ag community. Why start one now? That is a very good question Brant. Yesterday, out of the blue, the official Adobe Photoshop fan page featured our recent post on 650+ Free Photoshop Patterns on their wall. After seeing an enormous surge in traffic and viewing the 900 "likes" and nearly 150 comments I started to wonder why we are not promoting on Facebook. After all, we promote like crazy on the pages of Google, Twitter, RSS, and Smashing Network. So here we are starting a traditional fan page. If you "like" us please show your support here
Selling Wordpress themes has become an artform for the few that have mastered it, despite this, we are seeing more and more people making a full-time living from their theme profits. Thus far, it seems to be an exclusive club with few reaping the major rewards. In this article I hope to help you understand the 3 cardinal rules to selling Wordpress themes. It seems that for many designers of Wordpress themes, the design often comes victim to one's abilities with functionality. As a huge fan of Wordpress, and after reviewing, buying, and selling many themes myself, I have found what I would call the cardinal rules for building a successful theme to sell.
Rule #1: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler" Albert EinsteinAlways seek to keep it simple. I am sure many of us have seen very extravagant designs that in the end lose focus. It's very important to truly understand who your target audience is. You will notice upon scouring over different marketplaces that the top selling tags are business or portfolio based. Business themes have proven to be successful by leveraging simple layouts that can be branded very easily. For example, a great sample of effective simplicity is with inFocus Wordpress Theme.
Designers love to see variety in styles from one website to the next. Although large images, extravagant backgrounds, video, and other elements have become much more common as the average user's connection speed has increased, many designers are still doing an excellent job of keeping things simple. In this post we'll feature 30 websites that use a minimalist style of design. Skylar Anderson