Tempus — New High Impact Design Released

Wow, are we excited here!  Colin put the finishing touches on his new website template masterpiece, Tempus HD, and we’ve released it to the general public.  The official release via our email campaign can be viewed online.

tempusNow, you’re probably wondering why we’re calling this one a “masterpiece”.  Well, like all great artists, your latest is usually your greatest.  13+ years of designing website templates has refined Colin’s skills to such a degree.

This newest of our website templates is definitely high impact.  With 8 new features that are (so far) exclusive to this design, the amount of functionality, that he has married with a beautiful look and feel, is shocking.  We normally only add in one or two new components per design, but this time around he really wanted to “blow your socks off”.

Included in this design, as aspects that really define this product are the following features:

  • full screen slider
  • refined social media icons
  • [new] drop-in contact panel (contains google map and contact form) at top of page
  • [new] info box carousel
  • refined call-to-action animated text area
  • [new] testimonial slider
  • [new] side/vertical menu
  • [new] featured video
  • [new] small quote rotator
  • [new] accordion panels
  • [new] floating scroll-back-to-top button

But, don’t take my word for it, check out our online demo — I’m sure you’ll be impressed with all of the bells and whistles.

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Medical WordPress Themes

Today, we wanted to showcase some another professional category of our WordPress themes. The Medical WordPress Themes that we’ve designed and developed are some of the most stunning and exceptional WordPress Themes available.

So what makes an our Medical WordPress Themes so exceptional? Well, it starts with a clearly defined purpose, then a professional and unique design. If you have a both of these in line, then does it also have a back-end administrative panel that is easily utilized by the person responsible for maintaining the website? This is extremely important, as many small medical firms have their reception staff manage their website.

That is where our set of Medical Themes for WordPress come in. Professionally presented, and easy to update. We can even host your WordPress theme for you, if you don’t already have that looked after.

And to put your mind at ease, every one of our WordPress Themes come with a 30 day money back guarantee — if you’re not happy with it, we’re not happy. See our promise, and go risk free.

Recommended Medical WordPress Themes

Champion HD Medical WordPress Theme

Champion HD

Fortis FD Medical WordPress Theme

Fortis FD

Innovation Medical WordPress Theme

Innovation

Strength Medical WordPress Theme

Strength

Daytimer Medical WordPress Theme

Daytimer

Element WordPress Theme

Element

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Accounting WordPress Themes

This week, we wanted to showcase some of the most exceptional and professional Accounting WordPress Themes in our catalog.

So what makes an exceptional Accounting WordPress Theme?  Well, it starts with a clean looking design.  If you have a clean looking design, then does it also have a back-end that is easily utilized by the person responsible for maintaining the website?  This is key, as many small accounting firms have their reception staff manage their website.  Or if you’re an owner-operator, and do everything yourself, then it is important that you have a website that is easy to operate.

That is where our set of Accounting Themes for WordPress come in.  Professionally presented, and easy to update.

And to sweeten the deal, every one of these Accounting WordPress Themes comes with a 30 day money back guarantee — if you’re not happy with it, we’re not happy. See our promise.

Recommended Accounting WordPress Themes

Champion HD Accounting WordPress Theme

Champion HD

Fortis FD Accounting WordPress Theme

Fortis FD

Innovation Accounting WordPress Theme

Innovation

Strength Accounting WordPress Theme

Strength

Daytimer Accounting WordPress Theme

Daytimer

Element WordPress Theme

Element

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Bundle and Save 25% on Web Templates and WordPress Themes

Bundle and SaveWouldn’t it be great to save a few $ now and then?  We agree.

That’s why, when you purchase a few (3 or more) web templates, WordPress themes, or website plugins, in the same order, we’ll give you 25% off those items.

Pretty cool, huh?

This even applies to those plugins that you bundle directly with a web template.

So, go pick out a website and some cool  enhancements, and know you’ll get 25% off the regular price.  That’s DINO-MITE!!!

No actual dinosaurs will be harmed throughout the duration of this promotion.

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Win Free Hosting For a Year

Special OfferThis offer is as straight forward as this: Purchase a web template (or wordpress theme) with web hosting, and you’ll be entered to win a year’s free ULTRA PLAN web hosting (worth $149.50).

On December 1st, we’ll gather up a list of everyone who purchased a website template (or wordpress theme) with web hosting (yearly or monthly), put it into a digital hat, and let the office dog (be it Lucy, Priya, or Pippen that day) tell us when to hit the space-bar to declare a winner!

No limit to the number of times you can enter however purchase (of both a web template (or WordPress theme) and the web hosting is required.

The caveat: you MUST purchase them together at time of checkout.  This offer does not apply to sandbox testing spaces that are upgraded after purchase.

Update

We are pleased to announce that we have drawn a winner (A Hill)! Thank you to all of those who signed up for hosting during this contest.

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New WordPress Themes Now Available

Wow, are we excited here, or WHAT!  Finally.. FINALLY.. finished off the Aquila WordPress Theme framework, and voila, Fortis as a WordPress Theme has been launched.

Personally, this has been a huge undertaking.  We had to redesign the entire framework from the ground up.  While we used and leveraged a lot of code from the Orion framework, that we developed at the beginning of 2013, we really had to rethink a lot of processes.  And I’ll be honest, there were times where my hairline actually visibly receded between 9am when I got into the office, and 5pm when I left… my children wouldn’t recognize me when I got home.  (Although, I’m nearing good company, Capt Jean Luc Picard, etc).

All joking aside, we’re also excited about the feedback we’ve received about the framework and how quickly we’ve seen interest in the newest of products.  A tip of the hat to Colin and the team for making such a great design, in Fortis.

Vesper is soon it’s heels (anticipated October 22nd launch), with Champion and Expo in early November.  Keep an eye on our wordpress themes catalog for these up and coming exceptional products.

And, if you want to see some of the magic and excitement that I’ve been talking about, take a look the introductory video I’ve done for Fortis as a WordPress Theme, here.

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How to Add a Twitter Feed to your WordPress Site

Recently, Twitter deprecated their old API in favor of the new one. The problem with this is that their old twitter feed, which uses the old API, was not updated. In other words, all of those twitter feeds were included in our WordPress themes are now defunct.

Fear not! I show you what you need to do to get your twitter feed back into your wordpress site here in this video:

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TimThumb script returning ‘Could not find the internal image you specified.’

This one has been coming up a bit recently.  Perhaps we’re just getting some new customers using a particular web host that don’t have their servers set up as expected.

In any case, what is happening with the Tim Thumb script that we include with our WordPress themes is that it is returning a “Could not find the internal image you specified.” error when we ask it to render an image that we KNOW is on the filesystem.

The reason for this error is that the server’s DOCUMENT ROOT is not properly defined.  Usually, it’s something like:

/usr/local/www/data

The problem with “/usr/local/www/data” being the document root, is that it has NO BEARING on the the actual document root of the user’s web space.  What we’re looking for should be something more like:

/usr/home/web/domains/somewebsite.org/

So, the solution to the problem is to add a line of code near the top of the Tim Thumb script (in our case, it’s in the “/wp-content/themes/theme_name/includes/user_view/thumb.php”), directly after the configuration comment block that looks like this:

/*
* — TimThumb CONFIGURATION —
* To edit the configs it is best to create a file called timthumb-config.php
* and define variables you want to customize in there. It will automatically be
* loaded by timthumb. This will save you having to re-edit these variables
* everytime you download a new version
*/

Add this:

define(‘LOCAL_FILE_BASE_DIRECTORY’, ‘actualpathtoyourscript‘);

To find the actualpathtoyourscript, you’ll likely first want to create a script (testing.php) in your main folder of your site that includes the following:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

And then run it.  You should find, towards the bottom of the script, an entry such as:

_SERVER[“SCRIPT_FILENAME”]

Which should give you the path to the root of website (shown in bold):

/usr/home/web/domains/yourwebsite.com/testing.php

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Countdown to Awesomeness — New WordPress Theme Framework

[drumroll, in the distance]

Okay, maybe the drumroll is a bit early, but I can safely say, I’ve done as much development on the new wordpress themes framework, that is going to be done for launch.  Aquila is just two weeks away!!

Over the last seven weeks, I’ve taken our Orion framework and incorporated an incredible amount of ingenuity (imho).  We needed a new way of thinking about the page structure, to take advantage of all of the great features of the Twitter Bootstrap system.  Orion (the hunter) transformed into Aquila (bird of pray, also a hunter).

The there are so many beautiful things about this new WordPress Themes framework that, but I think that which I’m most excited about is the theme updater that leverages code from the WordPress system.  Getting your theme update will be even easier which is key as we plan on updating the framework every week with new features.

We have a week or so of getting the updater completed, as well as the system packager.

This is how our wordpress themes launch schedule for the next 30 days looks:

  • September 20th: Fortis HD/FD/SL
  • September 27th: Vesper HD/FD/SL
  • October 4th: Champion HD/FD/SL (oops, did I just let slip the name of the next Website Template design — estimated launch of that is September 24th)

Over the course of October we’ll be adding probably 20 or more features there we don’t have in the current Orion themes.

And the plan then is every two to three weeks a new WordPress theme will be launched.

Exciting stuff!

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Aquila WordPress Theme Framework (Week 6)

EXCELLENT progress this week. It seems that the last week in August is when a lot of people go on vacation. Phones were pretty busy this week, but Colin fielded most of the calls (Christina is back mid-next-week from vacation).

While I’m hopeful that I’ll have Fortis released as a WordPress theme by September 20th, I still have a tremendous amount of work to do to make the product ready for launch. That all said, I’m really happy with how things have gone this week.

Progress

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
W5
Current Week
NEXT
  • Week 1 Much improved functionality of the Theme Settings dashboard
  • Week 1 Support for Custom defined CSS
  • Week 2 Support for Multi-Column Widget Regions
  • Week 2/4 Support for Dynamically defined Widget Rows
  • Week 3 Graphical eye candy for Widget Interface
  • Week 4 Support for Analytics Code Region
  • Week 4 Support for custom CSS
  • Week 4 Support for Copyright/Powered By Settings
  • Week 6 Support for custom Typography Settings
  • Next Increased Customizability of blog display
  • Pre-Defined Template Layouts
    • Week 2/3/4 Standard Page
    • Week 6 Business
    • Week 5/6 Contact Page
    • Week 6 Under Construction
    • Week 6 404 Page
    • Next Blog
    • Next Magazine
    • Next Timeline
    • Next Image Gallery
    • Next Archives
    • Portfolio (Scheduled now for mid October release)
  • Support for Retina displays (Scheduled now for early October release)
  • Support for Lightbox Image Viewer (Scheduled now for early October release)
  • Special Custom Post Types
    • Week 4 Testimonials
    • Week 4/5/6 Team Members
    • Week 4/5/6 FAQs
    • Portfolio (Scheduled now for mid October release)
  • Special Advanced Widgets
    • Reservations (Removed from proposed initial release)
    • Week 5/6 Contact Forms
      • Support for CAPTCHA (Scheduled now for late October release as a part of a premium upgrade)
      • Support for Skill Testing Question (Scheduled now for late October release as a part of a premium upgrade)
  • General Purpose Widgets
    • Week 2 Phone Number
    • Week 2 HTML Box
    • Week 2 Image
    • Week 2 SEO Tags (H1,H2,H3,H4)
    • Week 2 Logo (Text with Graphic or Vector Icon)
    • Week 2 Column Break
    • Week 3 Custom Menu
    • Week 3 Content Region
    • Week 3 Info Box/Feature Page Widget
    • Week 3 Twitter Feed Widget
    • Week 3 Social Media Icons Widget
    • Week 4 Testimonial Viewer
    • Week 4 Footer Contact Region
    • Week 5 Back To Top
    • Week 5 Font Sizer
    • Week 6 Contact Form
    • Week 6 Super Summary Blog Posts
    • Google Map (Use HTML Box Instead)
  • Support for third party Newsletter services (MailChimp) (Scheduled now for early October release as a Premium Upgrade)
  • Multiple Slider Types
    • Week 4 Nivo Slider
    • Week 4 Fullscreen Carousel
    • Week 4 Jumbotron Carousel
    • Week 4 Parallax Slider
    • Week 5Video Slider
    • Week 5Blur Slider
    • Week 5Amazing Slider
    • Revolution Slider (Removed from proposed initial release)
  • Support for user defined “Fav Icons” (Scheduled now for late September release)

As you can tell, there’s not a lot left from my initial list, still to develop. I’ve had to relegate some of the more advanced items to a post-initial-launch date. We’re also going to be launching some of the more complex items as premium upgrades.

Next week is going to be getting the last of the layouts done, as well as getting placeholders in place for help videos (directly within the theme).

The week after that I’ll be working on getting the installer working with the new framework before launching somewhere around September 20th. Even though primary development will be done by the end of next week, there will be a lot of tutorials and internal systems that I’ll need to work on to get it ready for launch.

BUT, it seems we’re just about in the home stretch! Yay!

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