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Amanda says

Well done to the winners – you truly deserved it =]

I really had fun designing a template to the competition brief and am sure others did too. It would be great to see regular competitions like this to inspire us to focus on new and interesting projects – think there’s a chance of any more in the near future?

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Amanda says
! And yes, we’ll absolutely feature a collection on the home page of all the submissions; and I might create a round-up for Nettuts+ as well.

Thanks Jeffrey, it would be ace to see a round-up of all submissions as there’s some excellent themes presented in the many replies to this thread =]

Good luck to everyone! I’m sure we can all guess who the winners will be, but it’s been great to see such great quality themes as a result of the competition.

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Amanda says

Here’s my entry: http://themeforest.net/item/infograbbit/106215

It’s a Blogger template, intended to be used as a “one page” resume, but which could still be used for a regular blog. Have a play with the different sections on the home page to see how I hope this will be considered “out of the box”.

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Amanda says

I really hope my theme will be considered “Out of the Box” by you all! Currently still waiting for it to be reviewed, and hope it is available in time for the competition close as I’ve worked solid for over a week to perfect it (and the queues don’t seem to have moved in days…).

Mine is a Blogger theme, which in a way makes it a little unusual to start with as there are very few people designing for Blogger here on ThemeForest (and few globally who design Blogger templates from the ground up). But aside from this, the layout, style and overall implementation of my theme is far different from anything I’ve personally seen before. I like to think of it as a totally different approach to presenting a “resume”; it also uses many different aspects of my own code (some are Blogger/Google gadgets which I’ve developed especially for this theme).

Hopefully my template will have some wide appeal (especially as I’m working on a plain HTML version). It is not meant to be used primarily as a blog (though it can of course function as such) – instead it’s intended to operate mostly as a one-page site, so anyone owning a domain name could make use of this conbined with the free hosting offered by Blogger to create a simple online presence with no effort at all.

I’d post a screenshot, but am a little concerned that my template may not be approved in time for the 4th June deadline. If it gets approved, I’ll post the link as soon as I can, and would appreciate any constructive criticism.

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Amanda says

I’m rushing through trying to finish my template so I can submit for review and hopefully enter the competition!

I’ve peeked at a few submissions so far, and feel also that the slideshow-on-home-page style is beginning to tire me. While these are beautiful themes and indeed popular, I’d like to think ThemeForest is trying to encourage us to design something which brings new design possibilities to the table.

When I noticed the details of this competition, I was already in the process of building a template and the “out of the box” theme gave me a new idea of how this template could be presented. While the original concept of my theme is not particularly unique, I’ve opted to present it in a rather unusual manner.

To be honest, I’m not sure what any of you will make of it, and whether it would be considered “out of the box” in terms of current design trends. But I’m rather proud of it (so far anyway) and it is indeed far different from anything I’ve attempted to design before or have seen created for the Blogger platform.

Perhaps, like me, many other potential entrants are feeling a little shy or concerned someone may try to mimic their concept. I certainly hope so, as I’m really looking forward to looking through some inspiring and unusual designs =]

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Amanda says

Just read through all the comments to get an idea of what “out of the box” entails.

My specialty is designing templates for use with Google Blogger (perhaps a little “out of the box” in itself?), but I do have a great idea which luckily I’ve already started work on.

It has already taken me several weeks to get started on the layout and since it is so different from anything I’ve designed before I was considering giving this away for free, but with this incentive I’m inclined to at least give it a try ;]

Good luck to all who enter – I’m really looking forward to seeing the unique designs posted here!

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Amanda says

Zachlebar, personally I think you’d be better opting for a CMS than using XML files. Most of the work I do is for people who have little experience with code and web design, and from this experience I would be concerned that even mentioning XML could scare people away from using your templates ;)

For those unfamiliar with coding, I would suggest a CMS template to be the best option as the end-user could update pages/posts/widgets (for sidebar content) without having to touch the template code in any way. This enables buyers to use the template virtually out-of-the-box. They would need only to alter the content of pages, widgets and posts for their site to become live, and not need to learn how to update or use XML :)

I’m most familiar with Blogger, but for restaurant-type sites I’m sure Wordpress would be a much better option. You could also consider that many non-savvy buyers would be familiar with Dreamweaver (or similar interface) for creating web-pages. In this case, a regular HTML template could be something you’d consider.

Hope this information helps you decide how to proceed with your template. I’m sure other members could offer some good guidance for you too :)

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Amanda says

I’ve been asked to create a “car sales” website for a good friend who is starting a new business. My friend has very little experience of web coding at all, and really needs a site which he can update with new stock very simply.

My first thought was to set up Wordpress as a CMS , so that new cars can be added to the stock list and categorized like posts, which would make the site very easy for my friend to update ;)

However, he would prefer a method of displaying thumbnails images for each car, where each thumbnail expands into a larger preview image in the same page. Again, this must be a very easy-to-use method which requires no editing of the HTML .

Now I must admit, I’m not very experienced with Wordpress (Blogger is my “thing” but this is just not suitable for this type of site!). I did find a lightbox plugin which I think will automatically resize images once they are uploaded. However, I was wondering if anyone had a better suggestion for a plugin?

It needs to be something which will make it very easy to use, preferably it will resize uploaded images automatically and require no editing of the post’s HTML code to enable thumbnails and a larger preview.

Thanks in advance to anyone who could advise me about a possible solution or plugin!

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Amanda says

That’s a really useful post for me, especially as the comments offer “tried and tested” alternatives too.

The hosted Google code solution may prove especially useful for me, as Blogger users generally dislike having to set up hosting for their own JS files ;)

Thanks again!

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Amanda says

Thanks Jeffrey, that’s another great article :)

I think I came across this a while back while searching for a method to add star-ratings but had forgotten to bookmark it!

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