Posts by MDNW

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MDNW says

I noticed that on Multisite installations, updating more than one plugin at once (ie: checking all boxes and hitting update) will trigger a blank-page-fail (and it will only update the first plugin that it attempts)... but updating them one at a time seems to work fine.

It’s not really a huge issue, but it’s worth logging in case anyone else encounters this (or if anyone has a solution!). For the time being, I’m just going to add text to instruct users to update plugins “one at a time” to be safe :)

Question: What does the “THEMENAME” declaration at the top of your config file do? Is that necessary?

Great work though – this little modification is awesome!

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MDNW says

Maybe holidays again somewhere?

Passover ;)

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  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
  • Has sold $1M+ on Envato Market and is now a Power Elite Author
  • Won a competition
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MDNW says

there’s no such thing as a good designer and a good coder, all in one. Perhaps there are, but I haven’t seen one. Ever.

Uhhh… A lot of the early power elite authors were exactly that. I’m a one man team for instance… many of the early elites have evolved into teams, hired outside help, and found other ways to distribute specialization, but there are a bunch of us that still operate as individuals and thrive as such… so yeah, idk, I guess we use the operative “we” in descriptions because it feels legit, but there are a ton of people that work solo and do just fine.

@markos – Despite being a little too blunt in my opinion, themeflame is more or less correct – The design isn’t very polished and the theme concept isn’t likely going to bring enough to the table to attract a high level WP coder. I’d recommend focusing on elevating one of your skills – either design or code. If you want to go the design route, I’d take this back into Photoshop or a similar program and try to polish the design – look at similar sites out there (NOT in the realm of other wallpaper sites, please, those are mostly terrible) – start with Creattica and other roundup sites and see what you might be able to glean in terms of overall styling and design. Your layout is fine, but you probably need a new logo, refined padding, new typography, etc. If you want to go the code route, start learning WP – it’s not easy, but it might be more up your alley (as you’re clearly doing alright with the code itself). If you can boost one skill or the other, it’ll make you a lot more attractive as a theme-team partner… and heck, along the way you might even realize that you can do it all yourself ;)

themeflame is also right that “unicorns” are fairly rare as new authors nowadays… most of the early elites began when the bar for quality was a LOT lower and we developed our skills over years. The whole “team themeing” began to be the status quo just a year or two ago, but it was never the case early on here at TF. Still, it’s tough to come in as a brand new author on your own, and I think themeflame was probably referring to that.

As for whether you “forget the design” or not is up to you. You have a ways to go to get approved in my opinion… but I think the concept (a wallpaper sharing site) is interesting. It doesn’t target a large segment of the market, but it’s also going to appear to a certain set of people. You could also adapt it to a more generic subset of people by going the “studio theme” or “stock theme” route instead of focusing on the micro-niche of just “wallpaper sharing”. That’s just my opinion though – there’s no reason why this can’t succeed on it’s own if the code and design are both polished up and brought to a higher level of craftsmanship.

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  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
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MDNW says


Its just a matter of time before they start screwing things up, been with mediatemple for over five years now and I’m definitely already looking for new hosting.

Scratch that just looked and I’ve been with MT for almost seven years, but looks like I’m making the switch to WP Engine

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I’ve been with WPEngine nearly since their inception… and I’ve been with MT for almost a decade now (probably since their inception). WPE is way faster and their support is quicker, so there’s that… it also costs more and is a WordPress only service, so it’s not like MT has anything to feel ashamed about there. Heck, MT even has a new WP focused service that I think is intended to compete directly with the WPE types of hosts out there. Whatevs. The thing is, you can’t host everything on WPEngine – they’re awesome for WP intensive projects, but they don’t do much else well, and their cost per project is relatively high if you go the single site route (ie: having to talk customers into switching from a free plan to a $XX a month plan). So, having MediaTemple as a backup catchall service where you can register domain names, setup basic hosting, manage nameserver stuff, etc. has been a really great system for me. In short, I’ve loved using MT and WPE as a combination strategy for my hosting needs.

It’s just sad to see MT get sold off to such an outrageously poor company though. MT has always been one of my favorite services to promote to my friends and customers because it’s so user friendly and customer centric… GoDaddy is the opposite of that and it’s frustrating to imagine giving that company a dime of my money, let alone referring my friends to them. Even if the service doesn’t change, I’m not happy at all with the ownership shift… and it’s hard to imagine that the GD fingerprints won’t start showing up somewhere down the line.

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  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
  • Has sold $1M+ on Envato Market and is now a Power Elite Author
  • Won a competition
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MDNW says

Just a note – aside from all of the pricing rules about features and stuff, you can usually make a polite price request to the reviewer for “suggested pricing” during the initial submission or as a note during any theme update. The reviewers might have perfectly good justification for their price decision, but it doesn’t hurt to make a nice request!

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  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
  • Has sold $1M+ on Envato Market and is now a Power Elite Author
  • Won a competition
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
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MDNW says

This looks pretty awesome – just to be thorough, here’s another script that I’ve been using for a while now that works without any major hitches…

VT_Resize Source: https://gist.github.com/seedprod/1367237 And a quick little patch that I’ve been using since the image_resize deprecation: http://www.munto.net/blog/2013/01/22/vt_resize-php-image_resize-deprecated/

Thanks for sharing yours Der! I’ve gotta dig into it a bit deeper, but I really love seeing author contributed stuff, so a huge thumbsup to you :)

Any chance you’ve run across the vt_resize script and had issues/thoughts on it?

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  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
  • Has sold $1M+ on Envato Market and is now a Power Elite Author
  • Won a competition
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
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MDNW says

Oh heck – confirm me too Shane just for the heckuvit. Ya’ll got me all nervous that my entry form didn’t go through ;)

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  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
  • Has sold $1M+ on Envato Market and is now a Power Elite Author
  • Won a competition
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
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MDNW says
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  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
  • Has sold $1M+ on Envato Market and is now a Power Elite Author
  • Won a competition
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
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MDNW says

Should I say Congrats Epicera or not? Because I know that when you got the power elite badge your nickname was “epicera” ;) Congratulations and as others already said: well deserved; you are an example for all us. :)

Hah! You can still say “epicera” if you’d like – that was our account name for a long time – I changed the official account name last week, after years and years of considering whether or not we should do it. In the end, I decided that MDNW / “Make Design, Not War” is the better account name since we don’t really use “Epic Era” for anything other than tax purposes nowadays and I’ve been going by “MDNW” in some form or another for years now.

You could also just say “Brandon”, as that’s my name IRL ;)

922 posts
  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
  • Has sold $1M+ on Envato Market and is now a Power Elite Author
  • Won a competition
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
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MDNW says

Thanks for the kind words everyone! I’ve just gotta give some credit back to the entire community here though – there’s no way this sort of accomplishment would ever be possible without all of your guys/gals!

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