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ShaneFreer Staff says

Envato's Most Wanted

We’ve put a $4,500 bounty on the heads of Envato’s most wanted file type – Symphony Themes on ThemeForest. How do you collect? Be one of the first 10 to have a Symphony theme uploaded and approved. What’s the reward? We’ll hand out $400 per item, and authors can potentially win two prizes and a bonus prizes —that’s a possible $1,300!

We’re also running a Best Item Contest (voted by Envato staff). Authors of all Symphony themes submitted between July 24 – October 07 will have a chance to win a $500 bonus prize.

Symphony is a leading open-source, XSLT-based web content management system for agencies, designers and developers.

Symphony leverages open standards like XML and XSLT, and good old XHTML and CSS. Even the admin interface employs the widely-used jQuery library, so extension developers don’t have to learn a whole new framework when extending the back end. Learn more about Symphony here.

It’s a Race!

Envato’s Most Wanted is a race. And like any race, you don’t want to be disqualified because you didn’t follow the rules. So as well as carefully following the procedure below, make sure you read the in full!

Here are the key details:

  • Submit your items on or after Wednesday, July 24 and before the competition closes on Monday, October 07, at 12pm Central US time.
  • The 10 winning files will get a share of $4,500 of prizes! That’s 10 x $400, and 1 x $500 bonus prizes.
  • Authors can win a maximum of two prizes and an author can potentially win the “Bonus” prize.
  • Prizes are payable only via PayPal or Moneybookers/Skrill.
  • All winners will also receive the much-desired Most Wanted Bounty Winner badge.

We’ll announce the winners a week or two after the event closes, and send out the prizes two or three weeks after that. So, let’s get started. To be in the running, follow our procedure to the letter!

How to Submit Your Items

What to Do After Your Items Are Approved

Once your items have been approved, do the following as soon as you can:
  • Complete the Most Wanted Entry Agreement. By doing this, you agree to keep any winning entries online for a minimum of two years.
  • Post your approved entries in this thread.

It’s as simple as that! The first 10 files to be uploaded (and subsequently approved) based on the above requirements win. Good luck!

PLEASE READ FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS HERE

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sixcanvas says
http://www.getsymphony.com/ for sure because it uses XSLT.
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anwartheravian says

Great News! I’m trying to find ANY symphony theme, to learn about its structure. But I am unable to find any. Can anyone point out to Symphony theme resource, also if someone could point out any resource to learn Symphony theme development. That’ll be big help.

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JoshuaSprague Staff says

Great News! I’m trying to find ANY symphony theme, to learn about its structure. But I am unable to find any. Can anyone point out to Symphony theme resource, also if someone could point out any resource to learn Symphony theme development. That’ll be big help.

Hi anwartheravian! Here are a few links that will hopefully help. I will also reach out to the Symphony team to see if they have something to share on this as well :)

http://www.getsymphony.com/learn/

Though a little on the old side, this one might help as well.

  1. Building a Symphony Theme: Part 1
  2. Building a Symphony Theme: Part 2
  3. Building a Symphony Theme: Part 3
  4. Building a Symphony Theme: Part 4
  5. Building a Symphony Theme: Part 5
Also this: http://www.getsymphony.com/learn/tutorials/beginners/ And here you can download entire themes complete with extra extensions. http://www.getsymphony.com/download/ensembles/

Hope that helps.

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anwartheravian says

Thank you very much Joshua for this quick help.

I’ve navigated thoroughly your provided links, and have found out some help, but not enough to create some great Symphony theme stuff from it. :(

http://www.getsymphony.com/learn/ http://www.getsymphony.com/learn/tutorials/beginners/ In the above links, even in the ‘For developers’ section, their is no documentation on how to create a theme. Their is some outdated material on building extensions, but nothing on theme structure etc. http://www.getsymphony.com/download/ensembles/ The ensembles section contains only 9 ensembles. I’m really unsure if ensembles are themes or something else. But still the material is very old, and out-dated. Even the link to submit new ensemble does not work. http://www.getsymphony.com/download/ensembles/new/ The tutorial series you mentioned was something that finally showed some way of building theme, but that too is Very out-dated (around 7 years old) and is incomplete too. On 5th page it’s saying
Stay tuned for Part 6, when we will develop the templates that will get the rest of the site working.
Now that made me curious that how much Symphony is in vogue, that themeforest has started a new category about that. I did a quick search on google trends, initially i tried the term ‘getsymphony’ to avoid mistakenly including the results of Symphony framework, but that didn’t have sufficient searches to show the result. Then i tried the term ‘Symphony’ and it showed a continuous decline in searches over last 8 years: http://www.google.com/trends/explore?q=symphony#q=symphony&cmpt=q

I’m not criticizing TF team or something, I’ve in fact started very enthusiastically learning symphony CMS ever-since i read this new announcement, but I’ve soon discovered that their is sheer dearth of updated material and help section over the internet. And it appears to me that Symphony is a dying technology and not an emerging one. I just wanted to convey my these observations to the TF Staff.

Let’s hope that your contact with Symphony Team will help us find some useful updated resources.

Anyway, whatever is the news. Keep us all updated! :impatient:

Thanks.

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Parallelus says

I’ve been a fan of Symphony for few years now. I might see about developing something for this.

FYI – Symphony doesn’t have “themes” rather something they refer to as Ensembles. These are fully packaged Symphony setups with extensions and database exports ready to be loaded. Is this what you’re wanting developed?

As a side note, the structure of Ensembles (much like my Runway framework for WP) where the extensions and design are combined to make a fully functional website/application is how a CMS should be structured. WordPress could learn a thing or two from Symphony.

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YTolun says

I agree with Parallelus about Ensembles. Should the package which will be uploaded contain everything? ‘Cause I don’t think there is a way to separate theme from the CMS itself.

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pixeful says

Looks like almost no one is interested in developing a template for Symphony so far… too complex, too new and not really discovered by most of developers. Anyways good luck for everyone!

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