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Hi, this is in part a tentative request (i.e. I am just putting the idea out there to see if there is any interest or suggestions). I am considering a slightly different approach to the many authors on here and instead of creating and selling my own themes, I am considering offering theme support/assistance for others – ideally a single author/company. I did toy with the idea of creating my own Joomla themes, but on reflection, the workload from start to finish just seems too much for an individual to perform fully.
I wondered if anybody had any advice or possible leads for me – or any previous experiences doing support for others to share? I know it sounds nuts to some, but I actually quite enjoy offering support and helping people learn and I get my kicks/buzz from fixing things and educating where necessary. Here’s an ad hoc list of my skills (verifiable) ...
1st Class Honours BA Art, Design & Technology MSc Educational Research Qualified School Teacher Experience teaching MSc level Statistics at Top UK University
HTML/CSS/Bootstrap – highly skilled and fluent to a high level, 100% hand coding. No problem turning any PSD to accurate and good quality code or fixing any issue. Photoshop – very highly skilled, 10 years experience. Joomla – very highly skilled, can create custom templates (framework free), content modules, layout overrides etc etc etc from scratch. PHP – a grasp of the basics, enough to knock out a Joomla template or module or modify something basic & procedural (I’m a dunce at OO PHP though) JQUERY – I wont lie, I can copy and paste and tweak and modify parameters and get things working, I wouldn’t write a script from scratch. Wordpress – I know the basics of putting a theme together and I have some experience, I can knock out a template or simple widget if I have to. I would not describe myself as a true pro, I’m more of a Joomla person but I am an unusually fast learner. I’ll learn what I need to learn to whatever level to solve any problem I am faced with – it’s not rocket science
Excellent written English (UK native speaker but I know US spellings too if it’s a problem) and my academic background (and teaching background) make me ideal for writing documentation and producing very good quality instructional videos. I’m a Mac user but fluent in Mac and PC. I’m skilled in video editing, Indesign and DTP generally. I also have a good understand of the law, distance selling regulations and the need to preserve corporate image, reputation and business critical information. I am willing to do phone support for B2B clients – not front-line phone support (shudders).
I consider myself generally quite gifted at helping somebody achieve anything from how to use an FTP app all the way up to fixing errors in css, markup or even building a template of their own.
Anybody know anybody who might be looking for a guy like me? I am not looking to apply for salaried positions etc – I prefer to keep things on a simple client/service provider basis without all of the formalities, frustrations and general corporate bloat of working for “the suits”.
Feel free to PM me “If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain…”
I never understand these kinds of questions. Simply give it a max-width of 1200px, set all as percentages and ensure it looks good at all widths – especially 960, ipad portrait and wide and iphone and you have covered 99% of the globe.
I’m still laughing at it
Whoa this is very nicely done too – I feel for you. I suppose the problem is that it is 6 months too late – meaning, it is just like many others already on ThemeForest and recently Envato are taking an “only original stuff” approach from what I can see. It’s harsh on you though because it’s very nice – I’d be careful about “borrowing” quite so many things from the Cool Kitten framework though – it is pretty well known.
I’m about to submit my first theme here and I am learning from other people’s rejections. My strategy is to create as unique themes as possible rather than try and create a “themeforest style them”. That way, I reckon I am either going to win big or lose fully – but I prefer the gamble.
Honestly, personally, if I were you I would keep the code and re-skin it completely. Bad luck though, it is beautiful – just like all the others
I consider myself a fairly pro Photoshop user and one of the things that gets my goat about designing websites is having to adjust a hundred different layers to produce another colour variation. Considering that I like to stay fairly organised with keeping each separate element in a different folder, I cant just add a colour filter to all of the coloured elements and change them all in one go.
What would be cooler than Christmas would be a basic colour variable which could be added to each layer and the values for those included in some kind of palet which would allow all of those layers to be adjusted at once (think of color variables using LESS and you got my drift). Does any body know of any techniques/plugins like that? Am I overlooking something?
Currently I have to select all of the layers I want to change together (cmd click) and then adjust them all in one go in the options bar at the top which allow colour and stroke change. The downside of this is hunting out each layer when they are all neatly stored in separate folders.
I have tried putting them all into a single smart object that I can quickly change colour with but that made it impossible to easily move a single layer since they would all then be fused together into a separate object.
Anybody got a better workflow for this?
EDIT: I should say that I tried looking at the idea to save my selection when selecting multiple layers but selecting layers is not a “selection” in the Photoshop definition of the word that you can actually save like when creating alpha channels
BTW if I were you, for now I would make the only documentation a screencast (roughly and without edits) of you simply going through the files and showing a basic implementation etc – that way you could get a basic tut up on Youtube in a few hours rather than weeks. And, then if a community starts to use it, you should have the burden of building proper tuts and managing a site etc taken off you by those who want to see it develop. I’d certainly lend a hand with documenting a framework that I found useful and which I could have some input in helping develop.
Interesting stuff. I know it’s not finished but it is still a huge achievement, well done. A quickstart and some screen shots be nice. I mean, do we child theme it like Genesis, hack it like underscores or bones. To be honest I am not entirely sure what the difference between a framework and a starter theme is.
Man, I was JUST about to release my first theme here too. Having read this WHOLE thread I am confused beyond belief to say the least. The coding standards part I am OK with. But let me get this right… even if I create custom post types they have to be in a plugin???? And to use an options panel such as SMOF I should turn that into a plugin too? Why, since many of the options will not be suited to any future theme?
Dear Envato – there is a very simple solution to all of this chaos and that is an example please.
And your subtext is “Don’t worry be happy” I like your style. Can you call me each morning to give me a pep talk?
Sorry if this has been asked but I could not find a satisfactory answer and in light of the new/impending rules TT rules I thought I better get clarification.
I am about to create my first theme for sale on Themeforest but it will include some custom charts (made is css) that I was going to control through entering the data into a simple custom post field. However, in light of the recent announcement that any “non standard” Wordpress features need to be included in a separate plugin I am wondering if it might just be best to use a 3rd party plugin for this feature instead. If it is a free plugin, can I effectively “require” it in my theme? Can I distribute it with my theme? (I’m guessing not but checking anyway). But, in a nutshell is it OK for me to have in my help files that in order for a major feature of my theme to work that the buyer has to download a free plugin? Seems kinda cheap thing to do! I can create my own basic plugin I suppose but since I have to use one anyway it makes sense from a competency/end-value point of view to use a third party one with more features and instead invest my time accommodating these extra features into my theme.
Any advice for a newbie?