Recently, I’ve been thinking about streamlining my WordPress theme development workflow process. It bugs me that it’s taking me months to create one theme. Don’t get me wrong, I love coding, creating and giving my best to building themes and in turn giving the best value for my buyers. And If I must take many months more to release a much better theme than the last one I did, I’d do it. But, practically, shaving some weeks or days from those months of work by following a more efficient workflow would be way much better for me as a developer. As for this, I have devised my own workflow (these are just general points that may change and vary) which, I hope, will make my development faster, so to speak:
- Theme conceptualization. this includes mock-up designs on paper and wireframes.
- Design. a more concrete design of the theme regarding layout and aesthetics (HTML and CSS mockup).
- Development check list creation. a full (and long) bulleted list for checking against various development points like WordPress standards, theme features, possible bugs from last theme, possible buyer requests, etc.
- Coding. the whole shebang (I think this could really be broken down to much smaller and drilled down modules).
- Compatibility. for both desktop and mobile.
- Testing. the most important aspect of the workflow which will I be spending much of the time and in which the Development check list will come in handy.
All in all, I think these are general parts and I would like to further refine these points over time and break them apart into much smaller pieces. How ‘bout you guys, what are your development processes?
I am a ThemeForest author and recently, one of my item just had a price increase from $40 to $55. I just wanted to know if buyers who already purchased the item when it was $40 need to pay extra $15 to re-download the current theme version?
Thanks for the input guys. Although I would love to discuss/inform the buyer about RWD , i just found out that he does not really like the idea of a site “changing layouts” on different devices.
As digitalimpact have said, I should better off telling the buyer to just remove the media queries and meta tag.
Just wanted to share this to other ThemeForest authors. I have a responsive WordPress theme here on sale on ThemeForest and one buyer after buying my theme says these:
“I expected to see the site in the mobile exactly the same but with a smaller size.”
“Yes, I want to see exactly the same on the desktop to the smartphone, as in many other templates.”
My mind is boggled about how the buyer is expecting to see a responsive designed theme.
How do you respond to a query like this?
Regards, Jan Intia
Hi guys! Filipino author here! Nice to see some “kababayans” here at ThemeForest!
Maybe a “Pre-rating” feature that lets the buyer pre-rate the item with only the buyer and the author can see. So the author can “negotiate” the rating given by the buyer before the actual and final rating.
I think you can improve your theme by experimenting with different layouts. The pages look all similar.
I’m running into a road block here, it seems I can’t point out which inner pages the reviewer is referring to also on the mobile part. I don’t know if I’m doing it right but if anyone can shed light and point out any suggestions on the inner pages of the theme, it’d be very much appreciated.
Thanks, Jan Intia