Dear iThemes Community, I just wanted to take a second to briefly share some news and events with you this month ….
For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been doing a live video stream for our customer community. This is our chance to share product news but also valuable tips that you can use. It’s also a chance for you to get to meet the team behind iThemes … and for us to get to know you. Each week we have a live chat next to the video stream where we answer questions and get to know you more.
Recently, we’ve gotten a large number of requests for a creative design workshop to talk about the tips and tricks behind basic design and how to implement eye-catching graphics for websites and blogs.
Our ‘creative architect’ James Dalman will be teaching this online workshop on Saturday, Feb. 20. It will start at 9:30 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) and conclude by 2 p.m. Depending on the attendee questions and interaction, we estimate the course will be 3 to 4 hours in length.
Even if you’re a “creative” individual and don’t want to worry about the details of your web design business, good project management skills are a MUST. This is a vital workshop for you!
This workshop will be taught by Terrell Sanders, a veteran project manager and business owner, who has run Main Street Enterprises since 1998. Join us Friday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CENTRAL standard time. The workshop will be presented in 30-minute segments with 10-minute breaks in between, with a 1-hour lunch break at 11:30 a.m.
On Dec. 16, 2009, we released what we think is our biggest theme innovation to date called iThemes Builder. We’re extremely proud of it and have been hard at work making it even better … for you.
Now, although Builder might not be for everyone (some people don’t want to create new layouts fast, they just want their team to be pre-built when they activate it), we think it’s an amazing tool for web design on WordPress.
We built it for ourselves … and we use it on our own sites (my current blog iteration is currently powered by Builder).
Here’s some quick updates regarding Builder:
- Last week we released a beta version of our Style Manager — and Builder lead developer Chris Jean is already working on making it better for the official release. The Style Manager will allow easy CSS editing (without going to the stylesheet) making Builder’s Layout Engine even more useful. The idea is to empower you with the tools to build great websites.
- Build a Child Theme for Builder and Win an Amazon Kindle — last week on iThemes.tv, we announced a Child Theme contest
- There’s also a Community Site Just for Builder — we’re going to announce new things regarding Builder here and hope to be able to showcase Builder custom sites in our Showcase as well as Child Themes that our community builds and releases!
>> Check out the Roadmap for Builder here for all the neat features we’ve heard by popular request that we’ll be working on in the future!
Last but certainly not least ….
Although we’ve had free and premium plugins for well over a year now, later this month, we’ll be announcing our premium WordPress plugin store at PluginBuddy.com. Our recent team addition, Dustin Bolton, will be heading up this project for us.
He’s already working on some premium plugins that we’re excited to release. They solve frequent problems we’ve heard about from our customer community as well as offer quality support and maintenance from the team you trust here at iThemes.