We put out an update for Gridport today to fix compatibility issues with the latest versions of WP e-Commerce and WordPress. In addition, while we had also released updates to Echo, Xyloto and Edge in the last week or so, they were only available through our automatic updates. You can now download the latest versions from your Members’ homepage.
This morning we’ve released a major update to Storefront Echo. In short, this update brings Echo up to speed with the latest version of WP eCommerce as well as the latest version of BuddyPress. Due to BuddyPress’s new theming we’ve been able to remove the BuddyPress files from this version which will future-proof it for quite a while. In addition, we now enqueue the latest version of jQuery included with WordPress and fixed some styling issues on the checkout page and the product image galleries. You can download the latest version from your members’ homepage or if you have a more recent versio of Echo, you can upgrade from your WordPress installation. Enjoy!
Eventually WordPress will be running with this idea on their own, but until then, I thought some of you might want something like this…
A few months ago I started hating the color scheme of the WordPress backend. I know this is a completely subjective opinion, but since I work in the WordPress dashboard on a daily basis, I couldn’t help but think that it would be so much easier on the eyes if the main content window were the only part that was white. I just felt the sidebar and main window were too similar.
With that in mind, I just decided to take a few hours and created this new plugin to redesign the dashboard. I didn’t want to go overboard as that would cause some problems with all of the plugins that make use of the dashboard. However, I think I did just enough to give it a fresh appeal.
First, I update the color scheme of the sidebar. Nothing fancy, just a darker color with lighter text.
Next, I got rid of all the application icons. I did this because most of the third party ones are HiDPI ready anyway. I used an icon font instead and hand-selected each icon from Fontello so that I didn’t include a bunch of icons that we didn’t need.
I picked a generic icon to represent all third party plugins, but also started the process of targeting some of these plugins and giving them their own font. To date, I have icons for eCommerce systems like WP eCommerce, WooCommerce and JigoShop as well as other widely used plugins like JetPack, BuddyPress, BBPress and even Gravity Forms.
Finally, I gave the toolbar at the top a new look when you’re in the admin side. I did this because my original intent was to provide a way to give WordPress a more custom look so that each of my clients would see something unique on their site. If anyone else doing freelance work would like to use it and modify it for their own use, that’s great
So there you have it…if you have any questions, please let me know. This is my first free plugin I’ve released so I hope that some of you find it useful! Download it here.
For users of Storefront Xyloto, we fixed a bug with the search that didn’t allow multiple words to be searched. In addition, you now have the latest Storefront Theme options panel, automatic updates and some other minor fixes. The latest version (1.1) is available on your members homepage. Enjoy!
The latest update to Edge fixes the single product page, in particular the image gallery and layout. It is ready for immediate download from your Members Homepage or in automatic updates.
The Original theme update brings WPEC 3.8.9 compatibility and automatic updates as well! You will find the new theme files on your members homepage if you’ve purchased the theme. Enjoy!
Echo is now completely compatible with WooCommerce 2.0 and supports all of it’s features. Now your buttons and other product page elements won’t look off and will accept your color changes as provided in your theme options panel. Echo remains one of the best eCommerce themes on the market because it’s responsive and is compatible with WP-eCommerce, WooCommerce and JigoShop. Have fun! More updates coming out in the next 24 hours…next one is Storefront Original.
For those that have purchased or will be purchasing our Chronology Theme, we FINALLY have a video tutorial for operating it. You can find it on your Members Homepage. Just click the video icon to see it!
In addition, we are in the process of redoing all of our video tutorials to help serve your support needs better. Here’s to a lot more help from us in the future!
Just a quick note to let everyone who uses Elegance that our latest update, version 1.5.7, is now available. This is significant because we now have the look and feel that we had back in 1.4.5 that everyone liked a lot better combined with the security of the latest versions that we’ve put out. Here’s the changelog…
2013.03.18 - version 1.5.7
*Fixed gridview titles so they don't overlap
*Single product pages now back to the way they are in the demo with product on left and thumbnails below
*Fixed cart-widget remove button
*Fixed comment template bug
*Fixed comments for products
*Fixed errors in carousel
When we launched Storefront Xyloto over a year ago, we saw some problems with the way we were headed with theme development. We were making some mistakes (which we’ve worked hard to correct) and were concerned with upgrading the themes whenever updates were released to WordPress and more specifically the WP eCommerce plugin.
Fast-forward a year later, and suffice it to say that we’ve learned a lot. Frankly, we learned a lot from developing our own framework called Skematik.
We’ve taken what we learned in Skematik and are applying it to every theme we have moving forward…
- Based on _s (http://underscores.me) for maximum WordPress compatibility
- All options in the new Theme Customizer
- Automatic Updates
- All scripts and styles enqueued properly
- Throughly test with the Theme Check plugin and WP_Debug
With that in mind, let me introduce you to Chronology! Chronology is one of two new themes that we will release in February and packs a ton of features. In addition to what we covered above, Chronology is completely responsive, has 4 page templates, a unique homepage slider and a beautiful shop layout enhanced with CSS3 flip effects on the product images.
Not so mention, we’ve activated the built-in WordPress masonry plugin on the blog and search results!
Check out the product page for Chronology or view the demo using the button below!
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Yes, it’s been a long time coming, but we’re proud to announce that version 1.5 of Storefront Elegance is available for immediate download. This version fixes compatibility with the latest version of WP eCommerce and pretty much future-proofs it against any WPEC upgrades because we’ve removed the theme template files and instead added our custom code through action hooks and filters built into WPEC.
In addition, we’ve performed some much need maintenance…
- moved all scripts to the footer for better performance
- rewrote the add to cart feature
- replaced the thickbox with fancybox like in our other themes
- upgraded the jQuery version
- moved additional product images to below the product description
- added in automatic updates!
- fixed a ton of bugs
We may make additional adjustments over the next week, but thanks to the automatic updates feature, you won’t have to worry about those anymore! We wanted to get it into your hands ASAP as we know a ton of you have waited patiently. We hope you enjoy this version even more. Existing customers can download the new version immediately from their members homepage.
For everyone else, this is a sign of things to come…Elegance is our flagship theme and we needed to get it right so we could make the same updates to the rest of our themes which also were affected by the 3.8.9 updates to WP eCommerce. We’re working as hard as we can on it.
UPDATE!! This sale has been extended until 11:59pm on July 10th!
Hello to everyone around the world from Storefront Themes! Over the next week we are celebrating the birthdays of 2 of my favorite countries here in North America! I am proudly Canadian which is why I’m very excited about Canada Day on July 1st. I’m also geared up for Independence Day on July 4th since I live in the US and my wife and children are American. So what can we do to celebrate? How about a big sale on all our themes?
Effective immediately we are running a huge sale that will benefit new customers and current members alike. If you’ve never bought a Storefront Theme before, NEW CUSTOMERS CAN GET ALL 10 OF OUR THEMES FOR ONLY $99! This includes every theme available on our themes page…we’re even including Storefront Echo (which is currently only available on ThemeForest) as a special bonus!
Also, we really didn’t want to leave our existing customers out on this one…most of the time these sales only benefit new customers. Well not this time! Here’s the deal…if you already have a storefront themes account with at least one purchase, you AS A MEMBER YOU CAN GET THE REST OF OUR THEMES FOR ONLY $40! That’s a huge deal no matter how many themes you already own.
Rest assured all of our themes are top quality (see them all here)…in fact, the big reason we’ve been silent over the last few months is that we have been going through all of our themes and making them more secure and stable than ever before. Plus, our support is top-notch so you can buy with confidence!
We’ll give you a whole week to take advantage of this awesome offer! The sale will end at 11:59pm MST on July 7th. Thanks for being the best customers in the world!
CEO, Storefront Themes
I’m pleased to announce that Storefront Echo has just been reduced to $40 on ThemeForest to make it more competitive with the other ecommerce themes there. So let’s see…by my count, you can now get Storefront Echo, another theme of your choice and the Storefront Insights plugin all for only $40! If you haven’t yet, head over to ThemeForest to pick it up today!
Also, we put out an update to the theme just yesterday. It is available for Echo customers from your Members’ Homepage on Storefront Themes. Changelog looks like this…
=1.4.0 = 3.01.12
*Fixed duplicate mobile search bars bug
*Fixed Add to Cart problem in WPEC for both variations and IE
*Removed duplicate call to fancy box script
*Removed duplicate BuddyNav js from fancycart
*Fixed missing price in woocommerce and jigoshop product pages
*Fixed margin error for images with IE8
*Fixed woocommerce filter by price widget
Well, we promised we would get them out today for you and while it’s the wee morning hours where I’m at right now, I can finally let you know that we finally have the first releases available of our long-awaited, ColdPlay inspired themes, Mylo + Xyloto. We teased these a couple of weeks ago and we’re just packaging them now. We are not OFFICIALLY releasing them just yet simply because we need to build the demo sites and record a couple of tutorial videos for them…however, we wanted to do good by the people who put their faith in us and pre-ordered the themes, while we can’t show you a working demo for Xyloto yet (Mylo can be found here), we can give those who bought the themes access to the theme download files and have created two new forums for the themes so you can get all the support you need while waiting on the videos.
Now, let me get some sleep and I’ll get the videos up in the next couple of days!
Hey everyone…we’re still buttoning up these themes and I think you’ll love what we’ve done…however, we’re just a bit behind…if you’ve pre-ordered the themes, we apologize and we promise we’ll have something up for you tomorrow before we officially release them to the public…till then, in case you missed the preorder, you can still take advantage of it at http://storefrontthemes.com/coldplay for your chance to get both themes for the price of one!
The delay is basically because we couldn’t get a major piece of the music functionality to work as well as we wanted, but we’ve got it now and are finally on the home stretch. Hang in there because they’re coming!
Got your shopping done yet? Get anything for yourself? We can help you out there! From now until Monday, September 28th at midnight MST, we have a super deal going on! All customers will save 50% off our already great regular pricing! This means that single theme packages are only $24.50 and our bundle package, which includes all 8 themes and our insights plugin is only $74.50! This is by far the biggest sale we’ve ever done and we hope you will all take advantage of it. Best of all, for our existing customers, this discount is in addition to your regular 15% discount which means you save a whopping 65% off of regular pricing! So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this deal right now on our purchase page!
I don’t have a lot of time to write this today, so let me get straight to the point. We’ve been repeatedly asked for an option where people could buy all of our themes at once. Typically with most theme developers, this results in some sort of club membership. That may perhaps be in our future, but for now, we do not think it is a wise decision for our particular situation. Instead, we are going to create a bundle package so that customers can buy all of our themes for one low price. This price will change as our collection of themes grows, but to start with, we will offer all of our current 8 themes as well our Insights plugin for only $149! That equates to a price of less than $17 per product instead of the usual $49/theme price.
Having said that, we just couldn’t in good conscience promote this deal for a long time because we felt it was rewarding newer customers more than anyone…don’t get me wrong, we’re a business and need new customers to survive, but we are so appreciative of our existing members that we wanted to make sure that we looked after them as well. To that end, we have come up with an idea…if you’re already a Storefront Themes customer, you will automatically receive 15% off of our regular theme packages! All you need to do is login with your exisiting account info and then head to the purchase page…once you select your items, you will see a special member’s only price applied when you checkout on the next screen. It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting us. This is not a limited time offer! This price will be in place indefinitely.
Hope you all enjoy the new pricing! There’s a couple of great new themes that you can get while taking advantage of this offer!
Was I overselling it a bit? Okay, well sorry, I’m just really excited about everything happening lately at Storefront Themes! This past week we finally got some monkeys off our backs in the way of 2 brand new themes that just so happen to be our coolest themes ever! And yet, neither are the biggest new addition that we’ve added recently to Storefront Themes…you may have noticed recently (if you are a current customer) that our support forums are a little quicker in response time and that is because we recently added a new member to our team, Mark Gason of http://gasolicious.com.
So…let’s go over these 3 additions in better detail…
We first teased Storefront Echo at WordCamp SLC by giving out free beta copies to everyone at our talk and after a couple of months of development, we finally released it last week. This has been my favorite theme to work on so far because of the unique functionality we put into it…It’s completely responsive! No matter what screen you’re using, (desktop, laptop, ipad, mobile phone, etc) this theme adapts and looks fantastic! I’m particularly thrilled with how the theme operates on an iphone. Even the homepage slider and carousel are responsive and the carousel is even touch-enabled so you can swipe through the products using your finger!
Gridport is another gorgeous design by George Ortiz (Designer, Instant, Edge) and once again, the visual aesthetics are very evident in his work. The homepage and products page grids are very minimal and show the product title and price when hovered over. Also, the grid has a nice animation when changing your browser width to snap each item into place. The blog has a unique way of laying out posts and a subtle little shopping cart icon triggers the cart to pop out onto the screen whenever it is clicked or when a product is added to the cart.
Mark is a professional web designer, web developer, animator and print designer. He has a wealth of experience in flash and other things, but we caught him on our forums over the summer, answering in great detail nearly everyone’s questions there. We started talking with him and realized that we just had to have him with us so we hired him in October. Mark will be available on the forums for a few hours each day from Monday to Friday and will cover the bulk of all support requests.
So that’s it in a nutshell…er..a blog post. What’s next? Expect another blog post this week, but it will focus on some things behind the scenes. Till then, keep making some great shops!
We are updating our themes all the time, but I thought I’d write about this one. Storefront Boutique is actually one of my favorites of all our themes…I always loved the product page layouts, the fun look it has and the idea of having BuddyPress integrated into a store was really something I planned from the start…I really wanted that kind of functionality as the potential for marketing could really explode.
Because that’s where the value is, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time working on Boutique the last couple of weeks and today, Boutique is now compatible with the latest version of BuddyPress, otherwise known as BuddyPress 1.5 (otherwise known as “Lombardi”)!
We’ve rewritten a lot of the template files so not only can you now take advantage of the new BuddyPress platform, but we’ve integrated all that fancy ajax goodness that you normally only get in a buddypress default child theme…only this is not child theme! It runs completely on its own as a standalone theme, bridging the gap between 2 of the most powerful WordPress plugins: BuddyPress and WP e-Commerce.
In addition to these changes, we’ve also increased the performance and compatability by making sure all our jquery and ajax files are being properly enqueued in our functions file in no-conflict mode.
So there you have it…Storefront Boutique may just be our most stable theme in spite of the plethora of technologies that it runs. You can check out the demo now, which is actually running 3 plugins…BuddyPress, WP e-Commerce and BuddyPress for WP e-Commerce-3.8 which allows you to display specific products in a BuddyPress group as a “Group Store”. See it here!
So that’s it! Existing customers can download the new update (version 1.2) from your members’ homepage. Now back to my cave where we’re coming up with some great new stuff!
Just in case you haven’t heard, there is a mandatory security update for wp-e-commerce. You can find more info here… While this security vulnerability is limited to the chronopay gateway, it will leave your site vulnerable even if you don’t use ChronoPay. There is a fix out for both the 3.8x and 3.7x branches of wp-e-commerce. Of course, since all our themes now work with 3.8x, we encourage you to use the very latest version which at the time of this writing is 220.127.116.11.
This certainly isn’t the way we wanted to start out with our first Storefront Themes affiliate newsletter. However, in spite of our best efforts to look after you, it appears that we dropped the ball recently and we wanted to come clean on it.
Last week, immediately after raising your affiliate commission to 35%, we launched a new promotion with the best deal we’ve ever offered. However, over the weekend, it came to our attention that there may have been a problem with how we created the promotion that negatively affected affiliate sales…we finally confirmed this, found the problem and fixed it on Monday morning. The bad news is, that any sales of the promotion made during the week before that would not have received any affiliate commission.
We discovered a second error on Tuesday…some of our older affiliates were unaffected by the recent commission level increase and therefore were still at a 20% commission level. We have since raised everyone to the standard 35% level.
I am terribly sorry about all of this…the last people I’d want to hurt are the people helping to spread the word about us. Here’s what we’re going to do to fix it…effective immediately and for the next 30 days, we have raised your affiliate commission to 50%. We have also left the promotion up and will keep it up until next week. We also have a new theme that will launch VERY soon and it is our best ever. It is our hope that these promotions and the increase in your affiliate commission for the next 30 days will more than make up for any sales that you may have lost in the last week. Hopefully, we’ll all come out on top when all is said and done.
Thank you for being the very best community in the WordPress kingdom. We promise to do better for you.
If you ask me, I think we had a really good idea for a WordPress tshirt for WordCamp SLC (click the picture above to enlarge)…we ordered some great American Apparel shirts in 5 colors that simply project the WordPress logo with the tagline “My eCommerce Platform”. Get the message? With plugins like WP-e-Commerce, all the tools are there to make WordPress a serious competitor to other products like Magento…and that’s exactly what I’m going to be covering in my talk “WordPress for eCommerce? The sky’s the limit!” this Saturday. If you’re attending the event, make sure to get to us early as we only have about 50 of these and there’s going to be at least 3 times that many people.
Don’t fear however, as even if you aren’t one of the lucky ones to nab a tshirt, we have a special surprise for everyone attending our talk late in the day…stay tuned!
UPDATE: We just submitted new ads to the affiliates center for the Anniversary Sale!
The title basically says it all! We spent August rewarding our current members with a special deal and now we’re launching a new promotion this month that just so happens to be our best deal ever! You can all 6 of our themes as well as our Insights plugin for only $75! This is obviously a great deal if you’re a new customer, but existing customers can benefit as well – If you already have a single, double, triple or even quad pack of our themes, you can complete your collection and still save as the $75 price tag is cheaper than the price of our Double Theme pack! Use the button below to access the promotion…
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We also just announced an increase in our affiliate commission, and we hope that they can take advantage of this sale as well! Enjoy!
UPDATE: We just submitted new ads to the affiliates center for the Anniversary Sale!
And the Anniversary gifts just keep on coming! After celebrating our Anniversary this month by first rewarding our members, we’re about to launch our biggest promotion ever aimed at new customers when we realized that we haven’t got a gift for our proud affiliates yet! To that end, effective immediately, we are permanently raising our affiliate commission to 35% (up from 20%). That means that even for our lowest theme package, you would make over $17/sale!
Thanks for being such loyal supporters! Like I said, we have a brand new promotion that we’re about to launch in just a few minutes that should help you earn some more cash . Stay tuned!
Just wanted to let y’all know that we’re bringing gifts with us to WordCamp Salt Lake City in Utah! Since it’s our home state WordCamp, we’ve ordered a bunch of cool tshirts for everyone highlighting our favorite publishing platform, with an ecommerce twist! For the record, the slogan underneath the WordPress logo says “My eCommerce Platform” (click for a slightly larger view). It’s a statement of pride for us and the rest of the community who uses WordPress for eCommerce. For those of you who don’t yet, we’re on a mission to convince you this year that it’s the right choice for jobs big and small!
Not convinced yet? Perhaps you’re heading to Utah for WordCamp and if so we suggest that you attend the session that we’re leading entitled “WordPress for eCommerce? The sky’s the limit!” Don’t worry, if you can’t attend, we’ll hopefully be recording and share it with you online. Hope to see you all later.
PS – We actually have a limited number of the tshirts so it’ll be first-come, first-serve, BUT we also have another extra special giveaway for conference attendees and we’ll be sure to bring enough for everyone. Our lips are sealed about that one, so you’ll have to wait and see . Oh, and by the way, last call on the Storefront Themes Members-Only Birthday Sale! It ends at midnight MST tonight!
George and I got back from our first ever WordCamp late last night and it was absolutely epic! One of the highlights for us was that George had the opportunity to give a quick lightning round talk on Friday about the idea of aggregating blog info across thousands of WordPress.org sites. I’d explain it more but I recorded it on my iPhone for you so I’LL let George do the talking…
Today, August 12th marks the one year birthday of Storefront Themes! Exactly one year ago, we removed our coming soon page, presented the site live to the world and sold our first theme package, Storefront Elegance. We’re so proud to have reached this milestone and we realize that Storefront Themes exists because of our community. Therefore, since it’s our birthday, who should we give the presents to? Ourselves of course! Instead of rewarding new customers, we want to thank the people who got us here. Because of that, for the rest of the month of August, all members will get 50% off of every sale! This pertains to every single theme package we have, meaning you could potentially get 4 themes PLUS our Storefront Insights analytics plugin for just $64! To get your discount, simply login to Storefront Themes and then head to the purchase page…once you select your items, your discount will present itself on the checkout page. Thank you so much for the last year…it’s been rough at times (3.8 upgrade?;-) but now that everything is up to date, we expect great things for the next year and have some awesome plans to help you run your shops.
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All Themes Are Now 3.8 Compatible!
In case you missed it, we recently updated Storefront Designer to be compatible with the 3.8 version of WPEC. We know this has taken forever, and there have been a lot of reasons for it. I wanted to take a moment and share our priority list for what’s coming next so you can get a feel of where we’re at in our development. I’ve re-learned a lesson about no committing to release dates as it only makes people upset when you don’t hit it, so at least this way you might be able to get a feel for when stuff could/should be released…
- Updating all of our videos to new versions of WordPress, WPEC and themes.
- Update all themes for jQuery and WPML compatibility.
- Produce a video tutorial for using WPML with our themes.
- Update Storefront Designer and Storefront Instant with new features (new homepage options and page templates).
That’s as much as we’d like to share for now…there will be a new theme sneaking it’s way right in the middle of all of that simply because it’s development took far less time than we anticipated but for the most part, this will be our schedule for the next month. Here’s to even brighter days ahead!
The Storefront Designer theme has a 3.8 compatible version ready for immediate download. Purchasers of Designer will find the new files available on their members homepage once you log in.
Okay, let me quickly explain some things. First, sorry this has taken so long…Second, this isn’t our “Official” 3.8 version. Yes it works and it works well. However, we have been trying to release our newly updated themes with a bunch of new features for 3.8. Unfortunately, we had some problems making Designer compatible (not with WPEC but actually with WordPress 3.2!) and in the end, I made the decision to get out a version which is much the same as the original, only more stable and available for WPEC 3.8. We did the same thing with the Instant theme last month and I want to assure you that now that our themes are all 3.8 ready, we will be making both of those themes even more spectacular, starting with Designer.
So, while you’re enjoying the new Designer theme finally with WPEC 3.8 compatibility, rest assured that we will very shortly release the newer version with gridview, unified search and by popular demand, a new slider option.
For now, let me get back to our support forums where I’m sure many are waiting patiently!
Yesterday at 1:01pm, Storefront Elegance made it’s 1000th sale! We originally launched Elegance the very first day that Storefront Themes opened on August 12, 2010. Since that time, Elegance has maintained an average of 100 sales/month, bringing us to this tremendous landmark in only 1o months. We had no idea we were even close to this since we don’t look at our numbers all that much, but I saw that we were going to get there soon just a couple of days ago and today we did!
I think we ought to give lucky number 1000 a prize don’t you? Well, since we didn’t officially announce this as a contest, we had better ask permission first before displaying their name on our blog, but we will be giving the lucky winner a free copy of our newest plugin which will be hitting our digital shelves any day now…what is this new plugin you ask? Basically it allows you to automatically publish your products to your facebook page directly from your wp-e-commerce powered site…neat, huh? Expect it sometime next week. It’s actually been done for a while, but we wanted to focus on updating our older themes before launching anything new.
We will write a much better blog post later, but we wanted to let our current customers know that Storefront Original is finally WPEC 3.8 ready! Current customers can download it immediately from their Member’s Homepage.