8BIT puts Pro Photo Theme up for sale on Flippa


8BIT has placed their photography theme, Pro Photo Theme, up for public auction on Flippa. The buy it now price is $35,000 and the bidding starts at $10,000. The auction will close in just under seven days. According to 8BIT’s John Saddington, the team has decided to sell Pro Photo to provide more bandwidth for themselves to support “big changes coming [their] way”.

In the listing the team disclosed their revenue to date, which is likely interesting to anyone who has dabbled in selling WordPress themes before. The theme launched in May and since then has brought in $11,000 in gross sales with a net profit at $8,600. The team estimates that the theme could gross over $20,000 per year. A number of other stats are available, along with more questions and answers about the theme itself, on Flippa.

Normally on this blog we talk about buying themes from an end user’s perspective, and not as a business looking to resell it. What do you think of 8BIT’s auction here, and do you think they’ll see any bites before the auction is up?

WP e-Commerce hopes to improve based on user survey


This time of year always turns up a few community surveys as organizations begin to look to the future and plan out the next twelve months. Included on the list of surveys to take this time around is this WP e-Commerce survey. It turns out the team at Instinct Entertainment are looking to past and present users to help them decide just where to go with future versions.

Dan Milward announced that they are making 2012 “The Year of the User”, and want to use the feedback from the survey to help determine WP e-Commerce’s roadmap. Dan’s also a brave one, since he said:

If you’ve got a complaint, now’s the time to air it. Sure, we want to hear the good stuff, but those items don’t need fixing.

You heard him folks: let him have it.

Theme.ly is coming, a marketplace where designers and devs can team up


Red Factory, a business that has sold themes on ThemeForest since 2010, has decided to prepare and launch a theme marketplace called Themely. Themely, they say, will be a new theme marketplace where designers and developers can team up and sell WordPress themes together.

Their idea seems to be that designers will receive payment for theme designs the way writers are in the publishing world, using a royalty model. The process on Themely will begin with an uploaded design, after which developers can adapt the design to WordPress or a number of other content management systems. Designers are then able to chime in and make additional supporting items. The exact workflow and payout structures are still under development with a few developers and designers who are involved at this point.

Currently, according to Red Factory’s Patrick Cohen, there are six designers and seven developers involved and building themes together now to map out the process, and over eighty people have shown an interest in being involved with Themely. Red Factory will continue to sell themes exclusively on ThemeForest while developing and launching their own marketplace. Patrick said they are developing a framework to share with those on their marketplace, and are using sales on ThemeForest to improve it.

They are planning pre-launch of Themely in the early second quarter of 2012, and it will remain an invite only network through the end of the year. If you’re interested be sure to let them know by joining their pre-launch newsletter, and check out their clever pre-launch video for a quick rundown of the idea.


Kevinjohn Gallagher decides to move his business away from WordPress


I don’t think I’m in a very good position to judge WordPress’ performance in large-scale enterprise situations. My development and client experience isn’t as broad as most, and I spend most of my time on a single (but active) installation of WordPress. So I always find criticisms of WordPress like the one Kevinjohn Gallagher lays out in his post to be particularly interesting reads.

He has comments turned off on his blog, so refer to the discussion on Hacker News and WPTavern, or chat about it below.

BuddyPress 1.5.3 brings fixes for WordPress 3.3+


BuddyPress 1.5.3 is now available as a fix for those running WordPress 3.3+—which should be all of you, you silly goofs. The list of changes in this version is relatively small. To name a few: an unused forum template was removed from the BuddyPress default theme, deprecated function warnings and PHP notices were cleared, and a toolbar-specific avatar issue was fixed as well. For the full list of changes, see the full 1.5.3 changelog. Glance at that if you need to, but really you should just go get yourself updated.

And in case you’re wondering, the confetti behind the logo above is there to celebrate compatibility. You have to enjoy the small victories, right?

Update: Not long after 1.5.3 was released came that fixed a more serious bug with the way settings are saved. So, go update for that too.

Edit Flow 0.7 now available, brings modular architecture and various improvements


Automattician and Edit Flow lead developer Daniel Bachhuber announced the launch of version 0.7 of Edit Flow this afternoon. In a few words, Edit Flow is a WordPress plugin that gives more control over the editorial workflow within WordPress. In a few more words, if you’ve ever wanted a more nuanced approach than Draft, Pending Review and Published, this is likely the plugin for you.

This update brings a number of overall improvements to Edit Flow, but particularly highlighted in the announcement is the new modular architecture that allows users to enable or disable individual elements of the plugin for specific custom post types. It’s reminiscent of the Jetpack plugin configuration screen, really. Additionally, Daniel says, new features can now be more easily developed, contributed, and added to Edit Flow as components.

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