Orman Clark breaks all time Theme Forest monthly sales record and expands team

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Orman Clark record Orman Clark, founder of PremiumPixels.com, has surpassed the all time Theme Forest monthly sales record with a stunning $47,000 in WordPress theme sales. The previous record was set in March at $42,000.

You may recall Mike McAlister’s call for higher prices at ThemeForest that generated a lot of attention, a response from Collis Ta’eed (the owner of Envato), and Envato’s ensuing Elite program, where certain proven authors are now allowed to price themes up to 30% higher than the base price for a given item. Clark has raised the price of almost all of his themes to $40 (versus a more typical $35) without missing a beat.

Clark’s official Theme Forest profile shows him in a range of $250,000 – $1,000,000 of sales overall. That ranks him 8th of Theme Forest’s most popular authors all time, despite being a member for 5 months less than anyone else in the top 25 at the time of this writing. Clark joined Theme Forest under his current profile in October of 2010.

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BioThemes not successful enough, officially closes doors

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BioThemes was a theme shop launched by John O’Nolan and Gilbert Pellegrom in February of this year. O’Nolan and Pellegrom have decided to close BioThemes down due to tough competition in the WordPress theme market.

O’Nolan said the BioThemes experiment was very successful and generated a number of sales. But in the end, he said, it wasn’t successful enough to allow the duo to make the time needed for further development. O’Nolan said they will continue to support existing BioThemes customers via email, but they are halting further development and sales.

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Vote here: Theme Madness 2011, Round 1 Day 1

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This week we will be running through Round 1 of Theme Madness, with eight games happening each day. Today’s games will be:

All of the polls and instructions can be found just after the jump, so be sure to click through to have your voice heard. Voting will take place for the next 48 hours, and close at midnight on the 12th (Eastern Standard Time).

If you need a reminder, the rules can be found here. Good luck to everyone playing!

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BioThemes beta launches with the ShowOff WordPress theme

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BioThemes is a brand new commercial theme shop that just launched with a debut creative theme, ShowOff. John O’Nolan and Gilbert Pellegrom, the founders of BioThemes, began development in November 2009 and have spent a little more than a year developing their first product.

O’Nolan and Pellegrom are not strangers to exceptional products. John O’Nolan is a member of the Core WordPress UI team and is responsible for much of the sprucing up of the admin in WordPress 3.1. Gilbert Pellegrom is the creator of the uber-popular Nivo Slider, an incredibly flexible jQuery based feature slider.

John describes the roadmap for BioThemes in the inaugural blog post:

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