Press75 plans to become team effort, add framework in 2012

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Press75 has been run and maintained by Jason Schuller for over 3 years now. That’s a lot of work for one person when they’re responsible for 27 themes. Jason has decided it’s time for some changes, so in 2012 Jason will be expanding Press75 from a one-person operation to a team. The team will be small but this change, he says, will allow many other things to happen.

The addition of team members is allowing them to create a new framework for all of their themes, which he says will help streamline the development and updating process for all new and old themes. The new team should also give Press75 more time to focus on expansion. They’re currently working on updating several themes to be added to the theme choices for WordPress.com users. On Demand and Debut are currently awaiting review to be released on WordPress.com.

Right now the Press75 site is also awaiting a complete refresh, which is set to happen sometime in February. If you’d prefer reading about all the changes in Jason’s own words, here’s a link to his post about it on Press75.com.

How long have you known about and used Press75 themes? Are you excited for the changes planned for 2012?

Press75 shirts are on their way to San Francisco

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Jason Schuller is bringing along a few Press75 shirts to WordCamp San Francisco this weekend. The question is, will I be lucky enough to receive one?

The other question is, if I don’t receive one, how many can I run away with after I tackle him to the ground?

Friends of iThemes meetup in Oklahoma City

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iThemes hosted a meetup in Okalhoma City for a couple of days last week. They welcomed a number of WordPress professionals, like Ptah Dunbar, Grant Griffiths, Clay Griffiths, Jeff Milone, David Morgan, Michael Torbert, Lisa Sabin-Wilson, and Jason Schuller.

Can you guess which of the photos is my favorite?

Press75 becomes Press78 (or turns three) this month

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Three years ago this month Jason Schuller launched Press75.com with just three video-centric themes. Now at 25 themes and, according to Schuller, several thousand customers later Press75 has come a long way.

As Schuller explained on his blog, Press75 grew out of his experiment with WPElements.com, where he sold his first Video Flick theme for just $5. He started up WPElements to test out his idea after walking away from his day job in January of 2008. As for the origin of the name Press75? Schuller says:

With that in mind I wanted to create a store front and a brand that was unique, which is how Press75.com was born. Why “Press75″? The answer is simple… “Press” obviously stands for WordPress and “1975″ was the year that I was born, hence “Press75″.

So how many of you have been following Press75.com and Schuller’s work since he started? Also, is his story of entrepreneurial success act as encouragement for anyone else?

The photo of the WordPress cake above belongs to Ryan Markel.

A Hypercritical Analysis of $35 WordPress Themes

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This editorial was contributed by WordPress theme developer Mike McAlister, whose themes are available on ThemeForest. You can read more about him in his author profile below the editorial.

Your site has those fancy drop-down menus you always see around the web. Not just the one that drops down, but the one that drops down and then out, and down and out with the really slick fading transitions. It took you zero hours to code.

Your homepage features a really unique display of your portfolio items, sliding and zooming them in and out with a custom effect (designated in a custom theme options panel, of course). Adding your portfolio items was as easy as sending an email.

Your site also has 20+ custom page templates, 50+ layout and styling shortcodes, color options, video support, custom twitter widgets and working contact forms. Not to mention it is professionally designed, coded, validated and supported by some of the best talent on the web.

Your site is absolutely amazing and it cost you a total of $35. Less than an oil change, especially if you have a coupon.

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Winners: Results of Theme Madness Round 3

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We have the results of Theme Madness Round 3 in this post, and there are some more exciting outcomes here. This round brings us to the final 8 that will be competing for the coveted WPCandy trophy. Round 4 voting will start later today, so be sure to get caught up on Round 3 outcomes in time for the new round of voting this afternoon.

Who’s excited? The results are just after the jump.

How we scored the games

Just to recap, each game was run on three fronts. First, we counted up the polls for each game. Secondly, we counted up votes on Twitter. Finally, we counted up comments generated (if they were) on the competitor’s blogs. Top score won.

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Vote here: Theme Madness 2011, Round 3

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We’ve wrapped up Round 2 of Theme Madness, and there were definitely a few surprises in the results. Round 3 proves to be equally as exciting, with a number of well known theme shops facing off this time around. If I had one piece of advice for the shops competing this round, it would be to not underestimate your opponents. A blog post and/or extra tweet calling for votes might just help you out.

For the next 48 hours we will hold the voting for the following eight games:

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 4pm on the 28th (Eastern Standard Time).

Remember you can view the quickly-filling-out Theme Madness Bracket here.

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

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Winners: Results of Theme Madness Round 2

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We have the results of Theme Madness Round 2 in this post, and there are some real upsets here. In fact, this brings us the veritable Sweet 16 theme shops in our competition. We’ll start Round 3 tomorrow, and take one step closer to having our Theme Madness 2011 winner.

Who’s excited? The results are just after the jump.

How we scored the games

Just to recap, each game was run on three fronts. First, we counted up the polls for each game. Secondly, we counted up votes on Twitter. Finally, we counted up comments generated (if they were) on the competitor’s blogs. Top score won.

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Vote here: Theme Madness 2011, Round 2 (Part 2)

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This week we will be running through Round 2 of Theme Madness, with the last half of Round 2 matches starting today. 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 24th (Eastern Standard Time).

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

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