Make the Most Templates in September and Win 1 of 3 prizes of $600 Cash Each!

What better way to kick off a new site than with a Launch Competition? So we’ve got one heck of a competition for all you theme and template authors out there. It’s pretty straightforward. During September we’ll keep track of how many approved files authors have on ThemeForest, whoever has the most in each of the three categories shown below, will win $600 to spend on an Apple Cinema HD Display (or whatever else you might want to spend $600 on)!

The Details

Authors will be competing in three divisions:

  1. Most Approved Items in Site Templates
  2. Most Approved Items in WordPress Themes
  3. Most Approved Items in Joomla & Misc Themes

We’ll have a leaderboard up in a few days so you can keep track of who’s ahead of who. Only items uploaded between 12:01AM 01/09/2008 and 11:59PM 30/09/2008 AEST (Sydney Time) count. Note that the items don’t need to be approved in that timeframe, just uploaded – but only approved items count towards the final total.

The Prizes

Up for grabs are 3 x $600 in cash … which would be well spent on an Apple Cinema HD Display.

Announcement of Winners

Because we need to approve the items, the winners won’t be announced until the last item uploaded before the deadline has been approved or rejected. Additionally prizes will only be awarded after a full month has elapsed to ensure no copyright fraud has happened.

Rules

The rules are as follows:

  • Envato staff and reviewers are not eligible to compete
  • Only items uploaded between 12:01 AM 01/09/2008 and 11:59PM 30/09/2008 AEST and subsequently approved for sale on ThemeForest are eligible to count.
  • The three authors with the highest count each will win 1 prize each
  • The same author cannot win more than one category. If an author comes first in more than one category, they win only the one where they have more uploads. In the other category the prize goes to the next highest author. In other words there will be three winners, no less.
  • Our decision is final.
  • Files that are taken down for any reason are not eligible to be counted.
  • Files must stay up on ThemeForest for at least 6 months.
  • Prizes will be awarded on the 1st of November, to give time to ensure no copyright fraud has occurred.
  • Winner will be paid in cash via PayPal, Moneybookers, or Wire Transfer. Any bank or transfer fees will come out of the prize money.

Questions?

If you have any questions, just add a comment and I’ll make any clarifications!

Early Joomla Themes on ThemeForest

So as you know ThemeForest isn’t just about site templates and WordPress themes. We’re also hoping to get themes for all sorts of CMS products out there. Although much fewer so far than HTML and WordPress templates, two really, really nice Joomla themes have come in:

Business 2.0

ThemeForest Listing Page (works only if you are in the Beta).
Live Demo Link

MyCloudyDay

ThemeForest Listing Page (works only if you are in the Beta).
Live Demo Link

ThemeForest News

It’s been about a week and a half since we let in the first ThemeForest users and so far so good on the beta front. We have about 40 or so files so far, and a dozen or so sales to boot! We’ve just added another 500 beta users courtesy of a giveaway on FreelanceFolder, so things are moving along really well!

Launch Plan

There are currently two things that need to happen before we launch – we’re looking to get around a hundred files on the site, and we’re still working on the theme preview system. My guess is that this will put us up for a launch mid next week, but it might be the week after. I’ll update on this blog in a few days!

Recategorizing

So far from the uploads it looks as though Site Templates is going to be our most popular file type, followed by WordPress, then Joomla. This isn’t a huge surprise, however to compensate for the lack of Drupal items, we’re going to fold that category back into Misc Themes and focus on the first three. In time as our library expands, I hope we’ll get to bring Drupal (as well as other theme types) back into their own categories.

Other News

Once we get this site started, I’m planning on bumping the postage here In The Woods. So far I’ve managed to co-opt my awesome little brother into making lots of resource posts on Joomla designing and WordPress, but I’m still looking for someone to write some install guides and short tutorials on using themes. So if you’ve got any experience, and feel like writing some new buyer-centric posts, email me at collis@envato.com with the subject line “Writing for ThemeForest” and just let me know any appropriate credentials!

Happy Birthday – 50% Author Week

As you may have seen in our latest newsletter, it’s coming up on our birthday in just two days – yep back on August 21st 2006 FlashDen was born!

As they say, it’s always better to give than to receive, so we’re going to celebrate with a week of giving! All authors on FlashDen, AudioJungle and (the beta) ThemeForest will automatically earn 50% commisisons all week long regardless of their exclusivity or sales count. So if you’re going to make some big sales, that’s the week to do it in!

It’s our way of saying a big thank you to the authors that make these sites as brilliant as they are! We hope to keep improving and building on them long into the future! I wonder what we’ll be announcing in our twentieth birthday :-)

The Exact Dates & Times:

Start = 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
End = 27 Aug 2008 23:59:59 AEST
Rate for everyone, exclusive and non-exclusive during the period = 50%.

Happy Birthday!

A Preview of a Couple of Early ThemeForest Items

Today the ThemeForest Private Beta program began and I’m happy to say that so far, so good! We’ve had a few hundred beta users log in to the site, a hundred or so posts on the forum and our first four items uploaded!

Interested to see the types of templates and themes being uploaded? Here’s a sneak peek!

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We’re Changing Our Name – Meet Envato

Some of the more observant of you may have noticed that starting yesterday some little “Envato Network” widgets began appearing in the top right of both this site and our other blogs and marketplaces. What is Envato? Well it’s our new name!

A lot has happened since this company formed two years ago and as a team we’ve grown a lot and certainly learned a lot. When we came to trademark our company name recently, it turned out that the name Eden was pretty difficult to win a trademark for. About a dozen companies blocked our application in Australia alone! Sheesh Kebab!

While I’m a bit sad to see Eden go, I’m happy to announce that as of today we are rebranding the business under a new name: Envato. (more…)

ThemeForest Beta Launch Imminent

Well I’ve just gotten word from the development team that the staging server is looking shipshape, so we should be up for all the beta invitees to get in to the site tomorrow morning (Australian time)! 

If you haven’t gotten your beta invite, we had three sites giving them away – CSS-Tricks, NETTUTS and FlashDen’s Down the Foxhole, of the three only Down the Foxhole has a few invites left, so hurry over and grab one now!

In the meantime I’ve still got some writing to do to make sure all the upload documentation is ready to go for tomorrow!