Free File of the Month: August 2009

Free File of the Month

I’m pleased to announce that this month’s free file comes courtesy of Epicera. Many of you know him as the author of the extremely popular Atlantica theme. Fortunately, he’s allowed us to offer the PSD of this wonderful theme for the entire month of August!

Author : Epicera

File : Atlantica PSD

The Atlantica PSD Package features 2 full PSD files featuring over 10 style variations and 4 primary page layouts (Home, Generic Content Page w/submenu, Blog Post, Portfolio).

The “Atlantica” theme is a bold, clean, and professional layout that is ideal for artists, designers, photographer, and other creatives that are in need of a portfolio template that is professional and “to the point”. Even if you don’t need the huge image gallery page, this template will also work great for sites that need to showcase a few images above each content-page in a slick, sophisticated way.

Download Here

Usage:

You are granted ONE free usage of the item in a project either commercial or non-commercial. You may not use the file in multiple projects unless you purchase licenses in the usual way. You may not redistribute the item in any way. If you need a different license for this file, you may purchase it here (link).

More From Epicera

A huge thank you goes out to “Epicera” for generously offering this template to the community. Brandon has quickly proven himself to be one of my favorites authors on ThemeForest. Thanks again!

Don’t Forget the Other Marketplaces! More Free Files.


10 Wonderful WordPress Templates That are Setting Trends

Many recent templates on ThemeForest are proving to be trend-setters. Not only are they unique, but they’re also, more importantly, extremely usable. Let’s review just a handful of some of the stand-outs.

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Free File of the Month: July 2009

Free File of the Month

Starting today, each marketplace in the Envato network will be offering one free template for the entire month. No catch — just free! This month’s offering comes courtesy of “YA Design”.

Author : YA

File : Nice and Clean

This site template is the complete package: five page theme, portfolio slider, AJAX contact form, etc. From now until July 31, it’s 100% free!

Features:

  • Featured Portfolio Slider on the homepage.
  • AJAX contact form with validation.
  • Valid Xhtml 1.0 Strict
  • Works in IE6+, Safari, Mozilla, Opera
  • Clean code

Download Here

Usage:

You are granted ONE free usage of the item in a project either commercial or non-commercial. You may not use the file in multiple projects unless you purchase licenses in the usual way. You may not redistribute the item in any way. If you need a different license for this file, you may purchase it here (link).

More From YA Design

A huge thank you goes out to “YA Web Design” for generously offering this template to the community. Be sure to follow them on Twitter!

I wonder what the other marketplaces are giving away for free this month??


Watching the Market: 16 Hot Templates

Like any business, being successful depends on a whole slew of things. This includes paying attention to your market and competitors.

You could make a great product, but if there isn’t a demand for it then you won’t make any money. Or, if there is a demand for the type or style of product you’re providing but your competitors offer something better, then you’re in the same situation.

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Dropping in on Justin Scheetz

Justin Scheetz is a graphic designer and web developer working as the lead developer for Altitude Marketing. Justin lives in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Most of us our familiar with Justin via his amazing templates on ThemeForest.
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Stay in Touch With ThemeForest

ThemeForest has several methods of staying up to date on the newest files and news, including the monthly newsletter, RSS feeds, and our Twitter account. Now we’ve got a new page with everything you need all in one place, including a few new features.

RSS
In addition to the existing ThemeForest feeds, there’s now an rss feed for every category! This way, you can stay on top of the file types you care about most. Check out all the new feeds here.

Twitter
Stay up to date with the latest news, links, community happenings, and chatter on ThemeForest’s Twitter account. We’ll also showcase one great ThemeForest file every day. You can follow ThemeForest, or any one of the marketplace accounts found here.

Weekly Mailouts

There’s nothing more fun than seeing FD’s latest and greatest files. Now there’s a weekly mailout showcasing 7 of ThemeForest’s best, including one featured file. This is in addition to the monthly newsletter, so be sure to sign up separately here.

No matter how you like to get your updates, ThemeForest has an option for you. As always, happy browsing!


Using AWS S3 to Power Your Digital World

As a designer, web developer and techie-geek I need a versatile and robust data storage solution that I can afford but also use without learning some new language. So far, I’ve only found one service that can handle the large majority of my needs. This article covers how I use the Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (AWS S3) to meet most of my needs.

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Display Your Recent Envato Items With WordPress and the Envato API

Not long ago, Envato released their Marketplace API. The Envato API is an interface which allow developers to build applications and software that can easily utilize Envato user and item data. One convenient feature of the API is the ability to pull out recent items and products for a certain user. Today, we will develop a WordPress plugin that uses the Envato API to display a list of your Envato items. You will even be able to customize what Marketplace to pull the items from and how many to display! Let’s get coding!

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5 Biggest Copyright Pitfalls for Web Designers

When it comes to design, copyright is often a very muddled gray area. Just as the lines between plagiarism and homage are often confusing, so too is the line between infringing and non-infringing use of copyrighted material. Since it is natural and even expected of Web designers to incorporate elements from other sites and other creations, it is important to understand the risks and hazards when it comes to copyright in Web design. As such, here are five of the most common copyright pitfalls Web designers face and how to best avoid them.
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Best of the Best

From time to time, we like to send some praise to our top designers. Perhaps more than any other ThemeForest author, OXYLUSDESIGN has proven to be one of our most talented. Though primarily focusing on admin skins, the Oxylus team still finds time to create unique templates that are unlike any other offerings on ThemeForest. So if you’re curious enough, and are in need of a fantastic template for your company or project, be sure to look over our “Best of the Best” collection, and pick one up!

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