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.

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.

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.

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!

8 Online Text Editors To Consider For Your Projects

Many times when developing a custom website, a clients needs to be given the ability to edit the text directly from an administration section. As many people don’t know the nuts and bolts of html, they have to use a simple editor to create their markup. This article discuses the pros/cons of the most used online text editors.


Visual Hierarchy in Web Design

On a daily basis I view all sorts of websites and all kinds of designs. One thing in common with successful templates on ThemeForest or with websites around the web is strong visual hierarchy. Often times I see templates that have a great concept going but has poor visual hierarchy. I’ll cover what visual hierarchy is and some great examples in this article.


Important Author News: Back-end Tagging Is Here!

The second stage of planned major search improvements is live. Right now this will only impact authors, but in the future this will help everyone search for files quickly and easily.

From now on when authors upload a file they will need to fill in a series of tags that pertain to their file. The tags have been divided up into categories to help authors pick useful tags.

During the reviewing process, reviewers may edit tags slightly so that wording remains consistent wherever possible (eg. entered tags of “puppy”, “doggy” and “hound” might be edited to consistently be “dogs”). This will make tagging more useful for search.

Please note that if your file tagging is incorrect or missing but otherwise the file is appropriate for sale, you file will still be approved. Reviewers will add or alter tags as they see fit during the review process, and you are free to update your file and refine your tags at a later date.

For now tags will only be visible on the upload and update pages. In the next stage tags will then be used in search and to navigate groups of files, which will be a massive improvement!

In order to add tags to existing files, authors will need to update their files, only filling in the Tagging fields. In order to assist reviewers in getting through any tagging updates quickly, please put “Tagging Update Only” in the reviewer notes wherever possible. This is not essential, but will definitely be helpful to the review team!

We expect a big jump in updates as authors will be adding tags to their existing files, so we ask for your patience if the queue gets temporarily longer. There will be at least a month before tagging will be used in search, so there is no need to update all existing files immediately.

If you have any troubles or questions about this new feature, please let support know, and stay tuned for stage three, where search will be supercharged with tagging!

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.


Diving into PHP: Day 15

Continuing with our OOP review, today, we’ll create a very simple “calculator” class that should give you a better idea of how abstracting your code to its own class can save you a great deal of time. We’ll also take a look at the helpful “__construct” method, as well as creating variables. Enjoy!


Show Your Love: Referral Competition!

We’re going to try something a bit different for this month’s contest! I want you to promote ThemeForest – most notably your template offerings – in any way that you can. At the end of the month, we’ll reward the top 5 referrers with $200 each, via Paypal!

How Do I Enter?

Each author has his own referral account. When a new user visits ThemeForest via your unique url, you’ll earn 30% of his or her first deposit! This is a year-round agreement that we have. BUT – to spice things up a bit more, we’re also going to give an extra $200 cash prize to the top five referrers between now and May 31.

To enter, you MUST email sitemanager@themeforest.net with your ThemeForest username. Once you do so, I’ll mark your current stats, and send you a confirmation email. Once that’s done, you’re free to be as creative as you like!

How Can I Promote My Templates?

There are dozens of way to promote your themes.

  1. Make a posting on your blog.
  2. Add a ThemeForest banner to the sidebar of your website.
  3. Don’t be obnoxious, but inform your followers of your themes on Twitter, Myspace, Friendster, and Facebook!
  4. Add a link to your profile as your email signature.
  5. Upload more templates!
  6. Write a tutorial for Nettuts+ or “In the Woods”. Then, use your author bio to link to your ThemeForest page!

Any I missed? If so, leave a comment for the rest of us. Remember – even if you don’t refer enough people to earn a space in the top five, you’ll still earn 30% of any new users’ deposits… year round!

30 Percent Incentive

Get Started! The Clock Starts…Now!

  • Step 1: Email sitemanager@themeforest.net with your username.
  • Step 2: Review our “Referrals” page to retrieve your unique URL and ThemeForest banners.
  • Step 2: Use your UNIQUE referral url to promote your themes.
    Referral Links
  • Step 3: Check back on June 1st to see if you’re a winner! We’ll choose the five authors/buyers who bring in the most visitors who deposit funds.

Good luck!

Crash Course: YUI Grids CSS

The Yahoo User Interface Library is a rather extensive set of JavaScript tools for developers. Often left unnoticed are a few other useful components of the library that will speed up your coding: some CSS libraries. I’d like to give you a quick tour of YUI Grids CSS library.


Ask JW: How do I Make AJAX Requests With jQuery?

This week’s email question comes from Mohammed. He’d like to learn more about how to create AJAX request with the jQuery library. We’ll be reviewing the $.get and $.ajax methods.