Help File Template

Some of you have expressed some confusion with what exactly should be included in the help files that you create for your themes. To ease concerns, I’ve created a sample text file that you can download and use as a template.

The template includes some general text to serve as an example. You’ll be expected, if you choose to work off of this template, to expand upon the sections listed with the appropriate information. If you have any unique features in your particular theme, be sure to touch on those subjects.

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The Flexibility of WordPress

WordPress is still regarded by many as just a blogging platform, even though it’s capable of much, much more! The flexibility offered by the WordPress engine is phenomenal – being able to publish anything from a basic blog to a forum, from a web showcase to a corporate CMS site! Here we take a look at some of the great ways WordPress has been used so far.

Content Management System


Using WordPress as a CMS has become pretty common recently since it makes a perfect platform for most small-to-medium corporate websites. It doesn’t quite offer the more advanced details of Joomla, ExpressionEngine or Drupal; but what it lacks in advanced features, it more-than makes up for in the usability arena!

The recently re-designed 10 Downing Street website – home of the British PM – is running WordPress and make a bloody good job of it!

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How Are You Supporting Blog Action Day?

As most of you know, tomorrow (or today for some of you!) is Blog Action Day. To celebrate this monumental effort by Envato to raise awareness, I’d love to learn how all of you are throwing in support. Visiting the site today, I couldn’t believe how many people have come on board. It truly is incredible. Visit BlogActionDay.org to read over many of the news articles that have been published.

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9 Tips for Selling More on ThemeForest

I’ve been writing a couple of articles over at FreelanceSwitch about the benefits of selling stock and thought I’d mention the second one in particular, here as a good reference for ThemeForest authors:


9 Tips for Creating and Maximizing a Steady Income Stream by Selling Stock

Like anything, selling stock is something that you get better at over time. In my job working on ThemeForest, FlashDen and AudioJungle I get to see a lot of the things people do to maximize their income, some of them are quite ingenious. Since it benefits us if we have clever authors on our sites and it benefits Freelancers interested in selling stock, I’ve put together my top tips for selling well on stock sites…

Read the rest of the article at FreelanceSwitch

There Are More Ways to Make Money With ThemeForest

So you’ve created your first theme and are eagerly checking the site every day to see how much income you’ve brought in. It’s fun, isn’t it? But, there are more ways to make money with ThemeForest than just selling your templates! Have you considered linking to the site from around the web? If you do, 50% of your referral’s first deposit will go directly to you!

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Links of Note

Master your craft

Like many others, I spend about thirty minutes a day reading over my RSS feeds. Every Friday (Saturday for some of you), I’ll post links to the articles that I found to be especially helpful – when it comes to creating templates. Feel free to include yours in the comments section.

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9 Ways to Submit the Perfect ThemeForest Template

Let’s face it. If the design isn’t up to par, nobody will purchase your template. So, beyond all of the tips that I list in this article, make sure that the design fits the bill – something I struggle with all too often, being more of a back-end developer. :)

Nevertheless, there are many steps that you can take to ensure that you get the best possible boost after submitting your theme.

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6 Firefox Extensions That Will Massively Improve Your Productivity

I love Google’s Chrome. My pages run multiple times faster. But, at least for the time being, you won’t see me jumping over the Firefox ship just yet. The massive number of Firefox extensions make developing your themes much, much easier. In this article, I’ll list six extensions that are crucial to developing your web applications quickly.


Screengrab

Screengrab

Ready to submit your template to ThemeForest? Screengrab is an easy to use extension that allows you to instantly save a png of your entire webpage to your desktop. While you might currently be prepping your snapshots in Photoshop, Screengrab will reduce your prep time dramatically.

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Web Developer Toolbar

Web Developer Toolbar

Are there any web developers who don’t have this extension installed? Along with Firebug, this is easily the most beneficial plugin in your arsenal. You can validate your html and css with just a keystoke. You can resize your window to view your site at different resolutions. You can edit CSS on the fly (which I use more than any other feature). Do not load Firefox without it. :)

Install


Firebug

Firebug

Equally as powerful as the Web Developer Toolbar, Firebug allows you to inspect every aspect of your document: HTML, CSS, Javascript. See how long it’s taking to load all of your Javascript files. Use the console to debug your documents. View which of your CSS styles are being overridden.

Install



Colorzilla

Colorzilla

You know the drill. You’re working on your website, but you can’t remember the hex value for the red that you’re using. Many people would quickly press “Print Screen”, copy it into Photoshop, and use the eye dropper to grab it.

Or – you can use Colorzilla. This extension works exactly like the eye dropper in Photoshop. You’ll be amazed at how much time this saves you.

Install


Fire FTP

FireFTP

FireFTP is an extension that will allow you to quickly transfer your files to your server. It’s simple, easy to use, and works perfectly. I use this tool five to ten times a day.

Install



IE Tab

IE Tab

Like everyone else, I hate compensating for IE. Even more, I hate spending the extra ten seconds to load Internet Explorer so that I can view my site. Enter IE tab. This plugin will allow you to create a new tab in Firefox that renders the page exactly like IE. Now, you can switch between modes in a second or so. Very, very convenient.

Install


Any tools that I missed?

How to Submit a Template to ThemeForest – screencast

If you’ve never submitted a theme to one of the Envato marketplaces before, you might find the process to be slightly confusing. Because of this, I’ve created a screencast that will give you step by step instructions for formatting and submitting your theme to us.

How to Upload a Template to ThemeForest.net

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5 Extensions to Convert Your Joomla! to a Blog!

Joomla! can be used to build any website. Starting from small business websites and personal blogs up to huge community portals, e-commerce solutions and shopping cart, Photo galleries and more! Everything is possible with slight modifications and a magical touch by extensions! Through the next few lines we explore 5 essential extensions that convert Joomla! into a powerful blog.

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