Dare I say it’s been yet another fantastic week in the Forest? Of course! So what’s been going on this last week? How about the FlashDen name change, new Apple iMacs, Envato testimonials and more. Okay, so many of these topics aren’t limited to ThemeForest but they’ve definitely involved us in a significant way.
So let’s take a look at an interview with rockstar author System32, some fantastic new items in the marketplace and other great stuff from this last week.
Interview With Author Khan (System32)
Khan is one of our rockstar authors with items across three marketplaces including AudioJungle, GraphicRiver and of course ThemeForest. With over 3,500 sales and 57 ThemeForest themes and templates, Khan has helped set the bar high. I’ve asked Khan to answer some questions for this week’s Week in Review and here’s what the author had to say.
Q #1: When creating a new template for Theme Forest, what aspects are top priority and why?
A: “Firstly, Thanks to the Envato Team, including reviewers, for their kind support and gigantic marketplace where you can not only sell your creative products but also learn much more stuff. I have been working as a web designer for the last 12 Years, those of 1 year from ThemeForest since last Sept. 2008 stepped with AudioJungle and very instantly checked with ThemeForest. I feel that I have been productive lately here at ThemeForest compared to my initial approach.”
“The High priority aspects of providing a products for ThemeForest are.”
- Creating something unique which appeals to the eye of a visitor or buyer. Unique creations are not just totally scratching your mind but getting inspiration from 4-5 different industry level designs.
- Making a theme with a right color choice and combinations for which I prefer the Adobe’s Kuler http://kuler.adobe.com.
- Coding your template is much easier than commenting the code and indenting it in a proper blocks. Use of enough spacing and start / end comment of your HTML Code shows you’re web savvy.
Q #2: What tips for success can you share with our readers that you feel have contributed to your success?
A: “Well, the success is not just the sales part or being productive like a machine gun, but the key concept is to create something unique which sells well and worth using a template.”
“I have been productive more faster compared to other authors on ThemeForest not for sales. Oh it’s just my hobby and I’m a computer nerd. Sitting in front of a desk for almost 16 hours a day. ”
Q #3: What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
A: “Ah! That’s really difficult to say as I love designing and coding but not marketing as am not a publisher. ”
“I love designing because I start something and end with a different output which I didn’t have a dream about.”
Q #4: Outside web design and development what other interests do you have?
A: “I have many interests beyond the development but I don’t have much time to fulfill all my dreams or interests. I play with my two little daughters in my free time and watching Discovery Channel.”
Q #5: What are your top five pet peeves in design or web development?
- In short the one and only Internet Explorer 6.
- Creating issue myself and finding a solution. That too only for IE6. But that’s a job.
- Selection of a color combinations.
Q #6: What are three of your favorite features used in websites?
- Designing with perfect pixels.
- Modifying Open Source Code to different extent level.
- Effects and proper positioning.
Q #7: What are some tips or words of wisdom you would like to share with our readers?
A: “Find yourself as unique creation of your own artwork and create something from scratch not from your heart or brain. Give it a kick start to the work what you want to do and output will pop in like a legendary game.”
“To Get Success in Life, ‘Define yourself, Plan your future, Realize the value of Time.’ ”
“To Get Success in ThemeForest, ‘Create which appeals to Visitor not Author.’ ”
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions Khan!
Check Out Khan’s Portfolio
Notable Additions to the Forest
Here are eight really great new items added to the ThemeForest marketplace over this last week.
Authors: If you’re looking for an untapped market, check out the Joomla category. There are a mere 27 items in that category and it has a lot of potential.
“Spotlight PSD template is clean, elegant and professional solution for personal portfolio and/or small business website. Originally this was supposed to be dark template only, but I’ve decided to design light color scheme as well. So, Spotlight consists of five page templates in two colors.”
[PSD] A&D THEME 6 colors
“A&D is the perfect design to showcase apps or website. It come in 6 vibrant skin ( only the homepage is done with all colors in the PSD but it will be really easy for you to reuse the style and apply it to the other pages )”
- Portfolio page with lightbox
- Twitter integration
- Customizable header for this who can’t edit PSD files
- Tooltip hover boxes
- jQuery feature box
- Links to fonts used in PSD
[HTML] Fruity OrangeScroller
“Fruity OrangeScroller is second template to great ‘Fruity Collection’.”
“This is a one page portfolio template, with already working five pages – only if you want to use them. With different and clean design your portfolio will pop out from others – ‘Navi-header-three columns-info-footer’ designs.”
“SilverOak is a very easy to customize theme targeted at personal blogs/portfolio websites. It has dropdowns for both categories and pages and a nice featured showcase slider. SilverOak supports threaded comments up to 10 steps deep with numbering for each comment. SilverOak also has a sub featured area which shows your most recent posts in a different format to catch their eye.”
[WordPress] WP Color Video
- Fixed layout
- Theme options page
- Widgetized sidebar
- Widgetized footer
- Google Analytics ready
- Auto resizable thumbnails
[PHP Scripts] Easy Forms
“One of the most time consuming and hated jobs in webdevelopment is without doubt, creating forms.
Think about the many hours you spend creating contact forms that validated the email address or that upload form that only needs to accept jpg images that are smaller then 300 by 300 pixels.
With EasyForms we make an end to this. EasyForms is a PHP library that helps you create forms on a fast and easy way including input validation.”
[PHP Scripts] SPM – Simple Project Manager
“The idea behind Simple-PM is an easy to use Projectmanagement tool. I was searching a while for something like that and unfortunately nothing was the right one for me. So I began to program my own project manager and here it is ”
More Great ThemeForest Items
These are some seriously great templates, themes and scripts but don’t forget that there’s lots more! View them here!
Chatter In The Forest (Forum Discussions)
Here are some of this week’s forum discussions worth checking out and chiming in on. We’ve got show-and-tell, give your testimonial, contests, mustaches and more!
- Share your desk/workspace!
- Official ‘Post your desktop’ Thread!
- Envato Testimonials
- [Winners] Psdtuts+ and ThemeForest Portfolio Themed WP Design Contest!
- Girlfriend VS ENVATO
- Brand New iMacs [OMFG!]
- Movember Competition On The Envato Marketplaces
“Movember is a mustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health.”
Grow a mo and post a photo on the marketplaces and Envato will donate AU$10 to Movember Australia. Every member who grows a mo will get a special Mo badge. The coolest mo, chosen by Collis, will win the coveted Gold Mo (only given away once this year)!
This week’s fantastic blog posts.
- ActiveDen and Activetuts: New Names, Same Awesome Content
- Are you Following your Favorite Authors?
- Deleting Multiple Records with PHP
- New Featured Author of the Week: simonbouchard
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