We are very thrilled to announce that ProBlogger just unveiled a new look sporting a custom Genesis theme. This was a huge opportunity for us, and I’m so thankful to have been a part of it. Special props goes out to Rafal Tomal for the incredible design of the site.
How many times have you wanted to know exactly how many times that link you put in your blog post has been clicked? Have you ever wanted to shorten those long, ugly affiliate URLs? Well, if you answered “Yes” to either of those questions, Simple URLs is the plugin for you.
Simple URLs is a URL management system allowing you to create, edit and track any URL you want.
Now, I know there are URL shortening services out there that will do this for you, but when you’re placing links on your OWN site, it’s a bit unprofessional to link off to a URL shortening service. With Simple URLs, the links you publish will be from your own domain.
We’re excited to announce that StudioPress and several other companies are coming together to form Copyblogger Media LLC. This is a new consolidated company led by Brian Clark, founder of Copyblogger.
First, let me assure you… it’s business as usual here at StudioPress. Our team, including me, is not going anywhere. StudioPress and Genesis will still be our primary focus, along with the first of many exciting new projects we have planned.
We’re pleased to announce that StudioPress is switching our Affiliate Program to the ShareASale network. The ShareASale network has been around since 2000 and received the A Best Web award for the Best Affiliate Network Award numerous times, along with other top performance awards.
Why Is StudioPress Switching?
After speaking with our top Affiliates we better understand your needs and know that we really needed a network that provided better reporting, metrics information, centralized promotional tools and some other capabilities like Two-Tier Commissions. Another great benefit is the ability to create custom links – Affiliates can now link to the Genesis child theme demo sites and get credit for any sale that occurs.
How Much Can I Earn?
You will earn 35% of a customers purchase made through your referrer link.
StudioPress is happy to announce the completed acquisition of ModThemes.com. ModThemes is a WordPress commercial theme and plugin development company. The company, like StudioPress, provides its premium themes to business and consumer customers who manage their websites or blogs on WordPress, the most popular semantic personal publishing platform software in use today.
The acquisition broadens our line of commercial WordPress themes and expands our member-base to over 30,000. ModThemes’ very popular Total Social Widget will also be improved and re-released via the WordPress.org plugin repository.
Welcoming New StudioPress Team Members
Also, ModThemes’ remaining management team, will become part of our team, and brings with it substantial experience, with Bryan Hauer becoming our Affiliate Program Manager and Roderick Sauskojus joining our Featured Designers group.
We are very happy to announce the release of the Genesis Theme Framework. This has been an ongoing development project for over two months and we’re ready for liftoff! In addition, we’re also pleased to announce that two child themes are available – the Executive child theme and the Mocha child theme.
About the Genesis Theme Framework
The Genesis Theme Framework is built on a simple vanilla blog-type parent theme, and can be extended with the use of child themes. Each child theme will come with it’s own home file, which will make extending the parent theme very easy. It will also have it’s own functions file as well. In addition, we’ve built some custom widgets that will make adding content much easier on the User.
Here’s a List of Custom Widgets We’ve Built
- My Tweets – displays an unordered list of your latest Tweets (view widget)
- User Profile – displays the Gravatar of a user, as well as their biography and a link to an about page (view widget)
- eNews & Updates – displays an opt-in box for users to sign up for delivery of your posts by email (view widget)
- Featured Posts – displays post excerpts and a thumbnail to be used in a homepage featured section (view widget)
- Featured Page – displays page excerpts and a thumbnail to be used in a homepage featured section (view widget)
The Genesis Theme Framework Marketplace
We are also in the preliminary stages of the Genesis Theme Framework marketplace, which will allow designers to develop/sell child themes here on StudioPress. You can take a look to see what a featured Designer page will look like. There are two ways to be involved in the Genesis Theme Marketplace:
One of the things we get asked all the time at StudioPress is to offer up various site layouts. Fortunately for you, we have developed the Genesis theme framework to include 5 default layouts, which can be selected in the theme options page. Take a look below and tell us what you think!
I am very happy to announce Genesis – an advanced theme framework for WordPress. This project has been in development for quite a while, and was something that has been on my mind for well over a year. We’re closing in on a beta version, something that we are very excited about!
About the Genesis Theme Framework
The Genesis theme framework is built on a simple vanilla blog-type parent theme, and can be extended with the use of child themes. Each child theme will come with it’s own home file, which will make extending the parent theme very easy to do. It will also have it’s own functions file as well.
A Note to Current Users and Developers
Don’t worry, we have built the Genesis theme framework in a way that will continue making your work of customizing our themes just as easy – if not easier. Theme files will still have organic WordPress code as our theme files do now.
For a number of reasons, the Revolution themes will be moving over to the StudioPress site – and I am asking you to trust that this has been thought out very carefully. There are a number of things that I’d like to work on, and in order for me to move forward with them and to do what I want, it makes a lot of sense to place all of that onto one site. (ie WordPress themes, theme support, design services and other internet consulting)
Here’s an excerpt from the post that I mentioned: