Over the past few years of working within the WordPress space, I’ve had a chance to meet a lot of really great people and teams, and I’ve had the chance to work on a lot of different types of projects. Some of these include commercial themes, commercial plugins, free themes, free plugins, custom web applications, and so on and so forth.
It’s a great time to be a developer in the WordPress economy, isn’t it?
One of the things that comes with running your own business is trying to figure out what you’re best at doing and what you’re fair at doing so you can not only streamline your work, but so you can also make sure you’re maximizing the amount of time you’re spending working on things that you enjoy the most.
So how are these related?
A little over a year ago, I released Mayer For WordPress and have been selling it on WordPress.com ever since.
For those who are unfamiliar with the theme, it offers the following features:
- Mobile-ready on all devices
- `editor-style.css` so that all of the content you write in the Dashboard looks exactly as it will on the front-end
- Designed specifically for the single-author blog
- Offers no more options than necessary to get your blog looking at exactly like the demo
- ..and much more
Not long ago, I placed the theme on GitHub. In fact, for those who have been reading this blog long enough will recall that I used to run it on this site.
Not quite a month ago, I mentioned that I was going to begin open sourcing the themes (and potentially plugins) that we sell on WordPress.com. Right now, this is only a single theme (though others are in development and I’ll talk more about that later).
As of today, Mayer for WordPress.com along with the three (yep, the only three) outstanding issues for the next milestone are available on GitHub.
The initial post was met with some great conversation via both the comments and tweets – some pushback, some not – but I’m excited to see where this goes and I do feel that this is the best decision, for now, with respect to this particular theme.
For those of you celebrating the 4th of July here in the United States and over the course of the weekend, I hope that you have a great time. For those of you who are elsewhere, I still hope you have a great time and find something to celebrate even if it’s just the fact that it’s the weekend :).
As with most other WordPress companies, I’m offering up a 4th of July holiday sale on Mayer for WordPress over at The Pressware Shop.
For the last few months now, I’ve been selling Mayer exclusively on WordPress.com and I’ve really enjoyed it.
The thing is, for those that have kept up with the work I’ve been doing with WordPress over the past few years, you know that I’ve been involved in the development of several different themes (and still am, but more on that later).
The Mayer Demo on WordPress.com
But in working exclusively with the marketplace, there have been a number of questions that I’ve been thinking about as it relates to marketing WordPress.com themes.
Generally speaking, I don’t have answers to these, though I’m happy to share my thoughts; however, I’m definitely interested in hearing your thoughts and opinions as well.