Mike Stott, owner and developer over at Epic Themes and Epic Plugins is giving himself a challenge which he describes as a bold and brave development project: 12 WordPress Themes in 12 Months. As someone who loves using WordPress themes, but would never want to have to develop them, I can only say that I respect and admire him. None of this is going to be outsourced. He is diving into it himself and will be writing about it each step of the way, telling the world what worked and didn’t work. All twelve themes are being developed from scratch and will be a mix of both free and premium themes.
In an interesting and ambitious checklist, he is challenging himself to:
- Release a theme on WordPress.org (free theme)
- Build each theme on the previous theme (i.e. re-use the code)
- Have a theme on themeforest.net
- Develop a WooCommerce theme
- Develop a BuddyPress theme
- Develop a bbPress (forum) theme
As he shares with us how things are going, there will be a wrap-up of each theme as they are released, as well as some blog posts. The posts will include great info on how to build a theme and he assures us that the latest WordPress guidelines will be followed.
For those of you who are theme developers, not only will will you learn about the good, bad and ugly along the way, but he is also going to be creating a blueprint to share for where you get your theme advertised, a look at what sequence works when launching a theme, and also some tips on which affiliates worked for him.
As someone who tends to watch what is going on with developers, this is an intriguing project that Mike is taking on. And if you are in the space of theme development, you will want to follow his travels during those 12 months, as I’m sure you will learn something to help you on your journey.
You can see and learn more about his 12 WordPress Themes in 12 Months, from development, to marketing, to lessons learned here.