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Annnnnd We're Back

We're pleased to announce that PixelThemeStudio.ca is now under new management! We have a lot of exciting updates and plans for the future that we wanted to share, so here it goes!

Upcoming Changes

  • New Design - We will be updating the site design used on our site very soon while also changing our site architecture from Joomla to WordPress.
  • Updated ThemesWe have already started work on updating all of the themes to bring them up to date with the latest code requirements of the WordPress.org Theme Review Team specifications. We hope to make new versions of the themes available over the next several weeks!
  • Resurrecting Old Themes - As some of the themes have been removed from the Wordpress.org directory, we plan on re-submitting the best of the Pixel Theme Studio themes and again providing excellent customer support.
  • New Partnerships - We have some exciting new partnerships in the works that will allow us to provide top-notch support to all of our customers.
  • New Content - The blog has been stagnant for awhile. We'll be updating it soon with great content such as Theme Reviews, Plugin Reviews, and other WP awesomeness.
  • Discontinued Joomla Themes - Sorry, but starting July 1st, we will be discontinuing our Joomla themes. (If you or someone you know would be interested in keeping them alive, please contact us. We'd love to see them continued, but we're in the WP business and don't do much with Joomla.)
  • Better Communication - We'll be sending out newsletters to our current customers to keep you in the loop with which themes have been updated and how you can access them.
  • Current Member Discounts - We'll be offering all of our past customers a discount on our newly updated themes to make it extra affordable to stay a PTS customer.
  • Affiliate Program - In the next couple of months, we hope to roll out our affiliate program so that you can get paid to promote our themes!

That's all of the updates for now though there will be many more in the weeks to come! We look forward to seeing Pixel Theme Studio become everything it was before and more!

Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd love to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

 

Thanks,

 - Matt

Pixel Theme Studio

   

How to Create WordPress 3 Menus

create-wordpress-menuYet again, WordPress developers love changing things with several of their major version changes, but in this case, their WordPress 3 menu management system is built into the admin now. This is a very long overdue feature and it marks the beginning of making menus easier for the end-user and non-techy savy individuals. Although, it's best to have a WP 3 theme to take immediate advantage.

   

Free WordPress Themes vs Premium Wordpress Themes

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There are thousands of free wordpress themes available on the internet. With so many free themes available why would one opt for premium wordpress themes?

Quality of design

There are wordpress theme designer programs available that allow a user to mass produce themes. Themes created by these programs are often found on free wordpress theme directories. The graphics and design elements are limited to the options available in the software creating the themes. The themes do work but rarely contain a professional design expected by users browsing a company website.

Many premium wordpress themes are built pleasing to the eye to draw the attention of those that expect a quality design for the money they intend on spending. Custom graphics, stylesheets, and designs should be part of every professional wordpress theme. After all, who would pay for premium wordpress themes if they looked no better than free themes readily available at every corner?

Customization Options

Free wordpress themes often have no administrative options to easily customize the layout, colors, and widgets. This leaves the end user with a lot of custom coding to do. If the user doesn’t have a good knowledge of CSS and PHP chances are they will not be able to customize their website. The only other option is to hire a theme designer to make the changes to the theme. Having a designer customize a theme for a user will cost far more than a premium wordpress theme.

Premium wordpress themes should contain theme options available directly in the wordpress administrative panel. Professional wordpress themes may contain color options, site layout options, slideshow options, many widget options, and other options. These make life so much easier for a user that has little to know programming knowledge.

Tech Support

Almost all websites you find free wordpress themes on are not run by the same people who created the themes. Because of this, tech support for a theme you download is not available. Websites that sell premium wordpress themes are often run by the developers of the themes. They are able to provide the support you need when you have questions about setting up the theme or making custom changes.

   

Widget Logic with WordPress Conditional Tags Solution

widget-logicI've talked about this with several users of my themes but decided to write a quick tutorial for everyone to learn how to take advantage of a WordPress plugin called "Widget Logic" and how "WordPress Conditional Tags"  work in conjunction with your own web site. To be honest, I think this should be a standard function with WordPress so you don't feel stranded with limitations.

   

Casino Based Professional WordPress Themes

Las Vegas is all about high end hotels with elaborate casinos and flashing lights. The idea is to draw as many people possible to their establishment by creating an enchanting and alluring atmosphere. It is important to have a similar design mindset when deciding on a casino based professional WordPress theme . Although a website can’t compete with the entertaining environment that is Las Vegas it can draw the attention of potential customers over competitors.

One reason for developing a high quality WordPress casino theme is to build the trust of potential customers. If one is searching for blackjack on-line they are much more likely to setup an account on a site that took the time to create a professional theme than a site that looks like it was developed by someone sitting in his apartment waiting for deposits to flood in.

Whenever a person is sending a company hundreds or thousands of dollars there needs to be a sense of trust that this money will not simply disappear. There are very few mediums to build trust on-line. The single best way to do this is with a high quality professional website design. When a visitor hits a site the first thing they see is the design. Why lose them on the first impression with clip art and a bland design? Make your site stand out among the competition and it will prevail over it with higher conversions!

So what about affiliate sites? Is it important for them to have a professional WordPress theme as well? Of course! Affiliate sites still need to build the trust of visitors so the visitors can rely on their recommendations. An affiliate website should have updated information and a modern design. Visitors should have the confidence in knowing that the recommendations weren’t made 10 years ago and may not still apply.

What are you going to do with your next site promoting video poker? Select a professional wordpress theme that will work for a casino site, design or have a designer create high quality graphics, and build that trust the visitors need to pull out their credit cards and make deposits!

   

Building a Static Front Page with WordPress

static-front-pageI've been asked how I made my home pages on some of my theme demos' while many believe this is part of the theme a person downloads. Actually, it's only partially related whereas the rest is done with WordPress settings. For this to work, the theme should have at least one different "page template" included because it doesn't make sense to use the default page template that comes with WordPress as your home page. In most cases, the page template to be used is often designed in a way that it's unique in one way or another.

   

Get the Popcorn Ready

video-tutorialsComing soon to a Theatre website near you! Yes, movie tutorials are coming soon to Pixel Theme Studio which will definitely give members a much better way to learn how to setup themes and perhaps learn how to create their own design. Reading content works and seeing a static screenshot helps but in many situations, it's just better to offer a visual enhancement with movie tutorials to show how something is done. You can sit back and watch it over and over while you watch and listen as I go through each step.

   

Should WordPress Change their HTML Editor

wp-editor-changeFor the longest time, it appears just by doing a Google search about opinions regarding the WordPress HTML editor is showing a lot of dislike for it's quality level. Many (including myself actually) are frustrated with the default editor WP has included into their content management system. There is a lot of potential for WP to develop over the coming years but the one thing they really need to place more attention to, is their html editor.

   

New and Different for 2011

year2011First up, I want to thank everyone for their support for Pixel Theme Studio which is helping this site to continuously grow in popularity. With feedback I receive from members (and visitors), I've been making ongoing improvements to the site and its features over the last month. With 2011 approaching, there will be a few more changes for Pixel Theme Studio which will solidfy the direction that will benefit the end-user even more. I won't go into everything I have planned quite yet but I will give some hints along with some important information that everyone should be aware of before 2011 arrives...

   

The Unknown Theme Change Syndrome

upgrade-theme-problemsShock, frustration, anger, and the unknown consequences of changing your website's theme for a new and different one is something that is quite common with most people. Unfortunately, everyone on the planet is not a web designer or experienced with content management systems (cms) or themes (templates) and how they really work and relate to one another. Too many times I have seen people get a surprise of their life when they change to a totally different web site theme, only to experience a very different looking web site - with things in places that shouldn't be in those places. In a perfect world, it would be nice to have everything magically go into the right positions when using a completely new and different theme or template.

   

Finally the New Visionary Theme

new-visionaryI know many have been asking, "are we there yet?" "is it done yet?" "how long before you release it?" Valid questions because what was supposed to have been a simple 1-week project to enhance just a few things in the Visionary theme from 2009, turned into almost 3 weeks because I kept adding more and more features to it. I can happyily say that it's finally available for download but there are a few things you should know about if you are using the older 2009 version of Visionary...

   

Fixing PNG image optimization for IE

png-graphicWhile designing website graphics and opting in for the PNG format, either png 8 or png 24, you might notice that everything looks fine in Firefox, Safari, Chrome, even some of the other popular browsers...with the exception of the non-compliant browser called "Internet Explorer" from a company called Microsoft. With this browser, regardless of the version, you will notice that png's look different, especially if you have an image on a background that has the same colour as your graphic, only to discover in IE that is not so.

   
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aboutptsPixel Theme Studio is focused on designing professional WordPress themes and premium Joomla Templates (this site is in Joomla). The goal is to design real world concepts for individual bloggers and business owners with themes that are not bloated with scripts and code.  We create the best WordPress themes and Joomla templates possible by keeping the designs simple and clean.

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