Did you notice anything different?

new-pts-siteSomething looked different when you arrived moments ago to this web site for anyone who've been here before...A complete different design for Pixel Theme Studio along with several other changes have and will still take place between now and December 31st. One obviously is the overall look and style of the site from what it was before. This was a big change and a lot of work but so far so good...feel free to let me know what you think of the new site style...

New Changes for PTS

Since the beginning, I've made a few changes, but nothing overly big, until now. As I mentioned, there will be some more coming through the rest of the year as I prepare for 2011 with yet another project in the works that is somewhat related to this site. But, for PTS, here is an outline of what has changed and why:

  1. New Site Design - A much needed design change was required so I can move PTS into a more blog-like concept and to give a fresh new look
  2. Updated Member Registration and Membership system - A couple features were added and now members will get up to a 25% discount when they renew their Personal and Personal PSD memberships
  3. Articles Stripped Out - I removed a lot of articles that were not really relevant and didn't really solve things for anyone, so I took them out and cleaned up the blog categories
  4. FAQ's Overhaul - I used to have several categories of FAQ's spread over 100's of pages - I've streamlined them down to a single page for each category of FAQ's to make it easier with everything on one page
  5. Comments Added - I've added a new commenting system which now lets people subscribe to comments
  6. Social Networking - I've added a new social networking system into the site so now on select categories and articles, you can "Retweet" the article or let your Facebook friends know about the article by clicking the "Like" button.
  7. Affiliate Program - Although this will start up soon, I've decided to implement a way for anyone to make extra money by promoting Pixel Theme Studio while they earn up to 50% on each successful referral sign-up. I am still working on getting this setup so stay tuned for more details.
  8. Free Stuff - This is a new category for the blog which will provide you with free stuff like website graphics, themes, templates, and anything else that comes along.
  9. Twitter Updates - You can now keep up to date on my site with my own Twitter feed at the bottom of my site pages - or you can follow me on Twitter
  10. Blue Fractal Theme - The Blue Fractal theme has been discontinued to make way for newer concepts (see below for more theme information).
  11. Single Purchase Theme Price - The Introductory price of $10 is over (actually was extended a full month) and now just $15 each and still competitive to others charging $30 +

What is Yet to Come?

I already have some things planned but I will keep those quiet for the time being as I fine-tune the changes they represent. The affiliate program is one that is still coming so hopefully once that is setup, you can start making some extra cash on the side.The only other thing that I can mention here is that themes will be changing to a more blog style for WordPress users. As new theme releases happen, the older themes from 2009 will be slowly phased out or at the very least, redesigned for the WordPress 3.0 platform. Currently, Evening Shade and the Visionary are on the list to be redone completely as they are two of the most popular downloads from 2009.

Comments 

11. Aeris Posted: Thursday, 16 December 2010
good job Andre..i like your themes very much..it worth buying for..thanks for sharing..
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10. Andre Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Quoting Michelle:
No - Evening Shade first please :-)

Nice try...actually, I should be able to finish the new Visionary by Sunday night and then start on the Evening Shade on the Monday (in addition to a new theme).
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9. Michelle Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010
No - Evening Shade first please :-)
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8. Andre Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Quoting Lynn:
Can't wait for the new Visionary!

I often need to enlarge the default font to 14px or 16px on most websites. This usually breaks WP themes, but it doesn't in your website, Visionary, or Corporate 3. The text, of course, flows into new divs, but the divs themselves don't break! Amazing. That, alone, makes me a big fan, as I'm focusing on accessibility and usability.

Thanks again.

Your welcome Lynn...it can sometimes be tricky to make things work in all sites plus browsers is always a challenge (especially witih Internet Explorer which is actually a non-compliant browser). Anyway, thanks again, and as for the Visionary, I started that today and I have to say that this one is going to kick the old one's butt in design and functionality. It's looking very good so far.
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7. Andre Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Quoting Michelle:
Loving the new design and layout. As a new user to WordPress I was lucky enough to discover your templates very early on and haven't looked anywhere else since - all your templates are a pleasure to use and your new design reflects your creativity and ideas - keep up the good work.

Thanks Michelle, that means I'm on the right direction with themes...I hope, lol.
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6. Lynn Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Can't wait for the new Visionary!

I often need to enlarge the default font to 14px or 16px on most websites. This usually breaks WP themes, but it doesn't in your website, Visionary, or Corporate 3. The text, of course, flows into new divs, but the divs themselves don't break! Amazing. That, alone, makes me a big fan, as I'm focusing on accessibility and usability.

Thanks again.
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5. Michelle Posted: Monday, 27 September 2010
Loving the new design and layout. As a new user to WordPress I was lucky enough to discover your templates very early on and haven't looked anywhere else since - all your templates are a pleasure to use and your new design reflects your creativity and ideas - keep up the good work.
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4. Andre Posted: Sunday, 26 September 2010
Quoting Lynn:
Beautiful! I love your style: clean, professional, and elegant. That's why I keep coming here. Have already passed along one client to you and look forward to your affiliate program to do more.

Thanks Lynn...still some things to tweak on the new design but still happy with it. I already had someone ask me if the previous design is available for download (I am considering it).
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3. Lynn Posted: Sunday, 26 September 2010
Beautiful! I love your style: clean, professional, and elegant. That's why I keep coming here. Have already passed along one client to you and look forward to your affiliate program to do more.
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2. Andre Posted: Sunday, 26 September 2010
Quoting peterfz30:
Nice work Andre, your themes are the best I have seen and used. Your old website looked fantastic and this one is looking great too.

Thanks Peter...I kept going back and forth on what to do with the PTS site but then decided to go with this new design to give it a more blog style to it. I actually underestimated how much work this one was and just when I thought I was almost done, I found something more that needed to be done.

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with this one and will see how it goes over time. Thanks again for the comments on my designs and this new one. Time for me to get back to theme development for everyone.
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1. Peter Posted: Sunday, 26 September 2010
Nice work Andre, your themes are the best I have seen and used. Your old website looked fantastic and this one is looking great too.
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