Happy Valentines month everyone. February has flown by. The end of February also brought with it the end of my two-month period of being in Thailand. So it’s back to Sunny England in the United Kingdom. There’s so much I want to cover in this update….
In this post I wanted to write a very short update. I didn’t announce a reward winner for February 2017. Why?
There’s one thing that has been bugging me for a while about WordPress and featured images.
What’s that one thing? It’s how hard it is to set a featured image from an external link.
Mike @ Epic Plugins
It’s 2017 and this still isn’t easy to do. So I wrote a plugin to make this easy for you!
I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time now, but I didn’t want to write it too soon after I switched (I switched in March 2015). Here is a look into why I moved from Mailchimp to ConvertKit (and why you might want to as move as well).
It’s that time of month again. Time to go through the transparency report covering the income reports as well as giving an overview of what’s been happening with Epic Plugins and Epic Themes. The title of this months report is ‘Living in Thailand’…
Back in May, when I quit my job I hadn’t planned to spend 7 weeks in another country. Let alone the other side of the world. I knew I didn’t want to work in an office environment but I’ve never been spontaneous enough to head out to somewhere so far, for so long.
Continue reading Two Months in Chiang Mai
Phew. OK so this month’s reward took a bit of time to find a winner who replied to the ‘You’re a winner’ email. If you’ve purchased a WordPress Theme or a WordPress Plugin from Epic Themes or Epic Plugins and your subscription is active. Then you’re eligible to win the monthly reward.
Continue reading Subscriber Loyalty Reward – January 2017 – Winner
Theme 2 was launched on the 1st January 2017. New Years Day. This is the de-brief post about that theme. If you’ve not seen the theme it’s the Epic Timelime Theme and it’s available here.
You may have seen in the latest transparency report that I’ve revamped the site, as well as moving to a much cleaner WordPress Theme for use on the site.
Continue reading How to re-write the WooCommerce Single Product Page
Wow. 2016 is over. It’s been a great year. There’s been so much going on that I didn’t write my ‘year in review’. This is partly due to the fact I’ve been doing these transparency reports. But also partly due to December just being crazy busy for me.
Last month, there was quite a lot of change. It’s been the first full month of epic plugins and epic themes being under a subscription based pricing model.
A couple of weeks ago I announced something epic. Subscriber Loyalty Rewards.
Continue reading Subscriber Loyalty Reward – December 2016 – Winner
Well. It’s the end of the third week, second month. Time has been flying this month. It’s the run up to Christmas and nothing is better than building a theme specifically to act as a timeline.
So coming soon is the amazing Epic Timeline Theme. This theme is the second theme in the 12 WordPress Themes in 12 Months challenge.
Continue reading Epic Timeline Theme – Coming Soon
The first theme in the 12 WordPress Themes in 12 Months challenge was launched last week. This followed a 4 week process of coming up with the idea of what to create. Building up the websites which we reach out to about the themes . We also created Outreach List WP – a directory of places to promote your WordPress products.
You may have seen on the blog that at the end of October 2016 we moved to a subscriptions system for our plugins and themes. If you didn’t catch that post you can read it here.
Up to date? Great. The subscriptions system is a way of making it easier for you to get the latest updates and support for your plugin and theme.
Continue reading Subscriber loyalty rewards
What. What is this? Another transparency report for November 2016 being written before the end of November? What… well the main reason for yet another early report is so I can clear my plate for the 1st December 2016 launch of the Epic Blogger Theme.
Week 4. Wow. Already. It’s time to get those skates on!
The Epic Blogger Theme is Launching on the 1st December 2016
The first four weeks have flown by. Week Four has been a bit of a mixture for me.
Continue reading 12 WordPress Themes – Month 1. Week 4. Report
Just three weeks ago I started a challenge. A challenge to develop, market and launch 12 WordPress Themes in 12 Months. That’s one a month for a full year. Each theme being different. Each theme building on the code from the earlier theme.
Continue reading 12 WordPress Themes – Month 1. Week 3. Report
OK. Disclaimer. I found some pretty good developers from this process. BUT it took me longer than it should have.
You may have read in the latest transparency report that I was on the look out for WordPress Developers to join my web agency.
Continue reading WordPress Developers. How I FAILED to hire.
It’s the end of week 2. It’s creeping up to the point where the first theme will be almost ready to be released. A lot of time this week has been spent setting the scene. Reaching out to Outreach partners and spending time being interviewed and getting content prepared for various sites.
In my project to develop 12 WordPress Themes in 12 Months I’ve now settled on what the first theme is going to be. I’m developing an EPIC Blogger Theme. But what does this mean?
Continue reading Coming Soon: Theme #1 – Epic Blogger Theme
Just 4 days ago I started on the challenge of creating, launching and marketing 12 WordPress Themes in 12 months. I’ve also committed to blogging every step of the way. At the end of each week I’ll send out a round-up of the weeks development to the mailing list. If you’ve not signed up yet you can sign up below.
Continue reading 12 WordPress themes in 12 Months: The Project Homepage
As part of my challenge to develop 12 WordPress Themes in 12 Months I came across the need to build up a central repository of websites where you can promote WordPress products.
That’s been my mini project for this week. Put together an online resource that I can add to. A resource that will become useful as the development project continues and starts to gather momentum.
Continue reading WordPress Plugins and Themes. Where to promote your products
Twelve themes in twelve months. That’s a bold statement. Whether this is one theme a month or a few clusters here and there is up to me. What I will do is blog throughout the process so that if you’re looking to do something similar you can hopefully learn from me going through this process.
Continue reading 12 WordPress Themes in 12 Months: Guidelines, Folder Structure and Stack
Happy November everyone. I can’t believe how quick this year has gone. I left my job at the end of July. So a full 3 months has passed with me doing my own thing. Quite a lot of my ‘own thing’ has been doing freelance for others.
Continue reading Why I’m saying NO to Freelance
Month 7 of the transparency report. If you’ve emailed me in October you’ll have got my out of office. I spent most of the month in Hong Kong and Japan (7th to the 25th October). Through doing this I stuck my out of office on and directed support to the new support inbox.
OK. This weekend I was set a challenge. Develop 12 WordPress Themes in 12 months. I’ve accepted the challenge. Here at epic plugins I also develop and sell themes.
I have three themes at the moment, and a heck of a lot of plugins. So through doing the 12 themes in 12 months challenge it’ll bolster the theme offering. But that’s not the only reason I’m doing this.
Continue reading Develop 12 WordPress Themes in 12 months
There’s a lot of decisions to be made when running your own business. Especially when running a digital online business like epic plugins. Here at epic plugins we sell premium WordPress Plugins and premium WordPress themes.
Continue reading Be Bold, Be Brave, But don’t be stupid
Change. Why do we change? We change to improve. Epic Plugins is changing. We are moving to a different payment system and to subscriptions.
Continue reading We are making some changes
What? What’s this crazy title.. read my inbox? Isn’t that me giving away all of my messages?
OK… so maybe not read my inbox. More like analyse my inbox and you can read the outcome. Why am I doing this?
Continue reading Read my inbox..
It’s that time of the month again. My 6th transparency report. Wow half a year since I started to write these has passed. It’s gone so fast.