2020 and beyond…

January 3, 2020 |

If you’ve been following along with Epic Plugins and Epic Themes since 2013 when we first published our post about What is Epic Plugins? you’ll know the timeline is something like this Jul 2012 – Social Gallery Photo Viewer released on CodeCanyon Jan 2013 – Epic Plugins website created for demo sites and content Mid 2015 – Reddit for WordPress and other themes created End 2015 – Epic Themes website created to sell themes May 2016 – Removed most plugins from CodeCanyon May 2016 – I Quit My 9-5 job to focus on WordPress full time Jul 2016 – Co-founded ZBS CRM 2017 – ZBS CRM starts gaining users and traction 2018 – ZBS CRM takes up all time and becomes a full time role Jul 2019 – ZBS CRM was acquired by Automattic, including myself and the other co-founder as employees. Since joining Automattic, I simply do not have…    read more 

Mass Create All Translation Sets with GlotPress

November 28, 2018 |

We’ve been setting up translation support for extensions using GlotPress. If you’re using this too you may have hit the problem of having to add each set one by one, from GlotPress. When you create a new project, it doesn’t have any translations and all translation sets have to be created one by one This was super time consuming with over 200+ translation sets to add. Sure, you could just add the main ones, but why not do it properly and add them all? The solution? Some code 🙂 I wrote a small snippet of code to do this for me, which I hacked in to fire on the first translation set create. This then loops through and adds them all for me. It uses the English name for the name of the set and the default option for the slug.  Be sure to change your project ID (if it isn’t…    read more 

Less is More

October 22, 2018 |

It’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog. Epic Plugins has been in operation since 2012. In that period we’ve changed brand design, and changed eCommerce solutions and even changed hosts a number of times. e-Commerce solutions Since starting Epic Plugins in 2012, we started using WP eStore, which was good at the time but then started hitting limitations around the time of VATmoss. After WP eStore we moved to WooCommerce, for selling annually renewing subscriptions, which seemed great for a time. BUT, again this had some major limitations. Today, we have changed again to use Easy Digital Downloads, it does what it says on the tin, makes digital downloads super easy. WooCommerce is geared towards stores, t-shirt shops, and doesn’t do as good a job for the digital downloads. Hosting We’ve also changed host a number of times. There’s lots of options with hosting and we the…    read more 

Transparency Report – April 2018

May 7, 2018 |

It’s time to kick these back into regular production. As you may have seen, I took a bit of a break in writing these as I wrapped up the year in review post. I think it’s a good a time as any to start them back up again. This post focusses purely on Financials.

Sunday Funday – Day 1 – Epic Metrics

May 7, 2018 |

So, if you read my last post you’ll have seen I decided to start a new side project. This was to give me easy to produce “epic metrics” for my transparency reports. To save me the time in manually putting together spreadsheets and moving them into visualisations (charts) for coverage on the blog.

Embracing Open Startup Culture

May 5, 2018 |

I’ve always been one for sharing the positives and negatives of being an Entrepreneur. If you’re a regular follower of the blog you may have noticed that the content here has dried up a little. Why?  Three reasons.

2017 Year in Review

January 31, 2018 |

It’s time for me to actually write my year in review for 2017. I’ve been doing this for some time now and my previous year in reviews are below. As always, these reports are for me, but if you benefit from them, then I ask you to leave a comment on this post 🙂 it helps me keep going.

The Best WordPress Plugins To Sell Photos

December 6, 2017 |

We’ve covered the best WordPress plugins for photographers, with an emphasis on getting your work shared. But what about getting your work sold? Going viral isn’t much use if it doesn’t translate into cold, hard cash.

5 Simple Reasons You Do Not Want Too Many WordPress Plugins

November 22, 2017 |

How many WordPress plugins should you have on your site? There are thousands upon thousands to choose from, for every conceivable tweak or addition to your WordPress website. It’s great for options and for extending WordPress’s already versatile and powerful abilities. You can transform your site and add amazing capabilities.