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Founder and Head of Ideas of ThemeXpert. I love building engaging and impactful products! A Joomla! enthusiast and web tech nerd, I love helping people to solve problem in a lean and elegant way. Proud father, husband and family guy love reading and eating own dog food.

New design, better support, powered by DigiCom and more!

New design, better support, powered by DigiCom and more!

After 4 weeks of hard work and sleepless nights, I'm happy to pull the curtain of new ThemeXpert! The site has been re-designed from ground up, specially the backend. We have migrated everything to our own digital commerce software DigiCom. There is still few pages left and one of them is our 'Homepage'.

You may thinking, re-design without a home page! Yes, our home page has never been a key converting page. With this design we prioritize Homepage as last page to deploy.

Our main goal for this re-design is, get ride of all other components we've been using to sell our products and give our visitor a seamless checkout experience. Now we are eating our own dog food and DigiCom and showing the world that, DigiCom is stable enough for live site and can handle tons of data.

 

I'm saving my words for later blog post about our migration process. Let me show you what we've build.

Theme Details Page

Most important change here is 'in page' theme preview. You can see live demo without leaving the website. Also quick information about the theme before diving the details.

Seamless Checkout

Our checkout process was tedious before and now we have a smooth checkout system. You can buy a single product and membership or buy as many item you want, thanks to DigiCom add-to cart facilities.

Inline Payment

Now you can pay easily and securely without leaving our site. We are leveraging 2CO inline payment api and that will be release as an additional add-ons for DigiCom later.

Easy Download 

No more confusing download system. Download your purchase product from your dashbaord and its organized and fast.

Better Support + Policy Update

To ensure better and faster support we modified our forum a lot. Now you need to add your domain from dashboard and get support for that domain. We've updated our support policy too. You can use our theme and plugins as many domain you want but you will get support for registered domain only.

You can, however buy a premier support for only $19 and ask anything you want.

We do not track your domain for product uses, it only used to show show in your forum.

Conclusion

We have few cool products waiting for release and we'll release product more often. This changes is just the beginning of new ThemeXpert and we tried our best to make everything as affordable as possible. I hope you will like these changes and I'm very open to your feedback. Feel free to get in touch with us through our contact form.

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New Pricing and New ThemeXpert

New Pricing and New ThemeXpert

Each and every day our lives brings us gratitude in a form of new opportunities which leads us to a new destination. Getting a long cherished milestone is not easy, it depends on your constant perseverance, infinite endeavor not to give up, and the sum of your total utilization of daily opportunities.

Having passed many of ups and downs, we can say 2015 has been so far a successful year for ThemeXpert. We’ve tuned 5 years old, touched milestone of 65k+ paying customers, introduced WordPress themes and plugins simultaneously, while maintaining continuation of monthly Joomla templates and plugins release; launched two revolutionary application, DigiCom and OnePager.

DigiCom is the first open-source Digital Commerce extension for Joomla which allows us to sooth digital product selling with unlimited flexibility. In order to prove its unmatched possibilities, we are migrating our total website to DigiCom. We hope we can finish migration at the end of this week, and avail ourselves to subscribe for incredible deals, which we didn’t have before because of technical limitations.

OnePager is the first cross-platform to buld one page WordPress and Joomla sites, and it got featured on Product Hunt. ast but not the least, the achievement for 2015 is - we have excellent and talented new heads in the team.

Above all, now we can say with bit more certainties, ThemeXpert is growing with a great mileage, willing to journey the long ways. So, we want to accelerate the stream of great product creation, provide the quickest possible forum support, surpass all the milestones still unchecked in the resolution list, and satisfy our hunger to deliver happiness in the days to come.

To get every intended task accomplished, we are going to make a significant and well justified changes in our business model.

Overview of changes

  • Introducing new pricing plan Business & Developer subscription plan, and dropping Basic, Standard & Pro plans.
  • Maintaining unlimited domain support for Developer plans & limiting others.
  • Technical support and product updates will be cabbed to one year for Developer as well as Single Template subscription plan and 6th month for Business plan after the purchase of a subscription.

Have a look on the individual changes with a little more details:

New Pricing Model

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We’ve a dedicated research team, who are responsible for analyzing every single data of ThemeXpert. Experts found 70% of ThemeXpert clients are Web development firms and individual web developers, who are continuously involved in developing website for their clients subscribing for Standard and Pro plans.

To minimize the confusion and allow easiest access to ThemeXpert templates, we introduced Business and Developer plans and drop the Basic, Standard and Pro plans.

Domain Support

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When you are serving web developers or web templates firms, it’s mandatory to response their forum questions as quickly as possible. Our client-base is growing everyday having over 65K+ customer. If we allow unlimited domain support, we would currently require a huge human resource to reach a satisfactory level.

 Why This change?

Over the past 5 years, we’ve matured as a company, added 60+ web template in ThemeXpert template directory, our customers around the world, and joined industry leading developers and innovative heads in ThemeXpert team.

When innovative members join the team, we are required to maintain their handsome salary and other expenditure. The livelihood of ThemeXpert team’s depends on our ongoing ability to be a profitable & sustainable business.

To make our business profitable and substantial, we want to boost sales. We've stretched down the subscription validity period so that we can get frequent chances of subscription selling and earn some extra profit.

It means the more profit we make, the more we can invest for innovative extensions as well as plugins, hire experienced developer to fasten our development process, and appoint more support expert to provide you quickest forum support.

What about existing members?

Don’t worry, we grandfathered all your membership. Means you can access to our download section and support as you did before. This change will be applicable for new template purchase and membership subscription.

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DigiCom Beta 5 Released

DigiCom Beta 5 Released

Today we mark the beta 5 release of DigiCom our flagship extension for selling digital downloadable product with Joomla. This is also end of the Beta series and we are going to release RC from next week. We squashed all known bugs and added some cool features in it. Lets talk about features first.

Add To Cart Button In Editor

Now you can show add to cart button in any Joomla article. After activating the DigiCom editor plugin you will see DigiCom button in editor.

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Click the button and you will see list of product in a popup

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2CO Payment Plugins

Based on our new core enhancements and plugin API we create two 2CO plugin. One is 2CO regular that will redirect you to 2CO page and another is 2CO inline. 2CO inline has great UX and instead of taking you to 2CO page it will load the payment option in your checkout page.

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 2Co payment plugin will made available after we release RC(Release Candidate). These plugin will be paid and we didn't fix the price yet. 

API Plugin

We have almost finished our API for plugin development and we are currently working on documentation and video tutorial.

Bug Fixs

  • Language fix of all plugins and component
  • ACL fix for add to cart
  • Add to cart refactor
  • Removed add to cart system plugin and moved to more appropriate content plugin
  • Cart module AJAX fix
  • Dashboard view breaks if there is no license found
  • When edit the profile then changing pass is required fix.
  • After save the profile, its not redirecting to cart page.
  • After save the profile, success msg is not correct.
  • on registration if the username or email already in registered, then the warning msg should be come from language and options to login.
  • And more...

What Next

Our team is very busy on the final feature of core 'Reporting'. We are working very hard to wrap up everything quickly. Feel free to share your ideas with us.

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Digicom Beta 4 Released

Digicom Beta 4 Released

Today we mark the beta 4 release of DigiCom our flagship joomla extension for selling digital downloadable product. In every beta release we focus only one or two major feature and squash as many bugs as possible. With beta 4 release our main focus on transitional email template and ensure ease of usability.

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Email is heart of any ecommerce software and DigiCom is not exception. Every time user purchase a product you need to send a beautifully crafted invoice with your brand identity. Now you can edit your invoice with your brand color and personalize the email. You can use separate email and name for your store email.

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1 Click Override

Not satisfied with default template? You can easily change the email style with its override capability. We take the process one step further, with a click we'll copy the email template file to your current template folder. No need manually copy/paste work.

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Plain or HTML email

Not a fan of beautiful template? You can send a plain email too. 

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Bug Fix

We fixed a lot of bug reported after beta 3 release. 

What Next?

In our next beta we'll work on add-on API which is the most exciting part of this project. This is will open all the door of possibilities of integration and new features. We have a list of add-ons to preaper and we'll open a pool next week asking you the most important add-ons you want for DigiCom.

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DigiCom Beta 3 Released - Product Validity, Customer Management and More

DigiCom Beta 3 Released - Product Validity, Customer Management and More

Here we are again with DigiCom Beta 3 update! I know you guys are eagerly waiting for the new beta and I apologies for the delay! This time we focused on product validity, customer management. We refactored a lots of code and optimized DB for better performance.

Product Validity

Now you can define how long user can download this product. You can select lifetime or specific time range. We are one step closer to the recurring billing for product.

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Customer Management Refactor

There was a bug introduced in Beta2 that forced us to rethink about how we handle customer data. We refactored all customer management part and we are one step closer to guest checkout system. Now you can see customer orders by visiting customer page in backend.

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Product License System

Along with the product validity we also created license system for all individual purchase. So you can easily validate payment and give downloadable files to any client. It requires a simple REST API and ACL implementation that we are hoping to introduce on next beta.

Expiration Reminder

We've added a tiny yet useful features in customer dashboard front-end. You will see a reminder icon after your product expire data.

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Clicking this button will take you the your google calendar and fillip all the necessary fields. You just need to press the save button. Google will remind you one day prior your product expiration.

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Update Instruction

Due to database table relation and structure change you have no way to uninstall the old version and install this one. Once we settled down with DB structure 

Next Release

We already started working on reporting feature but haven't quite finished it for Beta3 release. We are on it.

Due to heavy workload we missed Beta3 deadline and we are wrapping everything up so it won't happen again. We are hoping to release new beta bi-weekly.

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DigiCom - Selling Digital Products With Joomla Has Never Been Easier

DigiCom - Selling Digital Products With Joomla Has Never Been Easier

When we started ThemeXpert back in 2010, selling our templates and extensions was the biggest challenge for us (even still it is). Technology has been evolved so fast in 4 years and we saw several good software for Joomla, but the pain remain unchanged.

Our Story of Frustration

First, we tried Virtuemart extension for handling orders and download. Virtuemart is good for selling tangible products. It’s bottled with tons of features, most of them are never used.

Then we switched to Mighty Membership, a membership extensions. For this extension we had to change our business model and entered to subscription based selling model. We are still in this model but we started selling single template from last year which is another painful story.

Membership extension doesn’t have any download manager built-in, which completely makes sense but doesn’t fit us. We had to use separate download manager, and the pain began.

In 2013 we finally migrated to PayPlan which is also a membership extension comes with lot of integration. PayPlan integration with download manager such as PhocaDownload is a real relief for us.

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Its Time To Switch Your Website Theme

Its Time To Switch Your Website Theme

In our previous post we told you that a lot of exciting WordPress stuff is coming from us. I'm delighted to announce the immediate availability of Switch theme for WordPress. Its a one page business team packed with the latest technology and love. Oh yes, it's absolutely FREE!

Switch is onepage responsive WordPress theme come to delight your business efficiency. It's crafted with top-tired technology and will be your complete handy tool for your business. Each and Every parts of this Switch theme is properly combined with balanced items that is good enough to mesmerize your clients. So you can easily highlight your all kinds of business motto and much needed corporate niches.

 If you want to show your new business, corporate, portfolio website or makeover in a elite way, switch would only be the practical and deliberate choice for you. So lets start exploring the theme.  

Switch comes with a full clean layout with and it would be an exceptional way to show your personal or business. You need not to be much hurry to scroll down and down because all things are stated at the top of your website. You will see each and every item chronologically in the same screen. I assure you that it rapidly uplift your visitors and convert them into your clients.  

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Its user friendly option will allow to show your Product Feature more visible to the visitors. It ensures about your product loss and benefits noticeable and keep the best product into the first place. I know you won't believe , so install and explore yourself.      

Switch can be your prototype, it's about us option let you to showoff yourself in a productive way. and you also point out best comments from your clients.  

This well organised and developed theme always be with a simple, stretchable Redux framework. It supports a multiple data type fields, custom error handling and validation types as well as combine with lots more function.    

Performance is yours and our responsibility to show it in a delicate way. That's why, the portfolio section of Switch theme could be your only one place to show the key components of yours with a hassle free options. 

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As a businessman or corporate person you must need to have proper identification of your own teams. Here Switch would be the best option to show your teammates in a organised way. Here you will get the favor to add your team members as much as you can.

Its contact option combines with extra flavor to make perfect business deal with ensure your existence by locating your place.

Oh lastly i have to remind about the latest technology we used in this theme. It's merged with the upto date WordPress version and higher, Bootstrap 3, HTML5 and Redux Framework. And i know you will worth enough to change your taste to select a perfect website of yours.   

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2014 Year In Review for ThemeXpert

2014 Year In Review for ThemeXpert

2014 is been a great year for us. From remote team to physical office, single person to a enthusiastic team and many more. We attended many workshop, seminar, conference as mentor, speakers and organizer. 2014 was the turning year for our company and thought us many things.

Struggle and Learning

  • Scaling our team from 3 to 11 was really challenging and required significants improvement to our on-boarding process, workflow, communication system. We tested a lots of tools and software to make thing easier and I'll share the details on another post.
  • Finding right people for right job is the most tedious and challenging work for us.
  • Communication is key and we still struggling to improve it. We've tried our best last year but I must admit we didn't reach our goal yet.
  • We were unable to focus on data mining and customer interest point as it deserved.
  • We worked on several internal projects but failed to public it due to resources and competence.

Achievements

  • We moved to our 1500sft office from remote working place.
  • We created video courses on Joomla!
  • We created Joomla! SEO Guide.
  • We wrote 53 blog post and all are very rich in content.
  • We rewrote our documentation and moved to github for collaboration.
  • We allowed one developer to submit his template and that was really successful.
  • We started selling single template.
  • We created 2 free ghost themes.
  • We worked on some Wordpress themes and they are yet to release.
  • We worked on Digital Product selling component for Joomla and will release very soon.
  • We started taking custom project in very limited scope and successfully delivered it.
  • We have had our yearly adventure tour to Bandarban.
  • We redesigned our website 4th time.

 Plans for the new year

  • We'll improve communication with clients and on-boarding process.
  • Expose Framework will be re-written from scratch.
  • We'll release our projects that we've failed to release last year.
  • We'll focus on quality and user experience over quantity.

A big thank you 

Without you we are nothing and from my bottom of heart I'd like to thank you for being with us and trust us. 2015 is a exciting year for us and we hope to deliver some awesome product this year.

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70+ Source of Royalty Free Stock Photos for Your Themes, Website and Blog

70+ Source of Royalty Free Stock Photos for Your Themes, Website and Blog

Images are the great source of grabbing visitors attention and lead them to trigger the most instantaneous response that you want them. Images can convert visitors into loyal customers or give them reason to come back again. Don’t believe? let me give you a reason. We are one of the best web template provider in the industry. We find most of our Joomla templates and WordPress themes are best selling comparing to the entire templates and themes in our directory. Later we found aesthetic visual contents is driving the sales wheels more than our expectation.

So, we can say images can express a thousand words within a single appearance. It not only tells its audience what you precisely want to tell them, but also breathes life to your website and help to accelerate your conversion wheel. A research shows that images increase trust, CTA (click through rate), website traffic, and conversion rate. Another research was conducted by HubSpot images in digital media and among the results were a few key nuggets like the fact that photos on Facebook generate 53% more likes and 104% more comments than the average post.

You know images are important. Now the question where do you find free, quality images that cleared to use for your blog post, social media contents and in the section essential for your website?

The answer is sad but true, almost all quality and niche suited images are projected by copyright. Even nearly every image created in the last 30 years is still protected by copyright—a protection that gives virtually every author the exclusive right to use or reproduce their work. But don’t be frustrated, you can find a public domain photo, use a Creative Commons image that might need attribution or even create your own image from scratch. Let’s explore all of links, here are the list.

(NoteI've tried to showcase the sites comes with royalty free stock photos, but before using the image check their license, It could be changed by author anytime.)

01. Unsplash

Unsplash provides free, fantastic and height-resolution 10 stock photos on every 10 days, contributed by talented people. The photos are easy to download, no tweet, no status, and email subscription required. Just visit the website, scroll to choose your preferred images, and click on the download button. You can also be part of Unsplash, just submit your photo and it will be published after verification of its actuality and quality.

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