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Style Kits in Make Plus

By Drew Strojny on June 4, 2014

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Earlier this week we released a new version of Make Plus, the powerful companion plugin for our new free drag and drop WordPress theme, Make.

One of the new Make Plus features is Style Kits. Think of them like custom starter themes for Make. Style Kits give you a head start with the design of your Make powered site. When you load a Style Kit, we’ll populate your Customizer design settings for your site with some hand picked style choices. You can then take control and tweak each the individual setting to get things just right.

Here’s the rundown on the rest of the new features we released:

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Widget management in the WordPress Theme Customizer

By Drew Strojny on June 2, 2014

Widget management theme customizer

Prior to April, 2014, modifying WordPress widgets posed a serious editorial challenge. To view any changes made to a widget, publishers had to click “Save,” navigate to a website’s front end, and examine the published modifications. Any mistakes would already be visible on the live website.

Thankfully, the release of WordPress 3.9, Smith, took care of this issue for good. By merging the popular Widget Customizer plugin into the WordPress Core, the latest update lets users enjoy live widget previews before publishing any changes.

Here, we’ll show you how to use this new feature and improve how you work with widgets. Never again will you publish widget content without previewing it first – and that’s a beautiful thing.

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Quick start templates

By Drew Strojny on May 28, 2014

Quick start templates make things faster

One of our most common customer requests is: “How do I set up my website like the demo website?”. The most obvious answer would be to just hand that customer an unwieldy dump of demo WordPress data to import into their website. A slightly better option would be to add a button to our theme that imports this same dump of data into their WordPress website automatically.

When building Make, we knew we wanted to solve this problem, but neither of these solutions felt like a very nice user experience. Dumping a bunch data into a WordPress site just feels sloppy. We really wanted to find a more intentional approach.

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Build a site with Make and win

By Drew Strojny on May 22, 2014

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To celebrate yesterday’s big release of our new Make theme, we’re holding a contest. Two chosen winners will receive a 1 year Foundry Pro membership, which includes Make Plus and all 12 of our WordPress themes. Foundry Pro is valued at $199.

Here’s how you can win:

  1. Download Make for free and install it on your WordPress website.
  2. Build a website with Make. The drag and drop page builder and customization options makes this part really easy! If you need help, don’t forget to read the Make theme documentation.
  3. Add a link to your website in the comments of this post or tweet with the hashtag #maketheme.

The contest will end next Wednesday May 28th. We’ll then announce the winners and also feature their sites in a blog post.

If you have any questions, let us know in the comments!

Make and Make Plus

By Drew Strojny on May 21, 2014

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The Theme Foundry started with a free WordPress theme, Vigilance, back in 2008. Since that day, we’ve focused mostly on premium WordPress themes. Today, we’re getting back to our roots.

Introducing Make

We’re incredibly excited to announce Make, a powerful new WordPress theme with unmatched versatility and style. Make is completely free and hosted in the WordPress theme directory. It’s also fully compatible with popular plugins like WooCommerce, Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, Jetpack, and WP PageNavi. View the source code and contribute over at the Make Github repository.

Free, and our best yet.

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You might think free and think basic. Not so fast. Make is our most powerful and flexible theme yet. In fact, we see it as our flagship theme of the future. It gives you complete control over every aspect of your website, and takes the drag and drop page builder from Basis to the next level. You can build almost any type of website with Make. Here’s some sample sites built with Make:

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5 ways to get more value from your WordPress contact form

By Drew Strojny on May 13, 2014

WordPress contact form tips

On the surface, a WordPress contact form seems simple. Create a contact page, add the form syntax, and click “Publish.” Done.

Unfortunately, that order of operations is a one-size-fits-all approach to a user engagement issue with no one-size-fits-all solution. Your use of web forms should align with personal or organizational goals – not to mention the needs of your users.

If you’ve never thought about contact forms this way, these five tips will help you determine whether you’re using forms effectively. And if you’re not, you’ll learn how to improve your approach.

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WordPress caching plugin basics

By Drew Strojny on April 23, 2014

A WordPress caching plugin can make your site faster.

Can a WordPress caching plugin really improve your website’s performance? The WordPress community thinks so. And we agree.

If you’ve never heard of caching or aren’t sure how it works, don’t worry. We’re about to discuss the basics of caching and the potential benefits of using a caching plugin for your WordPress site. We’ll also examine the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular caching plugins available.

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Our first sale in 4 years!

By Drew Strojny on April 8, 2014

Update: The Spring Sale has officially ended. Until next time!

We haven’t had a sale at The Theme Foundry since 2010! We’re way overdue. For the next 24 hours use coupon code springsale14 and take 50% off the regular price of any WordPress theme in our collection. You can also use the coupon to save 50% on Foundry Pro, which gets you access to all our themes for one year, and normally costs $199.

This is the perfect opportunity to power up your WordPress website with a professional theme. Who knows, you might have to wait 4 more years for the next sale :)

3 WordPress Media Manager tips

By Drew Strojny on March 20, 2014

WordPress Media Manager

The WordPress Media Manager was improved dramatically in WordPress 3.5. Even with all the improvements, the Media Manager can still be intimidating if you don’t have much experience with it. Here’s 3 tips on getting the most out of the WordPress Media Manager.

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WordPress user roles explained

By Drew Strojny on March 12, 2014

WordPress user roles

All of the recent headlines about large-scale data breaches make it easy to forget about the importance of our own internal website security. Luckily, WordPress comes with five default user roles that help you control how individual users interact with every aspect of your website.

Once you understand the capabilities of these five WordPress user roles, you can instantly assign or modify roles through the User screen on the WordPress dashboard.

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