I’ve Joined Envato

I’ve joined Envato as a ThemeForest Theme Reviewer

This is a new chapter in my life one that further more fulfills my passion for WordPress. To say I am excited about it would be an understatement.

Over the years I tried my best to made an impact in our community, changed some things around and for better I hope, but if it wasn’t for the great people all over the world that I got a chance to work with none of this would even exist.

Here are the things that helped me be where I am today

In 2010 I started reviewing themes for WordPress.org and become one of the admins and later on a senior reviewer.

Years ago I created one of the most downloaded theme called Responsive. My site, theme and service was acquired after 11 short months.

In February of 2015 I founded community’s first Theme Review service and partnered with Justin Tadlock.

Last month I stepped down as partner and my position was acquired by friend of mine Sakin Shrestha.

(Header image: The front of the Envato office in Melbourne)

A Guide to WordPress Themes

Quick guide on what to look for when choosing Themes

I have seen my fair share of Themes and even more of them  since I’ve joined the WordPress Theme Review Team. Choosing a Theme should not be difficult and here are some basics.

Let’s break this in only 2 sections:

  1. Support
  2. Easy to Use and Customize

Theme Support

Theme support is usually divided into several different parts:

  • Forum
  • FAQ
  • Documentation

Helpful and active support forum will definitely be more than enough. The advantage of all three is a big plus.

Theme Experience

No Theme, unless one was custom-made will exactly match needs of the user, but even if it doesn’t it should not be overly-complicated or hard to manage. At the same time common sense comes-in handy.

Customization is almost always mistreated and never fully understood by users. Easy to Customize usually means easily managed via Theme Customizer or Theme Options for some Themes and with the Child Theme in case that Theme does not bundle built-in customizations.

Footnotes

Strive for simplicity, looks can be pretty deceiving. There’s no such thing as the perfect Theme, but it can be customized to match your needs. Read* the overall reviews, number of downloads can help and also check how often the updates are made.