ElegantThemes v2 + Theme Updates

Posted on July 6, 2009 by in General News, Theme Changes/Bug Fixes | 57 comments

ElegantThemes v2 + Theme Updates

I decided that it was time to update ElegantThemes with a new look. I feel like my style has changed a lot in the past year, and I was eager to re-work the design to better represent my interests. With this update I have also done some work behind the scenes. The membership system has been updated to a much more robust script that will allow me to make continued improvements to member’s area. You will already notice that I have cleaned up the design and added some new features, and I will continue to do so in the near future.

I have also performed a database integration between the phpBB support forum and the ElegantThemes member’s area. All users will now have an account automatically created on the forum when they join (all current members have also been added). Furthermore, it is no longer necessary to log in twice – once you log in to ElegantThemes you are automatically logged into the forum. While I am talking about the forum, I would also like to welcome Yuriy to the ElegantThemes support team. Yuriy is an experienced WordPress themer who will be helping out in the forums. If you have any questions don’t forget to stop by!

I quick note to affiliates. I have already uploaded new creatives that have been updated with the v2 style. I have also made an effort to upload some new banner sizes.

Theme Updates

I have completed a few theme updates. This is just a small first round to what I hope to be series of serious theme updates. If there is anything you would like to see please let me know!

1. Code Formatting – First of all I decided to go through all my theme’s css files and re-organize them. They were a little messy and I wanted to make things easier for those trying to do customizations. You will notice that I have reformatted every css file, as well as added comments that separates the code into various sections.Β  For such a minor upgrade this took my forever, (considering most of my themes have 3-4 stylesheets), and while there is still work to be done I think it’s a good start.

2. eVid Updates – I’ve had some requests, after releasing ePhoto, to create a black color scheme for eVid. I have done just that. You can now switch between the black and white color schemes via the eVid Theme Options Page.

3. Wooden Updates – Wooden was among the few themes in my collection that did not have any alternate color schemes. I went ahead and added a few, you can now choose between the Red, Blue, Green and Purple color schemes.

4. Quadro Updates – I have also updated Quadro with two tier dropdown menu functionality for both pages and categories.

What’s Next?

What can you expect next here at ElegantThemes? Well, more new themes and theme updates of course! I am also working on greatly improving my theme documentation, as well as setting up a brand new tutorials section. This section will house basic video tutorials that will explain the ins and outs of setting up each theme, as well as more advanced tutorials that will cover popular customization issues.

I hope everyone is doing well. πŸ™‚ Let me know what you think of the new design and what types of updates you would like to see done to any of my existing themes.

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  1. Really cool !
    i’m thinking about using some of your themes for my 2 websites πŸ˜‰

  2. After reading this post, it just shows you really put the time and effort into not just the site, but all the services you offer as well. Keep it up!

  3. Thanks for the black theme for eVid. Will be downloading that one right away!

    I know this has been asked many times on the forum before, but I’d love for the ColdStone theme featured articles to be on automatic rotation. Some people have managed to do it on their own but my knowledge of javascript is limited and if you had any idea of how to do it then it’d be great.

    Thanks for all your hard work Nick! The themes are amazing and love the new look to the site.

  4. Great news ! ^_^

  5. Wow, I noticed lots of people were asking for Quadro dropdowns just yesterday, and here it is. Excellent, thanks very much.

  6. Wow!

    But see description of Quadro themes in member area.

    • Fixed, thanks! πŸ™‚

  7. Looks awesome, great work!

    I think it would be great if you would make tutorials about how to make certain elements of your designs as well – for members only of course. I think this would convince a few more people (me included) to join the club besides the awesome themes.

    And how is the Glow-Theme going?


  8. You always come out with something amazing!

    A bit late on most things, or a long wait but every time, you just amaze!

    Keep up the good work man!!

  9. Where do you find the time!??!

    You’re the only theme developer I’m more than happy to pay $20 / year to. Your dedication (and the quality of your themes) really shows!


  10. U are so creative. Me Like :claps:

    And hey Have u read my idea I suggested by a comment on your ephoto theme release post?

    Here it is again – For the last Time I promise.

    I have an Idea.
    IN Business theme, you have that scrolling factor on Home page – Carousal.
    It goes from right to left.

    What you can do is – Move the text part from right to left and the image part can go from bottom to top.
    This way on a single click – u can have a two way rotation. It will look fabulous…hope fully

  11. Woha, that twitter thing you got in the corner.. :O

  12. Nick

    I like the new look. Thanks for keeping us informed with the updates.

  13. The new design looks fantastic Nick! I guess that’s to be expected from you by now, but still, great work! πŸ˜€

  14. Wow the new design is awesome

  15. The new design looks great! Sounds like you got a lot accomplished. πŸ™‚

  16. wow I love how the members area looks, great job! πŸ™‚

  17. I think the new look of the site is great. I also appreciate all the hard work that goes into the documentation upgrades. That will make customizing a theme really easy. Thanks for the hard work and great themes. You are awesome!


  18. Great job Nick!! and here I was thinking of going to a different theme!! Now the hardest part is deciding on one to stick with! LOL!

  19. Great new look Nick – and great to see the CSS files updated – keep up the sterling work

  20. You put most of the high profile “premium” theme developers to shame. Your designs are superior, your attention to detail is amazing, your continued improvement of existing themes is unparalleled. Keep up the amazing job you do. It’s totally appreciated.

  21. This attention to detail is PRECISELY why I chose Elegant Themes as the club I would join.

    Thanks and keep up the great work

  22. Wow, all what you do is so beautiful.
    For another update, is this possible to make slide (move) the 5 featured news automatically over 5 or 10 seconds?

    Sorry if i made spelling mistake, I don’t speak very good english.

  23. All the updates are very good and well done

  24. “For another update, is this possible to make slide (move) the 5 featured news automatically over 5 or 10 seconds?”

    Sorry I forget to write that I was talking about the coldstone thème.

  25. Great job! even if I have chosen a more basic theme “framework” for the relaunch of my main site (needed to do quite a bit of customization there), I have your themes on several other sites and look forward to each and every new theme and update! πŸ™‚

  26. This site looks great. Keep up the good work. You provide a great service and I look forward to your updates and new themes.

  27. Waiting for eGamer update πŸ˜‰

  28. Great job! Your work is always first-rate.

    As mentioned above, I would also like to see Coldstone featured images rotate automatically. My only other request would be if you could come out with a magazine-style theme. I use your themes for everything else – but would really like to see you add this to the membership.

    Thanks for all of your hard work!


  29. Hey nick

    i personally like the new look of ET!

    and thank you so much for that update on evid, just something that i needed for my next blog.

    ET forever!
    good job and keep it going, can’t wait for the next new theme πŸ™‚

  30. If you could update the navigation in Influx would be amazing! I love that theme, but the page navigation is pretty simple and would be cool a navigation like e-business’s categories to the pages, because Im using this theme like a CMS to a website.

  31. sounds great nick!

    sounds like you have addressed many of my issues.

    not having to login twice!

    have yet to try it.

  32. Nick,

    What can I say except ‘You are the BEST’

    Three cheers to you

  33. Congrats on a job well done. Nobody could beat this price and the service you offer is just awesome. Good job and good luck on your future ventures.

  34. The only thing you imo could change are comments in your themes, so that not every site have same ones.

  35. Great update. Has Litesource been updated to work with the updated version of the LifeStream plugin? I did not see it in the change log.


  36. great work, the site looks amazing ;o)

  37. Fantastic site… fantastic themes.
    I shall be joining in the near future and look forward to using these themes for some great blogs.

  38. Hey i just saw your update in twitter the new theme looks nice

    Multi colors also or only one color??

  39. Love the new site design! Is it one of your themes that is available for download? If so, which one? πŸ™‚

    • No, sorry. It isn’t available for download.

  40. Your themes are totally awesome and I’m looking forward to delving into more of your themes for my other sites… I’m currently using eBusiness.

    You Rock!!!

  41. Congratulations for updating ElegantThemes theme πŸ™‚

    I love the idea of video tutorials!

  42. I love all your new/updated themes, in particular eBusiness which I am currently customising. They stand out and are so different to many other templates out there!

    Just a question:
    Is it possible for you to be able to add the function you have done for eVid to eBusiness so that you can now switch between the black and white color schemes via the eBusiness Theme Options Page? I love that, it looks great!

    Would love to be able to have the ‘Twitter’, ‘RSS Feed’, ‘Facebook’ or a choice of any others added embedded into the title bar as you have done with the template you use on your Elegant Themes website.

    These two additions would just top it off!!

    Kind regards
    Anita Skinner

  43. I am using tidalforce and I have not been able to get the thumbnails to show up nor have I been able to figure out where to put advertisements should I choose to do so at some point in time. Is this even capable with the theme?

    • Please use the support forum for all of your tech support questions.

  44. I like the idea of theme updates. If you continue to do so, I think it’s good to go beyond color schemes and inject old themes with some additional jquery goodness.

  45. Quick question – what script are you using to manage your membership functions? It’s a lot nicer than before! Just curious as I’ve been doing some research and trying to find a good WordPress plugin, or something that’s easy to integrate… thanks in advance!

  46. It’s really cool template for wordpress. You are really cool.

  47. Hi,

    I am interested in Quadro template.
    In the features list i read “automated thumbnail resizing “.
    Why in the home page each article have an image and the same images is not present in the single post ?

    Thanks in advance.

  48. Not only do I like the new layout site version and the changes you made Nick… I like it so much I changed my theme to one of yours on http://www.ericascrafts.com .. working on it now! And on top of that.. you made this post on my birthday.. how cool is that??? πŸ˜‰

  49. Hello and Thank You so much for your hard work. I love your service and all the beautiful and functional WordPress Themes.

    I do have one request for new themes. I would love to see theme that enable you to display music collections, preview and/or ratings for musicians, music artists, Djs those wish to promote their talents and work.

    Thank you

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