A progress report covering how we are doing and the general ups and downs of a free WP Theme and Plugin provider.
Continuing our series (is 2 a series?) of progress reports this post shares the rundown of our last month of going live, what we have been up to, whats the traffic doing and more. Focus, and where to place it.
This has been the biggest struggle this month, and to explain why I need to share a little about where im coming from.
SiteCreate is a project I started to fill a void since moving away from my previous project (an elite ThemeForest author) and initially I wanted to try and step away from WordPress and have some fun by building a HTML page builder, which I did and I think its rather spiffing if you want to check it out. But, launching a site to share a neat tool no-one will use quickly became a side note as I just couldn’t shake the urge to go back to my roots and whip up some WP stuff.
What does this mean for August? Well, read on to see what we did.
Hello CodeCanyon & WordPress.org
August saw the release of our 1st WP plugin, a super-niche affair we whipped up to solve a problem we where having (making documentation easily navigable and downloadable for offline reading), and seeing as we thought some folks may find it useful too we released SiteCreate Documentor for
Check out this months summary of how things are going over at a fledgling WP business.
Continuing our series of progress reports which aim to track the ups and downs of a fledgling venture, this post shares the details of how the past month has gone, what we have been up to and what we have planned for October. Do we start calling these income reports?
We started off September with the release of some premium WordPress products, namely our Really Useful Notification Bar on CodeCanyon and our first premium theme release on Mojo Marketplace, Hames for WordPress.
In keeping with our relentless pace of releasing high quality freebies too, September saw us unleash a free version of our Really Useful Bar over on WordPress.org.
With Envato essentially killing off the marketplaces and authors who built it, sales over there are unsurprisingly flaccid, but we are happy to add to our overall presence so we will continue to use them as a vendor of our products where possible.
Where has this left us? Well, as of typing we have earned a whopping $87 dollars in sales so far, which we hope with some solid investment we can turn in to $87.01 in no time, guffaw.
Now, before I get into this, I need to stress that this is a new project and we are not splashing cash on ads
Sharing something iv never shared before, detailing the start of our Journey developing web design tools, WordPress themes and more.
Im going to try something new here, something iv never really done before in the form of some progress reports in an attempt to document how the SiteCreate project is coming along. Ill try to keep these reports regular (im thinking monthly/bi-monthly) and ill be keeping the details quite light to avoid boredom, so lets jump in and get this show on the road, shall we? Our 1st Month Live
We launched the site at the beginning of July (the timing was not really planned, just something that felt right) and since launch we have changed our approach dramatically.
Originally this site was created as a simple tool to allow users to create there own HTML pages, using our designed-for-you blocks via our page builder (which are very proud of), but as I have a long history of working with WordPress, it didnt take long for the itch to make itself known, so we began designing some awesome WordPress themes we could offer for free to help get our name out there (more on this shortly).
As well as diversifying the site, we have also made huge changes to our HTML page builder which allow us to create various templates. This means when we release a WP theme, we can also release a HTML version AND a version