I’m really excited to finally debut the new WPStartBox.com. It’s been a couple months in the making, but it’s finally here.
Before I get too far, though, I should tell you that it’s not quite finished. There are a few more parts that need a bit of work before I can turn them loose to the public. Sit tight, they’re coming
With the new design the themes take center stage. Directly beside the themes are many of the benefits and features that you’ll receive as a StartBox Developer’s Club member.
Now that there are so many important sections of the site, it was time for a refresh to the navigation. Members (and StartBox users) will find pertinent links under the Members menu. Inquiring minds will find details about the new Developer’s Club on the Join page. Want to see the themes or StartBox features? Just use the Themes menu.
New Themes Pages
Now you can easily click through and browse all of the incredible WordPress themes in the StartBox collection. Click through on any given theme to see specific details pertaining to that theme, launch a live demo, or create your own demo.
Wait. Create your own demo, how does that work? I’m glad you asked!
Introducing the StartBox Playground
With many thanks to Ben Gillbanks on the assist, I’m happy to present to you the StartBox Themes Playground. Here you can register your own site and take any of the themes for a test drive. You’ll have 36 hours to put each theme through its paces before your blog is automatically deleted. Need more time? No problem, just register a new site!
This actually launched a few months ago, but the rest of the site wasn’t ready yet, and I never announced the change. I’ll be writing about this more in depth later, but for now let me just say that the new StartBox Docs are powered by MediaWiki, making them far more community-driven and codex-like.
Better Theme Demos
This also launched a couple months ago, but I forgot to say anything. I’ve made it a lot easier to flip through the demos of all the official StartBox themes. Just hit up demo.wpstartbox.com to check them out.
Training & Tutorials – Still to come…
Not yet ready for release is the new Training section of the site. This will house demo videos, detailed tutorials with downloadable examples, comprehensive walkthroughs and more. Stay tuned for this, it should be ready in just a couple more weeks!
Almost Ready: New Members Area
This is also a little ways away. The new Members Area will be FAR better organized than the current version, with clear access to the themes, PSDs, tutorials, and bonus content. Sit tight!
I think that about does it…
I’ve got a few more surprises on the way, but what do you think of everything so far? Do you like the new design, or is it a pretty boring change? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments. Seriously, tell me what you think.