It’s pretty crazy to look back and realize that I’ve been in the WordPress Theme and Plugin business for almost six years now! That’s a lot of lines of PHP, let me tell you. And each new year that presents itself I find myself ever more grateful to be a part of such a positive and driven group of people, from the WP devs to the bloggers to the all-of-the-abovers. 2015 is no different and as my focus refines I just want to share my projected path for the coming 12 months. Read more “The Cobalt Apps Focus For 2015”
We literally just released our latest Plugin, Focal Point, only to pull the plug two days later. I don’t think they teach that in Business 101, but hey, we’re human, no matter how much power we may yield through our MacBooks. But let me explain to hopefully quell any real concern and move back to our positive progress that 2015 will most certainly bring. Read more “Focal Point Sidelined”
In the screencasts below you will find a detailed walk-through by me, the developer of Dynamik Website Builder, on various ways to create Custom Widgetized Pages using Page Templates as well as other solutions found in Dynamik. Note that this is also relevant to our Genesis Extender Plugin since the features and options used to create these custom widgetized pages are shared by Extender as well. Read more “Creating Custom Widgetized Page Templates Using Dynamik Website Builder – Thoughts From The Developer”
Recently I created a pair of unscripted, unedited and quite in-depth screencasts where I went through the process of designing a website using Dynamik Website Builder. The first screencast focused on starting from scratch while the second one went into the process of Importing a pre-customized Dynamik Skin and then working from there. Read more “Designing A Website From Scratch Using Dynamik Website Builder – Thoughts From The Developer”
Please Note: Genesis Essentials is no longer for sale, but Genesis Extender, which has all that Essentials offered and much more, is still available.
Here at CobaltApps.com you’ll find three Premium Products that share the same DNA, but with different feature sets to accommodate the various levels of control our members need to tackle their latest WordPress/Genesis Web Design projects. These three products include Dynamik Website Builder, a Child Theme for the Genesis Framework, and both the Genesis Extender and Genesis Essentials Plugins. Read more “Dynamik, Extender & Essentials: Comparing Cobalt Apps Products”
In the same way that our Genesis Extender Plugin is a kind of pared down version of our Dynamik Website Builder Theme, Genesis Essentials embodies the most basic and critical elements of Extender. I removed the more complex Custom Options (.i.e.. Custom Templates, Labels, Conditionals, Widget Areas and Hook Boxes) and made the Front-end CSS Builder an “editor only” version.
This is not to say that Genesis Essentials is lacking in any way, just further refined down to those critically important features that Genesis Child Theme users most utilize. Read more “Introducing The Genesis Essentials Plugin”
Getting people to point their browsers to your webpages is critically important, but equally as critical is being able to keep them there and create for them a positive and rewarding first impression. This can be done in several ways, but in this post I’m going to be focusing on design and what NOT to do. Read more “My Top 6 Blunders Of Bad Website Design”
Dynamik Website Builder is quite a mature WordPress Theme with regard to code and feature refinements and has been a solid web design tool for some time now. But there has always been a very important missing element that, I believe, has kept it from being as useful and user-friendly as it could be. And before I beat around the bush anymore let me start by getting straight to the point: Dynamik Skins! Read more “A Fresh Focus For Dynamik Website Builder”
I’ve had the privilege to be a part of the WordPress community as a developer and seller of Themes and Plugins for over 5 years now. During that time I’ve witnessed many fads, phases and changes in business models. I’ve watched some small companies crop up out of nowhere and then disappear as quickly as they came and I’ve seen others find their stride and grow into quite profitable and reputable businesses.
During this time there has been one common thread that seems to keep winding its way through this short history of WordPress businesses and that is the idea of sustainability and recurring revenue. With a few bold businesses deciding to take the leap and be the first to implement license keys and yearly subscriptions for their products we began to see a new era unfold. Now it’s quite common to find “one year of support and updates” tacked onto the features list of your favorite premium WP products. The obvious reason for this is to ensure sustainability in your company as you strive to provide your current and future customers with the best products and support possible. Read more “New Pricing & Licensing Structure For Cobalt Apps Products”
This was an exciting Dynamik update to implement as it involved taking an idea for Skins that had been floating around in my head for quite some time and turning it into a reality. This update allowed me to take the idea of the “Dynamik Skin” and solidify it by making the concept more concrete to the end-user, more malleable to the Skin designer and more useful for everyone. Read more “Dynamik Version 1.6 Takes Skins To A Whole New Level”