Back in May of this year we launched Cobalt All Access, a bundle that includes ALL of our products, current AND future, as well as a single unlimited license that can activate everything we offer. At the time we offered it as a Lifetime license, but only for a limited time, and then we switched it over to a yearly subscription at a reduced price. Read more “Cobalt All Access Lifetime Is Now Available”
The following is a kind of “moving target” development roadmap for Cobalt Apps in 2018, with the product ideas and updates being pretty concrete, but the order and timeframes left for organic execution. So let’s get to it and lay out the key goals for the Cobalt Apps freelance WordPress developer product lineup in 2018.
First, A Few Points About Some Primary Goals
When I first started out in the WordPress Theme and Plugin dev business I was primarily focused on a specific product. Yet over the years this has morphed into more of a specific area of WP software development, with the freelance WordPress developer as my target audience, and therefore my products lining up with their specific needs. But in the transition I’ve found that many of my products overlap in certain areas or share several features, making it a bit difficult at times to pick the right tool for the job or to know which tool does what. So one of the primary goals behind my 2018 development efforts is to more clearly distinguish my various products so that few features overlap and few tools negate the need for another. Read more “Cobalt Apps 2018 Development Roadmap”
It’s been a busy couple of months to say the least, but I have some exciting new tools and features to show for it! So without further ado let’s get straight to it…
Instant IDE And The Instant IDE Manager Plugin
Last month we started beta testing my latest dev tool called Instant IDE. This is a powerful web-based development environment that works completely outside/independent of WordPress, giving you full control over your WP-powered websites. It’s actually so independent that you can use it on ANY website, not just those running WordPress. Having said that, our target market has always been WordPress freelance developers and that hasn’t changed with Instant IDE. And that’s where the Instant IDE Manager Plugin comes in. Read more “Introducing Instant IDE And A Notable New Dynamik Update”
For those of you who have not yet heard about this latest Cobalt Apps DEV tool I’m excited to share it with you today! It’s called Instant IDE and it’s our first platform-independent developer tool offered on CobaltApps.com! If you’re familiar with our current product line you can think of Instant IDE as Themer Pro, but WordPress-independent and massively refined. It turns any website into a full-blown professional development environment (IDE) in a an instant! And it’s now ready for BETA testing, so who would like to play with this thing and help me work out the bugs and get it ready for prime time?! Read more “Instant IDE: Our Latest Product Is Ready For Beta Testing”
I see it all the time. The angst that comes from that age old question…should I use a Child Theme for my WordPress web design projects? And the answer is about as long as it is multifaceted with many caveats. But I think I can tackle the basics in about a paragraph or two, so let’s jump right in. Read more “Custom Child Themes: Solving A Common Dev Dilemma”
These are always exciting posts, right? You know, logistics and what not. Woo Hoo!! 😀 But sometimes it’s necessary to help everyone accurately understand changes that have occurred or just to make sure I’m being clear in my previous explanations. So bear with me as I answer some common question that have come up since our recent pricing changes and structure have been implemented. Read more “Clarifying The Recent Changes To Our Pricing Structure”
Last week I released Freelancer, our new WordPress Theme Framework. Since then I’ve been hard at work creating a fresh new design for CobaltApps.com using this super minimal professional platform. In addition to the site design I’ve finished up a few new Plugins, and then we’ll get to some pricing tweaks.
First, The Framework
Freelancer is a very minimal, pure theme framework specifically developed for the freelance WordPress developer. It includes a free, lifetime license so that you can use it for as many client sites as you’d like and have the confidence that those sites will have an updated and supported theme foundation for the long haul, with no strings attached. To learn more be sure to check it out at FreelancerFramework.com. Read more “New Design, Plugins, Pricing, And Framework”
I’m writing this candid blog post after many months of intense, focused framework development, and I must say that I couldn’t be more excited! This particular project is quite near and dear to my passionate pursuit for that perfect dev tool to present to WP freelancers everywhere. Everything about it, from the code that forms its foundation to the system that distributes it all, has been purposefully presented to ideally meet the needs of its intended audience. You could say for sure that Freelancer is not meant for everyone, but that’s absolutely a good thing! There are plenty of theme solutions out there that are a good fit for the masses, but Freelancer strives to live up to its name and suit itself solely for those making a living (or looking to start doing so) through WordPress freelance development. Read more “Introducing Freelancer: The Framework For The Freelancer WordPress Developer”
We’ve been expanding the reach of our Extender Plugins over the past year or so as we’ve ported it over to several new WP Theme Frameworks. Our most recent supported theme is OceanWP, an excellent free WordPress Theme Framework worth checking out if you haven’t already. This latest iteration of Extender is called OceanWP Extender and it, like our other Extender Plugins, greatly enhances the customization capability of the theme it “extends”. Read more “Introducing OceanWP Extender And The All New Extender Bundle!”
In this tutorial I show you how to create a Custom Widget Area, add my Social Media Icons to it, and then fix it to the top of my site with some basic styling. I also go into some of the various aspects of how WordPress implements its own fixed top banner on different screen/viewport widths. Read more “How To Create A Social Media Banner And Fix It To The Top Of Your Site”