Instant IDE: Our Latest Product Is Ready For Beta Testing

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”

Custom Child Themes: Solving A Common Dev Dilemma

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”

Clarifying The Recent Changes To Our Pricing Structure

These are always exciting posts, right? You know, logistics and what not. Woo Hoo!! ūüėÄ 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”

New Design, Plugins, Pricing, And Framework

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”

GP Extender Plugin Is The GeneratePress Add-On That Power Users Won’t Want To Pass Up

GeneratePress is an excellent WordPress Theme Framework option for those creating websites for both themselves and their clients.¬†It’s well coded, well supported, and growing in popularity. And the fact that it’s free is just icing on the cake! So it was only natural for us to add this theme to our list of supported frameworks. That, and the fact that more and more Cobalt members requested this latest iteration of our Extender Plugin. Read more “GP Extender Plugin Is The GeneratePress Add-On That Power Users Won’t Want To Pass Up”

New Cobalt Apps Plugins: Child Themer And FE CSS Builder

The past few months have been busy for Cobalt Apps. New Plugins have been released, and as of a few days ago our flagship products were updated with notable new features and refinements. And in all the hustle and bustle I wanted to make sure that these new Plugins get the spotlight for a moment to ensure that our members not only know about them, but understand how they might benefit their WordPress endeavors. So let’s take a look at these new tools and see what they have to offer. Read more “New Cobalt Apps Plugins: Child Themer And FE CSS Builder”

CobaltApps.com Black Friday Sale!

This Black Friday we will be offering all our products, including license upgrades and renewals, at a discount of 35% when the coupon code¬†BLACKFRIDAY is used! This deal will be available between Friday November 25th and Monday November 28th. So if you’ve been considering purchasing one of our WordPress Themes or Plugins or need to upgrade or renew your license, now is the time to make that purchase!

For those celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving! And for those not, have a great weekend!

Regards,

Eric Hamm

Better Communication Begins Today

In the wake of the news about Headway Themes I felt it was critical that I get out ahead of this potential for customer concern and be clear about some important points regarding Cobalt Apps and the products we provide.

First, let me start by apologizing for the lack of consistent communication with our members. There’s no real reason for this other than the fact that I’ve been extra busy on the home front and I’m just not naturally one to chat¬†without a specific reason (i.e.. big news, critical updates, etc…). I’m an introvert and have to make an effort to share my thoughts and opinions with more than my closest confidants, but I’m coming to realize that this simply is not adequate when running a business with a large number of customers expecting to stay in the know. And after reading the latest news about Headway I’ve come to realize that though Cobalt Apps does not share much¬†with that scenario, one thing that I know sounded similar was the lack of clear and consistent communication between the owner and the customer. So that’s going to change right now. Read more “Better Communication Begins Today”

New Servers And An Old Forum

OK, so the past few weeks have been less than enjoyable with regard to finding a new server for CobaltApps.com to call home. I may get into more detail at some point in the future as I’ve¬†certainly¬†learned a lot in the process, but after a few miss-fires I believe I’ve settled in with a combo of a Bluehost dedicated server for this site, and SiteGround shares hosting for my others. Included in that latter group is the vBulletin forum which I recently locked down to move our members over to a bbPress forum setup. Well, that posed a few unforeseen problems, among other things, and proved to be less ideal than I had hoped. Also, I’ve since moved the old forum to its own dedicated domain which resolved several issues I was having when it was in a subfolder of this domain.
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Replacing vBulletin Headache With bbPress Forum Simplicity

bbpress-forum-postWe’ve used vBulletin forum software for our community for many years now and have overall been satisfied with its¬†functionality and refinement. This post is not meant to bash vBulletin¬†Forum software, but to simply explain why we’re moving away from vBulletin¬†and over to the bbPress WordPress forum Plugin. Read more “Replacing vBulletin Headache With bbPress Forum Simplicity”