Wordpress Theme for Offliners - Want a Free Copy?

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Hey offliners,

I'm in the process of creating an "offline friendly" wordpress theme. In the past, I've mostly done "online" marketing type themes.

Here's the thing, those of you who offer advice/suggestions, I'd like to give a free copy of my theme (developer's license) for free.

Now, I'm sure many of you simply use either:

- free themes
- woo themes
- studio press
- elegant themes
- themeforest
- etc.

And that's fine. But, most theme developers don't provide the most basic of offline needs such as a form on the homepage (or sidebar), place to put a phone number (other than a simple phone number in the header) etc.

Here are but a few of the things I'm thinking about:

- Place to put the phone number prominently (header and/or sidebar)
- Form to collect leads (with the ability to send you a CC so you can monitor the success of your clients' lead gathering)
- Google map (this is easy, can be a simple plugin)
- Image slider ??
- Coupon displayed on homepage/sidebar (or at least the option to)

Now, the above bits are pretty standard I'd say but the main themes I've seen online or even here on WF either don't offer those or charge crazy prices like $250+ for a developer license etc. and STILL don't offer the best bits...(just my opinion).

So, what would you guys like to see? What type of functionality or flexibility? I'm thinking more along the lines of a theme that would cater to those selling free, low-cost, mid-range-cost sites....obviously bespoke sites wouldn't use a template (per se).

Thanks and I look forward to your replies.

Again, if you offer ideas that make sense, you'll get a free (developer rights) copy.

Cheers

Scott
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  • Profile picture of the author godinu
    a movable block/widget for contact info with options to make it the contact info for the business, or an opt-in form

    - easily updatable header area
    -slider areas that make sense
    - provide adequate documentation on how to do basic tasks (for instance, elegant themes look great but their documentation and support sucks)
    - simple color changer tools
    plug n play basic features such as background images for headers, body, site itself
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  • Profile picture of the author jrobconsult
    Here are just a few suggestions.
    1. You mention a form to contact leads. it needs to be on all pages.
    2. There have been some WSO's for these plugins, but a Daily Deal (Groupon like plugin) and one that picks up reviews from at least several review sites would be awesome.
    3. Have a slider that would rotate the testimonials or short bios about employees would make it more personable and make the users trust the company more.
    4. On a sidebar have a list of the last 5 blog posts or comments and last 5 tweets.
    5. It can detect visitors from mobile devices and lead them to a mobile landing page.
    6. Can publish contact that will post to facebook or twitter.
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    • Profile picture of the author frisbee5
      How do you create mobile apps for a wordpress site so that people can see them on iphone or droid systems?
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemcghee
    The ability to easily change and adapt theme (basically make the layout look different for each client) is something I've struggled to find in an offline theme. I don't want to sell websites to my local clients and they all basically look the same.

    Facebook Page Option
    Mobile Theme option, where it takes the content from the desktop theme and automatically formats for mobile, without the need to add/edit information in a separate "mobile theme" area.
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  • Some nice suggestions so far...A theme that looks good on both a website and integrates nicely on a mobile phone would be great - maybe a new type of opt-in call to action integrated into the copy block that looks like a smartphone text screen...

    I'm not sure if all music sites do this, because frankly I don't go to a lot of Musician's sites - but I was checking out the Hank Williams Jr. site regarding a free download of a new song he wrote today...

    And I just liked the easy way the download opt-in acted...it was kind of all self contained - you opt-in, same small screen says it's in your email "thanks" - no autoresponder page.

    then it brings up the social sites and has a nice easy link to them...all 1 shot you get 4 links to the customer...

    it's smooth but not overly pushy...like enter name/email and it does the rest...

    Maybe have a look at it - see if it could work for you...

    Hank Williams Jr.
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    • Profile picture of the author webpageguru
      Would it be possible to put in a "live chat" box? A direct response mechanism that says "speak to us now" (in addition to the phone number). Given that this type of website would be for local businesses to attract local customers the ability to chat "live" with existing and potential customers may be a differentiator. Granted that means that the chat needs to be monitored, but perhaps you could configure it so that if no-one is available right now or a message is sent after hours, then the owner or manager could be alerted by mobile or email. Look forward to seeing your theme.

      Martin
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      • Profile picture of the author shanec
        Have the ability to add clickable icons such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype and an optin\contact form in or close to the header with the phone number, so that all of the main ways of contacting a business are above the fold.
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        • Profile picture of the author JOchun
          I agree to this one, would be great if it has this features.
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  • Profile picture of the author k60mall
    If this hasn't already been mentioned but it would be nice if the theme was mobile friendly. Also a widget to add a sms sign up form.
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    • Profile picture of the author umarwaqas789
      the owner or manager could be alerted by mobile or email. Look forward to seeing your theme.
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    • Profile picture of the author JNFerree
      Originally Posted by k60mall View Post

      If this hasn't already been mentioned but it would be nice if the theme was mobile friendly. Also a widget to add a sms sign up form.
      SMS is an obvious element that would appeal to many WP marketers.

      An above the fold "slider" would also be a strong addition with or w/out having to use a short code plug-in to modify it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    Months ago, I started working with a developer trying to do something similar. I had a big call to action arrow that pointed toward an opt-in box, but could have been a phone number just as easily. Then in the control panel, I could switch between a service picture, medical picture, or business picture. This pic was in the middle (roughly) of the page. Each pic could also be customized so that I could put the business name on the service van for example.

    I know there are plugins specifically for this now, but a Facebook page maker option that could be built in or bundled would be awesome so that the business could create/update their FB fan page easily.

    Extensible is the key. Working with some good themes lately, I would highly suggest integrating some good short codes to do a variety of things: special text boxes, buttons, layouts. The themes with these I have found to be of the most use to me when creating new "varieties" of the theme. Some sort of back end control panel within the WP control panel with all the options is ideal, too.

    Lastly, be sure to include page templates! Things like Contact Page, Location/Map, and other typical pages that you could have pre-built page templates so that there is less work to do.

    Just my $0.02.
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    • Profile picture of the author Randy Smith
      And now for something a little different .. lol

      Still in keeping with offline, but possibly an additional theme.

      I have a site at NorthallertonAds.co.uk that is a business directory script (no longer sold)
      It's OK - but would be better these days if it were a WP theme.

      The idea of the usage is mainly as a 'foot in the door' technique (naturally if someone happens across the site it may make a sale of advertising space... but it is very limited)

      What I'd love is a theme where the categories are an A-Z of local business similar to the ones on my Northallerton Ads site.
      BUT
      It would be cool to have a free listing where a business can list their site free in exchange for their email address so we can contact them to offer more services.
      even better if it could then offer an advanced listing with html, graphic and detailed description etc. - possibly some rotating ad banners etc.

      The idea would be that a local client could be searching for a local business and land on the site to a fixed front page - telling them to pick the type of business they are looking for and browse to connect to them.

      For business owners - they would click a link to see how to add their business, enter an email address, and see the upsell to the advanced listing,

      And the overall purpose would be to link to our main sites offering our services.

      Then we could canvass local business and offer a free ad to get our 'foot in the door' - after giving a free advanced listing or including an advanced listing as a bonus, we could sell them on our other services.

      Therefore the theme would need to be easy to get on page one for local searches to show our expertise and make the local business want to have a listing, and we could take it from there

      Does that all make sense?

      (OH - and the theme could be a good seller to the offline niche as an easier way of contacting local business to pitch our services.... if I knew how I would develop such a theme myself and have it as a wso...lol)

      Feel free to contact me if this description isn't clear. I know there are business directory themes available - but I've not seen one that does what I'd like as yet.

      Regards
      Randy
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      • Profile picture of the author ballanrk
        A couple things that have been mentioned but a little expansion of thought:

        1. Image slideshow-jquery like hxxp://fmbluegrass.com. Seems that small businesses eat this up. I have the jquery script if you want it. It works on smartphones unlike flash.
        2. Google maps integration without plugin. Check out hxxp://thetraveltheme.com/. I've used this theme(free) and it easily integrates a lot of things related to Google Maps without extra plugins. That's good for quicker downloads for website visitors.
        3. I may have overlooked Google analytic integration in previous posts which is a small thing but in the admin area allow marketers to easily add the Google analytic code without dealing with the php pages.
        4. Mobile-This is a little tricky if the designer wants to make it an image heavy site BUT the WHITEBOARD WP theme hxxp://whiteboardframework.com/ is a great framework to work with (GET IDEAS FROM) when developing mobile friendly WP themes.
        Post count isn't high enough for PM's or posting url's so be sure to replace the (xx) with tt. And my email is ballanrk@gmail

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        • Profile picture of the author raferj
          Another good thing for local business sites for
          a single business would be a clickable phone number to
          direct dial to that business. Also, not sure if it was mentioned
          but the ability to put video on the site.
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          • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
            Originally Posted by raferj View Post

            Another good thing for local business sites for
            a single business would be a clickable phone number to
            direct dial to that business. Also, not sure if it was mentioned
            but the ability to put video on the site.
            The Click-to-Call plugin does this. I've got a few copies with some recent offline WSO's that I've bought. Works great.
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  • Profile picture of the author amenwolf
    hmm...

    Template
    -Phone number, Header / side
    -Form, side bar / footer
    -address information, footer / side bar
    -Google maps, sidebar
    -Social media buttons, side bar / footer

    Homepage
    -Image Slider, Header front page. (no idea why but most biz owners are crazy about this.

    Others
    -shopping cart, (theme? plugin?)

    Make all the following easily 'editable' and you have a winner for biz owners.
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  • Profile picture of the author Digital Traffic
    I think any new theme for offline world these days would need to have the ability to create a mobile and facebook version of the web site so your clients presence is the same everywhere.

    I'm not sure if this is necessary anymore, but a hcard/vcard in the coding for local results.

    Make the header and sidebars resizable.

    Have multiple layouts.

    Lot of good suggestions here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Colm Whelan
    For me the most important stuff would be
    - as much as possible above the fold
    - At least one CTA widget and preferably more
    - ability to put CTA widgets on every page
    - a popout CTA that isn't intrusive?
    - Google Maps integration
    - ability to autoplay video upon landing
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Alexander
    I think it's been said above, and not that this is what you meant, but making the page work in Facebook and possibly mobile (although I'm not yet completely convinced it's still not better to have a html mobile version) as well.

    I would like to see prominent social "web 2.0"ish icons up top as well. Someone above mentioned an arrow? I like the idea of the sidebar showing an optin box with the width, and some graphics making it prominent as well to focus on a fun and friendly feel for signups to generate leads for the business.

    I've always wanted a better way to get videos to look like they were made to be where they were and not just "squeezed" in some widget or elsewhere. I'm big on customer testimonials in videos and something up front would be nice, above the fold. Although I could be wrong and that could look ugly too, I've just wanted to play with it more.

    Lastly, the overall feel that I'd like to see would be uncluttered, and draw the eye to the important direct response mechanisms on the page. I know it's subtle, but that's just my $0.02 as well.

    And I'd love to have the rights to your theme. It's gotta be good if you're here...
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  • Profile picture of the author Teravel
    How about making it Fluid Width, so it takes up more than 1/3rd of the screen.
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    • Profile picture of the author smartsites
      A couple things that would really make this or any theme rock are:

      A way to change colors using a color slider. The background, header etc.

      The ability to easily specify the header height

      Different page layouts

      Sales page / Squeeze page

      A few different navigation styles

      Testimonial widget that would scroll through the different testimonials

      Preloaded templates that could easily be changed
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      • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
        Hey everyone, thanks SO MUCH for the suggestions! That's why I asked because I had so many ideas myself but you guys have offered many more to think about. lol Which is a great thing. Looks like I got a lot to think about and will get started asap!

        Originally Posted by godinu View Post

        a movable block/widget for contact info with options to make it the contact info for the business, or an opt-in form

        - easily updatable header area
        -slider areas that make sense
        - provide adequate documentation on how to do basic tasks (for instance, elegant themes look great but their documentation and support sucks)
        - simple color changer tools
        plug n play basic features such as background images for headers, body, site itself
        Agree, widget based contact info including opt-in form would be important and on the list!

        - updateable header - check
        - slider areas - check
        - documentation - check (pdf/videos)
        - color changer - check
        - easily change header,bg,body - check

        Great ideas, agree with them so thanks!

        Originally Posted by jrobconsult View Post

        Here are just a few suggestions.
        1. You mention a form to contact leads. it needs to be on all pages.
        2. There have been some WSO's for these plugins, but a Daily Deal (Groupon like plugin) and one that picks up reviews from at least several review sites would be awesome.
        3. Have a slider that would rotate the testimonials or short bios about employees would make it more personable and make the users trust the company more.
        4. On a sidebar have a list of the last 5 blog posts or comments and last 5 tweets.
        5. It can detect visitors from mobile devices and lead them to a mobile landing page.
        6. Can publish contact that will post to facebook or twitter.
        1) Agree - all pages, maybe an option that even if you're on a page/post there could be a lead collecting form below the header, above the pages/posts??
        2) I know about dealpon, didn't know about picking up reviews from review sites, interesting concept. Would be great to see the WSO for the plugin picking up review sites - URL?
        3) Agree - slider to rotate testimonials/bios. That could easily be a widget and/or a shortcode
        4) Agree - posts/comments, even tweets, in sidebar should be pretty easy
        5) I see others below mentioning this. I'll have to consider how to do this exactly. I mean, redirecting should be pretty easy. The layout is something I'll consider ie to an html landing page? If so, could be to m.domain.com or domain.mobi. Or, to work like most mobile plugins that simply redirect to different stylesheets/pages.

        I've created a set of 10 html mobile templates that all validate 100% in W3's mobile validator and ready.mobi but they're not WP pages...will think about how this would work best.

        6) "Can publish contact that will post to facebook or twitter." - Do you mean posts/pages that are added or get updated or ??

        Thanks for the suggestions!

        Originally Posted by mikemcghee View Post

        The ability to easily change and adapt theme (basically make the layout look different for each client) is something I've struggled to find in an offline theme. I don't want to sell websites to my local clients and they all basically look the same.

        Facebook Page Option
        Mobile Theme option, where it takes the content from the desktop theme and automatically formats for mobile, without the need to add/edit information in a separate "mobile theme" area.
        I know what you mean Mike. Will have to think of the best way to make this happen. I think the ability to change layouts is the obvious answer. Many themes I've seen either allow you to change multiple sliders or change layouts based on shortcodes which can be a little fussy. Will have to think about the best way to make different layouts - ideally via the theme options page I would think.

        Facebook page option - check

        Mobile option - Like above, I agree with this. As most of you know, mobile versions should load quickly and in my opinion, despite smart phones handling graphics/javascript well, non-smart phones will struggle. Keeping the layouts simple and minimal is ideal while still having the ability to look good and show most important info.

        My current mobile templates (html/css) show YT videos, google map (static, not iframe), get directions (g maps), forms, images that resize (to a certain size to keep load times as short as possible) so I'll have to see how to incorporate something like those with the theme.

        Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

        Some nice suggestions so far...A theme that looks good on both a website and integrates nicely on a phone would great - maybe a new type of opt-in call to action integrated into the copy block that looks like a smartphone text screen...

        I'm not sure if all music sites do this, because frankly I don't go to a lot of Musician's sites - but I was checking out the Hank Williams Jr. site regarding a free download of a new song he wrote today...

        And I just liked the easy way the download opt-in acted...it was kind of all self contained - you opt-in, same small screen says it's in your email "thanks" - no autoresponder page.

        then it brings up the social sites and has a nice easy link to them...all 1 shot you get 4 links to the customer...

        it's smooth but not overly pushy...like enter name/email and it does the rest...

        Maybe have a look at it - see if it could work for you...

        Hank Williams Jr.
        Hey MMM, interesting suggestion. I just checked out Hjr's site and see what you mean. That looks like a flash optin which is pretty clever. You can see more instances on topspin's site - Blog | Topspin Media

        I'll consider this option. I like the self-contained bit.

        Originally Posted by webpageguru View Post

        Would it be possible to put in a "live chat" box? A direct response mechanism that says "speak to us now" (in addition to the phone number). Given that this type of website would be for local businesses to attract local customers the ability to chat "live" with existing and potential customers may be a differentiator. Granted that means that the chat needs to be monitored, but perhaps you could configure it so that if no-one is available right now or a message is sent after hours, then the owner or manager could be alerted by mobile or email. Look forward to seeing your theme.

        Martin
        Hi Martin - have you seen or tried Zopim chat plugin? I have it on one of my sites but there are others too WordPress › Search for zopim « WordPress Plugins

        Wonder if that would be best as a plugin due to the code to make it work?? Will investigate.

        Originally Posted by k60mall View Post

        If this hasn't already been mentioned but it would be nice if the theme was mobile friendly. Also a widget to add a sms sign up form.
        Yep, mobile seems popular lol. Not sure how the SMS would work. I know of sms services and I think there's an SMS plugin on WF but it's for the US only. Will look into adding an SMS feature that can be self-contained. I love the idea of SMS.

        Originally Posted by shanec View Post

        Have the ability to add clickable icons such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype and an optincontact form in or close to the header with the phone number, so that all of the main ways of contacting a business are above the fold.
        Agree, icons/buttons above the fold (and/or in header area) would be good. Optin form would be good too, especially above the fold for these types of things.

        Re the optin form - I assume you mean for using an autoresponder (aweber, etc.) as opposed to rss feeds. A contact form would definitely be above the fold.

        Originally Posted by razztek View Post

        Months ago, I started working with a developer trying to do something similar. I had a big call to action arrow that pointed toward an opt-in box, but could have been a phone number just as easily. Then in the control panel, I could switch between a service picture, medical picture, or business picture. This pic was in the middle (roughly) of the page. Each pic could also be customized so that I could put the business name on the service van for example.

        I know there are plugins specifically for this now, but a Facebook page maker option that could be built in or bundled would be awesome so that the business could create/update their FB fan page easily.

        Extensible is the key. Working with some good themes lately, I would highly suggest integrating some good short codes to do a variety of things: special text boxes, buttons, layouts. The themes with these I have found to be of the most use to me when creating new "varieties" of the theme. Some sort of back end control panel within the WP control panel with all the options is ideal, too.

        Lastly, be sure to include page templates! Things like Contact Page, Location/Map, and other typical pages that you could have pre-built page templates so that there is less work to do.

        Just my $0.02.
        Thanks razztek - agree 100% with extensible. Like the Facebook idea too, seems pretty necessary these days. Shortcodes also important, maybe adding tinymce buttons on posts/pages wysiwyg editor etc.

        Page templates - agree!

        Originally Posted by amenwolf View Post

        hmm...

        Template
        -Phone number, Header / side
        -Form, side bar / footer
        -address information, footer / side bar
        -Google maps, sidebar
        -Social media buttons, side bar / footer

        Homepage
        -Image Slider, Header front page. (no idea why but most biz owners are crazy about this.

        Others
        -shopping cart, (theme? plugin?)

        Make all the following easily 'editable' and you have a winner for biz owners.
        Agree with all you mention about the template/homepage, maybe even a shortcode for each of those options too??

        Re the shopping cart, will have to think about this one. Do you mean a simple paypal button option or a full-fledged shopping cart? Will consider it

        Originally Posted by Randy Smith View Post

        And now for something a little different .. lol

        Still in keeping with offline, but possibly an additional theme.

        I have a site at NorthallertonAds.co.uk that is a business directory script (no longer sold)
        It's OK - but would be better these days if it were a WP theme.

        The idea of the usage is mainly as a 'foot in the door' technique (naturally if someone happens across the site it may make a sale of advertising space... but it is very limited)

        What I'd love is a theme where the categories are an A-Z of local business similar to the ones on my Northallerton Ads site.
        BUT
        It would be cool to have a free listing where a business can list their site free in exchange for their email address so we can contact them to offer more services.
        even better if it could then offer an advanced listing with html, graphic and detailed description etc. - possibly some rotating ad banners etc.

        The idea would be that a local client could be searching for a local business and land on the site to a fixed front page - telling them to pick the type of business they are looking for and browse to connect to them.

        For business owners - they would click a link to see how to add their business, enter an email address, and see the upsell to the advanced listing,

        And the overall purpose would be to link to our main sites offering our services.

        Then we could canvass local business and offer a free ad to get our 'foot in the door' - after giving a free advanced listing or including an advanced listing as a bonus, we could sell them on our other services.

        Therefore the theme would need to be easy to get on page one for local searches to show our expertise and make the local business want to have a listing, and we could take it from there

        Does that all make sense?

        (OH - and the theme could be a good seller to the offline niche as an easier way of contacting local business to pitch our services.... if I knew how I would develop such a theme myself and have it as a wso...lol)

        Feel free to contact me if this description isn't clear. I know there are business directory themes available - but I've not seen one that does what I'd like as yet.

        Regards
        Randy
        Hey Randy, interesting idea. Although, I've seen some great themes (even know of a guy here on WF planning to release something like what you mention and think that type of theme/site would be best as a separate type of theme. What do you think?

        Originally Posted by ballanrk View Post

        A couple things that have been mentioned but a little expansion of thought:

        1. Image slideshow-jquery like hxxp://fmbluegrass.com. Seems that small businesses eat this up. I have the jquery script if you want it. It works on smartphones unlike flash.
        2. Google maps integration without plugin. Check out hxxp://thetraveltheme.com/. I've used this theme(free) and it easily integrates a lot of things related to Google Maps without extra plugins. That's good for quicker downloads for website visitors.
        3. I may have overlooked Google analytic integration in previous posts which is a small thing but in the admin area allow marketers to easily add the Google analytic code without dealing with the php pages.
        4. Mobile-This is a little tricky if the designer wants to make it an image heavy site BUT the WHITEBOARD WP theme hxxp://whiteboardframework.com/ is a great framework to work with (GET IDEAS FROM) when developing mobile friendly WP themes.
        Post count isn't high enough for PM's or posting url's so be sure to replace the (xx) with tt. And my email is ballanrk@gmail

        -Good Luck
        Thanks for the suggestions ballanrk! I believe I know what kind of slider you mean having checked out fmbluegrass.com. If it's a custom jquery script you have let me know, otherwise I've seen that function on many themes and you're right, people eat it up lol.

        Google maps - totally agree about integrating w/o a plugin. The travel theme looks pretty cool for being free and will take a look at it in depth

        G analytics integration would be super easy - most themes already have this unless you mean something more in-depth?

        Mobile - thanks for the mention of wihiteboard. Will definitely look into that framework. Looks like it uses a fluid layout and I agree, limiting heavy graphics for a mobile version is important. Thanks for the URLs!

        Originally Posted by Digital Traffic View Post

        I think any new theme for offline world these days would need to have the ability to create a mobile and facebook version of the web site so your clients presence is the same everywhere.

        I'm not sure if this is necessary anymore, but a hcard/vcard in the coding for local results.

        Make the header and sidebars resizable.

        Have multiple layouts.

        Lot of good suggestions here.
        Will look into hcard/vcard. Re header/sidebar resizable, do you mean in terms of a fluid layout?

        Multiple layouts - check

        Cheers

        Originally Posted by Colm Whelan View Post

        For me the most important stuff would be
        - as much as possible above the fold
        - At least one CTA widget and preferably more
        - ability to put CTA widgets on every page
        - a popout CTA that isn't intrusive?
        - Google Maps integration
        - ability to autoplay video upon landing
        Colm - re a CTA widget (I assume that means Call To Action, right?) do you mean such as a phone number/optin/contact form/ etc.?

        Yes to g maps, auto-video play option

        Originally Posted by raferj View Post

        Another good thing for local business sites for
        a single business would be a clickable phone number to
        direct dial to that business. Also, not sure if it was mentioned
        but the ability to put video on the site.
        I assume you mean for a skype call yes? Mobile theme would have "click/tap to call". Video = yes

        Originally Posted by Nathan Alexander View Post

        I think it's been said above, and not that this is what you meant, but making the page work in Facebook and possibly mobile (although I'm not yet completely convinced it's still not better to have a html mobile version) as well.

        I would like to see prominent social "web 2.0"ish icons up top as well. Someone above mentioned an arrow? I like the idea of the sidebar showing an optin box with the width, and some graphics making it prominent as well to focus on a fun and friendly feel for signups to generate leads for the business.

        I've always wanted a better way to get videos to look like they were made to be where they were and not just "squeezed" in some widget or elsewhere. I'm big on customer testimonials in videos and something up front would be nice, above the fold. Although I could be wrong and that could look ugly too, I've just wanted to play with it more.

        Lastly, the overall feel that I'd like to see would be uncluttered, and draw the eye to the important direct response mechanisms on the page. I know it's subtle, but that's just my $0.02 as well.

        And I'd love to have the rights to your theme. It's gotta be good if you're here...
        Thanks Nathan

        - web 2.0 icons - check
        - arrow or some sort of call to action would be good
        - i'll look into making several options/areas for videos (header/sidebar/shortcodes) etc.
        - Agree with uncluttered. Maybe that's where multiple layout options (incl. page templates?) would come in. Also agree with drawing eye to important aspects.

        Originally Posted by Teravel View Post

        How about making it Fluid Width, so it takes up more than 1/3rd of the screen.
        Yes to fluid width! Not 100% sure I know what you mean about "takes up more than 1/3 of the screen".

        Originally Posted by smartsites View Post

        A couple things that would really make this or any theme rock are:

        A way to change colors using a color slider. The background, header etc.

        The ability to easily specify the header height

        Different page layouts

        Sales page / Squeeze page

        A few different navigation styles

        Testimonial widget that would scroll through the different testimonials

        Preloaded templates that could easily be changed
        - change colors/header/bg - check
        - header height - check
        - diff. page layouts - check
        - sales/squeeze - check
        - Diff nav styles - do you mean excluding/including links or dropdown menu layouts? Not really sure what you mean exactly
        - scrolling testimonial widgets - check
        - preloaded templates - do you mean like child themes? That could be a good option to lower "code bloat" by simply added child themes. Hmm...will think about this

        Thanks everyone, this is turning into a big project lol but I love most of the ideas here.

        One thing I haven't seen mentioned per se is the idea of being able to add "coupons". I mean, one could simply add a jpg/png I suppose and add it to a text widget but would like to hear your thoughts on coupons.

        Cheers all, will be formulating my plan, laying out some ideas. You'll have to get me your emails at some point.

        Scott
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        • Profile picture of the author Judy12345
          Hi: I'd like to see a small video box for a welcome message so that the site is more personal. That's in addition to the other things already mentioned.
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  • Profile picture of the author asmartbuy
    A theme with a live agent box embedded into the homepage. Actual person, live webcam doodad.
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  • Profile picture of the author abundantlife085
    This may be too obvious but I didn't see it mentioned yet so I'll say it - something that is very well SEO optimized and has SEO plugins so it can quickly be ranked. Also -

    - easy to customize the look and feel of it
    - easy to add video
    - easy to put things where they need to be for someone who is not a Wordpress expert (I'm talking about customizing the sidebar, navigation, header, etc.) Something where it's simple and easy to change things like that without messing with the code.
    - Facebook, Twitter, etc. integration.
    - Could have a variety of generic header graphic templates to choose from for various offline business niches, that could be easily customized if someone wants to make it specific to their business / client's business.
    - Make it easy to quickly add an opt-in form via Aweber, getresponse, etc.
    - Have coupon templates / images that can be quickly plugged in above the opt-in form. These would be common bribes to influence people to sign up to the client's mailing list, that could be applicable to nearly any business - such as: Sign up and receive 20% off or Instant $50 off rebate when you sign up for our mailing list, etc. things of that nature.
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    • Profile picture of the author IMguy123
      I am fairly visual so I created a layout in Inkscape. I tried to think about the best places on the page for all the items to be placed.


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      • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
        Originally Posted by asmartbuy View Post

        A theme with a live agent box embedded into the homepage. Actual person, live webcam doodad.
        Hmm...love the idea but can you show me any examples of this in a WP theme? Would be a great help. Still sounds like something like this would be better off as a plugin, just a guess though. Samples would be great.

        Originally Posted by itsliz View Post

        This may be too obvious but I didn't see it mentioned yet so I'll say it - something that is very well SEO optimized and has SEO plugins so it can quickly be ranked. Also -

        - easy to customize the look and feel of it
        - easy to add video
        - easy to put things where they need to be for someone who is not a Wordpress expert (I'm talking about customizing the sidebar, navigation, header, etc.) Something where it's simple and easy to change things like that without messing with the code.
        - Facebook, Twitter, etc. integration.
        - Could have a variety of generic header graphic templates to choose from for various offline business niches, that could be easily customized if someone wants to make it specific to their business / client's business.
        - Make it easy to quickly add an opt-in form via Aweber, getresponse, etc.
        - Have coupon templates / images that can be quickly plugged in above the opt-in form. These would be common bribes to influence people to sign up to the client's mailing list, that could be applicable to nearly any business - such as: Sign up and receive 20% off or Instant $50 off rebate when you sign up for our mailing list, etc. things of that nature.
        Agree about easy to customize, add video, etc.

        - I've seen a plugin on codecanyon where on the admin page (after login) there could be tutorials for the customer by way of link => popup of video in lightbox kind of thing. What do you guys think? But yes, easy (enough) to customize for clients - agree.

        - Social icons/links - yes
        - agree about generic headers for various offline niches
        - optin form for most major autoresponders - agree
        - coupon templates, lol, I just mentioned this in my reply above - agree!

        Thanks for the suggestions


        Originally Posted by loud1946 View Post

        if there was an easy way to change an existing site for mobile users.
        yes, mobile version (and FB) - agree

        Originally Posted by KarenKramer View Post

        Wow.. tons of great suggestions.... now I want them all. But my biggest need is a theme that easily converts to mobile and has links to social media.
        Lol, I want them all too! Some great ideas here. Will start planning tonight!

        Originally Posted by IMguy123 View Post

        I am fairly visual so I created a layout in Inkscape. I tried to think about the best places on the page for all the items to be placed.


        Thanks for the visual. I'm like you too and appreciate you taking the time to create it

        I'm sort of leaning toward a framework with child themes, what do you guys think? Not saying it will be, maybe all should be contained within the theme, just an idea as you guys continue to offer your insights...will think about it tonight!

        Cheers everyone!

        Scott
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        • Profile picture of the author 4ever4play
          Originally Posted by promo_guy View Post

          Hmm...love the idea but can you show me any examples of this in a WP theme? Would be a great help. Still sounds like something like this would be better off as a plugin, just a guess though. Samples would be great.



          Agree about easy to customize, add video, etc.

          - I've seen a plugin on codecanyon where on the admin page (after login) there could be tutorials for the customer by way of link => popup of video in lightbox kind of thing. What do you guys think? But yes, easy (enough) to customize for clients - agree.

          - Social icons/links - yes
          - agree about generic headers for various offline niches
          - optin form for most major autoresponders - agree
          - coupon templates, lol, I just mentioned this in my reply above - agree!

          Thanks for the suggestions




          yes, mobile version (and FB) - agree



          Lol, I want them all too! Some great ideas here. Will start planning tonight!



          Thanks for the visual. I'm like you too and appreciate you taking the time to create it

          I'm sort of leaning toward a framework with child themes, what do you guys think? Not saying it will be, maybe all should be contained within the theme, just an idea as you guys continue to offer your insights...will think about it tonight!

          Cheers everyone!

          Scott
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          1. A place for citatiions in the footer and sidebar
          2. Easy spot on each page for at least one image and video in the body
          3. A list format (Bullet points or sumthing toward the bottom of home page) product and services portion that can be turned on and off if needed
          4. Similar setup like above for cites,towns,villages etc. to be listed
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    • Profile picture of the author mflorin
      Originally Posted by itsliz View Post

      This may be too obvious but I didn't see it mentioned yet so I'll say it - something that is very well SEO optimized and has SEO plugins so it can quickly be ranked. Also -

      - easy to customize the look and feel of it
      - easy to add video
      - easy to put things where they need to be for someone who is not a Wordpress expert (I'm talking about customizing the sidebar, navigation, header, etc.) Something where it's simple and easy to change things like that without messing with the code.
      - Facebook, Twitter, etc. integration.

      - Could have a variety of generic header graphic templates to choose from for various offline business niches, that could be easily customized if someone wants to make it specific to their business / client's business.

      - Make it easy to quickly add an opt-in form via Aweber, getresponse, etc.
      - Have coupon templates / images that can be quickly plugged in above the opt-in form. These would be common bribes to influence people to sign up to the client's mailing list, that could be applicable to nearly any business - such as: Sign up and receive 20% off or Instant $50 off rebate when you sign up for our mailing list, etc. things of that nature.
      I have been looking all over for a collection of header images or graphics to be used for offline niches. I've seen offerings of 5 or 10 different graphics but usually they are cheesy aren't in the niche I want to target.

      If you could produce 50 header images for the most profitable home service industries and other popular offline local business niches that could be easily interchanged, I would be ecstatic!
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      • Profile picture of the author fitzpatg
        Originally Posted by mflorin View Post

        I have been looking all over for a collection of header images or graphics to be used for offline niches. I've seen offerings of 5 or 10 different graphics but usually they are cheesy aren't in the niche I want to target.

        If you could produce 50 header images for the most profitable home service industries and other popular offline local business niches that could be easily interchanged, I would be ecstatic!
        I agree! There are now at least 5 or 6 themes for offline businesses available here on the Warrior Forum, but none of them come with decent headers for the different offline niches. I have been searching for good offline headers/graphics for MONTHS now with no luck. This is the missing ingredient.

        If somebody made a package of offline header graphics, they would do a killing!
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  • Profile picture of the author KarenKramer
    Wow.. tons of great suggestions.... now I want them all. But my biggest need is a theme that easily converts to mobile and has links to social media.
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  • Profile picture of the author ramohr
    How about good niche graphics with the themes plumber, lawyer, dentist,etc
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    • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
      Originally Posted by ramohr View Post

      How about good niche graphics with the themes plumber, lawyer, dentist,etc
      Yes, that's definitely something I plan to add. Most themes/templates you see on WF don't mention the rights to images AREN'T transferrable to buyers, let alone when they sell those blogs/templates to customers/clients (think FB templates, etc.)

      I've found a resource of a large collection of decent images that would help me create such graphics and I've confirmed with the owner I can use them in templates to sell (and even provide resale rights to) but I'm guarding that resource for now lol.

      Thanks again for the suggestions.

      This theme is going to cost me a small fortune but sounds like it will be killer when done!

      Scott
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  • Profile picture of the author mfgllc
    The ability to add background image that does not scroll and option to change background color.

    Customizable header image.

    Automatic creation of separate mobile optimized site pages supported by the detection of mobile visitors.

    Widget enabled sidebar(duh!)
    option to put QR code in sidebar widget.

    Review form/comment area.
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  • Profile picture of the author bwh1
    Lot's off great advice

    I think that some of the features should not be packed into the homepage, simply to make the design lighter and more appealing.

    Example, the Google Maps. A simple link is enough which some can click and a popup window with the map opens for this info. No need to take space on the homepage.

    Same for an opt in.

    For the opt In I like the popups which stay at the side as a thin line and open or popup after a while. But if you close them they will not disappear and stay, even if you scroll the page.

    Here's an example http://spyrestudios.com/demos/sliding-panel-fixed/

    I've seen those also with the social icon's to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. They look very nice by the way

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  • Profile picture of the author Digital Traffic
    Have the ability to call the height and width of the header, "either left or right justified or centered" and the ability to call the height and width of the sidebars and/or columns.

    I can give you a few web sites that have some of these abilities already, but none have them all without knowing how to edit the code.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Digital Traffic
    I think any new theme for offline world these days would need to have the ability to create a mobile and facebook version of the web site so your clients presence is the same everywhere.

    I'm not sure if this is necessary anymore, but a hcard/vcard in the coding for local results.

    Make the header and sidebars resizable.

    Have multiple layouts.

    Lot of good suggestions here.


    Will look into hcard/vcard. Re header/sidebar resizable, do you mean in terms of a fluid layout?

    Multiple layouts - check

    Cheers
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  • Hi Promo Guy, You got some really good ideas already. I really believe that a plugin that would redirect the person to a mobile site e.g. iphone/droid would be great. Also we all know how important video is, if you can have a sript, plugin, or spot for a youtube or jwplayer, etc. would be great. Header, navigation under header, copy flush left 3/4 of the way over in one column and flush right a video that would be used for promo video. I would love to review a copy and give further ideas. Good Luck, Neil
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    • Profile picture of the author CreekChub
      I'm pretty late to the party, but I've read through this and would just like to reiterate: video, video, video.

      I've looked for than a few times for a theme that would allow me to place a video and opt in above the fold, side by side. Most of the other ideas - header placement, social networking widget, etc. are great - but video next to opt in form, above the fold, would be my biggies.
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  • You have a lot of great stuff here. My list would be.

    - Slider
    - Call me button
    - Easy video embed without using youtube
    - Social media slider on left or right border
    - Easy opt-in box or contact form on home page
    - Mobile ready
    - Easy to change to fit clients needs

    Thanks for taking on this project and I would love a copy when your done, lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author maestropanda
    I would like to see a theme that has the following functions:
    - Automically generate QR codes (like the WP Local Mobile + Qr Code + Social Theme)
    - Facebook Comment
    - Clean Layout & Straight to The Point
    - Portfolio developed into a menu/catalog (template)
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    • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
      Originally Posted by Digital Traffic View Post

      Have the ability to call the height and width of the header, "either left or right justified or centered" and the ability to call the height and width of the sidebars and/or columns.

      I can give you a few web sites that have some of these abilities already, but none have them all without knowing how to edit the code.


      Quote:
      Originally Posted by Digital Traffic
      I think any new theme for offline world these days would need to have the ability to create a mobile and facebook version of the web site so your clients presence is the same everywhere.

      I'm not sure if this is necessary anymore, but a hcard/vcard in the coding for local results.

      Make the header and sidebars resizable.

      Have multiple layouts.

      Lot of good suggestions here.


      Will look into hcard/vcard. Re header/sidebar resizable, do you mean in terms of a fluid layout?

      Multiple layouts - check

      Cheers
      Thanks DT, I see what you're saying. Would love to see some samples if you can PM them to me. My only concern with setting width/height of header is needing the graphics to fit according to the size. Some folks know Photoshop or outsource while others can't do graphics to save their life lol. But, I would like to check out your examples so feel free to PM

      Cheers

      Originally Posted by LocalInternetWarrior View Post

      Hi Promo Guy, You got some really good ideas already. I really believe that a plugin that would redirect the person to a mobile site e.g. iphone/droid would be great. Also we all know how important video is, if you can have a sript, plugin, or spot for a youtube or jwplayer, etc. would be great. Header, navigation under header, copy flush left 3/4 of the way over in one column and flush right a video that would be used for promo video. I would love to review a copy and give further ideas. Good Luck, Neil
      Yeah, I think redirection isn't terribly difficult to do (either as a plugin or built-in) but I'm still thinking about the layout of the mobile site. For example, simple html type sites tend to render fast, validate, etc. and there are several mobile plugins out there but don't validate all that great due to using .png images, javascript, etc.

      I know it's not all about validation but from my research with mobile sites, the simpler the better. I'm open to what you guys think though.

      If a plugin redirects to say a "simple" html style mobile site, what would people like to see? Posts, pages? Or, the ability to control the types of pages that are created? In other words, mobile plugins (from what I've seen) take posts, pages, etc. to create the mobile "theme" but mobile sites IMO are (or can be) their own unique little sites....if that makes sense.

      Anyway, the easiest thing is to show posts, pages, tags, whatever but the ideal IMO is to show a unique mobile site...but the latter would take more time to create.

      Originally Posted by CreekChub View Post

      I'm pretty late to the party, but I've read through this and would just like to reiterate: video, video, video.

      I've looked for than a few times for a theme that would allow me to place a video and opt in above the fold, side by side. Most of the other ideas - header placement, social networking widget, etc. are great - but video next to opt in form, above the fold, would be my biggies.
      Yeah, I'm thinking a video + optin as a "page template". You then get into being compatible with most autoresponders.

      Definitely above the fold

      Originally Posted by razztek View Post

      The Click-to-Call plugin does this. I've got a few copies with some recent offline WSO's that I've bought. Works great.
      I've seen that plugin and it looks cool. Click to call pretty much means skype only right? I would think that could be incorporated without a plugin but may take a look at it to see what else it offers.

      Originally Posted by sconlinemarketing View Post

      You have a lot of great stuff here. My list would be.

      - Slider
      - Call me button
      - Easy video embed without using youtube
      - Social media slider on left or right border
      - Easy opt-in box or contact form on home page
      - Mobile ready
      - Easy to change to fit clients needs

      Thanks for taking on this project and I would love a copy when your done, lol.
      - Slider(s) - check
      - call me button - if by that you mean skype - check
      - easy video embed - do you mean flowplayer or vimeo etc.? I think flowplayer like on optimize press would be good. Yes?
      - contact form on the homepage (and option to have always in sidebar) - check. Autoresponder would mean working with multiple popular services out there. Not sure if a plugin would be good for this but I like the idea of it being built-in.
      - Mobile ready - check
      - Easy to change/fit - I would think multiple page templates is the best way to go or...eventually creating child themes..or both

      Thanks for the suggestions

      Originally Posted by maestropanda View Post

      I would like to see a theme that has the following functions:
      - Automically generate QR codes (like the WP Local Mobile + Qr Code + Social Theme)
      - Facebook Comment
      - Clean Layout & Straight to The Point
      - Portfolio developed into a menu/catalog (template)
      Yeah, I'm thinking of built-in QR code generator that most likely creates a shortcode. Facebook comments sounds great. Some of these can be accomplished by plugins and while I'm all for minimizing the amount of plugins in any site, I'll have to think about if some plugins are best for certain functions. What do you guys think?

      Yes to clean layout - totally agree. Portfolio page template is where I'm leaning.

      Thanks again folks. This could easily turn into a monster of a theme lol but, I love the potential.

      Scott
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  • Profile picture of the author theaer
    What ever you develop, please MSG me when done, I think I'll want to buy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author stephen620924
    Hi,
    I have bought a number of themes but usually find that these are not suitable for my offline clients & my biggest problem is that there is almost always a) No proper documentation and/or user guides for the theme and b) ZERO SUPPORT for any of the themes that are being sold on WF.
    From a usage point of view: I usually find that the themes I buy form WF include a slider but for many of my offline clients there is simply no need for a slider and then I find that I simply cannot turn the slider function off or I cannot modify the slider (or this requires skills I don't have which causes major delays)
    For example, I am presently trying to design a site for a local doctor who specializes in skin cancer treatments. In this case I am looking for a simple & easily customizable theme and I doubt if such a theme would even require sliders. I just cant find anything I like since it seems most themes have huge sliders that cannot be turned off or require technical skills so I am a bit stuck!
    I hope this helps
    regards,
    Stephen Strydom
    I hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
      Originally Posted by theaer View Post

      What ever you develop, please MSG me when done, I think I'll want to buy it.
      I sure will, still putting it all together but I think it'll be pretty powerful when finished

      Originally Posted by stephen620924 View Post

      Hi,
      I have bought a number of themes but usually find that these are not suitable for my offline clients & my biggest problem is that there is almost always a) No proper documentation and/or user guides for the theme and b) ZERO SUPPORT for any of the themes that are being sold on WF.
      From a usage point of view: I usually find that the themes I buy form WF include a slider but for many of my offline clients there is simply no need for a slider and then I find that I simply cannot turn the slider function off or I cannot modify the slider (or this requires skills I don't have which causes major delays)
      For example, I am presently trying to design a site for a local doctor who specializes in skin cancer treatments. In this case I am looking for a simple & easily customizable theme and I doubt if such a theme would even require sliders. I just cant find anything I like since it seems most themes have huge sliders that cannot be turned off or require technical skills so I am a bit stuck!
      I hope this helps
      regards,
      Stephen Strydom
      I hope this helps
      Hi Stephen, I hear ya!

      I know a lot of themes, especially those on sites like ThemeForest, have multiple sliders and you're right, sometimes sliders simply aren't appropriate. However, most themes I've seen or purchased myself that have sliders usually come by way of Page Templates which allow you to "turn off" the slider by picking "static image" type page templates.

      Page templates should give multiple layout options meaning template #1 could have a Nivo slider, template #2 maybe a simple slider, #3 a video/optin form option, #4 static image, #5 no image, etc.

      If themes don't give you these "standard" options or ability to turn off sliders, etc. then you're right, that's no good.

      Also, I plan to create "simple" layouts too because sometimes you just need a straightforward layout: header, content left (or right), lead capture form, etc. and not all the ridiculous bells and whistles that may be visually appealing but unnecessary.

      Anyway, thanks for mentioning your thoughts

      Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author gerardhevey
      Just use a static front page as described at the wordpress codex.
      Creating a Static Front Page « WordPress Codex
      Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Alexander
    It sounds like it has the potential to really be a beast of a theme in terms of availability of features.

    That said, I gotta be honest, I promise I won't think poorly of you when you are so, so mean to others because you gift me a dev. license first over everyone else on this thread, making many have to wait.

    I understand that me being so cool means you just have to move me up the queue.




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  • Profile picture of the author centextkt
    A widget to place all of the citation elements on every page (name, address, phone number, website, email address) would be nice.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
      I didn't read everyone's posts, so I "might" be duplicating here, but here's my thoughts:

      1) Absolutely PLEASE make it mobile friendly! (I know WP3.03 is going to do away with alternate theme requirements for mobile friendly, but in the meantime it would be nice as a standard feature).

      2) Ability to turn on OR off any of the features you stated (i.e., "some" don't want a form, others do, some DO want to allow places for ads, others don't - but many of those themes don't "truly" let you turn them off) I do think its critical to have an opt in form, so I give you huge credit for wanting to do this.

      I've used a few of those different companies, so I agree with the hassles.

      Let me know when you have it done - many of us would love this.

      Amber
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
        Here's what I would want in a flexible "local" theme.

        1. More text on the homepage-- I buy a lot of themes from ThemeForest and one on the things that bugs me is the limited ability to have much more than a few lines of text on the homepage. Give me a headline area and a text area below.

        2. Sliders--Sometimes sliders are called for. Sometimes they aren't. An easy way to turn off/on sliders as well as the slider being able to use both images and video and being able to link to internal pages/posts and external domains.

        3.Header/ Background--Easy to change header and background colors/images.

        4. Free Report--A prominent place on the front page to show your free report as well as e-mail and sms opt-in forms.

        5. Go easy on graphic design-- Many themes on ThemeForest are over designed. It seems the creator doesn't account for purchasers modifying the graphics and colors. Don't use design elements that make that difficult.

        6. Homepage Formatting-- I've also noticed many Theme Forest themes feature three or four text blocks below the slider. It would be great if we had the option of choosing how many blocks we want for a particular project. As is stands, for most themes I've purchased this is not an option.

        That's all I got

        Kevin
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        • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
          Originally Posted by Nathan Alexander View Post

          It sounds like it has the potential to really be a beast of a theme in terms of availability of features.

          That said, I gotta be honest, I promise I won't think poorly of you when you are so, so mean to others because you gift me a dev. license first over everyone else on this thread, making many have to wait.

          I understand that me being so cool means you just have to move me up the queue.

          I agree Nathan, what I thought would be relatively straight forward sounds like it could turn into a very feature-rich theme but I like challenges lol

          lol - well, I may call on some of you to be beta-testers

          Originally Posted by centextkt View Post

          A widget to place all of the citation elements on every page (name, address, phone number, website, email address) would be nice.
          Yes, I'd planned on this too

          Originally Posted by dimeco View Post

          I didn't read everyone's posts, so I "might" be duplicating here, but here's my thoughts:

          1) Absolutely PLEASE make it mobile friendly! (I know WP3.03 is going to do away with alternate theme requirements for mobile friendly, but in the meantime it would be nice as a standard feature).

          2) Ability to turn on OR off any of the features you stated (i.e., "some" don't want a form, others do, some DO want to allow places for ads, others don't - but many of those themes don't "truly" let you turn them off) I do think its critical to have an opt in form, so I give you huge credit for wanting to do this.

          I've used a few of those different companies, so I agree with the hassles.

          Let me know when you have it done - many of us would love this.

          Amber
          I agree, still plan on making it mobile friendly and FB friendly. I think one other theme on WF that does something similar is just using different style sheets (and probably page/post templates, not sure). Redirecting based on mobile phones and/or screen size would be easy enough for redirection but I'm still inclined to keep the mobile template simple and validate (as much as possible) so no unnecessary or fancy image sliders (unless people want that), rather display content that is most important when someone needs info they're seeking on a mobile.

          Totally agree on the ability to turn on/off features - absolutely! Will let you know when it's done. There are a lot of great suggestions and I want to plan this out properly.

          Originally Posted by Kevin AKA Hubcap View Post

          Here's what I would want in a flexible "local" theme.

          1. More text on the homepage-- I buy a lot of themes from ThemeForest and one on the things that bugs me is the limited ability to have much more than a few lines of text on the homepage. Give me a headline area and a text area below.

          2. Sliders--Sometimes sliders are called for. Sometimes they aren't. An easy way to turn off/on sliders as well as the slider being able to use both images and video and being able to link to internal pages/posts and external domains.

          3.Header/ Background--Easy to change header and background colors/images.

          4. Free Report--A prominent place on the front page to show your free report as well as e-mail and sms opt-in forms.

          5. Go easy on graphic design-- Many themes on ThemeForest are over designed. It seems the creator doesn't account for purchasers modifying the graphics and colors. Don't use design elements that make that difficult.

          6. Homepage Formatting-- I've also noticed many Theme Forest themes feature three or four text blocks below the slider. It would be great if we had the option of choosing how many blocks we want for a particular project. As is stands, for most themes I've purchased this is not an option.

          That's all I got

          Kevin
          Agree with you Kevin about more text on the homepage. I've done a few sites for offline clients using StudioPress and the latest 2 sites I did both had sliders but that's what the clients wanted. I envision a theme that CAN have sliders/images/loads of functions but also one that can be simple and just have a header, content, sidebar if one wanted.

          Yes - header/bg easy to change

          I agree on design elements that make it hard to change. Most folks don't have Photoshop or know how to or even want to design. Again, I see a theme that is simple yet allows the user to modify through the theme options, maybe some custom post types, etc. Good points.

          Thanks again folks...lots to consider here lol
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          • Profile picture of the author IMguy123
            Originally Posted by promo_guy View Post

            I agree Nathan, what I thought would be relatively straight forward sounds like it could turn into a very feature-rich theme but I like challenges lol

            lol - well, I may call on some of you to be beta-testers
            I will help beta test it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TJ Kazunga
    Two things - the ability to have a jquery slider and sidebar for the homepage. Lots of themes give you a slider but you cant have a sidebar as well.

    You mentioned coupons, but just make them well designed. Printable, bar codes. dotted lines etc.

    Incorporate YouTube API in theme build as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author edem_sosu
    Originally Posted by promo_guy View Post

    Hey offliners,

    I'm in the process of creating an "offline friendly" wordpress theme. In the past, I've mostly done "online" marketing type themes.

    Here's the thing, those of you who offer advice/suggestions, I'd like to give a free copy of my theme (developer's license) for free.

    Now, I'm sure many of you simply use either:

    - free themes
    - woo themes
    - studio press
    - elegant themes
    - themeforest
    - etc.

    And that's fine. But, most theme developers don't provide the most basic of offline needs such as a form on the homepage (or sidebar), place to put a phone number (other than a simple phone number in the header) etc.

    Here are but a few of the things I'm thinking about:

    - Place to put the phone number prominently (header and/or sidebar)
    - Form to collect leads (with the ability to send you a CC so you can monitor the success of your clients' lead gathering)
    - Google map (this is easy, can be a simple plugin)
    - Image slider ??
    - Coupon displayed on homepage/sidebar (or at least the option to)

    Now, the above bits are pretty standard I'd say but the main themes I've seen online or even here on WF either don't offer those or charge crazy prices like $250+ for a developer license etc. and STILL don't offer the best bits...(just my opinion).

    So, what would you guys like to see? What type of functionality or flexibility? I'm thinking more along the lines of a theme that would cater to those selling free, low-cost, mid-range-cost sites....obviously bespoke sites wouldn't use a template (per se).

    Thanks and I look forward to your replies.

    Again, if you offer ideas that make sense, you'll get a free (developer rights) copy.

    Cheers

    Scott
    Hi Scott,
    I think your theme should have the following:

    1.The phone number should be on the header unless the user wants it otherwise.It should be one of the first things a visitor sees.

    2.The optin form should be on the right in the sidebar just below the header.

    3.Image slider just below the header and navigation will be brilliant.Why?I hear you ask.Because the changing slider images will cause visitors to pay attention to the information on the slider.

    4.A Gallery page template would be ideal for businesses like photographers and florists who would like to display their products in a gallery.

    Wishing all the best with your project.
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  • Profile picture of the author Not So New
    Hey Scott,

    Would definitely be interested in a very simple, professional looking theme that I could set up for my clients fairly quickly. (low to mid range price tag)

    Definitely an image gallery and is nice one the main page doesn't have to scroll.

    Looking forward to see what you come up with as I'm definitely looking for a simple solution.

    Shawn
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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    I've seen a lot of themes with a slider and then three or four feature boxes, and they're very stylish. However, there isn't really a place on the front page to put an opt in box. Also, I'd love some place to show the latest articles or blog posts, maybe below the feature boxes, or on the right in a sidebar..
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    • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
      Originally Posted by IMguy123 View Post

      I will help beta test it.
      Thanks mate, will let you know!

      Originally Posted by TJ Kazunga View Post

      Two things - the ability to have a jquery slider and sidebar for the homepage. Lots of themes give you a slider but you cant have a sidebar as well.

      You mentioned coupons, but just make them well designed. Printable, bar codes. dotted lines etc.

      Incorporate YouTube API in theme build as well.
      Good point about slider + sidebar. A couple folks have kindly sent PMs showing themes that are very interesting. One of the main things I'm hearing is the ability to add/delete/turn on/turn off features (sliders, optin forms, videos) etc. so I'm really liking the ability to offer those types of features.

      Coupons

      - printable - yes
      - bar codes - will consider how to do this one (or did you mean qr codes?)
      - dotted lines - yes (I've got a few ideas)

      Cheers

      Originally Posted by edem_sosu View Post

      Hi Scott,
      I think your theme should have the following:

      1.The phone number should be on the header unless the user wants it otherwise.It should be one of the first things a visitor sees.

      2.The optin form should be on the right in the sidebar just below the header.

      3.Image slider just below the header and navigation will be brilliant.Why?I hear you ask.Because the changing slider images will cause visitors to pay attention to the information on the slider.

      4.A Gallery page template would be ideal for businesses like photographers and florists who would like to display their products in a gallery.

      Wishing all the best with your project.
      1) Yes - should be prominent for sure!
      2) Yes - would also like to give a few ways/places to use optin (header, sidebar, etc.)
      3) Yes - agree
      4) Yes - definitely a portfolio/gallery page

      Many thanks

      Originally Posted by Not So New View Post

      Hey Scott,

      Would definitely be interested in a very simple, professional looking theme that I could set up for my clients fairly quickly. (low to mid range price tag)

      Definitely an image gallery and is nice one the main page doesn't have to scroll.

      Looking forward to see what you come up with as I'm definitely looking for a simple solution.

      Shawn
      Thanks Shawn, I agree with the ability to create simple/professional looking themes too. I'm going to marry the ability to create a custom theme but also a simple theme too...I feel that's very important.

      I like the idea of a main page that doesn't scroll too

      Cheers

      Originally Posted by Audrey Harvey View Post

      I've seen a lot of themes with a slider and then three or four feature boxes, and they're very stylish. However, there isn't really a place on the front page to put an opt in box. Also, I'd love some place to show the latest articles or blog posts, maybe below the feature boxes, or on the right in a sidebar..
      Thanks Audrey, good points. I also got your PM which was helpful.

      The ideas you guys have are great and the functionality of the theme is evolving along nicely. My goal is to create something that is robust enough to create a unique theme each time but simple enough to get a site up and running quickly. Hope that makes sense.

      Will be working on it this weekend!

      Cheers everyone
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen
      Hi,

      I noticed some people mentioned making a mobile friendly version.

      Google for "responsive wordpress themes" for some ideas of the way a wordpress site can be programmed to display on any size screen from desktop on down to small smartphones. I like the idea since you don't have to maintain a separate mobile version of your site.

      Karen
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    • Profile picture of the author standfast999
      have the option in header click to call or click to request a call to support advanced ppc conversion tracking!
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    • Profile picture of the author IbbyatLytham
      I think most of what I wanted to add is already covered - but hey - just in case.
      Adjustable content similar to that of the 2010 weaver theme.
      It's very important for people who don't have .css or .php
      knowledge to be able to simply tick boxes, update and then
      see the intended/desired result.

      Yes a nice simple form on the right hand side would be
      a brilliant feature and as already mentioned I think it's important
      that this contact form shows up on the right hand sidebar on
      every single page.

      I agree that it should be able to dectect a request from a mobile
      page and push that request to a mobile version of the site. This
      is becoming more and more important.

      It would be great if it was easy to insert and position images other
      than just align left, center, right etc.

      Overall - a theme that is easy to customize (similar to the tick a box and you're done Weaver themes) would be absolutely fantastic.
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    • Profile picture of the author sowerby
      Well this sounds like it could be a killer theme!

      So it is going to be really hard to add anything that someone has not already mentioned.

      Scrolling testimonials, I know this can be added through plugins but the more versatile the theme is then the less need to overload it with plugins.

      A more personal about us page show casing all staff and a possible employer of the month feature for the business. Staff moral is really important within a local business, well any business

      Of course mobile ready and an optin form that can be easily customized to each individual client.

      Also the theme to be very easy to customize so it would not look to similar to each client you create sites for.

      Usual integration to social sites and possible easy to take the theme and create a Facebook Fanpage and Google + page for the business

      Looking forward to seeing this in action!

      Craig
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      • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
        Just a quick update for anyone wanting to know....

        No, it did not release yesterday - had some minor issues with the support and members area scripts.

        I hope that it will be released either tonight or tomorrow at the latest.

        So far the reviews have been great

        Amber
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        • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
          This is probably a dumb question.... :p

          but for those asking about the theme concepts, how important is it to have documentation about the theme?

          By that I mean:

          - simple documentation
          - detailed with screenshots
          - video?

          I know some are really advanced in wp and can get around quickly, but others might not be, so I figured I'd best ask the preference.

          Amber
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          • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
            Screenshots and videos are best for newbies otherwise simple doc if easy to follow.

            Originally Posted by dimeco View Post

            This is probably a dumb question.... :p

            but for those asking about the theme concepts, how important is it to have documentation about the theme?

            By that I mean:

            - simple documentation
            - detailed with screenshots
            - video?

            I know some are really advanced in wp and can get around quickly, but others might not be, so I figured I'd best ask the preference.

            Amber
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            • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
              Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

              Screenshots and videos are best for newbies otherwise simple doc if easy to follow.
              Working on it over the weekend

              Launch is going to be Tuesday (17th).

              I wanted to make sure that I actually have documentation etc. in there, plus I have a few people testing now.

              (Didn't want to launch and have pieces missing!)

              Amber
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    • Profile picture of the author Rex Malson
      Hi Scott,

      How about an option to "copy" and then "re-create" the entire Blog for another demographic location? Example: I create a Blog for a Local CPA in Cleveland and then I want to re-create the same blog structure for another location to include Plug-Ins and all the basic development?

      It has been such a task to create a good quality Blog with a great Theme and then have to worry about a total re-creation after putting all the pieces together and in place to create another niche blog.

      I truly believe that creating a Theme this way would allow for a great "Demo Blog" too for alternative locations.
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      • Profile picture of the author GaryHarvey
        Rex, there is a very handy lightweight WP plugin by Robert Plank
        called BackupCreator. Somewhere on this forum. Makes the cloning
        process easy.
        1, install BC on your source site.
        2, one click to create the backupcreator.zip file.
        3, install WP on your target site
        4, install the (tiny!!) BC.zip file and choose the restore option.

        Cleverly the zip file contains the location and access info so it
        trots off to your source site, grabs the blog and recreates it
        at your new location.

        This way your cloning file is very lightweight.

        Sweet.
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  • Profile picture of the author maplesma
    Yes, please. I would like a free copy too.
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    • Profile picture of the author maestropanda
      Another suggestion:
      Add a space for the opt-in box right next to the slider or video.

      This might give you some ideas:
      FinancialAid4Students
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Turner
    A scrolling widget in the sidebar for customer testomonials
    A variety of pre set page templates
    Love the idea that others have mentioned of a "live chat type option"
    and a forum for users to echange ideas and troubleshoot
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    • Profile picture of the author Carm
      I like the idea of a Gallery page template as someone else suggested, florists, photographers, wedding planners, restaurants would like something like this but there are other offline business that would like a feature like this.

      The ability to add a dropdown menu within a page for product sizes, styles, quantities etc for when people are ordering

      I would also like the autoresponder to be included, there is a plugin that will do this and everything is then controlled from the dashboard. The code can be added to any post/page and there is a widget with the optin form already set up. Even if it is a plugin that allows the option to use or not but is already there.

      I have a service where I offer the business to update their clients in the autoresponder and send the broadcasts, messages to their lists and this is somewhere they can see for themselves if they choose to use or learn how to use the features of this autoresponder. I also offer a service where I show them how to take care of their sites themselves. So simpler and less complicated options, clean looking site, not busy where they get confused with too much to take in at once and finish up clicking off.

      I would also like a feature that would automatically resize the images to where they are to go, but if not all of them at least the header.

      Thank you for offering this, a lot of my wishlist have already been asked for so I won't repeat them.

      Cheers and thanks again.

      Carmel
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Hackett
    Wow - this looks like a great project that will benefit so many looking for an all-in-one solution for local marketing sites! Though, I think that trying to incorporate ALL the features suggested could end up being a coding/support nightmare for you.

    The ability to keep things clean, simple, and attractive, and easily edit elements, whether for a hair salon or a plumber. I notice even Google has gotten away from the "gel" button look, and going for clean, flat, simple color schemes. The visual on the previous post sums up a great layout where widgets can be placed for multiple uses when needed - or not.

    The ability to change the overall colors in the site, without having to hack the css would be great. A slider that doesn't have to take up the entire width of the page option.

    And, of course, incorporating mobile and Facebook in some fashion seems to be on everyone's list.

    I look forward to seeing the result - and asking up to pay a little something for your efforts on our behalf shouldn't be out of the question ;-)

    -Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author PhilaPM
    I use studiopress themes and my biggest struggles are listed below.

    1. Easy way to add and change header images including size.
    2. A prominent spot to add phone number and call to action.
    3. Easy way to change footer information and links
    4. An above the fold spot to add an opt-in box and maybe video.
    5. An easy way to change background colors and template layout.

    Thanks
    Patrick
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  • Profile picture of the author profitgen
    Suggestion for your theme... How about a theme that has a way to make the theme work for a number of days, (or months) then expire and revert to a "dummy " theme.

    I would like to customize the theme for a local business (Springfield Dentist) for example, then give it to them for a specified number of days so they can try it to see how much more business & clients it generates for them. At the specified time (which could be set in the themes control panel), the theme would no longer show their custom design, but a generic theme instead. The business would be encouraged to not let this happen, and would be willing to continue to use the theme. We could charge a monthly recurring price for the theme, or a one off price to remove the "expired" restriction.

    Also would like to see an SMS plug-in incorproated into the theme

    Looking forward to getting a copy of your finished theme...
    Scott
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  • Profile picture of the author jpeguero
    So many great ideas!
    Hard to add even one.
    But let me try.

    Warning message just after clicking the update to the most recent wordpress version.

    the warning message should be something like, " Do you want to backup or clone before proceed".

    Thanks

    Juan
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Gee
    I would like a free copy, so far it sounds like everyone here has very good suggestions. Did someone mention a social media function to update them all at once ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Silent Warrior
      Good thread.

      A responsive theme like Yoko and others that auto detect the user device and adjusts to fit mobiles and tablets. This seems to be a much simpler way for a webmaster or small business owner to build blogs on their own instead of having to build a separate mobile site.

      I also like the idea of being able to automatically build a Fanpage.

      A "Push to Call" feature.

      QR codes.

      Coupons.
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  • Profile picture of the author tsgeric
    what about putting something in the theme to attract businesses as paying clients. For example, a page template optimized to transmit the message "we are ranked #1 for poodle groomers in Fargo, ND. Wouldn't you like to lease this web address?"
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    • Profile picture of the author Bon508
      Wow. So many wonderful ideas provided! Are you sorry you asked?

      My only suggestion is that the theme be "idiot-proof." I'm afraid that if you load it up with all those features, it may get pretty complicated.

      I am not a web designer, so I'd like super-easy, push-button, fill-in-the-blank functionality with simple instructions that don't make me think and yet produce spectacular results. For instance, when I upload a graphic, I want that graphic to be automatically sized by the theme to fit the place I want to stick it... whether it's a header, banner, or photo within a post.

      Basically, I want the theme to read my mind and know what I want without me having to tell it.

      Is that too much to ask?

      Good luck! I hope this project doesn't drive you insane!
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    • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
      Originally Posted by maestropanda View Post

      Another suggestion:
      Add a space for the opt-in box right next to the slider or video.

      This might give you some ideas:
      FinancialAid4Students
      Yes, I do like that idea. I'm even thinking of certain layouts pre-designed (for speed) that would allow for simple lead collecting as in your example. Thanks for the link.

      Originally Posted by Karen View Post

      Hi,

      I noticed some people mentioned making a mobile friendly version.

      Google for "responsive wordpress themes" for some ideas of the way a wordpress site can be programmed to display on any size screen from desktop on down to small smartphones. I like the idea since you don't have to maintain a separate mobile version of your site.

      Karen
      Thanks Karen. I'm pretty familiar with "responsive design" and as someone mentioned here, there are some frameworks with responsive layouts built-in. I'll absolutely be looking at responsive CSS but am still deciding if I use HTML5/CSS3 or not. But I agree, not having to have separate themes/plugins to create mobile/FB friendly layouts would be great and is part of my plan.

      Originally Posted by frisbee5 View Post

      How do you create mobile apps for a wordpress site so that people can see them on iphone or droid systems?
      Not sure what you're asking frisbee but mobile layouts can be done a number of ways.

      Originally Posted by Danny Turner View Post

      A scrolling widget in the sidebar for customer testomonials
      A variety of pre set page templates
      Love the idea that others have mentioned of a "live chat type option"
      and a forum for users to echange ideas and troubleshoot
      Scrolling testimonials - check
      pre-set templates - check

      Forum and live chat I think would be best perhaps as plugins. I think that would add too much code where as plugins could do the job much better IMO but I'll certainly consider everything!

      Originally Posted by Carm View Post

      I like the idea of a Gallery page template as someone else suggested, florists, photographers, wedding planners, restaurants would like something like this but there are other offline business that would like a feature like this.

      The ability to add a dropdown menu within a page for product sizes, styles, quantities etc for when people are ordering

      I would also like the autoresponder to be included, there is a plugin that will do this and everything is then controlled from the dashboard. The code can be added to any post/page and there is a widget with the optin form already set up. Even if it is a plugin that allows the option to use or not but is already there.

      I have a service where I offer the business to update their clients in the autoresponder and send the broadcasts, messages to their lists and this is somewhere they can see for themselves if they choose to use or learn how to use the features of this autoresponder. I also offer a service where I show them how to take care of their sites themselves. So simpler and less complicated options, clean looking site, not busy where they get confused with too much to take in at once and finish up clicking off.

      I would also like a feature that would automatically resize the images to where they are to go, but if not all of them at least the header.

      Thank you for offering this, a lot of my wishlist have already been asked for so I won't repeat them.

      Cheers and thanks again.

      Carmel
      Agree with a gallery template but also with the option to turn it off. Will look into how this would translate onto a mobile version. I've got ideas

      For dropdown menu, this could be added using custom taxonomies I reckon. Still deciding on adding an ecommerce option as again, there are many great plugins that do that but again, will consider it for sure!

      Agree about simpler, less complicated options if training a client to run the site themselves. I think the ability to "hide" certain features from when the client logs in may be good, not sure just yet. Again, I've got ideas.

      Agree as well with the ability to resize header and images.

      Thanks for the suggestions!

      Originally Posted by umarwaqas789 View Post

      the owner or manager could be alerted by mobile or email. Look forward to seeing your theme.
      Can you explain more what you mean? Thanks

      Originally Posted by asarno View Post

      have the option in header click to call or click to request a call to support advanced ppc conversion tracking!
      Clicking to call in header I assume you mean using skype. For the mobile version, that's an easy one!

      Not sure what you mean by "support advanced ppc conversion tracking!"

      Originally Posted by Michael Hackett View Post

      Wow - this looks like a great project that will benefit so many looking for an all-in-one solution for local marketing sites! Though, I think that trying to incorporate ALL the features suggested could end up being a coding/support nightmare for you.

      The ability to keep things clean, simple, and attractive, and easily edit elements, whether for a hair salon or a plumber. I notice even Google has gotten away from the "gel" button look, and going for clean, flat, simple color schemes. The visual on the previous post sums up a great layout where widgets can be placed for multiple uses when needed - or not.

      The ability to change the overall colors in the site, without having to hack the css would be great. A slider that doesn't have to take up the entire width of the page option.

      And, of course, incorporating mobile and Facebook in some fashion seems to be on everyone's list.

      I look forward to seeing the result - and asking up to pay a little something for your efforts on our behalf shouldn't be out of the question ;-)

      -Michael
      I totally agree Michael and at the moment, as I consider certain options, I'm deciding what I think would be "overkill" and what would be "essential". I also agree that keeping things clean, simple, attractive and easily editable is right on!

      I've been using Wordpress for years and those themes with 1000 theme options to me is overkill and I personally don't like them even though I can use most of them myself (or hand-code those that don't do what I want) so I know what you're saying. I envisage something much more intuitive and visual but the coding behind the scenes would need to be robust.

      Changing colors (links, bg, header, nav menu(s), widget titles, etc.) - check

      Regarding FB and mobile, I think the most obvious answer is a responsive layout.

      Originally Posted by PhilaPM View Post

      I use studiopress themes and my biggest struggles are listed below.

      1. Easy way to add and change header images including size.
      2. A prominent spot to add phone number and call to action.
      3. Easy way to change footer information and links
      4. An above the fold spot to add an opt-in box and maybe video.
      5. An easy way to change background colors and template layout.

      Thanks
      Patrick
      Thanks Patrick

      1) definitely a must
      2) absolutely!
      3) agree - I have Genesis and love it but needing a plugin to change footer links seems overkill
      4) yep - agree on both.
      5) yep - agree on those two as well

      Cheers

      Originally Posted by profitgen View Post

      Suggestion for your theme... How about a theme that has a way to make the theme work for a number of days, (or months) then expire and revert to a "dummy " theme.

      I would like to customize the theme for a local business (Springfield Dentist) for example, then give it to them for a specified number of days so they can try it to see how much more business & clients it generates for them. At the specified time (which could be set in the themes control panel), the theme would no longer show their custom design, but a generic theme instead. The business would be encouraged to not let this happen, and would be willing to continue to use the theme. We could charge a monthly recurring price for the theme, or a one off price to remove the "expired" restriction.

      Also would like to see an SMS plug-in incorproated into the theme

      Looking forward to getting a copy of your finished theme...
      Scott
      Hmm...interesting idea Scott. Not sure about it though, sounds more like a plugin idea to be honest as it would be a temporary solution. Best thing probably would be to do it manually and since you'd control the theme anyway (I assume) then in a few days email/call them to say "time's up" and go in and de-activate the theme....not even delete it...then if they agree, re-activate.

      I do like the idea, it's interesting, but not sure if there would be a big enough demand for such a function. You could get a plugin coded for probably a couple hundred bucks to do that.

      A few have mentioned SMS. Not sure if this would mean using a paid service or to have the SMS work within the theme itself like I believe some plugin offered here as a WSO??

      Originally Posted by jpeguero View Post

      So many great ideas!
      Hard to add even one.
      But let me try.

      Warning message just after clicking the update to the most recent wordpress version.

      the warning message should be something like, " Do you want to backup or clone before proceed".

      Thanks

      Juan
      Nice idea Juan. Will consider it. Again, there are a few plugins out there worth the purchase to do backups. I would think most offliners already do backups for their clients???

      Originally Posted by Big Gee View Post

      I would like a free copy, so far it sounds like everyone here has very good suggestions. Did someone mention a social media function to update them all at once ?
      Social media for sure

      Originally Posted by Silent Warrior View Post

      Good thread.

      A responsive theme like Yoko and others that auto detect the user device and adjusts to fit mobiles and tablets. This seems to be a much simpler way for a webmaster or small business owner to build blogs on their own instead of having to build a separate mobile site.

      I also like the idea of being able to automatically build a Fanpage.

      A "Push to Call" feature.

      QR codes.

      Coupons.
      QR codes - check
      Coupons - check
      Build a fanpage - check (that's the plan anyway - got some ideas)

      Thanks for the link to Yoko. I checked it out and checking the source code, whilst most of the html/css is different, it sure looks like it might have been built on the whiteboardframework that someone mentioned.

      Both Yoko and Whiteboard are built with HTML5/CSS3 and while I love them both, I'm still on the fence about HTML5 at the moment. Will definitely think about it though. The biggest thing for me is the responsive layouts but again, if you have a big image (ie header) that's say 200KB and a mobile phone has to first call that big image then the CSS reduces its size, not only will it fail validation (not that validation is uber important but it's a good guide), but it can affect those mobiles (even smart phones) with a weak signal or limited download capabilities before getting charged.

      Resizing a desktop browser that can handle large images is one thing, so it looks really good on our desktop but mobile browsers I think should call for different stylesheets and images. Anyway, still love the simplicity of Yoko/Whiteboard and the fact they use responsive design.

      Originally Posted by tsgeric View Post

      what about putting something in the theme to attract businesses as paying clients. For example, a page template optimized to transmit the message "we are ranked #1 for poodle groomers in Fargo, ND. Wouldn't you like to lease this web address?"
      Interesting idea. I think that might be easy enough to put on a dedicated "portfolio" type page, yes? Or maybe a custom field/post type(?) to allow for messages maybe to appear (upon User activation) at the top of the browser or something?

      Thanks guys/gals!
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      • Profile picture of the author stew1111
        Not much left to say here but let me try this on ya:

        This WP newbie's wish list would include a plugin/widget or watchamacallit thingy to easily rotate and test incentives.

        Example: "Download this Free eBook - The 10 most....."
        then they could see what works better and begin building a list for future sales.

        Perhaps a private VIP lounge/page for their most loyal customers, where you could post rewards or they could redeem coupons/discounts. Perhaps a membership option?

        How about a photo submission page where you could post kids drawings in a gallery and have contests or draws. All the parents would be telling all their friends to check out their kids art work on their dentist's site.

        Is this asking too much? Would it make it too complicated? Or is that just stuff that i would do after getting the site?

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        • Profile picture of the author iva
          1. Coupons, promotions
          2. integration with social media, especially for coupons and promotions
          3. "our current contest" page
          4. testimonials
          5. prominently visible CONTACT information - no need to scroll around
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          • Profile picture of the author samara
            I'm thinking along the lines of selling a Physical Product that includes free delivery over a certain quantity ordered (being LOCAL):

            I would like a form or widget that allows me to do SEVERAL standard actions in ONE. These would include opt-in, with email, tel number, name, address, and a small customizable shopping cart of max 2 or 3 items. Pic insert, quantity, size, colour, date and time of delivery, Price etc.

            For example: Using the idea of a PROMOTIONI would gather online orders like this:
            Order 3 dozen or more and receive a Bottle of Bubbly AND Delivery Free. (Picture insert of Bubbly plus products. The order ideally comes straight to my email and / or mobile phone). NOTE: I will personally reply to your order within 2 hours (during business hours) guaranteed or you will receive an additional half dozen FREE!
            - EFT option to be included on the form combined as a banking details link. Confirmation of order and my banking details (again) to go directly to customer's email address via autoresponder.

            This widget on steroids will provide me with a valuable list and solid data base for regular promotional emails, and BOOST product sales using the Free Bubbly Incentive. It's worked in a market scenario, why won't it on my website?

            I like the fact that an offline business can PROMOTE their best or core PRODUCT on their website, and still know their clients personally face to face. And I can train my customers to use this method mostly (if they have internet connection).

            I've bought my URL, it's sitting "under construction", because I'm bored with the themes available and so limited and mediocre, all offering the same standard ideas. I want something WOW! Asap please
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  • Profile picture of the author attorneydavid
    Contact form 7 is pretty decent though honestly ugly. The main thing though that I'd live is a contact form that works with google analytics and adwords tracking. I tried doing it once and it was beyond my skill set with some ridiculous ajax required.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bon508
      Okay, this is probably getting way beyond the scope of even a great WP theme, but all of the suggestions in this thread have my brain spinning, and this popped out: Wouldn't it be cool if you could have a "smart" pop-up opt-in form that knows the search phrase used to find your blog and displays a customized message based on that search phrase? For instance, on a construction contractor's site, a visitor who found it after searching on "roof repair" would see an opt-in form offering a free report about roof repair, while someone who found the site after searching on "kitchen remodel" would see an opt-in offering a free report on kitchen remodeling.

      Or does such a thing already exist? (I don't get out much.)
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      • Profile picture of the author Ced Kieffer
        Contact details on each page (footer) and as you said, the phone + call to action on the top.

        You could add add a few of the classic page templates for off line businesses:
        - a gallery as said can be useful for lots of businesses: real estate, restaurants, etc... It needs to be flexible.
        - you can have a menu page template for restaurants,
        - a nice booking functionality.

        The templates I found until now are:
        - nice but not really calling to action,
        - or good for conversions but not really nice.

        Hopefully with all these answers you can take the best of both worlds
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker14
    I think definitely a shopping cart, something for testimonials, nice contact or opt-in form on the front page (optional) and most of all make it generic so that we can use this for restauraunts, accountants, servicemen (by changing graphics).

    Definitely just a simple theme to customize all the basic features us as offline marketers need! I'll be thinking of more ideas, I've been thinking of hiring someone to do this for me and I found you maybe giving it for free, SAWEET!

    I would also like to add making a simple table for hours maybe on the home page? Definitely some sort of call to action as well (PHONE NUMBER EASY TO SEE).

    THanks,

    I'll be editing this post when I think of more, I've had so many ideas that have just left my mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author IngeniousBastard
    Plenty of great ideas. When I think of one I scroll to see it's already been suggested! Can't wait to see the final product. I was just about to make a new website.
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  • Profile picture of the author maricelu
    If someone needs FREE Lead-Generating Websites for Offline Businesses, check my FREE offer here - http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...ml#post4881296. 3 spots left
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  • Profile picture of the author Rauhbautz
    Hi Scott,

    + I think it would be handy to choose between the slider and the option to embed Google Maps (so the client can perfectly see where the business is situated).

    + I also think that lead capture theme is a must. Could be great if it would be possible to choose whether to place on the right or left side.

    + Facebook pages become more and more popular, what about embeding "Like" button somewhere at the home page.

    Anyway, I really look forward for your theme.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author oogyboogawa
    I've noticed several people mentioning the ability to turn certain parts of the layout on/off based on specific needs, and I think that's a really good idea, but it made me think of something else.

    How about a series of several presets, not just page templates but preset layouts that can be used for the whole blog. Just like some themes let you switch between 0,1, or 2 sidebars perhaps you could have options to switch between different preset layouts (i.e. layout 1 has an opt-in form in the header, with a slider below it , and a map w/ a call now QR code in the sidebar, layout 2 has a QR code in the header, coupon in the sidebar and the optin form on the main content area, etc). I didn't really think those layouts through very well, but hopefully that gives an idea of what I mean.

    I scanned through most of the posts and didn't see anyone that mentioned something like that unless I missed it.
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  • Profile picture of the author s62731
    When are we looking at having this AWESOME theme made?
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    • Profile picture of the author sjohn
      Not sure if this was discussed earlier...
      How about the ability to add a downloadable area in the theme.
      For example if it was local restaurant site, then have the ability to download the restaurant menu for example.

      Also I was also thinking of having the ability to add an area that changes depending on the time of day.

      For example sticking with this restaurant theme, have the menu changing depending on the time of day, so for the morning have a readily available breakfast menu, and then evening a dinner menu.

      I'm sure this concept could be applied to other niches.

      For example like a Dentist/Doctor/Plumbing, you could have this section display emergency contact details after hours etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author profitgen
    Got another idea for your theme...

    Add a drop down list that will have site parameters that you have created with other themes previously. So if you want to make a new site for a client, you can just click on the site name from the drop down list and a new site will be created based on those saved parameters from another site you previously created. That would save alot of time, and of course, you should be able to change any of those parameters in the site control panel to make it site specific for each client, such as the site name, colors, etc.

    PS Any idea when your theme will be ready?
    Looking forward to seeing it .
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  • Profile picture of the author dirtyhair
    hey my thoughts are that you could have a really simple split tested landing page version of the theme that could be turned on by just selecting that template, that way you can easily use that for your adwords campaigns without any hassle.

    you were being aggresive and targetting a real buyer term you could just make that optimised page the landing template, without having to muck around with with sidebar customization and the like.

    just my 2 pennies
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    • Profile picture of the author YukonJack
      The goal of your website is to convert them into buying customers right away or to get on your list because of some enticement. That is obvious. But how do you overcome that trust factor that gets them to call you right now or enter their information?

      Here are 2 items that I think will drastically improve your end goals:

      1. I personally think that a video, created by you, the business owner, allows you to overcome that trust factor right away. It also makes you stand out technically from your competition. So create and reserve an easy widget area (pretty standard in WP) to upload a you tube video of you discussing your website and/or design strategy/process, addressing the most common questions that your customers will have.

      Make it so this video is on every page that the customer goes into inside your site. (a sidebar widget that is always seen regardless of the page)

      2. Create a testimonial page. Except this testimonial page is NOT just verbage in quotes with a couple pictures of a website or ranking results, although that helps. Yet, this is again, a video of your customer talking about the results they received from working with you.....Powerful stuff. So on the testimonial page, you have different sections for the user (you, me, whoever) to upload the verbage, the video, other pictures and have them all organized efficiently. Perhaps create an area for up to 10 testimonials to be entered on this page.

      THEN, make the template such that a thumbnail of the video clip of your "featured testimonials" previews on your front page. Maybe allow for 2 featured testimonials to appear on your front page (your best ones). Make it somewhere relatively noticable. Social proof in the form of video is conquering anything else out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmyKay
    Optin form that works with Constant contact. They don't have a good forms application, which drives me crazy. Most good plugins (like pop up domination) don't work with constant contact.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMSince2003
    I want to raise my hand and absolutely ask for these things:

    Mobile friendly autodetected version of the site

    ---and---

    Header graphics for common professions like legal, dentists, chiros, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, painters, general contractors, roofers, accountants, handymen, building maintenance people, etc. THAT would be awesome!

    Just my $0.02. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author bmcgoff
    Hey...just read most of this. There's one theme that nails the offline IMers needs in my opinion:

    WordPress for Business Websites - The SmallBiz Wordpress Theme - A Complete Web Presence for Your Business (not an aff link)

    I think when I installed the latest version of WP it was an upsell from Bluehost or something, but I didn't buy the whole version. I was thinking about it, though, because it seems to have everything you need and is easily customizable.

    I'm sure you've seen it but if not, check it out.
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    • Profile picture of the author justalfe
      i want to second on that smallbiz is what i use and love it..!
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  • Profile picture of the author dms321
    Here my thoughts:

    - Place to put the phone number prominently (header and/or sidebar)

    This is not a problem for me personally because you can always include phone number in the header and they in my experience always agree to pay for a header/logo image.

    There was also a offer here with a theme combining main site, facebook and mobile site plugins. That one (paid theme) they said had a special place for a phoe number, name of the business and address. You enter and it is displayed in the header and several other places.

    - Form to collect leads (with the ability to send you a CC so you can monitor the success of your clients' lead gathering)

    I always use it and it is not a problem (for me). One of free themes with a place for Name and Email is Intrepidity. It is a affiliate optimized theme and you can easily find it doing a google search.

    - Google map (this is easy, can be a simple plugin)

    Of course it could be a plugin. Also, it could simply be linked to google maps. I usually use google maps for mobile versions of the sites.

    - Image slider ??

    It depends on what kind of image it is. If it is a social bookmarks image you can find free plugins. On some sites I use opt-in sliding form...

    - Coupon displayed on homepage/sidebar (or at least the option to)

    Not sure about this. For many clients - usually there as a free offer or coupon for opt-in form...

    But in general, you can do it with a free theme. You can use plugins and then use them for next sites....
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  • Profile picture of the author bwh1
    Hi promo_guy

    we are almost 1 month into this thread.

    Any idea when you will be ready to deliver the theme?

    G.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rauhbautz
    I bet Promo Guy is busy coding and putting it all together. Anyway, my best wishes and I really look forward for this theme!
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  • Profile picture of the author maplesma
    YES PLEASE. I would very much appreciate a copy.
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  • Profile picture of the author matrixman
    Is this still being developed?

    I'd like to see a mobile plugin that shows a mobile version of the site for mobile phones. Also please set it up so the header can be on every page, or just the home page. Lots of themes seem to only put it on the home page.
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  • Profile picture of the author fitzpatg
    My priorities would be:

    - Header image which is easily switched for different service types.
    - Prominent phone number.
    - Call to action.
    - Opt-in to get coupon or other incentive.

    Lots of great ideas in this thread! Any idea when this will be ready?
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  • Profile picture of the author andiirawan
    it's look great have you done your monetize using it
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Alaway
    Great suggestions but I'd prefer something way different. Something that doesn't look like a blog at all. The actual blog can be another main menu option. Something like this: Landscape Architecture - Palm Beach Landscaping | Botanical Visions, Inc.
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  • Profile picture of the author dic
    I haven't checked through all the suggestions so I don't know if it's been mentioned already, but I think the ability to add tiered packages is great for service businesses, like this:

    toolbox.wpbusinessbundle.
    com/styled-boxes

    (sorry about the separated link, it wouldn't let me post the URL cos I'm new)

    It's worth checking out some of the other features in that demo too - it's a pretty nice offline theme, but it sounds like what you're working on will be superb!

    Best of luck, and I'd love to hear about your theme once it's finished

    Benedict
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  • Profile picture of the author KDarden
    Well I read the first page and this third page, so I don't know if the second page has any of this, but here goes.

    Personally, I'd like to have the ability to easily remove all the extra background and borders at the top of the page without having to go into the css. I don't always want the "name" of the site to show up there - especially if I have header graphics where the name's already included. Then it's just wasted space as far as I'm concerned.

    Along the same lines, I would prefer to have a theme that allows more info above the fold (as has been mentioned before). While some clients want pretty pictures, some want to get their sales message/offer to their customers as quickly as possible.

    I'd also like a theme that lets me put the opt-in form in the header area as opposed to the sidebar. This would be for those clients (again) who are less concerned about pretty pictures and more concerned about using their space efficiently.

    There are some great ideas here. Good luck with the project!!

    Katie
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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    I see many people adding huge features. from my experiences with local business owners, thgey want someting simple not too much "gadgets", think different as Steve Jobs says!
    You may want someting simple, slick design and ease to use just like the iPad or iPhone.

    So these are the basics on homepage:
    - Header (include logo, graphic according to the niche or business and full company name, adress and phone) that will display on all pages.
    - Slide gallery (show products or services)
    - Full Description (business, services, products)
    - on side bar, plug-ins: opt-in box, social media box (facebook or twitter), testimonial (random display), video box (source from you tube...), map (google)
    - Footer: copyright text and terms and conditions with a link to that page

    Other pages: Contact page of course and pages required buy your clients.

    Hope this will help.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
      4webmaster,

      Could you point to some themes that you like?

      I agree 1,000% with the "business owners want it simple" idea. Sharp, clean, simple sites are easier to sell, easier to build, and easier to maintain.

      But hey, that's my opinion.

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      Originally Posted by 4webmaster View Post

      I see many people adding huge features. from my experiences with local business owners, thgey want someting simple not too much "gadgets", think different as Steve Jobs says!
      You may want someting simple, slick design and ease to use just like the iPad or iPhone.

      So these are the basics on homepage:
      - Header (include logo, graphic according to the niche or business and full company name, adress and phone) that will display on all pages.
      - Slide gallery (show products or services)
      - Full Description (business, services, products)
      - on side bar, plug-ins: opt-in box, social media box (facebook or twitter), testimonial (random display), video box (source from you tube...), map (google)
      - Footer: copyright text and terms and conditions with a link to that page

      Other pages: Contact page of course and pages required buy your clients.

      Hope this will help.
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      • Profile picture of the author IMguy123
        Hello Promo Guy,
        Where did you go? How is the theme coming?
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        • Profile picture of the author Detlev
          Hi Promo Guy

          great idea, this thread.

          there is one thing I miss in most WP themes:
          An easy way to turn OFF some meta info like date published, author, categories, number of comments, "comments are closed" etc.

          In some themes this stuff appears on posts and pages. And sometimes you just don't want that blog style...

          Also some people may feel that old posts may be outdated even when they are evergreen.

          Oh, and a way to adjust header hight would be great. Some themes "waste" a lot of real estate. It may look nice but reduces the amout of above-the-fold content.
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  • Profile picture of the author joherring
    I would prefer a simple and user-friendly Wordpress themes.
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  • Profile picture of the author electronik69
    Probably already said but a place to put your address in the sidebar so it appears on every page - For Google places listings
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  • Profile picture of the author aeroturner
    Originally Posted by promo_guy View Post

    Hey offliners,

    I'm in the process of creating an "offline friendly" wordpress theme. In the past, I've mostly done "online" marketing type themes.

    Here's the thing, those of you who offer advice/suggestions, I'd like to give a free copy of my theme (developer's license) for free.

    Now, I'm sure many of you simply use either:

    - free themes
    - woo themes
    - studio press
    - elegant themes
    - themeforest
    - etc.

    And that's fine. But, most theme developers don't provide the most basic of offline needs such as a form on the homepage (or sidebar), place to put a phone number (other than a simple phone number in the header) etc.

    Here are but a few of the things I'm thinking about:

    - Place to put the phone number prominently (header and/or sidebar)
    - Form to collect leads (with the ability to send you a CC so you can monitor the success of your clients' lead gathering)
    - Google map (this is easy, can be a simple plugin)
    - Image slider ??
    - Coupon displayed on homepage/sidebar (or at least the option to)

    Now, the above bits are pretty standard I'd say but the main themes I've seen online or even here on WF either don't offer those or charge crazy prices like $250+ for a developer license etc. and STILL don't offer the best bits...(just my opinion).

    So, what would you guys like to see? What type of functionality or flexibility? I'm thinking more along the lines of a theme that would cater to those selling free, low-cost, mid-range-cost sites....obviously bespoke sites wouldn't use a template (per se).

    Thanks and I look forward to your replies.

    Again, if you offer ideas that make sense, you'll get a free (developer rights) copy.

    Cheers

    Scott


    cool themes !! thank you buddy !!
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  • Profile picture of the author maxspeed65
    I would like the ability to put anything I want in a header such as biz name, address, phone number, other text such as "call for free estimates" etc.
    I also would like to be able to put the biz name, address and phone in the footer of every page exactly as it appears in their google places page.
    I also would like to have a 5 or more page theme that includes a basic "one size fits all" Privacy policy, an editable contact us page, and any other pages google wants to see for seo purposes.
    I would like a template that I could use for a contractor, a brick and mortar store, a service business, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxspeed65
    Please let us know of any themes available right now that may answer some of these needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author fitzpatg
    Promo Guy: Where are you? Are you still working on this? When can we expect your theme to be ready? There were a lot of fantastic suggestions and feedback in this thread... I hope some theme developer will take the ball and run with it. There is a huge market for such a theme.
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    • Profile picture of the author IMguy123
      Originally Posted by fitzpatg View Post

      Promo Guy: Where are you? Are you still working on this? When can we expect your theme to be ready? There were a lot of fantastic suggestions and feedback in this thread... I hope some theme developer will take the ball and run with it. There is a huge market for such a theme.

      it seems promoguy has been busy...see http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...-included.html
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  • Profile picture of the author jacquic
    Great idea

    Most of what I would like to see has already been said (especially about making more use of the header areas), so I'll just add these:

    Most WP themes ping every time you update a post - and that's even if you've just gone back to change layout or correct a spelling. Places that receive pings can see this as spamming. I use a plugin to get around this, but could you write it into the code so you get, say, 15 mins to make the changes but only having one ping?

    Also, could you add a widget for an obvious RSS feed (so people can subscribe to your feed), and another so you can import others' content.
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  • Profile picture of the author ezjob
    Hello,

    I'd like a wordpress theme that loads quick and can have 1 or 2 sidebars on the right side.

    I'd like a small header that I can put my website title in and I'd like to be able to change the colors.

    I'd like to be able to post videos in the center of the page. Most themes have a hard time getting this right.

    I'd like to be able to add pictures, sign-up widgets, and videos easily to sidebar and add content to it.

    I'd like to add my membership plugin (WP eMember) to the theme without troubles.

    I'd like the theme to adjust to the full screen size instead of a small screen in the middle of my monitor.

    Needs a "disallow script" so search engines won't index file downloads in the root directory.

    Good themes are hard to find and even harder to customize.

    It needs to be seo'd with h1 tags for the website, page, and post titles. Need to be able to add h2 and h3 subtitle tags.

    Needs to be easy to add links to images and content. Need to be able to leave links black instead of blue. Some links don't need to stand out from the content.

    I'd like to add content to the side of images or videos on the page.

    These are just a few of the things I'd like in a theme.

    Thanks,
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    • Profile picture of the author Its Trish
      Originally Posted by ezjob View Post

      I'd like a wordpress theme that loads quick and
      Fyi there are many articles addressing speed issues with WP. It is important to use a plugin like WP Super Cache or other popular cache plugins, to make your WP site load quickly.
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      • Profile picture of the author Eidolon
        I would like to put html in the header -subscription box etc
        I would like to be able to turn off publication dates of pages and posts if necessary
        I would like to be able to input images anywhere on the post page
        I would like control over header text size
        I would like better editing options as a standard instead of using a plugin like fckeditor
        I would like a better search option than the standard wp one
        Contact option in a side bar rather than a contact page
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  • Profile picture of the author loboxd
    id love something that stands out on the phone with the business phone number!
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  • Profile picture of the author eentrepreneur
    Just a suggestion : Could you make this work on multisites?
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  • Profile picture of the author localvseo
    Documentation has been mentioned a little on the thread, but I can't stress how important this is with screenshots. Nothing more frustrating than spending hours trying to get something to work that could have been an easy FAQ question. Also would suggest putting up a dev forum for your customers.

    In terms of video, ability to embed all sorts of video, not just YouTube.

    Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author JesseGuthrie
    I guess he never coded the theme? I also am working on a Local Business Theme for Wordpress. I have coded over 100 themes and am working on something for a Warrior Forum exclusive with Video How To's and guides as well.

    I will post and update in this thread when I am done.
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    • Profile picture of the author fitzpatg
      Originally Posted by JesseGuthrie View Post

      I guess he never coded the theme? I also am working on a Local Business Theme for Wordpress. I have coded over 100 themes and am working on something for a Warrior Forum exclusive with Video How To's and guides as well.

      I will post and update in this thread when I am done.
      That's good news Jesse! Any idea when your theme will be finished?

      --Gary
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      • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
        Well it sounds like this theme concept isn't going anywhere, so I (after similar frustrations of everyone posted here for my own clients), took it upon myself to create a theme that has most of these capabilities.

        Plan is to be releasing it next week (Tues-ish).

        It won't be free due to the time and expense involved (and what I've included is massive)....

        However I will be needing a few testers, particularly those on mobile phones and/or ipads, kindles or whatever that is NOT a laptop or pc?

        Anyone interested in peeking to let me know how it appears?

        Viewing date would be Monday. (Still finalizing some things... and of all things I have a wedding to attend Saturday of a close friend's daughter, so I'm crammed for time before Monday).

        Please reply or PM me if you can do a quick peek test for me, and what type of device. (I know it works perfectly on a blackberry torch.... but I don't have other types of phones etc. in my house, we're blackberry people LOL).

        Amber
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        • Profile picture of the author emailmaribel
          Originally Posted by dimeco View Post

          Well it sounds like this theme concept isn't going anywhere, so I (after similar frustrations of everyone posted here for my own clients), took it upon myself to create a theme that has most of these capabilities.

          Plan is to be releasing it next week (Tues-ish).

          It won't be free due to the time and expense involved (and what I've included is massive)....

          However I will be needing a few testers, particularly those on mobile phones and/or ipads, kindles or whatever that is NOT a laptop or pc?

          Anyone interested in peeking to let me know how it appears?

          Viewing date would be Monday. (Still finalizing some things... and of all things I have a wedding to attend Saturday of a close friend's daughter, so I'm crammed for time before Monday).

          Please reply or PM me if you can do a quick peek test for me, and what type of device. (I know it works perfectly on a blackberry torch.... but I don't have other types of phones etc. in my house, we're blackberry people LOL).

          Amber
          I would love to take a look at it too and give you my two cents!
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        • Profile picture of the author Austin Rose
          Originally Posted by dimeco View Post

          Well it sounds like this theme concept isn't going anywhere, so I (after similar frustrations of everyone posted here for my own clients), took it upon myself to create a theme that has most of these capabilities.

          Plan is to be releasing it next week (Tues-ish).

          It won't be free due to the time and expense involved (and what I've included is massive)....

          However I will be needing a few testers, particularly those on mobile phones and/or ipads, kindles or whatever that is NOT a laptop or pc?

          Anyone interested in peeking to let me know how it appears?

          Viewing date would be Monday. (Still finalizing some things... and of all things I have a wedding to attend Saturday of a close friend's daughter, so I'm crammed for time before Monday).

          Please reply or PM me if you can do a quick peek test for me, and what type of device. (I know it works perfectly on a blackberry torch.... but I don't have other types of phones etc. in my house, we're blackberry people LOL).

          Amber

          I have a Blackberry Torch 9810, I would love to take a peek!! Will you post on this thread when you release it for purchase?
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          • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
            Originally Posted by Austin Rose View Post

            I have a Blackberry Torch 9810, I would love to take a peek!! Will you post on this thread when you release it for purchase?
            Hi Austin

            Yes, I'll post it here.

            I'm sending you a quick PM with the link to peek at it. (It looks great on the 9810, I have one too )

            You might not be able to reply by PM, but I'll include my email address for ya, or you can post here (without the url please!)

            Amber
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            • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
              ok.

              PM's have been sent to a few.

              I'm planning on releasing the theme "hopefully" tomorrow (10th), but not sure what time yet.

              Still pulling a few things together.

              I had intended to include some actual local aspects for plumbers etc., but those will probably follow later in the week just because I can't get those finished in time.

              However, so far, the theme:

              - looks great on an ipod (duh, my daughter got one last week for herself, so we checked it out tonight... for some reason I forgot she had one!)

              - looks great on a blackberry torch

              - looks great in firefox 9

              * some * styles are causing a minor issue in IE8, but I'm working on that one.

              - it has a dedicated "CTA" section (call to action) with click to call built in

              - different layout options (more coming)

              - 26 colors.... each with:
              • 7 varying options for styles WITH background images
                AND
              • 7 varying options with styles WITHOUT background images
              The point of that is to show how versatile the options / looks are.


              Totally SEO friendly too.


              At this point, there are no plugins required, however I do have one that I will be attaching. It's free and I'll provide the link for people to get it, but I recommend it because it tweaks the videos approach (stops wordpress from changing code).


              Ok.

              Back to work.... Got more to do still!

              Amber
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  • Profile picture of the author GautamSaha
    may add the SMS integration option and flicker photo stream.
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  • Profile picture of the author stew1111
    I would be happy to take a look on my iPad and iPhone.
    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author kbrady
    Built-in mobile site is very important to me. With customization options makes it even better. Would rather not have a separate plugin/website for the mobile site.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
      Originally Posted by emailmaribel View Post

      I would love to take a look at it too and give you my two cents!

      Just sent you a PM - you might not be able to reply to it, but I did include my private email in it.


      Originally Posted by kbrady View Post

      Built-in mobile site is very important to me. With customization options makes it even better. Would rather not have a separate plugin/website for the mobile site.
      Totally 100% agree While it's okay for some people, I personally prefer to go with as few (if any!) plugins as possible. (Too many bogs down a site, and most people don't realize that).

      Amber
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  • Hi, Scott !

    I've seen a lot of good ideas mentioned here !

    I didn't read all of them, so pardon me if I'm 'repeating' anything someone else might have already said.

    A while back, I purchased "profits theme" - - all in all, a good purchase as it came the closest to my feel for an html site - - you could put practically anthing anywhere you wanted - just like an 'all html' site - - I like that kind of functionality

    HTML is very straightforward; WP can often be a bit confusing (at least for me).

    The ideal for me would allow you to put anything anywhere - according to the type of site you're trying to put together... sort of like a big blank canvas, where you can 'drag and drop' various elements at will.

    What would further help that notion of a big blank canvas would be a 'window' that showed your big blank canvas's appearance 'while' you're working on it so you can see at a glance if it is proceeding the way you envision it "before" it's actually finished - - you can catch your mistakes in real time before you mess it up and have to start over again

    Feel free, Scott, to drop my copy and developers license to me in a url sent to me via pm

    All kidding aside, Scott, this would be of the most help to someone like me - I like to see is 'as' I do it,... not 'after' it's done.

    I hope this helps, Scott

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    • Profile picture of the author J4y
      Wow, this has opened the floodgates so to speak the end product sounds like it will be spectacular with all this input.

      I commend you on your task.

      How do you get hold of a completed version.

      J4y

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      • Profile picture of the author Tess D
        I used a few of the suggestions here, made a few mockups of a 1 page site - and showed them to local businesses this week to get feedback on the features (click to call, simple contact box, google map etc).

        2 businesses ordered sites on the spot because the sites were direct and to the point - the suggestions in this thread will work wonderfully if a theme is developed around them!

        If you want to see one of the sites as an example, you can at leading-local.com/eastm . It is simple, quick to make, and will translate to mobile very easily when they buy that "upgrade".
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        • Profile picture of the author ronr
          Nice simple site.

          A phone icon for the click to call would be nice and make it stand out more.

          Ron

          Originally Posted by AnneHouse View Post

          I used a few of the suggestions here, made a few mockups of a 1 page site - and showed them to local businesses this week to get feedback on the features (click to call, simple contact box, google map etc).

          2 businesses ordered sites on the spot because the sites were direct and to the point - the suggestions in this thread will work wonderfully if a theme is developed around them!

          If you want to see one of the sites as an example, you can at leading-local.com/eastm . It is simple, quick to make, and will translate to mobile very easily when they buy that "upgrade".
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  • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
    Hi folks,

    Sorry for not coming back to this thread in a while. Just been crazy busy lately and I have NOT abandoned the idea.

    I run several other WSOs and answer lots of support questions for my other products so it's been busy for me to say the least.

    I love the idea of a drag-n-drop system and while that will cost $1000s to have developed, I will certainly be striving for something along those lines in the coming months. Can't put an exact date on it though unfortunately but just know that it's something I want to put together.

    I will be coming out with a relatively simple theme soon, nothing complex like a drag-n-drop system but again, one company quoted me at $5,000 so I obviously want to have all my ducks in a row before I plonk down a lot of cash like that lol.

    Customers of my affiliate blogs have been asking me for a "simple solution" for offliners so that's what I'll be coming out with but again, it won't be a massively complex theme. More like something akin to Anne's artisteer example ie simple yet a bit more pro looking (no offense Anne, I too have artisteer). It won't be an artisteer theme.

    Thanks again for all the feedback and as soon as I free up some of my time (most likely next month) I'll go back through and note all the great ideas and hopefully have a better idea time.

    Cheers folks

    Scott
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  • Profile picture of the author seomoney
    Can you add this feature? A lot of businesses want coupons that automtically change the discount and code on a monthly basis.

    Also there are a lot of construction and cleaning businesses that need themes.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbishop
    I am putting together my website for my offline business right now. I have spent days installing themes and tweaking them and every time I get to a point and say This is not going to work.

    Things I like in the different themes.
    -first there needs to be different template options when creating a page. for example a homepage, contact form,, ect...

    The home page needs to be focused on lead capture. I have seen a few templates with this, but none of them work for me. the shell lite template has lead capture on the home page, but it is not configurable enough. others have widgets that are also not configurable.

    It needs to be flexible.
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    • Profile picture of the author zannix
      It would be great if the theme came with at least a dozen of popular niche headers. People are kind of lazy designing their own stuff, or outsourcing to do so and therefore want everything on a silver platter
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      • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
        Originally Posted by seomoney View Post

        Can you add this feature? A lot of businesses want coupons that automtically change the discount and code on a monthly basis.

        Also there are a lot of construction and cleaning businesses that need themes.
        Just fyi - coupons (that I know of) can't "automatically" change, someone needs to at least change it for them, unless you preschedule, which can be done in an autoresponder. Not sure if that could be done in a coupon on a website...


        Originally Posted by sbishop View Post

        I am putting together my website for my offline business right now. I have spent days installing themes and tweaking them and every time I get to a point and say This is not going to work.

        Things I like in the different themes.
        -first there needs to be different template options when creating a page. for example a homepage, contact form,, ect...

        The home page needs to be focused on lead capture. I have seen a few templates with this, but none of them work for me. the shell lite template has lead capture on the home page, but it is not configurable enough. others have widgets that are also not configurable.

        It needs to be flexible.
        Originally Posted by zannix View Post

        It would be great if the theme came with at least a dozen of popular niche headers. People are kind of lazy designing their own stuff, or outsourcing to do so and therefore want everything on a silver platter

        Keep your eyes open on Tuesday
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        • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
          Originally Posted by dimeco View Post

          Keep your eyes open on Tuesday
          Yes, I too will be coming out with something. Adding custom headers is the easy part, using images with Extended Licenses is something you'd need to do legally if you plan to sell any type of template.

          I see far too many templates come out as WSOs or whatever and more than likely designers DON'T have the correct image license. You're looking at typically $75-$100 for ONE image depending on where you purchase them but most "royalty free" sites like BigStockPhoto, Dreamstime, etc. require an Extended License for images used in templates for resale.

          I can almost guarantee you that folks who sell templates with great looking images for $20+ per pack of templates do NOT have the right license for those images.

          All of my upcoming templates will have such licenses so something for you folks to keep in mind.

          PS - Not saying you won't have the correct license types but it's easy creating the templates, spending $75-$100 an image can add up but at least my customers (and THEIR clients) will be able to sleep well at night

          Scott
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          • Profile picture of the author Its Trish
            This is an interesting thread, but worth mentioning here is that lots of the features/wishes posted here can already be done with existing themes, and existing plugins.

            At one point I was searching for a theme that had tabbed frames, and accordion show/hide frames. Plus it had to have some of the features I wanted, plus the look-and-feel I was going for. Eventually I found a decent theme and purchased it.

            Later I discovered that there are free plugins for tabbed frames & accordion show/hide frames, that can be added to any theme. Also there are free plugins that allow you to add jquery sliders to any theme. Wish I would have known that in the beginning--I would have selected a theme that was cosmetically more what I wanted, then added those functional items later via plugins.
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          • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
            Originally Posted by promo_guy View Post

            Yes, I too will be coming out with something. Adding custom headers is the easy part, using images with Extended Licenses is something you'd need to do legally if you plan to sell any type of template.

            I see far too many templates come out as WSOs or whatever and more than likely designers DON'T have the correct image license. You're looking at typically $75-$100 for ONE image depending on where you purchase them but most "royalty free" sites like BigStockPhoto, Dreamstime, etc. require an Extended License for images used in templates for resale.

            I can almost guarantee you that folks who sell templates with great looking images for $20+ per pack of templates do NOT have the right license for those images.

            All of my upcoming templates will have such licenses so something for you folks to keep in mind.

            PS - Not saying you won't have the correct license types but it's easy creating the templates, spending $75-$100 an image can add up but at least my customers (and THEIR clients) will be able to sleep well at night

            Scott

            Totally agree Scott (on the images).

            For the record, on the "you that folks who sell templates".... I've never sold mine before, just created/used them for myself/my clients. I simply gave up and went ahead making it more enhanced when you weren't replying after a while here

            Amber
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            • Profile picture of the author promo_guy
              Originally Posted by theemperor View Post

              Hey Scott

              Thanks for this offer and it is smart to do this market research. You'll make a killer theme!

              One thing I would like is to have a fast process for creating a prototype site.

              So I just enter the basic details about the business, upload a banner image and I get a cool looking site.

              E.g.

              Business Name ______________
              Contact Name __________________
              Phone Number ________________
              Address ________________
              Intro Paragraph _________________
              Main Image _________________
              Logo Image _________________

              Now the way it turns this into a site could be configurable via options etc.

              Now when I want to do a demo site for a customer I can just use this to create one in 5 minutes. Or if I am doing a real site it will get most of the drudge work out the way in 5 and then I can spend time on customisation.

              Perhaps this is less of a "theme" thing and more of a "plugin" thing.
              Interesting idea, almost like a software (desktop?) that you fire up, add a few details, then click "install" type of thing?

              I know this may not be quite the same but using WP Twin, or the backup buddy plugin (both cost $), can "sort of" do something like that. The pre-made affiliate blogs I sell I primarily use backup buddy allowing you to have a fully loaded blog uploaded and ready to go in under 5 minutes but that's obviously a little different. However, using that concept you could spend a bit of time creating a bunch of "clones" of different niche "demo blogs" and simply install one when needed, login to WP, configure a few things all within 5-10 minutes. That's why I love having cloned backups ready to go.

              Originally Posted by Its Trish View Post

              This is an interesting thread, but worth mentioning here is that lots of the features/wishes posted here can already be done with existing themes, and existing plugins.

              At one point I was searching for a theme that had tabbed frames, and accordion show/hide frames. Plus it had to have some of the features I wanted, plus the look-and-feel I was going for. Eventually I found a decent theme and purchased it.

              Later I discovered that there are free plugins for tabbed frames & accordion show/hide frames, that can be added to any theme. Also there are free plugins that allow you to add jquery sliders to any theme. Wish I would have known that in the beginning--I would have selected a theme that was cosmetically more what I wanted, then added those functional items later via plugins.
              Originally Posted by Its Trish View Post

              Fyi there are many articles addressing speed issues with WP. It is important to use a plugin like WP Super Cache or other popular cache plugins, to make your WP site load quickly.
              Yes Trish, lots of plugins like you mentioned. I go back and forth as to whether I want certain features built into the theme or simply use plugins. I can see a case for both. Good point about caching plugins as well.

              Originally Posted by dimeco View Post

              Totally agree Scott (on the images).

              For the record, on the "you that folks who sell templates".... I've never sold mine before, just created/used them for myself/my clients. I simply gave up and went ahead making it more enhanced when you weren't replying after a while here

              Amber
              Hi Amber, yeah, sorry about taking forever to reply and I was NOT directing the image license issue at you personally. I just cringe sometimes when I see "template WSOs" being sold, especially for cheap, and I know for a fact some of these folks get their images from e.g. BigStockPhoto. Then I contact the creator and they confirm they bought the Standard License (which is no surprise as the images cost $1-$3 each).

              I'm in contact with a great photographer who actually has a lot of these "offline related photos" (bakers, plumbers, etc.) and even sells on the big royalty free sites (she mentioned Dreamstime and a couple others) and she sells her Extended License for $100/image. While that's pretty steep, she's confirmed the images can be used in templates for resale and my customers (or their clients they sell a CUSTOMIZED template to) would not have to purchase an additional license per image. Of course, the image would have to be part of a graphic, ie a header or whatever.

              Anyway, images are a big thing that I don't think most template creators pay enough attention to (ignorance, naivete, etc.) and it could land people in hot water. Just a reality to consider for those of us who create niche-related templates.

              Cheers
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        • Profile picture of the author seomoney
          Originally Posted by dimeco View Post

          Just fyi - coupons (that I know of) can't "automatically" change, someone needs to at least change it for them, unless you preschedule, which can be done in an autoresponder. Not sure if that could be done in a coupon on a website...







          Keep your eyes open on Tuesday
          You can preschedule the coupon code to change on a unique day.

          Another suggestion is to make the phone number appear and disappear at certain times during the day. So if I'm on lunch or on vacation visitors will only see a contact form. If it's during normal work hours they'll see a phone number & contact form.
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  • Profile picture of the author theemperor
    Hey Scott

    Thanks for this offer and it is smart to do this market research. You'll make a killer theme!

    One thing I would like is to have a fast process for creating a prototype site.

    So I just enter the basic details about the business, upload a banner image and I get a cool looking site.

    E.g.

    Business Name ______________
    Contact Name __________________
    Phone Number ________________
    Address ________________
    Intro Paragraph _________________
    Main Image _________________
    Logo Image _________________

    Now the way it turns this into a site could be configurable via options etc.

    Now when I want to do a demo site for a customer I can just use this to create one in 5 minutes. Or if I am doing a real site it will get most of the drudge work out the way in 5 and then I can spend time on customisation.

    Perhaps this is less of a "theme" thing and more of a "plugin" thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryHarvey
    Just got an email from Tom Harvey (no relation) about this. Thanks, Tom.

    My big wish - and it might have been covered already, but I've only read
    the first post) - is to have H1 tags for the main keyword phrase,
    and H2 tags for subheadings.

    And perhaps even H3 tags for lesser headings.

    To control the display size of these H1 H2 H3 headings, add the tinymce
    plugin which gives easy font size and font face control.

    Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author 4ever4play
    MY Wish List(things i havent seen yet anyway.
    1. A place for citatiions in the footer and sidebar
    2. Easy spot on each page for at least one image and video in the body
    3. A list format (Bullet points or sumthing toward the bottom of home page) product and services portion that can be turned on and off if needed
    4. Similar setup like above for cites,towns,villages etc. to be listed
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  • Profile picture of the author Manwil67
    Something that is user friendly and can easily be updated.
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    • Profile picture of the author simplevisions
      My wishlist would include:

      a simple professional theme out-of-the-box with ability to add in extras
      mobile and Facebook integration
      Google Maps facility, possibly as a pop-out light-box type feature
      several styles/colour combinations

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Creativegirl
    More control over appearance of h1, h2, etc. tags
    More widgets for social media, opt-ins and page layout flexibility
    Footer skin with 3-4 widgets
    Drop down box widget for side bar to add more nav real estate
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Alexander
    All I know is that I'm getting very excited for any templates because all of this sounds looks a great idea.

    And I'm on board for whoever.
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  • Profile picture of the author rdp500
    Most feature I want are already mentioned but to emphsize the point
    Easy video and video sitemap
    easy rss feed setup
    Sliders with flexibility
    Easy mobile conversion
    easy google map feature
    opt in for coupons or reports
    templates for multiple pages
    Ease of changing page colors and look so all sites can be different
    Store or product page setup that is doable and easy
    documentation and video training
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  • Profile picture of the author buckaroo88
    Remember to keep it simple but have excellent content and use the two click rule.

    Trying to navigate on a mobile device needs to be as close as possible to the PC based IMO.

    Reason that I say that about the mobile aspect is that the devices nowadays are pretty good about having a screen big enough to view the full size website. That is one thing we recommend when we deal with clients that ask about a mobile version.

    Nothing worse that trying to remember where I found a certain post or event that I can not find on a mobile version. Still, the choice is up to you and the client.

    Have the call to action form on the home page and on the inside pages. Lots of replies have noted that. That is so important for the client to see that they are given a easy way to contact your client.

    The two click rule, if they can't find what they are looking for in two clicks or less they can find the back button to another website in one click.

    Best of luck and read all the threads. Lots of great ideas out there to help you!
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  • Profile picture of the author eibhlin
    Hi,

    I'd like to have these options (not necessarily all of them on every website):

    *Map
    *GPS coordinates (if not on map)
    *Photo of business (on a nice, sunny day... not relying on Google Maps' street-level image)
    *Phone number
    *Click-to-call option
    *Featured/sale product or service
    *Photo of business owner
    *Coupon option
    *Customer info collection (mailing list) option

    Though I love a slider near the top of the page (above the fold), this is changing how I look at site design: Page layout algorithm improvement - Inside Search So, for me, the slider is out... unless the client absolutely, positively has to have a slider. (And, from the "ooh, shiny!" point of view, I expect plenty of clients will want that, regardless of SEO impact.)
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    • Profile picture of the author chrisjenva
      Wow. A ton of great ideas here. I would love to have the finished product when it's done. I've been looking for a great offline theme with plenty of options.
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      • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
        Most of these things are done and not too difficult.

        Things like google maps can usually be done by simply getting the map and placing the code in a widget for the appropriate address.

        For those unsure, most of these things are now covered and launched in the Localized theme which I just released yesterday.

        Not sure if I can put the link here or not, but its in my sig.


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  • Profile picture of the author clicktechs
    One thing I have an issue with most business themes is the footer. No more links or the like. At the bottom likely should be a reduced footer image. If they make it to the bottom, it should be hours and a phone number and a mascot or picture.

    They made it to the bottom, now its time to call or go by, not click on more links.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
      Originally Posted by clicktechs View Post

      One thing I have an issue with most business themes is the footer. No more links or the like. At the bottom likely should be a reduced footer image. If they make it to the bottom, it should be hours and a phone number and a mascot or picture.

      They made it to the bottom, now its time to call or go by, not click on more links.
      You're right, but that's partially because of the way people use the themes. They expect they're supposed to do the links like everyone else does....

      but many themes allow you to simply CHANGE the widget or layout of the footer so that you CAN change it to a footer image.

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  • Profile picture of the author bsalus
    In addition to the many great suggestions here, I think it would be great to have a built-in autobtagger that can be configured with city name so all tag suggestions get city name tacked on for better SEO.

    Also please build in the basic SEO fields so plugins like All In One SEO are not needed

    It would also be helpful to have a simple admin panel to layout the homepage or short codes to create a custom layout in a page and make that the homepage. Like many others I clone sites to reuse but I don't want them all looking the same.

    Besides mobile style options it should have an option to redirect to a different URL based on mobile device recognition. Be sure to let us pick devices to exclude though. iOS doesn't always need this. Some sites, like restaurants, are better done on a completely separate mobile site.

    Also it would be good to make this as a framework so we could build child themes for specific industries on top of it
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  • Profile picture of the author 4webmaster
    When will be roll it out? Waiting for it since.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ramzy
    Thanks for the good advice on here
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  • Profile picture of the author Rauhbautz
    Can you plz list those themes? may be just names. Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Amber Jalink
      Originally Posted by mflorin View Post

      I have been looking all over for a collection of header images or graphics to be used for offline niches. I've seen offerings of 5 or 10 different graphics but usually they are cheesy aren't in the niche I want to target.

      If you could produce 50 header images for the most profitable home service industries and other popular offline local business niches that could be easily interchanged, I would be ecstatic!
      Originally Posted by fitzpatg View Post

      I agree! There are now at least 5 or 6 themes for offline businesses available here on the Warrior Forum, but none of them come with decent headers for the different offline niches. I have been searching for good offline headers/graphics for MONTHS now with no luck. This is the missing ingredient.

      If somebody made a package of offline header graphics, they would do a killing!
      I was actually already working on this for release within the early part of March

      I have a list, but can you PM me what niches specifically you're wanting, just so I can make sure they're in my list for you?

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  • Profile picture of the author martyJames
    contrary to the poster above i would say do NOT have slider with 4 'home services boxes' below- there are too many themes like that.
    Uncluttered with room for seo article on homepage is what i need
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    • Profile picture of the author Rauhbautz
      Originally Posted by martyJames View Post

      contrary to the poster above i would say do NOT have slider with 4 'home services boxes' below- there are too many themes like that.
      Uncluttered with room for seo article on homepage is what i need
      totally agree. those are just a waste of space
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  • Profile picture of the author skyyisthelimit
    My client wanted a contact form thats able to upload pictures. For certain businesses that makes a lot of sense. He is a hair doctor, who helps you if you have no hair and want hair back, so pictures macke sense.

    Was this good enough to get a free copy?
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    • Profile picture of the author profitgen
      Anyone have an idea of how much longer it's going to take for this theme to be offered to us Warriors? Been following this thread for some time, but have not yet seen any results, demos, or offers for this "theme"...
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  • Profile picture of the author cybamage
    would be good to get an update on where it's at..... just sent pm
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  • Profile picture of the author killafornia
    I would like a refund there is no support here.
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    • Profile picture of the author AussieT
      Originally Posted by killafornia View Post

      I would like a refund there is no support here.
      A refund on what? The free theme? OK consider yourself refunded.
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      • Profile picture of the author fitzpatg
        Originally Posted by AussieT View Post

        A refund on what? The free theme? OK consider yourself refunded.
        I think he was being sarcastic about the fact that the thread owner hasn't even commented here in over 4 months. Don't hold your breath waiting for this theme to materialize.
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        • Profile picture of the author AussieT
          Originally Posted by fitzpatg View Post

          I think he was being sarcastic about the fact that the thread owner hasn't even commented here in over 4 months. Don't hold your breath waiting for this theme to materialize.
          Fair enough!
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  • Profile picture of the author AmarieP
    I have been looking for a design where each page can be like its own website within one. ( for multiple businesses on one domian) so maybe each page can have their own side bar where they can place their contact info & form, maybe a google map, about their business. Or maybe even a widget to do separate pages within a page. That would be awesome along with everything else everyone else said.
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  • Profile picture of the author fitzpatg
    The good news is that there are now lots of other great offline themes made available here on WF. I will try to put together a list and post it here later.
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  • Profile picture of the author tycoonms
    1) please make it mobile ready so if a client sees it with a smartphone they dont think were stupid for offering mobile sites without having one
    2) have a capture page capability or a simple widget where we can add an optin box
    3) it would be nice to be able to personalize the site like if a bit owner went to mysite.com/luigi's_pizza it would say luigis pizza on the site somewhere
    4) please enable us to change the colors easily

    thats all I have for now, Ill be back
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  • Profile picture of the author virtu
    My simple suggestions :
    -contact forms as widget
    -integrated coupon deals plugin
    -custom testimonials widget
    -responsive theme (auto-detect for mobile use)
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  • Profile picture of the author maz1207
    i would like to have a free copy too. Please add it mobile ready and maps too.
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  • Profile picture of the author shelleyluzaich
    I didn't read all the posts so if I'm redundant, please forgive me. I'd like to see an optional appointment selection plug-in where they can list their top 3 times. Not an actual calendar because my clients customize the time spent w/their clients based on personal needs. Also, maybe integrate the top plug-ins for backups, security, etc. all in one place so we don't have to select and activate 20 different plug-ins. A click-to-call feature would be awesome as well. Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author vndnbrgj
      Originally Posted by shelleyluzaich View Post

      I didn't read all the posts so if I'm redundant, please forgive me. I'd like to see an optional appointment selection plug-in where they can list their top 3 times. Not an actual calendar because my clients customize the time spent w/their clients based on personal needs. Also, maybe integrate the top plug-ins for backups, security, etc. all in one place so we don't have to select and activate 20 different plug-ins. A click-to-call feature would be awesome as well. Thanks!
      So the options you are looking for already exisit.
      They come with themes. I can't remeber the exact names, but I have used them.

      The appt setter, one of my clients has this on their site.
      I think I remeber seeing it recently on a medical theme???
      The click to call can be done with most mobile webistes.
      The all in one is out there too....

      On top of that, I am curious to know why you felt the need to ressurect a year old thread?
      Did you look at the sig of the OP?
      Did you see him selling his theme?
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      • Profile picture of the author zimbizee
        So where is this theme????
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  • Profile picture of the author karensworld
    Well I have read some of the suggestions and to be honest, most are over my head.
    I provide a small monthly service ot the price point of $27.

    I would like to see a theme where I can place a small video in the Header with a 'meet the owner' tab . This would then play video of owner introducing product or sevice.
    I would also like pre- built sales pages that can just be edited and added as I grow.

    That's all I can think of for right now.

    Thanks.
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