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Introducing You to ZOOM Builder

Written by Pavel Ciorici on in News 14 comments
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There have been a handful of really momentous moments in WPZOOM’s six-year history. From the first theme release back in 2009 to the first version of the ZOOM Framework in 2011 to our continued commitment to making being a WPZOOM customer as smooth as an experience as possible, as shown through our innovative support center redesign a year ago.

For most of the last year we’ve been working on something very special and we’re finally at a point where we can share it with you. This blog post today is the first time we’ve talked about it publicly.

Let’s back up here a second, though.

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WordPress 3.8 & ZOOM Framework 1.4.0 Released

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WordPress 3.8 was released today and along with its new cool features, we want to bring you another good news: the long-awaited version 1.4.0 of the ZOOM Framework was finally released!

What’s new in WordPress 3.8?

But before providing more details about changes we did in our framework, let’s see what’s new in WordPress 3.8:

Dashboard Redesign

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Probably you’ve heard about the MP6 plugin already, and the good news is that this plugin is now a part of WordPress 3.8, which means that the entire dashboard design was changed to a more modern interface. Another good thing about the new admin interface is that it comes with 8 different color schemes, so if you’re fan like me of the previous admin interface, you may want to set “Light” color scheme as your default one:
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WPZOOM Survey 2013 (Infographic)

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Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been quietly running our first customer-wide survey, to get a better idea of how people are using our WordPress themes, what we can do to improve them, and how they’ve found the whole WPZOOM experience.

We’ve had just shy of 1000 responses and the results make for some pretty interesting reading. The survey offers some insight not just into how our themes are being used, but how self-hosted WordPress is being used across the ‘net.


You’ll see some figures on a neat infographic below, but here are some interesting figures we’ve picked out:

1. Functionality and design are more imporant than price. When we asked “What was the main reason you chose a WPZOOM theme?”, 78% of respondents picked functionality or design. Just 8% said price was the main consideration. This very clearly suggests people want quality, and they’re willing to pay for it.

2. Theme usage is almost exactly split between personal use, client use and corporate usage. This one surprised us a little. We knew that use of our business themes such as Insider and Academica Pro was strong, but we didn’t think it was quite that strong. Definitely valuable analytics to take into account when we’re creating new themes.

3. Nearly half of customers haven’t used our support forum. Following the complete overhaul of our Support Center earlier this year, this is in line with what we expected. 40% of customers have never needed to ask one of our team for support, and — encouragingly — a further 44% said support staff were “helpful and able to solve my issue quickly”. We’ve got some work to do, especially with the 4% who were “disappointed”, but overall it’s an encouraging statistic.

Here’s a further breakdown of the results in infographic form:
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Simpler Plans, Redesigns and Yearly Support

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Since the release of our latest theme, PhotoFrame, we’ve been extremely busy behind the scenes at WPZOOM. We’ve been tweaking, simplifying and redesigning, which means we’ve got a bunch of news to share with you. Let’s get straight to it.


Simplified WPZOOM Membership options

First up, we’re pleased to announce we’ve simplified our subscription options, and merged our “Standard” and “Developer” membership options into one single WPZOOM Membership plan. The single membership plan includes unlimited access to all our themes, Photoshop files, support and updates whilst the membership is active.

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Current customers will keep the membership plans they signed up for for as long as they are active, but new customers can purchase a WPZOOM Membership for $19/month, with a one-time $199 startup fee. That works out at around $4.50/theme, which is crazy good value.
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10 More Amazing WPZOOM Powered Sites

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We absolutely love seeing WPZOOM themes in awesome real-life scenarios and use-cases. Seeing our themes being used to power real businesses on real websites is fantastic, and serves as great inspiration as we carry on producing more awesome WordPress themes.

This post has got ten awesome WPZOOM customisations from our showcase. On any of these examples, you can click straight through to the website and the theme being used to find out more.

Agricolae
Agricolae.eu

Visit View Theme

A colourful custom take on OriginMag, Agricolae.eu makes the most of the “magazine” style look. Great inspiration if you want to see what’s possible with OriginMag.


Andi Birnbacher
Andi Birnbacher

Visit View Theme

A clean, image-heavy take on PhotoNote, AndiBirnbacher.de is the website for German biathelete Andreas Birnbacher. The mixture of static and dynamic content result in a really smooth user experience.
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