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So You’ve Just Become An Envato Author – What Now?

As im sure you can tell by our portfolio, we are proud authors on two of the Envato Marketplaces – CodeCanyon and ThemeForest. Although we have only been part of the community for a few months we believe we have some handy half decent tips to share for any new authors looking for a place to start. In this post I will share some awesome, and mostly free resources you could use to build your website and support center.

The Theme

There are a host of free themes out there, and whilst you could spend an age looking for the right one, or even building from scratch, I found that the sublime Supportte theme by the incredibly talented Syamil MJ (I will be mentioning this dude a few times over the course of these posts – the amount of excellent, free stuff this guy has there is incredible)

The main killer feature Supportte offers is its ‘built in’ support forum. Admittedly you do need to install a number of additional plugins (all listed on the github page) but if your following these tips then the next bit will cover most of the necessary plugins anyway.

I should also point out that this very site is built from Supportte, we just threw in some bootstrap goodness and a few choice plugs and where all set.

Setting Up Your Support Forum

Ok, im not going to contribute an awful lot here as its being so wonderfully illustrated by this rather nifty tutorial written by another name you should definatly get to know, Pippin Williamson

The only real value I can chuck at your here is an little freebie from IshYoBoy – the brilliant Purchase Verification plugin. This will allow you to create an exclusive support forum for verified users only using the Envato API.

Extra Plugins To Consider

I wont go into the basic stuff here like SEO plugins or cache plugins, here are a few nice plugins we have utilized throughout our site and figure you may find one or two useful.

Fancier Author Box – A great little plugin if you are going to start blogging. It adds a sweet little box under your plugins and is really easy to customize with a little CSS knowhow.

Font Awesome 4 Menus – Just follow this easy little tutorial from WPTavern and you can add sexy icons to your menus in seconds.

MailPoet Newsletters – If you are interested in start a newsletter to keep your ever-growing customers up to date? Well this amazing offering makes is so easy, its rude not to use it.

Right, thats it for now – next time I will be covering some unbelievable free stuff that will give you a massive head start when creating your first WordPress theme, plugin or HTML templates. I urge you to subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when its up.

Danny Jones

Danny is a WordPress plugin and theme developer from the UK. In his spare time you will find him hunched over sublime text or occasionally playing Skyrim for PS3

2 thoughts on “So You’ve Just Become An Envato Author – What Now?

  1. Hey Danny,

    Great post man, I have now setup my company as a author yet but we are talking about it. You put some great stuff into this post, keep up the good work man, also I think everyone should also know Pippin he is a great guy and knows his stuff, he has build a few items for my clients and help me out tons in the past.

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