The SandPress Theme Won 1ST Place, So What’s Next?
Update I Wrote this in a hurry, Corrected some Typos and added list of other winners
When I logged in to my computer this morning, I had completely forgotten that today at 5:30 AM (Indian Time) the results for the SandBox Design Competition would be announced. I opened FireFox and my Gmail Manager Extension showed that I had received more than 25-30 mails and Comments.
I found out that The SandPress Theme won the First Place in the SandBox WordPress Design Competition. It took a while for it to sink in. I want to thank the judges and everyone for the support and kind words. There are a few people I would like to thank specially, while I might not have the time to comment and take part in discussion in forums (WordPress.Com, sndbx.org), these are the kind of people who make the WordPress community such a great help and resource, without such people WordPress would be just another obscure Blogging Platform.
- Scott for running the SandBox Competition in the most professional and transparent way, providing all possible help and support.
- Adam the CSS Genius for giving me the idea for implementing the Date Stamp using Images.
- Engtech for providing the SandBox HTML Dummy code it was a great help.
- People in the SandBox Forums and the WordPress.com forums, again it was Scott, Adam, Engtech and a few dedicated WordPress Community members like DrMike, timethief, thatgirlagain, atthe404 sorry if I missed out anyone.
I have tried my best to personally thank everyone who had some encouragement and kind words for my me.
A List of other Winners and participants. Copied from scott’s blog. The numbers indicate the total points. you can also look at the complete data score here
- Moo-Point by Will Wilkins 23 Second place
- Prima Sunaryo Hadi 19 Third place
- Essay Ian Stewart 15 Runner-up
- Tiffany Blue Ia Lucero 10 Runner-up
- Shades of Gray Leslie Franke 10 Runner-up
- Diurnal Carolyn Smith 9
- Milkia Christian Betancourt 8
- Oriole Jason Porritt 8
- MIX Jauhari Nurudin 6
- Blueberry Dean< Robinson 5
- Walk in the Shadows Adam Freetly 4
- Scrappr Gordon Brander 4
- Hourglass Daniela Risse 4
- Sakeena Shazia Mistry 3
- Oranges Chris V. 3
- The Blue Butterfly Carolyn Smith 2
- Takimata Robert Ellis 2
- Picnic Carolyn Smith 1
- Chocolate Vanilla Stephen James Broughton 1
So what happens next with The SandPress WordPress Theme?
I will continue to support the SandPress Theme. Here is a mini Road Map
- Bug Fixes
- Side Bar Content and Widgets Needs more styling for various widgets.
- For the Date Stamp on 31st the Image doesn’t show up.
- Remove The SandPress Header or show people how to do it.
- Content Formatting Bugs example Bold or the strong tag doen’t show up properly
- Move The SandPress Code to Google Code.
- Get Feeback from the community for new Features.
- Launch a forum for support and discussions.
- Launch SandPress.com
- SandPress Candies (Different Colour Schemes)
- Comment Box needs to be made flexible i.e. it expands if there are more fields.
- Support for Popular plugins while remaining backward compatible with SandPress.
A few things I am debating.
- While three columns are great some people prefer 2 columns with a 780px width. I am thinking of making a two column version too, with a large footer.
- I don’t like the semantic structure that SandBox is following .i.e. h1 for blog name and h3 in the side bar. I prefer to follow what Chris Pearson has outlined. But this means I need to break away from the SandBox.
So the competion may be over but I am not done yet with SandPress, in the end it has a lot of hidden potential its just waiting to be discovered ;)