Envato’s Most Wanted: BuddyPress & bbPress Themes
Latest trends from PressNomics 2013 revealed that social functionality is one of the hottest requested features in WordPress websites and themes. So we’ve put a $6,600 bounty on the heads of Envato’s latest most wanted file type – BuddyPress & bbPress Themes on ThemeForest. How do you collect? Submit your new BuddyPress/bbPress themes for a shot at winning one of our many “Best Item” prizes, with some of the largest individual cash prizes we’ve ever had!
What’s the Reward?
The five best new WordPress theme submissions with Advanced Integration of BuddyPress/bbPress will win:
- 1st Place: $2,000 + Featured Item on Homepage + 1:1 time with our in-house SEO guru Saijo
- 2nd Place: $1,500
- 3rd Place: $1,000
- 4th Place: $750
- 5th Place: $500
The three best new WordPress theme submissions with Basic Integration of BuddyPress/bbPress will win:
- 1st Place: $500
- 2nd Place: $250
- 3rd Place: $100
Since you’re making it social, so will we! All winning items will also be individually featured on Envato’s social network channels.
Each of the 5 Advanced Integration winners will also receive a code for 30% Off Any Service from our buddies at MicroLancer.
It’s a Contest!
This Envato’s Most Wanted event is a “Best Item” contest. And like any contest, you don’t want to be disqualified because you didn’t follow the rules. So as well as carefully following the procedure below, make sure you read the rules in full! Here are the key details:
- Submit your items on or after Wednesday, December 11th 2013 and before the competition closes on Wednesday Feb 5th 2014, before midnight AEDT.
- In order to be eligible for a prize, the live demo must show the theme functioning with both BuddyPress & bbPress.
- A theme can only win in one area (either Advanced or Basic integration). In other words, a theme with Advanced Integration is not also eligible for a Basic Integration prize.
- Eligibility of the themes in these two areas will be determined by Envato staff.
- An author can win a maximum of one (1) prize for this contest.
- Authors can enter as many themes as they like. If an author has more than one eligible theme in both areas, they will be considered for the Advanced Integration prize before the Basic Integration prize.
- Multiple submissions from the same author must be different to one another.
- Authors must post links to their approved items in this Envato’s Most Wanted thread.
- Prizes are payable only via PayPal or Moneybookers/Skrill.
- Eligible themes will be voted on by the ThemeForest community (see voting rules below).
- All winners will also receive the much-desired Most Wanted Bounty Winner badge.
- Each of the 5 Advanced Integration winners will also receive a code for 30% Off Any Service from our buddies at MicroLancer. Promotion codes will be sent to the winners after the event & expire June 30th 2014.
- 1st Place winners will also receive a “Won a Contest” badge.
We’ll commence voting a week or two after the event closes, announce the winners, and send out the prizes two or three weeks after that. So, let’s get started. To be in the running, follow our procedure to the letter!
Basic & Advanced Definitions
To help define what we mean by Basic vs. Advanced integration, here is a brief overview of what we are looking for:
BASIC DESIGN INTEGRATION
The BuddyPress/bbPress plugins have been tested to work with the theme, and basic styling has been included to ensure the BuddyPress/bbPress default elements and pages match the overall theme aesthetic. Example themes with Basic Integration:
ADVANCED DESIGN INTEGRATION
These themes have been built around the BuddyPress/bbPress platform itself to tightly integrate it into the layout and functionality of the site, including customized theme features and templates. Advanced BuddyPress/bbPress themes have been specifically designed and purposed to meet the unique needs of online communities and social networks. Some aspects we will be considering when determining the eligibility of Advanced Integration items are:
- Inclusion of customized shortcodes, widgets, sidebars, and/or templates utilizing BuddyPress/bbPress functionality.
- Extended functionality and theming for socially relevant features such as membership and reviewing.
- Integration and theming of additional BuddyPress/bbPress specific plugins/extensions.
- Unique designs that serve a real purpose/community
Example themes with Advanced Integration:
- Klein – A Nitty-Gritty Community Theme
- OneCommunity – BuddyPress Theme
- Sweet Date – More than a WordPress Dating Theme
How to Submit Your Items
- Upload your items according to the normal upload instructions.
- Advanced Integration themes should be submitted to the ThemeForest > WordPress > BuddyPresssubcategory.
- Basic Integration themes may be submitted there as well, or to a more applicable ThemeForest > WordPress subcategory if appropriate.
- All submissions should have the “Compatible With: BuddyPress” and “Compatible With: bbPress”attribute options selected (choose all appropriate versions that apply).
What To Do After Your Items Are Approved
Once your items have been approved, do the following as soon as you can:
- Complete the Most Wanted Entry Agreement. By doing this, you agree to keep any winning entries online for a minimum of two years.
- Post your approved entries in this thread. You must post a link to your item here in order for it to be eligible for the contest.
Community Voting Rules
The winners will be chosen by you the ThemeForest Community. Only authors with eligible submissions will have earned a place at the voting table! Those authors will receive a message with details on how to vote at the end of the Most Wanted event. Here are a few of the voting rules:
- Only authors who have an eligible submission can vote for the winner(s).
- Only 1 vote may be submitted per author account (even if an account has a team of developers).
- If an author submits more than one item they do not get multiple votes.
- Authors cannot vote for their own item. (If you do, your vote will not count.)
- Authors must not share voting links or information to others.
- Voting will be open for 7 days.
That’s all there is to it! All BuddyPress/bbPress themes submitted between December 11th 2013 – Feburary 5th 2014 (and subsequently approved) based on the above requirements have a chance to win. Good luck!
We’re Buddying Up!
Alongside this BuddyPress/bbPress Most Wanted event, we’re also holding a massive WordPress eCommerce Most Wanted competition! Themes that have both BuddyPress/bbPress as well as eCommerce functionality may be eligible for both contests, with a huge potential prize pot like we’ve never seen before – over $18,000 in total cash and bonus prizes between them! Be sure to check out the officialWordPress eCommerce Most Wanted announcement post for more details.