Want to design a template?
Our sister site, Ninja Theme, home to the Ninja's Joomla Template club has finally come out of soft launch mode and has now officially launched. As you would expect from us, NT is a not your
standard Template Club as we have been listening to the complaints and suggestions at other template clubs and have decided to try something different that
we hope people will like.
Every month, in addition to a regular template, we will crowdsource a design which we will
then produce. What does crowdsource mean? We want community members to submit
designs, and then the rest of the community will vote on those
designs, and then we will develop the winner as chosen by the
All you need to submit is a template design in a decent sized .jpg
file. If you are the winner then we will need either a PSD or,
preferably, a layered Fireworks PNG file and the NT team will take care of all the
We also have a nice pile of prizes for the winner. Thanks to generous sponsorship of Mauritius Connection
this month, the cash portion of this month's prize will be $300 USD,
plus $500 in life memberships at Ninja Forge and Ninja Theme. Then we also have a free one year SEO Club members forum access at Alledia
, valued at $99 to give away to our winner. To top it all off, the good folk at Joomla Training
have thrown in a ticket to a Joomla training class worth $349. If that wasn't enough we also have thrown in a year of hosting at Ninja Hosting
, with the package of your choice worth up to $480. So we have over $1700 in cash and prizes for the winner.
Then on top of that is the brag factor of being able to point to a few hundred or
even thousand sites around the web and say 'that's my design', you will also get an entry
in our leader board, and a full page on the demo site for you to
advertise your blog, business or services, or just put up a big photo of your Mum
if you like, whatever you like. You will even get a link in the footer of the template
itself. So lots of SEO and link love as a nice bit of icing on top for
a designer to get their name out there.
The above mentioned Crowdsourcing Design Competition
, our first for 2009, and in fact first ever, is sponsored by Mauritius Connection
a great place for Mauritius deals and holidays, and also their sister site, Caribbean Connection
, an equally fantastic place for information about the Caribbean. As a result the Theme for the design is a holiday, or holiday services site,
preferably a tropical theme, but others may be acceptable.
We will also be making this template a free template, so anyone
can make use of it if they wish. So we can expect this one to be seen
far and wide.
The competition is open to anyone who wants to try, even people from other template
clubs or extension developers. We don't mind at all. We are just
looking for quality designs.
If your design doesn't make the cut, don't worry, as you can fine tune
it, and resubmit it into as many competitions as you like until you do
win. So no efforts are wasted.
Entries for this month close on the last day of January, a scant 2 weeks away. But remember you ONLY need the design, no coding is necessary, just an image.
We will then hold voting on the first week of February (and announce
the next theme), and produce the winning design for a March 1st
release, or earlier.
So let's all get our design hats on, and see what we can come up with!