Yesterday was July 31st, 2011. A normal Sunday around here except for one little detail.
Headway Themes turned 2 years old on July 31st, 2011.
A lot has happened over the last 2 years and my how fast it has raced by.
Headway itself has grown and changed
When we pushed out the very first version of Headway, the main feature was the early version of the Layout Editor. I remember when we showed that first version of Headway to a group of WordPress users and developers in Dallas, they were awed. Hell, I was amazed everytime Clay showed me what he was doing.
What was most amazing was the fact this 16 year old kid was building something which would do what Headway Themes was doing. All while he was still in high school.
Next came what we now call the Visual Editor. The layout editor was great. The Visual Editor took the layout editor to a whole new level. And wow has the Visual Editor changed since we first introduced it.
What you see now with our exclusive Headway Visual Editor is a tool which has enabled so many users to build great sites with very little, if any coding involved. And that was certainly our dream too. Give people a tool they could use to build a Web presence, even if they knew nothing about code.
Yes, you can do more with Headway Themes if you know how to code. But, you don’t have to either.
While we have tried to be very innovative with Headway Themes. There have been at least one or two times we did rush out an update sooner than we should have. You can blame that all on me too.
I tend to want to get things out as quick as possible and I know that has jumped up and bit us in the butt at least once.
The release of Headway 1.5 was premature at best. And yes it had some issues. Let me take just a moment to thank all of our users then for your patience as we fixed those early growing pains too.
Needless to say we, actually mainly me, have learned a lot over the last 2 years when it comes to the timing of a new release. And that is certainly indicated in how long Clay and his Team have been working on the next big release for Headway. And I mean big too.
Currently, those of you using Headway Themes should be using version 2.0.xx. If you are not, you need to upgrade. But, remember backup, backup and backup.
Version 2.0 was an amazing new version that has continued to grow and provide new and improved features.
With it you have even seen two amazing Add-on Leafs which our very own Chris Howard has built and continued to improve on. The Excerpts+ Leaf and the Gallery+ Leaf. Two tools that add even more power to Headway Themes. Chris continues to amaze us with his innovation too. Just to give you something to ponder, Chris and I are discussing a few more Add-ons for Headway Themes too. Be watching for more details on that soon I am hoping.
What is coming for Headway Themes?
Lots of cool stuff is coming for sure.
I was hoping we would have this next version of Headway out as a celebration of our 2 year anniversary. But, the developing team told the marketing team we had to be patient. Which if anyone knows me is a very difficult thing for me to be.
Coming in Headway 3.0
- You saw right. The next version/upgrade is huge and we wanted to indicated that by the version number.
- A completely redesigned User Interface for Headway and the Visual Editor
- Which means a new look to the Visual Editor
- A grid system which provides a way to set up the layout of a site in a matter of seconds. I have been playing with this feature for weeks now and it truly is amazing and easy to use.
- New API for developers
- The code in Headway is getting a completely new rewrite. This thing is fast as hell.
- The introduction of Headway Themes Child Themes and the Headway Marketplace. We have been working on the Marketplace for quite awhile now and this is going to rock. Developers who build Child Themes can feature them on the Headway Marketplace and on their own sites if they want. We are excited to see the interest and growth of what I like to call the econo-system being built around Headway Themes.
This is just a small sampling of what is coming too. Clay would not let me tell you too much. We will have some screenshots and even some videos coming out in the next week or so showing you what is coming too. If I can talk the team into it, we may even give you a peek at a few of the child theme designes we have coming.
Seems WYSIWYG fronted editors are all the rage in WordPress themes all of a sudden. If they saw the next version of Headway they’d give up.
In the meantime, the Team is working on getting 2.0.12 out the door. Both to fix a couple of annoying bugs and to provide a couple of new features too.
Our gift to you and our way of saying THANK YOU
If you don’t already own your own copy of Headway Themes, here is a 30% off coupon you can use to purchase either the Personal or Developer License.
Code – Headway2years
This discount code is only good for a few days so don’t delay if you want to save.
You can get the personal license for $60.90. Normal price is $87.00
The developer’s license would be $114.80. Normal price is $164.00
If you already have your own license for Headway, don’t worry. We are going to have a special surprise for you in version 3.0
Remember I said we will have Headway Themes Child Themes coming in 3.0.
If you have the personal license at the time we push out 3.0 and child themes, you will get a coupon for 1 free child themes. And if you have the developer’s license, you will get a coupon code for 3 free child themes.
For those who have asked. Yes, we will have a price increase with Headway 3.0 And, we are moving to a subscription model too. However, if you already own Headway, you will never pay again for updates and support for your Headway Themes license. That is how you joined the Headway community and that is exactly what you get for life.
Why the increase and change? We want to make sure we can continue to grow, innovate and support all of you when ever you need it. We want a business that is sustainable and here for years and years to come. And I think you will agree Headway is always innovating and updating as the need arises.
Exciting times are going to continue here at Headway Themes as we continue to grow and innovate. We hope you take advantage of our gift to you so you can be part of what is yet to come too.
Thanks to all of you for making the last two years so amazing and best of all fun.
Finally, Clay and I want to extend a special thank you to the official Headway Themes Team. Without your hard work and dedication to Clay and I, there is no way we could have accomplished what we have over the last 2 years. Here’s to the last 2 years and many more to come.
- Chris Howard
- Michael Martine
- Caitlin, aka MommyGeek
- AJ Morris
- Gary Barrett
Grant and Clay Griffiths | Co-founders of Headway Themes