An Invitation to Join the Get Noticed! Theme or WordPress Beta Team

I’m pleased to announce that we are now moving into private beta for my new Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress. When I announced this theme back in September, I never dreamed so many people would be interested.

Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress Beta Signup

So far, 2,474 people have signed up to receive news and updates about the theme. Unfortunately, I have been woefully remiss in providing those updates. I am embarrassed to admit this is the first update since that original post.

Part of the issue is that I kept thinking we would be ready to move to beta testing “sometime this week or next.” (I can see you web developers smiling now.) Each week quietly slipped into the next, as we worked to add new features and squash the bugs we found.

We also saw a plethora of new devices introduced into the market this fall, including the iPad Mini. We wanted to make sure that the design was completely responsive and would render beautifully on every machine. When I realized that 30 percent of my own readers were viewing my blog on a mobile device, this became an even higher priority.

Andrew Buckman, my technical partner, has worked long nights and weekends to get us to this point, and I couldn’t be more excited with where we are today. The theme is packed with features, flexibility, and speed. I am running it live on this site now, so you can get a sense of what it can do.

(By the way, I benchmarked the load times against twelve popular blogs. As you may know, this is an important metric when it comes to Google’s analysis. Get Noticed! was faster than all but one, against which it tied. I expect our results to improve even further, once we optimize for speed.)

So here’s the plan. I am launching the formal beta application process today. You can signup here if you want to be considered. Andrew and I will review the applications starting on Wednesday, December 26th.

We will only pick a handful of testers for this first round, so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t selected. We want to make sure everything is working before we roll it out further. We don’t want the number of support requests to exceed our personal bandwidth.

I will notify those who have been selected on January 1st. (If you don’t hear from me on that day, you can assume you weren’t selected.) We will provide you with instructions on what to do next, along with a link to a user forum where you can ask questions and report problems.

In the meantime, we will be building out a dedicated website for the theme, writing the documentation, and determining the launch strategy.

If you want a list of the features the theme will include, you can read my original post. We’ve added a few items since then, but I’ll save that for another update.

Please note: this is not a child theme. We built this from the ground up. However, developers will be able to build child themes on top of this one.

Having told you what I know, here’s what I don’t know:

  • The final pricing. We will likely have a tiered approach with both blogger and developer editions. If you have thoughts on this, please let me know in the comments.
  • The beta path. We will likely have several rounds of beta testing. Each time, we hope to widen the circle and bring new testers onboard. If you don’t get selected in the first round, don’t lose heart. However, I don’t know the timing of these at this point.
  • The ship date. If there’s one thing I have learned over the last few months, don’t announce something until you are ready to ship it. We have a target in mind, but we are not stating this publicly.

Clearly I have underestimated the amount of work this project would require. (This seems to be the case with almost anything significant I take on. I’m convinced it’s one of the reasons for my success.) But we’ve made real progress in the last few months, and we’ll be there before you know it.

Thanks in advance for your interest and patience. Andrew and I appreciate it.

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  • http://leadershipvitamin.com/ Leo J. Lampinen

    The moment we’ve all been waiting for!  Mike, I truly appreciate your hard work in all your endeavors, you’ve been a huge inspiration.  Thank you for providing us with so many great tools and content.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You’re welcome, Leo. I appreciate your kind words.

  • http://www.toodarnhappy.com/ Kim Hall

    This is terrifically exciting! I just love how you lead the way, providing actionable information and great products.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kim. I am really excited abut this project.

  • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

    Most of the features of your theme were on my list of tweaks for Standard 3. I’m eager to use the theme! I’ve been praying for you, Michael. I know this has to be a HUGE job.

  • http://www.revivallifestyle.com/ Daniel Vogler

    I’m super excited about this theme, Michael. Most my questions about it have already been answered in your first post about it. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • http://www.brainwads.net/drewhawkins Drew Hawkins

    Looking forward to trying this theme out, whether it be beta or the full release. Very clean looking template, love it. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. That was my goal.

  • http://dustn.tv/ Dustin W. Stout

    As I rolled out of bed, barely able to open my eyelids I noticed a notification pop up from Google+ from you (since I’m subscribed to your posts there) and upon reading the first line, I was wide awake and typing away at your application! Haha! 

    I can’t wait to see the theme Michael! I think you’re really on to something here!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Dustin. I appreciate your enthusiasm!

  • http://www.DavidRobertsons.com/about David Robertson

    I check my email every morning and every evening hoping for an announcement about GetNoticed! I’m sure glad I saw your tween last night!

    I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of this thing!

  • http://www.DavidRobertsons.com/about David Robertson

    Ha, Dustin I know the feeling! I saw the tweet last night and woke up early to get some extra stuff done so I could spend some time here. 

  • http://christopherscottblog.typepad.com/blog/ Christopher L. Scott

    Just submitted my info to help Beta test if needed. I’m planning to relaunch my blog in February and switch from Typepad to WordPress.

    I hope this project goes well and helps others truly “Get Noticed” with blogging.

    Good luck Michael. I hope your project is a success.

  • http://twitter.com/Alan_Fowler Alan Fowler

    Thanks for your efforts, Michael!  I’m looking forward to the final product (and hopefully being a part of the beta team). Cheers!

  • http://twitter.com/CarlonLScott Carlon L Scott

    Exciting! Ever since I just so happen to borrow leadercast cds from 2011 I found in my little brothers garage over Labor Day 2012, I started a book and blog – CarlonLScott.com . I use evernote now as well! Thanks for all your help and guidance.

  • Author Chuck Balsamo

    What is the name of your social networking share widget?

  • http://pullum.com/ John Pullum

    Thanks for the update. I took the survey and signed up. I’m so excited about this theme. Thank you for all of your hard work on this project. This theme looks like everything I wanted my Standard Theme to be. I’ve pulled out one hair on my head each day I’ve been waiting to get this theme. I’m now totally bald and hope and pray I’m picked as a beta tester. I will now attempt to grow one hair back each day that I wait to be picked as a beta tester. Please pick me… soon! :) Thanks again, Michael. 

  • ConniesDream914

    Great Video Thank you for sharing this. Blessings to you.

  • Heman Smith

    Michael, I’ve been awaiting this launch with great anticipation.  I’m launching my own new business and coaching practice in January 2013, so I’ll sign up in case having a “start-from-scratch” beta partner is valuable for you.

    Heman Smith

  • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

    Michael, I love Standard theme but I cannot tell you how many times over the past week I have wanted to do something and can’t…then I think “I wonder if Get Noticed! will be able to do that?” 

    I’m like the guy who buys a brand new 2012 Mercedes and then starts hating it the second the commercials for the 2013 comes out.

    I’m so ready Michael. I can’t wait…OK yes I can. Learning to be more patient. Still excited though!

  • jphowe72

    So glad to receive this notice today. As someone who works with several bloggers on design and strategy, I’ve been anxiously awaiting getting my hands on this.

  • http://www.provisionhouse.org/ Paul Stark

    Reserving excitement until I see the price :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It won’t be cheap, I can promise you that much. ;-)

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Whatever the price, I’m sure it will be worth it. Michael and Andrew have been hard at work and it looks like a beautiful product looking at his blog. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

  • http://exciramedia.com/ Shannon Steffen

    Michael – I would love to be a Beta Tester, however, your survey only includes existing blogs. My main blog won’t be the one using your awesome new theme. I was planning on using it on a different domain (ShannonKSteffen.com) that has yet to be created.

    Does that leave me out of the standing?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, it doesn’t. Just include what you have now. Thanks.

      • http://exciramedia.com/ Shannon Steffen

         Wonderful! Thank you!

  • John E. Litton

    This is GREAT news Michael! I look forward to the process and appreciate your always telling it like it is. Merry Christmas!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Right John! What are you most excited about for this theme release?

  • http://www.dmleblanc.com/ Dustin LeBlanc

    Michael, Great splash image and logo for the theme. I have already set up with StudioPress for my site but the logo had me immediately having an “oh man, now I want the iphone too” moment. Great choice. Hope you get lots of happy customers on this one!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Dustin. Me too!

      • http://www.dmleblanc.com/ Dustin LeBlanc

        You should update your personal logo to match, man it’s slick!

  • http://www.RobTrenckmann.com/ Rob Trenckmann

    Ahh, the wait is killing me!  :)  I’m especially curious to know customizable this will be.  For those of us with smaller platforms, will this theme be too much, or can we pick and choose the applicable parts?  Looks great!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, absolutely. It will be fully customizable—colors, fonts, header image, menu choices, sidebar widgets—the whole nine yards.

      • http://www.RobTrenckmann.com/ Rob Trenckmann

        Perfect! Can’t wait for the release!

  • Lewspeare

    I didn’t realize what an adult-baby I was until you announced your theme was not coming out soon!  Reading your book brought me here.  I switched over to Bluehost under your link here.  I added WordPress to my blog in “20 minutes,” from here.  I signed up to beta-test (but I’m obviously not very experienced.  Yet).  If you write something on this bog, I read it.  I have worried my wife to death explaining how cool I think this theme is.  I don’t comment much but I wanted to on this theme-thing.  Can I make one subtle request?  Don’t make this theme so expensive that regualr people like me can’t afford it.  I really want this theme.

    • John E. Litton

      Lewis, I just wanted to say that I appreciate your writing style. You made me smile!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your input. We’ll take that into consideration.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks for sharing Lewis. Your story brought a smile to my face.

    • http://www.DavidASpecht.com/ David A Specht

      Hi Lewis,
      You sound a lot like me. Although I was blogging before I came across Michael’s book, it really got me on fire to “do it right.” Now I can’t wait for the theme to come out.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    So excited to hear this is moving forward and into the beta phase. Can’t wait to see the theme popping up on blogs around the web.

    My question is: Will there be an option to purchase a support package with the theme? If not, what kind of support will be given?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, there will. Right now, we are considering a tiered approach. Something like basic (no support), advanced (with support), and developer. We will come up with better names, but you get the idea. Thanks.

  • Thom McGuire

    I have a great Sandbox for your theme to come over and play in

  • http://www.bobarron.com/ Bo Barron, CCIM

    I’m so jacked about this.  I feel like I’m being called up to the bit leagues.  Thank you sir!

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  • Sandyl

    I so appreciate your wisdom and insights.  I started this process as a blank slate, I’m not there yet, not even close, but I’m not where I started.  One of my biggest ponderings has been what should my blog look like.  Is there a “look” that I should be shooting for?  I know content is most important, but I also know first impressions are critical and people judge you by everything from the way you dress to where you live, so I suspect they judge the credibility of your voice by the look of your site.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      There’s no right answer to this. I would start a file of blog designs you like. If you use Evernote, you can just “clip” the design into Evernote.

    • http://www.dmleblanc.com/ Dustin LeBlanc

      Its about personal preference and style. You might want to as Michael says and collect stuff from the web and then ask those who really know you to pick what matches your personality best. Just keep it clean and simple, like Michael’s. The point is to showcase you and your writing

  • Steve Gallegos

    Thank you Michael for creating this for us. I am so looking forward to implementing it, whether or not I get to test it. I am so appreciative of you sharing your experience with the launch date. I have been working on a web based project for a couple of years now, and as well, I always thought it would be ready “next week,” and “this week,” and “any day now”.  Yet, months and months later…”any day” is finally on the horizon.  I have learned that those of us creatives who envision the project from start to finish, need to yield to the greater force that is the program developers who work in a different time compendium than we do. Thrilling and exasperating at the same time.  I learned to love the process. I am so happy to hear that I am not alone. Thanks again for your transparency, and willingness to help.

    Steve Gallegos
    Author, Speaker, Success Coach
    http://www.steviegsuccess.com

  • http://twitter.com/qatharms qatharms

    I am not a web developer, but I have worked as a DBA on a host of technical projects. You are in good company. Even the most seasoned professionals usually underestimate the complications of a technical project, and they almost always underestimate it for new development. You are in good company. Your track record as a person who faces the challenges rather than denying them means that we await the successful completion of a quality project under your leadership. We don’t doubt that the outcome will be worth your effort and our wait.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks so much for your encouraging words.

  • maxhalberg

    Looking forward to GetNoticed! at whatever stage of development I am blessed to be part of it with. Thanks Mike.

  • Matthew Miller

    Hi Michael. My question about Video. I quite enjoy your writings and your blog. Found you via the Brogan podcast. I’m a professional TV editor in Hollywood and Filmmaking is my life. I have been looking for a theme I could use  for a Value giving website for awhile and haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I quite like yours, but My site that I envision is very VIDEO heavy and I need to to work well on all devices. So, my question is, will video work good and fast with this theme across all the platforms? I’ll probably be hosting on YT and Vimeo mainly. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it will. The theme won’t matter so much as the media hosting you use. I have had very good luck with Vimeo.

  • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon Gilliland

    I just applied! For the past few weeks, I have been looking forward to this theme. Personally, I believe that you are making the right choice to wait a little longer to provide the best trial runs.

    I got the ipad mini a few weeks ago, and it is amazing! It is important to have a theme responsive with the new devices coming out.

    I can’t wait to see how this theme works! Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      The Mini is amazing. This may be a tablet I actually use!

      • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon Gilliland

        I totally agree! I use it for almost everything now! I’m even debating writing entire blog posts on it…
        What apps would you recommend to do this?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Actually, the WordPress app is quite good. I also use ByWord and sync to iCloud. This way my drafts are available on every device.

          • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon Gilliland

            Oh ok…thanks for your input. I wasn’t quite sure if the WordPress app was the best way to go or not. I definitely agree that tablets are the way of the future!
            Have a Merry Christmas!

  • Davidprice526

    Mike, thank you for your great words of wisdom and advice.   Although I am new to your blog I have already learned a lot and have started to put your teachings into practice.  Keep up the great work.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbyWarrenTDR Bobby Warren

    Michael, I have been amazed at the lack of usable WP themes for a multi-media blog. Perhaps I am not using the proper search terms, but I feel like I am stuck in the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” story … nothing is just right … almost, but not exactly. Close, but … Looking forward to being part of your beta testing team or your customer base.

  • http://twitter.com/jhollak Joseph Hollak

    I read a book lately, that explained how important it is to “wrap your product in WOW.” 

    This is awesome offer is coming from contribution.

    Thank you Michael.

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  • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

    Looking forward for this to start getting rolled out and for the possible chance of joining the Beta Team.  Thanks again for all of this!

  • http://www.tracyleejones.com/ Tracy Lee Jones

    Happy New Year Michael!! 
    What an awesome way to  kick off 2013- Congratulations!!

    I’ve  been salivating over your theme ever since your first announcement!

    Are there any time estimates on when the beta invites will be sent today?  I’m ready to stop drooling for a bit (and my boyfriend is ready for me to stop being obsessed with my inbox)  :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid we have already sent them out. We are going with WordPress experts only in the first round. We’ll broaden that in the next round. (Not sure when that will happen.)

  • http://twitter.com/chrislema Chris Lema

    I can’t wait to check it out and applied on the first day possible. I”m wondering when we’ll find out how you’re proceeding with the beta.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      We are now in private beta. In the post I mentioned that I would notify the first round of testers on January 1st, which I did. I also said, ”If you don’t hear from me on that day, you can assume you weren’t selected.” We had almost 2,000 people apply. Thanks for your interest.

  • http://twitter.com/beardonabike Shane Blackshear

    Any idea when the next round of testing will be?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I am sorry, I don’t. We aren’t announcing dates at this point. We’re just quietly working away. (The first round is going great.)

  • http://www.strategicplanningforgrowth.co.uk/ Jane Bromley

    Hi Michael. This sounds really good. It would solve so many of the things I struggle with! 

    I am really looking forward to hearing that the theme is ready- or even getting involved in later beta trials if possible. 

    Out of interest- did you have your email template created specially or is it something that the rest of us can access? 

    Thanks. Jane

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I had that created by my web developer. Thanks.

  • Moetchandon71

    Hello Michael, just seen the theme via my local consultants marketing group. looks great, very professional feel and look, will it be flexible to changing background, tab colours, email form and widgets etc to blend to individual clients tastes? Will there be an unlimited developers licence ? All looks very good !

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes to all your questions, except unlimited developer’s license. We haven’t decided on that yet.

  • Tim

    If we signed up on the original post, will we be notified about the subsequent beta rounds?