Announcing the Get Noticed! Theme Paid Beta

Last September, I announced we had begun development on the Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress. My goal was to create a powerful, easy-to-use theme for anyone wanting to build their own platform.

Get Noticed! Theme Screenshot

The theme entered beta testing in mid-January. Our faithful testers found some bugs (just as we had hoped) and made some great suggestions for additional features.

Meanwhile, we launched Platform University in January and the Platform Conference in February. Both were a tremendous success, but they stretched our modest resources.

Platform University has required more time from Andrew Buckman, my developer, and me than we anticipated. We have been swamped. Unfortunately, we had to put the theme on the back-burner until we could catch up.

Thankfully, the heavy-lifting is now behind us (we hope). We have been able to resume development on the theme. Andrew is finishing up the last private beta release. Meanwhile, I am turning my attention to getting everything ready for the public launch.

New Features in Development

The beta is currently very stable. If you want a list of the main features, click here.

We are now finalizing the last beta version for our testers before the public release. It will include:

  • Theme Customizer. This will enable users to customize their theme more easily, without having to touch the CSS files or know any code.
  • Subscription Counter. This widget will calculate your total reach, based on e-mail subscribers, Twitter followers, Facebook fans, LinkedIn connections, etc.

    Get Noticed! Theme Reach Counter

  • Multi-Author Support. This will insert an “author box” before or after the post. It will provide options for a photo (avatar), brief bio, and social media links.
  • RSS Feed Ads. This will enable you to insert advertising directly into your RSS feed, just as I currently do.

    Get Noticed! Theme RSS Ads

  • Social Share Tracking. This will keep track of how many times people click on the the various buttons in the Social ShareBar.

We are currently on-schedule to distribute this version to our testers by June 7th—less than two weeks away.

An Opportunity to Get It Early

We still have a significant amount of work to do in creating the documentation and sales tools. However, rather than make you wait any longer, we have decided to launch a paid beta no later than July 15th.

Here’s how it will work:

  • We will only make the theme available to 150 people. We are doing this to scale the roll-out, so we don’t overwhelm ourselves with support issues. We will also use the questions we get to build our FAQ page.
  • This option will be the full version, but it will still be beta. We will not provide any documentation and you will likely still find some bugs.
  • The price for the beta will be $197. This is the same price as Thesis 2.0 Professional. If this sounds like more than you want to spend, this theme is not for you. This is a premium theme for serious platform-builders.
  • We have not decided on all the upgrade terms and support details for the theme at this time. We will likely have tiered pricing and support options, but I don’t know the details yet.

Assuming the paid beta goes well, we plan to open it up to another 150 or so people, and then roll it out in stages. Again, we want to make sure we have adequate support resources in place to ensure our users have a great experience.

What You Need to Do Now

I will let everyone on our update list know twenty-four hours before we put the paid beta on sale. It will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

If you are interested in the paid beta, you need to make sure you are on our update list:

Keep in mind we have more than 3,000 people on the list now. As a result, I expect to sell out of our first 150 copies in less than an hour.

If you want earlier access that 24 hours, join Platform University. We are giving my members 48-hour notice.

Thanks for your continued interest in this project. I know it is taking longer than we thought. Andrew and I appreciate your continued patience. We are committed to making this the best theme for personal branding available anywhere.

Question: Do you have any questions about the theme or the process? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • DaveBratcher

    Will this function like the theme I am currently using with WordPress? I have been blogging for a little over a year and I am far from an expert on the back end tools. Thanks for doing this and I look forward to your feedback.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Themes are all similar in that they follow certain WordPress conventions. But they are also different, in that they provide a lot of freedom for the developer to make it their own.
      I don’t know how similar this will be to your current theme. I wouldn’t be able to know without diving in and comparing them. Thanks.

      • http://www.davebratcher.com/ Dave Bratcher

        Thanks Michael. I just wanted to make sure it was going to be something I could quickly implement. So thankful for all of your material. Platform was a great tool and motivation for me to start blogging. http://www.davebratcher.com.

  • http://www.robstill.com Rob Still

    Is there any support, forum, or users group for the paid beta ?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      There will definitely be a support system up (ticketing system). I hope to get a discussion forum up just as quickly as we can, because it will make it easier on us, too.

  • Tom Schulte

    Do you have anyone you can recommend who can help transfer content from a WordPress.com site to the new Get Noticed self-hosted theme?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I don’t yet, but this is a service we will likely offer when we launch. Thanks, Tom.

    • http://www.wevival.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      WordPress.com has a team you can pay to migrate content. I think it is under 200.

    • Steven Dewitt

      The two main parts to the WordPress system are the files and the database. Using a plugin such as BackUpWordPress you are able to selectively backup either the database or the files. The best thing about this plugin is the ability to download the backup directly.

      Your hosting company should be able to help with setting up the wordpress application on your domain.

      You also need to make sure you’ve updated the site url and the home url to your new domain address.

      Import your old database to your new database – copy over your files – with the exception of wp-config.php as this contains the information that allows your WordPress site to talk to your database (ftp is always much faster).

      Once you understand the basic ideas of how the systems talk to each other and how to add the small edits needed to get your site up and running – $200 will seems crazy. I was able to migrate one of my clients sites over last night in under 30 minutes – this includes the time to transfer over the 2000 files to their server.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I’m content with my simple WP 2011 theme, but I’ve decided I will upgrade to a paid theme when I reach the one-million mark on the Alexa rankings. I’ve gone from 14 million to 1.4 million in the past 9-10 months, but the changes get slower as I move further up. At that point I’ll consider my options and hire someone to help with some technical changes, too.

    • http://www.joyjoyg.com/ Joy Groblebe

      Dan – Congratulations on growing your Platform. Sounds you are off to a great start!

      • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

        Thanks, Joy. It’s up and down. Some days it seems like nothing is changing, but over the long run I’ve seen slow, steady growth.

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

      That sounds like a good goal! I wouldn’t mind paying for a premium theme if it essentially paid for itself, but my blog is currently not in the stage to do that.

      I still need to attract a bigger audience before I decide to invest in something like this theme.

      • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

        My thoughts exactly, Brandon.

  • David Vanderpool

    Michael; I am a fellow middle Tennessean who has just relocated to Haiti to build a hospital among other things. I blog (poorly) on blogspot but after reading your entry on Word Press, I wondered if I should change my blog hosting company. Would it be worth the change for me? Thanks for your wonderful blog. David Vanderpool, MD
    LiveBeyond.org

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It all depends. WordPress will take more work. But it is so much more flexible. It will allow for growth in the future in a way that Blogspot won’t. Thanks.

      • David Vanderpool

        Michael, thanks for your input. Since we have no stable electric grid, running water, sewer system and only a portable satellite internet link, I’m trying to keep things as simple as possible.

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

      I would consider switching. I have blogged with wordpress for over 2 years. I started with wordpress.com and then moved to a selfhosted platform.

      I enjoy it, but it’s becoming hard to find the time because I’m a college student pursuing medical school. Time is limited.

      However, I do enjoy writing Christian leadership, worship, and devotionals on my blog about once per week. If you have any questions about switching over, I’d be glad to answer any! My blog is http://www.brandongilliland.com, and my twitter and other contact info are on there.

      • David Vanderpool

        Brandon; thanks for your input. I’m a trauma surgeon from Nashville, TN now living in Haiti building hospitals and training Haitian doctors. Good luck in school

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

          Very cool! I’m sure you stay busy with that! Thanks so much…and may God continue to bless you as well!

  • http://personalsuccesstoday.com/ John Richardson

    Great to see you moving ahead with your theme project. Having great support will be key. Phasing in the number of users will really help. Looking forward to implementing this on a future site.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. We had a software developer friend suggested the staged rollout. I think it will really help us ensure the user experience is great.

  • http://www.alansalls.com/ Alan Salls

    Michael am I correct in assuming the 150 selected paid beta people will get all the future beta upgrades and eventually get the full public paid version when it is finally released? When you say “We will likely have tiered pricing and support options……” will the paid beta people be at the low end of the tiered levels, the middle, or the top end? Or is it too early to answer a question line that? I’m very excited about the release & hope I can get in with the first 150 people either way! Thanks & have a super day! :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Alan, yes, that is correct. We haven’t decided if the paid beta price will be the middle or top tier. We’re working on that now. But, regardless, you will won’t have to pay for the public release, unless we provide a level above it. (Then it would just be the difference.)

      • http://www.alansalls.com/ Alan Salls

        Fantastic! Can’t wait…….thanks Michael! :)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great question, Alan. Good luck making the list!

  • http://twitter.com/quirkycity Heather C Button

    Does this theme work on both WordPress.org and WordPress.com platforms?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Just WordPress.org right now.

      • http://www.alansalls.com/ Alan Salls

        Fantastic! Can’t wait – thanks Michael! :)

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

    Awesome! Excited for this coming up and can’t wait to hear when the 24 hour notice approaches over the summer, thank you Michael!

    For the multi-author box, have you guys considered doing anything like (latest tweet from author, FB status, G+ status, etc.?) You can see an example on this post on my site if interested near the bottom, just curious:

    http://www.beforethecross.com/biblical-teachings/men-act-like-men/

    Thanks again!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Interesting idea. We may consider this for a future release. It won’t be in 1.0. Thanks.

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

        No problem!

    • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

      Nice author box Mike! Is that custom designed?

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

        Thank you sir! No, it is a plugin called Fanciest Author Box. I think it would work great for the Get Noticed Theme down the road, especially for Multi-Author Support.

  • lingvaroom

    Michael, I’m a blogger from Russia so my question is if it is possible to change language for the theme? For such components as “share” buttons, “buy” buttons etc.?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It won’t be inthe initial release. However, we have tried to change all text to be international-ready. This means someone could theoretically write the translation file and make it work.
      I’m pretty sure the buy buttons let you customize the text as part of our interfaces, so you should be okay. Thanks.

    • Steven Dewitt

      Now I haven’t gotten to utilize the theme but the 99.999% of the content should be able to be converted using the google translate tool. It usually is setup to only stay active for a single page but will remain persistent is the code is added to the parts of the page that remain no matter what template is selected – such as the header or the footer.

      The share buttons and buy buttons may depend – if they are simply images with the wording on them already then this solution would not work however if they are CSS driven buttons and the text is editable then it should work just fine.

  • http://asmithblog.com/ asmithblog

    Theme looks great man! Still trying to decide what look to go for next, but knowing you, your theme will be perfect. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I doubt it will be perfect, but we’ll get as close as we can!

  • John Litton

    This is great news Michael. Thanks for the update and explanation of the processes to follow. It sure helps me in my planning stages. Still hoping to get in on this next tier.

  • http://josuemolina.com/ Josue Molina

    That’s awesome Michael. People with a strong platform will love it. I’m still using standard theme. So far so good for my start up.

  • bradblackman

    Bravo for saying “If this sounds like more than you want to spend, this theme is not for you. This is a premium theme for serious platform-builders.” It’s refreshing to hear/read people drawing a line in the sand, so to speak.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I didn’t want it to sound arrogant, but we just have zero interest catering to the bottom of the market.

      • bradblackman

        I couldn’t agree with you more. Too many people try to please everybody with their products. This is for serious platform builders!

  • Robert Huber

    This is great news. Curious though, is the purchase a one-time license or can it be used on more than one domain?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      This is a one-time license (we think). We are working on that now. We hope to have a multiple domain option.

      • Peter Vogopoulos

        Hi Michael,
        This is great news! I can’t wait. Will the theme run on WPMU and will there be a different licensing arrangement for that, or would we just buy one for each domain? Or perhaps the aforementioned multiple domain option would cover this?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          We haven’t figured out all the licensing issues yet. We will by the time we launch. Thanks.

        • http://www.stormyfrog.com/ Andrew Buckman

          It probably won’t be WPMU-tested for the Paid Beta, but it is on the radar.

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

    Awesome! This theme is more than what I should spend at this point, but I’m sure it is a great theme. I hope it really helps people build their platforms!

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

    I’m super excited about this theme! Can’t wait to get my hands on it and recommend it to my subscribers!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Daniel. Thanks for your enthusiasm.

  • http://www.timemanagementninja.com/ Craig Jarrow

    Michael,

    If you are looking for some help with the forums, etc. Would love to help out. :)

    Best wishes,

    Craig

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Craig. That’s generous of you to offer. I will keep you in mind. I am not quite sure how we are going to structure this.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianAlaway Brian Alaway

    Is this built on a framework that supports automatic updates and a child theme?

    • http://www.stormyfrog.com/ Andrew Buckman

      Yes to both. Editing the theme itself is not recommended.

      • http://twitter.com/BrianAlaway Brian Alaway

        Great. One more question – any page templates included or blog style only?

        • http://www.stormyfrog.com/ Andrew Buckman

          Yes, we will have a few page template styles, though the selection might be sparse in the paid beta. I’ll probably be open to a few requests on that front.

      • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

        So, would the Genesis Framework and how it works in relation to it’s child themes be a fair comparison in how the Get Noticed! Theme will work?

        • http://www.stormyfrog.com/ Andrew Buckman

          To be honest I haven’t really worked with Genesis, sorry. My goal is to make as much of it customizable in a child theme as I can.

          This is probably something that will be a lot better 6 months in, as I want to make a few child themes myself to make sure it can do everything I’d want it to.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Exciting! Thanks for the update, Michael.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/rickcoplin RickCoplin

    MIchael,

    I’m excited that Get Noticed! is getting closer to the market! I’m looking forward to moving to what I expect will be the top tier premium theme and taking the next key steps in platform building.

    Thanks for keeping us posted,

    Rick

  • http://ClayWrites.com/ Clay Morgan

    Good to hear the update Michael. I’ve been looking forward to seeing Get Noticed! in action and using such a premium theme later this year. You mention Thesis 2.0 and I agree that your price is still good value since it allows us to bypass hiring designers. Would you be able to mention another way or two that your theme differs from Thesis or other such premium themes?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’d go back and read my original post about it. I don’t directly compare it to Thesis—which is an excellent theme, by the way—but it will at least help you see the features.

      • http://ClayWrites.com/ Clay Morgan

        Will do. Thanks.

  • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown

    Love the theme! Will I still be the Scribe SEO and Premise plugins? Or does your package replace some of that functionality?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, it doesn’t replace that functionality. (It might actually replace some of Premise’s but definitely not Scribe SEO.) I plan to continue to use Scribe SEO.

      • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown

        Thanks, I’m glad to hear that Scribe will work with this new theme!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Just to be clear, I am using Scribe SEO now with the theme.

  • liveboldnow

    I work in wordpress every day as a designer, theme manipulator, and back-end maintenance and rescue guy. Helping my clients get beyond the mechanics of the blog so they can produce their art is goal number one. This could very well become my top recommended theme for my blogging clients. But I gotta crack it open first. :) Great job – looks promising.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I hope it is something that meets your needs.

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

    Hey Michael,

    Two quick questions:

    1. Will this theme work well with the nRelate Plugin? Just wasn’t sure if the theme related posts is better or not for this.

    2. Love the SoundCloud idea and I think I am going to use that for my posts on my site…I think it will help make things more personal. Are you just getting an embed code from their site and putting that within the body of your post?

    Can’t wait for this theme to be released! Thanks again!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your questions, Mike. I am using nRelate now. It works fine.
      The SoundCloud thing is an experiment for me. I am not sure I will keep doing it, but so far I like it. Yes, it is just an embed code I get from their site. It is super easy to implement. No plugin necessary. Thanks.

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

        Ok great, all sounds good! Thanks so much for the quick reply as always!

  • http://exciramedia.com/ Shannon Steffen

    Awesome! Thank you, Michael!

    Question: Do your Platform University members get access to purchase the template outside of the 150 mentioned in this post?

    It seems like a great idea to help those of us, already invested in our platform through your membership site, to take what we’re learning and more easily apply it through a solid WordPress them such as yours.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Nope. BUT, we are giving access to the Platform University members 24 hours in advance of everyone else. ;-) We will send out an e-mail to this effect. Thanks.

      • http://exciramedia.com/ Shannon Steffen

        Brilliant! Thank you so much, Michael!

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

        Is there anything extra that members need to do to be on that list? I signed up for the University earlier today, but never received a confirmation e-mail or anything at MikeMobley2002@gmail.com

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Nope. You ail get the e-mail announcement automatically.

          I will let Madeline, our customer service champion, know that you didn’t get a confirmation mail. You might check your spam folder just in case.
          Thanks, Mike. I look forward to having you as a member.

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

            Got it, all set up! Thank you sir!

  • Jeannie

    Sounds like a great theme but the price is a bit too steep for me. I use Genesis for all my current sites and client sites. Most of my clients are authors so this would be perfect for them, I will see when it is released if anyone is interested in switching over to your theme.

  • http://soulofatlas.com/ Mark David Henderson

    Thanks for being so responsive on my last blog question. Wow. That is impressive (and yet so consistent with the experience you talk about creating). I have been poking around on several occasions to find an update on the GetNoticed theme (which I think is still in beta). Apparently, I missed the paid beta, but I am still interested in the theme. I’d like to replace my existing website, which is now running on a Joomla platform. I’d like to make the transfer over to WordPress, but not without a theme. Can you give me an idea of when I can get it?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      We haven’t shipped the paid beta yet. It is scheduled to ship on July 15 (see here). If you join the list (also on that page) you will get access 24-hours before that. If you are part of Platform University, you will get access 48 hours before that. Thanks!

  • http://www.wevival.com/ Jason Stambaugh

    Hi Michael, it has been a long time since I have made a comment but I thought I’d checkin. Great news about the theme. I build a lot of wordpress sites and can tell you that 197 is a lot for a theme that isnt itself a framework. Are you planning to open up the code to allow for child theme development or for premium plugin enhancements that are part of a get noticed ecosystem? I hold dev licenses for several frameworks, I paid each around 200. 2 of them I have monthly support packages for.

    I am on board with buying the beta. I
    would like to use it for a more personal project. If I drop 197, I would like it to be a dev license for use on unlimited sites.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Jason, thanks for your input. Yes, it will allow for child theme development. We haven’t decided yet on the pricing.

  • Guest

    If I have a self-hosted WordPress site with another theme (a free WP theme), will installing GetNoticed! be a seamless transfer? I’m guessing there will be features I haven’t used, but I am wondering whether how much I will need to redo.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, I don’t know. It depends on the theme you are using. I doubt it will be much trouble. Thanks.

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

    Are there plans in the works to see the social media links at the top when viewing on the iPad or iPhone? Including the buttons to share/follow on the sidebar to be visible on those devices as well? Thanks so much!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      They are already there. Just click on the menu widget in the upper right-hand corner of your mobile device. Do you see them?

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

        I do see it on the iPhone (my mistake). Is it supposed to be on the iPad as well? Don’t see it there.

  • anonymousguestperson

    this thing has taken so long i’ve given up that it’ll ever be done. all the hype just for more waiting :o(

  • Shane Blackshear

    Will people on the list get to sign up 24 hours ahead of everyone else, or just have a 24 hour heads up that the beta will be available in 24 hours? Does that question even make sense?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it does make sense. Members of Platform University will be able to buy the theme 48 hours before everyone else. People on the Get Noticed! Theme update list will have the opportunity to buy 24 hours before everyone else. Then, on July 15th, we will open it to the public (assuming there are any left). Thanks.

      • Shane Blackshear

        Is it likely that there will be any left after your Platform U members have at it?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Honestly, I don’t know what to expect. There are about 1,500 of them. And they are very serious. ;-)

          • Shane Blackshear

            You definitely have a loyal tribe.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            Yes, I am grateful!

  • http://CashFlowMercenaryAcademy.com Dennis Fassett

    Hey Michael –

    Great theme! I’ve been looking for something like this to use as a platform for my brand for some time. I’m looking forward to the launch.

    Regarding the price, I’ve used the genesis framework, thesis, and woo themes, and having used those I don’t think the price you mentioned is out of whack with the value that you’re delivering. If the theme will be sold on a subscription basis though that will likely be a deal breaker for me personally.

    The shocker (as usual with new themes) will be after we we unzip the theme and activate it – and then not having it look anything like your site. LOL

    Perhaps you could offer a configuration package as an add-on sale to help get us out of the gate quicker with it?

  • WiMax

    Looks good and I was hot until you said, “paid beta”. Sorry, but I don’t pay anyone to test their prototypes. Paid full release is one thing but charging for beta is unheard of and, in my opinion, not ethical.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your comment.

      The truth is, all software is beta. This is not a prototype. There’s a huge difference.
      How is it unethical? I’m making full disclosure. If you don’t want to participate, no problem.

      • WiMax

        Incorrect, not all software is beta. During closed development it is referred to as “Alpha”. When devs release it to a limited audience for testing, it is “Beta”, which is still considered part of the dev phase. Once the majority of issues have been resolved, as reported by Beta testers, it is launched as a full production version. I have been hands on with s/w testing throughout development and those products where I was a beta tester, I have NEVER paid for. Why? The dev expects detailed feedback from me, unlike end users that simply buy the product.

        Once again, I’ll say that your product looks GREAT! It has a lot of functionality that has been included that usually requires a dev to obtain add-ons to achieve the same level of funcionality. That, in and of itself, it a huge time saver! And, once again, I will state that even so, I don’t pay to be part of a beta program. I really do not think that is ethical to ask someone that has been invited to be part of the development to have to pay for the product until such time as it goes into full release.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          No problem. Thanks for your input.

  • http://TBBbookstore.com/ Ellis J. Still

    Good afternoon Michael, 1.) is there a guesstimated timeline for the beta and subsequent version launch? I am in the planning stages of starting a blog for our bookstore, and am hoping to not have to switch themes anytime soon. 2.) I would also like to switch my personal blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, again using your theme. Will the theme be versatile enough where I can use the same theme as my bookstore, but have it stand out (color, layout, ect) as my own personal platform? Thank you for your assistance with this… have a great day!!! :- )

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your interest. Here’s the latest on the theme. Thanks.

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

    Wow, noticed a huge difference when visiting today, you went to the large width size version for your site. Is this just an experiment for you or a permanent change to the layout of your site? Looks great, but wanted to know the intentionality behind the change…unless it’s just an experiment of course. Thanks Michael!

    • http://www.stormyfrog.com/ Andrew Buckman

      Just getting Michael’s site in sync with the soon-to-be released version of the theme, so yes it’s permanent. There are obviously some tweaks to make on his site because of the increased width still though.

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

        Ok great, thanks Andrew for the info! Awesome to see yet another way to utilize the site, appreciate it!

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  • Karyn LaFayette

    It looks great, but 200 bucks is a little pricey for me. How about a ‘lite’ version?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid not, but I appreciate your input. Thanks.

  • Erich Robinson

    Michael, this looks very interesting. I just recently started a blog after reading Jon Acuff’s book Start (I decided to punch fear in the face). It’s a unique blog that focuses on sharing 3 resources on 1 topic in each post: ResourcesForUs.wordpress.com

    I heard you speak at Catalyst Dallas last year (when Platform came out). Great book, I’ve been learning a lot from it and from your blog/podcasts. You’ve been the subject of a couple of my posts recently. Keep up the great work you are doing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Erich. I appreciate your encouragement.

  • http://www.donnamaria.com/ Donna Maria Coles Johnson

    (Michael, I apologize for posting this question in two posts. I realize that the first comment is under a post that months old.) I scrolled through the comments so I would not post a duplicate
    question. I didn’t see this one; forgive me in advance if it’s there.
    Are there color options with the theme? Yours is great, but has a
    definite masculine feel to it. Does the theme include ways to manipulate
    color (and other things) so it can have a more feminine edge? Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Sorry for the delay in responding … yes, it is all customizable via the Theme Customizer. You can control almost every aspect of the color selections, images, etc. Here’s a screenshot:

  • Rizzo

    $197 for a VERY simple theme with standard options … ThemeForest has a myriad of super-professional, easily customized themes that will do the same thing for around $40

  • Tony

    Hope the launch went well. I received an email 24 hours before but it was still sold out :( I have the same question as the person below regarding color, and also was wondering if you can give us a rough (very rough) estimate for the next release date?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I apologize for that. We did sell out quickly—less than two hours after that mailing went out. We don’t have an approximate ship date on the next round. We are still assessing.

      And, yes, the colors are all customizable via the Theme Customizer. You can control almost every aspect of the design. Here’s a screenshot in the comment you referenced. (I just added it.)

  • Chad Jackson

    Has there been any updates on this one? Just wanted to check when it will be rolled out all the way. I am wanting to get a website up and going and was waiting on this theme being available.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      The best thing to do is sign up on the Get Noticed! Theme. That’s where we are keeping everyone informed. The initial “Limited Preview Release” sold out in 26 hours. We are hoping to roll some more out in a few weeks. We are just trying to make sure we have the support resources in place. Thanks for your interest.

  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    Thanks, Tony. You could remove the date by building a “Child Theme.” I would encourage you to share your idea inside the Get Noticed! Theme Discussion Forums (inside the Member Area).

  • revmark

    Just wondering what happened to the theme. Seems that the comments stopped months ago as well as updates on the theme. Please let us know where it stands.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      The theme is done. It’s available now to Platform University members. However, we have had to keep pushing the public launch because of several other projects. We’re close.