It's that time of the year again folks, the 2nd annual Textplates is right around the corner. What is Textplates, you say? My friends, I'm glad you asked. Textplates is a Textplattern template (Text-plate) competition, conjured up by Tom Fadial. It arose from a desire to pay homage to the greatness of TXP.
While systems like WordPress have a myriad of themes available for download, Textpattern is more of a CMS than a blog tool. TXP has a greater learning curve since it presupposes XHTML + CSS skill, so one-click theme installations aren't a priority. Unlike WP, TXP doesn't cater to hobbyists.
Realizing that not everyone is a web developer at heart, but that many could benefit from the elegant way in which TXP allows one to manage a site's content, Textplates seeks to bring talented design savvy developers out of the woodwork, to test their mettle in the grand arena. If you are a web standards aware designer, I'd encourage you to jump headlong into the fray.
There are a variety of prizes to be had, including a Mac Mini, lifetime of free hosting from Foing, and books of your choice from Friends of ED publishing. The judges panel consists of a solid mix of designers with CMS experience…
- Andrew Faulkner
- Bryan Veloso
- Jared Christensen
- Jeff Croft
- Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain
- Mary Fredborg
- Nathan Smith
I hope to see a great turnout of talent from this year's contestants. If you're going to submit a template, go ahead - get started on the design process!