Mimbo News & Customizations, Part III

Stats

This week, the total downloads for Mimbo surpassed 13,000! If I didn’t work for the company that hosts darrenhoyt.com, I’m sure I would have already received an unaffordable bill as bandwidth usage has exceeded 15GB/month. I’m also amused to see how all the Mimbo backlinks have skewed my Technorati rankings.

Support & Availability

Please understand that I’m still not available for HTML/CSS questions via email, or for technical questions not pertinent to the Mimbo theme. If you need help, there is still an active forum with sticky threads for common problems. Hope this doesn’t seem like a blow-off to anyone, I’d just rather be honest about my availability now rather than anyone think I’m ignoring their emails.

Mimbo Pro News

On that note, I should say again that deadlines and price are still undetermined for Mimbo Pro. I’ll be finishing mockups and converting to HTML/CSS within the next two weeks, after which I’ll collaborate with another developer on control panel and e-commerce options, then we’re off to market.

Mimbo as a Functional Wireframe

Next week, our company will meet with a large client who expects to see a working example of a CMS-driven site. Feature-wise we’ll need to demonstrate a calendar, file manager and podcast tool. WordPress (plus three plugins) was the obvious choice.

For the front-end my friend/co-worker Matt used Mimbo to lay out the sample homepage. This actually hadn’t occurred to me (duh), but it was cool to see Mimbo applied in this context: a functional wireframe with a clean, modular interface that could be installed and implemented quickly.

This could be very valuable in the future as clients are much more likely to sign a contract with someone who uses functional (rather than flat-image) wireframes. WordPress, you’ve done it again.

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