Archives for September 2014

September 21, 2014 - Comments Off on Semplice Release v1.1

Semplice Release v1.1

Dear Semplice friends, we listened to your feedback and are excited to announce the first FREE Semplice update. With Version 1.1 we not only fixed remaining bugs but also implemented new functionality that make creating websites and portfolios with Semplice even easier, faster and much more efficient. We hope you will like it as much as we do.

IMPORTANT: If you're already a Semplice customer please read the following update instructions carefully to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Full Change-log:

ADDED: Source code view for the WYSIWYG Editor
ADDED: Create multiple portfolios through categories
ADDED: Edit letter spacing to the WYSIWYG Editor
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September 10, 2014 - Comments Off on How to get unstuck

How to get unstuck

We know how it is, we're designers our selfs and one of the biggest challenges we face is getting started, or getting finished with our portfolio - We want it to be perfect and the moment we take a little break from working on our portfolio we have the urge to redo everything again.

While working very closely with many designers during our beta phase we established some basic tips & tricks to make sure nothing is in the way of publishing your new amazing portfolio.

Rule 1. Keep it simple, maximum of 4-6 works

Make sure to only prepare your 4-6 best projects on your portfolio. That's the first version you're going to launch with. There are many positive aspects to this exercise, but mainly it helps you to focus on showcasing your best work first. It also helps a lot to not overwhelm your visitors when visiting your portfolio for the first time. If you think you need to prepare 10-20+ works for your first launch you did something wrong. Remember, focus is key, for yourself and for your visitors - No one goes through 20 projects anyway.

Rule 2. Set yourself a straight deadline

Followed by the first exercise, give yourself a deadline of 4 weeks. Launch your portfolio no matter what, even if it's not perfect and even if some portfolio items might be missing. The key is to ship it fast, then keep iterating and making it better over time. Semplice gives you the perfect tools to do just that.

Rule 3. Get inspired

Push yourself by looking at other portfolios and get inspired as much as you can. Everything that pushes you is good for you. We highly recommend our Semplice showcase with fantastic examples by other world leading creatives - Each of them struggled to get their portfolio online, but each of them did it by following Rule 1 & 2.

Well, now it's up to you! Put on some good tunes and get it done! Please do let us know once you launched your portfolio and we would love to help you spread the word via Twitter & Facebook.

Keep on rocking,
Your Semplice team

Build your portfolio with the work you want to do in the future instead of just using it as a backlog of projects. Your portfolio is not what you did, but what you’re going to do next.

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September 9, 2014 - Comments Off on Semplice Showcase

Semplice Showcase

Dear friends of Semplice

We finally launched our Showcase, featuring the best portfolios & websites built completely with Semplice - Carefully handpicked just for you. If you like to join the club and enter the chance to get selected for our showcase please embed the "Built with Semplice" badge somewhere in the footer of your about page and give us a quick shout on Twitter, Facebook or via E-Mail so we can take a look at your masterpiece!

Please understand that we can't promise everyone to get featured in our showcase, but we would love to spread the word of your new Semplice page via Twitter & Facebook so make sure to let us know once you launched.

Visit the showcase here! 

September 8, 2014 - Comments Off on Finally! Semplice is here.

Finally! Semplice is here.

Yes! After more than a year of development, testing and many iterations we can finally share the first (at least first public) version of Semplice with you.

We aim to help creative professionals to show their work in the best way possible. Our first product is Semplice, based on WordPress it gives you a powerful & flexible tool to create a portfolio that will stand out & doesn’t look like a standard template. You deserve something better than a standard template - Semplice is the fresh new approach you’ve been waiting for. Built by designers, for designers.

We believe in the power of the WordPress community and we believe in open source. That’s why Semplice is completely self-hosted and you fully own the code & files. We know you need the freedom. Semplice is not a template but a powerful system. Semplice stands for pushing the boundaries, going the extramile and building with pride.

-Your Semplice team