It's been four months since AUDIOTUTS hit the ol' interweb and I'm happy today to announce it now has a new skin, inline with our updated TUTS theme that you might have spotted on sister sites PSDTUTS, NETTUTS and VECTORTUTS. Though four months doesn't seem like a long time, AUDIOTUTS has been making great progress as a site with over 100 articles and tutorials, 10 appearances on the Digg homepage and a good three quarters of a million visitors since its inception!
Still we know that AUDIOTUTS can go so much further and get so much bigger. And I think this new theme will be the vehicle to get it there. You'll find we've now got a dedicated Videos section for screencasts as well as a Freebies area where we'll be collecting awesome samples and downloads, and over time we'll be adding even more stuff to the site.
A Question for You!
And that brings me to a question I have for you, AUDIOTUTS readers. You see I want to add some sort of community showcase to the sidebar. On our graphics sites we have a Flickr feed of designs which is awesome because it means readers can show off their work and interact with each other. So my question is, is there a service like Flickr, but for music loops? A place where you can upload tracks you make to share with your friends? If so then we can create a group and pipe through people's uploads to the sidebar and it will be awesome!
Another possibility is to use Flickr but simply create a photo feed like they do over at the fabulous CreateDigitalMusic site (if you haven't seen CDM, it's a an awesome bookmark for your collection).
So let us know if you have any ideas for a community section for the sidebar, or in fact for any other improvements to the site - features, additions, bug fixes. We're committed to making this the best audio site around, and I'd love to hear your feedback!
Meet the TUTS Team
During these last months we've also been improving the team who run these awesome sites. So let me introduce:
- Skellie - The TUTS Manager!
We are VERY proud to have former FreelanceSwitch editor and super talented blogger Skellie managing the TUTS sites. She took over about a month and a half ago and it's been smooth sailing all the way. As TUTS Manager Skellie is working on our expansion plans, coordinating site editors and making the whole operation more and more efficient.
- Derek Herman - HTML / CSS / WordPress Commander
Everything you see before you has been coded up by the fabulous Derek Herman of Valen Designs. These days Derek and I work together a lot to build most of the Envato sites you see / will be seeing. He's the best front-end coder I've ever met and I'm very proud to have my design work chopped up by his formidable skills.
- Chris Moyer - PHP Pathfinder
From setting up our Plus programs to keeping the sites up under the ridiculously heavy traffic loads to building new writer / editor infrastructure, Chris Moyer's keyboard controls all and without him we'd be lost! You can find Chris at InaRow!
- Sean Hodge, Joel Falconer and Jeffrey Way - Editors Extraordinairre!
And of course the guys you are most familiar with, our Site Editors - who bravely face the trials of WordPress day in and day out to bring us our daily TUTS fix. Thanks guys!!!
- And me
I do design work and planning and I designed this new TUTS theme!
So I hope you enjoy the new theme, and don't forget if you have ideas for community involvement, do let us know in the comments!