Category: Announcement

Official news channel with product updates.

  • 25,000

    The new year starts great! A major milestone has been reached – our Bootstrap Starter Theme for WordPress was downloaded for the 25,000th time 🤩. Actually the number of websites out in the wild, using this theme as the foundation, may be even higher because we can’t measure 1:1 duplications and direct downloads from GitHub.

    It’s very pleasant to see how one of our first OpenSource products evolved over time, with important quality improvements from contributors, valuable feedback from users and last but not least by looking at the numerous likes from stargazers. All the kudos we received prove that democracy, exchange and teamwork are still relevant today in a world (wide web) that’s transforming continuously.

    THANK YOU to all friends, collaborators and developers (of underlying dependencies*) who made this possible!

    * WordPress, Bootstrap, SASS, LESS, Webpack, Gulp, Grunt, NPM, etc.

    WordPress is the leading web publishing platform standing for stability, reliability and sustainability, and celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JavaScript frameworks for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web. Bootstrap Starter Theme for WordPress combines the best of both worlds. Stay tuned for more because all in all it feels like the journey has only just begun…


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  • Billy has been refactored

    Our WordPress invoicing plugin Billy and its companion Billy Pro have been refactored and finally make use of the Block API v2, resulting in a lighter DOM tree and an overall improved editor load time. Full backwards compatibility has been considered but if you’re using Billy Pro, it’s strongly advised to keep both plugins in sync and update each to the latest version.

    In addition, the Pro add-on received new features for contacts. The contact selector in the post template has been rebuilt with an improved combobox selector and should help you finding the right contact quicker and easier. Furthermore it’s possible to upload a photo or logo to contacts for better identification.

    In the edit post screen, invoices and quotes with status “overdue” and “pending” now show an eye-catching icon, indicating that the due date has been passed.

    All in all we’re confident that this new release makes Billy (Pro) one of the best invoicing products currently available on the market – in particular for freelancers and small companies that are looking for a simple and uncomplicated solution with zero dependencies.

    Did you know that the integration of this plugin in an existing WordPress website is a no-brainer and that you have total privacy control over your invoicing as no data every leaves the server or is shared with third-parties?


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  • New Forum 🎉

    We’re happy to announce that our Support Forum has been relaunched with a custom-built Theme based on our FSE Starter Block Theme (OpenSource, GPL2+).

    Why the change?

    When went live in 2015, we decided to set it up with the (now deprecated) P2 “Breathe” Theme and its companion, the o2 Plugin.

    All in all it worked very well for years and we even managed to extend it according to our needs by using a Child theme. But recently the efforts to ensure compatibility with the latest WordPress and PHP versions have become quite a burden. Monkey patches 🙈 had to be applied to work around issues — and this is bad practice for obvious reasons.

    Also, relying on code that is not maintained anymore was a no-go.

    While evaluating existing Forum plugins and similar solutions it soon turned out that they all lack important features and could not be customized in a way that was satisfying. Putting the code base again in a dependence on third-party software with an unclear future was another no-go.

    So we decided to go all-in and to develop our own tailored Support Theme. Thanks to the Gutenberg plugin and its new Interactivity API which currently is in active development, all requirements could be fulfilled without compromise.

    What changed?

    From a user-perspective not much changed at all, as all previous features like Search autocomplete, Frontend posting, File uploading and Marking requests as resolved, have been incorporated.

    Besides the new foundation which reduced the code footprint to an absolute minimum, we polished the design a bit and added a better UX with interactive elements.

    Furthermore users now can format their posts with basic Markdown syntax, if needed.

    As a nice side effect the overall page loading performance has improved a lot.

    Of course a re-release that makes use of a newish approach with bleeding-edge features may contain bugs and we kindly ask everyone to consider this site “Beta” for the time being. It’s quite possible that things get out of order or even break.

    If you notice some hiccups or errors, please let us know, by commenting below, so that we can fix it. And if you miss something essential, we always keep the door open for feature-requests. Please mention why you are requesting it and what problem it may solve.

    Hopefully you like the new Support Forum as much as we do.


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  • 20 years WordPress

    Today our favorite CMS celebrates its 20th anniversary 🎉. A special website dedicated to this event has been established by the WordPress team:

    What started as a way to make a better blogging experience has grown into a vibrant open source project that powers an ever-growing percentage of the world’s websites.

    Let’s commemorate some historic milestones, the WordPress project passed within two decades:

    May 2003: WordPress 0.7 – The first release

    January 2004: WordPress 1.0

    May 2004: Support for plugins

    August 2006: The first WordCamp has been organized

    December 2008: Automatic upgrades with a single click

    June 2010: Multisite functionality

    October 2013: Automatic maintenance and security background updates

    December 2015: The WP-API has been integrated

    December 2018: A new block-based Editor

    July 2021: theme.json

    January 2022: Full Site Editing


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  • <i> Toolbar for WordPress

    Our latest WordPress Plugin Directory addition integrates the awesome Bootstrap Icons (MIT) library in the WordPress rich-text toolbar without requiring any coding experience. Just the way it should be.

    • 1300+ pixel perfect webfont icons
    • Small filesize
    • Easy WYSIWYG integration: No Shortcodes!
    • Privacy by design: No CDN hosted files!
    • Autofilter

    You can download it from the WordPress Plugin Directory:

    Of course <i> Toolbar makes a great addition to our Bootstrap Starter Theme but since the Bootstrap library is not required and the plugin has no dependencies it will work with any other theme like our Material Starter Theme and our Full Site Editing Starter Theme.


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  • Emoji Picker for WordPress

    A working and maintained Emoji Picker Plugin has been brought back to WordPress. Easily add Emojis from any rich-text block like Paragraphs, Headings, Lists, etc. without leaving the Editor.

    Emojis are pictograms used in instant messengers, forums and web pages to reflect emotions. They have become so popular that Oxford Dictionaries has named “😂” word of the year 2015.

    Nowadays all browsers and operating systems support the Emoji characters. When picking your Emojis from the Emoji Toolbar they will be added in raw format so no images are loaded on the frontend.


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  • Full Site Editing Starter Theme released

    Block based Themes are coming to WordPress sooner or later and we just published the first “beta” release of our Full Site Editing Starter Theme.

    If you see yourself as an early adopter who likes to get his/her hands dirty feel free to generate a copy via the Theme Generator: Full Site Editing

    The source code is licensed under GPLv2 and has been published on GitHub.

    Full Site Editing is a collection of features that allow to fully customize a WordPress site via a new site editor. Overall the Full Site Editing experience using block based Themes looks promising and already works pretty well but you need to be aware that not all features are final and that bugs will appear during development.

    Now a 100% (!) PageSpeed score is achievable with WordPress. Even on Mobile.

    At the current state (WordPress version <5.9) this Starter Theme is not recommended for production sites. Please use it at your own risk and provide technical feedback to the Gutenberg team if possible!

    One more thing: Block based features are still in development and have not yet been fully integrated in WordPress core. In order to enable the Site editor you need to install the Gutenberg Plugin on your site.

    Update: In the meantime WordPress supports Block themes in Core and it’s safe to develop websites using the FSE Starter Theme.


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  • main repositories on Github have been renamed

    Last year Github changed the name for newly created repositories:

    To align with this change we’ve decided to rename all our existing Github repositories.

    If you run a local master branch of any of our repositories you need to update your local branch to main:

    • $ git branch -m master main
    • $ git fetch origin
    • $ git branch -u origin/main main


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  • Starter v3 released

    The Bootstrap Starter Theme has been updated to make use of Bootstrap 5 which has been released last week.


    • Bootstrap has been updated to the latest release v5.0.0
    • jQuery is optional
    • Support for older browsers has been dropped
    • WordPress Coding Standard improvements
    • Tested with WordPress v5.7

    Download the Theme

    Feel free to test out the new Starter Theme by downloading it using the Theme Generator:

    Heads up: If you still want to develop with the legacy Bootstrap 4 build just select the old version in the Generator!

    All sources can also be found on GitHub:


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  • Billy – Looking for a simple, yet powerful billing solution?

    Over the last couple of months we’ve been working hard on the latest addition to our product line – a complete billing suite which integrates seamlessly into WordPress – and we’re happy to announce that the free version got approved and has been shipped to the WordPress Plugin directory.

    🙌🏻 🙌🏻 🙌🏻

    If you are working as a Freelancer or are responsible for Accounting and Billing in a small agency and are looking for an easy-to-use, future-proof PbD* solution to create Invoices, Quotes and basic Accounting records, go on and give Billy a try.

    *Privacy by Design: Billy posts are privately published, by default.

    The plugin will work with any modern WordPress theme that supports the Block editor.

    1. Install and Activate Billy on your WordPress website
    2. Test it
    3. Provide feedback
    4. Submit a review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Your valuable comments and suggestions are highly appreciated and will be examined by real people. Promised.

    In the meantime we are getting the PRO add-on ready which will soon be is available for purchase here:

    Billy Pro has some really cool extra features and integrates CRM tools which may speed up your billing processes rapidly.

    • Contact management
    • Address book
    • Upcoming Birthdays widget for your contacts
    • Enhanced Invoices, Quotes and Accounting
    • Stats & charts
    • GDPR compliant by implementing the WordPress Personal Data Exporter
    • …and much more

    Since the “Pro” version will be available as an add-on, installing the free Plugin from the WordPress directory is required in any case – so nothing is ever lost by checking Billy “Free” out.

    Stay tuned!


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