It is a last day of 2011, and I will try to summarize the last 365 days in the life of Dev4Press. But first, I would like to thank to all my faithful users that supported me and my projects over the years and I do my best to improve all my plugins and themes in the coming 2012.
GD Press Tools Pro has gone through a lot of changes and it is most popular plugin on Dev4Press. GD Custom Posts and Taxonomies Tools Pro has become very popular solution for working with custom content and because of that, a lot of useful features were added, including the integration with bbPress plugin. GD Products Center in the new plugin that will soon get stable 1.0 release. Only thing I regret in this year in regard to development are delays for GD Star Rating 2.0, hopefully that will be resolved soon.
As for the themes, xScape Theme Framework has gone a long way, and reached 1.8 recently. Themes are now all working as child themes to basic xScape Core theme. All the work done on that unfortunately limited number of released themes, but that number will improve next year.
Development of free plugins was great this year, and that includes one new plugin for bbPress 2.0 (GD bbPress Attachments), resurrected GD Pages Navigator, new plugin GD Unit Converter and active updates for Lite plugins.
A bit of statistics
In the past 12 months, there were 350 updates and releases available for all plugins and themes. That is almost one each day, confirming how lively and intense the development was on Dev4Press. This have generated over 250.000 downloads during 2011 with little over 300 GB of bandwidth. And most importantly, number of Pro users has increased 92% during this year.
Dev4Press website have seen 95% increase in number of visitors, 115% increase in number of page views and 135% in number of total time visitors spend on the website. Firefox was most popular browser among visitors (45%), Chrome followed (32%) with Internet Explorer and Safari (both with 8%) and Opera (4%).
Dev4Press website have gone through many changes in both design and content in 2011. One of the most important changes was upgrade of support forums to bbPress 2.0 plugin version. New element of the website is ‘Feature of the Day’ section, ‘Documentation’ is updated and now contain over 300 functions and hooks for different products and website now uses shopping cart to make purchase of multiple products easy. Also, all prices are displayed in Euros, British Pounds and US Dollars.
Next week I will write about plans for 2012, and there are some great things in plans. For now, I am very happy with the growth Dev4Press has gone through this year, and I am very grateful to all of you for support, and I wish you all a happy new year.