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Theme development community?

I haven’t had much luck finding folks with experience developing Mautic custom themes. Marketplaces like Guru are drowning in Wordpress developers, but I can’t find any critical mass of Mautic theme developers. Hopefully it’s growing somewhere I just haven’t found yet – any suggestions or pointers? (I’d be surprised if there aren’t many more with the same need.)

I haven’t had much luck finding folks with experience developing Mautic custom themes. Marketplaces like Guru are drowning in Wordpress developers, but I can’t find any critical mass of Mautic theme developers. Hopefully it’s growing somewhere I just haven’t found yet – any suggestions or pointers? (I’d be surprised if there aren’t many more with the same need.)

Creating a theme is very simple, I’m in the process of developing some responsive templates using Bootstrap but they won’t be available for a few months yet.

@BrianS I’ve been developing the email template component of custom themes for Mautic.

It’s actually a bit tricky to develop good, fully customizable email templates for Mautic. I’m not sure how @DerekBuntin is approaching emails, but I’ve it is relatively easy to make a template that offers limited editing (just editing text and swapping out images, for example) – if you know what you’re doing.

What’s not easy, however, is making a template that’s fully editable - removable sections that don’t leave extra spacing behind, buttons that are editable using Mautic’s builder but still work in Outlook (currently not doable, as far as I can tell), etc. I think I saw something about the builder being more flexible in future releases, which would be very helpful for emails.

I’ve taken some email community templates (from Litmus) and made them available for free: https://innotiom.com/free-mautic-email-templates/ and would be happy to chat if you need some custom email templates created or converted for Mautic.

Email templates have always been a nightmare because of the many different applications and mail clients used today to collect and display email. Most f the email templates need to be done in tables but you can include and import CSS files but the problem is not all clients or applications support them, therefore most of these have remained the same in terms of using tables.

Like @BrianS I also converted the same email templates just the other day for use in Mautic.

@DerekBuntin Yes I’m familiar :slight_smile: I’ve built email templates before and have used tools like Litmus and Email on Acid as well. But of course in this context, it’s trying to make them customizable for Mautic end users who just want to use the email builder.

As @BrianS mentioned – I do think there’s a need out there. I’ve already had a few clients hire me to create templates specifically for Mautic. Right now, with the community being largely early adopters, I think many are comfortable managing email on their own. But if Mautic is really going to grow, having resources (whether templates, or developers who are easy to find who can help with Mautic) is going to important!

It’s making things as simple as possible for the user that’s important, for instance, the fact that you change the template and you lose the content is something that’s somewhat annoying, especially as you need to clear the cache manually to see any template changes, not a biggie for me but for the non-developer a pain.

I develop templates and software for HubSpot too and are currently a HubSpot Partner, although to me Mautic has a hell of a lot of potential and for being open source it’s a fantastic piece of software. Their template builder is fantastic and easy to use but lacks some functionality too and some of the basic things, which I believe should be integral to any piece of marketing software, such as being able to add custom head meta tags and so on.

I’ve already developed a plugin to hook up the default Joomla contact form and intend in doing much for of n integration so that we can provide our clients with a fully customisable automated conversion machine that’s easy to use, functional and get;s the work done, anything we develop will be available lively as a members club sort of thing, but it should make life much easier for the non-techie.

Oh man - yes, the need to clear the cache makes testing pretty slow. Maybe there’s a better way, but I haven’t really looked into it.

I absolutely agree on the potential – I think that’s why everyone (the community) is here. It’s exciting! And cool to hear about the plugin in the works. I’m trying to maintain a list of plugins (until the Mautic Marketplace comes to fruition) - so definitely let me know when that takes form!

Will do :slight_smile:

We are just in the process of launching our Mautic themes and plugins at Virya Group in the next few weeks, watch this space :slight_smile:

Ruth

Awesome @RCheesley :wink:

Nice @RCheesley! I think growing the theme and plugin ecosystem around Mautic is important for attracting new users to Mautic, especially marketers who don’t have the skills or want to spend time developing.

I’ve published a few email templates (themes with just the email component) over at Innotiom, paid and also free: https://innotiom.com/free-mautic-email-templates/