We’ve Lost A Very Good Friend, WordPress Enthusiast And An Important Part Of WPEngineer!

Sadness has descended on WPEngineer last week. Michael Preuß, one of our WPEngineer Team, died suddenly after a short illness and after a memorable life.

Frank and I are still in shock and we can't realize that Michael left us without saying goodbye. He leaves a big gap in our life. He was not only our teammate at WPEngineer, he also was a very good friend, who have shared the same love for WordPress and the community as we do.

We didn't meet us very often in person, since we live quite far away from each other. But when we did, we always had a blast and fun talking about WordPress and other stuff that was going on right now around the world. But most of the time we were talking on the phone for hours, literally.

This time our reunion was one of Frank's and my saddest moment. We had to carry Michael to his grave. It was painful, incomprehensible and unbearable at once. Unlikely for us, not one word about WordPress, this time we had to mourn the loss of our beloved friend Michael.

Feb 2009 - Matt meets WPEngineer: Frank, Michael, Matt, Alex

Feb 2009 - Matt meets WPEngineer: Frank, Michael, Matt, Alex

Just 4 years ago we got to know each other and became very good friends. Michael, Frank and I had the urge to give the WordPress community something back, a platform for writing tips, tricks and solutions for the WordPress community - WPEngineer was born! Frank and I will continue to publish future posts, despite the loss we have.

We will also help his partner and friend Heiko, to continue Michael's life's work Xtreme Theme.

He left his wonderful and caring wife Carola and his two sons Robert and Alexander behind, and I'm sure, many other WordPress Junkies, like we are, who still can't believe he is gone forever!

You will always be in our Source Code!

In deepest sympathy

Alex & Frank

Win 5 Licenses Of The New WordPress Framework Xtreme One Version – Including Awesome New Features!

With version 1.3 many features were added to improve the workflow and significantly improve page performance. An overview of all the special features of Xtreme Theme can be seen here:

Besides many small changes under the hood, the new Widget System Extensions is one of the biggest innovation in Xtreme One.

  • For multisite installations widgets can be declared as a side wide widgets, which means they appear on all existing and future blogs.
  • Widget Manager to manage various features as well as turning on or off the widgets.
  • Extremely comfortable widget filtering logic, see video: Different sliders for different categories including conditional editor with drag and drop and syntax check.
  • Quick duplication of widgets for multiple use.
  • Simple combining multiple widgets to a tabber, see video: Create a tabber from widgets.
  • Scripts will only load when they are needed.

Also new are the jFancy Mediaslider and a Carousel Slider, which are available for posts and as a media slider. With the media slider you can just insert images from your media library instead of choosing an image of a post. You can link these images either to the attachment page, the corresponding article or a user defined link.

The Xtreme Social Widget added the new Google+.

Another feature are the subtitles for posts, pages and custom post format.

Xtreme One Framework supports post formats. Thus it is possible with any Childtheme, to operate a Tumblr-like blog.

The selectable positions of the navigation has been increased to 12.

Xtreme One costs only $79,95 and is available here.

How can you win a license?

We are giving away 5 licenses for the Xtreme One Framework with a Childtheme of your choice. One license will be given away among the commentators in our comment area. 2 more will be raffled among those who tweet with the Hashtag #xtremeonewpe about Xtreme One and two licenses will be raffled among all the bloggers who write about Xtreme One in their blog and leave a trackback here. The raffle will run until September 23rd 2011, 23:59:59 PST Time.

The winner will be announced on September 24th at the end of our Xtreme One session at the WordCamp Germany in Cologne.

Good Luck to everyone!

We just announced the winner of the licenses here:

Congrats to the winner!

Everybody else can grab a 20% discount for Xtreme One until October 3rd 2011 with the coupon code: WCK11