New Ideas and Changes
The Fireworks Police started off by the Geekius team who thought the web lacked enough tutorials and freebies for the Adobe Fireworks software. We spent months planning and worked late into the nights making sure this site is one that people bookmarks and follows. From the looks of things, I think we were quite successful. But now the time has come to advance FWPolice even further. Here are a few changes that are coming to FWPolice:
A New Logo
We love our current logo. It is simple and made the police part of our name shine. But it had nothing to do with Fireworks. After reading through several emails, tweets and other social submissions, we have decided to change our logo. Here is a new design we came up with:
This new logo is a shout out to Macromedia. The “FW” is the logo used for Macromedia Fireworks MX and the orange flames are taken from Macromedia Fireworks 4. The overall borders are to assembled to create a badge. But we didn’t forget about Adobe. Adobe has helped advance our beloved Fireworks software to what it is today. To show appreciation for Adobe, we decided to use the colors Adobe used in several of their advertisements for Fireworks CS3-5.
So what do you think of this new logo? Do you like it? Do you hate it? Do you have a better suggestion?
We will also be taking some time to restructure majority of our site. The first major restructuring work will be the sidebar. We will be making changes to the navigation, sub-navigation, social icons and the dynamic content section. Second, we will be working on restructuring the freebies. With us adding FireNews, IRC Chat and the upcoming premium kit; it is getting a bit crowded with the navigational content. We want to help simplify how you find the content on our website and the best way for us to achieve this at the moment is to cut down the sub-categories for our resources.
This entire month we have been talking about a premium kit. We want to make content that is elegant, easy to use and makes you go wow…I want that. We will be providing you with wonderful png files that range from elegant banners, to ribbons, to UI kits to even frameworks. These premium content will be available under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
To gain access to the premium content, you will have to purchase a membership. After a long discussion, it was decided that it will be an annual membership that will cost you $20. With the money earned from premium membership, we plan to use the money towards improving our service and our overall site. Also, the money will make FWPolice.com ads-free so that you can get the best of our site without any distractions.
Build a Community
There are more and more Fireworks related sites starting every month. We started not too long ago and look at us now. We are rated as one of the top Fireworks related resource site by numerous sources and are ranked among the top 300k sites in Alexa. And we want to help others gain the same success as we have. That is why we are taking the initiative to partner up with several other Fireworks related sites to help start-ups gain the fame that they deserve. If you have an idea for a Fireworks related site, then email it to us. We’d love to see your vision and help you make it a reality!
We are working on creating an environment that people will visit often. To work on these changes, we will not be working on a new issue of FireNews Magazine this month. Instead, we will focus our energy on getting our changes made and come up with even more ideas. Furthermore, we will also be working on coming up with some great articles and spotlights for FireNews Magazines May issue. If you haven’t done so yet, please subscribe to get notified when the new FireNews Magazine is launched so that you don’t miss out.