This week, we interview Maziar Firuzmand, the co-founder of Jupiter, one of the most popular WordPress themes. We talk about how Jupiter managed to grow through their focus on design and more specifically functional design.
Maziar Firuzmand is the CMO and co-founder of Artbees, one of the leading producers of WordPress themes. SInce 2009, Maziar and his partners have been helping to develop a more beautiful and user-oriented web. Their flagship WordPress theme ‘Jupiter’ is ranked as one of the Top 10 WordPress Themes in the world, and their user base includes over 100 thousand customers.
Listen to the full interview, and read about the significant takeaways that followed.
Making the Switch to Elementor
The main reason why Artbees decided to rebuild Jupiter using Elementor is their need for a reliable and stable solution that would be able to support a popular theme with such an expansive user base. Such a decision is not easy. Migrating a theme involves basically building it from the ground up. This process might take months for the theme developers, but it’s the only way to stay relevant and updated. Artbees will now be able to enjoy the high performance, coding standards, and design flexibility that Elementor offers. The new version of Jupiter, rebuilt with Elementor, will be available in the upcoming months.
Follow the Feedback Trio
Any business owner, whether it’s a web design agency, software provider or startup, should develop its product or service according to the three fold model.
This model follows the Lean Startup approach and includes:
Implementing this model will guarantee your product success.
Feedback is as Important as the Product
Getting customer feedback is a crucial factor for every business, whether it’s done through surveys, analytics, or interviews. You have to filter out the excessive noise and know which parts of the information your gather is actually useful and can help improve your product. If you created a great product, but you cannot measure how it works, sooner or later – it is bound to fail.
Don't Leave Everything to One Person
When building a website, it is well worth to consider working with different professionals for different tasks. Relying on one person to do everything (design, development, promotion and so on) might be cheaper, but it’s also a lot riskier. The result will also probably be unprofessional, since it’s highly unlikely to find someone who is an expert in all fields.
Remote Can Be Great But Not for Everyone
Remote working is ideal for a business whose product is already established, and the workflow is clear. In this scenario, working remote can help reduce costs. However, if you want to build a product from the ground up, at least the product design and product development should take place on location.
What’s the role of design in your own business? What did you relate with most in the interview? Let us know in the comments!