Wed, February 6, 2013 Joshua Gatcke

HTML KickStart is Dead - Long Live HTML KickStart

It's been a long time since I have updated HTML KickStart. Over a year on the blog with very minor updates on Github - mostly contributions from other people. I am ashamed to say that I have neglected HTML KickStart, and the people using it. I have had an abundance of client work  and training over the last year and this is a huge reason for my neglect of HTML KickStart. Even though my activity online has been quiet - my progress on HTML KickStart continues and I have some exciting things coming down the pipe for everyone using it.

A lot of Designers Use HTML KickStart

HTML KickStart has been downloaded from the website over 80,000 times and over 50,000 times on Github directly. I use HTML KickStart in all my client work every-single-day. And I know a lot web designers that do as well. HTML KickStart still averages 50 - 100 downloads  and between 2000 - 3000 visitors per day. I also receive around 20 emails a week from people that are using it to build their websites - thank you emails, support questions, and general feedback. I love that people are still discovering and using HTML KickStart, I have seen designers and developers do great things using it. I want more of this.

Long Live HTML KickStart

Over the last year I have learned a lot! So much in fact that I now routinely modify HTML KickStart in big ways for my new web design projects. A lot of what I have been doing revolves around responsive design, mobile first design, and building leaner, more simplified and effective web sites. HTML KickStart is good as it is for building classic web layouts. It saves a lot of time. But it's time to move into the future and apply all that I have learned into HTML KickStart. I am eliminating the majority of my client work so that I can focus on taking HTML KickStart to the next level. Starting now, expect to see some great additions and refinements. Now is the time to take all I have learned and make HTML KickStart leaner, more effective, and ultimately empower web designers and developers to do even more. 

Thank You

I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone that has used HTML KickStart, contributed on Github, given suggestions and feedback, helped other people use HTML KickStart, and all the designers and developers online that share their work. Extra shoutout to the amazing Processwire Community and Ryan Cramer. I am so fortunate to be a part of  the web design community that shares and contributes so much. And I am proud that I can give back. Get excited about HTML KickStart! You wont be disappointed! 

Say Hi!

If you use HTML KickStart, say hi, give me some feedback, make some suggestions and let me know what you want and need most. Send me an email at joshua@99lime.com. I would love to hear from you. 

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