Here’s to the next 10 years

Lights/Fireworks decorative image for 10-year anniversary.

As I sit here to write this post, the sheer length of 10 years is starting to sink in.

Frickin’ 10 years.

It blows my mind.

I launched Theme Hybrid on August 5, 2008 as an experiment to see if I could earn a living doing something that I was passionate about. I had no idea that I’d be sitting here writing this post today.

It has been quite a ride. I’ve spent nearly my entire adulthood working on Theme Hybrid. I’ve given it everything of myself. I’ve had great years. I’ve had rough patches where I was ready to throw in the towel. I’ve built lifetime relationships.

I’ve grown into a man from some wide-eyed kid barely out of college.

In many ways, Theme Hybrid has grown up with me. It’s a continual reflection of who I am as a developer and as a person.

I thought about reminiscing over the awesome things that have happened over the past decade, but I’m not overly concerned with where we’ve been. The important thing is that the community I started is still alive and kicking.

I’m more interested in where we’re going. I’m eager to see what the future holds.

As you read this, I ask that you raise a celebratory glass in toast, not to the past years, but to the years ahead.

The $10-off sale

What kind of celebration would this be without a discount on memberships?

For 1 week only, I’m providing a $10 coupon toward all membership accounts (Basic, Standard, and Premium). Just enter 10YEARS into the coupon box when checking out. This is my gift to you for helping me keep this site going for a decade.

Now’s a great time to sign up for a membership and be a part of our community.

The next 10

I don’t know what I’ll be doing 10 years from now. However, I do know where this site and community are heading tomorrow. And, when I say tomorrow, I mean that literally. I’ve got a new WordPress theme project that I will be unveiling tomorrow.

Today, I wanted to celebrate the 10-year milestone. Tomorrow, it’s back to work.

Theme Hybrid will be redefining itself once again. I’m going to narrow my focus to a couple of primary products:

I’ve come to realize that I’m a lot happier and can build better products when my focus is not splintered between dozens of unrelated projects.

I’ll likely be giving up a few plugins for adoption. These are just some things I built that I’m not particularly passionate about but are still useful. I’ll write an announcement post about those at some point.

In the meantime, I hope you join me on this new journey.

16 Comments


  1. Hi Justin,
    Well done. Curious about your theme project.
    I don’t know how long I have been using themehybrid but it’s been quite a while now.
    What I do know is that it was your talk of custom taxonomies many years ago that made me realize I could build the type of website I wanted to build and it was your support through the years that helped me tweak it in ways to help make it successful. It is now my main source of income and has allowed me to spend more time with my family.
    Thanks,
    Alan


    1. That’s awesome that you can spend more time with family. There’s nothing more important.

      Your profile page on the forums shows when you first registered. It actually predates the official site launch by a little over a month. So, you were either on the original JustinTadlock.com forums or were with us while I was getting the site first set up.


  2. Congratulations, Justin!

    I always love your code and use some of them in my projects. I’m now using Members more than Hybrid, but still love both of them.

    Good luck with the future and I’m very curious to see what you’re developing!


    1. I’m going to start work on Members 3.0 soon. It’s naturally grown into my most-used plugin. With any luck, I’ll have a new version of it out before the end of the year.

  3. Brett Mason

    Congratulations on your continued success Justin!

    Your help and support on a huge range of topics over the years has been greatly appreciated.
    It’s been a fun ride as part of your community and long may it continue.

    A particular highlight is definitely the last 8 months(?) or so at being just a small part of your new project and being able to offer some assistance in the other direction for once! It’s been a fantastic learning opportunity.

    Can’t wait to see the launch and fingers crossed for another successful 10 years!


    1. It’s hard to get a good measurement on the the length of time. It’s been 6 months since the actual first code commit. Of course, we were covering ideas and outlining stuff long before. And, I’d been thinking about it since I redesigned this site last year. I wasn’t exactly sure what we’d come up with, but I like what we have.

      I’ve learned a lot from it and am continuing to learn. I’m excited about the prospect of bringing in some new folks from outside our small group.


  4. Your tutorials have helped me to become the WordPress developers that I am today.

    Wishing you all the best going forward.


    1. Thanks! I really need to get back to writing more. Maybe this new theme project will give the opportunity to write some tutorials on what I’ve learned.

  5. Tung

    10 years. That’s a long time. Your avatar hasn’t aged at all! I kid, hahaha!


    1. I’m secretly a vampire and haven’t aged since my early 20s. 🙂


  6. That’s so awesome. Congratulations.


    1. Thanks!


  7. I debuted the first version of Porkopolis.org with my own child theme design of Stargazer on 19th September, 2011. Never a regret! All the documentation and the help from you, Justin, and many other users on the forum enabled this rookie to build exactly the design I wanted.

    I hope your next ten years finish up with you feeling equally proud, passionate and positive about wherever you end up by then. Wishing you congratulations and tremendous travels!


    1. I’m glad the community has been helpful.

      With the new focus on the starter theme project, I’m hoping it will allow me to better manage the various themes on this site, including Stargazer.

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