tl; dr: Themes are late due to family sickness, and a new infant in my life. But we care and are going to get this done.
This is a personal update, which may strike you as weird because a lot of people think of Posthaven as a startup. It's not a startup. It's a project that we want to give to the world, and it happens that the only way we can think of making it work long term is by charging for it. It's just the two of us, Brett Gibson and I, still. We do everything having to do with the site. It's a long term gardening job.
Like any gardener, you have short term tasks and long term tasks. In terms of maintenance, we've had minimal downtime and we're trimming the weeds. Site is doing fine. But the long term projects have not hit our goals.
We've been working on Themes for about 10 months. We spent $80,000 on development services (Viget Labs) and they did a great job. We have about 80 to 120 man hours worth of software engineering work left to get it over the line, and the last mile is the part we can't outsource because we care about the user experience too much. The good news is that you'll be able to write full CSS/HTML using the Liquid templating language, and it works quite a lot like the way Shopify has done their amazing layout engine. As a dev/designer - it's sweet.
Why's it late? Earlier this year, my mom got sick and had multiple life threatening surgeries this year including a triple heart bypass. (Lesson: Don't let your loved ones have untreated diabetes, even if they hide it.) I'm happy to report she is on the road to good recovery and we're very lucky. She moved in with me and I had to take care of her for most of the early part of this year. I also have other lucky news: My wife and I just delivered a 6 lbs 11.5 oz. baby boy named Garrison this week. But that also means my programming time is severely curtailed.
One final note: Brett and I have full time jobs with Y Combinator, and neither of us are taking salary from Posthaven. Your dollars pay for servers and for things that make the site run. We'll hire people down the road if that's the right thing for us. We never set out to make a lot of money with Posthaven. We just wanted this thing, and we knew we had to charge to make it happen.
When's it ready? I can't give a date. We got in trouble doing that before. All I can say is as soon as I can get to it. This thing is a long term priority for us, but short term issues intervene.
Please know that we do care. Brett has already been working on long term DevOps projects to make Posthaven servers more maintainable over the long haul, and those changes are already live. We're committed to this, and we want to do right by all of you who believe in us. Thanks for your support, and we're gonna get this done.
Garry Tan, Co-founder, Posthaven