After several months of heated competition, skillful development and thorough deliberation, the winners of the "Envato's Most Wanted" contest in the Mura CMS category have been announced, along with some substantial prizes for the winning authors.
The top award for "Best Overall Mura Theme" went to a design titled Keen - Easy to Use Modern Photography Mura Theme, created by "cocoon". Built with a simplistic, images-first approach, this template's graceful transitions and minimalist responsive layouts highlight a site's visual assets in an intuitive, touchscreen-friendly style. This template also earned the "Best Creative Theme" award for a total of $3000 in prize money on this entry alone.
The author with the most accepted submissions was "mitrahsoft", earning a $2000 prize for "Most Submitted/Approved" with four distinct entries making the cut. The ReTouch Mobile App Theme is designed to showcase services and software on a variety of platforms with six color variations included, ideal as a starting point for a software sales or demo site. Included in this author's industry-specific templates are the Pistacia Restaurant Theme, which is ideal for showcasing menu items and includes a reservation form, the Hope Church template designed for religious organizations and faith-based blogs, and the DriveMe Driving School Theme with class registration and course listing pages ideal for any learning institute. Each of these is now available under the Mura category at Themeforest.net or on the author's theme portfolio.
The "Best Blog/Magazine Theme" award went to The Expresso Modern Magazine & Blogging Theme, also by "cocoon", which features a variety of blog article layouts, while the "Best Business/Corporate Theme" winner was the MadVenture – Creative Mura CMS Theme by "eightmad". This simple, responsive design comes complete with a full-screen slideshow, robust masonry portfolio utilizing built-in Mura categories, and a complete blog section ready for live content.
Also of note, the award for "Best Converted Theme (from existing item)", demonstrating just how well Mura adapts to an existing theme or design, went to the Housebuild Responsive Construction Theme, converted from an existing Wordpress template by "Nunforest", an Envato Elite Author with over 70 templates, mostly in the Wordpress category. We expect to see more conversions from this and other authors of the same caliber in the near future.
These themes and more are available now at ThemeForest.net. The Blue River team is excited to see the expansion of Themeforest's Mura CMS Themes category, and encourages budding and elite designers alike to submit themes to Envato for inclusion. While Mura's robust templating system can be used to apply almost any template or layout to a site, these Mura-specific themes are delivered in the form of Mura "Site Bundles" [ http://www.getmura.com/blog/mura-site-bundles-part-2-deploy-a-bundle/ ] complete with display templates, navigation, sample pages and site structure, ready to add real content and begin customizing the design right away.
Feel free to contact the theme authors directly with your questions and comments, or discuss these themes and the creations built with them on the Mura CMS Google Groups forum.