If you’re only hosting WordPress, I recommend WPEngine. A little pricey but worth it IMHO.
Sorry to hear about that. I’ve had several customers with issues hosting with 1&1 too. I hope you find a better hosting partner.
The reason there are themes with too many options, is because they sell the best, unfortunately. However, I think there is a way to do it. The best way IMO is to break up all the features into theme plugins. That way, if you don’t want a specific functionality (like a review system for example) just don’t install and activate the plugin.
Well the extended license is to do with a service where the user has to pay to use the theme / template eg.
Buy Hosting – Comes built with template of choice to get them started.
This can be achieved by buying $15 licences for each user instead of spending $2,000, but obviously if 1000 users sign up that’ll be $15000 instead of $2000
As far as I know this is false. It’s true that the extended license allows you to charge for something in the end (like a membership site):http://themeforest.net/licenses/faq#paid-service-a
However, it’s still limited to 1 application/domain:http://themeforest.net/licenses/faq#different-end-products-a
So the hosting example would violate the extended license since each user would have their own domain and application.
However, I agree, there’s no real way to enforce it.
Not a bug, per se, but I’m missing the padding that used to be in the dropdown menus. Seems a little tight to me on the edges and is creating unnecessary visual tension.
I try to answer 2 or 3 times a day, I was answering them as soon as they would arrive a few months ago, even if it might sound good, it instantly decreases your productivity during the day, A LOT.
Even with an awesome dedicated support person, I still need to get on at least once per day. There’s always questions that need the author’s attention. However, it’s best to do it in “Chunks” – I use a technique called Chunking>
Switching tasks frequently kills productivity, so it’s best to do things in bulk.
I would suggest at least responding to queries within 24 hours (even if you can’t answer it right away). Even letting the customer know that you’ve acknowledged their question really helps. More than anything people just want to be heard and know that someone is on it!
Otherwise I know a few authors that use bbpress along with this plugin for something self-hosted:http://codecanyon.net/item/envato-purchase-code-verifier-for-bbpress/3758462
Here’s a great resource I found for the Theme Customizer:https://github.com/slobodan/WordPress-Theme-Customizer-Boilerplate
It’s a boilerplate for the Theme Customizer to help rapidly add and extend the customizer functionality. I haven’t used it, but it looks interesting. I believe it’s GPL too.