Doh, I missed the first part of your message.
I’m not sure how you would go about that.
As a designer that builds sites using EE – I don’t think I would buy a theme specifically made for EE because it is easy enough to adapt straight HTML sites to EE. If I had to pay more & was limited by any functionality the author made I would skip it and opt for an HTML version.
If you do design one I would be interested in buying it just to see how you did.
I use expressionEngine all the time.
The great thing about it is that it doesn’t require themes. You can take any HTML Site template and insert it into the site, and then insert a few tags to pull in blog entries or any other dynamic content.
There are some tutorails available here:
Heck, I can expose myself for free whenever I want
I don’t like photos of myself. So I took one of my thumb and then added they eyes & mouth in Photoshop – That’s not what my thumb really looks like
Your new file looks pretty cool.
Your current theme for sale, I did have a look at that a while ago. And, I’m just trying to give constructive criticism here, so don’t take this the wrong way. But I would not buy your sleek folio theme, just because it has the slider area on every single page. Other than that it is nice and clean. A great job.
To make your new theme more attractive to buyers I would suggest adding a little more variety on the page layouts (i.e., have an option without the slider area).
Just my 2¢.
Best of luck with your themes.
Expression Engine is good if you get into it and customize it a bit. A few add-ons would be recommended, like LG htaccess to clean up the URLs and Wygwam for a WYSIWYG interface.
You see like you said, you would tackle people who’d say they are a designer…
Ahh, what I meant by that was I spent three years studying computer sciences & Graphic Design. It really got under my skin when somebody asked what I did for a living – I’d tell them that I am a Graphic Designer for an advertising agency. Then they (with their 2 week Desktop publishing diploma) would say “Oh, your a designer, too. SO AM I !”
They were not designers, with their ugly little piece of paper (their Diploma) hanging on the wall.
But it all works out in the end. There was a huge wave of desktop publishers in the early days. I see less of them these days. I think with the learning curve involved, that hopefully decent designers (both web and print) will all rise to the top and the rest will get bored & leave.
Well as a buyer here I would say just keep churning out decent themes.
When I find a theme that I like – I always click through to see what else that author has for sale. Sometimes I will buy one of the older ones instead of the newer ones, just because I liked it better.
Haven’t actually sold anything here, so not sure how other view that advice.
Just my 2¢.
They are destroying their own branding and imaging too.
I remember back in the late 80’s / early 90’s when Desktop publishing really started to become accessible. It was the same thing then. Local Business schools were offering 2 week courses in DTP . I remember meeting people who graduated from them. They would use every font they owned on a poster, & filled up every inch of white space – ‘cause printing wasn’t cheap and they had to get there money’s worth.
“Oh! Your a designer too!” They would say. I almost felt like tackling them whenever I heard that phrase.
Sitepoint has a book that I bought a while ago. But I have not had the time to look and see if it is any decent. Might wanna check that out at Sitepoint.com. They usually have a few chapters as a free download.