Posts by AloisFN

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AloisFN says

I already got some requests when this theme will be ready for purchase, but finally this was rejected without any detailed comments except usual reason “it did not meet our minimum requirements for quality and/or marketplace policies”

Hello Shamalli, quite frankly your theme needs some serious rework. Kindly read through this thread looking at comments from potential buyers and no doubt you will see why your theme was rejected. Not to be brutal here but it look and fees very dated. I only say this in the interests of you getting the approval you want in future. Good Luck!

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AloisFN says


Hey @UOU Apps no plans for an open source plugin for the booking system with this theme, we will be adding most of the functionality in the theme with some stuff being taken care of by WooCommerce.

You’ll be able to create a simple city directory or a reservation directory like “Yelp” using third party apps that will be integrated into the theme.

@charlie4282 ETA = Stress, so we don’t provide them.

ny chance we can get a sneak peep at the homepage and the category page layout? The combination of sharedesk and Airbnb should make a powerful theme.

Suggestions: 1. Ensure the homepage has a powerful search that can be sticky when page is scroll 2. Focus on SEO; poor SEO means little or no directory listing being index in Google 3. Site should be light’ fast, and easy to load on any device; proper coding should fix that 4. Remember city directory has listings with no images; understanding this would ensure that listings with no images still looks great 5. Frontend submission should be simple for business owners that are not computer savvy

That’s all

Can’t wait to see it…

Great point on SEO … listings with schema.org markup would be GOLD in my opinionGOLD

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AloisFN says

Perhaps differentiate by looking at innovative approach to:
  • How users search/find stuff – are they searching for item/product/business etc
  • Search results display + filtering (may include conversion/engagement elements)
  • Item/product/business display
  • Item/product/business page + conversion/engagement
The list above also extends to managing listings. Gotta say uouapps comes the closest in my book so far. Excuse the rant & the uouapps plug … :chuckle:

Actually Google’s multiple app landing pages can provide excellent inspiration

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AloisFN says
Perhaps differentiate by looking at innovative approach to:
  • How users search/find stuff – are they searching for item/product/business etc
  • Search results display + filtering (may include conversion/engagement elements)
  • Item/product/business display
  • Item/product/business page + conversion/engagement
The list above also extends to managing listings. Gotta say uouapps comes the closest in my book so far.

Excuse the rant & the uouapps plug … :chuckle:

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AloisFN says

Just to re-emphasize to all theme designers: Do test usability relentlessly. Remember what the ultimate users of the directory (not necessarily just the theme buyer) would use the directory To Do i.e. what conversion/engagement we need from the directory visitor.

All well and good having a nice looking large map and large pictures. But if
  • that’s not what’s most important to a directory visitor or
  • a large image/mapping location does not figure into the conversion process or
  • that’s not why the ultimate user of the directory/classified site is visiting the directory ….
well I will let you draw your own conclusions on how fast that visitor will bounce away. If a theme provides effortless tools (here’s where you differentiate) needed to convert/engage my directory visitors then its a no-brainer. I and I suspect many will buy it – yesterday.

Disclaimer: I am by no means an expect on usability but this just my 2 cents. I do realize you have to draw the line and ship at some point.

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AloisFN says

Great theme CrunchPress. Congrats on biting the bullet and releasing first. Good Luck.

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AloisFN says

Just reminder guys please expand the payment methods to include invoice generation for offline payment or perhaps base it on Woocommerce where we can buy third party extensions that will work in whatever part of the world we in. Tx.

Looking forward to buying some great themes. :D

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AloisFN says

Been hunting for a good classified/directory theme for a while now so forgive the length of this post. Just wanted to share a some thoughts on what I believe a good number of buyers would be looking for in a classified/directory theme.

Demo + configuration: ?Pretty sure I’m not the only one to fall in luv with a theme demo, buy it and then be greeted by a blank page on installation. Then spend hours/days/weeks trying to get it just like the demo. Then also find that it will cost just as much if not more than the theme itself to get the configuration in the demo which takes the author all of minutes to load. So please do include configuration as part of package otherwise I am among those that will mark you down for this or mark up for plug and play functionality.

Payments: Consider that not all countries/clients have access to Paypal. Solutions should also support off-line payment (generating invoice and/or reference number) and/or support a wider array of payments i.e. Payfast,2Checkout,Stripe, etc at no additional exorbitant add on charge. Investigate dominant 1/2 payment gateways across Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa.

Submission and listings management for the client: should all be on the front end with no WP admin bar on top once client logs in (screams amateur hour to me if I see it). Perhaps your front end could also allow clients to sort and filter their submissions in addition to normal CRUD functionality and pagination. Belive premiumpress and spotfinder do quite a good job with listing admins for clients.

Google Maps integration with geolocation listings are obligatory in my book. This should function well for listings searches and submission.

Listings review: The ability of reviewers to ?review on more than one aspect of a listing e.g speed, quality of service, knowledge or support etc would be a plus.

Admin back end: A visual page builder for home, search results, listing detail pages and client profile pages is a deal winner. The ability to control listings packages for either individual or membership packages down to the number of listings and category charges combined with listing expiry is a clear deal winner.

UX/UI I think enginethemes is one of the best in overall UI appearance terms I have come across. Responsiveness goes without saying but please do test this on different platforms please please. Not just on screenfly or similar tools but the actual devices themselves. So many times I’ve found themes not living up to the expectations of the beautiful mockups. Spacing of text,images etc for a clean look is good but in moderation lets remember the whole point of listings/directories is to convey as much necessary listing information as quickly as possible and not just showcase huge pictures. I don’t see why half a page needs to be taken up by a large main menu or listings need a full page for a picture (may make sense in real estate but for a car portal you would not necessarily expect clients to always have high res full page type pics nor want a full screen view). If viewed on a mobile and it can behave like a native App that’s a clear deal winner. Positioning+highlighting of CTAs needs to be well considered i.e. what is the visitor to a listing profile or listing supposed to do once he or she lands on the page. I have strangely come across pages were the CTA are just in normal text? or below the fold or I have to guess what next to do. In responsive designs also consider where the telephone or other contact information is shifted to. I personally don’t want to scroll past tonnes of space or a huge image just to get to the number/email address i.e. my action after reading listing info. Consider using collapsible accordion style instead of tabs for additional info on listings pages. Tends to work better come time to respond to different screen sizes. Modals popups are not bad idea on desktop or tablet screens provided the screen scrolls up automatically to it. If it doesn’t then it becomes annoying to scroll up to hunt it down. For this reason it can be even more annoying on smaller phone screens. Basic and advanced listings filter: different categories with different specs

Monetization: This be the whole point of directory/classified themes so I believe this should be the solid base around which the design and other functional elements are built. Key deal clinchers include The ability to place banner or adwords ads throughout the site and how this can be controlled (on search results pages, category and sub-category levels for example). Maybe even how clients can order banners in addition to ?the feature listings. Ability to control listings through individual ad submission or membership packages with add ons for feature listing or how long listings will last.

Apologies for the long post just had to get this out there. :chuckle:

Just to add to the UI/UX/Monetization rant above :chuckle: I all too often found a common gap in directory or classified themes on TF is what information is displayed in search results (list).

I guess it depends on what type of listings the site has but I find it frustrating to not see important product/business info displayed in search results with a clear CTA to make my search easier (call me lazy :-) ). Having key summary info immediately available has the benefit of one less click the user has to make to find what they want and increases the chances they convert (whatever that may mean in your context). Dunno about you guyz but this is a no brainer because less frustrated-happier users = more engagement/conversation = more sales = more money in my book.

For starters each line of product results may have:
  • Product Image
  • Single or multiple Prices (optional)
  • Vendor/Seller-image/logo
  • Short Item description
  • Location
  • Distance of user from product/vendor/seller Location
  • Product ratings+certifications/reviews or verification badges
  • Availability i.e. for e-commerce/rental type sites
  • All important CTA “buy-now/contact-now button + add to favorites and/or email/telephone info”

How one cleverly fits this all in without making the UI look cluttered is the challenge. But as an example check out the product search results on any PC product on Bestbuy with some but not all features above (not the best example but useful to show what I mean). Also AitThemes – TourOperator theme on TF seems to be well on its way on some of the search results points I mention above.

Perhaps this is one area where the competition entrants can differentiate themselves and/or be niche focused i.e. search results for Hotel-BnB Booking/Restaurant/Cars/Medical Specialists/Equipment Manufacturers/other niches

BTW if you have a directory/classified theme also consider how search results display for companies or products would differ to each other. i.e. how different is a company search results page to a product search results page or how do you combine the two.

Lastly, generally I believe most online directory/classified users are now well trained (subconsciously) to look for CTAs on the right hand side of your page by default. I find it personally a bit confusing to scroll through a huge picture, tonne of text only to find a contact form right at the bottom. Thus in my opinion the top right hand should be reserved for CTA i.e. info like vendor/seller logo or profile pic+contact info+contact form (good if form fields can also be modified+not a pop-up).

Am I alone in these observations and frustrations?

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AloisFN says


good news :) we just purchased the woo product vendor plugin which allows multi-vendor and apparently it’s compatible so we just need to make some debugging due to collateral effects and then we should be set, buyers will be happy about it we kept receiving so many requests

as for the cart into an inquiry cart can you please explain what you mean ? thanks

UOU

Checkout wearespaces dor com for example of enquiry cart I mean

sorry for the delay, I briefly discussed it with the dev, we would need to rediscuss it more in details so would you mind following up directly via PM or on the comment section of glocal / metrodir) the idea of having an inquiry cart is interesting, the only thing is we can’t really make custom changes to the existing woo-commerce plugin because it might have collateral effects during updates but we’ll try to see if there’s any other altnerative solution, if you have any plugins to recommend feel free to inform us)

thanks UOU

Thanks UOU for your reponse. Will contact via PM or glocal/metrodir comments should I come across a solution that seems to not have collateral effects you note (good point by the way).

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AloisFN says

good news :) we just purchased the woo product vendor plugin which allows multi-vendor and apparently it’s compatible so we just need to make some debugging due to collateral effects and then we should be set, buyers will be happy about it we kept receiving so many requests

as for the cart into an inquiry cart can you please explain what you mean ? thanks

UOU

Checkout wearespaces dor com for example of enquiry cart I mean

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