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Amanda says

Two-three days sounds great to me! I’m assuming this is for web templates?

It often takes me much longer to design Blogger templates (sometimes up to two weeks!). Being a parent means I can only work in spurts ;)

I’ve developed my own (Blogger) template framework: a stripped down template which includes all the basic CSS and layout tags I need to begin designing. Then I add extra sections, change the code and modify the CSS as necessary for my themes.

I’d love to know roughly how long it takes to design a Wordpress theme too!

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Amanda says

I just came across this truly useful resource post from Noupe:

http://www.noupe.com/javascript/most-wanted-ajax-techniques-50-ajax-examples-and-tutorials.html

It lists over 50 examples of “most wanted” Ajax techniques, which I’m sure would be useful for others too :)

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Amanda says

I hope this article may be useful for you: http://www.bloggingtips.com/2008/10/27/background-images-and-textures-10-high-quality-resources/

In this list, I’m pretty certain that RepeatX-Y.com includes some seamless camouflage patterns. The others are honestly great resources for background patterns :) Just be sure to check licensing as you may need to give credit or ask permission to use for commercial themes.

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Amanda says
I must say this site is not only a marketplace. It is a global portfolio gallery for all web designers to showcase their works and to convince their potential clients.

Kailoon, that’s so true!

Best of luck for your freelancing ventures :)

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Amanda says

Xmdsys, I’d add personal branding/reputation to your list too as this is one of the reasons why I design templates for Theme Forest.

So far, I’ve designed only themes for Blogger which is my CMS of expertise. For me, it’s an extension of the work I do in my own blog: I write (virtually exclusively) about Blogger, and offer free Blogger templates from my site. It’s helped me establish my reputation as an “expert” on Blogger, and the premium themes I sell here seem to reinforce this.

In many ways, I imagine my situation for “potential earnings” is different from most other Theme Forest designers. As far as I know, TF is the first site to offer premium Blogger templates and if the rise in premium WP templates over the past couple of years is anything to go by, this has the potential to be very profitable for Blogger designers as TF becomes more established.

Sure, there are a few Blogger designers who sell unique designs for a price slightly higher than my own sell here, but through experience I can say this is not so profitable (and far too much trouble!) than designing “investment” themes for Theme Forest which have the potential to earn money over time.

Also, consider the implications for referrals from my established “niche site” ;)

In the month I’ve been designing for Theme Forest, I’ve earned almost as much in referrals and commission as I have from the ads I display in my blog. It may not be much, but this is certainly helping me make the transition from “blogging as a hobby” to utilizing my skills for a full time income.

While it may sound strange, I’m hoping that my Theme Forest earnings will actually help me focus more on my blogging skills (learning and writing about Blogger) since this side-income is generated from learning and utilizing my skills in this area, which in turn means I need to spend less time on freelance web design projects to get me through each month!

If TF does eventually become as popular as FlashDen, this will offer all of us a huge potential for earning a full-time income. If not, then I personally am still happy to design themes since this is something I love doing anyway!

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Amanda says

Thank you for that update, Jeffrey. That will make it much easier to write a good description for templates, especially as we can review the formatting used.

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A while back, the Quik Admin theme was on sale for only $1, and I imagine many members of the community bought this theme ;)

In any case, if I were to see a beautiful template I needed here on Theme Forest, I would be tempted to purchase it instead of spending hours of time creating something similar on my own. Especially if this was for a platform I am not used to coding for.

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Amanda says

I just wanted to mention here that Blogger templates (the XML based, widgetized style) are IMPOSSIBLE to create with valid XHTML /HTML. That is, the templates themselves may be valid, but when generated as an active blog (seen in the browser), the generated pages are invalid.

Believe me, I’m not just saying this because I design Blogger templates to sell here!

The reason is because Blogger generates extra code in the source which is formed server-side (not from the template code) and is invalid.

This extra code is generated to make all widgetized sections function, and can mostly be seen near the bottom of the source code for each generated page.

We have no control over this extra code, and even though most Blogger users would prefer to be able to create valid HTML in their blogs, it doesn’t seem that this issue will be remedied any time soon.

Classic Blogger templates (non-widgetized) can be made to have valid HTML when generated. However, Blogger is decreasing support for this type of template, and most Blogger users prefer the widgetized versions anyway.

I do hope this will not affect the Blogger templates which some of us design for Theme Forest!?

Jeffrey, please let me know if you need any more info about this in regard to Blogger.

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Amanda says

I’ve just come across a really great filler text generator which I thought may be useful to Theme Forest designers:

http://loremipsumdolorsitamet.com/

This one doesn’t just generate lorem ipsum text, it also generates Jabberwocky, Tagalog and (nonsensical) English.

You can choose the length of text generated (from “sentence” to “colossal” ) and it can even generate paragraph tags for you, which saves a little time when adding the filler text to your designs.

I used to use Lipsum, but after finding this I think I’ll switch generators ;)

Hope it may be useful for others too!

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Amanda says

BroOf, that would be a great idea :) I’m not so good at scripting myself, so this would make an excellent resource for people in a similar situation.

I also found this article on Tutorial Blog today which explains how to make a contact form using Ajax:

http://tutorialblog.org/how-to-create-your-own-ajax-contact-form/

Hope it may prove useful for some Theme Forest designers!

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