Wow this is great! Thanks Envato for running this bounty and picking our Campaignify theme as a winner!!!
Great stuff!! Now only if we could track sales referrals using the eCommerce feature in Google Analytics… Saw you have some info to come on this Dave @drbaker
Hey Adrian, We have many startups who have used our WordPress “App” themes for their startups, such as a crowdfunding startup that helps fund medical treatments for people in Third World countries to a large Crowdfunding startup located in the Czech Republic, and our Jobify theme has been recently used by a pretty large Canadian based charity for helping find volunteers for there charitable mission.
We have lots of great stories to share, perhaps you could send us an email so we can discuss in private?
Cheers Adam Astoundify.com
We use plugins in all of our themes and have less issues now than when we used to throw the whole pie in the theme. Come over from the dark-side and do the right thing. We created a way so that all of our plugins get updated via the WP dashboard from private GitHub repos and WordPress.org, easy peasy lemon squeezy!
For those asking about a portfolio custom post type plugin, a well respected WordPress plugin/theme author created one, Justin Tadlock – http://themehybrid.com/plugins/custom-content-portfolio
Hey Will. This is great thanks for the information about sales volume for WPML multilingual themes.
We offer multilingual themes but its always good to learn how WPML advise how to translate the theme, we’ve signed up for the session.
Shortcodes, contact forms, SEO options should never be included in a theme. Your absolutely crazy if you do that!
But unfortunately a lot of ThemeForest authors do this because they think it will help sell themes, but in the end your only making the theme BLOATED with options, making it harder for you to update all the themes as there is a ton of code and making it harder for customers to switch themes as the shortcodes, options are inside of the theme and not apart of a plugin.
Most customers looking for shortcodes, contact forms, SEO options etc in the theme may not be aware of the plugins available, how easy they are to install, and how big of a pain it would be if they switched themes and had to go through all of their content again to re-input Shortcode info, Contact Form info, SEO info, . SEO, analytics, and contact forms have nothing to do with a theme’s appearance, therefor they shouldn’t be part of the theme’s options in our opinion.
I praise Envato/ThemeForest for creating a better set of guidelines as the barrier to entry for WordPress themes was way too easy.
Excellent! We’ve got a single campaign theme nearing completion. Built using @Astoundify’s excellent plugin.
Let us know if you need any help with the theme/plugin integration of our Crowdfunding plugin.
Great news! We have another Crowdfunding theme coming this time with a twist!
When someone creates a campaign on the frontend form see: http://demo.astoundify.com/fundify/start-a-campaign/
It asks for a PayPal address, the funds are then split between this account and the admin PayPal address.
You can have any amount of campaigns submitted to the site with completely different PayPal accounts for each campaign and funds will be split between the campaign authors account and the site admin PayPal address.