wiseguys is only talking about HTML AND he’s also assuming that us silly developers think it’s possible to design a site “in a few days”.
Of course it doesn’t take designers a few days, just as it may not take us developers a few days. Design can be terrifically nuanced.
50% is a fair split for HTML in my opinion because I do see only a modest amount of support time needed.
But for Wordpress or any of the ecommerce platforms you’re crazy if you’re a designer and you don’t understand that a 50% split is crazy. Especially if the theme has consistent sales, the developer could end up providing support for YEARS! And the support is typically to clients who purchased the theme some time ago. So a developer is just supposed to continue for months and months, spending his time supporting loyal customers while the designer counts his cash and gets to move on to another project free and clear? That doesn’t sound like any partnership I’d want to be involved in unless we split the price of third party support.
I don’t think I’m “worrying about a few %”. It’s TIME that concerns me. Sure, a lower percentage of something is better than a higher percentage of nothing—but have you seen a lot of the other posts in this forum? With so much potential for unending support time it is crazy to split 50/50 on non-HTML themes.
Like I said though, remove that time from the equation by hiring support staff and 50/50 is fine with me. But I’m not going to support your one-off design until I’m old and gray while paying you a 50% royalty.
I haven’t sold anything on Themeforest yet because I haven’t been able to find a designer who is on the same page.
Every designer I’ve found has been so stubborn (and some pretty nasty) that they refuse to accept the developer’s role is ongoing and thus they ought to receive > 50% of sales.
The conclusion I came to is the recommendation above which is that I’ll just need to find someone to sell me the rights to code their design.
Not to hijack this thread but what do experienced devs out there think is a reasonable price for a PSD file? Anyone actually submit themes purchased/licensed in this way?
Just use inspector and change the text on menu items, headers, and captions then send a screenshot.
Can you guide me towards the specific requirements?
I mean, what counts as “1-1”?
If they are cosmetically identical? But what if MY template is responsive whereas the original is not?
I have a client who really likes the look of a certain website and there are no similar themes. The site is not using WP afaik.
I’m probably going to create a WP theme for the client to mimic the site they like.
I won’t be using anything proprietary to the company who owns the existing website (fonts, stock images, etc.).
Can I sell this theme on TF when it’s complete?
Very cool, thanks for the tip!
Like the title says, I’m ready to develop your PSDs into beautifully functional themes we can sell on Themeforest! If you need a developer for client projects I’m available for those too!
I’m even interested in working on wedding themes for the recent bounty.
Please have a firm grasp on some modern design trends such as Bootstrap and the 960 Grid System.
I prefer to work with Americans, but it’s not a strict requirement.
Email me to discuss more details: michael [at] cfx~design.com (remove the tilde).
I would be happy to create a similar theme for you. Contact me at michael [at] moc.ngisedxfc (the last part is backwards!).