Posts by EugeneO

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  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
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EugeneO
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Envato does too much and has complete control over too many aspects of our arrangement to be considered anything less than the seller. Envato has complete control over payment processing, pricing, order fulfillment, issuing refunds, which specific items are sold and to a large extent promotion. Now, despite claiming to not be the seller, Envato is even planning on paying VAT for me. To me that is a contradiction.

To me a “platform” or intermediary would be a site like ebay where:
  1. You pay a subscription, listing or sale fee (which is what we are now being told commissions were all along).
  2. You are free to sell anything that fits the scope of the market and is legal. The market place should not be able to refuse an item based on an individuals subjective opinion over quality.
  3. You are given a space to list and promote your goods.
  4. You deal directly with the buyer and receive all payments directly from them.
  5. That clearly isn’t the case here.
407 posts
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
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EugeneO
says

I’m not a fan of the changes at all. I don’t have a problem with the site having a white background but as things are now it no longer feels like a cohesive design. That combined with bad font styling makes it look like someone forgot to upload a style sheet.

407 posts
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
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EugeneO
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I sat down with some buyers at a cafe recently and asked what they want in a theme and they all said the same thing… “1 theme to do everything”. Learning a new theme can be hard. That in itself is saying a lot though.
I think that’s the problem. Themes on the marketplace have become convoluted and many are no longer easy to just pick up and use. Occasionally that’s because the theme does something new and specific but more often than not it’s because it tries to do too much and moves away from the existing WordPress functionality and way of doing things.
407 posts
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
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EugeneO
says
407 posts
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
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EugeneO
says

Multiple themes like multiple folders of different design niches / layouts? Can you please give me an example? If you’re willing to provide information please lodge a ticket and paste the ID here, I will gladly take a look and discuss it with the Review Team.

It’s probably not fair to call out one particular author as this is something that is prevalent in almost all top selling themes now but go to the item in question in this thread and look at the images of the “demos” on the item page. Each image shows a layout that is massively different from the last. Each is in essence a different theme.

To further demonstrate the problem, you talk about a theme branching into different design niches well this theme has a “layout” for all of the following.

  • Real estate
  • Medicine
  • Restaurant
  • Blog / magazine
  • Churches
  • Photography portfolio
  • “Shop”
  • Businesses
  • Email marketing

All of the above have their own categories in the marketplace. Multi-purpose themes are nothing more than theme bundles.

407 posts
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
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EugeneO
says


Now we reached an Elite status just in three months, but we are thinking not about new theme release, but on how to get out of here (TF) asap. We do not want to build a long lasting partnership with a company who allow that.
This. This. This. Is what many Elites are thinking over the last few months.

The way things have been going lately haven’t filled me with much confidence in this marketplace. I’m here for now because it’s the only place I can currently make a living, however, I am actively searching for a viable alternative which will most likely mean going it alone like several other Elite authors have done in the last year or so.

The main reason for my change in mood is because I no longer feel like a valued partner to Envato. I’m now just one of thousands of completely expendable “Sellers”.

407 posts
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
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EugeneO
says

It’s all CSS animations and pretty simple. The triangle is created using borders on an elements :before or :after pseudo elements. You can use an online generator to create the triangle.

The animation itself is fading in opacity of the triangles parent and animating the triangles top value to move it up into view. The triangle is absolute positioned so although it is technically inside the parent in the hierarchy it isn’t necessarily inside its parent when you see it on the screen.

The animations are triggered on the child element when you hover over the parent element.

<div class="portfolio-item">
<img src="#" alt="" />
<div class="portfolio-item-preview">
:before <!-- the triangle is added to this -->
<div class="portfolio-item-buttons" />
</div>
</div>
.portfolio-item:hover .portfolio-item-preview { opacity: 1; }
.portfolio-item:hover .portfolio-item-preview:before { top: XXXpx; }
407 posts
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
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EugeneO
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It’s mostly to add credibility. As Lumbermandesigns said, it makes potential customers feel comfortable and putting a face to a business makes the business more trustworthy. But of course there are many cases where the faces on a website are stock images and the team members completely fabricated.

407 posts
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 5 years
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EugeneO
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I’ve been using beta and RC versions for a few months now and I have not noticed any compatibility issues at all.

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  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in United Kingdom
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EugeneO
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If they really want to improve the experience: Instead of trying to force this, I would suggest to make it easier for authors to support their items. I am not talking about a full fledged support solution on the marketplace, I actually prefer my own support forums where I can add features as I see fit, but an oAuth login for example is long overdue.
Same here, it is much easier and convenient to provide the support via our own system. I use the help forum and zendesk. I have a huge knowledgebase and documentation on my own site. I do not want to move to another system.
You have to remember that you are in the minority. The vast majority of authors on the Marketplace do not have their own external support systems in place and I do not think it is fair to expect them to develop their own solutions to a problem effectively forced on them by Envato.
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