I have found that by selling themes here on Theme Forest you can get a steady stream of clients looking for customisation of you themes.
Other than my comment about me including “website by XYZ ” and not “webdesign by XYZ ” I’m not sure why your’re going off on one with all the other points?
To the average visitor of a website “website by”, “website designed by”, “website developed by”, “website built by” all mean the same thing which is why to me it is not an accurate representation of who really designed and built the website at the most fundamental level. Without that template and the hours of work put in by it’s creator, the website would not exist. Therefore the theme owner built, developed, designed it and you modified or customised it. To me that is the most accurate representation of a template users contribution.
As mlando said it comes down to semantics. The differences are subtle but they are important.
It’s far easier for a competent PHP / HTML coder like yourself to remove the customisation then it is for someone with no PHP or HTML knowledge, the people who rely heavily on our themes, to do the customisation themselves.
We are trying to sell as many themes as we can and the way to do that is to cater for as many eventualities and uses as possible to increase our target audience. Some people want sliders, some don’t. Some people want a million shortcodes, some don’t. Some people want red, some people want blue.
Bottom line is that themes aren’t really aimed at people who call themselves web developers. The assumption is that they have the knowledge to create their own. It seems a recent trend for other web developers to modify themes for clients realising it’s quicker. Whether that’s right or wrong is a different debate.
This was probably the biggest surprise for me when I started selling themes here. I really didn’t like that someone who called themselves a web designer / agency would buy my theme and then pass it off as their work. They should be giving credit where it’s due.
I only had to go back and do one and it was only really the WP 3 .0 navigation that needed to be added or changed.
I’m coming up to the end of my first month here on ThemeForest and overall I have to say I’m pretty happy with how things have done. Having said that it does feel as though things have gradually slowed down over the course of the month.
i bought some templates from themforest and i’m just a customer of all of you. Found these diskussion and it was the right thing about to tell to all of you that you are doing a great job, but one thing is not in your themes – Localizing. I’m sorry to tell all of you that none of themes that i’m looking for to buy them is supporting localozing as wordpress-codex allows. The most important thing, especially at the CMS categorie themes is today to support multilanguage. I am from Germany and off course, most of my clients are german. So when i make a website than i offer allways first in german and as a second language option English.
Why don’t you do your themes support at least WPML . The documentation of WPML is great. I’m just trsnlating one of your themes right now, but it nerves much. I have to grab hole code (and i’m not a programmer) to make themes suport this basic issue.
I’m sure that all of you will sell much more items if you just do something else. Not allways that standard things. About 75% of items here are the same, so how to choose the right one?! Only things like that, something special to have can push your sells much more.
I’m looking forward to buy beatuifull but first of all good functional themes.
Localisation is something I have heard a few people ask for and is something I completely forgot about in my first two themes, but I think from here on I will be including it in all the themes I make as I don’t think it takes too much effort and would be another selling point. It’s doesn’t contribute to this seasonal slump though.
Authors have to make what they can sell. Making a really unique theme that would only suit a very small audience is a gamble considering they need to make enough money from the theme to make it worthwhile.
If what you want is something particularly niche then it’s more than likely you’ll have to put your hand in your pocket to get it made. However I agree that there is a lot of “slider” themes here to the point where it’s almost expected of you.
Lets just spell it the proper way, the English way, and call it a day. It’s our language so we make the rules.
It’s definitely Colour.
I usually do a wire frame to fine tune dimensions layouts before worrying about the actual styling of the site. For me it’s a better work flow.
A wire frame takes no time at all to do so I don’t subscribe to the time and money argument. In the long run it will save you more time as you wont be going back to restructure later in the project.
You can use pieces from tutorials as elements within your overall design or item but you can’t use a tutorial AS your design or item. That was my understanding of the rule.