Posts by Gareth_Gillman

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Gareth_Gillman says

Your exclusive author status only covers identical items e.g.

1) You can upload the PSD of Theme X to TF but you can’t also upload that item to another site

2) You can upload the PSD of theme Y to TF but can also upload a different versions e.g. drupal to another site

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It’s all down to marketing, you can’t rely on Envato to bring you the sales, you need to get out there and drum up the sales…. you can read my thoughts
I’m not sure I agree with you. Then, why do you split your profits with Envato? If I’m to find sales on my own I can simply create my website and sell for full profit.

Envato has 5 million products, they let you add your product to their site and sort the payment side for their cut, it’s ultimately upto you to drum up the sales, you wouldn’t expect your landlord to also paint your house would you?

Envato will promote certain items e.g. featured item, specials on categories etc but in the end you’re competing against hundreds of other similar files then you need to be finding the buyers and sending them to your item.

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Gareth_Gillman says


Goodwork ;)

You have portfolio page templates and the ability to choose what categories will appear in each page. And when scrolling through projects only those categories will be listed in the next/previous arrows.

It needs pretty permalinks to work.
Thanks Ruben , I will upload the design above to themeForest very soon ;)

You mean, almost every theme on themeForest is able to do what I want to achieve or am I understanding you wrong?
Thanks for your patience.

Goodwork is the name of Ruben’s Wordpress theme here which has the features you need. (invoice in your email Ruben ;) )

Self promotion means he can’t specifically tell you that though…

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Gareth_Gillman says

1) Change URL in settings > general 2) Move all files from /blog to root 3) Login to new site, install this plugin and do a search and replace on domain.com/blog to domain.com/

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Gareth_Gillman says

It’s all down to marketing, you can’t rely on Envato to bring you the sales, you need to get out there and drum up the sales…. you can read my thoughts

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Gareth_Gillman says

Can’t contact you as you’re not an author, I am happy to help especially as you’re UK based like myself :)

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Gareth_Gillman says

Creating a WP plugin and works fine, except none of the static pages work (blank pages) and worked out it’s to do with the following code:

function include_template_files() {
 global $wp;
 $plugindir = dirname( __FILE__ );

 if(is_post_type_archive('ghreviews')) {
  $templatefilename = 'reviews.php';
  $template = $plugindir . '/theme_files/' . $templatefilename;
  return $template;
 } 
 if(is_singular('ghreviews')) {
  $templatefilename = 'single-ghreviews.php';
  $template = $plugindir . '/theme_files/' . $templatefilename;
  return $template;
 }
 if(is_tax('genre') || is_tax('platform')) {
  $templatefilename = 'tax-ghreviews.php';
  $template = $plugindir . '/theme_files/' . $templatefilename;
  return $template;
 }
}
add_filter( 'template_include', 'include_template_files' );

Disable the plugin / remove that code and the static pages work fine, am I missing something in that code?

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Gareth_Gillman says

90% of authors don’t care what Envato do tbh, most just get on with making items and getting sales but in any community that will stand up and give their opinions. Not saying it’s a bad thing but it does mean the limelight is on them people and they are the ones who will be picked up by the customers.

The main reason, in my opinion, for the “my theme is better etc” is marketing, most authors are coders / designers but have no idea on how to market their work. They rely on Envato and their customers to do it for them, and this is where the bad blood for Envato comes from, some authors don’t think Envato are doing enough to market their themes or are trying not to market theirs (homepage visibility is one).

Now if Envato got involved and helped authors to understand how to market their themes then there could be less bad blood between the 2 groups and the sales on the sites would actually increase.

I have spoken to a couple of elite authors and asked about their marketing strategies and got little back in a response, either they have none or they don’t know what they are doing.

Good marketing doesn’t need to cost money but can radically improve the sales to your items, some of the things I would do are:

1) Build a brand – get a website set up to promote your items e.g. kriesi and Orman Clark do this brilliantly, they entice traffic to their website and then send them to the marketplace.

2) Get interest in your item – ask blogs to review it, offer it out to blogs that do top 10 themes in February etc, get it listed in CSS galleries and offer an item for a competiton e.g. you sell the WP version here, offer the PSD (if not sold here) on a blog.

3) Set up social media accounts in your “brand” name, tweet about updates, put clients websites on pinterest that used your theme etc

Simple things like that can really get you known and get sales, the top authors have awesome themes but they also go out of their way to promote their items and find buyers, they understand that Envato will market the marketplaces in general but it’s up to you to find the specific buyers for your items.

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Gareth_Gillman says





It’s still the icon font bug on Chrome
but I’m on firefox
Same issue on my firefox this morning
now it works :)

Probably a caching issue, noticed FF has been doing that a lot on other websites for me (not on TF yet)

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Gareth_Gillman says

Oh, thanks, appreciated :) I’m always glad to help if I can.

I just now need to find a use for the plugin :D

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