Hi Themeenergy, Thx for your reply but I don’t like the design of the theme. I’m sorry.
If you can’t find a design you like then you wil probably need to go down the custom theme route which will be around $3000+ depending on the developers location and what features you want
No we did not go with their bounty contest, thank God! Ok, how long does it typically take to get the theme approved? I am going overseas for a business meeting on the 25th, I would really like to see the item approved before I go on this leave.
Depends on the category and time of week, as it’s Saturday in Australia you’re unlikely to get accepted by the 25th, it’s normally 4-7 days depending if there are changes needed.
Unless it was submitted via a bounty contest (which they own exclusivity for 2 years) then it looks like you can remove your item at any time and upload elsewhere.
But what’s the point in making a plugin if this is theme related plugin only (let’s say we are dealing with a niche specific theme)? If users switch to another theme they will have to:
(a) re-style it to fit the other theme design
(b) manage copyrights somehow
Not all theme users are familiar with CSS.
That’s upto the users but by bundling the stuff in the theme you’re not giving them an option to move themes.
However, does it mean that if certain theme is using 8 or more Custom Post Types, authors will have to provide 8+ different plugins as well?
Bundle them as one plugin, one plugin installs every cpt and shortcode (but only if they are required in the theme), if they are just add ons then in separate plugins.
What if 3 of these already exist in WP’s public plugin’s repository? Should we build our product around existing plugins because they have been accepted by most of the people? But what if we need to modify a couple of things to make them fit the need of our product/theme?
If you can include plugins from the repo then do it (you can easily overwrite their code with your own functions / css if you want to modify it). Make it easy for your customers to be able swap themes and not have to lose their content.
1) Officially there is no support for items sold on Codecanyon or Themeforest but most authors provide support. You’re not guaranteed it and there is no definite period. Envato are looking at ways to include support periods with items but this isn’t likely to be implemented for a little while.
2) When you buy an item you are advised to download it straight away as an author can remove their item at any time with no notice given to buyers or Envato. Same as #1, you’re not guaranteed code updates and authors aren’t required to release updates (although the item still has to work). Depending on the item purchased, you will get regular updates from the author but these will only be available until the item is removed from the website.
There is a “email update” function when you purchase an item, so you receive an email when an item is updated so you can keep your item upto date.
Low price = poor work in my opinion, if you want it done properly it’s going to cost thousands of dollars
Customers are as much to blame as developers, the customers kept asking for more and more features and once one theme started adding every feature a customer wants then everyone else jumped on the bandwagon.
I don’t sell themes here but I buy them and support some authors with theirs and the questions they would get are funny “can you add revolution slider, I don’t want to pay for it”, can you add visual composer as xx theme has it” etc.
IMHO plugins installed with the theme should be the theme functions e.g. custom post types, any others such as VC, Rev Slider etc should be the same as woocommerce, not bundled but supports it. The customer can then go buy the plugin if they want it, but authors are using these items as a way to sell their item e.g.
“comes with 10 plugins worth $1000”, “includes Visual composer”, “Save $50 with these plugins”.
The only people who do well out of this are the plugin authors as the theme author buys an extended license (in the hundreds or thousands of dollars).
Theme authors, stop trying to compete on “features” (strong word, it’s plugin bundling really) and work on design and proper features. I haven’t bough a “multi purpose” theme and never will, I look for items which fit the niche I am building for.
Only the authors can change buyer habits. but it will cost authors the 50k sales of their crappy items, so not sure it will ever happen.