Posts by Gareth_Gillman

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Gareth_Gillman says

For some reason I’ve suddenly become unable to access the WordPress Codex today, but can access all other websites. This isn’t just specific to my computer, but all computers in my house, and I can get to the codex through a proxy. I’ve tried doing a factory reset on my router, but that didn’t help.

If I ping wordpress.org the request times out. If I use the tracert command it gets to 10ge.xe-0-0-0.linxb.ldn-teleh-dis-1.peer1.net, then times out.

Is it possible WordPress.org is blocking my IP? I haven’t a clue how to fix this, so any help is appreciated!

Thanks in advance, Toby

There has been issues across the internet today (it affected eBay and some other big sites) basically the number of “routes” on the Internet went past 512k but a lot of older routers (used by webhosts) can only handle that 512k so they are having to (if not done already) to new routers without the restrictions / update the software on their router).

My web host in the UK was down (along with my sites) for 3 hours because of this, it won’t be affecting everyone but small amounts of people

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Gareth_Gillman says

I noticed a comment in another thread:

I’m pretty sure they can support this scams attempts, they generate enough revenue to cover this situation without throwing this on authors back. Is also quite envato “fault” because is their store. If a thief enters in your store means you have not enough security. Why is my fault, then?

If Envato get a charge back on an item then should Envato take back the authors commission and the referral fee?

Yes Envato make a lot of money from the sites they have built, yes they run the “system” so should be more secure (will go into that in a sec) but why should Envato be out of pocket, and the author / referrer compensated for someone scamming Envato.

Unfortunately Envato are being held over a barrel by Paypal, anyone who pays via Paypal can go back to their bank (or Paypal) and initiate a chargeback of their payment. The bank will then take the money back from Paypal and then Paypal will remove it from Envato. Paypal can’t / won’t contest the chargebacks due to time taken).

The whole issue here is the banking system, anyone can initiate a chargeback (claiming stolen credit card) with no research from their bank.

Until Envato pulls their fingers out and use a credit card terminal to do payments they have no way to stop chargebacks, I had a client which was getting quite a few when they had paypal on their site, moved them to a CC terminal and they went right down as the terminal provider would contest every chargeback and win almost 95% of them.(items were being sent to the same address as cardholder etc)

The terminal providers do normally charge a fee to contest the chargebacks but it’s much less than you could lose by the scam.

Chargebacks are part of the digital world and until Envato look at an alternative system, authors and affiliates will be affected by them, and Envato shouldn’t have to payout the commissions when it’s the cruddy banking system which makes this possible.

It’s not nice having commission removed but Envato are losing money on these too, and if Envato kept paying the commissions they would lose thousands per month (at a guess).

Are chargebacks common for authors or are they sporadic?

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Gareth_Gillman says

Try with query_posts($args). Remember to add wp_reset_query(); at the end of the cycle.

No change, it’s wierd as as it worked before

Found the issue, for some reason the theme started using another template file :|

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Gareth_Gillman says

I am building a “one-page” theme and a little stuck… It was working before I upgraded to 3.9 (worked on 3.8)

$args = array(
    'sort_order' => 'ASC',
    'sort_column' => 'menu_order',
    'hierarchical' => 1,
    'post_type' => 'page',
    'post_status' => 'publish',
 );
 $pages = get_pages($args);
 foreach ($pages as $page_data) {
  $content = apply_filters('the_content', $page_data->post_content);
 echo $content;
}

It’s displaying the first page but not the rest so it’s breaking the sequence but there are no WP debug / php errors and I can’t see why it should break!

Any ideas?

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Gareth_Gillman says

Authors are relying more and more on knowing when their item will be published but the way the review process is done, you can’t tell when it will be approved and Scott’s posts have shown that it’s not possible to give this info due to the way items can be added and removed from the list.

So my idea is an extra stage at the end, when an item is approved, don’t approve it straight away but put it in an a queue to go live in X time e.g. 12 hours.

When an item is added to the queue, the author gets an email to say Y item will go live on Z date / time.

This will then give the author enough time to:

- set up adverts / banners

- make any amendments to the description

This will give the author lots of time to promote the theme as much as they can, which means more potential sales = more money for Envato

Envato then can also regulate when the newest items will changes, can vary the queue “exit” depending on items in the queue etc and authors know when their item will go live.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Thanks Greenline, I though as much, will see what I can come up with

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Gareth_Gillman says

Lots of authors have been saying this for ages, it’s about time some buyers realised it, these themes may have 20,000 options but they are going to make your website slow and just be a pain in the ass to manage.

I only buy single use themes as my clients don’t want or need 20 different homepages, 30 portfolio pages and 30 blog pages.

Unfortunately buyers and authors are both to blame, buyers wanting more and more options with their theme “I want your theme to do xx” even though it was never intended to work… Buyers leave 1 star reviews if the author won’t add the feature so authors kept adding more features.

I have used probably 10 of the most popular themes on Themeforest and 9 of them were slow, cumbersome and any amendments to the site required a lot of editing, WordPress was built to be flexible and easy to use, and these “multi-themes” aren’t.

Small, easy to manage, one use themes are the way to go imho

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Gareth_Gillman says

I need help with the Envato API, I am stuck on how to load the thumbnail for search items, I am using CURL to load the items which works fine except on the search

my code is:

<img class="img-responsive" src="',$json_data['search'][$i]['thumbnail'],'" alt="',$json_data['search'][$i]['description'],'" />

I know the rest of my code is fine as the URL and file title displays but won’t show the image (the image source is blank)

I use a similar code for new items e.g.

<img class="img-responsive" src="',$json_data['new-files'][$i]['thumbnail'],'" alt="',$json_data['new-files'][$i]['item'],'" />

Any help is appreciated

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Gareth_Gillman says

It’s in the site terms and conditions that deposits expire after 12 months but all you need to do is open a ticket (takes upto 10 days to get a response) and they will renew the deposit.

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Gareth_Gillman says

As a buyer, price increases don’t bother me, I just charge my client a little more to cover my costs, in the end $3 increase is less than a coffee here.

I buy items on needs, a client wants xx and I go buy an item to fulfill xx, the price increase doesn’t influence what I buy as the items here I get 3 things:

- bloody cheap prices (my currency means for a WP theme I am paying less than I would for a months mobile bill. - Most of the items are of a high quality, means I have to spend little time to change the item / get support = less time for me = more profit. - The support from most authors is exceptional – I bought a slider from codecanyon which wouldn’t work, one message on the support and the author logged in, sorted it and released a fix to CC.

I would pay 10x the cost for the items as I know they are too cheap, it’s a case of supply and demand but $50 gets me a WP theme which I can resell for hundreds or thousands.

I am not going to bat an eye lid over a few dollars, prior warning would have been nice but I don’t buy on price (I buy on the needs) so this increase doesn’t bother me one bit.

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