I am in the same boat as Charlie, I have made in the region of 100 purchases and haven’t (or ever will) purchase a “multi-purpose” theme and my reasons are:
1) They are bloated – everyone I have used (for clients who have already bought them), the websites are slow, require caching plugins to manage them. Now if I use one of Tom’s themes, it runs quick as lightning and needs no caching done.
2) They are a pain to use – from a user point of view, they are an absolute nightmare to manage, 500+ option panel options
3) They bundle all the top plugins from Codecanyon to make the theme seem good, but again it causes #1 and #2, why do I need 5 types of slider, 6 different header styles and 6 different homepages?
When I am buying a theme, I am buying for a specific website e.g. I did one last week for an event, I chose a theme which was made for events, it had all the features I need but didn’t have any bloat.
I am not interested in how many designs you can have, I am buying a theme for a specific purpose so 6 header styles don’t matter to me. I can modify it if I need to.
The problem is the buyers of multi-purpose themes are unlikely to understand design, coding or anything web related, they are either starting a “web design” business and want a theme to use for their clients, or they are building a website for their own use. These people see 60 theme demos and think I need that but then spend 6 weeks getting to grips with the theme to be able to build something that resembles what they want. Now my clients don’t want me to spend 6 weeks building a theme, they want it within a week (hence why I am buying a theme) and they want it done as quickly as possible.
The multi-purpose themes serve a purpose for noob buyers, but they need to be more expensive, $100, so they are put out of reach of buyers, they will look for the quality rather than the quantity. These big themes are ruining the WP eco system, it’s a race to the bottom, who can add more plugins, features or demos. It’s getting stupid, a theme is supposed to be a specific use.
Good luck to the guys who spends 8 months building a massive theme, I will always support authors who provide small, niche themes which serve my projects purpose.
I may actually go and buy one of Tom’s themes now because he is a fellow Brit and because his themes are awesome
I agree it’s a rip off tax thepainterman but it’s down to greedy corporations basing themselves in tax havens why this has been introduced.
Amazon, Apple, Google, Starbucks are all at it, making a lot of money in countries but sending the proceeds abroad to reduce their tax bill. In the UK Amazon pay no tax as their sales are recorded in Luxembourg and not the UK,
anymore thoughts? The more people who comment, the more chance we have of Envato replying
just downloaded it, but it doesn’t say anywhere that it’s the new version.
It won’t do but the item was updated on the 4th November, so I am guessing this is the new version, you can also check the changelog file which may be in the zip file. The easiest way to check what version a WP theme is, look in the zip file for the style.css and it should have the version number near the top of the document
It’s still for sale on Themeforest so it should still be in your downloads, are you logged into the right account?
Unfortunately no one can help with account issues, you will need to contact Envato support and they will be able to help, but they are under a lot of tickets so your ticket may take upto a week to get a reply.
As requested by Kingdog here I am opening this thread for members to discuss a big issue at the moment, who is the real seller?
Envato say the author is the seller and they are the middleman but all the money trails lead back to Envato, so who do you think is the seller?
I wrote a post on my thoughts here
Sadly it seems that any CEO can be corrupted, no matter the “community spirit” that they preach.
Like it or not, Envato are now classed as a large business and therefor have to play with the big boys but I don’t think Collis has been corrupted but is being advised by lawyers / accountants who are used to working with large corporations who want to reduce their tax bills.
Unfortunately this is going against everyrhing which Collis has said for the last 6 years and is creating a lot of issues which need to be sorted. It’s clear Envato are in a period of change (of structure) but they need to define what they want to be, and sort the processes out before the floor begins to fall.