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Gareth_Gillman says

I already told him I can’t build from scratch. And I don’t have a problem with being honest about it, because I see myself as a webDESIGNER, and not a developer. If he wanted to have some really fancy website – with multiple parallax scrolling, or total 100% speed optimisation via sprites and all that – I would tell him to go elsewhere, or that I could get a developer on board.

But: He wants something really simple. Basically: - flat design, white background - 4-5 sections max (home, about, contact, portfolio - 3 column portfolio - no sidebar - simple footer with newsletter subscription button

no fancy effects or anything… but bundled with woocommerce (which unfortunately means: wordpress)

And for that kind of thing, there’s plenty of templates to choose from. I keep thinking it’s a psychological thing. “Template = no good”.

It could well be but it could also be for the following 2 reasons:

1) Competition – If 2000 other people have bought the theme, that means there are 2000 potential people with a similar website. I have a lot of clients that won’t go near templates for this reason

2) Branding – When you’re using a template, you’re shoe horning their brand into someone elses ideas but if you build from scratch then you build it from the base and they feel like they are getting something unique which is built for them.

Most clients I offer 2 options, pre-built theme and custom theme and 9/10 choose the custom, even though there is a 500% price difference.

A custom site isn’t always about the custom features, it can be as simple as a different layout that they want to use or just want something a bit more than what a template offers.

At the end of the day it’s all down to perception and I don’t think you’re going to change their mind, they know what they want so it’s upto you to help them get what they want, as they are paying your wages :)

I have a load of people I outsource work I can’t / don’t want to do. it’s a good idea if you can build up a list like this so when this comes up in future, instead of fighting them you can quickly say I can do this, and get the other guys to do it under your brand, it makes you look better and you’re not turning work away.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Are you allowed to give away an item as a contest if your selling it on here?

Depends on your author status, if you’re a ‘exclusive’ author then no you can’t as you agree for Envato to have full rights to the item.

Lets say you sell the html and WP versions here but didn’t submit the pSD, you can give away the PSD (a few authors I know of do this, give away parts of themes to build interest in their theme / brand)

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Gareth_Gillman says

Be brutally honest with him and say I can’t build a custom theme it’s beyond my capabilities but I am willing to find a good developer and work with them to build one for you.

They will like your honesty and that you will still be involved.

I have a few clients that do you like do, build sites using themes and can dabble in html/css but for custom themes they just tell the client that they will be bringing in another developer to help with the process.

The worst thing anyone can do is lie to their clients, be up front and they will trust you more, knowing your limits is a really good trait.

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Gareth_Gillman says

I am not aware of any theme like that on here but it’s quite simple to do in PC so you could easily buy an existing theme and get it modified to your needs, or get a custom theme made.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Happy to help Hijax, previously done similar website for a training company, can you email me via my profile as you don’t have one (as you’re not an author).

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Gareth_Gillman says

Send a support ticket as support staff don’t look here very often but there are a couple of reasons for this:

1) The money hasn’t been cashed e.g. it’s not ready for withdrawal (does Envato have something like this?) 2) Claims – could the money have been cancelled because of a claim by the buyer(s)

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Gareth_Gillman says

I have done this on my new theme, I have created a post type so they can create the staff details and then a shortcode so they can display them.

Best of both worlds, they get access to add what ever content they want through the post editor and it’s so easy to add to any page

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Gareth_Gillman says

You would need an options panel to set the options but once done, do something like

$categories = field from options panel
$the_query = new WP_Query(''cat=$categories");
while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
 // display post data
}

Not tested but that’s how I would look at doing it

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Gareth_Gillman says

If you do want to go down the route of guaranteed time on the front page then there will need to be 1 of 2 changes made:

1) Reviewers can only accept X number of items per week – this will guarantee time on the front page but will annoy members who join the end of the queue and waiting 2/3 weeks to get accepted

2) Modify the homepage to give more slots for new items OR have a twitter like ajax load, where you can load more items, the older the item is the further down the load it is.

Both have downsides and both have advantages, just means something will have to give to get the guaranteed time

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Gareth_Gillman says

Don’t worry about SEO yet, just get the theme known and market it in it’s first few weeks on sale e.g.

- get reviews from influential blogs - submit to places where designers will look (css galleries, dribble, pinterest, deviantart, behance - offer a version to a website to use in a competition (give them a psd version etc)

Once you have marketed the theme, then look at the SEO, set up a small landing site to promote it and target it at your preferred market e.g. real estate agents

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