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Gareth_Gillman says


“not sure why Wordpress themes would not be given a top priority, especially from established authors. ”

The answer of this one is pretty simple – You are nothing more than me or any other author here, no matter if you’re elite, how much money you have earned and which category you are uploading to. If there are 200 updated items in the queue at the moment – you should just sit and wait for your turn, no matter if all other items are HTML, PSD, Drupal etc. and if it takes 12 hours or another 5 days.

Other authors are also waiting and you are not “elite human being” just because you’re elite author (don’t get me wrong – I am “elite” too and that’s not the point). Not to mention those authors with the smaller earnings also have to feed families and may be even need the money more than you. ;)

Other than that – yes, it is frustrating and unprofessional for a company as big as envato, but so far nothing can be done.

This is not coming from a selfish perspective, but rather from a business perspective. I probably shouldn’t have added the “especially from an established author” part in there, but it’s obviously frustrating on my end since I have generated a good amount of money for this company and I can’t even get a real response from anyone as to why it’s taking 2 weeks to get an item approved, especially when I only have a few small changes that needed to be made.

Bottom line is that this entire process is unacceptable and we all deserve more transparency and a more efficient review process. The way it was with my first 5 themes was slower than I’d wanted, but it was at least tolerable. This time around, it’s just a complete shame and embarrassing. Especially if there are twice (or more) the number of reviewers from before, even if there were twice the number of submissions, how has the response time tripled?

You’re in the queue like everyone else and your theme will be sorted as soon as they get to it… Just because your an elite author doesn’t mean they are going to jump the queue to get you in first.

In an ideal world there would be 2 queues, full reviews and edits to an existing review… but there isn’t and you just have to put up with the slower review process.

Envato has added more reviewers but the amount of items that are being submitted has jumped meaning more items to go through.

I would rather be in the review queue for 2 weeks and get my 4 days on the frontpage than be reviewed in 1 week with 1 day on the front page.

It’s not the end of the world, have a drink, relax and start working on another template.

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Gareth_Gillman says

I have seen advertising all over for Avada, including display ads and even YouTube. Haven’t seen any for X. Care to elaborate?

Have a look on webdesignerdepot …. the X is being given away as a prize… that’s what dream_theme is hinting at :)

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Gareth_Gillman says

So they have “a team of developers and designers to work to get the product to market” BUT they cannot develop their own theme? What does that tell you about how successful the theme, support, updates etc will be!

Exactly, recipe for disaster as they won’t understand the code.

I was going to go in with a cost of $20k and outsource to Themeforest authors :D

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Gareth_Gillman says


Because the W3C validator is a willy waving contest and means nothing, I used to validate all my websites 100% but gave up a few years ago as you can never really have 100% validation. As long as the website works on all browsers and my clients are happy, I couldn’t care less about validation.
okay… in our company all websites are 100% valid .. but they are not made with WP .. i just wondered why so many themes are invalid…

Because WP and the plugins add their own code which could mean rewriting the plugin which wouldn’t be viable (updates can be lost when an update is added).

As long as the site displays fine then W3C validation doesn’t matter, it can help find issues which you can’t find (so it’s not totally useless) but the “100% valid” badges are just useless imho.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Because the W3C validator is a willy waving contest and means nothing, I used to validate all my websites 100% but gave up a few years ago as you can never really have 100% validation.

As long as the website works on all browsers and my clients are happy, I couldn’t care less about validation.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Unfortunately not, the license is owned by the original purchaser and is non transferable, you will need to purchase a new license to be able to download the theme again.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Just saw this job on peopleperhour and made me laugh a little, someone obviously wants to emuldate Avada but doesn’t have the skills.

I was thinking in the region of $25k-$75k depending on exact features

Avada has made roughly $3 million so how much would you pay to get a similar theme built

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Gareth_Gillman says

With TGM you can bundle the plugin into the theme e.g. theme-name/plugins/plugin.zip

TGM includes options to bundle plugins into the theme or from the WP directory

Please use TGM as it’s much safer and it’s less hassle for users if they don’t want to use the plugin with your theme e.g. woocommerce

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Gareth_Gillman says

Best way to get the full ecommerce solution without the purchase capabilities is to:

1) Get a woocommerce enabled theme 2) Install woocommerce 3) Run a script (in your functions.php) such as:

function remove_loop_button(){
remove_action( 'woocommerce_after_shop_loop_item', 'woocommerce_template_loop_add_to_cart', 10 );
}
add_action('init','remove_loop_button');

This removes the add to cart button so you get the full woocommerce experience but your products can’t be bought.

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Gareth_Gillman says

why pay taxes for envato earnings? they are already payed taxes in australia, so i dont need to pay them twice.

wrong, envato do state you have to pay tax in your own country, envato is taxed for it’s operations but your money is only taxed once (when it’s in your account), you’re a freelancer working for envato and are liable to pay tax from your earnings to your government.

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