After nearly 4 years (46 months) on ThemeForest, my item Acumen has been updated with compatibility for every single stable Magento release. That’s 15 core releases for those counting. Envato won’t allow selecting more than 14.
I’ve hit this artificial limit on compatibility and because Envato says my item has “too much” compatibility, I’m forced to de-select old values in the “Software Version” attribute just to indicate the latest versions.
While there are probably very few customers shopping for themes compatible with 4 year old versions of Magento, longevity and updates are a major selling point. Buyers appreciate knowing a theme will not be abandoned.
It’s mind-boggling that Envato chose to prevent an author from noting literally years of hard work. Rather than designing the marketplaces to appropriately display attributes that may contain a large number of values, authors just get the shaft for being dedicated to building long-lasting products.
Tell me about it Mike. It wasn’t supposed to end this way.
Any update on faceted navigation coming to all marketplaces?
Pepsi bought Mountain Dew, and that turned out better than fine.
I’m not exactly a GoDaddy fan, but nothing has changed. Media Temple is still run by Media Temple’s people.
Agree on these points:
- Ratings should be public
- Authors should be able to reply to ratings
- Malicious ratings should be flaggable and removable
- Authors must be able to see who rated the item
- Every marketplace user should have a ratings profile. If they are repeatedly shaming authors it should be traceable and knowable by all authors/buyers.
It’s imperative that the long-term goal of ratings is to establish accountability. Anonymity does not create honest systems. If a user does not want his rating public, then he cannot rate an item (like: Amazon).
These safeguards need to come to protect against competitors / angry buyers who use ratings to hurt an author.
TommusRhodus saidNo, we are two now;)
Am I the only one that uses MacRabbit Espresso?
I (woefully) abandoned Espresso. Their team (in my mind) wasted an entire release cycle making Espresso absorb their visual CSS editor app (CSSEdit). Meanwhile responsive design and pre-processors happened. The community was too small to pick up the slack, and the app still stumbles over a lot of things that Sublime just does.
Sublime Text is probably the most extensible and widely used today.
To counter-act the heft of negative feedback on this:
@ Envato — Do what you think you need to do to improve the marketplace as efficiently as possible. I am a fan of the frontend changes happening on other Envato sites, and if dropping old visuals makes the marketplaces more extensible/maintainable then that means faster feature rollouts. Go for it.
@ Authors — You shot yourself in the foot assuming the background color would never change, and loading up item descriptions with images. Deal with it, and don’t make the same mistake again. But before you convert everything to 32-bit PNGs spend some time learning about image compression and start hosting on a solid CDN, or stop using images. You’re making the marketplaces feel slower for buyers and hurting everyone.
You don’t need GitHub to use git (git is the underlying VCS tool). You also don’t need any remote repo (GitHub), but if you want a private one to push into Bitbucket has free private repos (team collab is paid).