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GravityDept says

Not a good use of developer resources, Envato. Improve ratings, comment search, make the preview bar responsive, do anything that’s been suggested, but stop fixing things that aren’t broken.

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GravityDept says

they include the “responsive” name throughout their theme title and description etc… It’s just a wrong thing to do imo.

This annoys me as well. There are many more themes built here that are adaptive not responsive and incorrectly labelled. Fluid grids are one of three defining principles of responsive design (fluid grids, flexible content, media queries).

An adaptive design is significantly less useful because it is essentially several fixed layouts designed to work at those specific sizes only. A glance at the spectrum of devices available makes it painfully clear that you should not be designing for specific device sizes.

Yes, it takes more work to build an “actually responsive” site — and that’s why most authors don’t do it. It’s off-putting that so many here are piggybacking on the consumerization of the terminology and undermining those who do responsive work in its full spirit. It’s their fault the word responsive is misunderstand outside the industry.

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GravityDept says

Have you tried installing the standalone version of that plugin? It doesn’t have to be used with WordPress.

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GravityDept says

ALL OF THEM :smug:

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GravityDept says

Themes built on the Magento platform should support its configurable product type. Here’s an example of a product with multiple options that do/don’t affect the price: http://acumen-magento.gravdept.com/gucci-leather-jacket

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GravityDept says

@ dtbaker — That’s a hell of a system you’ve made. It illustrates how far behind Envato is in providing elite-grade authors with adequate support tools. I’m about 15 hours into building a custom system for myself. I wish I didn’t have to, but need to at this point.

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GravityDept says

The comment system is the bane of authors. When a buyer comments he has the option of getting email notifications of replies. Authors cannot get notifications.

Here is how this scenario plays out:

Buyer comments and ticks checkbox for email notifications. Buyer assumes that author also gets email notifications. Author is never notified. When he manually checks the dashboard (1 minute, 5 hours, or 10 hours later) he sees the comment and responds immediately. The buyer is notified immediately. So he responds immediately expecting the author to respond quickly. The author is never notified. He sees the message whenever he refreshes the dashboard…maybe in 20 minutes or 6 hours. The buyer gets angry that responses take so long.

There is no API for comments so authors cannot build their own tools to check for new comments. Authors scrape by providing timely support by checking ThemeForest every hour or so, which is a waste of our time and mental energy.

The comment system puts strain on the author/buyer relationship, and could be improved. It has been this way for about at least 2.5 years since I became an author.

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GravityDept says

Fireworks has tools and workflows that are suited to layout prototyping and asset construction. Photoshop (in particular its layers model) are overly complicated and suited to … surprise, photo editing.

You can produce the exact same design and quality in both apps. Use what works for you but understand both is my suggestion. I use Fireworks primarily.

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GravityDept says

Remember that authors are not required to provide support (although it is recommended) and items can be removed at any time. If that happens, you’re on your own. Hire a developer or DIY are the only options.

Next time you buy a template, make sure you ensure the author has a vested interest in supporting their customers. Do they answer comments? Every comment? How long have they been on the marketplace?

You should be considering all these things when buying a theme. That will avoid you being burned in the future.

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GravityDept says

Flagged for self promotion. Not allowed — see forum rules. :)

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