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In product lists there is a grid mode and list mode. It’s pretty much impossible to tell what a theme looks like from its icon. Users are forced to mouse over every icon to see the preview image. This is even more annoying on a touch device.

Add a third “preview mode” that loads the item preview (590×300) instead of the icon (80×80). I think the majority of users would prefer to browse/scroll through a list visually instead of icon or list mode, which doesn’t really provide any distinguishing information between themes.

Envato Preview Mode

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Nothing worth doing is easy.

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I think its a fantastic idea, would like to know tough how do you reuse it after deployment.

Helmets are not reusable after a crash either. Even a 1m drop is enough to reduce its impact absorption effectiveness.

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@ jupitersaturn — I only work on upgrades for clients when I’ve had a continual presence in their operations. Here’s why:

Nobody can give you a realistic quote for this without asking a long series of questions about your implementation. For starters: Do you have a dev and staging server? How do you deploy to production / rollback changes? Have you customized the frontend package? Are you using extensions? What integrations are there?

Upgrades can easily run into thousands of dollars when done properly. You need a risk mitigation and fallback strategy if something does go wrong. Anybody who offers to do it for a few hundred dollars is cutting corners, and you’re the one on the line.

This is not something any freelancer can step in and offer you. You either need an internal technical person managing this or a technical partner that is responsible for the long-time health of your implementation.

In short, deploying software is an investment that you need to factor into the cost of doing business.

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You should pay someone to upgrade your platform instead. You’re asking for serious trouble running a release that’s multiple years behind. It’s an easy target.

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1. The TITLE tag should reflect the query.

Yup. Will be deploying fix for that shortly.


2. Using multiple words expands the results rather than reducing them. It should be the opposite. See: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/item-comment-search-is-here-finally/113958?page=2#928248 In my item comments, searching for “downloadable” returns 105 comments, but the more specific “downloadable products” returns 637 comments (that’s 38% of all comments on this item). That’s pretty useless to somebody looking for info about that particular product type in Magento.

Yup. Correct that the search is doing an “OR” (more or less). Is that really a problem though? The relevancy scoring works so that comments with both terms in them are boosted higher, and appear at the top of search results. Comments with only one of the terms ends up lower down the list. If it was changed to be an “AND”, the search results would end up less useful.

I think we still want to ensure that phrases together like that are boosted up higher though. I’ll add that to the list of things to work on.


3. The relevancy algorithm is prioritizing partial string matches “download” over exact matches “downloadable products”.
Good feedback thanks. I’ll adjust the boosting on the query so that exact matches are boosted higher than stemmed matches.

When I think of the most common questions people ask me in comments, they would use a 2-3 word phrase to search for that. Generally the components of that phrase include words like “product” or “type” or “checkout” that appear in literally hundreds of comments.

Initially I saw single-term matches ranking higher than exact matches in the results, and the order seemed fairly random. It looks like the weighting was adjusted so it’s more accurate today.

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I’m known to be very critical of Envato but…

I respect the direction. I’ve always felt Envato promoted the breadth and trail between the marketplaces poorly, and this is a major improvement. The active marketplace could be emphasized more effectively, but I don’t agree with the majority of criticisms of this change.

Nice work!

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This is entirely the developer’s discretion, and the mark of inexperience. Envato should be building search tools that profile themes based on expected performance: HTTP requests, KB per file type, uses minification, uses sprites, uses SVG, etc.

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Three extra issues:

1. The TITLE tag should reflect the query.

2. Using multiple words expands the results rather than reducing them. It should be the opposite. See: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/item-comment-search-is-here-finally/113958?page=2#928248

In my item comments, searching for “downloadable” returns 105 comments, but the more specific “downloadable products” returns 637 comments (that’s 38% of all comments on this item). That’s pretty useless to somebody looking for info about that particular product type in Magento.

3. The relevancy algorithm is prioritizing partial string matches “download” over exact matches “downloadable products”.

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While it’s good this is live, it’s a pretty bitter win. I’ve been waiting almost 4 years for this feature, and I’m sure others requested it before that. Considering the commercial web is only 20 years old, that’s worse than glacial progress. Envato needs to focus more than ever.


Comments search on the Author Dashboard is still in development and shouldn’t be too far away – we’ll be shipping that as soon as it’s ready.

What’s the point of this?

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