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Nicely said, but how can we charge for Wordpress 3.9 updates now ;)
I’m not a WordPress developer, but I don’t see anything in the 3.9 release notes related to updates. How is this situation different now?
There’s a brand new WYSIWYG editor that is not compatible with the old one. None of the shortcode buttons work etc. We’ll have to fix it and then release an update to all 40+ themes.

That’s cool. You’re on the hook to fix that for thousands of buyers (who will need that fix and appreciate it) but you have to do it for free. Giant marketplace with unsustainable products.

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GravityDept says

Nicely said, but how can we charge for Wordpress 3.9 updates now ;)

I’m not a WordPress developer, but I don’t see anything in the 3.9 release notes related to updates. How is this situation different now?


It can buy multiple sales from agencies looking for reliable, regularly updated themes for their clients. We spent over $1000 dollars last year on one particular theme.

Think we’re on the same page. My best customers are repeat buyers, and the top reasons they keep buying are high-quality and consistent updates. I think most buyers in that situation wouldn’t mind paying for updates as long as they’re still making use of them. It helps everyone do better work.

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Hi Justin, I think one reason that you think its not worth your while is that Ticksy is very cheap at the moment. I am surprised it covers your hosting.

So why don’t you charge a little bit more and add some long-awaited features and be done with it.

With version 2, I don’t think there are many stuff left to be done.

Exactly, I’ve always said I wouldn’t mind paying more for it. I wonder how many users Ticksy has, let’s say around 100? So 100×5 is just 500$ where probably half goes to hosting, make it 100*20 and it starts to look good as some semi-passive income source.

Anyway, I’m waiting for your decision Justin, I shiver thinking about looking for new support system..

If you quadruple the price, I wouldn’t expect to keep all 100 users.

People flip out from $5 price increases for entire themes.

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GravityDept says

You might want to check out Acumen. It was deliberately designed not as a “theme” but an un-styled base framework for designers to modify and build an aesthetic on top of. A complete responsive rewrite will be released as soon as my new support platform is ready. See: http://gravitydept.com/blog/the-future-of-acumen

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GravityDept says

I continue to adore the irony of this discussion’s title.

However, I give @JustinScheetz a lot of credit for trying to make Ticksy work. Long-term it’s not a business I’d want to be in because Envato could (miraculously) get their act together someday and make your product obsolete.

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Get an iPod Touch or use the iOS SDK which has device emulators.

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GravityDept says

@ scottwills — I think it bears repeating that I’m not pointing a finger at Envato’s past. I’m tracing from the past to the present, and my finger hasn’t moved far enough. Until Envato makes that monumental shift from promising to delivering, it’s unfair to suggest my long-term observations are pessimistic.

Envato has let its optimism shine out for years, and I probably haven’t missed a single pronouncement. But that does nothing for my business because the vast majority of promises have not materialized.

I do want Envato to improve. Year after year the improvements have not exceeded my expectations. That’s my ingrained perception of the company until it does something positively out of character.

Harry Truman didn’t pull any punches either:

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell. ~ Harry S. Truman
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Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you something quite extraordinary:
ENVATO DEVELOPMENT MODEL

1. Announce new feature: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/new-search-preview/54397?page=1

2. Wait two years.

3. Re-announce the same feature, and say something sexy and fast-moving like: “This highly anticipated feature has been designed in complete secrecy for a few weeks now.”

4. Proclaim transparency and community.

As much as I’d love to believe Envato is changing, this is on par with how Envato has behaved for the last 4 years. I’d love to see this launch in 2016. :impatient:

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GravityDept says

Summary: charge for value.

Authors can’t (no sustained revenue). Buyers suffer (abandoned item). Envato wins (flooding new items).

If you’re not making moves to fix this for yourself and your customers, you’re part of somebody else’s strategy.

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