This is the problem with Envato- they’ll realise areas for improvement – but only implement it on the next marketplace start up. I think the biggest thing they don’t want to do is to make a change that disturbs sales trends too drastically – which is why TF hasn’t had any major changes since it started.
But the biggest area where more “sharing the love” could be implemented is on the purchase download confirmation page… when ever I buy an image on PhotoDune it always shows the same adverts of top selling WordPress themes which can be completely unrelated to the item purchased…. so this basically only does two things 1) Drive more traffic to TF, and drive more sales to the top items on TF.I think Envato should remove cross marketplace promoting, and show adverts that 1) Show more items from the author you purchased from 2) Show similar items from other authors 3) Show new items recently approved that are similar, and lastly show top selling items from the SAME marketplace you purchase from.. this way things will be more relevant.
You make an excellent point, but I think the cross-marketplace advertising could work if it was less biased.
Let’s take for instance I am buying food images – it’s going to show me a few restaurant / food based items from ThemeForest & CodeCanyon (I’m sure something at codecanyon exists having to do with management of a restaurant or food or something) and now there’s a chance I will actually buy one of these because it fits my or my client’s needs.
Or if I am buying images of people in suits doing business things – show me corporate themes from ThemeForest and business (analytics I guess?) plugins from CodeCanyon.
But I do agree with you, it’s kind of unfortunate when I look at top authors and they’re not really producing anything anymore, because they got to the top and now they have no reason to put out anything else – their sales don’t go down
The photographs you use in your theme demo / preview is the most important thing in my opinion – having watermarked photos, regardless of if it’s allowed or not will most likely harm your sales figures.
Invest in good photos if you can’t find equal quality for free, it will pay you back 10x over.
For models you’re most likely going to want to start with a Creative/Photography theme, check out these:http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress/creative/photography
And you probably won’t find a theme with ads built in – generally ads are visually displeasing and you don’t want people looking to buy your theme that don’t want advertisements to be turned off.
Check out this plugin, which should do what you want: http://codecanyon.net/item/pro-google-adsense-tools-plugin-for-wordpress/2401308
I think if you could take a theme with a masonry grid and have the models and ads all in the grid it would blend nicely – though, I do not know what result you’re looking for or if there are multiple models (modeling agency, maybe?) so it’s hard for me to say.
Why not have both? Purchase the size you NEED and save for web in photoshop, you can lower the “quality” quite a bit depending on the image without losing any real quality.
Using a CDN as well as pre-setting the width and height of your image will make them load quite a bit faster aswell.
You could find something similar on graphicriver, but I’ve tried looking up flyers for you based on key things about this flyer such as the giant 3, couldn’t find anything.
Though, I think if you post on the graphicriver forums someone over there will definitely know of something or something similar.
For the theme Bigbang, assuming we’re talking about the one by Brankic1979, make sure you’ve read their support tab first! They have a Frequently Asked Questions section which may answer your questions and also some information you’ll need to know before getting in touch:http://themeforest.net/item/bigbang-responsive-wordpress-template/2826493/support
To register on their support forums you’ll want to go here and enter your purchase code for BigBang:http://support.brankic1979.com/wp-login.php?action=register
Here’s an awesome gif made by (I believe) sevenspark that will show you how to get your purchase code:
What you’ll need to know for U-Design before getting in touch with the author is listed here:http://themeforest.net/item/udesign-wordpress-theme/253220/support
And then you can sign up to the forum for U-Design using the link below – you’ll need your purchase code for this item aswell, refer to the above gif again:http://dreamthemedesign.com/u-design-support/entry/register?Target=discussions
Your upload process will ultimately depend on what host you’re using – for most hosts you will have FTP access, so you’ll want to login to your FTP server with a client such as SmartFTP (My favourite for Windows!) and upload your files that way.
Make sure that you don’t have any links in your template pointing to your local filesystem such as “http://127.0.0.1/”.
You should also upload it somewhere on your server that makes sense and looks forward to what you’ll be doing next – a common structure would be:http://themecuc.com/demo/Envato-HTML/ http://demo.themecuc.com/Envato-HTML/
I think success is in the eye of the beholder, and there is no “PHP Level”. You don’t gain XP everytime you code and eventually reach level 9000.
There isn’t a “timeframe for success” either, it takes how long it takes. I recommend that you make what YOU want and what YOU believe is great and market it, and if you can do that and be confident about your work, you’ll already be successful.
As far as WordPress itself goes, STICK TO THE STANDARDS. http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Coding_Standards
some users still didn’t get that there are 2, 3, 4 stars they just see 1 and 5
Maybe it would help if as you hover each star to rate it explains what that should mean to you, like a 1 star is forbidden fruit you shouldn’t touch unless the item has taken you to hell and back.
I’ve seen a LOT of threads over the years complaining about the rating system but very very rarely do people bring up this particular issue.