I was just about to make changes to a client who purchased the theme and is still on version 1.1. I might just purchase and deploy another theme for them. Like everyone here, I spent many hours customizing the theme to my client’s branding specifications, but I am more concerned with their business to be successful by providing updated themes and new features. Besides, e-commerce themes have exploded in here, a lot more now with far superior features than a year ago, HTML5, CSS3, responsive and so on. It was good while it lasted, time to move on!
Wow, it is absolutely brutal that you are not a dribbbler. I have been trying to figure out how often they come by and read theories online regarding activity, time, and more. I gave out 2 in June but since then have not been given anymore which leads me to believe that some are coming soon. As soon as I get one I will send it your way in exchange of unlimited supply of your awesome themes (just kidding) There is no charge for awesomeness!
As a regular buyer I would mostly welcome a redesign. It gets hard sometimes to find the item I want and the time I spend searching keeps increasing. I would suggest easier navigation and previews to improve the user experience. Envato has always been a leader in creative marketplaces, just switched to Ruby I think is time now for some ux improvements. As far as popular items, sometimes I question too the logic as this is were I first go and I mostly see the same items there. Some killer items, others not so much but I guess people still buy them.
I have been wondering for a while if it would be a good idea for Envato to “expand” some of the love provided to the sellers on to the buyers also. I also joined long time ago with the idea of making themes, but my client work is steady enough and most of my time is consumed by my clients. Because of this, I have included the marketplaces in my workflow when I am considering the initial designs. Before posting this I browsed the forums and noticed a few post from members saying buyers don’t visit as often. I believe is a generalization to say such things, I do visit several times a week and remember many authors names and websites which I often mention in conversations with other creatives.
This is just an idea, in my particular opinion a good one. For Envato to recognize, feature and interview recurrent buyers, after all it takes two to tango. I am more than grateful to all buyers because they provide great items which save us buyers lots of design and development time, as well as I often read sellers thanking buyers.
There are new marketplaces popping very often, and even though they are not as well organized as Envato’s, they pose a threat to the organization and obviously the sellers. You may say these threats are to small, but so was Apple, Microsoft, and Google when they started, small. By taking care of your loyal base you make sure they don’t go somewhere else.
Thank you for all the great work you do, Envato and Sellers!