I bought a couple of templates that I use on some site and I am now looking at setting up wordpress MU so I can manage all my sites from one installation.
My question is can I use setup the templates I have purchased as child themes?
Your site examples would fall under the category of a landing page – a page designed to capture and convert a potential lead.
As@greenshady already said every single WordPress theme can basically do what you are asking for as contact forms should be powered off a plugin – most do and you can easily create a form for the front page containing as many elements, drop downs, inputs and success page you setup – also using a plugin allows further integrations in to CRM DB solutions which these kind of users should be using on the backend to store, categorize and follow up with the potential leads.Jonathan
I’m just making suggestions, no themes have a form built into the header of the site, they all seem to just use big rotating images, something that most themes on this site do.
Also I understand a form can be inserted into the content area or maybe even the sidebar but I think a design built with converting traffic in mind would sell well.
Im only making suggestions, agree with me or not, 1000’s of websites are sold every day to all different types of companies. Why not have a theme with a nice contact form incorporated into the header?
1) its something different, your theme will stand out and your doing something other authors aren’t.
2) Im not an author, im just explaining what my clients ask me for and I am passing on this information to you guys, the authors.
@cippo tradesmen in the UK all have a website. Most are shocking but many are using companies to improve and build better websites. Many are now using Google Adwords and SEO on a monthly basis.
When someone lands on a plumbers website, the plumber wants them to contact him. Having a “Get a Quote Today” form built into the header is a perfect way to increase conversions. Using this I can sell me websites to more plumbers and buy more themes from authors like yourself.
Like I said i’m just giving you guys the heads up, its your job to build a theme that a business will want to buy.
I also think TF is full of authors who copy the top selling themes. Most themes are styled like this..
Header with navigations MASSIVE IMAGE CONTENT FOOTER
I mean they obviously look different but the page layouts all seem to be the same. Many of the themes purchased on this site are used to service websites for plumbers, roofers, electricians etc.
Maybe think about the target market more, i’d love to see themes targeting more different types of business’
I think doing this would increase sales for the authors!
I mean, 99% of themes on this site do not incorporate a contact form in the header of the website.
e.g. http://www.gateway-homes.co.uk/ – has a contact form in the header. also has a contact form on most sub-pages e.g. http://www.gateway-homes.co.uk/how-to-sell-your-house/http://sellmyhouseinstantly.co.uk/ – contact form in header http://www.anyhousewanted.co.uk/ – contact form in the header http://www.alliancehomebuyers.co.uk/ – contact form in header
These are just simple examples but I think most websites for most companies want to convert as many visitors as possible. Having a big flash image is good, but generally the vast majority of companies I speak to and work with want a nice big contact form on the homepage and sub pages in order to get leads and enquiries.
You guys are the designers, I just buy your work but more and more I am being asked about emphasising a contact form on the homepage!
Most websites are about converting traffic. Very very few templates here emphasise forms on every page and in the header of the template.
I think this is a good suggestion for ALL template authors!
OK I am not a designer but I will tell you what would stop me buying this.
1) The arrow in the menu look out of place. 2) Distance between the top of the slider and the black menu bar needs reducing. 3) The buttons for the scroller don’t show a mouse icon when hovering them. 4) shadow-normal.png – make it stretch across the page, it looks clumped up (hope you get what I mean). 5) The image next to your Welcome paragraph is too big.http://moradxd.zxq.net/?theme=Special – look at how the text is positioned and layed out on this design.
Hope this helps you
Look at the text across the top, to the right of the logo. It looks like you have pasted it there because you didn’t know what else to do – Amateur Mistake!
The circle icons thing you have going on needs sorting, they are massive!
The blue line under the menu, it sticks out further on the left than the right.
As a PSD template I would look at this and think that if I purchased it I would have to correct too many things in order to use it. Also looks like it would be a total pain to slice up and use.
I am a buyer of templates, not a designer or creator of awesome work but as a buyer I think you should know this… I, like many, only buy a template because it will save me time. If time wasn’t an issue I would certainly create my own.Look at the Striking design: http://themeforest.net/item/striking-premium-corporate-portfolio-wp-theme/128763
People have purchased that in order to customise it and in many cases completely change the original into something more customised for their own requirements.
Appeal to the masses and create something polished & elegant. You will then surely get accepted and be on the road to success.