I agree completely that the price of plugins are set waaaay too low on here. I don’t think authors should be allowed to set their own prices though – as @WebSmacker said it will simply lead to price wars of people selling things for $1.
I would love to see a system like other professional plugin sites have. You pay a reasonable amount ($50 – $200) for the plugin and this includes 1 year of support and updates. After that, if you want to continue to receive support and updates you pay again. The plugin will work forever with one purchase, it’s just the support and updates stop after 1 year.
This is a very successful model and one I’d love to see Envato copy here at CodeCanyon.
Agreed! More bonuses for authors who take the time to regularly update items is definitely a good thing. Limiting the abuse of those who just do minor changes shouldn’t be too hard because Envato review every update anyway so trivial updates can be denied.
Yeah, I might have to do that if no-one here is interested in making a little money creating it for me
Hmm I probably didn’t explain it very well, it shouldn’t be a massive job I don’t think. It’s a basic theme I need, I want it to look exactly the same as my current one. The current one is just made badly.. Now, you could fix that one or do another one to look identical, whatever way is quicker/easier. You can see the design here: https://abpressoptimizer.com As you can see, it’s a fairly basic design and I don’t need all sorts of extra features just a standard WordPress theme in the same style.
Envato Studio seems like they are very specific, rather than working on something custom like this. I could always message some people I guess but when I took a look no-one really stood out as doing custom development work.
Anyone here offer theme customization services? It’s not a straightforward kind of customization though, I have a theme that was created specifically for one of my sites but done in a really bad way. You can’t actually add new posts or pages, you must use the theme editor to add the HTML to make changes… No menus, widgets or anything like that either and it uses a custom fields plugin for all the text in those pages. Pretty non-standard.
I need someone to take this theme and make it into a proper WordPress theme using the correct conventions etc. I like the design so that doesn’t need to change, just the functionality.
If you’re interested in doing this, please message me through my profile with an idea of rates,
onioneye saidI totally agree with this. Couldn’t have said it better.
GravityDept saidThis is GOLDEN!
My biggest concern
...is that Envato is monetizing the wrong support service. Q&A / bugfixing provide minimal value to buyers in the long run. These are a cost of doing business as an author, and simply good business. That’s why 99% of authors provide this type of support.
What relatively few authors provide is long-term item updates, and this has maximum value to buyers. As long as Envato is planning to give away item updates for free to all buyers they’re not solving the sustainability problem because they’re not charging for value. It’s very true that support requests taper off after six months but I have many buyers from years ago who continually download and thank me for providing updates year after year.Authors have almost no incentive to do this because unless you stay in the top sellers list, you absolutely need to bang out theme after theme to keep revenue up. Charging for updates is an obvious solution, and one that I’ve been fighting Envato for on the forums for several years now. I have very little concern about whether Q&A, support, customizations are made mandatory (I’m going to handle them how I always have). But I’ve already begun a path to toward charging for item updates and unfortunately it sounds like that means not funneling that business through Envato.
+1Have been saying this since day 1 of the initial proposal.
I wholeheartedly agree with this. Answering questions is not what this “support” update should be about. It should be about buyers still receiving regular updates to items. Look around the web at any of the big software sellers (Woo, EDD etc.) and they all use this exact model. Your purchase gets you 1 year of updates and support, after that you have to pay again to continue to receive updates. For me, that would be the perfect system here on Envato.
Hey, just offering you a “Tip”, on my approach, my plugin isn’t close to sales as yours, but still. Create a button in the settings called “Pro Mode” or “Beta version” or something that sounds close to an upgrade, and apply the new stuff only if that is checked, I know it might be a pain, but trust me, it’s worth it.
Thanks for the suggestion, however with what I’m planning on doing it’s not something I can make optional I’m afraid. I’m hoping it won’t affect that many people plus if it does affect them it should only require a few minutes work their end. Still, it’s better to let everybody know first
Patchesoft – yes I agree, so far I can use the people that have contacted me for support but again, it’s not even 20-30% of the people that have bought the item. I’d hate to make the change and then suddenly be inundated with unhappy customers!