Wow that is a list… First off Turn your CAPS off please.
it is great you have such a clear idea if what you want and need but you will never find a pre built theme or template with all that.
Your best bet is to find a design here you like the look of then hire someone to modify and build it up.
With the things you want in mind personally I would suggest forgetting a template altogether and go straight to hiring someone to design and build a custom site for you (assuming of course you have the budget for this).
This is an impossible case. Everyone has their own opinion – what makes a design blow the competition away for one person may make no difference at all to the next.
Yes again you have a good idea there – it would have to be the author that dictates what category it all comes under as users may not realize that they are buying a building block not an out of the box customized ideal solution.
While you would have to rule out the GLWS type posts and it may not cure the bigger scale support questions AS A PART of comment searching this would be a GREAt feature to add – good idea
Actually I agree completely with you on many of your points e.g. comment search and that those who offer outstanding service should be recognized more BUT as you rightfully pointed out it is a question of the nature of the marketplace and how it works i.e enforce support etc and would it happen? and if not how many potential or existing authors would give up because they cannot do it?Offering serious support requires the business set up in which to do so and that is a big ask. (you only need to look at competitor sites and how long support takes there and how much custom changes cost – and that is coming form a major business supplier not individual authors).
While I can totally appreciate the frustration on your part having to fix issues that then reflect on you and waste your time and while you obviously do this the right way one of the things that amazes me the most about here is the number of “developers” (and this is is in NO way aimed at you – obviously you have the right knowledge to bring up these points) who buy templates then charge clients to edit them and potentially pass it off as their work. We have seen this week alone someone who is kicking off on forums because an author would not tell them how to change a CSS spacing issue? Personally we would NEVER use a template for paid client services (again i appreciate that different situations require different actions but as you said it comes with dangers of not using custom coded solutions).
I feel strongly for authors who must receive hundreds if not more “support” requests to modify elements because these “developers” cannot do it.
My point with this is that there must be many of these requests and this is NOT SUPPORT – this is CUSTOMISATION. To differentiate these types would greatly help with support issues also.
Again I completely agree with you that there are things that could be done to help both authors and buyers however my concern is that to really achieve these would mean some radical changes in the way the marketplace operates
While this is a nice idea I am not sure it would work.
Firs toff no author is currently required to offer any support and your suggestion while not having to change this would put pressure on authors to do so.
Many authors have full time jobs as well as here so they do not have time to be able to dedicate that degree of commitment to support and again it would create an unfair position against those who just work from here.
Finally as an author I am sure you are aware of the potential amount of support requests an author receives and the ridiculous nature of some of the requests.
I do think your idea is valid but it would need to be structured very carefully
You do know thats a Tumblr theme right? It is not designed to be a standalone website.
If you want it to “work” then you need to install it correctly on your Tumblr account – if you Google for the instructions there are many results, so you just need to find the explanation you find easiest to understand.
A good one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0edG79RF4I
It’s almost certainly a very easy fix but you need to login with the account you purchased the file with-no buyer badge on you account here so noone can verify you paid for the file
You need to contact the author BUT you must sign in using the account with which the file was purchased before they will be able to validate your purchase and help you
As Bowtie themes mentioned there are quite a few designs like this especially those using that style of blog or as you need based on that link as a magazine.
Out of interest if you are building for a client and therefore I am assuming taking on paid work would it not be more appropriate to build it from scratch and design it to exactly their requirements rather than just editing a non unique template for them?