ffmi, you shouldn’t need anything special to upload basic PHP files. Just upload the PHP files to the server as if they were HTML files. They are included to make your life easier. Example: the header and footer can be updated in one file rather than having to be updated on every single .HTML page. This is done via PHP Includes, nothing special. Contact forms are commonly done in PHP as well but this won’t really have minimum requirements or anything to setup.
The search is probably just a design and still will not function when you upload the PHP files. More than likely it is included as a placeholder for a WordPress version down the road or if buyers want to convert the Site Template themselves.
Miguelmora, I just e-mailed you. Gimme at least 10 minutes to respond
$12 pricing is too low for any Site Template. I think $15 is a reasonable starting point. Especially if PSD ’s are sold for $10! I guess in your case HTML Code is $1 and your CMS is $1
My latest Site Template was sold for only $10 (Pretty lame when PSD Templates are sold for that).
You can always use your own and in different formats, PDF or HTML … Envato provides a template in HTML you can use that’s pretty simple: http://wiki.envato.com/selling/selling-rejections/themeforest-common-rejection-factors/ (See Documentation)
GoDaddy definately has a Cpanel, probably the best one out of all the hosting companies. It has hundreds of one-click install applications. Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, lots of different types of forums etc.
I’ve used Godaddy hosting for a few years now and I have been slowly moving all of my sites AWAY from their dreaded hosting plans. GoDaddy hosting is way too hit or miss, sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s unusable. For many services, apparently GoDaddy has problems with mySQL which makes it unbearably slow. Better explanation here: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/wordpress-on-godaddy-unbearably-slow/page/3 Also make a simple search in WordPress Support Forums for “GoDaddy Slow”: http://wordpress.org/search/godaddy+slow?forums=1
With so many other options for hosting, there really is no reason to use GoDaddy Hosting (Plus it’s way overpriced).
On another note: I now use Dreamhost.com. They are a good bargain host with all the usual options like one-click installs for the usual joomla, wordpress, yadadada. Anybody else use Dreamhost and have good/bad experiences?
Check out the Option Tree plugin provided by Envato. It’s exactly what you need: http://wp.envato.com/open-source-plugins/option-tree/
Also, color schemes are pretty default option in themes.
I use the 960.gs for the Photoshop and Illustrator templates. I really like how the columns and guides are already tossed in from the start.
As for code, I only use a CSS reset file and then I write my own code. I find that any extra code just makes for things that I potentially have to overwrite later on. If I took the time to learn the Grid System classes then I might use it more, but I don’t find myself needing the code portion.
By the way, you can find plenty of good design examples at http://960.gs/