Welcome sandthemes! Sounds like you have an awesome adventure ahead of you.
Wordpress frameworks/starter themes. Use them or not? Which one?
I would recommend creating your own framework/starter theme so that you know exactly what you have in your theme. It’s also a great learning process.
Personally, I start with the Sass version of _s (underscores) + the Zurb Foundation Framework. Developing in Sass (or Less depending on your preference and/or framework) makes it really simple to turn on/off different features/modules so you don’t have a bunch of unnecessary bloat in your theme.
If you’re interested, I integrated all of these elements into a starter theme for myself and it can be downloaded from github: http://rescuethemes.github.io/magpie/
Navigation menus. I saw some themes where you had to checkbox a menu from admin panel when creating one. How can I make that refference from template to admin-panel?
WordPress has a really great menu system by itself. Do you mean the native WP menu system?
Theme sections. If there’s a simple personal/resume theme, with 3-5 sections, is it ok if I’ll put them into index.php, without a drag and drop builder?
There’s absolutely no requirement to have a drag/drop builder. When it comes to developing a custom home page, I believe the standard way is to create a template for your home page instead of directly customizing index.php: http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_a_Static_Front_Page
Use the native WordPress customizer to add customization options for your buyers. Here’s a great guide: http://themefoundation.com/wordpress-theme-customizer/
You might also want to look into using Devin Price’s Customizer Library to speed up development: https://github.com/devinsays/customizer-library
Bootstrap in Wordpress. How?
We use Zurb Foundation instead of Bootstrap. Integration is probably very similar though. A Google search will bring up tuts: http://goo.gl/DPRNuE
jQuery Masonry in Wordpress, plugin or manually installed?
When it comes to deciding whether you should add a theme feature as a plugin or integrate it directly within the theme, check out this great flowchart by Tom McFarlin: https://tommcfarlin.com/wordpress-theme-or-plugin/
Basically, if it’s a design feature, put it in the theme. If it’s a theme function, put it in a plugin.
Contact Form 7. Is it ok?
Absolutely. Also a great alternative is Gravity Forms.
Like a few others have said, it’s just a matter of learning a few shortcuts, the trackpad gestures, and giving it a little bit of time.
I went through the same teething stage when I switched a few years ago. I think I might have even bought a book that showed how to do common things (nerd alert). After a week or two, I couldn’t imagine going back.
It would be great to see some data on buyer behavior if sales numbers weren’t publicly viewable. I suspect it has quite an influence on a buyer’s decision regardless of the quality of the item or their actual needs.
Excellent idea, Smartik!
There should be an “Awesome Feedback” badge for you.
It should be a different category, probably something like WordPress Site Builder aimed for designers who create sites for their clients. Possibly it can have a different license to allow building multiple limited end products from it and the price should be much higher than single WordPress theme, so if someone wants to build a single site, there would be no reason to buy the builder theme. And finally there should be requirements to separate single WordPress theme from builder one.
Spot on. I think there can be a place for multi-use, multi-function themes. But it does everyone a disservice (buyers & authors) by comparing them side-by-side with more focused, single use themes.
Each has their place in the market but they are not comparable.
They should have a different category, higher price point, and distinct license (mulit-use?). I really like this point, MNKY.
@ThemeBeans and @jonathan01 are right in that themes designed to be dozens (hundreds??) of themes in one are truly rotting the entire theme ecosystem.
I don’t agree that we should feel pressured to comply with this trend though as ThemeBeans suggests. Authors who focus on single use themes can still make a healthy living. I’m certain there’s a market for themes that don’t have excessive feature bloat. A lot of buyers are wise to the mess they’d be getting themselves into when they purchase monstrosities. And those that aren’t yet will soon find out.
You need to escape all data outputs. This article explains it really well:http://vip.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/the-importance-of-escaping-all-the-things
Really lovely idea, Scott and team. I’m in.
Can someone please review my application to be an express service provider? When this was first announced for themes installation a while ago I applied immediately (so I can install my own themes for buyers) but I’m still to hear back about this.Cheers – Tom
In the blog post announcement it says:
“We’re still processing the applications from our last intake of Market authors wanting to become a Studio Express Service provider and expect to be in touch with them in the next two weeks.”
I’m still waiting to hear back too.