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RescueThemes says

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.

Good luck! :)

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RescueThemes says

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.

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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.

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RescueThemes says

Excellent idea, Smartik!

There should be an “Awesome Feedback” badge for you. :)

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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.

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@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.

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RescueThemes says

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


Also:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Data_Validation
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RescueThemes says

Really lovely idea, Scott and team. I’m in. :)

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RescueThemes says

Hey Jordan,

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. :)

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RescueThemes says

Very good points, horizonq8!

I just wanted give a big thank you for taking the time to give such awesome feedback. I wish more authors and buyers would realize that theme bloat is bad news for everyone.

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