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.
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.
Do you actually document on your item’s description that media assets aren’t included? Otherwise it does seem a bit misleading.
@gooffydadog is right too. There are so many awesome, free assets out there these days that can be commercially used. It seems unfortunate not to use them.
There’s nothing wrong with using Roots or other starter themes like Underscores.
In fact, the Underscores starter theme is developed by WordPress devs so it might be a good idea to start from there if we’re talking about using good WP standards.