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See the author’s note about support and documentation at the bottom of their item’s page:

http://themeforest.net/item/radial-premium-automotive-tech-wordpress-theme/561152
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CSS is unrelated to doc type. CSS3 works the same whether its an XHTML STRICT doc or an HTML5 doc. Support for certain CSS properties is browser-dependent. The most important thing is whether or not the HTML code validates, as there is no real great difference between the two doc types. HTML is still HTML . In fact, if you just change the doc type (one line at the very top), of an XHTML STRICT document then it technically becomes an HTML5 document (read this). As for things like certain CSS properties not working in IE, that’s beef with Microsoft that nothing can really be done about.

With that said, I prefer working with HTML5 because it’s requirements for validation are more relaxed and reasonable. For example, you don’t have to (but still are free to) do silly things like <input… required=”required” /> (you can just do <input… required>). Plus, it’s the “wave of the future” with its new semantic tags and browser support for some “HTML5” features (form validation, video, canvas) that we don’t see in use very much right now will grow over the years.

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Maybe I’d feel different if I was an Elite author, but I won’t rush to judgement about getting rid of the price adjustment tool since there may well be a good reason for it with these future pricing changes. But now I’m very interested in what these new price changes will be. Like others have said, how soon is “soon”? I’d like to see a $10 increase across the board (even if $5 in six months then $5 in another six months).

The themes will all still be cheaper than anywhere else (for equal design quality, depth of features) so I don’t image that will turn people elsewhere (where would they go anyway, ThemeForest is bigger than all indy shops combined). It might reduce sales volume a bit, but with the price increase, would that affect the bottom line at all? A higher price sends a “this is quality” message to buyers anyway. And not only that, people spend $35 on a theme then turn around and charge $500 to the client. $45 is a drop in the bucket, still! In the end I think it’d mean no loss in income but less customers to support and therefore more time to design themes which translates into better quality and wider selection. And that translates into a more attractive marketplace for buyer$.

On the other points, I sure do like the idea of ratings with comments, Amazon style. If comments could be replaced by: pre-sales questions (public), written reviews with ratings (public) and a built-in support forum for each item (private), that would be great. Also, I think for top authors, the support system would need to allow privileged staff users to post responses, versus the author alone. The idea that buyers should have to go to a third party forum for adequate support is amateurish.

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You might also want to see the Using Themes page directly on the WordPress.org website. In particular, the Adding New Themes section.

http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes#Adding_New_Themes
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Many hosts have a “single click” WordPress installation feature. As for the WordPress theme, see the theme’s documentation. Usually you can log into the WordPress admin and from there install the theme by uploading a .zip file. Then you set the theme’s options if it has any and start publishing your content from within the WordPress admin area.

The maker of the theme should be able to provide you the best instructions if they do provide support (not required at ThemeForest but often provided).

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The live preview will encourage more people to purchase. If you use screenshots only, you won’t make as much money. Sure, you’ll get ripped off, which stinks, but I’d rather get ripped off a little and make more money then not get ripped off at all and make less money. It’s just the world we live in. Give it a shot. :)

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Man, I can listen to this all day.

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Not yet, but I’m working at getting to that point. :bigwink:

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I think most people fly solo but I’ve seen some partnerships (can’t remember names) on ThemeForest. Maybe somebody with experience could speak on that.

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Some people find a partner. One talented designer plus one talented developer and split the profit. A partnership of specialists. :)

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