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.
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
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).
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.
Man, I can listen to this all day.
Not yet, but I’m working at getting to that point.
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.
Some people find a partner. One talented designer plus one talented developer and split the profit. A partnership of specialists.
Just as it should be, people choose how to license their work. Some PHP code is free, some is not. Some graphics are free, some are not. Sure, there is more good free PHP code than graphics, but that doesn’t make anything unfair. In fact, unfair would be expecting anybody to make work available for free that they don’t want to.
My opinion is that if you want to make something both functional and nice, you should learn both skills. My observation is that the most successful of all Envato authors are people with both design and development skills. They probably learned one after the other.