Posts by StevenGliebe

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StevenGliebe says

I don’t know of any free photo sites (or paid even) that let you distribute photos with themes. If you find a free one, the photos will probably not be very good anyway. Sometimes you can find backgrounds that you can use in themes. There are probably a couple threads on this forum with resources for that. For photos, what theme authors usually do is use professional stock photos only in their demo of the theme, to show what a finished site can look like. The actual theme does not include the photos (sample content might use placeholders instead).

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StevenGliebe says

You need to check the license of the scripts and assets you are using to be sure you are allowed to distribute them with your project. Superfish is licensed under the MIT so it should be fine to use. Most jQuery plugins are probably MIT and/or GPL since jQuery itself is dual licensed under both.

http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/122

Take extra care if you’re going to sell 100% GPL since you will only be able to bundle GPL-compatible assets. Creative Commons, for example, is not GPL compatible.

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html#GPLCompatibleLicenses
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StevenGliebe says

Try this, Google way.

That was rather genius. I was curious myself to see which themes switched to 100% GPL.

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StevenGliebe says


If I have an agreement with Envato to sell a theme only on ThemeForest and I sell it elsewhere at the same time, then I am violating the terms I agreed to.
But that’s the point that I CAN sell YOUR GPL THEMES elsewhere without violating anything :trollface: ... as well as you mine :)

Yes, I agree that that is the ironic part about selling full GPL as an exclusive author. In my opinion, it’s silly but true and without an contradiction of terms (technically speaking, anyway).

I don’t see it happening because only Envato will lose, but it would be great if everybody could sell non-exclusively at 50% – 70%. Who actually sells at 33% and makes a profit? The shops that Envato has wooed over like WooThemes, Obox, etc. are not getting 33%. Envato offers them a special rate.

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StevenGliebe says

nope. the agreement is not only for sell on other marketplaces but about any type of distribution of the item present on this marketplace under the exclusive option. You can’t give it for free for example. Or like a prize for an online contest. Or whatever else.

The GPL does not entitle an author to exposure on ThemeForest or any other website. The owners of the site decide what is sold and are perfectly free to remove an item or author.

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StevenGliebe says


Does this mean an exclusive author can’t sell their GPL theme elsewhere but another user/person could do so if they get their hands on it?
This can’t be solved without limiting 100% GPL as option for only non-exclusive authors. Any other alternative may require complex patch works on rules. Curious to see how this will be managed.

The GPL does not affect the agreement between Envato and authors. If I have an agreement with Envato to sell a theme only on ThemeForest and I sell it elsewhere at the same time, then I am violating the terms I agreed to. As a result, they can remove the theme or terminate my account. It doesn’t matter if the theme is 100% GPL or not. I don’t think anything changes in that respect.

I don’t see this as being a big deal though. All Envato is doing is offering another option. If authors don’t want to sell full GPL, they don’t have to. If they do, they can.

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StevenGliebe says

Options Framework is widely used and maintained by a good developer. I haven’t had any complaints.

You may want to look into using the built in Theme Customizer as well: https://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Customization_API (see tutorials at bottom)

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StevenGliebe says

I couldn’t find link to the market place on their website, where it is?

There is no theme marketplace by Automattic.

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StevenGliebe says

On two occasions I recall customers asking for refunds, both of which would be denied under Envato’s policy, so I told them I’d refund them directly (better a happily refunded customer than a 1 star rating). Neither ended up sending me their PayPal address but I would love to have just refunded them via ThemeForest without the hassle of going outside the system (and losing the share Envato takes).

The themes are ALL pirated eventually so leaving refunds up to the discretion of the author wouldn’t encourage any more Tom Foolery. I have found with my other business that when you offer a 30 day money back guarantee, an extremely small percentage of people take advantage of that in an ill way. The vaaaast majority are just made more likely to buy in the first place!

Notice shops like WooThemes and The Theme Foundry have 30 day refund policies. They’re smart.

Digital products are the EASIEST of all products to refund and happy customers are the best.

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StevenGliebe says

Maybe we should do a petition for removing the rating feature until fixed?

It’s not perfect but still better than nothing (that’d really make authors unaccountable) and I don’t see it as putting anyone at a disadvantage in relation to competing authors—we’re all under the same system. By the time a few ratings are made, the average does say something. It’s good for buyers to be able to differentiate between 3 and 5 star items.

Just needs some improving.

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