I’m designer and developer. I do everything from design to programming. And I’m absolutely agree with topic starter. The real split is 20\80.
I’ve started from understanding how the code works. Because it’s too boring to learn from “alphabet”, I’ve opened the real example and browsed the code source.
The sources of knowledge:
- wordpress.org – the bible
- stackoverflow.com – the favorite one
- google.com – the magic wand
After 15 more minutes, a new message: This is absolutely desastruous, seriously. Whoever did this should seriously consider his skills and rollback to the previous version, with all my respect. You can’t do this on a marketplace where we get rejected for 1 px errors. In 5 minutes with Firebug, every author here can do something to improve it, apparently only the people that were behind this “great idea” are happy with the change. Also the time spent on the marketplaces will dramatically drop, I honestly won’t open the forums for more than 1-2 minutes just to check whether Collis writes another vague post or not.
+1 Well said.
Not enough large font. More giant font, please. We all here have a weak eyesight, and some of us are blinds.
Seriously, it’s not funny at all, and smell bad.
Stop keeping the silence. You have to provide required answers!
Set some kind of Under Construction screens.
Please take a look replies on the topic, and you’ll see authors suggestions.
Congratulations! You’ve deserved it
Updates is where the value is, if updates are free forever then this is a huge loss for authors selling via Envato Marketplaces. We have always had an option for customers to pay us for support and after 6 months their free support expires and they have the choice to pay for support and for us, buyers do not want to pay for support, we’ve seen this in our numbers. They just don’t see the value in paying for support.
The true value for both buyer and authors is with charging for updates. Buyers will pay for the value that is given in updates as they want to continue to have working/compatible themes/plugins, and new features added. (Customer should not be grandfathered)
Charging for updates should become an opt-in option on the marketplaces and once enough authors switch to this more authors will see the value in providing updates, buyers will be happy and the overall quality on themes/plugins provided on ThemeForest.net should improve over time as files are getting updated more often than when updates were free for the life-time of the product.Envato, you should look at the business models of all the massive WordPress companies, you’ll see the trend is that they provide updates and support for a yearly/6month fee.