@Envato Staff – I’ve read through the post, and I’m just a little confused on one aspect of the proposal. I feel like I saw two contracting lines in the article about this, and so I was just hoping for clarification.
So someone pays for this time-limited period of support, that time period expires, and now they no longer receive support communication from the author. Can they continue to download the item from ThemeForest, or does this also stop until they pay an additional fee?
On a personal note, I’ve been selling here a while. I have themes that have been around several years and I continue to keep them up-to-date. I don’t abandon them, and buyers seem to like this. It also takes so much of my time and makes it harder for me to develop new products, which of course is all just part of the business.
With that, I have many customers I’ve come to know over the years that use my themes again and again for their clients, and have always been able to download the latest version. These people have been posting in my support for years and I am always there to help. I answer helpfully and politely, but as the years go on and my sales go down, I’d be lying if I said this doesn’t frustrate me a bit on the inside.
From an author that has been living the “lifetime support and updates” for awhile now, I can tell you that I am really happy to see that ThemeForest is implementing these changes. It motivates me to invest more of my time in contributing new products to ThemeForest.
I’m no expert on WooCommerce, but I try to provide people with basic integration for my themes. People seem to not really have any problems as long as the basic parts are in place.
So, the main thing you want to ensure is just that your theme is setup to not break on WooCommerce pages. In other words, you want your WooCommerce to fit in your theme’s wrapper, which by default is essentially WooCommerce slapped between your header.php and footer.php—this default behavior obviously breaks in many themes.
Here’s the article that lays out how you can do this with either using action hooks or creating a new template file in your theme:http://docs.woothemes.com/document/third-party-custom-theme-compatibility/
Also, make sure to see the very end of the article about declaring support. This is nice for buyers because they get scared when there’s a message at the top of the screen that says “Your theme does not support WooCommerce.”
From there, you’ll have basic support. If you’re looking to take things farther and make a true WooCommerce template, I think you’ll just want to get WooCommerce installed in your dev environment and just start going through styling how all the different WooCommerce features look with your theme.
Hey guys, I put up a plugin yesterday using the latest Twitter API for free in the WP repo, if anyone wants to use it. There’s no styling on the frontend; it just outputs an unordered list of Tweets you can style however you want in your theme.http://wordpress.org/plugins/tweeple/
And the tricky part, as you guys have talked about, is that the end-users have to setup their own developer application for their site to communicate with Twitter API. The plugin links to a video from the admin that attempts to walk them through this process.https://vimeo.com/68603403
And if you want to look at how I’m doing anything, the source is all up on github.https://github.com/themeblvd/Tweeple
So hopefully this all helps some of you.
@pixelentity Thanks for posting this. I don’t surf the forums a lot any more, but I feel like it’s rare to start reading a thread like this and see that it ends positively with resolution. As an author making the change to full GPL, this kind of advice (along with Chris’s advice, as well) does help to make me feel little more comfortable about such a big transition.
lol never mind… Of course there is already a heated thread started about this days before. http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/100-gpl-author-exclusivity/92299
Keep in mind this is just a general discussion forum. I think they mean for you to you post your question here in the discussion for that product:http://themeforest.net/item/core-minimalist-photography-portfolio/discussion/240185
There is actually a common cause for that I’ve seen several buyers run into. —There is this classic mistake people do when installing it a theme from ThemeForest where they install the entire ZIP package they downloaded as the theme. Usually this happens, but on some servers, it will actually allow the theme to install and seemingly work.
So, a common side effect of this is the issue under Appearance > Menus that you’re describing; it happens because style.css is not in the root directory of the theme. Is it possible when you installed the theme you did not upload the correct folder of files? Your style.css file should be located like this on your server where you have WordPress installed:
Also, sometimes people upload the their correct theme.zip file and unzip it with cPanel or some other online file manager and inadvertently end up with:
This would also cause a similar issue in many cases.
Imagine if you release a item, a troll seller that didn’t like your item because it can sell too much can just report – your item will be hidden for one day and you’ll loose too many sales. Far of be fair, right?
I think the users that stolen themes are banned by the staff as I remember.Regards, Rafael
They are not banned, A author stole my theme, uploaded it for sale, he was found guilty and the theme was taken down.He is still an author today and doing ok
I had a similar experience, except for Envato did delete the author’s account. So, while sure he could sign up again, he did have to give up his account where he was somewhat established and had about 5-6 items selling in his portfolio.