In some ways now when ratings are commented and visible, it’s even worse. We got a rating where customer said: “It’s just an ugly Theme”. I guess he should have looked at it before buying, right . Comments like that just make you feel so warm inside
That’s just wrong. In other news, the ugly sweater market is apparently booming (at least during holiday / winter season) but don’t ask me why. People just don’t always make sense.
They’re fairly different IMO but can look the same to the unfamiliar. If they were more alike they’d be easier to compare. LOL. Anyway, Bootstrap has a larger community / ecosystem behind it. There seem to be more examples, docs and tools for it as well.
However, you may prefer Zurb’s offering if you’re more of SASS fan then a LESS one and happen to consider a 12 column grid to be too limiting. Foundation v5 allows for 16 columns. It’s MIT licensed rather than Apache like BS3. It’s Glyphicons in BS3 vs Zurb’s own icon font. These are the easy to spot differences.
I prefer BS3. I’m also much more familiar with LESS. Boostrap just gets used more it would seem and such things that get used more often evolve into more mature, reliable and time tested tools. I haven’t come across a good enough reason to switch yet but I’m having fun. That’s what it’s about, right (other than any obvious greed motives)?
There are also those who would say neither because building a (personal / closed) framework themselves eases their own development considerably which may outweigh whether the more undocumented / mysterious nature of their code makes it more difficult to for their customers to customize or not. While such private frameworks typically aren’t tested on the scale that either Bootstrap or Foundation are though, their authors can sometimes pull off quick miracles with them due to their intimate knowledge of their internals that they’ve accumulated over the year(s) it took to make them.
These are the tools I’ve used to do what you’re asking…
To transfer just blog posts – http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-importer/
To more easily transfer complex site data / structure – https://deliciousbrains.com/wp-migrate-db-pro/
To create a offline WordPress installation that won’t affect your existing install or be accessible via the internet while under construction – Desktop Server (Limited) Free – http://serverpress.com/downloads/
Hosts like WPEngine also offer creating entirely separate Staging area (with a simple button push) which is essentially a clone of your site (data, media, etc) that can be modified without affective the live site. When you’re finished making changes, pushing them live can be another simple button push away.
For a similar experience on a host other than WPEngine, there’s this option…
RAMP by CrowdFavorite- http://crowdfavorite.com/ramp/
Hope that helps! If you should require more assistance, I can be contacted through my profile page.
I know, there’s a small chance that an item will ever have 50 updates…..but still…
The WP item UserPro has already had 60 updates but instead of submitting them to CC each time, the author has decided to offer them from his own site (after supplying Envato license code) and only occasionally submitting to CC. It doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down any time soon which is fine by me.
While many have asked Envato for one, there is currently no “developer license” available. There is only “regular” and “extended”.
There are buyer categories I’m aware of…
1 – End-users who buy Regular Licenses and use them to build their own site.
2 – Site Designers / Developers (for building sites for themselves / others rather than creating / reselling themes – no extended license required for this).
3 – Theme Developers who buy Extended Licenses to sell in ThemeForest.
Considering the “extended” license is required for a theme developer to sell item here, Envato can easily verify whether any given account submitting a theme for review has also purchased the requisite licenses already.
4 – Theme Developers who buy Regular Licenses for improperly licensed resale outside the Envato marketplace can be subject to DMCA takedowns. If a buyer (or their host) is successfully served with a DMCA takedown and suddenly can’t use an item, they may then choose to reverse the sale (wrong but surprisingly easy – unfortunately). The first 3 groups make up the majority and the 4 group is in the minority in my opinion. Therefore the 4th group should be ignored rather than focused on.
Visual Composer has amassed the sales figures it has because they sell directly to end-users as well as developers. They offer a quality product. It is “beyond” user friendly. People actually like the Author and the item so they want to do the right thing by buying 1 license per site even if they’ve already bought it before. If people are indifferent or actually dislike the author of a given item, they may not think twice about using an item on more than one site regardless of whether they realize it’s wrong. WPBakery supports their product and they iterate their versions near constantly. They have (brand) recognition and referral traffic. That sales number would probably only be 25% of what it is if it were a developer focused item only.
I see. That’s a first. While there’s plenty of layout / page builders on CC already none of them specifically cater to ONLY developers. Since I don’t think you can ONLY sell the Extended License which is 5x standard license cost determined by Envato and is required for theme developers. Even if you could, that might not be a very successful business move to cut out your potentially largest market segment like that.
Any non-developer who buys the Standard license (unsuitable for Theme Developers) may not even fully read your item’s page. Don’t know why but it happens too often. For those purchases, you’ll have one or more sales reversals on your hands if the item could even get approved for sale here.
Too many buyers from this marketplace don’t even know what FTP is (let alone how to use it) even though they probably should. Possibly more than half of them only know how to install plugins by uploading from within the WordPress dashboard itself. While support isn’t exactly required here, it keeps them coming back to you.
If you were allowed to do what you want then you’d likely become extremely unpopular / get bad ratings almost overnight depending on how fast your item sold just because that’s how people are. I’ve been here awhile and see it every day.
Write your documentation for the less common denominator rather than for people like yourself.
It should be in the form of an easily installable WP Plugin, should use ZIP instead of RAR, license and also include detailed documentation. You’ll also want to create a demo site on a reliable host to handle any traffic surge you may get. Instructional videos while optional are highly recommended.
Before uploading to CC though, you may want to ask yourself if you’re willing to commit to the product’s development in the long term. Simply doing the bare minimum (your 2nd option sounds pretty lazy / low quality) and then coasting until sales dry up (if you get any at all to begin with) is just not good enough for this marketplace.