Definitely do not agree on the lifetime thing. If you bought a theme before the responsive craze, – and you want a responsive website – you should look into buying a responsive theme, or hiring someone (even the dev or made the theme) to make it responsive.
My idea was to pay a small yearly maintenance fee to keep the theme going. E.g. twitter API updates, fixes for new Wordpress version and so on. I didn’t want to include feature updates.
If they don’t sell, why don’t you just remove them from the marketplace?
Yea, that’s one option, but removing them from the marketplace will make:
- Existing customer unhappy
- Author unhappy as there will be many complaints
- Envato unhappy as customer and author are unhappy
- Customer to use their existing website longer
- Author to cover maintenance and support costs
- Envato profit from recurring payments
We recently went through all our 40+ themes to fix Twitter widgets and shortcodes due to Twitter API changes. Spent hours going through all our new and also very old themes that nobody’s buying now. We also have to go through and test all our themes after every new WordPress version is released. You can imagine now long it takes if you need to go through 40 themes and maybe fix few issues here and there, release updates and so on.
Wouldn’t it be a good idea for Envato to introduce recurring yearly fees for all purchased items? I’m talking about let’s say 5-10% of item price. It would keep the old items going, and authors happy.
Hope I haven’t opened a war thread between authors and buyers now, just want to hear your opinion on that
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to send a once of reminder email to all buyers who purchased items for example 2 months back till now?
Thanks for that, could you please extend number or characters we can write into additional information for buyers? Cheers.
ait saidThat’s not true, unless it’s sarcasm.
if you sell 100% GPL licensed theme here on themeforest, you cannot charge for support nor updates. You sell a license and then you need to support and update the theme forever for free. No support fees, subscription fees, absolutely no difference to split licensed theme.
You’re not allowed to advertise any products or services outside of themeforest, that means you cannot charge for support or updates.
If terms are the same for Regular license and 100% GPL license, what’s the benefit for the author to sell the theme as 100% GPL?
People from wordpress community are suggesting that you should charge for support and updates. But if you sell 100% GPL licensed theme here on themeforest, you cannot charge for support nor updates. You sell a license and then you need to support and update the theme forever for free. No support fees, subscription fees, absolutely no difference to split licensed theme.
I completely agree with that, list of technical requirements will not only save authors time, but it’ll also save reviewers time. Cheers.