@billyf: Updates should be available straight away with ability to download previous versions in case of some disaster
I completely agree that review system needs review. We once had a support guy off for a week and star rating dropped on many our themes. Some of them never came back again. People are mostly rating support speed rather than theme itself. Another thing is – reviews are anonymous, that means that anybody can rate you 1 star without affecting their “karma”.
I’ve noticed that theme updates are taking more and more time to get approved. It used to be 1-4 hours, now it’s up to one day. It’s not always easy to explain buyers they have to wait 1 day for 5 minute fix we made.
I think that there should be also a history of previous versions that can buyers download and use. It happened to us recently that zip file got corrupted and people could not use the theme. We’ve fixed it and re-uploaded theme again within minutes, but it took maybe 16 hours to get approved.
What are your thoughts?
Yea that’s true, but nice images are usually not allowed to be used for commercial purposes.
After trying Flickr or Deviant we realized that the cheapest solution is to purchase some stock photography images. You’ll spend so much time crawling flickr & deviant and then checking each individual one for individual terms & conditions. It’s waste of time.
Im not a developer or anything, but I just wanted to say something. First, if it is a good theme, then $45 or $50 is not expensive IMO .
BUT , first you have to find that “good” theme.
Most themes on themeforest look the same. I mean, REALLY LOOK THE SAME !!
Especially the new ones coming out. It’s as if I have seen that same theme several times already, but under a different name.
I mean, don’t you developers see the similarities? Why do you (not all but most of you) continue to make the same boring themes?
Are you that lazy (or unmotivated) to come up with something fresh and new?
If the standards dont go up, then the price never should have went up.
Why don’t you developers use your imagination and creativity a bit, rather than copy someone elses theme, or copy the same theme you just made 3 months ago, but give it a slightly different color and maybe change the main menu a bit.
I have trouble finding unique themes here on themeforest. And if a theme does come out that I like it’s more geared towards photographers.
Why the hell are there so many portfolio and photography themes?
Are there that many photographers in the world? Over 80% of themeforests themes are for photographers or people with image portfolios.
Most people buying themes here are buying them to build client websites (usually offline clients). We need more themes that are more geared towards the local business (section for phone number above the fold, section to put third party verifiers above the main menu, etc.)
I think that unless more creative themes start coming out, less people will come here to purchase themes. Especially at the inflated pricing.Just my 2 cents.
I mostly agree with what you’re saying above. Many themes here look the same. Same colors, same boxes, same slider. We’re discussing that issue internally every week while working on new themes.
It’s hard to guess which theme will sell the most and therefore building themes for sale here is quite a gamble. You can spend weeks or months on creating very unique theme with nice features, and you’ll sell 100. You’ll then put together theme in week and sell 1000
We’re doing a small research for internal purposes every time we release a theme and can clearly see that if we release a unique theme, it won’t sell as much as “yet another similar looking wp theme” released the same day.
I’m not sure if theme like that would be approved for sale here.
That’s exactly why we stopped doing HTML templates and I think it’s quite a shame.
What if demo would be images only and there were also images of how css and homepage is written? That way you can see what you’re getting. HTML themes come mostly for $20, that’s what you pay in the restaurant without knowing if the food will be OK or not
I think there’s too much going on there. Not sure if anybody would have time to read it all.