I’m really surprised to see no authors here supporting CC. I’ve been a freelance developer for over 5 years now, but since design wasn’t my expertise it was hard to really market services. I started writing plugins but even then they didn’t sell well at all on my own site. Yes, selling on your own website allows you to set your own price, but then you have market yourself. You have to increase your page rank with the search engines, maybe even purchase ads. Basically they can’t buy your plugin if they can’t find your site.
Then there’s the issue of trust. Personally I don’t buy plugins from individual’s websites unless there is no other alternative on the web because I’ve been cheated out of money and it’s not worth it. Anyone can put up something for sale and collect money for it, but that doesn’t mean they are still keeping up with it or that it’s even theirs. At least through CC I know there’s a group of people keeping authors in check. The community is an awesome support system and if all else fails, envato will help make things right.
You have to expect the low prices, its not intended to insult people, but its based on their research to figure out what price ranges cause the optimum sales. It’s not perfect but they do change it from time to time based on their analysis. I don’t think they focus primarily on their top sellers, who by the way give them the lowest commission percentage. I started out here as a nobody but I did my best to put out quality items and offer supportive support and now I’m an elite author with a top selling item.
Work hard, be patient, and you’ll earn respect from buyers. For me selling through CC opened a lot of doors and now freelancing is my full time job
Wow! That’s great, so long as it helps to increase response time too. I don’t need to contact support often, but when I or my client do, it takes several days to receive a response. I know how disappointed buyers are when authors don’t respond within a couple days max so I can only imagine how difficult it is for envato to keep up!
Awesome! I’m loving how these new updates are making everything clean and easy to read/use!
+1 to ideas previously stated that would better help partnerships. Could there ever be a way to publish an item with multiple authors so that everyone has access to statements for that product from their account?
I know the rating and review system is undergoing a renovation, but an occurrence today sparked an idea I’d like to share
I think authors deserve the chance to defend themselves. It’s far too easy to give a poor rating, and envato only removes ones that are “harassing” though I feel undeserved ones should be just as false and removed. Some marketplaces, eBay being the most prominent, don’t allow (or at least highly encourage) you to give a seller poor feedback without first contacting the seller of the item for which you are disappointed in.
I had a friendly buyer contact me to report a single bug. It wasn’t a very big one, but one of several features that wasn’t working right. I was able to fix it, but between the fix and the time that CodeCanyon approved it, I received a 1 star rating for the exact bug. The customer never contacted me or anything and if they had I would have gladly fixed it on the spot for them so they didn’t have to wait for the update. It’s just terribly frustrating, I have so few ratings on the item and that one star is going to destroy any chance I had a good rating any time soon.
If something like this could be done, I would appreciate it!
I don’t have it but it’s been brought to my attention a couple of times by my CPA. Actually, he suggested I make my business an LLC (limited liability company) so that I’m not held responsible for these types of things. I think it depends on the type of work you do because in terms of plugins, you’re not paying very much here so it is a bit of chance on behalf of the buyer. You should always do thorough testing if you’re not paying someone else full price to do so so I think an LLC is a good way to go for an author.
If you do a lot of large scale projects, especially for organizations or corporations, definitely get insured!
I can’t provide a time-frame, but rest assured that every scrap of feedback (be it Support Tickets or forum posts) are being read, stored and used to shape the future ratings system.
This makes me happy The rating / review system is my only complaint with this marketplace. It gets too messy. I think people judge an item based on the rating, but don’t actually rate an item fairly, so the whole system becomes off balanced. Now many are great and judge fairly based on their experience, but you can’t assume this from everyone.
Another bit that’s catching on in popularity lately (assuming the reviews go live at some point) is the ability for users to vote Helpful / Not Helpful. Then one can sort reviews based on the “helpfulness” of the item. I think this would be a great help too as a way for buyers to help other buyers. Just my two cents, would be awesome if it could be considered!
This might have been asked before but I can’t seem to find anything about it. For my plugins I like to give potential users access to the dashboard of my demo site, but the frame that CodeCanyon adds to the page when they click ‘Live Preview’ interferes with loading the dashboard. I’ve seen some authors have this bar removed automatically when I visit their test site. Can someone please tell me how they’ve done this?
The idea of making it optional to hide your information isn’t bad, but I don’t think that it’s such a big deal. Envato writes in several places that the purpose of the new rating system is designed to help developers improve their plugin based on feedback from their users. If you’re going to take the time to leave a comment, then why wouldn’t you want to hear back? I’ve had customers thankful that their comments were addressed so they could continue using my plugin as they needed after a few features were fixed.
If you’re actually being “harassed” then you can report it to Envato’s support staff (not here) to have them step in. I think if anyone’s going to go to that much trouble to contact you, then they either want to improve their plugin and hopefully increase your rating, or they may harass you but that type of behavior SHOULD be reported because everyone deserves to have a professional experience with developers on this site.
Wow, another CodeCanyon Most Wanted, how awesome! Just want to clarify, could we recreate a plugin we already have like in previous contests? So if I take one of my WooCommerce plugins and recreate it for another platform, would that be eligible?
Some great stuff here! I can’t wait to hear more specific details, especially regarding “Finding What You Want”! As much as I love ThemeForest, it is getting increasingly harder to find just the right theme for my project when there are soooo many to sift through!
Thanks for the update