Posts by budslater

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budslater says

Go with namecheap…

Yep, been excellent for me for many years.

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budslater says

Designers keep doing your fancy stuff it looks great….

I’ll just buy elsewhere ‘cause all of my clients need IE8 compatibility. Well those that actually care about sales/visitors etc – you know the boring stuff.

Oh, and don’t just say it’s IE8 compatible without checking because that really p**s people off!

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budslater says

Stunned at the apathy about this. Have also requested a staff reply – nothing. I’ll carry-out my own checks then and I’d suggest everyone else does the same. Your sites may not be working as you think…

Another top seller I have tried actually crashes IE8 (on multiple machines in case you were wondering).

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budslater says

Very quick addition that I thought may be of interest….

I added the Bellezza comment (even though that one wasn’t in 1st page of creative) because this directly affected me; enough for me to add my comment. I was very interested in purchasing it but whilst waiting to ensure it could be corrected continued browsing and ended up going with another design. A sale lost, even though it was corrected quickly.

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budslater says

Excellent – thanks all for the input :)

Some examples as requested. Please bear in mind this is just a cursory check of JUST the home pages in IE8 and nothing has been checked in depth, which makes it quite alarming really.

[links removed. Please do not call out other author’s work on the forums. Thanks!]

As mentioned above this is ONLY an IE8 check, which I know is probably the most buggy, but it doesn’t give much confidence for ANY compatibility claims. Perhaps to underline this point… a recent template I bought was supposed to be responsive – it isn’t.

@aleluja – I’m also fully aware of the differences between ‘functional’ and ‘same as’ thanks, although I would also argue that functional isn’t the word you were looking for.

@Paddy – you’re right in your statement that this isn’t about refunds. It’s simply about having confidence in the quality of the work and assurances given. There’s some quality work available here and it’s a real shame to destroy that confidence with what are ultimately minor issues, however most purchasers will not be able to correct these failings, even if they were aware of them! Isn’t that why we trust TF and I would have to assume it’s part of why they get their commissions.

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budslater says

I’m amazed that this doesn’t bother anyone or indeed there has been no formal response as to the requirements (have I missed it somewhere?).

This is a serious issue that could affect the end users’ experience and many of the problems I have seen would cause me to instantly close the site – Congratulations, if that’s your site/template you’ve just lost another user and you’re probably not even aware there’s a problem :(

This doesn’t just affect IE – it’s all compatibility claims.

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budslater says

I’m finding this really frustrating…

Probably about 1 in 5 templates I view that say they are IE8 compatible, aren’t! Is claimed compatibilty not checked for when templates are accepted?

I know IE8 is ‘old’ but it is still the most popular IE browser and so long as many of my visitors are using it then my sites have to be IE8 compatible. However, my real concern is that ALL the compatibilities claimed for templates are simply made up. I can’t imagine how may people are completely oblivious to their templates failings on numerous other browsers aswell.

Sure we can carry-out these checks ourselves before purchase (and I would urge everyone to do so quite extensively) but if something is claimed to be compatible then, at the moment, this cannot be taken for granted – we may as well be told templates are also compatible with IE11 & 12 etc. It’s nonsense.

Looking forward to seeing an improvemnt in this area.

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budslater says

Just to update….

Although there are issues with using this, I have settled on this one for now: http://themeforest.net/item/orange-responsive-html-clubrestaurant-theme/full_screen_preview/3831289

I still think there’s room for many more though. Seems like a daily check is in order ;) I can see I’ll be spending a lot here!!

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budslater says

Thanks Ben and appreciate your input.

I fully understand what you mean but my point is that the ‘style’ itself of these sort of sites is different to your average ecommerce or corporate layout. While some of the templates available are superb, they do not translate well to everyday services. I’m fully capable of re-visualizing templates (and do) but there are limits as to what can be done.

The example services I gave were just that, examples, and I would have thought some decent themes that had colour/layout variations would actually be capable of catering for most of these sites… but unfortunately I can’t even find one (more than open to suggestions!). I would be a buyer of numerous licences for the right theme :D

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budslater says

Absolutely loving some of the exceptional work available but it seems to be that there’s a complete lack of templates for everyday jobs/services. I appreciate that I may be overlooking some (so would be grateful for any pointers!) but I would love it if there were a far more extensive range of templates (just html for me) suitable for services such as tv repairs, plumbers, car repairs, domestic cleaners etc.

There are a 1001 photo portfolios, ecommerce and corporate templates but I’m struggling to find one decent one for any of the above categories.

Here’s hoping this improves as I could easily use loads of these :)

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