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christopherjon says

Your best bet is probably to release it as a new theme. Change up the color scheme on your demo so it stands apart from your previous theme if they both share a lot of the same design elements.

Since we’re on the topic of your Xero theme, how did you pull off the “read more” image hover? Can you point me towards a tutorial on that coolness?

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christopherjon says

I’m assuming updated themes aren’t bumped to the top of the release list.

Perhaps this is a feature that could be implemented in the future to promote theme development and support… hint hint envato kids :)

I can see wizylabs concern and reasons for wanting to release a new theme instead of updating his old one. Updates can be a lot of work with little reward unless your theme already sits at the top of the sellers list.

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Are there any rules or guidelines you use when coming up with your image sizes and aspect ratios?

I’ve noticed the current TF trend is for very wide images, something along the lines of 940×300px for the giant scrollers and 600×275px for blog images.

With standard camera and video aspect ratios are 4:3 and 16:9, if a user uploads an image and is replying on auto cropping the results are going to be less than desirable.

Have any of you as developers had any complaints about this?

I’m trying to work out the image sizes for a theme I’m working on and just wanted to know if I am missing something or if most of you are using a ‘what looks best’ approach.

Input from buyers would be helpful as well. Are buyers cool with having to use photoshop to pre-crop their images?

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christopherjon says

You’d probably have an easier time building something from the ground-up.

TwentyTen is a pretty complex critter for a boring ol’ blog. It’s a good reference but it’s definitely not my style of coding.

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christopherjon says

Don’t give in.

If the guy did copy your work and try to pass it off as his own then you have no obligations or reasons to give him a break.

I’m sure he didn’t feel sorry when the sales he made could have been yours. Why should you feel sorry for him losing his account.

I know we’re only talkin’ $20 themes here but in the non-virtual world what he did can lead to time in jail.

Let’s see how far I get if I rename and repackage photoshop and try to sell it as my own creation. Being banned from an online marketplace would be the least of my worries.

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christopherjon says

Hotness!

studio1221 at live.com

Thanks

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christopherjon says

It’s really best to build your own.

You’ll have a better understanding of how it’s structured, how it works and it’ll have the included features and functions you want.

If you rely on pre-built templates or modding existing themes you’ll never really grow as a developer and you’ll always be playing catch-up.

It might be tempting to use a framework or template as a starting point but it will only hold you back in the long run. Just look at theme sales, the copycat themes never sell as well, look as good or have the number of features as the trend setters.

Be a trend setter not a copycat.

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Guess that answers the question of how well themes are checked before they are accepted.

After looking through several themes and the features they offer, it appears there may be a lot of “borrowing” taking place so it’s not hard to imagine somebody shooting for straight-up plagiarism.

Yeah, whoever did this should be banned.

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