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damirkotoric Envato team says

Hey folks. Here’s the work in progress so far. Keep in mind it may change before it’s released but this should give you an indication of what to expect.

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damirkotoric Envato team says

We can post a preview in the next few days. It may not be the final version of the design but will give a good indication of what to expect.

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damirkotoric Envato team says



If you need help with repainting the backgrounds, let me know. I’m good at getting those awkward little corners and such. Looking forward to the new paint job anyway.
How good are you with a brush? Any previous painting work we can look at? Sorry, just precautions we need to take. We don’t want the paint dripping down into the footer :D
I’ve got a level 4 PPP (pixel perfect painter) rating, so I should be up to the job! :D

A level 4! Impressive. Consider yourself shortlisted.

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damirkotoric Envato team says

If you need help with repainting the backgrounds, let me know. I’m good at getting those awkward little corners and such. Looking forward to the new paint job anyway.

How good are you with a brush? Any previous painting work we can look at? Sorry, just precautions we need to take. We don’t want the paint dripping down into the footer :D

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damirkotoric Envato team says

As we continue our journey to become ‘The Best, Finest, #1, Leading, Most Amazingest’, we keep looking for new ways to make Envato Market contemporary and friendly. A while ago, we identified our background color as one of the biggest visual pain points. Item pages and the rest of the site look dated and pretty gloomy — definitely not in line with the quality of the items, or with the experience we want to deliver to buyers. I know what you’re thinking: ‘Sure, just change the background to white! Why write a whole post about it?’.

Yes, we will be changing the background color to white (#FFFFFF) on the 11th of December. But we are also writing a whole post about it because this change will affect the item pages, and we know that some of you need a heads-up. The images used in some of our authors’ item descriptions and profiles often rely on (or try to match) our existing grey background.

So save the date: 11th of December. If you’ve embedded the current grey background in them, please remember to update your item description images by that date. Making the background change on our end is trivial, but we want to give you enough time to make this transition if this change affects you. A reminder notice will be posted four days before the switch so you don’t forget.

A while ago, we ran a survey to assess the impact of this change. We found out that 75% of the 1,492 respondents would either not need to make any changes, or would need to change up to 5 items max. Only 4% had a significant number of items that would need changing. As per the time needed to make the update, 92% of the respondents would need less than or up to one month.

We believe that this change should not be delayed. Updating images, while annoying, will pave the way for a fresh new look which is an essential piece of the buyer user experience. Our Image Performance Tips For Authors will help you optimise your images for the new background.

Update: Take a sneak peak at the work in progress for the new look item page. Keep in mind this may change before release but gives you an indication for what to expect.

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damirkotoric Envato team says

Sorry to hear you’re going :(

I’ve sent you an email. Would love to hear your thoughts as to why you’re leaving. Although we’d love to get you to come back, I’m not trying to convince you to stay. Just want to hear your thoughts.

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damirkotoric Envato team says

I think there’s a serious flaw in the “Category” filter.

Based on Magento example: http://themeforest.net/category/ecommerce/magento

Magento 379
Entertainment 1
Fashion 75
Health & Beauty 6
Miscellaneous 8
Shopping 97
Technology 18

Current design of the category filter suggests that all Magento themes are divided into ONLY 6 subcategories (Entertainment, Fashion, Health & Beauty etc.)

But of course it’s NOT TRUE because most of the themes is not added to any subcategory. In fact most of best selling themes for Magento is added only to “Magento” category, but is not added to any subcategory.

I know that when I click on “Magento 379” filter I will see all Magento themes, but a customer who is first time on ThemeForest will not know that. It is very likely that the customer will start clicking on subcategories, one by one to find the best theme for his site. But it is very unlikely he will click the main category “Magento” again. He will think “I’ve already seen everything”. And he will never get back to the main category “Magento” because design of the category filter suggests that ALL Magento themes are divided into 6 subcategories. So he will never see 174 themes which are not assigned to any subcategory.

Also, themes assigned to subcategory are listed twice: 1. when customer filters “Magento” category, 2. when customer filters the subcategory to which theme is assigned. So the filter system kind of favors the items assigned to subcategories.

Today assigning an item to a subcategory (when author submits an item) is optional, so I think that the “Category” filter should look like this:

Magento 379
GENERAL 174 <—here are all items not assigned to any subcategory
Entertainment 1
Fashion 75
Health & Beauty 6
Miscellaneous 8
Shopping 97
Technology 18

So all the themes which are not assigned to any subcategory should be also listed as a separate filter (it could be named “General” or “Multi-purpose”, I’m not sure what’s the best option). Otherwise many themes (and in “Magento” category this means: most of the best sellers) will be overlooked by customers because of the new filter system.

TL;DR

The new filter system kind of favors the items assigned to subcategories. Assigning an item to a subcategory is optional but themes not assigned to any subcategory can be easily overlooked by customers. Themes not assigned to any subcategory should be displayed under a filter named “General” (or something like that).

Great point. I’ll make sure we have a discussion about this.

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damirkotoric Envato team says


For date published, we need more time periods, for example from 1 month to 1 year is a big jump – and when it comes to digital items and the number of uploads, a year is a long time ;) ... we need to see 3 months and 6 months.
+1 I was just about to say the same

The initial plan was to implement a slider which gives fine-grained control over this facet. The idea being that you can specify the exact range you’re after. If we wanted to add those two options, the simple solution here may be to add them to the current select box and leave it at that. But if we keep adding more and more options the select box may eventually become cumbersome to use.

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damirkotoric Envato team says

One thing I find a bit odd as an user is that I’m never certain when the search box searches within the current results or not. By trial and error I found out that it does not refine search results after I already have searched for a keyword. So, for example, if I search for “Clean” I get 1000 results. Then I type in another word, “Corporate” and it performs a completely new search then.

As the standard text in the search bar is “Search within these results” I find this a bit misleading. Of course, the obvious solution is to search for “clean corporate” in my example, but it is still misleading and for quite a while I wasn’t sure if the search keeps refining or not. Only when I entered a keyword that had more results than the one before I knew for sure it did a completely new search.

So, I would think of either not having “Search within these results” as the standard text for the big search bar or introducing a second search bar for the search within results and the one on top is always doing a new search.

You’re right. This is a bug. The placeholder text should only say “Search within these results” if the user has refined their search using filters. Otherwise it should have a generic label for “Search”. Even with this bug fixed it may be not sufficiently clear whether any given search is narrowing down further or starting a new search. We’ll fix the bug first and then ask for some more feedback to see if it’s clear enough. If it isn’t, then we may need to rethink this implementation.

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damirkotoric Envato team says

@Damir: you guys overlooked or forgot to reply to my question: can we hope to see search facets on author’s portfolio page as well? Please? :) [puppy-eyes]

I don’t know when this will be implemented but it is something we are aiming to do. Sorry for the vague answer. I’ll try and find someone who can give a more detailed answer. Just know that we see the value in this. The request was brought up several times by members of our community group during this project.

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