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der says

Just adding my 2 cents that the sorting issue needs to be fixed. It’s really stupid to have to click on page 1 of the navigation. Still, why would I be interested on a comment posted 2 years ago ?

The feature on itself is awesome, a very good addition/improvement. Adding to what Koev said, it’s good that you do some testing with a real author that actually uses the marketplaces. If you do, then fine. I volunteer to provide feedback if deemed necessary.

The perspective is very very different when you build software for other people to use. The real ones that should be providing feedback should be the end users, not the designers & developers in charge of designing & building the product, respectively.

It is really annoying when you see software updates that go backwards, instead of forward.

Looking forward to the sorting fix!

Cheers

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der says

I’m looking for Web Designers to provide design work for my upcoming WordPress themes.

If you have a clean, modern and elegant web design style, please contact me via my profile page or my website, and please include any work samples. It would be great (but not required) if you already have a PSD design approved here on ThemeForest.

If possible, please include an estimate on how much you would charge.

Looking forward to working with you :)

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der says

Imagine one plugin per theme. Multiply that with multiple themes. A customer may have unused plugins hanging around if she has multiple themes installed and/or uninstalled. This creates extra issues for support, as some users are not used to the theme-with-plugin paradigm.

Additional issues arise when you update the shortcodes in the plugin. “Dear user, just update the plugin and not the theme”. Awesome.

As per the new requirements overall, I think this is a both a good thing and a bad thing, which on the long run may transform ThemeForest into a different marketplace than the one we have been used to.

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der says

I’ve been using http://vr.org for 4 years and they’re awesome. They only have VPS though…

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der says

Some users purchase a theme full of features. Then they don’t read the manual, try to do things on their own with their very limited experience related to the theme. This totally OK, this is why we authors write manuals, record screencast videos and provide support.

Then, things don’t go as they expect and start trashing the theme publicly on the theme’s comments. Things like: “This thing doesn’t work”, “The theme is very confusing”, “I want my money back”, etc.

As @digitalscience said, try to keep calm and provide a polite answer. Also, a user may have an opinion, but it is not a fact just because 1 person in a thousand complains.

In business there will always be people complaining, and not satisfied with what they get. We humans always want more. We (specially authors that do all the design & coding) work very hard to bring a feature complete theme to the masses. It usually takes months to get a theme ready for prime time.

Defend your theme and let other potential buyers reading the comments know, that your theme has no problems and that it has been tested. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have been approved in the first place. Do not, under any circumstance use bold or all caps in your reply, keep it smooth. Also, don’t apologize if you don’t have to. Additionally, don’t fear buyers just because they can rate your item.

If you are new to the marketplace (and theme development) then this is a bit different. When I got started a few years back, there were lots and lots of bugs in my first theme and things were improving with time. This may get a few people pissed off, which is normal. Just be polite, apologize for the inconvenience and fix the bugs as soon as you can. The bigger your user base, the more stable are your themes (or framework) since they have been tested in multiple server environments and configurations.

Keep it cool, be polite, defend your product, and don’t let a bored and frustrated person ruin your day.

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der says

Hey guys, glad you like it. I’m currently using the script in my themes and so far it’s been very smooth. If I find an issue I’ll update the code immediately, so you guys can also have the fixes. It’s intended to be a collaborative thing. If you find an issue, feel free to send a pull request on Github.

@MDNW Brandon, thanks for the thumbs up! I haven’t used that plugin before but it seems nice. I’ll try it out later on and see how it goes…

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der says

Hi, I saw on line 43/44 that you’re querying the db for attachment id, so you can update the metadata with the new resized image dimensions later? Would it be a problem if for example, the author would like to provide a custom input field for e.g. slider, meta box, where users may freely insert whatever size for the image instead of the original URL?

The script only alters the metadata of the resized images (line 269). This means you can set any metadata you want to the attachment, and it wouldn’t interfere. The metadata is then used to automatically remove the generated thumbnails when you remove the original image from the media library.

Also, you can use the script to just create the image without echoing the resulting url, useful if you want to only ensure the thumbnail is created for later use.

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der says

Yes, it works now, thanks. Have you checked it there are any other bugs? :)

I’ve tested it thoroughly and as far as I can tell, no other bugs that I know of.

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der says

@crossroad I’ve spotted this error and fixed it a while ago. Re-download the code from the latest commit.

It’ll work ;)

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der says

Thanks for answering. I couldn’t find any example on how to use it (eg. how to call the function to display an image in the loop). Could you please give an example?
// Put this in your functions.php
function theme_thumb($url, $width, $height=0, $align='') {
  return mr_image_resize($url, $width, $height, true, $align, false);
}

$thumb = theme_thumb($image_url, 800, 600, 'br'); // Crops from bottom right

echo $thumb;

I’ve added the usage example on the github repo, for further reference…

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