I use Rackspace Cloud (Cloud Sites, Cloud Files, and Cloud Servers) and Amazon Web Services (EC3, S3 and Cloudfront) for all of my hosting. For less than the price of a VPS you can get a cloud based server that you can set up with load balancing and scale with your traffic. Also, you should definitely be using a CDN to serve those videos. Amazon Cloudfront supports Flash Media Server streaming, or you can host progressive download files there. Excess traffic won’t crash a CDN , since by nature it is distributed across multiple servers and locations. An added benefit is that users will connect to a server close to them (e.g. users in Los Angeles will connect to a server near LAX Airport, users in Tokyo will connect to a server in Hong Kong).
perhaps it would better for the author to really make note of the fact that the template is taking advantage of many html5 elements, and can be considered html5.
Adding to that, authors should point out how using HTML5 features benefits the buyer, e.g. by improving performance or making updates easier. One nice feature about HTML5 is the new treatment of H1-H6 elements.
In the past, you only had an H1 for the page, a few H2s and under those H3s, etc. This meant that on a blog category page, the category name would be an H1, for example, and the post titles might be H2 tags. On a single post page, your post title might be the H1. It is a lot harder to move code around because you have to pay attention to the header hierarchy.
With HTML5 , each section can have its own H1-H6 tags, so if you want to drop that single post code into another page, just wrap it in a section tag and the H1 tag for the title becomes the header of just that section, not a duplicate H1 for the page as a whole. That just saved a lot of time when making updates to the code.
There is not really “a html5 template”, because one can use just one element of html5 or twenty. So how do you differ? If I just change my doctype to HTML5 , is it a HTML5 template then? Why categorizing if the only thing changes is the doctype, which basically means nothing?
I agree…I think this would have to be a subjective rating, like the “well documented” label. The theme would have to make good use of semantic code using the new elements such as header, nav, section, article, aside, video, canvas, footer, etc. But is just changing out divs to use the new elements alone enough for a theme to be labeled as an “HTML5 theme”?
I’ve never had to contact an author for support, but if I did it would be nice to see a ticket system with search functionality and tagging. There could also be analytics based on the number of tickets or average response time to tickets
I’ve used psd2html in the past, and they always do great work. The code is always clean, but they have different coders with different styles. You should be specific about the style you want (e.g. provide them a style guide, tell them to use sprites, tell them to use CSS instead of images for certain elements, etc.).
How about the psd to xhtml and psd to wordpress companies who offer this for a couple of bucks? Like between $40-$200. Where is the catch? Do they use framework, or automated stuff, or code templates?
I’ve used PSD2HTML in the past, and I can tell you it’s not automated because the results, while always excellent, have vastly different coding styles every time unless you tell them you want the results coded in a certain style. I think they just use very cheap workers who work very quickly. There are very talented coders in countries like India, Philippines, Ukraine, etc., where the salaries are lower than in the US or Australia. If they can code an HTML page in 8 hours at $5-10/hr, that’s $40-80, when the customer pays $150, that’s a nice profit margin. Even more profitable if they can find workers at the lower end of that salary range or if they can do it in less time (I notice they charge $19 extra for IE6 compatibility).
They charge $200 more for Wordpress, but this is probably just basic conversion into a Wordpress theme…I’m not sure what they would charge to make a complex theme worthy of submission to ThemeForest.
There are two questions here. What images can you include in the files uploaded to ThemeForest, and what images can you include in the live demo hosted on your own servers. The answer to the first question is that you should only include images for which you have express permission to include in a product for resale. These would be for example open-source icon collections, or stock photos you purchased with an extended license that allows resale (very expensive), or pictures you took yourself.
The second question is trickier…since you are hosting these on your own site, you can do whatever you want, and Envato can’t stop you from violating copyright, since you are the one responsible if you get sued. Usually photographers hold the rights for pictures they take, or maybe the company that hired them does. This means that any screenshots from movies, games, or TV shows are probably off-limits. You should really get their permission before using their images in your demo site, but realistically, they aren’t going to know about every site that uses them, so you won’t get caught if you don’t get permission. Fair use is a gray area…technically you should be able to use an image even if copytrighted if it is for purposes of commentary or education. So if we are writing a review of a movie, including the poster or a screen grab would be allowed, but for a theme demo this wouldn’t seem to apply. Another case would be for a classroom course on film lighting, showing a screen grab of a scene from a movie would be allowed, but again a theme demo seems a stretch.
If you care about doing the right thing, you can find quality images by searching for creative commons images and videos. Flickr has a search for these, and you just have to include an attribution credit (e.g. photos by john doe, with a link back). There are also quite a few videos on http://creativecommons.org/video that you can use in your demos.
It should also be noted that with the DMCA it is a lot less likely that they would go to the trouble to sue you over a few screenshots, and instead they would just send a takedown notice.