Thanks Gareth. Just having one of those moments
Not calling out the theme, but damn, some of those designs look familiar
Things like this will be the death of themeforest in the long run, this needs to stop
Thou speaketh the truth!!
Buyer: “Shall I purchase this theme which is X price, or do I go for the one that is ONLY $10.00s more, and gives me 300 different homepage variations? Erm, that’s a tricky one?”.
Sorry back on the cost thing again
This is possibly an uber-dumb question, but are we allowed to give away products that we no longer sell on TF?
Ooh. You can’t call it Shizzle…can you??
...but I also need to make a living for me and my partners so I’ve also tried a few bigger themes.
And I have followed the same route too (on occasion). You have to, to put food on the table, and to compete in a market (the TF one) that has changed drastically in the past 12/18 months or so.
The knock on effect that makes me upset, is the effect this is having on theme designers. The design quality/originality in recent times has fallen. The cookie is truly cut on many, many occasions. But for a lone designer/dev do you want to try your hand on a more regular basis, niche designs, minimal designs? Not if you’ve got to earn a living So they resort to the same old, same old, and creativity is stifled there, and then. Easier to take the safe option this time around hey?
The voice of reason in all of this madness has spoken
That is what I’m aiming for in my themes moving forward, and did do for a time, until my head got turned. The majority of themes have turned into monsters, admittedly they sell tons, but monsters all the same. Buyers logic of what a WP theme should truly be, has been skewed drastically. And we, as designers/developers are the guilty party.
If he had passed on, Mr Mullenweg, would be turning in his grave.