I completely agree with the majority of concerns expressed by other authors, especially by Parallelus and sevenspark.
I wish you guys re-consider your decision to make it mandatory, at least not for a while. If I had a choice I would not implement this right now. We want to make sure that the benefits clearly outnumber the potential issues.
terence_milbourn saidYes, I’m an exclusive author, meaning my items can ONLY be sold on ThemeForest!
Are you only able to sell to me via ThemeForest then?
I mean do you only sell through ThemeForest?
If not, then what’s to stop you from having your own developer license at a rate that’s appropriate?
No need to wait for them to get off the pot, is there?Terence.
Totally agree… that would be really handy. Have had numerous requests by buyers for dev. license in situations where clearly Extended license would not apply.
this is the 2nd day I cannot upload a theme update, I keep getting this message:
“WordPress Theme ZIP must contain one top level directory that contains the WordPress theme.”
Do you know what’s going on, did you guys change anything? Has anyone else have this problem??
I even tried to upload the file that you already approved (previous version) and still the same. Tried a different browser also, same thing.
I certainly haven’t changed the way I zip my files, I have done this countless times without any issues. I also tried to upload the file via your FTP method and still the same.
Unfortunately, my recent post on a similar subject has been “sanitized” and locked and since then I’ve been receiving a lot of curious emails from people. I wanted to raise the subject not so much on copyright infringement but the moral/ethical point of copying somebody else’s work and the implications of that.
We all know what’s permitted and what not by copyright, but what do you say when trying to update a theme from within that theme’s backend and the links are taking you to another theme, or the changelog information displayed belongs to another theme from a different author, is this bad or is this bad??
I’m not going to say anything else because my post might get flagged again, so I’ll stop here!!
People will always recycle or take pieces of somebody else’s code but where do we draw the line, when enough is enough? I’m sure other authors have similar experiences to talk about.
It was just brought to my attention that a newly released theme ‘[edited]’ has copied some elements from my theme ‘U-Design’.
Luckily a client who had purchased my theme 3 months ago just purchased this one and noticed the similarities, here’s a quote from the email he sent me today:
...The theme is [edited]. Upon installing and activating it I found it conflicts with your UDESIGN theme…and oddly, [edited] notifies me in the Dashboard that an update is available…the links, strangely lead to your theme page.
This similarities are such that there’s little to distinguish the two themes, and while I’m not sure what’s going on here, and I don’t wish to imply anything other than what I’ve stated, I feel compelled to point this out to you…
I asked him to give me backend access to his site to investigate further and indeed the update notifier function that I have in my theme is displaying not only links to my theme but also all the Change logs up to the latest version of my theme v1.2.1 is in there, here see it for yourself:
now compare the change log above with my theme’s landing page change log:
[edited] The person who brought this to my attention has already filed to ask for his money back for the “[edited]” theme!
Not to mention that on the “[edited]” TF landing page they copied whole paragraphs or sections of text directly from my theme’s page, didn’t even bother to write their own description of their own theme..
To show a few here (I was able to do a screenshot before the author(s) get a chance to remove it):
Those are just few things I noticed right away, I’m sure if I dig in deeper I’ll find lots more…, based on the copy/paste methods used to build this theme.
Thought I’d share this with the community and see what other people think on this subject.
Thanks!! End of July, but still a Leo
My themes are 100% compatible also, tested them myself and got confirmation from clients already… Regards
indiapart saidNot a question of being lazy. To you may be obvious what to do with the zip package, but not to many people especially first time buyers. So, put yourself in their shoes…
Also, don’t forget please, that most Themes have a good documentation attached, where installation is explained anyway. Buyer is too lazy to read? Not my problem.
The problem is that they cannot get to the Documentation, people have asked me “Where is the Documentation?...”.... So, I have to tell them that they need to extract the zip to get to the Documentation, hence back to my point … all these questions can be avoided…
When you sell a package of some sort it is your responsibility to make sure the client understands how to install it or what to do with it. They can’t read your mind.
There are other sites selling themes where the zip file you download after purchase is the actual theme, so people install it directly and it works for them, then they come to FT purchase a theme assuming the zip they get is the theme itself (because that’s what they’re use to) and they go to install it assuming it’s a standard for the industry. To my point, if you package something differently then you should let people know, will save yourself the headache and the bad user experience, and for Envato staff having to deal with people wanting a refund…
“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression…”