FYI, I’m not an Evanto Author… I’ve just purchased well over $10k worth of items from their marketplace. Here’s my input on the overall review and approval of themes, codes, designs, etc:
1. Themes are created for buyers, many of which have limited to zero knowledge of HTML; which is why they are looking to purchase a theme. Because of this, I like the fact that there are multiple inspectors per theme to catch or point out possible flaws BEFORE the item goes to the marketplace. I have purchased many themes here that had to be refunded because they lacked proper coding or didn’t even have the features they mentioned.
2. Does Evanto provide a basic “guideline” for developers to follow? I’m sure there is a big difference between a soft reject vs. a hard reject. To my understanding, a soft reject is something that could be fixed within a short amount of time to then be reevaluated right away. Whereas a hard reject would require more time to fix? I would like to know if there is a public checklist or guide for developers to use before submitting their theme, code, design, etc.
I have been searching for car related themes as far as crash repairs, etc. and can’t find many. It would be awesome if there were more ready made themes in specific related industries I could just show to clients as luxerman mentioned.
Here is a great theme for mechanics/auto repair – http://themeforest.net/item/carpress-wordpress-theme-for-mechanic-workshops/7042577
It’s also a great example as to the number of sales related to JUST AUTO REPAIR. The same thing can be done for other “blue collar” businesses. In fact, that author just needs to add different sliders or imagery to help us target the other businesses. Though, we don’t want to have a portfolio of sites looking all the same; which is why I’d like to see more designs.
It is impossible to make website “ready” for every profession.
Why is it possible to create themes for Lawyers and Salons/Spas, but not Contractors? The money is out there… You’re just making excuses. Envato doesn’t have to make a “Category” for contractors. Developers just need to add it as a keyword.
I’ve already made a few sites for contractors so it doesn’t matter to me if someone makes it or not. The whole point of this thread was to give developers an idea and an easy way to make some cash; SINCE NO ONE ELSE is doing it.
Don’t want to do it? Fine. As I’ve already said. The first one to do it will make good money. Argue with me as much as you want.
For those thinking of creating a WordPress Directory Theme….
1. Allow Bulk Upload
2. Allow “Claimable” Listings
3. Enable Recurring Payments, with MULTIPLE gateways (Authorize.Net, PayPal, Skrill, etc…)
4. The Listings/Profiles must be easily displayed. Don’t cram information into each listing.
5. Offer HOMEPAGE & CATEGORY featured listing options.
6. Allow the listings to be set on RANDOM, Date, Name, etc…
7. Provide consistent updates! DO NOT CREATE A THEME then randomly disappear. We, purchasers of all these directories, have been let down countless times.
I cannot stress enough how important communication and updates are. All these themes run from $55-65, when I would have no problem spending $100 IF the author was to actually provide updates and communicate with their end users.
So, it would be beneficial for a designer to create themes for specific niches.
Beneficial for a designer or for you?
Can you describe what a plumbing theme is suppose to look like?I said this in reply to your other post. Some niches don’t need themes built exclusively for them because the content determines the style of the website not the theme. Content is part of the design process.
I choose themes that will require little work on my end, which keeps costs down. As the “middleman”, I can understand that content will change the overall look of a theme; however, most business owners can’t see this. So I find themes that have images or a layout similar to the type of business they run.
It would be much more beneficial to sit down with a client and say look – “Here is a theme for plumbers… This is where we can replace pictures for you, add your form, add your pictures, add your hours, add social media, etc.” They will associate plumbing related images to their business. Yes, this makes it easier for me and easier for my clients.
For example. A client of mine is a lawyer… There are 5+ themes related to law on this site. Another is a salon owner, there are 8+ themes related to spas/salons. How many are for contractors? None.
All corporate or multipurpose themes look the same after viewing 4-5 pages. That’s also just their appearance. I won’t get into on-page SEO and how poorly designed some of them are.
I don’t want this to turn into a thread related to just plumbers… I think a theme targeting blue collar type businesses would be able to combine all of them.
For example…. They are all service-based businesses. Therefore, a LEAD form within or right below the slider would be of huge importance. Most of them would have a button that says – “Request an Estimate.” Provide name, email, phone, and a description of the problem at hand.
Definitely have an hours of operation, a highlight of their service/business, an area to place review sites (such as AngiesList, Yelp, Google, Yahoo, etc…) these companies want their clients to see their reputation online. I’d also add a nice before/after media gallery, since these businesses would be called upon to fix an issue.
These are all things some themes do but not really tailored towards a specific niche. Create and provide a theme that uses stock photos for plumbers, switch the “same theme” to roofers, then switch it to masonry, then switch it to painters… A lot of themes have swatches to change colors but what if someone designed a theme that would show how it would look for each niche?
As for updates of the theme… Fix bugs but then release another niche every month. So for release… Have it directed towards painters. The following month, add an update that shows it can be used for plumbers. The next month, release a version for roofers. By doing so, you will have a theme that can target multiple blue color-type companies and it will constantly get sales.
So… Who’s going to do it? Who will be the first to create – “BLUE COLLAR” the WordPress theme for all types of niches? I just gave one of you an idea to make an easy profit.
By “Corporate” I mean dull, plain, directed towards large companies.
Yes, there are multipurpose themes but there are also Salon, Lawyer and “Travel” based themes. I know plenty of plumbers and contractors that make more money than lawyers.
I show my clients the type of themes that are available. We then sort through the junk and find a theme that basically has everything that they would want; therefore decreasing the overall cost. The more hours I have to put into “customizing” a theme, the higher the price. So, it would be beneficial for a designer to create themes for specific niches.
You don’t have to argue with me… Those that create will make money. In fact, keep arguing while someone that reads this actually creates a theme and profits
I agree… All themes are looking the same. Designers/developers should be creating themes for specific niches; such as “Here is the perfect theme for….” – Plumbers, dentists (not doctors), roofers, contractors, salons, etc…” Yes, there are currently a few out there but how many themes do we need for salons and lawyers? Developers need to start trying something that doesn’t exist. Stop jumping on the bandwagon.
Developers are also losing touch as to what a website is supposed to do – either generate leads or sales. I keep seeing all these “corporate” websites that do neither! WHERE ARE THE LEAD FORMS? A website visitor should never have to actually click on the contact page to enter information. There should always be a lead form above the fold on the homepage, CTR button, or buy this product type link.
Lastly, the first developer to create a theme, exclusively, for plumbers (as example) would make a lot of money…
Where are the themes for plumbers? blacktop contractors? roofers? electricians? etc. I always see “corporate” or lawyer-based themes but never anything for the real small business owners! Someone fulfill this niche and you’ll definitely see a lot of purchases!