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mbudm says

Hi all,

I’m looking at getting back into the stock game after a 2 year break. I’ve done a lot of freelance WordPress in the past two years so I’ve decided to jump into ThemeForest this time around.

My first project is an adaption of one of my own sites. I have been recommended by the ThemeForest reviewer to post in this forum and ask for feedback.

Basically, it seems that TF like it but think it’s a bit too simple. I guess that’s not surprising as I prefer to make simple sites so that is what I’ve ended up with. I’m also a bit of a neat code fan so I prefer graceful degradation with older browsers and limiting the use of graphics and applying css instead.

So obviously I need to readjust my focus to what ThemeForest customers want – I’m guessing that this means more bells and whistles? More graphics? Graphic replacements for IE7 & IE8 ? (Ewww ;-).

Here’s the demo theme link:

http://themes.mbudm.com/ddboutique/

Looking forward to any feedback.

Cheers!

Steve

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mbudm says

For me all new clients that contact me can be traced back to someone I once worked with. So basically all word of mouth. This does sometimes freak me out as I don’t know what will happen if this stops – but it’s been ok for 2 years now so as long as I do good work I assume it should continue. Otherwise I guess I’ll head back to a recruitment agency with my tail between my legs and take a 9to5 gig (shudder).

I’ve also started doing a lot more outsourcing of the html/css dev work in my projects as it’s better value for my clients than charging at my rate. That has put me more in the position of sourcing people and I have found myself veering towards using web developers that blog regularly about what they do – it gives a much clearer idea of what they believe in than can be understood from marketing style copy in a portfolio. Plus of course I tend to reuse the same vendors if I can (and they did a good job the first time ;-).

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mbudm says
If you are using selling cars as an example, you will notice that 99.99% of all cars sold are NOT custom orders.

Cars sell around 100k of units because that many people want exactly the same thing (to go from a to b). The best template may have sold around 2k because people want a lot of different things from their websites – the main thing to stand out from their competition. The analogy doesn’t work.

Having said that the mobile html version is not a problem if you are doing swfaddress seo already.

I think the blog integration is a big ask though – yes you could mod a news page, but as soon as an author claims a template has a blog, buyers would expect complete wp functionality.

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mbudm says
Most of the time I do per project.

The best way in my opinion. Less pressure :nerdy:
+1. The best way

I’m doing more of this too, but to safeguard against the rare clients who are never totally happy and drag things on (e.g “looks great, but I just have a few more changes” x 10) I also establish a time limit for the project. Any changes after that date are charged by the hour.

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mbudm says

Pfft you think you got problems with the Euro? Spare a thought for us Australians (Including the Envato mother ship). Our dollar is up at the highest it’s ever been.

I’m with the guys who suggest leaving the US dollars we earn in that currency (can even do this in PayPal if you want to have the cash more easily accessible in case of emergency goodie purchases)... eventually something will happen to reverse the forex trend.

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mbudm says
It seems working fine now. You were probably infected by the same kid who infected thousands of wp based sites. I was attacked too and got rid of all that wp crap. :)
Take that themeforest (swift kick to the crotch)!!

Yeah I have a couple of client WP sites that were attacked too…. grr to those russian kids ;-)

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mbudm says

I don’t know if MonstorDebugger does this, but i came across a technique a while back for debugging.

Basically create a class that checks whether the swf is running in a browser and if so print out the trace to the firbug debug console. If not then just do a regular trace.

I can’t pass on the class I use as it’s not mine to give – but I highly recommend this approach.

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mbudm says

I always thought it would be good in some cases for other authors to purchase a resale licence – source’n’all.

The obvious example is WordPress templates using Flash image rotators. I don’t know how you’d set it up in a fair way but it seems like a great way to get more sales for both types of author.

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mbudm says

I’m sure I will not see Maradona boludo naked like promised haha. Our game is tomorrow, so cheer for us hermanos hehe!! :P

See u!

¿Es posible que el final estaré entre argentina y españa? Si posible lo estare muy, pero muy interesante!

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mbudm says

Hey there – I do this too with all my templates. Basically I took the SWFAddress SEO example and modified it to load the data from XML files.

I’ve found once you do it once it’s not too hard to adapt to other templates, as most do the same sort of thing.

- load the index.xml that has the site structure - load the individual page xml when that page is requested by the SWFAddress SEOified path (loses the # and phpmodrewrite interprets the deep link string)

In the php file I have one function for parsing the index.xml and then another with a switch for parsing the page xml data

M

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