I was just about to write a forum post about this!
This kind of post is fine on someone’s blog somewhere as it’s their personal opinion and they have every right to that. However, I think it’s confusing to be featured on Envato’s market blog as potential buyers will see this as gospel and probably not even notice that this is a random guest post from someone.
The blog post author is clearly hooked on Visual Composer. Sure, it’s great, but when it’s not needed or authors have another page builder in place or simpler solutions… disregarding a theme based on lack of VC inclusion is a little bit daft.
Sometimes items sell like hot cakes, sometimes they don’t. That doesn’t mean that a low sales item is poorly supported or full of bugs, it may just mean that it’s niche or it got released on a particularly busy week where 40 new themes pushed it right off the first pages and it barely got noticed.
Let’s not even mention the fictitious pricing model, I’m sure many $38 or $43 themes are fully compatible with Visual Composer, but don’t include the plugin in the theme. Apparently these are to be disregarded because of that.
High sales = great support is also probably bad advice. Yes there is more impetus to be on the comments more and support items but what are the facts behind this? Many authors have low sales compared to ThemeFusion but work hard to support everyone in a timely manner (often minutes rather than hours) and have never had a single complaint about support time. If a theme suddenly gets really popular with mega high sales and support explodes – at first support times may be slower than one of the smaller theme authors.
Envato should be focusing on what makes a theme great regardless of bundled plugins and sales. Explaining how to interact with an author and ask questions before purchasing, look up their support model, check out the comments for the item you like and checking themes for speed and future proofing.
Basically, +1 Tom
We’re in Southampton
Cheers Adrian! Our SWIFT payment is in the account now, just no email! Phew!
Hi, anyone got their SWIFT payment for December earnings yet? My account details seem to have been reset, I am the only one with access to my author account and I’ve not visited the withdrawals page since I set up the automated payments back in November.
Anyone having the same issue?
Amazing, thanks Envato & ThemeForest
We’ve just had our EDD ready theme approved, Color: http://themeforest.net/item/color-a-theme-with-lots-of-color/9601100
To be honest @guuthemes, if your latest beautiful masterpiece isn’t getting the sales it deserves then we are all doomed! I love MODEST and can’t believe copies are not flying out the door!
We certainly won’t be venturing into Monster-purpose themes any day soon, that’s just not what we do!
We’ve just had our theme approved http://themeforest.net/item/preface-a-wordpress-theme-for-authors/8980635
A Theme just for Authors.
Packed with <3 all the way from Melbourne town Hope you enjoyed that Tim Tam slam!
Loving the Tim Tam slams! I can’t believe how quickly it arrived!
Are they still including the letter which explains how to eat Vegemite without dying from the taste?
Well Dan did hide the Vegemite inside the travel cup, so at first I wondered whether the cup had biohazard protection capabilities to protect the world from the Vegemite, as I couldn’t get the lid off!
We did crack open the Vegemite last night and tried it. My wife likes it, I like it as much as Marmite, which is not at all!
... Thanks everyone else for the congratulations!