Hey Eric thanks for the reply, it’s nice to hear there’s no cause for alarm. Will be keen to hear the clarification
And html have builders… whats up with that? That’s not html that’s almost like an CMS system
This thread is about authors over-selling items bundles with tons of micro-niche styles, so let’s not derail the thread.For our detailed response to the above misconception, see this topic: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/item-rejected-page-builders-are-no-longer-permitted-on-themeforest/148580?page=3&message_id=1165974#1165974
Now, on the multipurpose topic: Our idea of a multipurpose template is, as Designova mentioned, a single design that can be showcased (perhaps with some differing colour schemes) in various arrangements.
When themes start advertising themselves as “Car Rental”, “Restaurant”, “Medical”, “Church”, “Construction” – this is no longer a single design because these pages usually include some elements brought in from outside the original design to fit the needs of that niche. For example the “Car Rental” demo includes a rental calculator and booking widget that was specifically created for that demo page and would not be used elsewhere in the theme and would have no relevance outside that demo, and hence it is single purpose.
Along with the trend towards “Include everything” packages, the visual deign suffers as it attempts to accommodate every niche, with no considerable thought put into any one in particular, and frankly end up a diluted, cheap-looking mess.
It is important to draw the line on what constitutes an HTML page builder and where the line becomes blurred between page builder and CMS.
We started development on Variant with the intention to provide users an easy way to quickly piece together an HTML page and modify the content based on the template they purchased. The output from Variant is pure, standard HTML with no inline styles or “Rubbish Code” and mimics exactly the coding style of the regular HTML pages included in the template package. What you get from Variant is exactly what you get in the predefined HTML files. In fact, we make the .html files for the template package in Variant itself.
We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that Variant runs locally on the user’s machine with no installation or online access required, which we believe adheres to the traditional ethos of the HTML category – which we are proud to uphold.
In keeping with the spirit of HTML templates as they have always been sold on TF, it has always been our vision to provide a standard template that the user manipulates just as they would in a text editor. Our philosophy is that the user is not the designer and will have a better end result by assembling our pre-designed layout blocks and simply editing text/images to their needs. The end result is a valid HTML document that can be freely edited like any other – just with the added bonus of having saved lots of time assembling the layout. Pro users and developers can then take that clean HTML and do with it what they wish. This is precisely the purpose of HTML templates.
So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive from both customers and Envato. Many customers have expressed how much they love this feature, and we were really proud that all our hard work paid off when Envato chose to feature Pivot with Variant. We feel that Variant had a lot to do with Pivot being featured as it represents an innovation in the field while staying close to the roots of what HTML templates should be.
It would be devastating if Envato choose to ban HTML page builders given that customers are so enthusiastic about them as shown in sales results and reviews/feedback.
Website creation for the novice user is trending towards a GUI based workflow as evidenced in the popularity of Squarespace, Wix, TheGrid, Startup Framework etc. and it is necessary for TF to evolve and keep pace in order to retain relevance and we believe that quality page builders that produce clean code are a way to encorporate the benefits of these easy-to-use systems in the HTML templates sold here on TF without compromising editability and what makes HTML templates so flexible and appealing to developers.
Given the emerging trend towards page builders in the HTML category, and that we are sailing in mainly uncharted waters, perhaps “Until further notice” could mean that Envato may be reviewing the situation and perhaps will again approve page builders in the future after establishing a more defined set of rules for builders in this new segment.
We went elite while on holiday, yay!
This is sounding a lot more reasonable than the previous proposal and addresses some of the shortcomings.
I wonder, what happens when a buyer and author have a disagreement regarding a support request, I understand that you are going to make things clear and explicit to buyers, but there are always bound to be grey areas.
Our main concern with the previous offering was that buyers can always hold you hostage via a 1 star review threat, will there be anything done to combat this behaviour?
Not sure if this has already been mentioned (this is another mighty long thread!) but in the Paypal transaction details each month it says:
Custom note: Envato Aug 2014 Commission Payment
So the notion that this is anything but a commission payment is really flawed.
The spinning animations on the previews are really off-putting, I know it’s tempting when you’re starting out to just go for it with animations but you’ll quickly learn that less is more
It’s quite a striking and unique look – well done on that
- Features are a little lacking, I’d suggest working on some additional pages (eg. about, services etc). Even though this is primarily a portfolio, these pages (when well constructed) will always add value and sales potential.
- Additional nav options would be nice, for example, having a vertical nav bar down the side.
- Bulk out your blog a little more – there are only 2 short text posts. Add some gallery posts etc to give that blog listing page a little more life
- Use a smooth CSS loader. These portfolio themes always feel more slick when you use a unique and interesting loader. Given that you see the loader upon clicking each page, this makes it an element that requires more attention.
- I think you could make more use of the horizontal scrolling pages (like the project pages) as on a screen like mine (27” iMac) the standard vertical page looks a little sparse with all the black around it.
Keep working on it, it’s a cool concept