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mlando says
Well, it’s well close to impossible to track such uses of the themes.. I haven’t submitted a theme here yet and I’m a buyer but I keep saying that the prices here need to go up… TF should really put such unavoidable copyright violations and piracy into account when putting a price tag on a theme.

That wouldn’t be fair. So you want to pay for themes which cost $150…

That’s why there is a choice between one licence or extended, but the extended licence is over ridiculously expensive.

If it goes up then I’ll simply purchase elsewhere.. for instance mojo-themes.com.

I meant… keep the one license purchase, but for users who want to use it more than once but less than the “extended” license, it would be cool to have a five pack ALSO … not in replace of a single license.

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mlando says
This might seem a little far fetched,

But couldnt you code in a ‘kill switch’ that when activated, the theme fails in some way (maybe all CSS is dropped).

Then you just issue an update to all buyers. Can wee see a list of contact details for our buyers?

HAving said all of that, I guess a price rise might filter out a few of those bad buyers.

I also agree with the lowering of the developer theme price.

Its not competitive, it puts buyers off and maybe pushes them towards a decision of “well know one will know I am using it twice.. etc..”

On a side note: I have no idea how to find out if anyone is using my Tumblr theme once let alone on multiple sites. (Its not amazing, but would like to know how its being used)

I simply stumbled upon it when checking their portfolio and saw multiple uses. We can see when people buy items and how many they have of them when they contact us.

A license management script that can disable would be cool… maybe a code canyon idea.

How about in addition to “Regular license” and “Extended Use” what about “5 packs” for the price of 4 or something. Maybe it will help with sales too.

@dwhitmore I always read terms and usage and understand the use when I buy digital products to use as most developers and designers do. But unfortunately sometime people think that when they buy something it is now theirs to do what they want. What I was going for is that when you select the license when you buy that it Shows that you are getting a 1 purchase = one site license ONLY …. more obvious. Currently you have to click the “more examples” to get that info. This is how it reads now: ex: You Can Use This Item In: a website (commercial, personal, client), or intranet site project … (More Examples)

It could say You Can Use This Item In: One website (commercial, personal, client), or intranet site project … additional licesnes can be purchased for addition domains.(More Examples)

or similar… nothing major just more to the front.

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mlando says
Have you tried: http://themeforest.net/browse/tags/features/video ? :)

Good call… one of mine is in there :)

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mlando says

It is posted when you select the license to buy but IMO it doesn’t say it clear enough…

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mlando says

@KMxRetro Sounds like you need to start a sweat shop filled with developers willing to work for food scraps to get everything you want in one nice little $30 package. :)

Remember … these are themes. They are what they are. They will never be all things to all people. I do agree with some/many of your comments (not with the theme bashing but some of your wish list)

BUT , Your argument about what designers “don’t have to do” is so off base I don’t know where to begin.
Authors don’t get paid until they create a whole solution down to the pixel, make directions, put together a download file with required files, screen shots, preview image, full demo site with content, thumbnails for TF, Product descriptions for TF, layered psd files, support files to help buyer, etc… Then after all that… it may not even get approved for sale. Sometimes they get rejected with a basic form letter that does not give reasons as to why or what should be improved. So we edit and tweak then put all these together again and wait. Then when it does get aproved… the whole support thing starts with questions that range from “how do you install WordPress” to “what is CSS ” starts. Multiply that by how many sales and files you have for sale here.

You should create a theme and try to become an author here and maybe you will not underestimate what it takes. Yes we don’t have to go out and find clients but we still have to deal with them. Frankly I don’t see how any buyer could complain too much when getting a fully realized solution for next to nothing.

Rant i know… that being said I guess your point would be Everything is important and I would agree. But you will seldom find everything you need that is absolutely perfect at this price point.

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mlando says

I have had several inquires for support on a theme offered here. When trying to help, I found that the buyer had one purchase but had the theme in use for multiple client’s sites.

Funny, the buyer didn’t know that this was a problem.

Do buyers not understand the use terms?

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mlando says

In my themes I put the “theme options” under the appearance tab. So … If you set your clients permissions to EDITOR , he will not see that panel at all. No need to turn off and on… just use the standard WordPress user permissions to adjust what they can see/change/edit. A user set as an EDITOR can add posts and pages but cannot change the settings, appearance or theme options .

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mlando says
does it fit my clients needs.

+1

IMO It is nice to have a good feature set and a solid theme option page (but not too crazy… tons of options will make many more server requests slowing your site down – others can speak to that if they want). Utilize the WP core functionality as much as you can. Do it smartly and you may be able to cut a few options by automatically handling them.

IMO some themes that offer the kitchen sink may have to because they look like most of the other themes and to try to separate themselves in other ways. The Theme Forest Style I call it. So for me, the most important thing is to offer something creatively different than the norm with enough options to make things easily manageable without being overwhelming because there are too many options to confront. Simply elegant… not so easy to achieve though.

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mlando says
I will charge anybody for anything if it takes me a period of time. Time=money. So yes, charge of course :) Cheers mate!

+1

I also always add a minimum charge to start any job on top of the hourly. This covers the time it takes to do the standard stuff like, time for correspondence, set-up files for alteration, moving the files to testing environment and testing for any browser problems at the end. All of which takes time even though clients may not know happens or understands.

I don’t believe anyone should be expected to work for free. The work you have done was done to their satisfaction to the specifications at the time. It is also not reasonable to expect a lifetime warranty.

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mlando says
Anyway it would not work for this situation as I need the custom options to appear as an editor say, which is not possible with your plugin – thanks anyway.

This is why things like this are not part of themes… This is a specific requirement and custom work. If you used a permissions type of plugin and that doesn’t do it and a few offer solutions that still doesn’t do exactly what you need, Then this requirement situation is custom to you. Expect to pay a developer $65 – $125 per hour. Also consider at least an hour for setup and testing for the developer.

Just backing @luckykind. Services for custom work will cost you a reasonable fee. Prices for templates are really a steal for buyers…and they count on volume purchases. They simple cannot be everything to everybody and meet every situation. Yes I think you where in the right to post to see if anyone had a quick an easy solution… but I think you can see you should hire for this.

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