I have noticed a buyer who adding his design firm/name to the Wordpress Style Sheet as “theme by me, modified by Them” . Then added a copywrite line that says “WebSite Design by: their name” in the footer. This really doesn’t feel right by me as the mods are very slight and really just changing some style. They didn’t design the website just altered a theme and the styling.
Bad enough people buy themes, set them up and call themselves Wed Designers but to then take credit for changing some of the window dressing and calling it their design, just feels awkward IMO … is that wrong?
I believe it is against the license agreement. Isn’t it? Can some of authors please weigh in on this…
Not sure but doesn’t the MLS work differently per state? Some are open some are not? Also some of the systems Realestate companies use in the US are proprietary… IDX etc. Anyway, hope you are able to get it figured out.
So no bad grammar, no typos… how about Ebonics with text acronyms? If U ax me, I type how I want cuz U’all my b*tches
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Love conceptualizing and creating the themes… Don’t like creating the docs but they are crucial. The part I like the least is handling requests for customization that buyers think are no big deal… but are always much more time then they realize. I always hate to explain that I do support my themes but I do not work for free for customization. It is difficult to explain to buyers that there are so many requests for customization that it just not possible to do.
Love it when buyers embrace my themes as a great solution for their project and realize the incredible value TF and authors provides for them…. saving them 1000’s.
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Maybe instead of adding a rating for support, we could just let buyers post a short review, maybe a system like amazon’s? Then if they feel that support was good (or bad) they can just say it there, and the author can explain himself instead of just seeing his theme’s rating go down.
Why argue publicly over things that are not required? It is usually the unreasonable buyer who starts trouble and ends up hurting sales based on typically their own shortfalls or unreasonable expectations. Many buyers cannot separate customization from theme support and get angry if you don’t have time to customize or hold their hand through their customization.
Getting a full website solution for $30 is already such an incredible, unbelievable, insane, amazing value… even to the point that I believe it is hurting our profession. Expecting more, like having access to the developer, is just crazy talk. It is the authors responsibility to provide a working theme and iron out bugs if they arise… that’s it. If they choose to help further, that is their call. Authors are usually genuinely interested in you succeeding but why promote reviews that essentially hurt sales and dissuade authors from contributing for something that is not part of the deal or required. There are too many problems highlighted through this and many other threads.
I started this topic because some authors (not all) don’t respond at all to my questions.
Support is not required at all so really any response is more than you agree to when you purchase. But, because most authors are genuinely interested in you succeeding with their theme they are willing to help a little. Consider this a bonus. Now… buyers expect that which really isn’t part of the purchase or development agreement. So rating something that is not included doesn’t make sense.
“buyers can not tell the difference between support and customisation.”
Form my experience 8 out of 10 “support ” questions are NOT for support and usually fall into these categories in order:
#1: customization: most questions
#2: WordPress related: “i never used WordPress before”
#3: Didn’t read the setup directions included with the theme.
#4: Theme support: I try to respond to with the highest priority.
Most question turn into a string of email just to understand the buyers issue. This alone takes a fair amount of time to handle. Now multiple by 1000s of buyers. This is WHY authors have to just offer theme support not customization and teaching support. There just is not enough time in the day. Now I do understand what you are requesting and IMO until a fair systemis set-up by Themeforest… Probably a paid credit system for questions. Support cannot be considered in a purchase unless it is for bugs and such.