For me this should be considered as support + update for lets say 12 months if you want updates or support after that, just renew the license.
Hi, I did a clean install of Yosemite yesterday and it is awesome. I love the new system font etc. the only thing everyone will need to get used to is the gradient iOS7 like icons, but they are not bad at least now it is consistent.
The only thing I don’t get is the iCloud Drive it is spouse to work like Dropbox but where is the sync status? How to share something with a link to for example a client?
There should be a huge price increase for multipurpose themes because authors are forced to make them to earn decent money, this is sick. They should cost $100 or even $100+ Then niche themes can compete otherwise it is hopeless.
We cannot lower the price of the themes ourselves so the competition is healthy on the marketplace but we can add 100 premium plugins and the price still is the same… sick!
I have mixed feelings first of all something that was super simple now is complex. Also I am not sure how this price breakdown will help a buyer in anyway? Lastly the only change for us that we are short a $1.40 per ~50% of our sales which for me is around $550 per month.
P.S My stomach starts to hurt when I visit the forums, each week new “great” changes…
And as expected, although asked not to lock it, the topic announcing our open letter to Envato, has been locked and dismissed in the name of keeping things “centralized”. Very bad practice! It was the reason I chose to publish on Medium as forum topics get locked and buried while comments get lost in so many pages on hot and important topics like this one. So, fellow authors, please forgive me if I repost this link so that maybe enough people read and share (the link and their own views), enough to maybe actually make Envato finally give up listening and start a meaningful dialogue!
Thank you everyone!Alex
+1 You nailed it!
ThemeVillage saidI cannot agree more with above. Currently I’d define our business as very fragile. We always have to rush to create new theme instead of fine tuning and updating existing one. Yearly maintenance fees would definitely help here. Buyers will feel more secure and authors will cover their costs.
On a more serious note ( in contrast of my previous post )
In my opinion – the only way for authors to keep improving and supporting items is to sell themes on a subscription basis. New devices come out, new Wordpress versions, new browsers with new problems, etc. etc. – the only way to keep supporting items ( and doing customer support ) is with a recurring fee to access updates and support (in other words – to keep your purchase code valid).This approach would let me:
- Improve my item on a regular basis ( Improve doesn’t mean ‘mo options, ‘mo features. Improve as in cleaner code, optimize and test on more devices, etc. )
- Keep supporting the item (again – not “forced/expected/mandatory support”, but actual genuine support)
Customers would buy a “re-subscription” and that would mean that I could eventually make more sales and help us keep motivated to improve our existing themes instead of “rushing” to build a new one. This is the actual problem in my opinion and one that I’ve been thinking about on how to solve for a while now. The current model isn’t sustainable – we always need to “build the next big thing” in order to keep sales going instead of being able to focus on what we already have.
When you think about it – every reasonable piece of software out there charges again for updates. Support is always free. ( ScreenFlow, Tower, Sublime Text, Kaleidoscope, 1Password, – just a few apps that I’ve “upgraded” recently to keep up to date )