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pixelentity says

I just noticed the following line in the .htaccess of a wp network install

...
# uploaded files
RewriteRule ^files/(.+) wp-includes/ms-files.php?file=$1 [L]
...

while i can understand the reasons behind such implementation, the above rule still causes a massive drop in server performances because all uploads are served via php (like timthumb)

a quick fix

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^theme4\.themes\.domain.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^files/(.+) wp-content/blogs.dir/5/files/$1 [L]

RewriteRule ^files/(.+) wp-includes/ms-files.php?file=$1 [L]

where theme4.themes.domain.com is a site of the newtwork with siteID = 5 this way, uploads will be again served directly by the webserver.

I guess other theme authors here may use a newtwork installation for their previews so decided to share.

BF

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pixelentity says

@tsafi that’s actually me debugging js on ie8

BF

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pixelentity says

Install WP Super cache, mod_rewrite method as that alone will boost your webserver performances far more than any other optimization.

here some stats from our ded server

before -> 30 requests/sec
now -> 5.500 request/sec
BF
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pixelentity says

Well there you have it, 2 authors from the list would rather stay as we are now. So that’s the way we’ll stay.

DOK

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pixelentity says

For one, there is no aggressive attitude. Do you see anywhere I am typing in “ALL CAPS ?”

All I’m asking for is data. Is that so much to ask for? Like what’s the landing pages? What’s the Click-Thru-Rates? What keywords are you bidding on? What types of experiments are you running? Other people have asked about the landing pages as well.

Hit me up, I’m not selling anything, I just want to help you guys out with the PPC campaigns and I know I will be able to increase visibility and provide suggestions to help the cause. I do not want to get in on the action, just help you guys with the campaigns.
Landing page address has been already sent to all the partecipants, project page with tech details will be created on our site, any author who joined will be granted read access to Adwords/GA from where they could get all possible info about the campaign.

But asking for that data before, like we need to persuade you to buy our product, tells me you still missing the point of this project.

So you’re GAQI and only want to help us? Then i have nothing against you handling the whole AD campaign yourself as long as

- all involved authors would agree
- you will do it for free.

BF

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pixelentity says

@xstortionist

60 out of 75$ will go directly to google, 15 are for general expenses related to the project so i don’t get where such aggressive attitude is coming from since it is obvious to anybody we’re not making any direct,personal profit from the project.

I personally invested countless hours in developing the backend, setting the campaign, integrate it with GA, building scripts to track conversion and estimate sales and you know what ? i did it for free the first time, i’ll do it for free again.

This is a community project: you trust us, you join – you don’t, nobody forces you. Frankly, we have better ways to invest our time than trying to sell shit to other fellow authors.

BF

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pixelentity says

Hey,

We’re pretty busy at the moment finishing off a piece of work and will be sending instruction to everyone as soon as we can. Don’t worry all is well, you’ll hear from us soon.

Cheers, Donagh.

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pixelentity says

Also once you get the site back up and running, research every plugin you’ve used to see if anyone has reported vulnerabilities.

I had a WP site hacked in a similar way, and it was because they exploited a vulnerability in a plugin.

That’s actually the most important thing to do as the huge majority of compromised sites are due to script kiddies/hackers wannabes running tools (they just downloaded) to find and exploit well know vulnerabilities.

Widely used CMSs like wp, joomla as well as their top plugins/themes are those tools primary targets.

BF

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pixelentity says

I agree that the prices need to be reviewed and increased.

Not only has the quality of the themes gone waaaaay up meaning authors are putting more time into their work, but the cost of living has gone up also. Because of inflation (different for each country/currency) this means that year on year, the amount our earnings is worth has actual gone down by several % per year.

  • So the standards have gone up (increasing the value for the buyer)
  • The prices have stayed the same (decreasing the value for the author)
  • Inflation means our earnings don’t stretch as far as the previous year.

Not good, not good at all. Envato has probably the best theme portfolio of any online marketplace, so the buyers will still come. They also understand that each year everything must rise its price to at least keep pace with inflation. Heck they have probably already raised their freelance rates for this same reason. So there is only one loser in this situation and guess what, it’s the Authors. Hurrrrray!

DOK

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pixelentity says

We do a little, twitter, Dribbble, Facebook, devient art, but prob the most effective is to have a “Buy this item” link in the actual preview on your own server, because then all of the direct google traffic can turn into referral and sale pairs.

In March we did

948 clicks > 24 registered members > 20 deposits

In general over the last 6-8 months we’ve had between 12 and 20 deposits per month, but the best thing is that these referrals usually come with a sale also, and since we are at the 70% mark, that means 100% of that purchase is ours.

Once we start selling WP themes, the value of these referrals will increase because the item prices will be higher, which will be nice :)

DOK

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