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queenhound says

We’re all looking forward to your updates. The color convention I was referring to has a technical name: muted pastels. Take a look.

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The best way to implement this would be to have the users register a site to use the code with upon purchase, that way the purchase contract clearly states that this one purchase can only be used on that one domain. From there, you can juxtapose the URLs in the purchases database to the URL received upon installation to find out if someone is installing your code on a site that wasn’t registered.

Here’s why I would avoid this:

If you get a URL back that’s not in your purchases database, what are you going to do? Send a cease and desist to the website owner?

What if that owner is the original purchaser, and is using the code as per GPL license agreement but not per Crodev License agreement (the one that says only one install per registered URL)?

Well now the original purchaser wants her money back because they dont want to keep registering URLs to use with their purchase (huge waste of time), or even worse, they pirate the code and distribute it freely as their own, just to make a point (it happens).

You’ll also need to make sure a legal professional drafted up your license agreement, because if legal action is what you’re wanting to take, in addition to a surplus of legal fees you’ll need to tackle this stolen code problem, you’ll need an air tight license agreement that would only be possible with the help of a lawyer.

So if you can afford the legal fees and the decline in business from people not wanting to deal with all these hurdles for one piece of code, then go for it.

Otherwise, read what OriginalEXE wrote—you’ll only make your buyers angry.

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I’m hesitant to suggest this type of product to my blogger friends out there because it’s just cheaper way to find more reasons to not write (articles or code, depending on your cup of tea).

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queenhound says

^ Once spent four hours applying a henna tattoo to a shark’s dorsal fin.

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I think you can help to bring out your content and remove that sense of claustrophobia someone earlier was talking about by applying a gaussian blur (in Photoshop) to the background image. I’m referring to the one you see behind the list of people. It’s too in focus for me to focus on the content.

Other than that, I think it’s a promising theme. Great work!

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Don’t let it discourage you. It’s a great theme and - at least for me - loaded up really fast, which is something I think is lacking these days with sites that are not professionally hosted.

A few suggestions:

See what it looks like if you tone down the colors a bit. They’re bright and pretty but they don’t seem to compliment each other very well. I took the HTML color code of that light green on your template and put it into a color schemer. Check it out here. A color scheme helps to ensure that all of your colors compliment one another and are more aesthetically appealing.

Take a look at how this guy is doing his CSS3 buttons. Notice that the white-on-solid color background is a little easier to read when there’s a gradient in the button. While this is an aesthetic choice, it might help to at least try to darken your buttons so you don’t have a bright white on top of a bright color.

My favorite page was the line and charts page—put some of those on the front page! Try this: move the members management to a new tab and put some of those charts (at least one of the line charts) on the main page. Focus on functionality and less on all the stuff your theme can do up front. If you impress the visitor with your landing page, they’ll click through to see all the other stuff. Just ask yourself: What is the one thing that I want people to see immediately?

Finally, I would try to get rid of the default dummy content on your tables examples and grid example, and instead add in some stuff that you write about your theme—even if it’s a bunch of rambling. People like to see content instead of dummy content, perhaps because it tells us on some subconscious level that it’s worth putting real content in and not just dummy content.

You’ve obviously put a lot of work into this template and I’m excited to see what the next version looks like. I hope my opinion can help you with your next release. Keep up the good work!

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I’m really turned off by too much emphasis on JQuery and effects. Functionality is one thing, but when features start to interfere with site functionality, that fine line between cool feature and annoying distraction is crossed. I hope we can keep adding to this thread.

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queenhound says

Just wanted to jump in and say thank you for this product.

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