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Envato Market Price Changes!

Rushes to the `popular items` to see the new prices of Mega Bundle WordPress Monster Themes.

Pretty much nothing has changed.

Meh… I thought envato had finally listened to us.

:(

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That’s awesome. Looking forward!

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Hi,

I can tell you for sure that you DO need a Business Membership licence with GreenSock to sell on ThemeForest.

The key difference between their regular licence and commercial licence is if you are selling your product one time or multiple times.

If end users are charged a usage/access/license fee, please sign up for a “Business Green”

This part is not related with ThemeForest, but means that if you build a website where people need to pay a subscription to use the site (like a video training site, a music app like Spotify etc), then you also need a business licence.

I can only recommend going for the GreenSock business membership – GreenSock is an amazing company that really listens to the community, moves in the right direction. The forums out there are incredibly active and support is lightning fast. These guys are a bunch of passionate, talented individuals!

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I personally use gulp and bower in some of my templates. While the template can perfectly be customised with just the `static assets` HTML / CSS / JS, this gives the chance to more advanced developers to reproduce the development environment and let the gulpfile do the required tasks.

The great thing about task runners like gulp / grunt is they are optional for the end user – they can do fine without them. It’s just extra options and added value for your templates, so i’d say go for it!

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Great story, congratulations! :)

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@dtbaker that’s really interesting – thanks for sharing!

A little bit worrisome that WIX is on the rise :) Just kidding.

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Look into http://grabaperch.com – it’s a really neat little CMS that allows you to add a few editable regions or turn your HTML template into a full blown CMS in minimal time.

It’s not free – but it’s a really compelling solution!

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A couple of years ago, ThemeForest was seen as a place selling utterly high quality items, very functional products.

The rise of `Multipurpose, multi designs, 30 homepage demos` did generate a massive amount of sales, but also a LOT of confused buyers.

I build a lot of client sites using ThemeForest themes – i don’t like doing that but there is a huge demand for small clients with small budgets. I used to say pick any theme on ThemeForest, it will work great. Nowadays they come to me with a theme, and when i log in i am freaking out. Custom page builders, custom option panels, custom everything, 30 meta boxes on each single pages to control everything.. What a mess!

Pretty sure a good deal of authors here are listening to the Shoptalk Show podcast by Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert (if you don’t, you should!). A couple of episodes back – they openly laughed at “Premium Themes” and the overbloated mess it comes with – and very clearly recommended not to build WordPress websites that way.

Sadly, i could only agree with them – where as i would have gotten really upset at them for dissing ThemeForest like that a few years back.

I am pretty sure these guys had a lot more respect for ThemeForest in 2013.. and this is probably a good indication of the overall feel for the marketplace in general.

That negative buzz around the marketplace – which make it soud a lot like TemplateMonster as mentioned – is definitely making people think twice before buying a theme here.

On a positive note, it seems the HTML categories are selling better now – maybe people are willing to move forward to `newer` ways to build websites like static site generators, flat file CMS or great lightweight CMS solutions like Perch, CouchCMS, MODX or CraftCMS..

I have one version of an HTML template that sells much better in HTML and MODX than it does in WP.. But seeing `mega bundles` and `visual builders` are taking over the HTML category too (see the top sellers in HTML category), i am wondering what will be happening next.

I will personally focus on building ultra fast, performing HTML templates with very few options but smart, modular code. I will target developers and not regular end users. There is a real niche for the future as more and more CMS allow you to integrate HTML templates with relative ease and make a performing, end-user friendly solution with it.

Good luck everyone!

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Just got offered to by my own template for $790 from a guy who stole it from me – Yay!!

\\ LOL this is a mad world.

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Welcome!

I really like your logo, made me happy just looking at it :)

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