Posts by simonswiss

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simonswiss
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:D

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simonswiss
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have they fixed the issue of finding old posts yet, it doesn’t work when i hover over my pic

It only works when you are in the forum – not if you over over your icon on your profile page or elsewhere..

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Good luck with your researches..

Thanks! Sounds like you’ve been there before and it didn’t run all that smoothly?

Hopefully i don’t get too many cases of “my hard drive died” like i read in a few threads :)

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Hi all!

Few months ago, i was posting here begging for work, as i was at an all-time low with no work coming my way. Here i am now facing an overload of demand and i can’t handle everything by myself.

Rollercoaster. Perks of freelancing!

Anyway – I am trying to focus on my bigger clients and offload smaller projects to someone who would be capable to do a clean work off a ThemeForest theme chosen by the client. What i am looking for mostly is somebody able to integrate the client’s content (text + photos + special needs) with an eye for design. In other words, the final product should still look as pretty as the ThemeForest demo :)

Ideally, i am looking for someone in the Asia / Oceania timezones, since i am based in Sydney, to facilitate communication. But that said, i would still consider somebody from anywhere, if the attitude and communication is right!

I am looking for someone who can understand a brief quickly, take initiatives and responsibilities with confidence and deliver a solid product.

I don’t expect you to create custom plugins or have A-grade PHP skills, but i need you to have a good understanding of design and visual balance, as well as to know how to properly customise a WP theme (child theme etc.).

I have no guarantee on the amount of work i would be providing (i am a freelancer, once again), but i can guarantee that if you do a good job, i will be coming right back at you with the next one! :)

If you think you’re up for it, shoot me a line via my contact form!

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simonswiss
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Also for WP or Html, can I make only one site with the template or can I create multiple sub-sites with it?

With both HTML or WP template, you can only do one website with one licence. If you want to make another website, you need to purchase another licence.

Quick Summary of Advantages for both WP and HTML

WordPress

  • no coding skills needed to create a post, upload images, manage your content.
  • Abundance of plugins available to extend / add functionality
  • Enormous online community, which means that when you have a problem, the answer to it is available somewhere on the web 99% of the time.

HTML

  • No database, no software updates.
  • Virtually no maintenance / upkeep once it’s set up
  • Faster page loading (no requests to the database to output page, the content is ready to display
  • No server needed – site can be hosted pretty much anywhere for very cheap or even free (dropbox, Amazon S3, github-pages…)
  • backups, migration and version control are much easier to handle

Good luck!

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I was the featured author the week after ThemeBeans, and i can second that it had zero impact on my traffic / sales

Actually this was one of my worst week in my TF ‘career’ – probably because of the blend of a new checkout form with mandatory address fields and the inclusion of the VAT.

I cannot tell you what made them select me. Actually i had been very distant from TF for a couple of months (too much work, no time for TF forums or item creation), and booom i receive the notification i am the selected author!

Good luck!

708 posts
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After all those years, if (some) customers are still confused whether they are buying an HTML Template or a WordPress Theme on themeForest, then it’s obvious that there is a “userExperince/interface” design problem that still keeps the situation confusing for them. By default it should be more clear what they are buying (I am talking about the information of itemDescription Pages’ right side, independent from the file’s creator. Maybe a default sign that “Not a WordPress Theme”)

To be honest, on my first visit to ThemeForest years ago, when i was looking for a WP theme and discovered TF through a blog post link, i browsed for a while and assumed everything was WP themes in there. I ended up purchasing an HTML template without paying attention. I can see how someone who focuses on the demos and not the description / menu links could be tricked on the first visit.

That said, i realised very quickly that it was an HTML template, and certainly did not consider asking for a refund and give a bad rating.. I just thought to myself “lol what a fool am i :D”.

I do clarify on all my HTML templates that they are not WP themes (and the demo images are not included) but i get so many “please help, stylesheet missing” support requests it’s no funny..

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simonswiss
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Is there anything Envato can do about this? Or do i have to accept it?

My wild guess is support will not remove the rating and tell you that this is not breaking any rule of the review guidelines and suggest you take it as a constructive review that will help you build a better product.. :S

PS: Lol at the “I am fairly experience with WP” and “horrible install process, CSS stylesheet missing” :D

708 posts
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  • Had an item featured in an Envato Bundle
  • Has sold $10,000+ on Envato Market
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simonswiss
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Can I enter as demo url a link to a site hosted on altervista? Will be accepted?

Your item can be hosted anywhere as long as people can access it / view it in their browser.

Like Ivor mentioned, file storage services like dropbox or Amazon S3 are great places to host static HTML sites.

But any server that works for the public (as in you can see your template on the internet) will be acceptable for a demo URL for your item.

708 posts
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
  • Won a competition
  • Had an item featured in an Envato Bundle
  • Has sold $10,000+ on Envato Market
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simonswiss
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Hi guys!

Any of you authors addicted to surfing (as in riding ocean waves, not surfing the web!)?

I personally migrated from Switzerland to Australia to leave near the ocean, and a major driving force in that decision was the concept to be able to surf every day, before or after work.

I find myself being the most creative / productive right after a good surf session – it hits the refresh button on my body and mind like nothing else in this world.

I lived in the Gold Coast for a while and i was absolutely loving it. Then my wife found some work in Sydney so we moved down the coast.

Sydney is a great place to surf, but not so great to be an envato author – life is crazy expensive down here and you must be racking up a whole lot of sales before it can become your day job!

As a result i struggle to surf during the week because i am working so much, and i feel my productivity going down progressively.. i need to find my balance back!

What about you, fellow surfer envato author? Where do you live and how do you enjoy the surfing / envato item creating combo?

Aloha!

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