Posts by simonswiss

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simonswiss says

Thanks for the kind words @prestahome :)

I ported my latest MODX theme into WP (it’s on the WP developer’s account, not mine). TF hard rejected it saying it was too simple / minimal, so a beautiful, simple theme had to be turned into a “viral video” theme to be able to be accepted.

So now it looks like a clean, presentation theme who’s core purpose is to allow video sharing like viral sites..

Guess what, it sells like poo and was a lot of time invested for very minimal outcomes.

There is ONE exception of one beautifully simple blogging theme in the best sellers page of WP. Hats off to @solopine for giving everyone the hope that it is possible to succeed with a simple theme with no bloat.

If multi-purpose themes can do EVERYTHING and they are the last theme we will ever need to buy – why is there the need to have 300 of theme in ThemeForest? And add 3-4 of them each and every day? I just don’t get it.

On the other hand, they are shutting down minimal blog themes (alla Ghost themes) with the reason that they have too many of them. But they welcome multi-blot with wide open arms.

:(

675 posts
  • Won a competition
  • Had an item featured in an Envato Bundle
  • Has sold $10,000+ on Envato Market
  • Located in Australia
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simonswiss says

Thanksgiving -> Christmas -> New Year -> Slow Recovery -> Valentines Day -> Easter -> Summer Holidays -> Halloween -> Thanksgiving.. + a few envato bundles in-between. There is always something :(

Just like @Anps said, the steep curve down to the ground is making all my dreams of long-term success on ThemeForest vanish. There is no way i am jumping in the multi-purpose bloat theme war, and this seems that those are the only ducks getting fed these days.

My sales go down with each item i release, and the items are out of homepage in a few hours. I am back to doing 100% client work for now as i don’t see any realistic opportunity to make a decent earning with decent items that serve one simple purpose for one client.

Looks like the beautiful ecosystem of Envato has reached its peak (for the vast majority of authors and community) and it’s going to collapse on itself, only to keep the ultra power elite authors and sending a couple of them on the moon when they reach the ultimate elite status.

675 posts
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  • Has sold $10,000+ on Envato Market
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simonswiss says

I have noticed that “Something went wrong” page many many times over the last few weeks indeed.

Also, the text invites user to click on these “bright big shiny buttons” which are… text links. :D

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simonswiss says

The low ratings will themselves punish him (and you) since it will probably slow down the sales. Like mentioned above, the guy might go through a little rough patch, see if you can help in any way.

The big risk with having items on your account that you are not yourself capable of supporting is that you put your reputation (ratings) at risk and out of your hands.

Hope things resolve in the best possible way for all involved!

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simonswiss says

This is the tricky part – when you have no idea how long something will take you. As you go along, you slowly understand what you’re capable to do in what time, and it becomes easier to put a price on the project.

Try dissect your project in micro-tasks. Homepage. Contact page. Specific functionality. Email accounts on server. Domain name purchase, etc.. It will help you get a better idea on the total time it would take, and also justify your price to the client.

You could start by asking your client what their budget range is (mention you’re considering different approaches depending on the budget size), it can be a good indication of where you can shoot at (although i don’t think you’ve got many “approaches strategies” if you’re just beginning.

Whatever you do, make sure you do it the right way and not a quick dirty hack. If you’re on WP, create a child theme to start with. Learn how to work with the functions.php file to include scripts / modify functionality instead of overriding everything. Take time to learn, it will make maintaining the site easier and save you from some future troubles (“Hey, i updated my theme and everything you had customised is lost – please help asap!”)..

675 posts
  • Won a competition
  • Had an item featured in an Envato Bundle
  • Has sold $10,000+ on Envato Market
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simonswiss says

First of all, try to write in english, you’ll get more answers. Tu auras davantage de chances d’avoir une réponse si tu écris en Anglais sur ce forum..

Second, don’t bump your thread after 2 hours, that will make people a bit irritated..

Regarding the price, it’s up to you to figure out what your hourly rate should be, then estimate how many hours it will take to customise the theme for the client and issue a price quote with these two parameters in mind.

There is no right or wrong rate for a project, it really depends on your personal situation (bills to pay, family, cost of living, side gig or full time job, ...).

Make sure you include a couple of extra hours in the billing to cover the server installation, basic coaching on how to use the website and the all-so-famous “minor changes” that the client will ask you to do.

Hope it helps, good luck!!

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simonswiss says

This mania has now gangrened into the HTML category too – suddenly you need 50+ homepage demos to compete with the growing family of multi-purpose HTML templates.. :(

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simonswiss says

Thursday afternoon..

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:(((

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simonswiss says

My last sale was almost… 100 hours ago. Friday night. It’s almost wednesday here in Australia.

This is depressing :(

675 posts
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simonswiss says

I really like the white bg on Envato Studio so i can understand why the change seems appealing. Now i just wish i didn’t pick a white background for my presentation images :D

No big deal for me, i don’t have that many items anyway!

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