I have few questions and points about the new standards;
1) I am quitly changing, editing my framework and shortcodes when developing a new theme. So, after the new rules i have to include a couple of plugins for each theme. They will be named like; a shortcode pack for theme x, a shortcode pack for theme y, a shortcode pack for theme z and they will be useless for any other theme in the market. And also my all “average wp user” buyers will confuse while installing / updating the themes since they bought them to have a website like the demo they saw without much effort.
2) I have no problem to improve the quality of my themes but to make them compatible with those new standards (shortcodes to plugins) is not “maintenance” it is “coding from scratch”. It is not possible to make it in 8 weeks or in a year, even if possible how i am going to survive without releasing new themes during the update time. So, guys please do not force the existing themes for the new standards it might be destructive for authors who has themes more than 4-5 multipurpose, “all in one” alike themes.
3) I cannot imagine how many support request that i will need to answer when i do that. Three times more support time maybe more. We can’t handle it even i hire new support staffs.
4) What if a theme lets add buttons, layouts, etc. as an HTML code directly via a button on the editor. http://rttheme17.demo-rt.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/editor-buttons.png
5) What if a theme has an embedded template builder that uses some of theme’s shortcodes to build layouts? http://rttheme17.demo-rt.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Template-Builder-1.png When a user opts out to not installing the shortcode plugin, most of the template builder functions won’t work, so i will need to duplicate some functions. A code trash!
I am cool with the improving codes and overall quality but if you guys force the existing themes, whatever time period do you offer, i will delete my older themes and will keep just 3-4 of them that sells still enough. And it is not fair for my tens of thousands buyers who trusted me to keep the themes up to date. I am even updating some of my themes that is not selling two copies in a month. I hope you get the point.
To summarize, the new rules will going to punish old authors and buyers. This is not going to kill trust of the marketplace but it will hurt very badly.
Let’s hope the best for us all.
You need to update the theme with the latest version! But I don’t know how you can do it because as I see you don’t have purchased any theme yet! Anyway, I hope you did with another account and post your next question to the item dashboard or our support forum at http://support-rt.com
I think it’s an excellent idea! Especially combining with PhoneDune items would be so useful!
I might be really impatient, but I’m sure I’m not the only one here dying to hear some news and if I’m correct, Thursday is ending in Melbourne office
+1, very exiting
Although I think my latest theme might simply not be appealing to customers, it was really a shock when it vanished from the homepage after just 2 days. Thats a very very small exposure time and barely enough to end up at the popular items section. Looking at the list of previous approved items I see quite a few gems that with a little more time on the front would have easily made the popular items section but now probably wont.
So for now, a quality requirement increase might fix that problem but in the long run I am not sure if the current homepage concept will work out well.Its a little like back in the days when codecanyon didn’t exist, only that nowadays tons of html themes flood the marketplace…
I feel very similar to Kriesi on this. I often see themes that are quite nice but just off the mark. With small changes they could be exceptional. I’m not sure if changing the quality requirement would make a difference. It’s possible this is a skill or experience issue.I think it’s good we’re discussing it. There may be a solution we’re not seeing yet. My goal isn’t to push out competition with higher standards. Some of the top selling authors of 2011 weren’t even part of the marketplace in 2010 so there’s plenty of room for new authors. However, I am getting very tired of the copycat activity. If there was one area of the standards I would like to see improved most, this would be it.
You don’t need to buy as an author, they have a certification program http://wpml.org/documentation/theme-compatibility/go-global-program/