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studioself says

RSVPs are gone, but are you accepting people wedding crasher style? I live in Santa Monica and would love to attend.

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studioself says

A quick note on a feature that MUST be incorporated in Microlancer. An option to post jobs and the ability to accept bids on these jobs. It is the developers we are looking to hire who know if they posses the required skills for our jobs. As our jobs may surgical, it should not be that we must contract freelancers based on a broad subject line qualification such as “wordpress customization” and hope for a match – or shotgun-messages a number of them with our proposal in an effort to do the same. Honestly, I think Microlancer has effectively put the horse before the buggy.

The possibly ground-breaking potential that I do see with Microlancer is that it could be used by those who utilize Envato marketplaces. From the perspective of a TF buyer: Imagine having the ability to have the developers of the theme you just purchased be contracted to do custom work outside of scope of “support” – via Microlancer. Who better to hire than the very developers of the theme? This would also be perfect for theme sellers. Buyers could see that the which developers are willing to do custom work and make a decision to buy or not based upon that. The potential for Microlancer could be realized by tying it into the Envato Marketplace as a whole. I see potential and will add to this thread as the ideas come to me.

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studioself says

These days every time I work with a different WP theme from TF. I almost feel like I am re-learning how to use WP and whenever I change a theme I pretty much have to redesign the entire website from scratch – Not terribly bad for static pages – but a nightmare scenario when it comes to blog entities do to the shear number of them. Talk about feeling stuck with an old theme.

MultiSite: I run a Multi-site that functions much like wordpress.com. I offer some themes to my end-users as “premium” themes. Absolutely none of those themes are from ThemeForst. I simply can’t offer them because these days all of the themes function so vastly differently than all of the other themes. My average users: those who want to build their own website fairly quickly and easily – those that WP was made for – would be totally lost if they were to try to work with many TF themes and even more lost if they were to ever wanted to switch themes – because they would have to re-learn the interface.

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studioself says

For what it’s worth that system of updates to themes could never work here as envato don’t own the files and authors have the right to remove or drop updating of a file whenever they feel like it so there is no way for the system to ensure on going modification.

You really cannot compare themes and plugins – the difference in the amount of work that goes into creating them originally is huge let alone the amount of work involved in “updating” an entire theme to up to date web standards and technology over tweaking a plugin to comply. It maybe that some themes are not built for new tech and to update them would be a colossal job where are the simpler natures of a plugins code (in general) is far easier to tweak and adapt.

I am afraid this is all why you have yet to or ever will likely find a site (at least not one with more than a handful of top quality designs) that operate sin this system.

It’s kind of sad to know, but thank you for informing me. I appreciate your well articulated take on the situation. It’s makes sense and is a contribution to the forums – as opposed to some of the other responses here.

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studioself says

I knew when I went to bed last night that I should hop back on here to clarify ideas on payment. Simply: I would pay be happy to pay a membership/upgrade cost for a theme that never went out of style. I have a membership with a company who supplies a specialized set of plugins (and themes – but mostly plugins) for WP. They always update keep the plugins up to date. They also have themes but they don’t keep those up to date. I have not found a single company that offers themes that evolve with the times but I have found plenty that offer plugins that do.

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studioself says

Today My Theme Feels So ”Yesterday”. When I purchased my theme a year ago it featured the latest, greatest and sexiest styles. The functionality was perfect. But now, it’s old news and it looks like I have to buy the one of the developers newer themes to keep my site current.

Now I could go on all day about why it’s important to stay current – but as theme developers you know them all. So I won’t. I am going to share with you the thread that I shared with my current theme developer – pointing out the fact that I would rather have an “evolution” every month over a “revolution” every year. It follows:

Developer* One can almost see the evolution of web standards in your catalog. This is in a compliment – I believe that you at Developer* are some of the best WP (and certainly the best Buddypress) developers around. But this fact also points out the problem: You may “upgrade” and support your themes as Wordpress (and the web) changes, but you don’t EVOLVE the themes. The differences between your first WP theme Name* – and your most recent – Name* are absolutely massive.

It seems to me that If I want the latest and greatest Developer* has to offer (in offering my visitors the best experience possible) I have to buy Developer* themes as they are released. I purchased ThisTheme* a while ago and I feel like it could/should be overhauled to meet the web standards of today. It seems to me that Developer* will only be offering WP compatibility fixes in the form of newer versions.

ThisTheme* was cool a couple years ago and today I feel like I have to buy NewTheme* to replace it. It’s going to be an incredible amount of work. My website is going to be up, down and everything in between during the process. I could go on all day about the headaches of completely overhauling my Wordpress+Multisite+Buddypress+BBPress website, but I won’t. I just wonder why I am being forced to do it now, and unless Developer* policies change – again sooner rather than later.

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studioself says

I am developing a website development platform and community – a “blog network” -but more… Anyway, I am still working on the foundation and I am looking for themes to offer my users – both free options and premium – like Wordpress.com. I am having trouble finding themes to use. Also: I would very much like a to use a selection of themes that are packaged for all the right reasons. I need that are pretty lightweight and easy to work with – easy for my users as opposed to a developer. I would like to offer themes / a theme package with functionality and design that is better than the popular themes at Wordpress.org, but not so advanced that each theme is vastly different and each requiring custom admin features and such.

Can somebody PLEASE point me in the right direction.

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studioself says

I am looking for some suggestions and some people have really helped me in my search. THAT ’s what I am looking for here. Thanks!

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studioself says

Took me all this time to find one that absolutely BLEW MY SOCK OFF , but this:

http://themeforest.net/item/kin-minimalist-photography-wordpress-template/full_screen_preview/123713

This is EXACTLY the type of theme I am talking about when I say artistic for models, photographers, actors and the like. The sites are not supposed to look like blogs at all, but rather to showcase the product, which in most cases, is my client.

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studioself says

http://themeforest.net/user/Kriesi/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/Parallelus/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/cudazi/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/DDStudios/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/peerapong/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/Hein/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/themeblvd/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/IvorPadilla/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/cwz000/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/freshface/portfolio
http://themeforest.net/user/duotive/portfolio
check out theses authors all have great themes

Wow. Great list and totally unbiased. Just what I was looking for. I think I will do like a master list of say 15-20, then review a few individually and spread it all over my blog like I have been an expert on themeforest for years ;) That should be some good spider food, relevant content and even if I don’t get a contract to build a site using the theme; I will still get a commission. AWESOME Protfolio themes!

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