My 2 cents – design is the functionality
If you can create something that is beautifully designed inside and out, you’ll do just fine.
I believe that list was created purely off of sales figures for themes created in the year of 2014. Super multi purpose themes sell well, it can’t be denied. I understand your frustrations though.
+1 for new category and pricing (i feel like a broken record saying this).
side note: Yay my theme came in at number 30
If envato is not seller, this also means envato is now only payment gateway that is taking 50-60% on each transaction.
Exactly and thats a huge problem. If we are the seller and Envato implement a bunch of tools for us to use and manage these issues, why exactly should I be giving them 30% of each sale (the rate of elite author). It should be much lower.
Just had a user purchase the wrong theme and asked me to refund him so he can purchase the right theme (both of the themes are mine, he got confused).
Until I can manage situations like this without envato getting involved they are the seller.
Sending emails is a sure fire way of NOT getting a response from THE top selling author on this marketplace. He would literally get a few hundred emails a day.
You should be using the comment system on themeforest.net to ask him questions if you cannot get into the support forum.
Envato is just setting the table for authors to start to look for other ways to sell their items. Granted that the new VAT rules are making it hard to sell digital goods anywhere, but this stance of making authors the sellers is an active choice on their part, when they could bite the bullet and do what’s best for their authors by taking responsibility as the seller. It’s a decision that could very well signal the end of their growth. I’m not saying this change will happen overnight, but this decision will almost certainly have an adverse impact on their business going forward. Authors are no longer comfortable with the idea that Envato is all about community and the well-being of its authors. You can’t claim that in your mission statement, and then do the complete opposite by carrying on a blatant lie about the authors being sellers. That’s something that’s not sitting well with me and a (I’d venture to guess) the vast majority of authors here.
It also has short term effects. I’ve been really unmotivated to continue working on updates, new items and being on top of support. I think my next item will be my last.
On a brighter note, this does mean I’ve been looking into starting a new business in 2015 Not really web related or anything but exciting nonetheless.
Because if one needs to deal with “negative consequences” then is better if we start to plan our move from this marketplace for the next year so in the end, when envato finishes to implement this core model, we are out of here. Waiting here for bad things to happen is not a sane choice to do.
Correct. It’s something that Im sure many authors have thought about (myself included).
Just got a new template approved, is a multipurpose template (not a multi theme template).
I have a complain about the price. Has the same price than niche templates. That’s one of the issues we are commenting here, setting a similar price for very different kind of products is not good for a healthy competition. That’s my opinion.I already submited a support ticket with id 121199
Yes but the issue here is the multi-theme templates. Multipurpose should be priced at a normal theme price. Anything can be multi-purpose technically. I personally think all WordPress themes should be over $50. The multi-theme ones being double that.
bump.. just to show some support for this. I don’t want to see this buried so easily.