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BenSheppard says

I’d put it this way

Yes. You can.

But I doubt anyone would go, hold on I can put money down and then pay the full amount in the future wow!

(You couldn’t take money off the price as you’d have to sell outside of themeforest, that would mean you’re not an exclusive author)

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azyrusmax says

But I doubt anyone would go, hold on I can put money down and then pay the full amount in the future wow!

I’m not saying that. I’m saying that – Interested buyers who want the theme can make a payment in advance and get the theme for free when it comes out.

Let me tell you an example – If you take a look at my Themeforest profile you can see the file “iPictures PSD” sold like 24 copies, and few of the buyer asking for a wordpress version. So I contacted a developer and asked him to make the Site template version then wordpress. But after publishing

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BenSheppard says


But I doubt anyone would go, hold on I can put money down and then pay the full amount in the future wow!

I’m not saying that. I’m saying that – Interested buyers who want the theme can make a payment in advance and get the theme for free when it comes out.

Let me tell you an example – If you take a look at my Themeforest profile you can see the file “iPictures PSD” sold like 24 copies, and few of the buyer asking for a wordpress version. So I contacted a developer and asked him to make the Site template version then wordpress. But after publishing

Sure, give it out for free but you can’t be an exclusive author so that means you have to drop to 30% instead of 50-70% commission

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azyrusmax says

But I doubt anyone would go, hold on I can put money down and then pay the full amount in the future wow!

I’m not saying that. I’m saying that – Interested buyers who want the theme can make a payment in advance and get the theme for free when it comes out.

Let me give you an example – If you take a look at my Themeforest profile you can see the file “iPictures PSD” sold like 24 copies, and few of the buyers asking for a wordpress version. So I contacted a developer and asked him to make the Site template version then wordpress. But after publishing the HTML, sales were so horrible :( it sold like 10 copies. The developer got mad, 1 month time of his works paid him just like that.

So he don’t want to take the risk of making wordpress version anymore, and I’m unable to contact other developer and because the first guy want profit from the wordpress version too, because it’s his base code.

I hope you understand what I’m trying to say, at least don’t pay the author in advance, but there should be 2 button which allows buyers to vote. Like -

1) I’ll buy the Site Template. 2) I’ll buy the WordPress Version

So at lease before starting work on a theme authors can get an estimate of sales.

Sorry I pressed enter before finishing this actual Post

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AlexFjord says
So he don’t want to take the risk of making wordpress version anymore, and I’m unable to contact other developer and because the first guy want profit from the wordpress version too, because it’s his base code.
Why not just find a different developer who cant start from scratch ignoring the need for the other guys base? To be fair the HTML as you said had very few sale sin nearly a month so I think your bigger issue is finding a developer who will commit all the time to build it based on a handful of people saying they would want it in WOP especially in such a specialist design.

I hope you understand what I’m trying to say, at least don’t pay the author in advance, but there should be 2 button which allows buyers to vote. Like – 1) I’ll buy the Site Template. 2) I’ll buy the WordPress Version So at lease before starting work on a theme authors can get an estimate of sales.
This would never work properly – people change their mind, time changes people’s preferences – if it is really popular for WP then the comments section and HTML version sales already shows its potential.
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BenSheppard says

Well if you only made 10 sales you’d probably have only 1 / 2 investors max so would you even make the template if only 1 / 2 people wanted it

although it does pose a nice idea it’d never work due to restrictions of exclusive author

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PixelBin says

Or you could just learn how to code a theme and do it yourself the way you want it and keep 100% of the commission. Avoid reinventing the wheel as if your themes will be worth investing in and waiting rather just grabbing a finished theme off the shelf. Don’t take it personally, it just doesn’t make sense when there’s thousands of themes that are almost 100% likely to look like yours.

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