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JeffreyWay says

I’ve been speaking with my boss about the idea of designer/developer collaborations to submit templates. For example, as he put it, to have a popular WordPress template on ThemeForest, you must be both an excellent designer AND an excellent coder.

I’d like to add a more official means to work together to develop themes. At the moment, authors are simply creating forum threads announcing that they need a designer or developer. Though this works, it’s a very sloppy method.

What if we implemented a system where you could choose an item from the PSD category, and then select an option to code it? Once you’ve done so, and have uploaded your item to the site template or WP category, the original author of the PSD would receive a percentage of each sale. Win win.

I personally love the idea, but it’s not without issues. Actually, there are several that I won’t go into.

So what are your ideas? Speaking as more of a coder than a designer, this is something that I’d love to see happen. :)

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DigitalHenry says

I love this idea Jeff. Seems like designers wouldn’t be limited to their coding knowledge is this actually happens. :) This is def something I’ll be looking forward to. Not only will you have the WP version of the PSD but the designer could also start learning how to code slowly by looking at the code of the PSD they created initially! Let’s make this happen!

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DDStudios says

Here’s how it could work.

Suppose I submit a PSD .. but I don’t want to code it. I can choose an option wich make that theme available to be coded.

So there could be a page showing all theme ready to be coded and then people could bet on them .. Exemple , they would bet : I want to give the PSD author 40% , or 50% etc etc …and the guy show a portfolio of stuff he coded.

Then the author choose someone based on the % he gave and his skills.

And the % of sales go directly in both authors account at every sales..

But who earn the $ made for the % raise .. I mean .. if someone code a WP for me .. I want my sales number and $ amount to go in my account so that I have bigger % and bigger exposure .. etc etc ..

Personnaly , this is not something I would do .. I prefer paying 1 time and then its done.

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jonathan01 says

Absolutely can we get this running by weeks end!? :) Seriously, this would be a more than welcomed addition to the markeplaces, and something that people have been asking for – I think it’s a no brainer.

I will add however, the percentage thing, I think it needs to be able to be set and agreed upon between the 2 parties – or that as a designer I can set the percentage of a sister product produced by another author and then it’s up to the other author to accept before he creates the new file – so I could set one at 10% another at 40% etc

Can’t wait for this though – this is the single most exciting thing to happen – even more important than the redesign in my opinion! :)

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jremick Staff says

Oh man, I would love to see this happen! I enjoy coding much more than designing (as I’m sure many others do as well) so I wouldn’t be surprised to see all the PSD ’s coded in a few weeks time, lol.

I imagine there would be an option to go from HTML to WP as well? Really looking forward to something like this Jeffrey! :-D

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JeffreyWay says

@jonathan – I agree. But remember that we’re just in the discussion stages right now. If we did launch such a service, it wouldn’t be until the new year – as things tend to shut down around the holidays. :) And it’s possible that this may never happen.

What if, when a designer uploads his PSD , he’s given a YES OR NO option to allow the design to be coded. He’d also have the ability to choose what percentage he’d require from each sale of the coded version?? Though – as I write this, I’m thinking that it might potentially be a bit of a nightmare for our devs. It might be better if it was just a flat rate. If a designer thinks it’s too low, he can simply opt out.

I think there really needs to be a way for the designer to choose which coder to work with…. It’s a tough one.

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Ivor Reviewer says
I think there really needs to be a way for the designer to choose which coder to work with…. It’s a tough one.

Set a list sorted by author / sales the designer select as much as possible – > the coder will see in his dashboard the PSD / HTML that he’s able to code. I don’t – just thinking :P

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simonbouchard says

@JeffreyWay, your coffee seems to be a good one.

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jonathan01 says

@JeffreyWay – my comment about weeks end was meant as a joke due to my enthusiasm :)

What about 3 levels of percentage:

20% author 40% author 60% author

and then there were not basically 99 options from 1 – 99% – maybe easier.

I totally agree that designers should be able to choose the coder – I personally would want to make sure I could choose, or how would I defend my designs from bad coding just because someone did a bad job.

Maybe there should also be an inspection of the finished item from the coder where the author of the design can see the submission and check an approval box – only then would it be submitted for review – I think it’s important – you may choose a great coder and yet for some reason he does something bad, then you will not have been able to stop the item before it went on sale.

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JeffreyWay says

@jonathan – Great points. I think the key problem will be making the system as automated as possible, while still giving the designer as much control over who he or she works with as possible.

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