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danyno45 says

2 years ago i bought my first Wordpress theme on Themeforest, and i asked a basic css related question, the author forwarded me to a furebug tutorial, ever since i have bought several themes and never asked any css or html questions again.

Themeforest should have a friendly tutorial link on how to use firebug after each items purchased, that would save a lot of time to authors answering questions like “how do i change background color” instead of designing great themes.

http://getfirebug.com/

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crozer says

Definitely. Maybe as a simple ‘getting started’ sort-of link, together with the purchase-confirmation mail.

Simply providing them with a link to FireBug wouldn’t really work; however, a nice FAQs collection and a comprehensive guide might do the trick.

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Chris

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jonathan01 says

You know for a few months now I have wanted to write some beginner “no bull” pdf docs to give with my themes and templates / emails / landing pages etc that will be a straight to the point no frills “how do I do it” plus recommended websites / tuts and examples – just haven’t had the time yet – but REALLY think this is an excellent idea – just basic stuff like “what is Firebug” and show em how to use it to find a class and alter a color etc etc – I think buyers (and authors) would be VERY happy to see something from Envato… but I doubt it will happen as they just pass people to the tuts sites that, are great, but not always the basics buyers may need.

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ugotsta says

There’s also Google Chrome’s CSS inspection, which is pretty amazing in my opinion, because it’s included with the browser so no separate plugin download, or separate plugin update, is required.

Given that much, it would certainly be easier to guide people through the process if they didn’t have to first install a plugin.

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organicbee says

You know for a few months now I have wanted to write some beginner “no bull” pdf docs to give with my themes and templates / emails / landing pages etc that will be a straight to the point no frills “how do I do it” plus recommended websites / tuts and examples – just haven’t had the time yet – but REALLY think this is an excellent idea – just basic stuff like “what is Firebug” and show em how to use it to find a class and alter a color etc etc – I think buyers (and authors) would be VERY happy to see something from Envato… but I doubt it will happen as they just pass people to the tuts sites that, are great, but not always the basics buyers may need.

I think itd be a good idea for authors to get together and put a site up dedicated to the simple questions and maybe some advanced stuff pretty much like a wiki everyone could link to in there docs, I dont see Envato putting something like this together anytime soon(theyve got alot on there plates as is)

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KiaJavid says

+1 Definitely good idea.

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MushinDesign says

That’s a great idea, could even just do a very short screencast showing how to install Firebug, inspect an element on the site, edit it and identify what file and class/id it is they’re editing.

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