Apparently some other theme-selling marketplace available, let’s just call it HoHo so we can keep the thread clean, is not installed along with new Wordpress installs if you’re doing them through the cpanel on some hosting companies (BlueHost, Hostgator). That could be really harmful for Themeforest and the TF exclusive authors.
This is all that I could find online:
I think part of the agreement Hoho is making with hosting providers is that the Hoho Marketplace is part of the install package.What’s your take on this? https://www.dropbox.com/s/7u3kacnz11wminp/Screenshot%202014-06-17%2012.39.47.png
Harmful? It’s harmful that TF doesn’t have anything like this, but it’s just a competition.
I’ve seen it couple times when I log into customers’ dashboard for support, so even if they have this ‘feature’ they still use themes from ThemeForest But kudos for HoHo, it’s great marketing move, too bad ThemeForest didn’t use that idea. One of the top authors here also use/used similar thing, each theme added another page to dashboard that listed other themes from this author.
Only Quality sells,no matter what the marketplace is
@drsankarl – That’s not quite the truth. For somebody who is not a pro dev, they can only see the user interface which usually good on any given marketplace.
- Attended a Community Meetup
- Author had a File in an Envato Bundle
- Author has had an Item Featured
- Author was Featured
- Bought between 1 and 9 items
- Contributed a Tutorial to a Tuts+ Site
- Exclusive Author
- Has attended an Envato Live event
- Has been a member for 5-6 years
HoHo is owned by EIG now, the same company that purchased HostGator, BlueHost and A Small Orange and more over the past few years.http://www.enduranceinternational.com/our-company/our-brands
They bought HoHo with the intention of integrating it directly into the cPanel and WP admin of their hosting companies. This has been in the works for a while, it just takes time to get everything built and integrated with a service and system this size.
I don’t really think HoHo’s new integration is going to effect ThemeForest;
ThemeForest has an enormous community that is already here – HoHo doesn’t. The most popular item on HoHo only has 2.5k sales – that is nothing compared to the amount TF gets. They charge for the ridiculous things like demo content.
Ultimately I don’t think anyone is going to just buy a site inside their cPanel – similar solutions have been available from hosts in the past where you could buy a “site theme” right there – not with WordPress, but it was still unsuccessful.