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Orbital_Themes says

Hello everyone!

Is it now allowed to upload a theme with documentation in online-only form? I will be uploading a theme with pretty complex documentation and maintaining all the files offline will be a huge pain in the ass. Last time I released a theme there was this requirement to include documentation in the theme package. I hope that this has changed now!

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zmaad says

Hi,

Creating online documentation for a complex theme would indeed require a mass amount of time,

If you look at the following link: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/352

3. Create a help file:

This should include concise instructions on installation, customization and use, written in English and formatted as a .pdf, .doc, .txt, or HTML document. Keep in mind that buyers may have little to no familiarity with design software, so incorporate clear explanations and visuals when necessary. You may create a screencast or flash instructions in addition to, but not instead of, text instructions.

It does not state you are required to include it within the theme folder but it does state HTML document and html can be a page to your docs.

Hope that helps.

Alex

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manuelvega says

I think its not chage , its required a local doc :P

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zmaad says

Maybe a member of the Envato staff could let us know.

Alex

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mad_dog says

Offline documentation is 100% required.

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zmaad says

Offline documentation is 100% required.

Thanks for the heads up mad_dog :)

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Orbital_Themes says

Thanks for your replies! I think I will include a basic documentation in the theme package to satisfy ThemeForest requirements and will add a huge info box at the top with link to my WordPress-based knowledge base with more advanced topics in it.

BTW I think that the offline documentation requirement should be cancelled. If someone works on a website he probably should be connected to the internet. Docs for WP themes can be pretty complex and it’s easier to maintain them online with a CMS.

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Gareth_Gillman says

I don’t believe it’s needed local, as I bought 2 themes last week, and both are online only docs (open the local documentation html and it opens the website (uses a meta redirect).

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Orbital_Themes says

I don’t believe it’s needed local, as I bought 2 themes last week, and both are online only docs (open the local documentation html and it opens the website (uses a meta redirect).

Now you’ve got me confused. :( Can someone from staff chime in and confirm this?

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