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mpc Volunteer moderator says

Hi, I have recently released new themes and as I looks at the sales on the front page they are really really slow most items get 1-3 sales before they leave front page. My question is what happened? Is the market full and the demand for themes dropped? Or maybe it is just because of a summer time? I am asking not to complain about my sales just curious whats your input on this matter :)

This is sad because I see a lot of items (very good items) which get few sales and thats all…

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ThemeBeans says

I believe two things. One, people aren’t sure about 3.6 compatibility (which is not really a big deal from well coded 3.5.x ready themes) and secondly I believe the billion options/sliders/home page layouts/ect. fan-base is tired of buying themes that they can never get working right – so they’re either frustrated or buying simpler themes that are a bit older.

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pezflash says

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Alexlasek says

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IMO, that’s the true answer!

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wickedpixel says

Summer was not invented for work! :P

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wiseguys says

I’m always broke in the summer :D

- Chris

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digitalscience says

“The dream is collapsing” – Inception 8) ThemeForest has reached it’s bubble breaking point (for a while now)

Envato needs to do one of two things 1) Slow down the review process, ie approve each theme a set amount of time apart, or a set amount of themes approved per day, like 5 max. Or 2) Redesign the site for the amount of traffic it’s getting to allow better exposure for newer files, and improve search. (Apparently this is the pipeline since a couple years ago :P )

Or we can just watch the stream of new files flow into the abyss, come now Envato ;)

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digitalscience says

“Trending new items row” of 10 items.. pop that on the home page.. problem solved – won’t ‘spoil’ the home page layout at all – why not just add something like that?! why not? WHY NOT ENVATO :crying: imagine how exciting it would be to watch that row for new trending files on a daily basis..just imagine.. IMAGINE THE EXCITEMENT :chuckle: ... waiting a week to see popular files has become cliche, we want to see DAILY trends, DAILY stats, INTUITIVE search results, let’s kick things up a GEAR ENVATO…

I feel like I’ve been saying this for like the last 5 years – guys.. other sites have these features, why not Envato?? Surely can’t be a lack of funding issue ;)

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doru says

Envato needs to do one of two things 1) Slow down the review process, ie approve each theme a set amount of time apart, or a set amount of themes approved per day, like 5 max.

this will be bad. There are many authors and their items should be checked on item quality not on a maximum fixed x day based system. If you design something now but you have to wait 3 months to get approved A) your design will be outdated when the item will be on sale B) you just find another marketplace

Instead, items should be reviewed in the shorten amount of time but with great care on quality.

Is not that wordpress has died or themeforest will blow but just that authors, the marketplace and the buyers evolved. The time is gone for random features, approximate coding, no standards.

With the new move from envato to ensure higher quality for themes we will see a lot of themes just going away, and the marketplace will be cleaned. Many authors probably they will just chose to develop a new item instead of going back and fix some theme that was wrongly build from the start. Other may not even know how to fix their theme and just get their item deleted.

Don’t know if envato staff will have the balls to drastically kill theme after theme or will close an eye on minor deviation from the standards they will start to enforce in a month or two from now. it will be an interesting time to see. :)

please see diagram below for a quick overview of the future months. Far away, on the field, we see themes and authors that don’t respect new envato wordpress standards. Near us a bunch of brave reviewers and other helpful staff are cleaning up the marketplace

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digitalscience says

^ Well it’s actually easy to implement and won’t effect quality or waiting time for the author…. basically there can be a two staged approval queue… stage one is the reviewer queue, once a file is approved it will sit in the second stage queue which is automated to put one approved file LIVE on the site for sale after x amount of hours… maybe it could also not put files live on the weekend aswell. This will allow things to be SUPER fair for new author files from now on and in the distant future, and exposure time won’t be an issue as it will always be a set amount of exposure time per file.

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