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FRESHFACE
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@kailoon See, when you do some big free update with lots of changes to lots of files and add a few completely new great features, I sometimes get buyer’s comments like this one:

Wow, so I spent about 20 hours finessing and tweaking the CSS to perfect the old version to my liking and now it seems like I have to do it ALL OVER AGAIN , the css files are a lot different.

It can be quite discouraging to be honest. There is this saying in my country “Pro dobrotu na žebrotu” which means something like “Ending up in poverty while trying to do a good things for people”.

I usually provide changelog with file lists but if the update is really big and game changing (framework rearrangements etc), I just can’t do it. And it’s sad that somebody can’t understand that.

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kailoon
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@kailoon See, when you do some big free update with lots of changes to lots of files and add a few completely new great features, I sometimes get buyer’s comments like this one:
Wow, so I spent about 20 hours finessing and tweaking the CSS to perfect the old version to my liking and now it seems like I have to do it ALL OVER AGAIN , the css files are a lot different.

It can be quite discouraging to be honest. There is this saying in my country “Pro dobrotu na žebrotu” which means something like “Ending up in poverty while trying to do a good things for people”.

I usually provide changelog with file lists but if the update is really big and game changing (framework rearrangements etc), I just can’t do it. And it’s sad that somebody can’t understand that.
I understand that, I just started to use the new framework and changelogs for my theme. So far, the buyers have no problem with it. They can choose to use it or keep the old version. Actually, if you add more features, it is more like 1 price for 2 themes. Get what I mean? :)
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Ivor
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I understand that, I just started to use the new framework and changelogs for my theme. So far, the buyers have no problem with it. They can choose to use it or keep the old version. Actually, if you add more features, it is more like 1 price for 2 themes. Get what I mean? :)

You’re doing a great job man, I love how you’ve organized that change log. Would you mind to share with us a link of how to implement the update notification via the dashboard? :)

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kailoon
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I understand that, I just started to use the new framework and changelogs for my theme. So far, the buyers have no problem with it. They can choose to use it or keep the old version. Actually, if you add more features, it is more like 1 price for 2 themes. Get what I mean? :)
You’re doing a great job man, I love how you’ve organized that change log. Would you mind to share with us a link of how to implement the update notification via the dashboard? :)
Hmm.. Ok, I will post it on my blog. Give me some times to prepare it.
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duotive
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dashboard widget, right?

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_rg_
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The dashboard widget part is quite simple:


function do_my_custom_dashboard() {

   echo "<h1>put here anything...</h1>";

}

function my_dashboard() {
    wp_add_dashboard_widget('my_widget_id', 'My Own Dashboard Widget!!', 'do_my_custom_dashboard');
}

add_action('wp_dashboard_setup', 'my_dashboard' );

There you can put anything and as Kailoon said: just a simple php check and CSS .

Also you can remove those widgets nobody needs :), like:

function remove_dashboard_widgets() {
      global $wp_meta_boxes;
      unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['normal']['core']['dashboard_plugins']);
}
add_action('wp_dashboard_setup', 'remove_dashboard_widgets' );

So, :)

Now, the part to make some plugin to let the user “click and update”... mmm there yes, i don´t know and i guess it must be something with the envanto api and things like that to ensure the user really purchase the file and those things, right?

http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_add_dashboard_widget

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CodeSwift
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Is there a way to see who bought your template or whatever or another way to get in touch with your buyers?

I did update my Site Template because i found a little bug (IE related).

And i really want to keep my buyers up to date..

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Pixelworkshop
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No you can’t but you can add a list of your updates in the item description.

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No you can’t but you can add a list of your updates in the item description.

Too bad, but a good tip!

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premiumwd
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I actually thought to share this with you for users wanting to have an update notification for your users to download a newer version of your theme; to actually answer this post. :P

http://wplift.com/notify-your-theme-users-about-updates-in-their-dashboard

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