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romu says

Hola!,

i would like to start a little public dispute on the following question:

What are WordPress users are mostly looking for in a custom theme ?

Every critique is welcome whether you´re a personal user or professional designer/developer.

I am really excited to hear some suggestions! (Image Sliders, Custom Plugins, widgets, administrative theme options… whats hawt? )

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dejans7 says

Well, IMO there is no definite answer to this question because every buyer has different needs. Someone needs corporate theme, someone needs theme to showcase his video works, someone needs theme for an e-shop etc…

So basically you should just use some common sense while creating the theme and while you are thinking about which features to implement, you should look at things from buyers perspective and ask yourself often the following question:
“if i purchase this theme for xxxx would this feature help me, is it really useful?”

Because you can easily “lose yourself” and just start throwing in some features that you think are cool or something, while they aren’t useful at all.

And that’s why it helps to visualize your theme before starting and to decide it’s main purpose, because later on, during development you can easily decide which feature to include and which not.

Maybe not the answer you expected, but hey :P

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tonvie says

Dowload a few of the best themes or best admin panels like (Infocus, Breeze, and Nesnel etc.) and do everything they do THEN add a couple new features :)

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ThemeProvince says

Provide localisation support.

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romu says

Well, IMO there is no definite answer to this question because every buyer has different needs.

Ok i understand, there are specific features that tend to diferent user needs. Sure for e.g some photographer may not need any video functionality…

So it´s better to aim on a specific “niche” (target group) when start making themes ? How do you start before creating any theme, do you always try to include as many features, theme options, different styles and so on as possible?

I think most freelancers or even professional companys here are trying to reach a broad audience as possible (potential for many sales) hm? Otherwise you could sell a “unique” product depending on your client needs and get paid well for it.

I ask, cause i am planning to sell some stuff on the envato market places and try to find out if its worth it.

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tonvie says

Few more

  • Self hosted audio/video support throughout site and in slider
  • Sortable Portfolio
  • Proper use of heading tags for SEO
  • Left or right sidebar
  • Boxed or full-width layout (if your design lends itself to that of course)
  • Fully customizable home page w/slider
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    romu says

    Few more
  • Self hosted audio/video support throughout site and in slider
  • Sortable Portfolio
  • Proper use of heading tags for SEO
  • Left or right sidebar
  • Boxed or full-width layout (if your design lends itself to that of course)
  • Fully customizable home page w/slider
  • thanks tonvie, usefull suggestions you mentioned.

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    duotive says

    Self hosted audio/video support throughout site and in slider
    This is the hardest one to get :) we hired a freelancer for a video player on our future theme. :)
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    romu says

    btw, if doing a mashup (wordpress+static html template) for a corporate business template should include blogging (so wordpress).

    Are there common ways to do this which works best regarding a broad audience? I mean by giving a user the option to write/edit/delete content anywhere including the “static” part of the template.

    what are good practises here by merging a static html template + wordpress functionality?

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    romu says

    This is the hardest one to get :) we hired a freelancer for a video player on our future theme. :)

    well, aren´t there some good plugins for it allready? i think the hardest part on self-hosting audio/video is to provide support for as many file extensions a user might stores?

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