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hainug says

I don’t add on my wp theme, just because i’m too lazy to add it, it’s better to use free shortcode plugin.
I think some author here do this also :D

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wopethemes says

If you take a look at the popular list for WordPress you’ll see the themes that are killing it in sales include a TON of shortcodes. If that’s what buyers want that’s what you should supply them, at the end of the day this is a business. If you don’t supply what they want, then most likely you’re going to see little to no sales at the end of the day.
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without shortcode , the theme look poor!
let imagine that the day buyer buy your theme without shortcode , then he found that he can’t build some special content/elements in his post/pages like blockquote,columns,tab,highlight,dropcap…ect then he will search for some free shortcode or even primium shortcode plugins.
then he can insert into the theme but it may not happy with current theme .

if the buyer is a non-tech person then it’s a hard try for him. after all trying he can’t get everything work perfect! then he may choose another theme and list you as backlist :D

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ChillThemes says


If you take a look at the popular list for WordPress you’ll see the themes that are killing it in sales include a TON of shortcodes. If that’s what buyers want that’s what you should supply them, at the end of the day this is a business. If you don’t supply what they want, then most likely you’re going to see little to no sales at the end of the day.
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without shortcode , the theme look poor!
let imagine that the day buyer buy your theme without shortcode , then he found that he can’t build some special content/elements in his post/pages like blockquote,columns,tab,highlight,dropcap…ect then he will search for some free shortcode or even primium shortcode plugins.
then he can insert into the theme but it may not happy with current theme .
if the buyer is a non-tech person then it’s a hard try for him. after all trying he can’t get everything work perfect! then he may choose another theme and list you as backlist :D

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My themes do just fine without all those shortcodes and any shortcode plugin will work with any theme if coded properly. I just include a link to this http://www.wpexplorer.com/wordpress-shortcodes-page-builders on my WordPress item pages.

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AlphaPixels says

Yes, I agree that shortcodes in theme are something that buyers may want but you can’t use one theme for your whole life so, when the time to change the theme comes you will be left with lots of messy brackets.
I think shortcodes were made for plugin not to mess up the theme and content ;)

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icypixels says

Themes should define presentation and not content creation.

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SyamilMJ says

If there is no official enforcement by Themeforest then the trend will never stop and authors will remain getting ridiculed by the WordPress community. Not necessarily a bad thing as long as TF and the authors are still making money anyway, but it can’t be good for business in the long run. Worst case scenario they’ll stab reviewers with knives.

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