the colors are too vivid / bright, the typography is quite poor and just doesn’t seem enough room for elements to “breathe”... it needs a lot of work
Have a look at recently submitted forum skisn (under more > forums) especially http://themeforest.net/item/metro-xenforo-responsive-retina-ready-theme/9222720 which is so much better than yours due to the colors and spacing. (although it’s nearly a year old, it’s still fresh and inviting to use)
imho plugins shouldn’t be in themes, authors should make a theme compatible which then shows on the “compatible with:” information and then the buyer can decide to buy the plugin for the theme, which brings the following benefits:
1) Plugins are separate from theme so buyers get license for plugin from the author without asking author (and updates are directly from the plugin author)
2) Envato make more money, instead of 1 purchase of the plugin for a theme, buyers buy separate license for the plugin
3) Authors don’t need to support / fix / update someone elses plugin
4) It actually makes the themes better as a theme can’t be built on a plugin exclusively so themes will go back to being about design and not “plugin stuffing”
5) Authors can’t try and outdo each other with “get $600 in free plugins” as they will all only be able to say “we are compatible with xx theme (like you already do for woocommerce etc)
never ever update to the latest WP on a live site until you have checked the plugins and theme are compatible… I normally leave it 2/3 weeks before I upgrade my sites
4.3 made some major changes to post types so going to have a few broken plugins
use owl slider as you have in the html (as that is what buyers are expecting, there is an owl slider plugin on wordpress.org or build your own
it’s the weekend, you will get it on Monday / Tuesday… banks / Envato staff (at the offices) don’t work weekends
I don’t get the complaints about the review process time, it will take as long as it takes, Envato can’t guarantee it will take X days due to many things that can affect it e.g.
- number of files submitted
- holidays / sickness for reviewers
- security stuff (like prettyphoto)
It’s like going into a cake shop, asking for the biggest cake you can get and telling them to hurry up and make it in an hour.
The reviewers will get to the items as quickly as they can, just sit back, relax, take a short break and then work on your next project. If you keep worrying about the review queue you will get nothing done.
I am starting to buy more and more items and managing the purchase codes is quite a laborious process especially when finding them for support needs etc.
Do you have a spreadsheet / software which does this for you? How do share purchase codes with clients (if you do)?
If there was a system which would make the management of purchases easier, what features would you like / need?
@Gareth_Gillman – You are missing my point, i am using Envato so that i don’t have to do that type of work, regardless of the effort it implies. My deal with Envato is that i provide the stock and they find/have the right people to sell it to. It’s simple. I don’t ask Envato to add new features in my applications
if you want to do it that way then it’s fine, but Envato 8 million items on the marketplace, that means you are a very small cog which won’t get much lubcrication, you know why the top sellers are successful? They don’t wait for sales – they generate sales. I have been called all sorts of names for saying this before so won’t reply anymore but if you want more sales then you have to get off your backside and do some of the work yourself… you have to make yourself be seen before the other authors.
@Gareth_Gillman – So your idea is to invest couple hundred/thousand dollars in ads in a time when sales are pretty much down anyway, right? If we do that, then what’s the point in selling with Envato? Isn’t their job to bring in the buyers? I am just confused about the argument, that’s all.
On the other hand, i have read the arguments of $1 decrease and it might be to the best, will see how that goes, it’s not like we can do anything else about it.
who said you need to spend money on ads? There are so many ways to generate sales with little or no cash, and a few hours of your time.
Why does marketing always have to be about money? I built my own business based on free marketing and it has worked, I haven’t bought any adverts yet…
@michaeldale – you are a very little cog in a very big machine, unfortunately because you don’t want more sales, doesn’t mean any author doesn’t and Envato has to do what is best for it’s business, and that will invariably annoy some authors…