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I’m curious, is this the problem of only Envato or is it the same in other marketplaces that sell other CMS templates like Joomla or Drupal?

Envato isn’t the problem, it’s not their fault customers aren’t happy with the products available. Should Envato reject a vast majority of the Drupal themes we see listed, due to poor development practices? Absolutely—but if this were to happen, the category would rarely see fresh products.

What are they supposed to do? Simply not accept themes? At the end of the day, this is a business and Envato is “taking what they can get” in terms of quality.

Around 2 years ago, an author could easily clear 30-40 sales per week with a single theme in the CMS category, but there were also fewer themes available. Perhaps sales are now dispersed among a wider range of products and authors, but overall sales in each category is consistent with what we saw 2 years ago?

There are a lot of variables to consider, I don’t see how a lack of promotional attention coming from Envato can be the sole cause for declining sales.

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Bjelica is a great all around player I hope he get a chance and minutes :-)

I think he’ll see decent minutes, he’s already 27 so has quite a bit more experience than the other players on the team. It sounds like he is pretty versatile and can shoot the 3-pointer, so he’ll probably see minutes at both the 3 and 4 spot as a backup.

My only big concern with Bjelica is his size and ability to defend, I know the dude is 7 feet tall but does he have the muscle mass needed to guard a physical power forward or center in the NBA?

Hopefully he isn’t a defensive liability, the Wolves have needed a reliable 3 point specialist for years and Bjelica seems promising. :)


Wolves.

PG : RR9 / Zach LaVine ( NBA Dunk Contest ) SG : K-Mart PF : K-Towns ( 1st Draft Rookie 2015 ) or Nemanja Bjelica ( EuroLeague 2015 MVP ) SF : Wiggins ( Best Rookie 2014-2015 ) C : Pek or KG

This roster easily reach playoffs on east :D

Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng, and Tyus Jones coming off of the bench too. The Wolves have a great young core! :D Hoping they can stay healthy for once so we can see what they’re made of.

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Ok , this is interesting DeAndre Jordan remains in LOB city :-) !

Haha, I can’t believe it… I think this is the tip of the iceberg with the DeAndre Jordan saga, there are rumors flying around that Mark Cuban wants to sue the Clippers. Could get ugly. :(

At least Paul Pierce was able to provide some comic relief to lighten the situation:

https://www.sbnation.com/2015/7/8/8915477/paul-pierce-deandre-jordan-clippers-emojis-kids-these-days
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KG remains for another two years among wolves ! Truly NBA’s last of the Mohicans :-) !!!

I’m hoping the rumors about KG and Flip Saunders buying the team eventually come to fruition, I can’t think of two better candidates for owner. :)

I really think the Wolves could surprise a lot of people this year. Last year 3 of their 5 starters (Pekovic, Martin, Rubio) got injured within the first few weeks of the season but the team was playing great ball before these injuries. The 16 win season is deceiving, they’re a better team than that, but at least we got a #1 pick out of the rough year!

The whole “losing Kevin Love” situation was blown way out of proportion by the media last summer. He’s a good basketball player, but certainly not the cornerstone of a franchise. His departure isn’t the sole reason for last year’s record.

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So, you mean to say, let buyer purchase regular or extended licenses themselves for these plugins according to their requirement? We as authors will create a theme based on these popular plugins and let buyer’s decide which plugin they want? Is that what you trying to say?

Doesn’t seem like a bad idea. ;) Why can’t we simply include the slider exports in our theme package, for example? If a buyer wants to go buy the slider at CodeCanyon, they can simply import the sliders as needed.

The reason I even brought plugins up is the cliche “5 plugins included for a $300 value! 40+ demos! Buy now, this is an amazing value!” marketing approach which has become commonplace here. Many authors thrive on this type of sales pitch, which brings us back to the root of the problem with bloated themes. Are we selling themes, or bundles?

My previous posts were intended to be food for thought, more than anything. Although getting rid of extended licenses would help put a stop to this trend with bloated products, and make packaging multiple demos into a single theme package more difficult, I doubt it will ever happen. :)

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Plugin bundling is fine. This ain’t about plugin bundling. This topic is all about multipurpose themes priced ridiculously low. If theme has 10+ demos with bundled plugins, such multipurpose themes should have their own category and an altogether different pricing.

I respectfully disagree, I believe plugin bundling encourages bloat and this “swiss-army knife” mentality which is the root of the problem (bundling is also a huge security risk, but that’s another topic entirely). Buyers have come to expect bloated packages, we’re not even selling themes at this point—people think they’re buying a complete website, which I suppose they are when you consider the current situation.

Authors are cramming as many “goodies” into their download package as possible to increase sales and stay competitive. This may come in the form of plugins, or demos, or theme settings… at the end of the day we’re talking about bloat, aren’t we? ;)

The “get rid of extended licenses” scenario was just one example, regardless of what is done I’m sure profits would likely suffer (at least in the short term).

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I spoke to Collis about this, and he put me in contact with Stephen Cronin about it, who said they would look into it internally and told me to chase him up on it, but I decided not to follow it up, as it is clear to me that no one with the power at Envato has the desire to change it, either through being out-of-touch with the WordPress world or through sheer fear of dealing with such a big pink elephant.

I think it boils down to profits, really, Envato will lose money if they change their policy and deal with the problem. Let’s just say, hypothetically, that Envato got rid of the extended license and authors were no longer allowed to package page builders or slider plug-ins with their theme as a starting point. How does this effect the market?

The “powerhouse” CodeCanyon authors would probably see an increase in regular license sales and ultimately their overall profits (it only takes about 5-6 regular license sales to add up to an extended license price). Many customers would just pay the extra $20-30 for the plugin if they really wanted/needed it for their site.

Most ThemeForest authors, on the otherhand, would be completely screwed. Sure, there are some talented WP authors here that have written their own page builder or slider and these people would be fine. But an overwhelming majority of WP authors strike me as designers first, developers second, these authors rely on frameworks or plugins to compete with legitimate developers.

In this scenario, Envato would see a huge drop in WP sales and miss out on millions of dollars. I think the same would happen if changes were made to how demos are packaged, or priced. The company will have to take a significant hit in profits if they really want to make a difference, I don’t see much changing. :(

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Any thoughts about this :) !?

NBA Draft 2015

I think the Lakers did a good job, Philadelphia confusing me and New York fans are very satisfied as I saw in media :D

Happy for my T-Wolves, I didn’t see the Tyus Jones trade coming either so that was a nice surprise! Knicks fans would have complained no matter who they picked. ;)

Towns/Okafor will probably take a year or two to adapt to the NBA game, too, this is usually the case for rookies. Regardless of who the Knicks had picked, there would likely have been an adjustment period.

What were Knicks fans expecting? It’s going to take a lot more than a first round pick to fix that roster. :p

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Dreamweaver. Sir.

I’m hoping you’re being a smartass. ;) Or was this serious? No judgement if you still use Dreamweaver, just a bit surprised somebody mentioned this one! Why Dreamweaver?

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Eclipse when using Mac OS X, and good ol’ gedit when using Ubuntu + Gnome. :)

As a developer, I grew up using Eclipse but if you’re a Linux user and looking for something more lightweight I recommend checking out gedit! With plugins, you can essentially turn Gnome’s default editor into something like Coda or Sublime Text for free.

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