“Re Re”, really? How old are you, 12? Grow up, you obviously have no idea how crap works around here.
remember looking at the code for a template available here and noting that part of the main content consisted of an image, rather large in my opinion. certainly difficult if I was the theme buyer expecting to see code that I could modify to use the template. don’t consider this good practice and is bad coding.
I realize that not all good designers are good coders and the many questions put out here outlines that fact. how do I do this and how do I do that? how do I solve this or that problem with IE6 ? so I guess I don’t trust the authors to give me good code unless I can kick the tires first i.e. look at thier code.
DDStudios is absolutely right, and it’s something that digital industries never seem to understand- you can fight the pirates all you want, but in the end they are always going to either find a way to pirate your product anyway, or simply move on to something else that they can pirate. They’re never going to buy your product because they can’t pirate it.
Also, I love how these threads always turn out- the OP comes in all big and bad, and then they’re instantly shut down and you never hear another word out of them.
I think it is mandatory to have live previews as well. Yes people may rip it but there is nothing really we can do about that. It is what it is!
What is to stop someone from buying it, downloading and giving it away for free somewhere? Really nothing but it is the chance we take.
I am a coder and I wouldn’t feel right about taking something someone else worked hard on without paying for it.
Just my 2 cents okay maybe 3 cents but who is counting.
It’s impossible to stop piratery. If they are looking to steal your template, that means they have no intention to buy it.
So, instead of worrying about stealers, it’s better to improve the buyers experience.
If you remove your live preview, the loss in sales will be far greater than the loss from theft.
I won’t touch a template that doesn’t have a live preview. If I see it only has screenshots, click—I move on to something else. Immediately.
The reason being, I like to see how a template feels, how it acts, what it feels like to navigate around the site. Since I am selling services on many of my websites, I need for the template to behave a very particular way—it’s part of the experience I’m selling, part of what makes the visitor feel comfortable enough to buy, and it sets the customer up for what they should expect to experience after they buy. So if my website feels codgy or clumsy due to the template, not only is the potential customer turned off by that up-front, but it also tells them they should expect codgy & clumsy after the sale. Yuck!
Of course, what my customers find comfortable vs. what other peoples’ visitors find comfortable, are likely much different. We all cater to different viewers. So designers, please don’t take offense! This is very much an “intangible.”
A template isn’t just pretty pictures.
The fastest way to lose my purchase is to not offer a live preview. And yes, I am a BUYER . =)
l dont like to buy stuff when they dont have a previews, sorry