@Landon – David was referring to regular Tuts+, and we’ve already added that switcher.
@Omarabid – We’d be targeting folks who had a solid level of experience in WP, PHP , and Photoshop, but who have never sold a stock theme before.
@LandonWilson – You make money off open source products every day.
The main reason why Tuts+ Premium is membership-based is because it costs a lot of money to commission courses from guys like you. If all this content was free, we’d go bankrupt very quickly.
About the site switcher, not sure where you heard that. I wouldn’t expect anything like that. The regular Tuts+ sites have site switchers.
I think you guys might be misunderstanding me a bit. Clearly, I’m not asking you to divulge your secrets. The idea is this: If I’m a new web designer, how could I get my first theme accepted on ThemeForest? What are the gotchas with the process? What do I need to focus on? Are there code red zones that I need to be careful about?
These folks won’t be competing with you anytime soon. So it’s less giving away the secret ingredients in Coca Cola, and more passing on some of your experience to the next generation. ...Not sure how that could possibly be viewed as a bad thing.
If one of you are up for the job, shoot me an email at jeffrey[at]envato[dot]com
@jonathan01 – I wouldn’t say that the two sites compete at all. They serve entirely different purposes. The marketplaces help you earn a living. Tuts+ helps you learn new skills.
In terms of why you’d share your experience, it’s because, as we all know, no instructor can teach somebody how to sell massive amounts of stock themes. There’s a lot more to it than just the steps – business, networking, design, release schedule, etc.
I’d like to think that the authors who do well here would like to pass on their learning for the next generation. It’s in the spirit of the web – especially when WordPress is open source.
And +1 to what Mike said.
Hope you’re all doing well. Haven’t been around here in a while.
Anyhow, to the point: for Tuts+ Premium (tutsplus.com), I’d love to have a course that teaches newcomers how to successfully design and build stock WordPress themes.
If you’ve been successful on this site, and would like to both pass on your knowledge, and make some money, can you let me know in this thread?
The job pays quite well, and would require you to create a series of screencasts – perhaps detailing your process of building a new theme for the marketplace. It’s also a fantastic way to promote your existing themes, as we’ll be heavily promoting the course.
So let me know!
The best thing you could possibly do is become very active on the forums, help your fellow authors, and get to know the staff.
Do you need a plugin for that? Can be hardcoded into a custom page?
So I assume you want to take the items RSS feed, and display them on your own website, for the purposes of linkage and referral income? I don’t think there’s any problem with that.