Yes, the announcement was like two weeks ago. They changed the 2$ surcharge to 1$ and keep 100% of that, so you will never again get additional money from direct buy. You can read the announcement on the blog.
Some people probably did, but envato changed their fee structure last month.
Before the fee for direct purchase was 2$ from which you got 50%-70%, now it’s only 1$ of which envato keeps 100%.
Edit: Here is the announcement: http://marketblog.envato.com/news/balanced-envato-market/
It is actually not that hard.
A lot of themes come with a demo content file included. All you have to do is import that demo content file and voila, your website will look exactly as the demos, now its just a matter of editing the demo content to include your texts, images and so on and to delete the stuff you do not need.
Also most themes have great documentation to help you out.
And then there are always places like http://studio.envato.com/ where you can hire somebody for very reasonable prices to do the work for you.
ThemeBurger saidWordpress releases constant updates that affect security, stability, etc. A theme needs to stay current with those updates to fully function.
So can someone clarify for me?
So are you saying that WordPress is so horrible, that no version of it is ever fully secure or stable? As I stated above … I have a hand coded static website that has chugged along just fine for over 7 years now. There have been zero stability enhancements, zero security changes, and zero changes to the code, whatsoever. And yet I’ve conducted business with it just fine, with hundreds of thousands of monthly users.
So ill ask again. Why can’t you install wordpress, import a theme, and leave it running indefinitely without any problems? I dont get why you’re “losing money” from clients. But that’s a different topic. What is it about WordPress that dictates you can’t download it, install it, and simply leave it running?Why is my site doing just fine?
I think it depends a lot on the kind of page you have.
Obviously in a perfect world always running the newest version is the best. That being said, there is a huge difference between for example an ecommerce page and a personal portfolio page.
I’d have no problem whatsoever running my personal portfolio on WordPress 3.8 for the next 2 years, with a store however, where for example payments are involved it is highly recommended to stay up to date
So, does this mean authors are now effectively 20% slower on reaching the next author fee status?
Would this mean I can’t sell my support anymore? What next, paid customisations, so I can’t charge for customisations anymore?
This is another problem Envato have to deal with if they insist on their policy change. Many authors already offer paid support how can you deal with this.Please guys give suggestions for this situation. If anyone interested in reading my suggestion, it’s in the previous page … http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/item-support-timeout-gathering-more-data/140559?page=21#1109070
We should just remove the term support from the equation, it’s too open for interpretation.
Make some kind of warranty mandatory (item has no bugs – bugs will be fixed, item works as advertised, item will be updated for x months). This will also remove a lot of frustration from authors, as with the term support, of course some people will think you will do a certain degree of customizations for them, or install WordPress for them and so on. Nobody will think of those things if you change the term support to the term warranty.
Then give authors the ability to sell support, customizations and so on on a voluntary basis with their own prices (in a given range – similar to the old elite author price adjustment tool), give us a forum for that and take your 30% off of that.
Here is an idea. Lets just use a 60 dollar theme for 1-12 month support not including customization of the theme. this would only be support for the buyers that actually purchased a support package. We would still support the themes for updates and bugs as basic support which would be mandatory and i think most authors do that to keep their customers happy and coming back. For extra support for people that need help with installation installing widgets and so on the support packages would be great specially if they had a choice on how long they need the support for and they can purchase the package that would fit their needs.
Theme $60+1 month support $30.
Theme $60+2 month support $40
Theme $60+4 month support $60
Theme $60+6 month support $80
Theme $60+12 month support $120
Just an idea but at least this way both authors and buyers get a deal for their work and purchases.
And as for envato taking 30% of the support i am fine with because everyone has to eat right.
Let me know what you guys think.
So if a buyer pays for support and they take up say 7 hours in your week, trust me if they are paying you, they will screw you for every minute they can, I have had these customers (not many granted but if they now have to pay for it they will become more frequent). Anyway if you have a customer who makes you work for 7 hours in a week because of ridiculous conditions or for a poorly written 3rd party plugin is conflicting, do you honestly think that $21 is enough for a whole month.
By your 12 month plan you only earn $7 a month for support, come on your taking the biscuit with that one!I would simply refund the user every time they make a purchase and say ill carry on with free support under my conditions, which will mean not being a slave…
That is why, the problem isn’t support, but excessive support due to unreasonable customers but what is reasonable, needs to be properly definedAlso, if you’re only offering one theme with basic support for that amount, how would you compete with shops that offer subscription and 20 themes or so?
Just to make it clear, i think those prices are too much as well and i wouldn’t want to see them implemented like this.
But just to play devil’s advocate here, i wouldn’t see any problems with the competition part.
Let’s face it, if you just compare prices themeforest isn’t the best deal already, 1 theme for 60$ vs 20 themes for 120$, that sounds like a no brainer. The reason why this isn’t already a problem for themeforest is simply design and features. No other (at least none of the big ones) themeshop comes even close to the level of design you get here. I am not saying they do bad designs, not at all, but none of them really does outstanding design. So if i had the option to get one stunning theme for 60$ or 20 good looking themes for 120$, my choice would be quite clear (especially seeing that most regular people never need 20 themes, they maybe need 1,2 or 3 and the rest of them never get used, which makes that number of 20 much less impressive), and judging from themeforest’s success it seems a lot of people think the same way. And seeing that you bought 50+ items here you seem to think the same way as well . Just in theory 30$ more or less wouldn’t change much about that, especially if they were only optional for support and not for the base item.
Like i said i am in no way for those suggested prices, but i think there are people on themeforest who do outstanding work that you just do not find at most other themeshops and they shouldn’t be compared to them only by price, their level of quality should be included into the equation as well.
I thought the part with the ratings was clear. They will be limiting the rating period. This was mentioned in the previous thread.http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/important-changes-to-item-support/140218?page=25&_ga=1.59843429.932802806.1409214149#1104366
He said they think about it. Huge difference. Support becoming mandatory and the one thing that would help authors prevent bad ratings after 6 months is basically an afterthought right now they aren’t sure about. Wouldn’t you agree this is a bit concerning since the whole change is supposedly being introduced to help authors.
And even if they do it, it doesn’t prevent people from commenting on your item. Good luck making sales with comments warning potential buyers from purchasing this “terrible item from a very bad author” true or not you will lose sales for it and you will want to prevent them.