Posts by billyf

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billyf
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So it depends on what kind of ‘affiliates links’ you’re talking about.

The current item affiliates link on the current item page.

like – themeforest.net/my-item is my item url. i can add affliate link of my item page ? – with buy now button. ?
I think it’s not allowed. According to the help center article :
Linking from Envato Market back to itself in order to gain referrals is not allowed. This includes bouncing links off other domains.
But if you know how the affiliate system works, it doesn’t make sense to put a link in your item page because :
If a user has visited the Envato Market before and then clicks a referral link, it does not count.

So I don’t know why they have the first term when linking from within wouldn’t work, but you can contact support to get their official answer regarding this.

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billyf
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As I know, we can only place links to other Envato pages (or the item’s documentation / live preview) in our item page. So it depends on what kind of ‘affiliates links’ you’re talking about. If those are links to promote their items outside of Envato (such as chargeable additional services / add-ons for the items which are sold outside of Envato), then they’re not allowed and you should report to Envato.

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billyf
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In that case, you could create a new transparent div which hovers on the map. That effectively ‘blocks’ any mouse activity.

Depending on your needs, you could leave some space for the controls, or make the div disappear upon clicking on it, and return upon leaving the iframe.

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billyf
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@ jonathan01: One-click install feature should never erase anything from the database. I don’t even think that a theme that does this would be accepted today on Themeforest.
I can assure you they are available, and can do this – these are real-world experiences reported to me from authors and installers from Envato Studio.

Interesting, I didn’t know it could erase existing content since it uses WordPress’s XML importer to import the posts too. Do you know how could that happen in the one-click importer, but not when you use the importer plugin directly via Tools > Import?

Of course, if the one-click importer utilizes self-developed method of importing the demo content, then such problem could occur.

Back to topic, I think the best thing a buyer could do is to check the comments section before buying any themes. If the comments are generally positive or that the author is responding quickly, the likelihood of encountering problems using the item is quite low. At least you wouldn’t be left to deal with the problem alone if the author is actively answering any questions.

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You might have 72 demo, but the moment I see your landing page, I wouldn’t buy it because some of the text at the hero image is cut off on my 4:3 monitor and it’s an indication of poor coding / quality control.

And although you claim you have 72 demo, looking at the ‘grid’ of them makes me wonder how many ‘unique’ demo there are (ok, maybe not ‘unique’ since we can’t bundle items but they look almost the same except the last row of each section which has different colours). If I were a buyer, I wouldn’t want to waste my time to look at small variations of the template before I can find what suits me, so that’s a poor design decision for your item selection page.

In terms of the actual design of the countdown page, the design has nothing remarkable. Font and colour usage could be much better and you should check for typo before attempting to publish. ‘Subscribe’ should be spelt correctly when it’s emphasized much on the page. There are also spacing issues such as alignment of the mail icon in the subscribe button, alignment of the words in the statistics section of service page, alignment of countdown timer etc.

Overall there’s no ‘premium’ feel to the design and many aspects of the template are not polished.

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billyf
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@imithemes : Thanks for the clarification. Yes, I’m aware that IE8 is optional but I’m just wondering whether Envato has made IE9 optional too, since there are quite a few items which do not put IE9 as a ‘compatible browser’. I thought I missed the announcement, and the staffs don’t seem interested in clarifying this matter although I’ve already clicked the ‘Request staff reply’ button.

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billyf
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This new “baba” script that we have running is keeping on top of things. Should see our view of the forums haha, pages and pages of spam. IP blocks and user conditions are in place, but they only work so far (there’s a point where it becomes more work to manually approve new user forum posts than to disable spam, we’re there now). A few babas sneak through but we’ll get them :)

It seems another few “babaji” spam posts evaded the new spam detection method. Actually, I think I’ve reported around 5 of them today. Hopefully you guys can improve it, at least it’s better than the past :)

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billyf
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I’m just wondering whether it’s still necessary to make templates / themes compatible with IE9? The latest featured theme (and some new items) don’t seem to have IE9 on the compatible browsers list.

Sorry if there was an announcement made previously regarding this but I couldn’t find any official statement regarding this requirement for our submissions.

Thanks.

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billyf
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Sending DMCA takedown notice is the best way to deal with such situation. If the item is a copy of yours, I don’t think ‘change a little part of item’ will make it much different unless it’s only the small part which looks similar to yours. In the latter case, DMCA wouldn’t work unless you have strong evidence which shows that the author took your work.

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billyf
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But your website is focused on tutorials, no? In that case, how can you website ‘have many tools to help them develop and manage their projects’? I just don’t see how your website is superior than other popular tutorial websites or stackoverflow where developers can ask questions. Besides, there are also websites like codecademy which offers something different from conventional tutorial websites. At least they have ‘hands-on’ session on those platform. Maybe it would be good if you can think of one ‘killer’ feature which is exclusive to your website.

Honestly, nobody would want to write tutorials for you for free. They would rather write and publish at a WordPress.com blog for free if they want to do it without something in return. At least they get their own traffic at their own website.

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