So that means that the marketplace is kind of broken. Popular items shouldn’t be a key to a theme success, as demonstrated with a lot of great themes that are nowhere near the popular items page.
PIP (popular items page) has the same themes for months in row , and those themes are not the reflection of the current marketplace condition.
Apple store has the same problem, and there are a lot of developers that are stopping developing for IOS because they can’t get their foot in the door. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9390665
So yes, bulk purchases are easy way to get some exposure, in it can be shady business.
So I propose to eliminate the “popular files page” completely, and break it down to categories.
Global Envato sales won’t be affected , but the distribution of income will be more evenly spread.
I think there was a discussion about this a long time ago on ActiveDen, and then it was decided that it was not allowed. So that part about “incentives” was added to item promotion guidelines.
Basically you have visual composer in there ,and your theme looks like many other themes that are using it right now. So probably reviewers don’t want this type of themes here anymore.
Also, horrible animations and loading times.
Have you tried to test it on a mobile device ? Make sure you do.
Their conversion rates are bad, avoid them if you can.
It’s pretty obvious that themes with multiple demos are essentially bundles. They are running multiple WordPress installations to accommodate that kind of functionality. Multiple installations should be forbidden ( I know it’s hard to force something like that), but if you can’t make all those changes with one installation, then it’s not really one theme that you are selling.
Question to authors: In case of “paid” updates, how would you go about supporting a theme, when not all customers have the same version installed ? Because I’m guessing you would still offer support even if the customer is not on the most recent version of the product? I think that would be a nightmare.
@ graphic4444 Maybe this is a little bit off topic, but here goes. Since you are one of the more serious buyers here, I would like to have your opinion on those “multi version/demos themes” Is that something you look for , is it a deciding factor when purchasing?
Personally I’m a little puzzled why would someone buy a theme that has multiple demos, since it’s limited for a single usage only (99.5%) of time.
Basically those sellers are selling “bundles” , masqueraded as single theme purchase. Envato should take notice of that.
Interesting read about the subject (found it on hacker news) How the EU VAT rules make EU startups and digital businesses uncompetitive in a global market
Be aware you would need to pay for Extended license if the plan is use the same theme in more than one domain. Having a highly customizable item for a single domain only provides many options and features.
Let’s face it , people don’t buy that kind of themes for single purpose.
Generally when you setup your site once , its done.
Themes that have multiple versions, are only logical for multiple sites / domains.
Since extended licence can’t be enforced , it has no impact on most buyers.
I would really like to know from those authors that offer themes with multiple versions , how many extended licences have they sold?
This could be a brand new topic , so I won’t go in to this further.
ellos said“I would probably choose Royal Theme or X – which are kinda theme clubs within themselves, and that’s it.” Now, that part is scarry.
But – if I have to pay for every theme mandatory support fee then it would be impossible for me to keep up with costs. On top of all that – it would be a hard sell to convince clients to pay yearly support fee for the theme on top of the regular maintenance fee he pays for the site.
At the very least I can say that I will definitely cut down my spending on the theme forest items significantly.
I would probably choose Royal Theme or X – which are kinda theme clubs within themselves, and that’s it.