Bottom line: let us dictate what our products are worth!
Problem is that it wouldn’t end up like that, or rather:
People would set their prices based on their value divided by the cost of bread in their country.
This is not Apple that has a different site for each country, it wouldn’t make sense for globalized digital market anyway. I just hope this never happens.
Your original title “Theme – Performance. Design. Flexibility.” isn’t descriptive, it doesn’t tell me why I need your theme e.g,
Theme Name – Multipurpose theme for artists (or whatever) is much better
You need to sell me your item, I am scrolling through 20 items per page on search, you need to sell the theme to me, catch my eye.
I hate themes that do the following:
Theme – the best / most awesome theme you will ever need
How does the author know what I am needing now or in the future, I (and most probably, most buyers) are buying for a specific project, I will buy another theme for a different project.You’re up against thousands of other items, don’t try to be smart with descriptive words, sell me the item with an easy to understand title
You brought some good points here, my first choice may not be the best title ever but naming it “awesome or gorgeous whatever” is another thing, clearly not allowed, but yet (often) approved.
Really, I would love to discuss serenely about this matter from a buyer prospective, it’s an interesting topic. Although my priority right now is to get someone’s attention to help me fix this issue as soon as possible, as the more time passes the more will be the ‘damage’ of changing item name.
What I’m complaining about is mainly the different treatment used between authors, and above all I really don’t understand what could ever be wrong with my second proposal, or my third which was Theme – All-in-one Magazine Wordpress Theme.
Anything is better than “wordpress theme” for a 63$-full-of-features magazine theme, arbitrary chosen by the reviewer, while he could have simply contact me first about this, and now seems like nobody is listening to me anymore.
Thanks for your solidarity
I’m not arguing about subjective adjectives which I agree shouldn’t be allowed. Even though in the same page you can see themes using “Stylish blog” “A Gorgeous…”. So the 2-3 years ‘excuse’ doesn’t really apply.
As I said I don’t care/don’t have the time arguing with Envato why rules are different from author to author, I just wanted them to tell me before approval.
Now I just want to have it changed as soon as possible. My second option was:
Theme – Magazine, Shop, Community WP Theme.
But they told me it can’t contain keywords!! Isn’t that a regular name as others??
Now I asked for a third alternative but I really don’t get all this. I didn’t sleep tonight and who knows how much I will have to wait now for a non-problem. Instead of taking care of my new item I have to worry about this stuff.
Now I’m worried about other site’s links and I want to advertise it myself and I don’t know what link to use. Too bad
My latest theme have been approved..well..partially, as the name have been “rejected” and changed to reviewer’s choice, an anonymous “Wordpress Theme”.
I asked the reviewer privately and he told me it was breaking Envato naming guidelines..well the name was:
Theme – Performance. Design. Flexibility.
I still don’t understand exactly why, maybe it’s not descriptive, but then I wonder why dozens of other names clearly breaking naming guidelines with “awesome here, brilliant there” adjectives, are accepted. It’s enough to make a quick search to verify this:
It’s still ok, I don’t mean to argue about that, so I wrote the reviewer an alternative, a super normal name as anyone has, but he addresses me to support. Support have been very kind and quick, saying that he will address this to the review team (really?).
After sometime support tells me that they can’t change the name, as it can’t contain keywords?? Isn’t that the whole point of an item’s name? Everyone does it (even though I didn’t even think about keywords, it’s just a matter of branding). I wonder how you can be descriptive without using keywords, anyway…
Ok, still fine (kinda), I replied support proposing another alternative, and I’m waiting for the answer.
End of story: My item was published with a random general title, even though I had a few soft-rejections where reviewers could point this out before approval, but nobody said anything about that (so I assumed it was ok). I preferred no tagline at all rather that one invented by reviewers.
Now I don’t even know what to do as the item link have been already spreaded through the internet, I’m worried that changing it now would break many links hurting traffic, but at the same time I hate that anonymous tagline.
It might be a non-important detail but it is to me, after working 7 months on a theme that really bothered me.
I would like to know others authors’ opinion, and a staff reply/help would be much appreciated. Thanks
This is a move in the right direction to me, but there are too many things that still need lots of thinking. Please listen to your author’s feedback, this is not like ignoring 99% of negative feedbacks about new badges or the progress bar, changes on this subject could really overturn and decide the future of the whole Market.
I won’t raise doubts other fellow authors pointed out already, my biggest concerns are:
1. As you state on the blog note:
Our pitch was low price themes with no support, targeting professionals.
So the new pitch turns to low price themes with mandatory support? You just can’t add a service/value (on author’s shoulders) and keep the same prices.
Imho it should be something as simple as:
Buy item no support 58$
Buy item + X months (standard) support 108$
2. If you want to charge 30% on our support job, you have to provide something in exchange -> An awesome built-in Support platform prior deploying any other change.
3. 72hours time limit to reply tickets (but probably limits in general) is unrealistic. Envato support itself with an entire dedicated support team takes 5-7 days to process tickets, it should be mandatory for us to reply within 72hours including weekends? Especially considering most of us are a one-man team.
I won’t even mention the (important) side effects about blackmailing/rating/vacations/refunds/etc. related issues.
This will make us slaves to the markets and it will lead to many authors that consider Envato as a side earnings revenue to leave.
Unless your goal is to end up with yourself and the top 20 authors selling here, any change in this direction need lots of further thinking imho.
The current version as it is exits if it can’t find the theme option file. If I get some time I’ll push an update that moves to the next task instead.@ YiorgosT I think authors are looking for something automated that can be integrated into a theme. I think Duplicator is overkill in this case since it does a msql dump and all that.
Alright I see now, I didn’t use an options txt file, I didn’t think it was necessary as I already set the default options to be pretty much the same as the demo. Also I’m using Options Framework which doesn’t provide this ability. I can work on that though, thanks for the heads-up!
I also thought about that a while ago, but other than being overkill it also requires knowing the destination URL.
Thats what im talking about, i wanted to learn how these premium themes pull off these cool theme options, thats what i been searching for, theme options framework.
Well then you should have been a little clearer with your opening question and save me 10 minutes Kiddin…in that case Redux is definitely a great option, even though a little too much bloated in my opinion. As tommusrhodus says you can do pretty much everything with the built-in wordpress customizer.
Thank you very much for your valuable contribution on this subject FranklinM2.
I wanted to give it a try, but for some reason widgets do not get imported correctly. All sidebars have only one “Custom Recent Posts” widget and that’s it. I tried importing the widgets.wie through the plugin itself and it works fine, but as widgets.json it doesn’t work for me. I was wondering if you do you have any idea or hint to help me troubleshoot this (?). Thanks!