Posts by simonswiss

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simonswiss
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Also for WP or Html, can I make only one site with the template or can I create multiple sub-sites with it?

With both HTML or WP template, you can only do one website with one licence. If you want to make another website, you need to purchase another licence.

Quick Summary of Advantages for both WP and HTML

WordPress

  • no coding skills needed to create a post, upload images, manage your content.
  • Abundance of plugins available to extend / add functionality
  • Enormous online community, which means that when you have a problem, the answer to it is available somewhere on the web 99% of the time.

HTML

  • No database, no software updates.
  • Virtually no maintenance / upkeep once it’s set up
  • Faster page loading (no requests to the database to output page, the content is ready to display
  • No server needed – site can be hosted pretty much anywhere for very cheap or even free (dropbox, Amazon S3, github-pages…)
  • backups, migration and version control are much easier to handle

Good luck!

704 posts
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
  • Won a competition
  • Had an item featured in an Envato Bundle
  • Has sold $10,000+ on Envato Market
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simonswiss
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I was the featured author the week after ThemeBeans, and i can second that it had zero impact on my traffic / sales

Actually this was one of my worst week in my TF ‘career’ – probably because of the blend of a new checkout form with mandatory address fields and the inclusion of the VAT.

I cannot tell you what made them select me. Actually i had been very distant from TF for a couple of months (too much work, no time for TF forums or item creation), and booom i receive the notification i am the selected author!

Good luck!

704 posts
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
  • Won a competition
  • Had an item featured in an Envato Bundle
  • Has sold $10,000+ on Envato Market
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simonswiss
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After all those years, if (some) customers are still confused whether they are buying an HTML Template or a WordPress Theme on themeForest, then it’s obvious that there is a “userExperince/interface” design problem that still keeps the situation confusing for them. By default it should be more clear what they are buying (I am talking about the information of itemDescription Pages’ right side, independent from the file’s creator. Maybe a default sign that “Not a WordPress Theme”)

To be honest, on my first visit to ThemeForest years ago, when i was looking for a WP theme and discovered TF through a blog post link, i browsed for a while and assumed everything was WP themes in there. I ended up purchasing an HTML template without paying attention. I can see how someone who focuses on the demos and not the description / menu links could be tricked on the first visit.

That said, i realised very quickly that it was an HTML template, and certainly did not consider asking for a refund and give a bad rating.. I just thought to myself “lol what a fool am i :D”.

I do clarify on all my HTML templates that they are not WP themes (and the demo images are not included) but i get so many “please help, stylesheet missing” support requests it’s no funny..

704 posts
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simonswiss
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Is there anything Envato can do about this? Or do i have to accept it?

My wild guess is support will not remove the rating and tell you that this is not breaking any rule of the review guidelines and suggest you take it as a constructive review that will help you build a better product.. :S

PS: Lol at the “I am fairly experience with WP” and “horrible install process, CSS stylesheet missing” :D

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Can I enter as demo url a link to a site hosted on altervista? Will be accepted?

Your item can be hosted anywhere as long as people can access it / view it in their browser.

Like Ivor mentioned, file storage services like dropbox or Amazon S3 are great places to host static HTML sites.

But any server that works for the public (as in you can see your template on the internet) will be acceptable for a demo URL for your item.

704 posts
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Hi guys!

Any of you authors addicted to surfing (as in riding ocean waves, not surfing the web!)?

I personally migrated from Switzerland to Australia to leave near the ocean, and a major driving force in that decision was the concept to be able to surf every day, before or after work.

I find myself being the most creative / productive right after a good surf session – it hits the refresh button on my body and mind like nothing else in this world.

I lived in the Gold Coast for a while and i was absolutely loving it. Then my wife found some work in Sydney so we moved down the coast.

Sydney is a great place to surf, but not so great to be an envato author – life is crazy expensive down here and you must be racking up a whole lot of sales before it can become your day job!

As a result i struggle to surf during the week because i am working so much, and i feel my productivity going down progressively.. i need to find my balance back!

What about you, fellow surfer envato author? Where do you live and how do you enjoy the surfing / envato item creating combo?

Aloha!

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zero… 4 cups of green tea tho :)
Nice, Morocco which is my country is the largest consumer of tea in the world we drink it like water :).

My favourite part about drinking Moroccan mint tea is the part where you pour it in the mini glass from 1 meter above it to get the bubbles :)

Seriously i love the whole mint tea culture, sit around and talk while washing the tea 10 times and talking about everything and anything.. I spent magical times in Morocco, and surfed some of the best waves of my life there! Beautiful people and culture.

Back to the topic – i try to stop at 2 cups of coffee a day, but usually go for 3 and 4, using the excuse that my new born baby does not let me sleep and i need coffee to compensate :)

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Hi,

Authors cannot PM you here since you don’t have a contact form enabled on your profile.

If you are still looking for someone, you can get in touch with me via my profile page :)

704 posts
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Sales are surprise for us. Plus we don’t get any alert when sale event happens. We need to keep on visiting the website and eat up unnecessary bandwidth. :
HI Sarah23, +1000 for me, indeed, this is also something that i used to point out, i cannot believe that when we get a sale, we have no notification and worst again, you have to remember what your sales used to be previously so that u know what’re just sold … why do they not send a notification with the reference of the item that we have just sold? People have been concentrating for weeks in the background of the site, which was meaningless, now all the features like this one or the reviewing bar , they either took it out or have never been thinking of using this useful feature … have a nice day ;)

You should definitely have a look at http://me.georgeholmesii.com/my-envato/ :)

704 posts
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  • Had an item featured in an Envato Bundle
  • Has sold $10,000+ on Envato Market
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There are no any drop in sales, as we can see from “Last Week’s Top Selling WordPress Themes & Templates”
Top Selling WordPress Themes are hardly representative of the entire Market.

Well, they represent the fact that they are eating all the sales by themselves and everyone else, a vast majority of the authors, is left with the scrubs.

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