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ThemePrince says
duotive said
why do themes that do not have options and all the websites created look the same sell a lot. please enlighten me. and the new trend for buyers is simplicity with options? i am clueless. i do not want to judge someone just want some answers/help.

Just have a look on the authors referred users icon, twitter and facebook followers. It reveals the secret…

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duotive says
urban0id said
duotive said
why do themes that do not have options and all the websites created look the same sell a lot. please enlighten me. and the new trend for buyers is simplicity with options? i am clueless. i do not want to judge someone just want some answers/help.
Just have a look on the authors referred users icon, twitter and facebook followers. It reveals the secret…
And that is the answer to wby a theme that all websites spawned with it look the same sell? Doubt that
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CLINE123 says
chrismccoy said
duotive said
why do themes that do not have options and all the websites created look the same sell a lot. please enlighten me. and the new trend for buyers is simplicity with options? i am clueless. i do not want to judge someone just want some answers/help.

look at thesis, i have bought the product, but have never actually used it on a live site, i cant stand the thing.

look how many copies they have sold.

doesnt make sense to me.

Can concur with you on that Chris, I bought it too thinking it’s the best thing since sliced bread, it’s still collecting virtual dust after I only touched it once and never again. Go figure.

@duotive, that’s not a trend for me. I want all the options and nothing ‘minimal’. I agree some themes sell well without rhyme or reason I can’t fathom myself, many won’t get my second look.

EDIT : I think there’s a point where the ‘herd’ mentality would hold water but of course not in all cases which leads back to ‘go figure’.

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duotive says

Ok. Thanks for the feedback.

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squaredWeb says

There is no big secret.

Design trumps function every single time as far as a vast majority of end users is ( concerned as long as things work in a rational manner of course ).

If you have the greatest coded theme in the world with middleclass design vs the greatest looking theme in the world with middleclass code, it wont even be close sales wise (Not to say your themes look like middleclass design, just making a point).

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duotive says
squaredWeb said
There is no big secret.

Design trumps function every single time as far as a vast majority of end users is ( concerned as long as things work in a rational manner of course ).

If you have the greatest coded theme in the world with middleclass design vs the greatest looking theme in the world with middleclass code, it wont even be close sales wise (Not to say your themes look like middleclass design, just making a point).

I know what you are saying but for example our theme can do so much more that even the demo cannot show it all. Maybe we have taken this in the wrong direction and customers are looking for simple lookalike websites that seem simpler to setup.

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shaki says

SW has a point. Perhaps buyers follow the 80/20 rule…? 80% design – 20% functionality? But has usual, trends come and go. Maybe this is a longer one? :)

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duotive says
shaki said
SW has a point. Perhaps buyers follow the 80/20 rule…? 80% design – 20% functionality? But has usual, trends come and go. Maybe this is a longer one? :)

We made a decision to not do unique stuff in the future so… i do not know about the trend but most well selling themes look like 1900s and no more features to cache the eye… the bare minimum! All shortcodes loook the same from one theme to another and we have no functionality. That is the way to go!

I will probably change my mind when we will make the new theme but who knows.

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DiogoRedinDevelopment says

I have to agree with duotive, there have been some themes submitted on ThemeForest the past few months that sell a lot, although they are the “same theme” but rebranded, always minimal, with very few options. ;) The popularity of the author is actually a big deal, it’s all about marketing.

I really like duotive themes, impressive features, with unbelievable amount of features. He just create the ultimate all-in-one themes. :P

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CLINE123 says
duotive said
... but for example our theme can do so much more that even the demo cannot show it all. Maybe we have taken this in the wrong direction and customers are looking for simple lookalike websites that seem simpler to setup.

I agree. 80% of my clients would prefer the classic boxed site with great design. It seems to me that the majority of purchasers lean towards the noobs (my opinion). I like a simpler set-up first as more clients would relate to those demos then the fancy stuff.

Absent from your latest Fortune theme were the regular inner pages About, Services- regular housekeeping pages yes, but some clients like to see what a working site would look like so they can envision theirs. Just showcasing the heavy creative features goes over some of their heads which is why I haven’t bookmarked nor even shortlisted to show as a possible theme. I’d have preferred the simple set-up (ait does ‘minimalist’ and ‘classic’ demos sometimes), then I can tell clients about the other features to blow their minds.

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