1. Steven Gliebe

    I’m glad to see these types of services popping up. I refer theme users who want minor custom coding to Tweaky, which Microlancer is going head to head with. These services really fill that gap between paying $100/hour+ and having nothing done at all. Excellent for theme buyers that don’t has teh codez or a bucket of cash.


  2. Jeffro

    @Steven Gliebe – I’ve had a number of emails from people looking for designers or consultants to help them with their site because their previous person in charge of the job ditched them or did a horrible job. I usually tell them to post a job position on jobs.wordpress.net but now I’ll also send them to Microlancer.


  3. donnacha of WordSkill

    Hilarious – 70% of the enquiries I get are for help with products bought in Envato marketplaces. Sadly, those jobs are rarely worth taking – you can’t fix a plugin or theme that is fundamentally broken – but perhaps a marketplace actually run by Envato will foster specialists who specialize in dealing with the problems of specific popular products. You could buy your theme or plugin and then receive an email telling you which freelancer is good at making it work.


  4. Ted Clayton

    The only plugin that comes up in a repository-search using ‘forest’, is Displet Theme Code Helper, which aims to fix a specific code-problem that is propagated in themes distributed mainly through Theme Forest.

    The plugin page prominently cites an article by Andy Stratton, about the problem. An eye-opening read.

    It’s possible that Theme Forest, and Envato, are not directly to blame for much of what happens on their watch … any more than WP-ABTesting was to blame when they made use of Theme Forest products.

    Instead, these guys may be victims of their business-model (using ‘victim’ loosely). Theme Forest distributes over 10,000 themes & templates, from wherever & whoever … and obviously they can do little effective checking & vetting, either of the products, or the entities behind them.

    It becomes basically inevitable, that with no control over anyone or anything, first the noxious stuff will creep in, and then discovering a happy home, will deliberately seek an accommodating shelter.

    The first thing about Microlancer, is going to be that they are Envato.


  5. Japh

    @Ted Clayton – Thanks for the feedback, Ted. You get different results if you search for “ThemeForest”, but it’s a good point that people perhaps should also tag with “Theme Forest” for those who put a space in there.

    Regarding some of the issues you raise, we’ll shortly be implementing a new set of requirements for themes on ThemeForest, you can read more here if you’re interested: http://notes.envato.com/news/update-wordpress-theme-submission-requirements/

    We’re aware of some of the shortcomings on ThemeForest, and we’re actively working with our authors to improve the situation.


  6. Ted Clayton

    @Japh points out:

    … You get different results if you search for “ThemeForest” …

    I’ve been spoiled by Google Search, and Firefox Find. I’ll make a good review of the 26 plugins for ThemeForest & Envato.

    … [W]e’ll shortly be implementing a new set of requirements for themes on ThemeForest …

    And that post about those changes went up a month ago: Envato & ThemeForest have had their sleeves rolled up for awhile now.

    From that post:

    In the future [after implementing new requirements for new themes on TF], we will be actively working towards library re-reviews to bring the library up to these new standards. – [emph. added]

    Ah yes, excellent. This what the natural tendency toward rot & noxiousness requires.

    ThemeForest & Envato are ultimately a good thing, for WordPress, on several counts & levels. Their presence & success on the scene is an asset for WP. By properly hoeing the row they’ve chosen, issues can be tamed and their value increased.

    Thanks Japh!


  7. Japh

    @Ted Clayton – Thanks, Ted! Appreciate the feedback :)


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