You know, not all WordPress themes are created equal. Some have really great quality and come with the best customer support you can’t possibly imagine. And some are a bit disappointing.
Recently I bought a grid-based theme that has an automatic scrolling feature. That scrolling feature does work quite well, except there are a few problems here and there. On the front page, images are randomly broken when using an IE browser. All the post images including those little emoticons graphics are automatically resized to the full width of the post. Adsense ads are displayed in half. So I emailed the author asking for some possible solution, the only answer I got is that they are not responsible, everything works fine on their computers, there is probably a plugin conflict problem. Too bad, that’s a software purchase, I could not ask for a refund.
Then there is another theme I really like. However, for some reason, it doesn’t work on my browser also. I have to click the compatibility view to get the demo working. The author’s answer is similar, everything works fine on their computers. Don’t mean to be subjective, actually I also tested the demo on few other computers and got the same result.
The bottom line is that if you are interested in selling WordPress theme, you might want to make sure that your themes are really compatible with most popular browsers. What works on your own computer might not work on others. If your theme does not work on others, chances are you are not going to make many sales.
From now on, I’ll only buy themes that have good sales records. In the past, I did buy a few good ones from ThemeForest. Here are some examples.
Modernize – Flexibility of WordPress – 11,886 Purchases
Sahifa – Responsive WordPress News,Magazine,Blog – 3,984 Purchases
Gonzo – Clean, Responsive WP Magazine – 4,707 Purchases
Crevision – Responsive WordPress Theme – 1,163 Purchases
Max Mag – Responsive WordPress Magazine Theme – 2,020 Purchases