We’ve been waiting for a template (for a certain type of service) to arrive on Themeforest for years, and suddenly two have arrived at once. I’m not going to ‘call out’ the service type, but they’re both good templates and aside from a few tweaks would work perfectly for the website we have in mind.
Only problem is, after checking the license T&C’s, both would require an Extended License as the finished sites would charge end users. One template doesn’t even have the Extended License option available (despite having a built in payments system), and the other lists it as around $2500.
I couldn’t see us making more than $1000 per year from a site using this template, and when you add on the time spent setting up and customising the template, branding, hosting costs, time spent promoting and marketing the site, site management and updates, plus time spent attracting members, we’d be lucky to get our money back within 5 years.
Do authors set the Extended License cost or is this set by Envato? If so maybe we can persuade the author to lower the price as it’s about ten times more expensive than the equivalent non-Wordpress solutions available. If not, and it’s set by Envato then maybe this needs to be looked at as it’s going to be way too expensive for most small site owners and others have queried the costs in the theme’s comments sections. Maybe there should be a separate license for paid services?
I’m not in any way trying to undervalue the work that has gone into these themes, they’re both great and if that’s the cost for the license then fair enough, but it won’t work for us as for this price we wouldn’t get a return on our investment. Which is a shame as they’re great themes but the cost is going to put off a lot of customers.