I would target the end user looking to buy a template for their site. I was wondering what designers wouls like to see as far fees, options, exclusive rights, etc.
I have seen a few post about template sites in which the developer is offering to split fees. What would work best for the attracting designers.
I'd say that the number one concern for a designer is getting paid. I have heard a few stories of templates selling, but designers not being compensated. So, I suppose that a sales tracking system that can be accessed by each designer would be key to any site that does not design their templates in house.
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Yes a sales tracking is a good idea, the designers should feel secure in the relationship with the site. How about opinions on fees/percentages? Also how many times should a template be sold. The more information I have, the better the site can be built.
-maxhest I already have hosting setup for the site, thanks for the kind offer
i would agree with the tracking system, that would certianly make me feel better.
as a client i would feel better if each layout was sold only once, but as a designer i would obviously like the layout to sit there forever. so it's really a matter of catering to your clients. i would reccomend no more than 2 or 3 times.
fees/percentages depends on how you run the site really. i have seen sales where all profit is split evenly, and some where each designer gets paid for what they sell. there are advantages to both. i don't think that i would prefer one over the other. again it depends on how many people you have designing and so on.
Let's say the template is $50 and is new. If someone wants to buy it...say there is a "rights fee" in which they have to pay an extra $50 for exclusive rights to the template in which nobody else can buy it.
If they choose to just buy it at the normal price, it can be sold again and again. Of course if someone buys it at regular price, the template can no longer be sold as a "unique" template...
Is this clear? I feel like I'm not making sense.
I also think that as the owner of the site, a 10%-15% fee would be acceptable. If the template sells for $100...you retain $15. If the buyer pays for "rights fee" (doubles price)...you would receive $30 (of the $200 price tag).
If you need me to clarify any of this...just ask, I only had 3 hours of sleep last night
i think PayPal and other such processors seem to be favorable to Designers cuz its fast and not fussy and you get the cash. as a designer id say i would rather sell the template to the site and be done with it however there is more cash to be made selling it over and over so i think id feel safer transfering to the buyer myself but it would be easyer to have it automated so when a client has finsihed ordering a template its sent in a zip file via e-mail
Originally posted by Rox Off I have a few new questions:
1) As a designer do you want to provide a psd or just html files?
Not necessarily a psd file (they're much too big and they can only be viewed in Photoshop), but a jpg/gif image of the template's screen capture.
Originally posted by Rox Off 2) If your provide psd, would you want to hold them until a purchase has cleared and then transfer to the buyer?
I would say only the image file, and then once the purchaser downloads the template for usage, he/she will get all the HTML and graphics needed for the site.
Originally posted by Rox Off 3) How would most designers like payment?
I would chose PayPal, too. Like Halo Service said, a lot of us use it because of its speed and ease.
Originally posted by Rox Off Work has started on the coding now including sales tracking.
Any other ideas let me know.
Excellent! I can't wait to see it. My only other request is that there is an easy upload option for designers; we can just log in, upload all necessary template files, and have them available online to purchase immediately.
I will try to provide as many ways to pay designers as possible. Paypal will probably be the first method used.
I am looking at an auction type of interface(but no an auction site). I use the example of ebay. The designer logins upload a screenshot, description/notes, and price(?) Then you would be able to track sells possible how many views each template has had.
The question has come up on how to best handle setting a standard of quality for the designs. I was thinking of having the designers view a screenshot before the public. THen having the designers take a anonymous poll on the templates to determine quality and pricing.
I am just about ready to set up the test site for templates. I am thinking it would be a good idea to set some guidelines as what is expected for the templates.
PSD or PNG?
Should a set of standard layers be set?
What guidelines should be required for layer decsriptions?
HTML files are expected, but what about having seperate style sheets?
Should there be standards for the style sheets?
Should font files be included?
Should a tect instruction file be included?