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Let me express:
- #1 deadly sin of the Rockettheme
- Why great coders cannot define the Theme development
What I agree is - is that Rockettheme is on a path to self-destruction - with the ideology and mindset they have from the start and keeping up to day. That ideology excluded practical aspect of template development and test driving with actual marketers. The result is – unfinished particles.
I think the important thing here is that because some particles don't do everything you want them to do then you have decided they are unfinished. For the benefit of others, this is your personal opinion and is based on your own requirements. It takes no account of all the successful sites who use our products and achieve their own goals. We do not release any "unfinished particles", they all perform the function they were designed for. As with all software there could be improvements in certain elements. In some cases we will incorporate new functionality in the next release of a template or particle as mentioned by Ryan.
For example: the particle to display Joomla article does not have a function to select a current category, so the same particle can show category relevant article.
If I have understood you correctly you seem to want a particle that can identify the specific page it is displayed on, then determine the category used for the content and then display an article from that category? My understanding of the use of a particle to display a Joomla article is to have more control over position on the page (e.g. not reliant on the component for mainbody), otherwise it makes more sense to use Joomla's own method of displaying articles by having the main article displayed in full and other articles from the same category as a blog or list. Joomla even has tags to help users find similar content.
Or another one: a Galleries or Images for photo sites - those particles show image / scroll image on the click - but the missing part is - there are no description can be placed below or right of the display of the image.
Which particle are you referring to here? Some particles do have options for captions while some don't. Please bear in mind that we also code particles to suit the specific template designs. In some cases we would not want a caption as the images are all displayed in a flush mode so there is nowhere for the caption to display.
We do not proclaim to make particles that will match everybody's needs because that would be completely impractical and we would fail miserably. Instead we provide particles that perform a set function. They are also designed so that a web developer could rewrite the code to suit their own client needs. Our templates are ready for use but will not fit everybody's needs for a website's functionality.
There are particles that can be used only on One certain page and cannot perform on the other pages: the multifunctionality of REGULAR Joomla Module is got lost. That is waist of particle and a reason to use other developers module that can function on multiple pages. How did Rockettheme lost this function? I wonder why...
Particles can be used on any page. Our templates allow you to embed a particle in a template outline or simply use module positions. the choice is yours. I think the biggest misunderstanding here arises when people use the RocketLaunchers to create a copy of the demo. This means they will have all of the demo content, including embedded particles and demo styling. If you were to create a fresh Joomla install then add Gantry 5 and the template you would be able to set particles as you wish. Again, our templates will do the job for straight forward sites but more complex websites will need to have some elements adjusted to suit.
While Rockettheme developers repeat that they built template for bloggers - they forgot that novelty of blogging was 10 years ago and today people moved beyond simple blog posts. Bloggers earn money by displaying ads or other monetization features.
Rocket theme simply ignore the aspect of marketing and monetization at its core. Why not to ad monetization functions to every particle? So people feel in their packet and bank account the advantage to use Rockettheme templates. Not so.
We build templates for whatever purpose our members wish to use them for. The template is a design style for the user to fine tune for whatever purpose they wish. As for monetization, this is very similar to ecommerce, in that different affiliate schemes will have their own software and code to "monetize" the adverts displayed on the affiliate site. No template developer will undertake the task of incorporating those sorts of features because the code would become too bloated. One area where we have improved the templates is to make it easier to add proprietary code to the head and body in order to drive those third party affiliate schemes.
....O, yes, some may say that Rockettheme developed templates with shopping carts, or news template or booking. Yes, there are those templates - and the problem starts at the moment you start using those templates by its purpose. Sorry. I spent sooooooo much time to use these template for the "purpose” described to those templates. Total waist. For example: A template with shopping cart - incudes a monthly fee with the component in the template. What? I rather use Hika shop or something else.
Thank you for proving my answer above. Some members felt the fee was worth it. However it was just demo content and you could use any ecommerce extension that you wish. I too use Hikashop as it requires the least amount of fussing around to match the template. With all third party extensions there will always be some changes required due to their own styling and clashes of CSS classes.
So, those templates that looks like they can be used for a profitability, actually hard to put to work.
The News/ Magazine template - what a nonsense when it comes to it’s ACTUAL use for the purpose of news / magazine template.
As Ryan and others have said before, others have made good use of our templates and have no complaints. Once again this your personal opinion.
O, you may say: why you so negative.....negative?
It is because I am not alone. There are hundreds of people who simply drop using Rockettheme templates because they lost a hope and have no desire explain why.
I am the stupid idiot, trying to cry out with my voice and express NEEEDS. But the Rockettheme continue to build templates for it looks and neglecting needs of its users. Specially Experienced users.
Where are the hundreds of other posts from these users then? They haven't posted because they don't exist. Yes, we lose members in the same way as any subscription service. We also gain members. RocketTheme take on board members comments but we will not always include them in our products for many different reasons, some of which are outlined in the answers to the posts on this thread. Some are good suggestions and get built into future releases. We will NEVER please EVERYONE!
HERE IS THE DEADLY SIN OF ROCKETHEME:
- The templates made hypothetically, made by peoples with skills to code really well but as the most coders have NO IDEA how to market and profit from its creation. This is the deadly sin of the Rockettheme since I joined in 2005.
This would only be a deadly sin if our target audience were users who wanted to create websites stuffed with marketing adverts to generate affiliate payments for the site owners. Our target audience is much wider than that and most of them will not have any advertising on their websites at all.
The solution, a possible solution is: 1) Include real marketer(s) on the theme development. A marketer(s) must consult Rockettheme developers and second - test the functions from perspective of practicality and profitability.
Stop coders build wonderful things that are totally nonsense and waist until it put to a test for PRACTICAL usability and Practicality by real marketers (not newbies) and move beyond looking good to WORKING good and Function profitably. Let’s move beyond antic idea building blogs for photographers. You have so many off those kinds. Let’s not waist time. Yours and ours. And if you do - care that a photographers and blogers have to profit from it.
P.S. Thank you for moving to Joomla 4.
Your solution is for RocketTheme to build all of our templates and particles with the end goal of monetization for site owners. That just isn't going to happen because that would be for a minority of our members. We would spend the rest of our lives rebuilding particles everytime a third party system changed how they work. We have tried that in the past and we won't be looking to do it again any time soon as caused too much trouble for our members in the long-term.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion and we do review feedback from members. You have shared your opinion on RocketTheme's design and development over two threads now. We have tried to explain why some of the things you want will not be put into our planning and now I respectfully ask that we bring this thread to a close so we can all move forward and make more productive use of our time.
Once again, thank you for your feedback.
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