Checking "Everything" That Matters
Today, I spotted such a theme and went through my usual checklist. It ticked all the right boxes: reputable coder (he’s sold over $2.2m worth of stuff in just over 4 years), plenty of positive comments about the theme. His previous themes seem to have good reviews, and no bad comments about the support he gives.
So, all the boxes ticked so far
Without looking at the code, I can’t tell if the security is good, but would assume the author wouldn’t have sold that much stuff if it was full of security holes. It was a single site license for $50.00, which is about right, and there are no ongoing costs unless I needed to buy the theme license again for other sites. ($2500 for a dev license isn’t going to happen just yet.)
The theme had a lot of features. And, nicely enough, it had an author page already built in, which is something a lot of theme authors miss. This feature alone has caused me grief in the past because the time it takes to style it when you are dealing with somebody else's programming code. Anyway, I digress. It had it and I was impressed.
I was just about to hit the buy button when I decide to check out the theme on my mobile. I’d already done the browser resize and everything looked good. I don’t know why I thought to do it, but I did.
I run a Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 4 point something. It isn’t quite the cutting edge phone it used to be, but it’s reliable and has never let me down. Great for showing clients what mobile sites look like and I’ll probably upgrade to the S4 in November when my contract is up.