by Collis Ta'eed
Hi, I'm Collis and I work at Envato!

Important Update On Account Security  

by posted in General
May 14

Last month when the Heartbleed bug came to light, we immediately patched the exploit, and notified users via Notes, forums, and email newsletters, explaining Envato’s response and advising all Envato users to change their password.

Since then we’ve been tracking the number of password updates on our system and while it’s good to see some of the community being proactive about their security there’s still a large number of users who have not yet updated their details.

Along with the Heartbleed exploit, the last year also saw the highly public Adobe leak of user account details. These and similar security incidents have led to an increase in attempts to use leaked lists to find people with weak or repeated account details. In recent months, both prior and since Heartbleed, we’ve seen an uptick in these sorts of access attempts on the Envato userbase. While we deal with vulnerabilities and incidents quickly and aggressively, the most effective action is always a complex and unique password choice. That is why we feel it is now necessary to require all users to change their password if they have not already done so.

Required Password Reset

If you have not updated your password since the Heartbleed exploit patch at 06:42am on 8th April 2014 UTC and you are currently logged in to an Envato site, you will be logged out and required to reset your password before you can continue to use the site. If you are not currently logged in the change will be required when you next log in.

You will need to use a brand new password. Because we have much stronger password requirements than in previous years, this will simultaneously require all our users to increase their password strength.

I’d like to apologize for the inconvenience today’s measure will cause, but the security of all our member’s accounts has to be our first priority. Please review the FAQs below for more detailed information. Continue Reading

Marketplaces Roadmap 2014  

by posted in News
May 6
The Envato Marketplaces Team

The Envato Marketplaces Team

Earlier this year I stepped back into the driver’s seat of Marketplaces. It’s been over two years since I was directly running the biggest part of Envato, and after my first three months back on the job, I am loving it! Today I wanted to loop back to give an update to the community on what we’re working on, and where we are going.

The Best, Finest, #1, Leading, Most Amazingest.

If you’re going to do something, I believe it’s worth doing it well. And since 2006 when FlashDen first went online, one of our goals at the Marketplaces has been to build the best creative marketplace online.

Early on we made a key decision that the best marketplace would be the one that had it all. From photos and music to themes and plugins. We believe that people who make creative projects need all kinds of things. So the best marketplace would be one where they could get everything they needed. This would also help us enable the greatest number of authors to sell their work. Continue Reading

Protecting Your Copyright!  

by posted in Authors, Community
Mar 24

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We all know that piracy can feel like a major problem for those who create digital content. Content owners, like our Marketplaces authors, have different philosophical approaches to the piracy issue. Some seek to fight all piracy they come across, some want to find ways to motivate users of content to pay for it, and some choose to focus on what they do sell and not change the ways of users who want all their content for free. Ultimately, this is your personal choice (and there’s more below on the path Envato takes on the piracy issue). Continue Reading

Envato Community: What Does Success Look Like To You?  

by posted in General
Jan 28

Here at Envato, our first company value is “When the Community Succeeds, We Succeed”. It’s a bit of a mantra for how we try to work as a company. Late last year I reported back to the community on what we were doing to help them succeed. Today I’d like to ask the community for some input to help us build a company vision for the future. Continue reading on Inside.Envato.

Web Development Services Coming to Microlancer!  

by posted in General
Jul 31


Almost four months ago we launched our freelance services marketplace Microlancer. It’s been growing really quickly, doubling sales in the last eleven weeks, and topping more than $130,000 of jobs sold to date! We started in graphics with categories like logo design and one-page web design. Now we’re going to be branching out into our first ten web development service categories. And we’re inviting talented devs to register your interest in providing code services on Microlancer.

Services will include PSD to HTML, WordPress or email template build-outs, and various WordPress and frontend services. Web developers with solid skills in HTML, CSS or WordPress plugin and theme development will form the backbone of these categories.  Continue Reading

Record Breaking Earnings – Over $100,000 a Month with ONE theme!  

by posted in Authors, Milestones
May 6

Each year here at Envato brings with it new records, but this one is particularly amazing. I was very excited to discover recently, that the author ThemeFusion, a partnership between Luke Beck and Muhammad Haris, has completely smashed our monthly author earnings records. For not one, but two months now, they’ve hit over $100,000 in earnings. But what is most amazing, they’ve done it with just one WordPress Theme: Avada.

The theme is, of course, something special. As one customer puts it: “This is the Best Theme I have ever seen. I am a full time web dev, and this theme blows me away.” The sales have followed, with Avada sitting atop the ThemeForest’s Popular Files pages week after week, often selling almost double as many copies as the nearest competitor.


I reached out to Luke and Muhammad to say congratulations on their smashing success and to ask them a few questions about how they did it! Continue Reading

100% GPL Option Now Available, plus WooThemes Arrives!  

by posted in General
Mar 26

We’re happy to announce today that authors on ThemeForest and CodeCanyon can now choose to license their WordPress items through a 100% GPL option. To help us launch this new feature, we’re excited to have one of the most well known and respected theme outfits joining ThemeForest’s ever growing library — WooThemes!
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Survey Results about GPL Opt-in Choice  

by posted in Industry News, News
Feb 28

Last month there was some online discussion around full GPL licensing and the Envato Marketplaces. It started when one of our TF authors was barred from supporting, speaking at and volunteering at WordCamps because he was selling on ThemeForest. While ThemeForest themes sell with a GPL compliant license, WordCamp guidelines require the item to be completely licensed under the GPL in order for the seller to be allowed to participate in the ways listed above.

I posted a response to the ban, and a post about how we are moving forward. As I stated in the second post, most important to me is to get the community’s input on the debate. Since we’ve been working on our licensing generally, this month we put out a survey to ThemeForest and CodeCanyon authors asking a bunch of licensing questions, including a few GPL related ones.

As I promised in that second post, today we’re publishing a subset of the survey results relating to the GPL options. They’re taken from a larger presentation from our data team, with a couple of extra slides I’ve thrown in to explain the contents.

Next Steps

After getting this community feedback, we are now putting into the works an optional 100% GPL license which authors in GPL-based categories (such as WordPress or Drupal) can make use of. It will be completely up to authors whether they use this option. The new option should be available towards the end of March, and we’ll be posting on Notes about how authors can make use of it.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. I’m looking forward to doing more of this kind of temperature check with the community! Go Data!

Introducing Helen Souness, Our New Marketplace General Manager!  

by posted in News, Team
Feb 20

One of the toughest things about running Envato is that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. It’s just one of the many reasons I’m excited about the possibility of a colony on Mars – days there are a whole 37 minutes longer than here on earth!

Back here in the real world, we’ve been growing and growing at Envato. Our Envato Marketplace team has swelled to more than 70 people, and today I wanted to introduce you to a fantastic new team member: Helen Souness, who has joined us as the new Marketplace General Manager. She’s taking over from Vahid who has done a valiant job this last year and spearheaded some very important infrastructure, team and growth projects. While Vahid is moving on to work on Envato operations, Helen will now be heading up the Marketplaces.
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Marketplace License Updates – Part 2  

by posted in General
Jan 24

I posted recently on the updates to our Marketplace licenses. Thanks for all the feedback so far! I thought it would be good to give you an overview of what the community is saying and our thoughts. As I’ve said, this is a staged project so we are listening to your feedback very carefully.
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