(PRWEB) September 27, 2009
The extremely popular Envato marketplace sites (FlashDen, ThemeForest, GraphicRiver, AudioJungle and VideoHive) have just been given a total makeover with a fresh new design and a massive upgrade in features and functionality.
The Envato marketplaces are a family of niche sites which allow creative professionals to buy and sell digital items such as Flash files, website templates, videos, music, code and much more.
Since coming on the scene only three years ago in August 2006, the Envato marketplaces have been growing at an unbelievable rate. They now boast highly active communities, have over 200,000 members worldwide, and are home for tens of thousands of digital items available for purchase.
In addition to designing a fresh new look and feel for each of the marketplaces, the team at Envato took things much further by analysing as much community feedback as possible, and implemented some great new features and functionality into the new design.
Envato co-founder and Marketplace Manager, Cyan Ta'eed explained: "We work in the creative industry ourselves, so we feel very connected to everyone who uses our sites - whether they're authors or buyers. We don't see ourselves as simply a marketplace for files. We see ourselves as members of a community of creative professionals, with an opportunity to provide a service. So when fellow community members have suggestions or feedback, we really want to hear their ideas."
Here's a brief look at just three of the new features and functions the Envato marketplaces now offer:
1) Follow Your Favourite Author: Users can follow their favourite authors across all the marketplace sites. So if you're predominantly a ThemeForest user, but really love the files of a particular author on AudioJungle, then you can just follow their work. There's no limit to the number of authors a user can follow, and it doesn't depend on which Envato marketplace they're from. "We've created this feature so our community can capitalize on all that social networking has to offer, and now that we've laid the foundation for this, we will be really build on it" said Cyan Ta'eed.
2) Improved Buyer Experience and Search: There's a much easier and intuitive buying experience across all the marketplaces, complemented with significantly improved search functionality.
3) Marketplace Wiki: A comprehensive Marketplace Wiki has been added, where you can read articles on all kinds of topics, such as how users can increase their passive income through the marketplace referral program.
"There are also some great freebies being offered, like a Free Icon Set which is available for download on GraphicRiver, and free marketplace wallpapers as well..." said Cyan Ta'eed, "We are constantly striving to improve our sites, and we hope that all of our communities and their new members enjoy all that our new marketplaces have to offer."
For more information on the Envato Marketplaces and the Envato family of sites:
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