The answers to some of your questions are based on the individual developer’s preference. With that said, here are mine:
1. I prefer to customize the Nivo slider (it’s under GPL license) as do many other WP designers:
2. Icons can either be included with the them or not. Depends on how integrated they are to the theme, I would gather. There are lots of sources to open license icons. Just Google it.
3. Images used in the demonstration of the theme aren’t sold with the theme. ThemeForest provides stock images for you to use in your demonstration if you’d like.
Go to your author dashboard and in the “Author Resources” box click “Asset Library”.
Otherwise, you can do something like find relevant pictures on Flickr that are given the appropriate license by the author for display. You can find more info about how to display Flickr photos on their website.
4. Again, you can Google information about how to create a custom admin panel for your themes. The most helpful one I’ve found is over at net.tutsplus.com:
5. WP 3 .0 is basically just adding an upgraded Navigation system and custom backgrounds. Don’t stress out about this too much. You’ll add a few functions to your theme and you’ll be good to go. You can Google this info too.
Although I don’t know the specific numbers, I have a general idea for the category I review for. However, I think I’ll leave this one up to Mark to answer as I’m not sure it’s something I would get in trouble for sharing. I’ll let Mark know that you’re curious to know.
I think knowing that percentage is just another way to prove how talented a person must be to say they’re an author on ThemeForest. I suspect that a large portion of the folks who say they are website designers would never get accepted as a ThemeForest author. That just goes to show the amazing quality of work being sold here and the skill level of the people who actually make it to this level.
Another one of those “fulfill my curiosity” questions:
I’m wondering how many submissions ThemeForest receives daily compared to how many get approved for sale on the market place. With such high standards, I’d guess it’s something like 5-10% approval rates. Anyone have any insight on that or care to make an educated guess?
Thank you for your question.
If you look closely at the code you’ll see that it is associated with all unique features for Pandora theme: windows7-like selection in the menu, newsticker, portfolio hover effects, portfolio filter etc.And the fun thing about it, is that JS code is so highly integrated with the theme (it was built from the ground) that to work well it required the full copies of HTML parts (and HTML parts required CSS …) which was widely copied too.
I’m very impressed, Alaja!