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Monkify says

Do you guys have a tutorial for your themes; specifically Alabastros

I have a feeling you’re assuming that ThemeForest itself creates all these themes by the wording of your question. But if you’re wondering if there’s a tutorial for Alabastros, I suggest going to the theme page and clicking the “comments” tab and ask him directly.

There’s plenty of authors here who include tutorial videos on installation, but they usually don’t post it publicly, just in documentation. You’ll have to ask around.

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Smart people leverage others to do all of the work for them. Smarter people don’t work at all.

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Monkify says

Well I’ve already seen a theme very similar to this on ThemeForest and the styling seems to be taken from Orman Clark (which is kind of his trademark).

But regardless I’ll give some tips on how to improve.

1. Navigation is a tiny bar on the top and looks more like a theme demo toolbar than an actual navigation. Try to line up the navigation with the logo (vertically) and make it bigger.

2. The logo should be vertically-centered inside the header area, it’s too high up.

3. The header should be less tall and also remove the “scoopi is a wordpress portfolio..” tagline

4. If your tagline is right and it’s designed for creatives as a portfolio, then it’s completely wrong. This design is more suitable as a magazine or blog, or just a generic site. I don’t see anyone using this as a portfolio.

5. Make sure the design fits inside a 1024px width with some padding from the edges. Quite a few people still use 1024×768 screen resolutions, so you need to accommodate for them.

6. The footer spacing and also spacing between the sidebars and content is way too big. Work on making the spacing consistent and also not too much spacing in general.

7. Work on the actual content. ThemeForest won’t accept it if it simply has a bunch of lorem ipsum text and no custom designed content.

8. Work on styling the footer a bit more.

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Monkify says

Well you have to actually integrate it to WordPress in order to sell it as WordPress, but yes you can submit both an HTML and WordPress version of the same design. And you’re allowed to showcase your work anywhere, as long as you aren’t actually giving away the code.

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Monkify says

Part of the problem, however, is that very few buyers actually rate the products they buy. It’s generally only around 5-10%.

Low conversions is only ever a design flaw.

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From Amazon to iTunes to almost every other outlet that sells anything online, users can submit item ratings and reviews. These reviews are incredibly helpful to prospective buyers and contribute immensely to a vibrant marketplace.

With few exceptions, buying on ThemeForest is now pretty much a trial-and-error process. Live demos are good, but can also be deceiving. Backend live demos are useful but few and far between. Item descriptions are definitely useless… apparently themes are all “powerful” and “flexible” and “beautiful” and “packed with features”. The current star-based rating system is also useless without written reviews.

And no, the “Comments” section is not it.

So I guess my question is… WHY ?

+1.. As an author I’d love to have a “Review” section and also a Support Forum for each item. Do away with the comments section.

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Where do I go for support on a theme I bought?

Well it’s optional for the author to offer support, but if he/she does offer support, then I suggest contacting them via the contact form on their profile, or going to the item page and select the “comments” tab right under the theme title and post your questions on the comments page.

I’d also double check the documentation before asking any questions, as you’ll often find the solution there. They might also have specific rules on support (such as requiring you to sign up for a support forum) that could be located in the documentation.

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Monkify says

Is this a official envato site or a possible scam?

It’s under envato.com, so it would be hard for this to be a scam. Would involve hacking. :) But no, it’s not a scam.

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There are definitely some inconsistencies in the spacing that you’ll want to check out.. Such as the “Latest Recipe” images being inline and the rest of the content being full width. Another is that the top content is not spaced the same height as the bottom of the content. My suggestion would be to use the 960.gs and work on aligning everything properly and more consistently.

For the headlines, try making them bold. There’s not enough attention to the headlines right now and they blend in with the rest of the content. Another small thing is that I’d suggest removing the divider line between the “Latest Recipes” text and the recipe images, since it’s all one area.

Definitely add a button for the footer search. I know some sites don’t include one, but it confuses people to not have a search button sometimes. :)

Perhaps try coming up with more of a “food” style, since this is what it’s aimed at. It currently doesn’t really have any styled elements, and seems more like a framework to me. Add some spice to it and you’ll be cooking something nice ;) Here’s some good inspiration for colors/style: http://dribbble.com/search?q=food&x=0&y=0

Hope this helps. You definitely have the makings of a nice theme, just keep adding ingredients.

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