As a newer author, but not new to the marketplaces, I can offer some hope. ThemeForest IS trying to do something about the copycats and often lack of originality. It’s obvious if you check the Item Discussions, the most common rejection for high quality themes is lack of uniqueness. ThemeForest is trying to address this problem as best as possible.
Check out this recent thread from a week ago for a great example: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/need-advice-to-improve-this-theme/32721
This thread had too much doom and gloom. Had to send some positive energy
I just looked over and here is some quick feedback:
1) Over too bland and boring, TF keep increasing the standards and requiring more depth and style. I recommend at minimum tossing in a background image/color even if it’s just a gradient. 2) The menu is the cleanest part, but when I scroll the page the margin changes. Make the margin on the top constant. When I scroll down, the menu margin goes down in size before the menu starts to move. 3) The Jupiter font choice doesn’t match. I’d suggest just sticking with a sans-serif font like the rest, maybe just a lighter one. You can try a serif font but choose one that doesn’t look so out of place. 4) The regular links need some color or underline. In the Latest Blog Posts for example, I only could tell they were links by rolling over them on accident. 5) Make the feature slider taller, currently the side menu is overbearing compared to the slider.
That should get you started. Good luck!
Where do you buy the 27” Apple LED display from? And how much does it cost? Thanks
$999 for the 27” in the US. It’s one of the best displays at 2560-by-1440 resolution. I recommend it as you can see in my desk post earlier in the thread. Find it here: http://www.apple.com/displays/
I agree, it’s a great design.
The most common response for these rejections is that PSD templates are very hard to get accepted and often sell poorly. You have a great design, convert it to an HTML template and you should have no problems getting that accepted.
Minor issue: Footer could use some design work. Also, the | shouldn’t be pink.
I think it looks great and unique. I think part of the busyness comes from the advertisements. It definitely shows good examples of where advertising can go, but maybe just a little busy on one page.
Note: In safari the search button has a line-break. It’s below the search type box.
My Turn… I just got my 27-inch cinema display. Works great with my macbook pro, and yes I’m a bit of a mac fanboy.
Oh and the PC Desktop is on the left for my IE Testing and gaming
Congrats, I got my Sheriff’s Badge yesterday! I’m a new seller to ThemeForest and these badges are great. I got mine by reporting a copyright violation to support.
Overall, I think that it lacks color and polish. The lightbox for example looks like the default setup which seems to not flow with your page design (Too much contrast black/white). Change it up with different exit/next/previous buttons or something to match better with your current design.
I’d suggest focusing the other design changes on FAQ and Screens pages. Those looks a little plain and unfinished.
The home screen and contact look pretty good. Only thing I’d suggest is adding a hover effect to the Social Icons to match your other buttons.
I believe the best option will be using jQuery to replace content. Essentially a one page portfolio. Having the url anchor links is a must as well. Otherwise the website loses a lot of functionality.
Css-tricks had a video podcast about the subject. He too wanted music playing all of the time as well. I think it’s this one:
or this one directly addresses that problem
Another option that is must easier would be an iframe at the top or bottom. Obviously more of a workaround if the jQuery route didn’t work out.
Anybody else got any good ideas?