My template has been rejected for the second time. Here is the message I got from reviewer:
Unfortunately your submission Belleza – Responsive One Page Template isn’t quite ready for ThemeForest and requires significant improvements and changes before it can be resubmitted and reconsidered.
Additionally, we have some extra feedback for you:
Your template does not provide a unique enough design with the necessary design quality, features and options to compete in the marketplace at this time. As higher quality templates become available in the marketplace, approval requirements will increase to maintain appropriate marketplace quality.
You might consider improving your design with more unique features and graphics in order for it to stand out among other marketplace items. However, a unique design will be a key factor for approval.
I know it’s frustrating to be rejected citing uniqueness but recently, we’ve gotten a large number of template with the same overall features and presentation and we have to draw the line somewhere.
However, we do accept themes with similar structure but in condition it provides better quality in terms of aesthetic or features.
Any advice is more than welcome and appreciated.
A few tips from me too:
1 – choose another pictures for the background.
2 – change the font for logo (reconstructing…) and you would even consider to rename it.
3 – newsletter can look better, to be honest right now has nothing to do with current design.
4 – social icons: the colors and sizes(proportions) can be improved.
5 – I think is better to reduce difference in terms of the background opacity between the newsletter section and the contents above it.
Wish you luck!
As @Anps said, the main problem here is uniqueness, but also you have some other issues:
1 – Try to add some nice jquery features.
2 – I suggest you to reduce line-height.
3 – Not sure if text-align center for some elements is a good ideea within your design.
4 – Logo need improvements.
5 – Some margin/padding issues.
I can not figure out exactly what, but something is wrong with the header, maybe it will look better if you add a dotted line between the top section and bottom section of the header. Same problem with footer between the 4 columns and bottom section containing copyright.
Thank you thememates and mabuc for your tips
One thing I’d suspect is that full-screen-background-slideshow thing is becoming a saturated style within TF, so you’d need to really WOW the reviewer in order to pass. But definitely ask for a clarification.
I do not think so, but even if this is the reason for rejection, the reviewer did not mention anything about it in the feedback I received. We had sent them a support ticket and hopefully we’ll get a clarification.
-1 - Important: Improvements or fixes MUST be made to the above described areas before resubmitting. Resubmitting without making any of the requested changes violates our policy and repeated attempts may result in a temporary or permanent suspension of authorship rights.
I have a question for pro developers. Is about our first template, Retro, accepted on themeforest 2 months ago. We would like to create more themes for themeforest and make this our “full time job” and since then we have another 2 templates approved in “site template” category.
Meanwhile I received emails from themeforest buyers asking for wordpress version of Retro and we started working on it and after many days of hard work yesterday was ready. But a few hours ago our theme was rejected. Here is the message I got from reviewer:
Thank you for taking the time to submit your item. Unfortunately this item does not meet our current technical quality requirements and cannot be accepted at this time. Please continue reading for additional information.
I understand the HTML version has been approved but the WP category has much higher standards and I’m sorry to say this doesn’t make the grade.
After a close look at the latest themes approved I’m not sure what mean his answer because I think we have a solid framework and our theme has many features and shortcodes. The same framework was used for a theme which is for sale on the other marketplace similar to Themeforest and it was on “Most Popular Items This Week” for more than 3 months.
I’m very frustrated and not sure what must be done to get our theme approved, and that’s why I need your help.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Demo here
I think you can include the PSD because is related to the respective template. If a buyer would like to change something on the desing (gradient, shadows …) probably the best way to do it is directly on psd. But to include the html version to the WP version shouldn’t be allowed.
1 – IMO font-size and line-height need to be smaller
2 – Submenu is not centered and that blue color doesn’t look good. Also logo needs improvement
3 – Within the footer section I suggest you to keep only 3 columns. Too many colors are used: dark and yellow icons, blue, white and yellow text… not sure they match…
4 – Too much blank space