after change contents, images, we got 2nd soft reject with same sms:
Reason: Overall, this is a good concept but there are a couple issues here: We already have a number of submissions with the same overall design and concept and we have to draw the line somewhere. I think we’re reached a point of saturation. At this point, we’re only looking for unique variations of this design: for another one to be approved it would have to have a couple of unique touches and features that differentiate it from what’s already available and definitely be of higher quality. Minimal templates can be clean and simple when you manage to handle the white space and details to provide a simple but yet unique template. But if you can’t, it will look like an incomplete template – blank template. In this case, the submitted template is more like a ‘framework’ than a full fledged design. If you’re going with minimalism, you need to make sure all the little details check out.
Could you please give us some advice make our item approved, demo here: http://demo.cmssuperheroes.com/Wordpress/wp-spectrum-landing-page/
Thank you soo much!
Thank for your feedback, i am changing video of header Landing pages, maybe we submit wrong category on Creative -> Experimental i am trying re-submit again on Corporate and using http://demo.cmssuperheroes.com/Wordpress/wp-spectrum-minimal as main page, I hope it is ok then!
1.) Music on your landing page. Sorry but this is such a BAD practice. I know it is just part of the landing page header video and it has nothing to do with theme itself, but I would give you at least soft rejection just for that. It is super annoying.
2.) Scrolling is VERY slow (using mouse wheel)
Other than that, it is very nice. Maybe just not unique enough?
we just release new wordpress and after 7 days wait, we got hard reject: “Your item does not provide the necessary design quality for this category. As higher quality items become available in the marketplace, approval requirements will increase to maintain appropriate marketplace quality.”
Could you please give us some advice Our demo here: http://goo.gl/vgMk8p Thank you so much!
How does this affect European Authors?
We have tried Google adwords for one of our Themes Pro Business and it had moderate success.
On our next theme we are taking Envatoes and other Elite Authors advice, with Niche theme, then you can directly target businesses within your niche theme sector.
I know once you hit a certain level of sales envato will advertise your chosen theme, but you have to test all your different themes with different marketing channels.
We recently launched a multi purpose creative theme and tried adwords and this failed miserably, because you need to see who your competition is. If you pay for ads personally and you are directing potential buyers to Themeforest, they will look at what other themes are available, and if your theme is no competition for the top authors, then you are spending your money on behalf of Themeforest and other Elite Authors.
1. Like suggested by others, stop authors from bundling themes or create a new category for them. 2. Give more exposure to new items and promote creative designs by creating a separate list that runs in parallel (same exposure ) to the popular items section. 3. Allow authors to use premium fonts such as fonts from typekit and other premium libraries. Typography is such an important part of web design and if all themes use the same set of fonts (Open Sans, Raleway, Lato, Source Sans etc ) how do authors come up with new and unique designs. The free google fonts collection has its limitation, a premium design needs premium fonts. There are many buyers who end up buying and using premium fonts for their clients. Authors will be inspired to create award winning designs and not just another multipurpose design with a quick development turnaround.
I think that is a great idea to have a separate list in parallel to the top sellers, maybe called ‘Envato, handpicked’ There has to be an additional way to promote excellent design and ideas, becasue the window of opportunity in Wordpress is literally max 7-10 days, then you fall into the abyss of themes.
Really pleased we posted this now, it seems there are a lot of ‘Elite Authors’ with the same concerns as ours. I’d be interested to hear what Collis (The Envato Jedi Master) thinks on the subject.
I know envato always compile and analyse data before they make changes, so is there any plan to look into this?
If you think multi-purpose themes are bad for users, and you think that single-purpose, targeted themes are better then why don’t you make those kind of themes?
The real reason is that it’s easier to make a multi-purpose theme than it is to make something from scratch. You can’t just buy someone else’s multi purpose and then restyle their bootstrap css. Single purpose themes do sell well, just no one is making them. That’s why the competition this month is micro-niche. Envato knows a lot of buyers probably prefer unique single purpose themes, but the sellers are too busy copying each other while complaining that they can’t compete.It’s idiotic. Build something well designed and unique and the buyers will be there. Just ask Hemlock (http://themeforest.net/item/hemlock-a-responsive-wordpress-blog-theme/8253073?WT.ac=search_item&WT.oss_phrase=hemlock&WT.oss_rank=1&WT.z_author=SoloPine) $42,000 in sales in less than 2 months.
Hi Black_Coffee, I am not saying multipurpose themes do not have a place, the main point I am trying to make here is that the price point of a multi purpose theme should be prices higher. For example, Magento themes are priced at $80+ because they are hard themes to develop and more work goes into them.
Surely if a theme is multi purpose and the price point between a single theme and a multi purpose theme is reflected correctly, when the customer is purchasing the theme, they have to make more of an informed choice for the purpose of their project and not just think, “Let’s buy the multi purpose one because it’s only $15 more”.
In my opinion Envato need to keep in mind who is purchasing these themes. If a Developer or Experienced Worpdress user is purchasing a themem, then yes a multi purpose theme would be perfect for theme because they have good money in the project and have the skills to use the theme.
If a Newby or hobbyist Wordpress User is purchasing a theme, they would think twice about purchasing the Multi purpose theme if the price reflected the product. At the moment if we are comparing cars, I can go to the same dealership and purchase the lowest spec car for only $43, but for only a price increase of 26% I can purchase the best car in the showroom.
Surely this cannot be correct, if the customer is not educated in themes and will always go for the fancy car?