My advice would be to look at the marketplace and position your concept within it. Does it stand out enough? Would you buy it yourself?
Yeah I would look at seeing what you can offer a user that’s a little more unique.
What you’ve done looks great, really nice and slick, but there are so many themes on the marketplace like this you’re going to struggle to get it approved.
The look and feel is great, I would maybe look at the structure of the site. Column based layouts are everywhere, that footer is just like most footers around – is there anything you can do to mix it up??
My first impression is that it looks a lot of like a lot of the other themes on the marketplace. But as it’s a PSD template it might get approved!
It’s a better response than what a lot of people get… so I would see that as a good sign! I like the theme, it’s not overly animated, it’s got a nice sprinkling of neat functionality. I reckon it could sell well.
I tend to agree with the typography. The way you’ve applied it is very nice, but the colour lets it down. If it was a punchier colour, it might improve it straight away.
The font choice, colour scheme, visual effects and animation are all quite poor.
My advice would be to return to the drawing board. Create some visuals first, post them on here for people to critique and hopefully, with some positive feedback, you’ll build something that might stand a chance of being approved.
There might be, why don’t you take a look on the marketplace yourself?
It’s a very nice looking theme but for me, straight off the bat, there’s too much animation. There’s literally no need to have a different animation for each separate panel of any one page. It makes the homepage disjointed and the whole experience a nightmare.
Secondly I would look at the color scheme. The color scheme is very Google and you’ve also used Roboto – it’s all very Google-looking.
Did you do some research of the marketplace before you started work on your theme? It’s very similar to a lot of other themes already available.
The hard rejection may be because your theme offers very little variation on what already exists on the marketplace.
Visually the site is very nice though.
I really like this theme, it’s far better than other examples users post up in this section of the forum who are confused as to why they’ve not been accepted.
There are a lot of similar themes on the marketplace, you could add in some unique elements to make the theme stand out.
Maybe a starting point could be the font you’ve chosen to use. It might be the case that the user can switch fonts. But as a starting point it might be worth changing it. Open Sans is all over the marketplace like a rash – it’s everywhere! A different font could get it over the line.
Hey, I think it could be one of the reasons behind the rejection. What you need to think about is that not all potential buyers will have a knowledge of HTML/CSS so you need to make your theme as user friendly as possible.
I’ll be honest, I don’t think it’s got a chance of making it onto the marketplace in its current state. As symphonythemes mentions, the benchmark on the Wordpress section is very high, you’ll need to put together something really special for it to get on there.
In my mind, this theme reminds me of a free WP theme. Don’t take offence to that because there are some amazing free themes out there.
Why not take a different approach, how about making this an HTML template first and try to get on the marketplace that way?
Sure you won’t earn as much from the sales but it’s a start. Take a look at some of the comments on some of the top sellers in the HTML marketplace, you’ll see countless users requesting a WP version of the theme. So if you’re theme gets approved for that section, the next natural step would be to translate the HTML theme into a Wordpress theme.
Hope that helps!