I was lucky enough to have both at the same time . If I had a choice I would go with featured item.
Are there any guidelines shown to buyers before they rate an item explaining the criteria they should be rating by? The whole rating system is fundamentally flawed if 1 star to one buyer means something different to another reviewer. I don’t even think 1 star items should exist on this marketplace. 1 star would represent something that is barely usable and not fit for purpose.
My very first reviewed rating was a 1 star despite the fact the buyer did not mention any bugs or problems with the item (in fact they didn’t actually mention anything at all) and yet my item now has it’s first 1 star, which I feel was unjustified, can not be removed and can not be responded to.
My view is that the ratings should show how close the actual product is compared to how it is advertised and demonstrated in live previews. Comparing features between items (in particular themes) is unfair as:
2.) Not all items require the same features. Therefore rating one lower because it does not have a feature another item has is falsely representing that item.
Of course you are right about less competition, but you need to take a look from a perspective of flexibility of those themes. If I was running niche business, I would work on making it look different than others.
People who buy themes in the niche categories are usually a part of a small organization or operate a small business. They are not web designers and in the most part just want a web presence that generates leads and sales, so looking similar to competitors isn’t much of an issue. The chances of a competitor in your geographical area using the same theme as you is pretty slim anyway. There is also the fact that if the item is in a niche category on the market place it should have some sort of functionality (beyond its appearance) that is specific to that niche.
This has been discussed on the forums before.http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/guys-stop-sexualizing-women-in-your-mockups/115051
Ultimately I think it comes down to some people thinking sex sells or, at the very least, get a buyers attention enough for them to take a look at the item preview.
Don’t you tell your clients that you are using a theme? If you do, what does it matter if they can see the theme author and price as they are already aware of the situation?
You are completely correct in that in most cases sliders are completely pointless. However, fancy sliders in themes and templates sell and ultimately us authors are here to make money. As FlatKing said, in most cases sliders are an option feature that can be excluded or removed without any effect on the rest of the theme or template.
ashcat saidThis just about sums it up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om7O0MFkmpw
Do you have a pet hate? If so what is it?
I really hate it when people say ” I could care less” I can understand if English is not their first language, but if it is, to not fully recognize that they are saying that the COULD care less means that they in fact they actually care.Anyway i COULDN’T care less if you are offended by my poor grammar and punctuation but i had to get that of my chest, I’ve heard it being said so many times in the office today!
The category in your case would be “WordPress Themes”. The message you received is politely saying your design is not yet good enough aesthetically to be accepted. In regards to design there are no written minimum requirements that I can point you towards as good design can be very subjective.
The best you can do is look at other items in the same category and honestly compare your themes overall design quality, spend some time improving the item and then resubmit.