@digitalscience please make your own topic, this one has a different purpose and you will only make it to be closed by using caps everywhere.
I do NOT agree with what you want simply because we, as old and elite authors, worked for our status and reputation. This is why big brands like Apple, Mercedes, BMW sell better than Acer, Ford or Volkswagen. We worked hard to get here, we need to get rewards.
You need to reward your loyal authors, not take them and force them to the same level as any new author that posts a theme for the first time.
One of the main problems is, with all my respect to the whole team, that the whole Envato team / developers are either moving extremely slow or don’t really care at all about the current products and try to launch new products. This is amateurish, you move to new products when the current ones are close to perfect, not when the current ones are outdated. They started MicroLancer and invested LOTS of effort in it when that effort could have been focused to ThemeForest instead. ThemeForest generates WAY more revenue than MicroLancer does and will in any of the next years.
ThemeForest layout is outdated, waaaay below the current web standards, it only survives because of the history and the advertising it has, if they would start ThemeForest tomorrow as a start-up, it would fail miserably from day 1.
We need to push them to work faster and do what we need, not what they think we need. I start to doubt Envato’s interests are the same as the author’s interests. When there’s a conflict of interests, nothing good can come out of it.
Your theme offers absolutely nothing new comparing it to any other single pages from ThemeForest. And in terms of design, it’s at least a few classes below most of the approved single pages, you have lots of design flaws in it, lots of useless shadows that are not used since months/years now.
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I only wrote about some possible measures. What I’d choose would be to reduce the overall number of submissions approved for every niche. Stop accepting 50 one-page themes with the same elements and variations within 48 hours, accept only the best 10. Same goes for multi-purpose themes.
If we check the WP themes, more than 70% of them are either one-page or multi-purpose. That’s not okay.
And regarding to the quality of the design, you can’t really expect a real estate theme to have the same typography as a portfolio theme because the purpose of a real estate theme or something based on more functionality rather than design is NOT to have the most beautiful typography and design ever, but rather to do its job and sell.
And about stopping the submission of items from new authors… Well, if there will be like 1000s of authors within 2 years, will you want this marketplace to become the new templatemonster? I certainly don’t want that. When they’ll have the power to manage 1000 authors submitting items at the same time and do their part of the job for the 30% we pay, they can accept 100000 themes a day, but right now they aren’t really doing much for that 30%. 30% for elite authors, the new authors pay even more.
They prefer getting 30-50% from 200 sales and 100 items rather than getting 30-50% from 200 sales and 10 items. They may get the same revenue in short-run, but in long-run the authors will leave because nobody wants to work a month or more only to have 50 sales in 3 months.
Any official reply? This has nothing to do with the new search engine and whatever features you’re working on, this is even more serious. If it continues like this, I’ll definitely consider other solutions since it’s no longer reliable to add a theme on TF just to be removed from the homepage and WordPress first page within 24hrs. And I’m sure many more will follow.
- Improve quality and stop accepting multi-purpose themes with the same layout.
- Stop accepting submissions from new authors.
- Re-design the homepage and the review system, there were 2 reviewers 4 years ago too, the things changed and there was no change in the whole review process.
The way things are now are generating more revenue in long-term, however long-term it will kill the marketplace slowly, like templatemonster
So you’re ok with spending a month or more converting a PSD to WP only to see a generic rejection message that it’s not unique enough? Instead of getting that message right from the start of the coding process?
This is a business, advices like “Just do the work and hope for the best form the reviewers” are not okay for an author that does this full-time and could avoid losing time by getting some minutes of the reviewer’s time. We earned this right and it’s in the great benefit of both us and Envato.
As the one that proposed this, I’m definitely in!
A developer with the experience of the most established authors here is paid with more than $50 for an hour of programming, you’re buying a full theme that is worth more than 3-4-5,000 dollars, you can’t really expect support and customization within this price. Want more than the support each author provides(to make sure the theme works and installs fine)? Hire a developer.
You can’t expect to get a full website by paying $40 and without having any coding knowledge.
Btw: You definitely can’t be a developer without knowing English. Any decent coder knows english, you simply can’t work as a developer with world-wide customers by using google translate.
OFFTOPIC: Please please Envato, move the author quiz back
Impossible! Will you pay for the reviewer’s time?
Aren’t we already doing that? We did over $100,000 for Envato, it wouldn’t hurt getting 20 minutes in a month from the reviewer. It’s a benefit for both TF and the authors.
I got an idea, to offer this feature as a reward for elite authors or those who sold more than 100,000. In this case, they’re guaranteed that the quality is not really below the standards like for many new authors… And we don’t waste any time by re-coding design parts if the PSD gets rejected.
I think this would be an awesome feature offered for elite authors, because right now mostly only the analytics data makes a difference between us and an author that just submitted a template/theme.