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Gareth_Gillman says


When I first submitted my last theme, it was soft rejected and after each time I sent in the changes, it would be 2-3 days until I would hear back from them. All together, it was over 2 weeks to get it approved, so yes, this is unfortunately the standard right now. They’re apparently working to hire new reviewers, so hopefully we’ll see improvements in the next year or so as they groom the newbies.
Yes I understand really good your point of view, and I think this will be longer for me this time, 15%… If Envato needs a reviewer, this will be an honor for me to do this job :)
Somebody can explain me the way to become a reviewer ? Thank you ;)

You can apply here :)

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Gareth_Gillman says

You can’t without buying another license for the item, the items in the bundles are sold without licenses (hence why they are so cheap).

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Gareth_Gillman says

You’re not paying for support from a theme, support is offered by an author voluntarily, most authors will offer some form of support but they aren’t required too.

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Gareth_Gillman says

In your ftp go to wp-content/plugins and rename “download monitor” to “download monitor 2”, this will disable the plugin (don’t delete it) and you will be able to get access to your admin.

Once in check the plugin is upto date and look at why it’s causing the issue

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Gareth_Gillman says

IN HTML theme you’re free to use them (check their licenses), it’s just the WP plugins they made a pay module for and have a separate licenses.

I am using the free jQuery plugin for Flexslider and integrated the options into a plugin so the user can control the plugin.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Nivo lets you package their WP plugin in a theme via the developer licence (Link), I can’t seem to find anything for Flexslider.

I am releasing a theme which uses Flexslider and have built my own plugin, it means I don’t need to rely on Woothemes to support it and I am in full control of the plugin. I just used the jQuery plugin and wrapped it into a custom plugin.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Almost any design can be converted to WP but it depends on what you’re looking for:

1) A custom design(going to be in the hundreds or thousands to convert based on features etc) 2) A similar looking template, there will be similar on TF (under WordPress > Blog/Magazine)

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||+1054468|If an item is valuable, it will be successful whether it’s on the homepage or not. Avada was removed from the homepage well over a year ago.

True but many authors rely on the homepage to get the exposure to the items (most authors have no idea on how to market their theme imho).

Avada is a wierd one as it’s at the top of the most popular files every month so it doesn’t need the homepage exposure, but a new author with a new item does as that will give them the initial sales to show in the most popular items for the week (or new items) and then be able to build on the success.

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Gareth_Gillman says


“not sure why Wordpress themes would not be given a top priority, especially from established authors. ”

The answer of this one is pretty simple – You are nothing more than me or any other author here, no matter if you’re elite, how much money you have earned and which category you are uploading to. If there are 200 updated items in the queue at the moment – you should just sit and wait for your turn, no matter if all other items are HTML, PSD, Drupal etc. and if it takes 12 hours or another 5 days.

Other authors are also waiting and you are not “elite human being” just because you’re elite author (don’t get me wrong – I am “elite” too and that’s not the point). Not to mention those authors with the smaller earnings also have to feed families and may be even need the money more than you. ;)

Other than that – yes, it is frustrating and unprofessional for a company as big as envato, but so far nothing can be done.

This is not coming from a selfish perspective, but rather from a business perspective. I probably shouldn’t have added the “especially from an established author” part in there, but it’s obviously frustrating on my end since I have generated a good amount of money for this company and I can’t even get a real response from anyone as to why it’s taking 2 weeks to get an item approved, especially when I only have a few small changes that needed to be made.

Bottom line is that this entire process is unacceptable and we all deserve more transparency and a more efficient review process. The way it was with my first 5 themes was slower than I’d wanted, but it was at least tolerable. This time around, it’s just a complete shame and embarrassing. Especially if there are twice (or more) the number of reviewers from before, even if there were twice the number of submissions, how has the response time tripled?

You’re in the queue like everyone else and your theme will be sorted as soon as they get to it… Just because your an elite author doesn’t mean they are going to jump the queue to get you in first.

In an ideal world there would be 2 queues, full reviews and edits to an existing review… but there isn’t and you just have to put up with the slower review process.

Envato has added more reviewers but the amount of items that are being submitted has jumped meaning more items to go through.

I would rather be in the review queue for 2 weeks and get my 4 days on the frontpage than be reviewed in 1 week with 1 day on the front page.

It’s not the end of the world, have a drink, relax and start working on another template.

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Gareth_Gillman says

I have seen advertising all over for Avada, including display ads and even YouTube. Haven’t seen any for X. Care to elaborate?

Have a look on webdesignerdepot …. the X is being given away as a prize… that’s what dream_theme is hinting at :)

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