Posts by GoliathDesign

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GoliathDesign
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To be honest, it’s just impossible to tell if you will get approved, because there are so many different ways in which you could solve the problems which I have listed. But there is definitely a chance, just remember, it’s not a guarantee in any way.

I suggest that you work on your header first. It needs quite a bit of work, more than 50% of it is empty (to the right). And, I highly suggest that you convert this template into WP once the HTML is done and approved, if you are able to. As it’s a magazine, there are obviously more people looking for a template which they can use right away, instead of a “barebone” template.

Finish your site! Add post sites, sub category pages, single post pages, maybe a “trending news” section and so on. Right now, I can only see one HTML file. You will never get accepted, unless your template feels complete to the reviewer. And right now, it’s not complete yet.

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GoliathDesign
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Hey there,

first off, I agree to Iman, you didn’t waste time. When you look back at your work in one year, you will probably see why it was rejected. Often, if you give it a break for a few weeks, and dive into a different project, and then look back at your older ones, you will see the progress you have made design wise, which I always find quite interesting, as you can actually see, how you improved your design skill.

Now to your site. To be totally honest, I would never design magazine templates, as I find it one of the hardest templates to create. Here are some reasons why I find it so hard, which are (as I find) the points you will need to improve on:

  • - Your header is too plain, Iman already said that
  • - The logo for your template might need a redesign
  • - I think as magazines have lots of new articles posted daily, you should use autoplay in your slideshow
  • - Have a search bar. Imagine visiting the website of your national news service, and they don’t have a search bar, so you have to click through every category and sub until you find it.
  • - My largest point: Visual hierarchy, and a clearly structured visual flow. It is very hard to decide, where I look at next, and it really shouldn’t. You should use a layout, where it is absolutely logically and even intuitive, where the visitors eyes “flow” to.
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GoliathDesign
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As I offered before, but no one noticed, disable FORUM for users who have less then 1 purchase or 1 sale – at least, maybe more stricter.
This punishes legitimate users though, an anti-spam solution needs to be non-intrusive, this is very much intrusive.

1. Buy item and then ask for support 2. Create item and then share your success

Most of generic questions can be resolved via forum search. A lot of forums use that strategy like that or similar

To reply to my own post, I actually liked the idea pixelful proposed at first, but then someone said that many use the forum to get feedback on their first few items. That’s true, and I personally found it very helpful and welcoming, because I got lots of feedback from the community, which instantly creates that “sense of community” (If you can call it that).

I guess that it is in fact intrusive if you would restrict the forum to more “experienced” users, and would distort and damage the community quite a bit. What do you guys think about a certain time which needs to be spent when creating a new thread, before hitting submit? They surely copy and paste, so it would take them no more than 10 seconds to create a thread. By having a “minimum amount of time spent, when creating a thread”, that at least slows them down (creating new threads, there could still be replies though). Additionally, you could try and deny a new thread, when the site detects that all of the content which is trying to be posted is pasted in at once. Obviously, you’d only have to change one character, but again, it will make it just a little harder.

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GoliathDesign
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Completely agree to what Charlie has said there,

I also have an item soft rejected citing uniqueness, and it really is frustrating, but try and think of a few other ways of implementing truly unique features. You might want to ask yourself: “Why would anyone buy this one, instead of another theme?”

Also, typography seems slightly to thin in places, at least on a 1080p monitor (23”).

Anyway, great start, your template is actually very good, so don’t take that rejection wrong.

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GoliathDesign
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Hello all,

it’s been some time now that we have seen the first spam posts being created all across the envato market forums. As we are a community based on helping each other, you rarely find a spam post which has not yet been reported, but quite obviously, the posts with their long and hugely annoying titles distract and are obtrusive. They also, even if not yet of significance (I suppose), create lots of junk in the forum database, and are simply annoying everyone who is trying to read through the forum posts.

A simple solution?
Well, what about implementing a captcha code, or a similar system when creating an Envato account at first, but also when creating a new post in any forum here. I am not sure if the spam is really created by bots, but that’s something Envato should be able to find out if they really want to. (Look at the IP’s etc.). Simply having two captcha codes in place across the entire network should reduce the spam posts, if they are really created by bots.

Sick of spam posts too? Please just give it a +1, so that Envato can see it and/or comment!

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GoliathDesign
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Hi there,

now that you have posted a screenshot which can actually be looked at, this is my very honest, short answer:

No, it will not be approved.
But as with all, just telling you yes or no won’t help you, feedback will:

  • Improve on your typography. It looks like you tend to space out the individual letters too much, despite the fact that the actual font choice is not the best.
  • Spacings and paddings are a big issue. Your design doesn’t breath, content which you want people to see is too cramped together, and might not actually stand out. What are your main “attractions?”
  • Uniqueness is another point, but as it’s the hardest to improve on, improve on the others first.

hope that helps a bit.

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GoliathDesign
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Hi SarpStudio,

yes, it’s correct that you could use any Codrops Item, or demo snippet in your template, as they are all released under the MIT license.

What does not make a good design however, is how you “cut and pasted” something from codrops right into your own design. What FlatKing was trying to say, is that there is a huge contrast, and a massive difference in design quality, when you look at your page, because quite often, you just used some codrops snippet, right between two sections designed by you.

What the problem with that is, is obvious. Inconsistency. And inconsistency, is not what you should produce, because actually, webdesign is all about consistency, creating a seamless experience, a design which is logical and understandable, not just snippets from all around the web.

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GoliathDesign
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Hi 2ad,

despite the fact that none of your links work, probably because you decided to take down your designs, try to play fair and not make and subjective statements about anyone’s portfolio or work. It simply isn’t fair to publicly offend someone (even if not intended)

Based on your last comment, I think that you didn’t understand what LubosVolovar when he said that you should learn from your rejection message. Surely, a rejection message is a generic thing, and Lubos didn’t mean that you should take the message and improve your design based on that generic text, but learn from the fact that you got the message, – that you got rejected.

Now that you understand and realized that fact, you can take a look at your design from a broader angle, and see it in a fresh, new way. You should learn that a rejection message, in fact, only the actually fact that it got rejected (even without any message) is a sign for you to look at it again, and learn from it, learn that it’s not quite ready yet. This way, you can improve your design skills and generally get better at what you do. That’s what Lubos meant.

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GoliathDesign
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Hi NooTheme,

instead of saying that I really like it and that it should be soft rejected (well.. yea i like it though, so don’t get me wrong), let’s just face it: you didn’t get it approved. Yet.

So here’s some feedback from me, hopefully you find it useful:

  • 1. Typography is your biggest problem. Many coders and developers are not too good with getting the typography right, because it’s actually very hard. I find that sometimes you picked a too thin font-weight, and generally your font-size might be picked slightly wrong. The result is a bad visual hierarchy, so try and improve on that.
  • 2. Paddings, spacings and margins are another issue. I feel like you tend to use large free spaces, sometimes a bit too large.
  • 3. The used images are sometimes strechted, (Home – Business, video section) and some of the images you use don’t provide good contrast ratios at all.
  • 4. Usage of brand logos is a bad practice. Remove them and use fake brand logos, you could create some yourself.

Hope it helped.

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GoliathDesign
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Hi ThemeFlush,

whilst I had long forgotten that I read and commented on your thread here months ago, I stumbled over it again, and I must give you a big thumbs up.

I have to totally agree to thepixeltribe when he said that it must be the biggest transformation he’s ever seen.

Now what you have done here, and how you improved in 8 months of time is really breathtaking. I promise you that you will succeed if you continue working at the same pass for 1-2 more months.

There’s no need to be sad at all, because what you don’t see is what you hide because of your goal to get it approved – the fact that your design and coding skills seem to have benefitted massively from the few posts of feedback you got over 8 months.

I don’t have time (well… mostly it’s the slow internet that I can access right now) to look through your theme, but I’ve looked at the photography one already and I really like it. You should expect my feedback in the next 4 days, as I will have access to much faster internet again.

After all being said, feel free to contact me if I haven’t given you any feedback after 4 days. Simply use the contact form on my profile.

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