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JackHowell says

I had someone hotlink my entire sites images before and copy just all the HTML . Let’s just say I haven’t used so many flashing GIFs before in my design life!

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Same here I find myself constantly checking TF at work and on the way home on the iphone or just pretty much all the time…I’m officially addicted

I do this… I feel like a sad person (which my partner agrees with)!

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Ok. I just wont use it.

Woah, don’t lose too much hope there! It still stands a good chance of becoming a great theme. I do feel it needs some work but you shouldn’t scrap something you have worked hard on.

The first thing I would start with is updating the colours because at the moment that was the first thing that put me off a little. Try using a Colour Blending layer above the background to get a few tones in there and try a more red-y purple (personally think the colour is too sharp).

Unfortunately I don’t think the curvy swirl at the top works as it is quite a strong contrast to the rest of the design. It could be push to the back and blending out quite a bit but it may be best to ditch it.

In my opinion I think you are on the right track so don’t lose faith in your skills. Keep working on it, improve it, show it to use again and we will try to help you get it looking good.

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JackHowell says

Cool, nice looking and clean. Though it has already been mentioned you do run the risk of the design being too simple.

I think it will do the trick for a simple effective theme which does have the polish that I would expect to see. Are you planning to offer different colours for the background?

Providing more customisation options over other templates might help promote it and make it more valuable because at the moment it will fall into the category of ‘just another wordpress blog’ far too quickly.

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JackHowell says

Watching that new threads column speak of bad news this is kinda refreshing!

I came here because…

  • I love to learn new things and want to improve and develop my skills
  • Hopefully my work will be appreciated (once I finally start uploading templates) which I am looking forward to
  • I enjoy being involved with creative communities and want to be more involved
  • All the work here is really inspirational
  • TF’s designers and members seem like a great bunch of people!

It is a bit hard to sum up a list only having been here a week or so but so far I am really enjoying writing in the forums and looking through all the great work here.

I am really looking forward to being involved and help TF develop (if I am not too late to the party).

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JackHowell says

Like the very themed theme! Very effective.

The top links do not stand out to well against the background for me, however, I do think it is good having plenty of space for a potential menu. Not that you asked but have you thought about darkening the top of the background so that the menu and header stands out more?

Widgets are handy but if they are not ideally needed for the theme to work then it may just look like filler – if you can find a few things which are useful in the footer then add them but I think it looks quite good as it is.

If you moved the subscribe link and icon down so it just goes over the edge of the header and placed a search box where it was it would look balanced – question though; does your theme need a search box?

Otherwise it’s a good looking theme! Hope the suggestions help.

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Guys – I wasn’t stating that the site looked different in Chrome. I was merely stating my opinions – and that I was viewing the site through Chrome.

Ah, I may have got a bit enthusiastic with the wrong end of the stick!

All value points so hopefully this will help get axidev theme up and running on here.

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Does Google Chrome hold enough market share to be warranted as a ‘must be tested in’ browser?

I think a website definitely should work in all major browsers (IE6, IE7 , Firefox, Safari, Opera) and at least be functional/usable in browsers which hold a smaller following like Chrome, Konqueror, Flock etc. In my opinion though.

Clearing up aesthetic problems with the design should be the the first step, then bulletproof the code and make sure it works the same across browsers.

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Of course the using a grid is important but it’s been said already. Beyond that you need to think more as a coder when you approach a design. For instance that right arrow on the banner area is overlapping the login box, that is not practical when coding. I’m assuming that you don’t code but there are things to consider when designing something that has to be turned into code.

I totally disagree; within the constants of the browser anything that he has designed is possible. Unfortunately if we all thought like coders websites would be so bland, yet functional – but no-one would use them!

  • Personally I would start by grabbing a ruler and lining up everything. Currently a lot of the main parts of the site fall badly out of sync and line with each other.
  • The logo and menu need to be further indented as they do not line up with the first post.
  • The space between objects on the page seems excessive – move related items closer to each other.
  • Post icon in the top left does not really fit will with the overall design. Might be worth ditching it completely as it does not fit with the ‘icon set’ you have used/created.
  • Unfinished gap at the bottom is a little odd – bring it all up a bit and put copyright/logos/recent posts etc in the space? Would make the complete picture look far more appealing.
  • The design looks very wide from the screenshot – what resolution have you designed it to as it may make all the difference (more space than needed and/or not suitable for a majority of users browsers)?

Please take my points as helpful advice and I hope a future version is accepted!

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JackHowell says

I can understand these points from the ThemeForest approval guys. I have added my opinion under each point below. I’m not sure how strict they are going to be but it’s the best advice I can offer!

here is preview

1. Header Background (headerBg.jpg) – Can you provide a guide to help the users to change the image because this is considered the main part of this theme ( agree? ).

This really is the main part of the theme on face value. I think what they are after is the ability to completely change the header to a full banner image if needed or simply change the colour or faded image. If this is easy to do in Photoshop (faded layer with minimal blending) then simple documentation on ‘how to’ would help.

2. Just my personal opinion ( optional ) – If there is a field for users to type in the slogan or some text on the headerBg.jpg ( as text in html ). Will it be nicer?

This does sit oddly on it’s own and from the preview I am assuming it is part of the header image? If this could be change to styled HTML then it would be a lot easier for a user to update.

3. The tabs aren’t match with the theme. I think you gotta improve this part.

I am using FireFox 3.05 on OS X (mac) and the tabs black semicircle is inconsistent and jumps on hover and click. They also do not line up with the whole tab. Might be best to ditch the semicircle on the tabs (and the orange one on the side)? Or ditch the down arrows and use the semis there instead. Having the text on the tab move down on an active item is a little odd too.

The main menu also jumps randomly – even though it wasn’t noticed I would recommend fixing it.

5. The unordered list is without any bullet or something. Purposely? I suggest you include the list-style for it.

... Don’t get this one. I can’t see anywhere which needs a bulleted list?

All in all I think the points are valid (if not a little vague and relatively unhelpful) – just needs that ‘spit and polish’ finishing touches.

- edit (afterthought) -

Just reading over the points again I am seriously disappointed with the response from ThemeForest even if it does not meet their standards. Discussing this with others here prompted me to add this to my comment.

In all honesty the ‘points’ are very amateurish in value and are even badly written! Come on guys and gals reviewing… offer some helpful and useful advice for people working hard to get there template up and running!

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