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JustinCarroll says
campuscodi said
Create from 3circlestudio. That’s my latest favorite…. I’m 90% and going up in the mind state of buying :delicious:

Thanks for the praise! ;)

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JustinCarroll says

Province, Abstrakt, thanks for the feedback. The design is definitely intended to be simple. Every time I submit a theme I learn something about working with TF. This time around I learned that minimal is out right now. Maybe it’ll be back in later, but right now it’s out.

Abstrakt, yes, it can be frustrating. But at the end of the day they’re trying to maximize their profits and creators need to respect that. Our job is to create themes that TF wants TF customers to buy. There’s a bit of mystery in that, yes.

To your point though, I think it would be interesting if TF set a bar of sorts. Let’s say any given theme needs to do X amount of revenue in X amount of time or it automatically gets chucked from the site. Clearly this would remove the themes that currently aren’t being touched (and that I KNOW mine is better than, haha). I think that would be an interesting experiment. Just thinking out loud here. Definitely have some criteria like you said for approval, but leave the subjectivity of art to the customer, yes.

A criticism of my experience here is that when well-designed themes are rejected and put on other marketplaces TF seems to only create more competition for themselves. But if truly bad designs are rejected I don’t think that happens because no other marketplace will have them either. I’ve seen some serious contenders rejected in my time here. It makes me nervous for TF. I’ve seen some real crap get rejected too that won’t hurt them at all, haha!

All feedback is welcome. Thanks again for the thoughts!

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JustinCarroll says

Hi, Kate. Thanks for the response. This is in NO WAY flaming Ivor. I want to make that very clear. I have nothing but respect for them as a reviewer and as part of this community.

The decision to reject my theme was based solely on design. Part of the challenge in producing for TF is finding the balance between what I want and what TF wants for their customers. This is one of those situations where I believe minimalism of the design makes it more attractive for its audience, but TF disagrees. It’s no secret that typically TF likes to sell designs with more bevels, gradients and shadows in the WP category. And they have every right to do so.

I’m on the fence of whether or not I want to take this design to that level. And thought I’d hit the forums for some feedback.

Again, this decision was based solely on design. The backend custom options panel of this theme is extensive and honestly the best I’ve ever produced. User’s have the utmost control over their theme. In fact, it’s the part of the theme I’m most proud of.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

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JustinCarroll says

Looks like my Galactic Wordpress Theme has been rejected based on design even though it was approved as a site template. The reviewer, Ivor, stated that the Wordpress category has higher standards for design than the Site Template category.

That’s tough because one of the goals of the Galactic style is to NOT be heavy on eye-candy. Being a portfolio theme I was hoping this would be a nice competitor for Cargo and that the user’s work would be able to speak for itself through this theme.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like those customers looking forward to a Wordpress version will be receiving one anytime soon.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks. :)

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JustinCarroll says

Ok, I’ve done it. There must be a more graceful way to do this, but I’ve put this code in my functions.php file and it works …

$option_posts_per_page = get_option( 'posts_per_page' );
add_action( 'init', 'my_modify_posts_per_page', 0);
function my_modify_posts_per_page() {
    add_filter( 'option_posts_per_page', 'my_option_posts_per_page' );
}
function my_option_posts_per_page( $value ) {
    global $option_posts_per_page;
    if ( is_tax( 'portfolio-category') ) {
        return 2;
    } else {
        return $option_posts_per_page;
    }
}

If anyone knows a better way to write this code please hook me up! Thanks. :)

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JustinCarroll says

I’ve made some headway! There’s still an issue, but here’s the code that currently works …

function my_modify_posts_per_page() {
    add_filter( 'option_posts_per_page', 'my_option_posts_per_page' );
}
function my_option_posts_per_page( $value ) {
    return 2;
}
add_action( 'init', 'my_modify_posts_per_page', 0);

The problem is this makes ALL loops return only 2 posts per page. Right now I’m working on getting a conditional statement in there that only checks for taxonomy “portfolio-category”. I’ll let you know when I’ve finally figured this out.

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JustinCarroll says

With a little bit of code tweaking you could get this to work, but it sounds like you’re not super code savvy. Maybe search for a plugin. I know there was a pretty popular one awhile back called WP Post Thumbnails. It had TONS of crop and edit features, layouts and such. Google it out. That’s what I would do. Hope that helps :)

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JustinCarroll says

Read this page from top to bottom … http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes

Each theme on ThemeForest more than likely comes with it’s own set of unique features; however, the data you already have in your blog is tied to your Wordpress install, not the TwentyTen theme. That means changing themes or trying new ones out won’t hurt your data at all. Hope that helps! ;)

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JustinCarroll says

No, that didn’t work either. :( Ok, this will be a bit long-winded, but it will provide the best possible knowledge to troubleshoot my problem. All the information in my original post is still true. I’m using the WP PageNavi plugin for pagination. This particular problem in not getting the taxonomy-portflio-category.php page to paginate is also a problem when WP PageNavi is turned off.

I’ve had a heck of a time getting pagination to work on the homepage and on a page template page, but I did get them to work. Here’s their code:

page-home.php (used as a Page template on a static front page called “Home”)

$paged = 1;
if ( get_query_var('paged') ) $paged = get_query_var('paged');
if ( get_query_var('page') ) $paged = get_query_var('page');
$i = 0;
$loop = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => 'portfolio', 'paged' => $paged, 'posts_per_page' => 24 ) );
while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post();
// output
$i++; endwhile;
if ( function_exists( 'wp_pagenavi' ) ) {
    wp_pagenavi( array( 'query' => $loop ) );
    wp_reset_postdata();
}

Pagination works!

page-portfolio.php (used as a Page template on a Page called “Work”)

$i = 0;
$loop = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => 'portfolio', 'paged' => get_query_var( 'paged' ), 'posts_per_page' => 24 ) );
while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post();
// output
$i++; endwhile;
if ( function_exists( 'wp_pagenavi' ) ) {
    wp_pagenavi( array( 'query' => $loop ) );
    wp_reset_postdata();
}

Pagination works!

taxonomy-portfolio-category.php (used as a way to display portfolio sections e.g. print, photography, etc.)

$term = get_term_by( 'slug', get_query_var( 'term' ), get_query_var( 'taxonomy' ) );
global $wp_query;
query_posts( array_merge( $wp_query->query, array( 'posts_per_page' => 2 ) ) );
if (have_posts()) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();
// output
endwhile; endif;        
if ( function_exists( 'wp_pagenavi' ) ) {
    wp_pagenavi();
}

The page 1 (http://site.com/portfolio/interactive/) looks great! It’s definitely only posting 2 items and it calculates the correct number of pagination pages. But when you click on page 2 or 3 or 4 the site defaults to index.php and shows “Page not found”. Pagination fails!

Womp womp. Hopefully I can resolve this soon. It’s holding up my theme development. I’ve seen A LOT of people with this same problem of pagination on custom taxonomy pages, but no solid solutions for anyone. Please help!

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JustinCarroll says

Nope, didn’t work. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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