There is a BIG gap between “I understand html and css” and being able to create a HTML template which can be approved on ThemeForest.
Anyway, creating a WordPress theme is much harder than creating a HTML template. You basically still need to do the same amount of work you do in HTML version + a LOT of additional work of coding in PHP.
I definitely suggest you to do the HTML version first and if it gets through, create the WordPress theme too.
But the problem is, themeforest don’t like different themes. Let’s take a look at the 10 best selling themes. Tjey all look more or less the same.
I agree that there are many copycats on this marketplace, but saying that ThemeForest doesn’t want different themes is totally false statement, The true is that you have much better chance to be approved and have decent sales with the original work (original and high quality of course). Forget about bestselling items, those are often created by skilled teams. If you are solo, you need to create your own way.
I am noticing the drop since 26th. It all went pretty well till then, but last two days – zero sales. It’s a weekend, I get it, but previous weekends was pretty ok for me.
Moving your preview to decent hosting is definitely a good idea, but anyway, your design is not good enough.
1.) Test it on bigger resolution. Whole content is stretched to full widh and it looks very bad on my 1920×1080 display
2.) Get rid of this custom scrollbar, you are degrading user experience with such “features”
3.) Add more colors, I mean it looks like a funeral theme right now, and not very nice one
4.) It is WAY too generic, it lacks any originality. Why whould anyone buy this theme if there are already dozens of same design available but executed much much better. Be original
Overall, it looks like a free theme from someone who just started to do websites month ago. So I sugest you to start from scratch and try to outdo yourself.
When you are uploading an item, there is a checkbox “Any images, sounds, video, code, flash, or other assets that are not my own work, have been appropriately licensed for use in the file preview or main download. Other than these items, this work is entirely my own and I have full rights to sell it on ThemeForest.” ThemeForest won’t be investigating if you really have the proper license, but if you won’t and they will catch you somehow (for example the author of the font/plugin will report it), they will disable your item.
If the font license allow you to do so, then yes. It is not the ThemeForest thing, its a license thing of that particular font/plugin whatever.
You don’t need to provide key or any other evidence that you really bought the license.
I know that many, many templates here are just copycats of one another, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t try to be original. It is up to you, just design more, be critical to your work and you can create a great item with great sales.
Yeah, now I see where you get your inspiration There is nothing wrong about being inspired by something, but a least try to make your version better than the original. If you don’t see the quality differences between your version and the Amor, ten you need to work much much much harder on your skills and you will see the difference. If you are looking for the easy money here, you are on the wrong place, but if you really want to make it, then spend as much time as possible working on new designs and try again in a few months.