First ever theme – 2 weeks (6 years ago), but then it was only a blog and there were no theme options, formats, post types and so on…
First theme for TF – 4 months. I was hitting the wall every few days. It had blog, magazine layouts and portfolio, but it had ugly design (lack of knowledge results in lots of comporimises), lots of errors and bad practices. I submitted it once, it got a hard reject and i didn’t even try to get second review for it or to fix it. For each problem I spent a few days procrastinating. First themes are the worst because of the learning curve…
Second theme – 2 months from scratch to finished product + documentation, and I’m very satisfied with it (it has WooCommerce, bbPress, custom built portfolio plugin, magazine blocks, lots of little features). It’s validated, code is clean, design is very nice. Some things I had to spend 2 weeks with first theme, took a day or even a few hours with this one. And if you really like the theme you’re doing, you’ll work even harder because you’ll have fun creating it…
I’m guessing that you want to know for PSD, because WP is quite obvious. If I were you I’d do the following:
- either create PSD without the background and add a few screenshots how it would look with the background (on the screen, above the fold only)
- or create PSD with the backgound, but everything that’s under the fold would transition into the gaussian blur pattern… (znaci, nakon sto istekne slika, lagani prijelaz koji polako prelazi u istobojni blurani pattern i ide do kraja)
Good luck, sretno
In local store you can buy one bottle (0.5l) of the most popular local beer…
Find me JUST ONE theme out there that has shop, portfolio and magazine and looks even remotely similar (boxed layout, blurred backgrounds, semi-transperent footer/header elements)
Ok, I just got a hard reject:
home – http://demo.markicdesigns.com/luminus/ shop – http://demo.markicdesigns.com/luminus/shop/ portfolio – http://demo.markicdesigns.com/luminus/portfolio/ magazine – http://demo.markicdesigns.com/luminus/magazine-example-1/
I think we’re reached a point of saturation. At this point, we’re only looking for unique variations of this design: for another one to be approved it would have to have a couple of unique touches and features that differentiate it from what’s already available and definitely be of higher quality.
but the thing is, there’s nothing like this on a market place. Not a single theme.
Minimal templates can be clean and simple when you manage to handle the white space and details to provide a simple but yet unique template. But if you can’t, it will look like an incomplete template – blank template.
But it’s not minimal. It’s not minimal at all! It’s flat with semi-blurred background.
In this case, the submitted template is more like a ‘framework’ than a full fledged design. If you’re going with minimalism, you need to make sure all the little details check out.
Really? The worst thing is, no one has actually visited my site. I have Google Analytics and there are no visits outside my country.
When someone get a hard reject, usually it’s because of authors lack of skill / expirience / knowledge. But not when it comes to B&W sites.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against black & white minimalistic web sites, but they are too tricky to pull off the right way. Every detail has to be perfect in them or they’ll come out bad. Here’s why, there’s really hard to pinpoint the right shade of grey, black on white makes too much contrast, you lack color but if you try to add colors you’ll ruin the whole thing, using border makes everything look cheap and the worst thing is, in that particular style (and I don’t know why) all letters look like shit. Especailly in Chrome.
Again, this is the worst style to go after.
I know all of this because, a few months ago, I even tried to build B&W site myself and failed. My honest suggestion is to archive this theme and try again with something new. Don’t look back, don’t spend too much time on it, just leave it behind. Try something new. And don’t do one-page sites because that market is oversatured.
If I was you, I would go around the TF, found themes that offer simmilar things and figure out what are they offering and lacking. Then I’d implement these things. And I’d definately add something unique into the design. Something that would make your theme stand out.
Alternative is submiting this theme to some other marketplace. It has enough quality to pass…
iKreativ : Thomas Edison 99 failed attempt, but everyone uses electricity, and failure is the beginning of success.
Well, to be fair. We’re not using direct currency which he invented, we’re using alternating currency developed my Nikola Tesla. Nikola Tesla didn’t try and fail, he was a visionary who understood the physichs principles.
Edison even started a huge smear campaign against Tesla by electrocuting an elephant and thus showing how dangerous AC can be. Still, it didn’t help a bit, we’re using AC today…
The reason why I’m writing this is to point out how try&fail can’t compete with vision and knowledge…
Thanks for your advise but don’t say that. I can’t scrap this.I worked hard on it and when I compare some themes of themeforest with this I see mine can be accepted.(maybe with some changes and improves)
I don’t have much time now and I just need to submit this.I don’t need this theme’s money. I have lots of work to do in 3,4 months and if I can submit this theme I don’t start a new theme until July.
this theme has so many customizable options and user can change almost everything.
Please give me some advise to submit this and I promise you better designs on my next themes.
I completely understand you. I understand that you want to build some cash flow for the next few months, but you’re loosing time on this. This will not get approved. But keep reading…
Here’s my advice. Open up an accout on feedly and subscribe to rss feeds of design sites. Also, go to dribbble every day and check out the popular items. There are users on dribbble who put .psd files next to their work, check these out. Open an account on Pinterest and follow boards about web design. If you find something you like, save it in one folder on your desktop. Every now and then go into that folder and just look at things. That’s the best way to sharpen you eyes. That’s what I’ve been doing for a long time and, after some time you’ll find out what’s makes design great.
It just like working out or learning how to drive. It’s all about small steps, but I assure you, if you keep doing this, after a few months you’ll see the difference.
Listen, whatever people tell you here, you have to scrap this project, you know that. Because you can’t fix this design with a few simple tricks. I’ve been in web development since the early 2000s and even back than this would look bad. Now, if you really want to persue being an author on ThemeForest, you really have to get better with design.
My suggestion is, go to the dribbble, behance, web galleries (...) and get to know items. See what’s making them look great and try to mimic that. Find out the following: - how to use colors - how to use fonts, line-height, text-color (...) properly - web layouts, how responsive sites work, which are the best techiques - how little details impact the design
Now, after you’ve done that. Subscribe to SmashingMagazine, A List Apart and other web development blogs because you won’t get far without them. Read books about web development, find a mentor. This is a career, not a make-money-quick scheme.
But first thing is first, scrap this…