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Markic says

Thanks Lester for your time :)


-h3 class=”widget-title”>Testimonials font too small.

-h3 class=”widget-title”>Magazine Layouts not the same size as the above H3. Also i would separate them by a border either horizontally or vertically. 1px line.

-h3 class=”footer_headline subfooter_headline”>Latest Comments all your H3 should be the same font and same size.

-div class=”su-service-title” should be matched to the h3 or a bit bigger font.

With fonts on magazine pages, I agree. The reason why they are not the same size is that some of them are part of the layout and some of them are the part of the sidebar.

For testimonials, I tried bigger fonts, but this just looks better. And somehow makes more sense when it comes to hierarchical importance.


- the header and the social icons background need a bit of separation with the same idea as you did the pg-388-0” class=”panel-grid and the class=”panel-row-style-grey-background. Just a nice thin line.

Tried this, doesn’t look good…


-Also try to use the same spacing and padding for your titles and for the content. perfect example is your shop and panel-row-style-extra-space panel-row-style on the bottom the spacing and padding is not the same. So make sure that throughout the whole theme it is the same spacing.

Will do this…


Change the logo cus it does not jive with the theme. Try to use the same colors as you used in your theme and also the same fonts. Or you can use some graphical elements as well.

I’ll experiment with this. The thing is, colors can be changed (there’s a style switcher to the left)


- pgc-388-3-1” class=”panel-grid-cell i would add a hover effect that when you hover over the images it would slide up to reveal a bit more of the image.

These are just demo blocks, to explain what theme has to offer. I’ll certainly redesign them if I continue improving this theme. They are here for the demo purposes only.


If you are using border and divider lines make sure that all of them are the same height meaning the thickness because if you mix and match it looks bad.

This one I didn’t get. All of the borders, except those in the magazine pages, are 1px wide…


- Also with the colors don’t go too crazy with too many different colors or is you do make sure that they compliment each other. Not like the yellow and blue that you used. - the subfooter i think is not the best color choice but if you choose this color then i would stick to it on other things instead of the blue or visa versa.

Here, I’ll have to dissagree. There’s a color picker to the left and after trying all the combinations, this one looks the best for the demo. Users can change them (16 of them are aviable).

In previous versions I used to have only one color and it looked dull. Using two color system really lifts the whole design up.


- Maybe add a border or shadow under the home page image slider to separate it from the white so the design has a bit more depth.

No way, the only shadow should be the one around the wrapper. Flat is in fashion and shadows are not part of the flat design. Also, I’d have to add shadows everywhere to make the design consistent. Else, it would look wierd…


-The menu hovers don’t have enough contrast from normal state to hover state. the submenu should have the same colors on hover as the single menu items.

This, I’ll change. In previous versions it lacked color (the main complaint was that it was too minimalistic). This is the leftover from the previous versions.


- the portfolio clients do not do anything for me they are too small and no hovers or anything interesting about it. Maybe put it in a carousel with bigger images.

I’ll do bigger images, but the problem is that Firefox still doesn’t have css3 filters. In Chrome and Safari, they are greyscaled by default and color comes on hover.


- Also give more space to all your content to have a bit more breathing room.

This works great when you have full width layout, but when using boxed layouts, everything looks too empty. I’ve tried making everything looser, but compact looks way better…


-Exclusive Portfolio System, i would add a load more button on the bottom and maybe make the images a bit bigger.

On the homepage, I’ve used the ‘large’ option ( here are all the options: http://demo.markicdesigns.com/luminus/portfolio-building-blocks/ ) for the same reason as in previous comment. On boxed layouts, compact looks better.


-Meet the Team, i would also put this in a carousel and add more contrast to the hover over the images.

About the hover effect I agree. But carousel can be tricky to handle. I tried carousels with some of the magazine options. Haven’t turned up as I planned. (BTW: this was done with the pagebuilder)


- The footer social icons are hard to see on normal state lighten it up a bit.

I agree. The only issue is that people can change backgrounds and sometimes those lighter icons are too light. I’ll figure this one out…


So there brother this is what i can find,but the biggest thing is the spacing and padding and hierarchy that you have to pay attention to.

Cheers and good luck.

Lester

Thanks a lot, really appriciate this :)

BTW: I’ll even think about not continuing with this theme and being an author on the TF. I’ve checked out some of the approved themes made by Elite authors (which look very ugly, outdated and some of them have really noticable errors) and I believe that there’s a huge bias towards them.

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Markic says

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Does anyone here have these issues:

1. Progress bar starts at 15%, then it drops to 5%, then it raises to 40%, then it drops to 20% and so on…

2. When sending a theme for a review, after 24-48h I get a daily proofing digest and my submission is labeled as soft rejected. However, progress bar keeps going. A few days later I get official message from the reviewer that it was soft rejected…

Wierd, huh?

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Two months ago my theme got soft rejected and since then I’ve been strugling with getting my theme on the market. Here’s the quick overview:

The thing is, I always get same the feedback, no matter what I do: “minimalistic, spacing issues, overall quality, hierarchy etc…” But whatever I do, feedback is the same. And the worst thing is, I don’t know on which pages the reviewer is referring. I even redesigned the shop part completely and did some serious work on the above the footer area and, even after explaining all the changes, I get this feedback: “This is a resubmission of a previously rejected submission”...

I really don’t know what to do…

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Markic says

WordPress is a mainstream CMS juggernout (18.6%) with lots of users and it’s untouchable at the moment. ModX is a small project gaining ground and fighting other systems for what is left from WordPress.

If you want to create themes for WordPress, you’ll have to be really creative and add value or go niche to stand out from the crowd, whereas ModX is a new CMS and market is not so saturated, but not nearly as massive as WordPress…

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They wont even go after your online demo. You should add the demo content in your download pack and they’ll use it to review your theme…. And definately add a step-by-step tutorial on how to install your demo and point out the things they should check out. Simplify everything…

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Markic says

Off topic, how long does it last since you submit the design untill you get feedback?

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Markic says

That guy from Assassins Creed 3 he’s proparty of Ubisoft Studios and you can’t use him without their approval (which they won’t give you). Same goes for MOH, BF, Worms and all the other games.

Basically, you can’t use any copyrighted image anywhere. I know that’s frustrating, but those are the rules…

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It’s a behavioral trick. You put irrelevant skills (ex. design) at lower percantage and relevant skills (coding) in higher percentage. Since the general fallacy is that people can’t have more than one skill at top level, this makes you look honest (because you admited that you’re not perfect) and gives more value to your capabilites.

The problem is when your client doesn’t know which skills you’re going to need in the work process or wants someone with all skills at top level because he has an oppsesive compulsive dissorder.

But yeah, “skillset elements” are by far the most useless and business hurting element used. The only reason they are here is because they look good and everyone has this element so new authors don’t want to trail behind. The best way to use them is by not displaying them at all and thus not having your capabilites questioned.

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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…

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