Take a look at the last 5 or so featured items. Nice items, right? Now take a look at their sales.
And in most cases, featured authors don’t have many sales either.
You may be getting my point. The featured items are either cursed (doubt it), or they just look nice but have no real use in, well, anything. So my question is, why is that so? Shouldn’t they get extra publicity to boost their sales? Or is whoever judging them for featured items not judging them well enough?
I’m not ranting by the way. Just pointing out the truth.
I think it’s about time to add IE8 to the list of compatibility, not that any extra work is needed to be done because it works pretty well now, but hey, might as well add it.
50k will be nothing for you, especially with your newest items like Atlantica.
Good luck bud
First of all, a rich text editor for posts. And for another, maybe actually make it feel like a forum. Right now it looks and feels like it’s a list of links to threads. If you look around at _any_other forum, you will notice more defined categories, and more distinguished colors.
Not bad. Are you planning to sell this here?
Very detailed post, Epicera.
But maybe I didn’t phrase correctly. The top selling templates are great, and by all means, not simple at all. And I’m not blaming the reviewers for rejecting themes, they’re absolutely correct in how they judge.
I was just simply wondering, as a designer, should I focus on lighter, simpler, more modifiable design rather than heavily styled design.
Thanks for the responses!
Don’t get me wrong, TF is amazing. It has the perfect balance between quality, quantity, community, and rate of growth as a site—that’s why I like it.
I just noticed that most of the themes are very simple (not saying they’re bad), but they sell like hotcakes.
This is not a rant. Don’t take it as one.
After looking through countless themes here, I have come to the conclusion that the simpler the theme, the better. Either reviewers reject more complex themes with a bit more detailed styling, or authors just aren’t making those.
What I noticed is 1px borders, plain solid color backgrounds with no special bordering, simple headers with often a logo, navigation and maybe a page heading.
Before coming to design for Theme Forest, I used to make more well-styled designs but they just aren’t getting accepted, and in fact, I don’t see too many of them.
Bottom-line: Is it better to design very simple designs because those are the ones that get accepted and sell more?
It may be possible. Matter of fact, my mistake and apologies—I never bothered to check the Lightbox CSS because I assumed it was correct. Now it’s fixed.
And thank you very much for the more detailed list of improvements needed. I highly appreciate it and I will definitely work on those!