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!
In all seriousness though, I’m pretty sure it’s just that heavily “styled” templates will only sell one or two products because they corner themselves into niches.
How ironic! You reviewed my theme.
Sorry if I’m getting annoying by insisting on posting these here, but I figured since the reviewers don’t provide support, the support system takes weeks to get back to you, the forum seems the right place for this.
I submitted a theme to TF and it rejected with “Additionally some of your files do not validate. Please be sure that all files validate before resubmitting.”
The problem is that they are indeed validating as XHTML 1 .0 Strict, and CSS Level 2.1—successfully, may I add.
How am I to go about this? W3C Validator says they validate, but the reviewer says they do not.
You’re absolutely correct, and I can answer this easily: because if your design is slightly creative, and “out of the bunch”, they reject it and make it look like all the other ones.
Simple, but true answer in my opinion. I’ve seen some very creative designs (some that I actually considered buying), that got rejected and ended up on reviewmydesign.com.
Unfortunately, it’s TF’s rules, so we have to play by them.
Wow. I am extremely surprised this got rejected (presumably of the one error I’ll mention below), while some simplistic, unattractive themes got accepted.
The one thing that the reviewer is correct in is the width. Maybe it’s the screenshot that’s deceiving but it extremely wide when the sidebar is included. I’d say keep it 960px wide maximum. The actual page without the sidebar looks like a perfect width, so I’m not sure what you’re going to have to do with the sidebar.
Maybe try squeezing it in with the main page, but that will surely need some several big changes in the design.
Hope this helped a bit.