No offense, but I think that there are too many multi-purpose themes made with some fancy visual effects that very rarely come useful to the end user already.
It is not a problem that your theme is too similar to the another one in your portfolio. Probably it is too similar to hundreds of other themes on the entire marketplace. And I am quite sure that people at Envato are finally becoming aware of that. The latest contest is surely one sign where the theme authors should be moving towards: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/envatos-most-wanted-micro-niche-themes-10000/140322
Thank to all of you very much once again!
Today this item was finally accepted: http://themeforest.net/item/dining-restaurant-wordpress-theme-for-chefs/8294419
It is sometimes really stupid which changes we have to do, just to satisfy the reviewers, but that’s just how it is as long as we sell on ThemeForest and not on our own channels
Anyway, we all agree that the final visual product is much better than it was when we submitted it for review the 1st time, so I hope that it was worth and everything will reflect well on sales.
Thumbs up TF! This contest aligns perfectly with our existing portfolio
So you can be sure we’re in the game as well, bwahahaha!
Thank you everyone! I see I am not the only who thinks this is a little bit odd.
@pixeful: I am quite sure it is not a mistake, since we got 2 soft rejections and in the first one they actually created some screenshots which elements are too similar in both themes and should be fixed. Then we fixed all of them and provided detailed explanation what we changed and why. The second response was then just ‘the items are still too similar’.
@Anps: yes, it is a soft reject, 2 times now already. The problem is that we already made all the changes to make it even more diverse. It doesn’t make any sense to introduce some completely new elements or ruin the existing ones, just for the sake of uniqueness?
@surjithctly: backend/frontend code is entirely new, as we updated from Bootstrap 2 to 3, created new widgets or improved the existing ones, changed the filenames, dir structures, introduced Grunt build process etc.
@icesoft: yeah, I think the same :/
I don’t know yet how we will solve this…
Hello there guys!
We have quite a situation here and we want to hear your opinion about it.
For the last three months we were creating a new WordPress theme for restaurants (http://restaurant.demo.proteusthemes.com/). Two weeks ago we uploaded it and we got two soft rejections with the reason that theme is too similar to this one (Carpress – http://www.proteusthemes.com/themes/?theme=carpress-wp ) and that was it. We were not even close to get any useful direction on what should we change or do.
I must say we used Carpress theme as a foundation but in restaurant theme we changed almost entire .css file, changed style, size and position of almost all elements and added lots of new features (advanced plugin implementation, page builder, more options in live WP cutomizer etc.). No need to say that the code is entirely new, using new/better/different approaches.
It was quite an unpleasant surprise for us mostly because TF reviewers every day accept more than dozen single-page portfolios or Avada-like themes which all look the same. We saw a lot of authors just changing the colors and position of elements and having another “unique” theme accepted, but we wouldn’t dare to do so as the customers are lost then in the ocean of the same themes with different content.
We don’t want to criticise the reviewers as much as we want to get second opinion from other authors and staff members. Do you think this is fair, what do you think we should do in this case?
In the worst case scenario we could sell Restaurant theme on our own sales channels or make it free for the matter of promotion. But first we want to know what could we do to get our hard work approved on the ThemeForest?
Thank you all for help, Kind Regards, ProteusThemes
Just added the option that the first argument can be provided as the purchase code. If missing, the script will prompt for the input.
$ everify.sh e4e91153-XXXX-4483-XXXX-882ee0686787 # first argument is the purchase code
I tried that as well, but it still returns the result in one line. I prefer JSON anyway.