I guess I haven’t seen all templates because it seems pretty cool to me! But I suppose the reviewers know what they have!
I think being like other designs might have put a sour taste in their mouths and it may have slanted the review. I agree, rack your brain on innovating the heck out of some of it, but I also think improving some of your dummy content (filling it out a bit more) might give you more of an edge the next time around.
Hopefully someone with more Themeforest experience will comment!
Keep at it, but so far it looks like an inside page vs the homepage at the most! But judging by the improvements from version 1 you are on the right track.
I just have to say you’ve improved it a lot! Keep going!
You might have too much space above and below your slider… maybe tighten it up a bit? I’d also add more style to the slider… darker and slightly bigger drop shadow? I’ll let you figure that out, but see if you can jazz it up!
Maybe play with the header nav?
I don’t know, maybe I would contact support again for clarification? Maybe there is something other than just the design that is wrong?
The dark is great, but the light needs a weee bit more weight up top… keep it the light version but maybe a bit darker? Something needs to be darker up there…
Sweet dude, I’d probably already have pulled the trigger on submitting it, but then I’d probably be on my way to my first rejection! But not with this theme me thinks!
My only comment is I’m torn whether or not the outline/drop shadow on your H tags is readable, I would try lighter or something, if even juuuust a hair!
It’s very flat and blah if you want honesty You need to do something that pops. Usually you should do your own thing, but in this case I’d advise you to take a look at other templates for inspiration! Get some contrast and depth going!
I’ve said this before, but a logo can really set the tone! That TIP -Template font is pretty horrible for themeforest – people want trendy here and that font looks like it’s from an old hardware store sign or something
Maybe put more into few things. Look at your batch of buttons – so they are all the same and all you did was apply a different color to them. I’d say some of the buttons need to look more drastically different to give real choice, not just the same button all the colors of the rainbow.
To me the layout looks like you found a whole bunch of icons, boxes, and gallery styles and dumped them onto a page – you need a meaning full and fresh layout/graphic treatment, then add the icon and button choices inspired by that treatment rather than random graphic elements.
You have the html framework, etc. done for this – you have to re-skin it and give all areas contrast and pop!
Looking at your color choices, you haven’t used black, so use a black background and get rid of the web 2.0 angled tile. Dealing with a layout on top of black will naturally force you to rethink your approach, plus black is an easy color to make everything slick and Darth Vader I know my first layout will be black to make it easy on myself!
Good luck, fixing this layout will make you push your design farther than you thought!
I think debugging for IE 7 is a way more valuable use of time than defending why it isn’t working. We know the values of upgrading a browser, but joe-public “just wants it to work” and if it doesn’t it is just a theme that doesn’t work! I think we can tell someone complaining about IE6 where to go, but 7 is still recent in the whole scheme of things!
So using an available WP Framework is less desirable than doing it yourself. Doing it yourself will make you the expert at your theme and you’ll be able to support it better. I build a ton of Wordpress CMS sites with the Magic Fields plugin (a cms life saver!), but creating a stand alone theme is new territory for me. Right now I’m trying to hunt down what the essential skills to building a feature rich theme and what RELIABLE resources will allow me to learn build those and do it securely.
I think I’ve found two to start…This is a no brainer from Wordpress.org http://codex.wordpress.org/Designing_Themes_for_Public_Release And from comments I see on other forums, this is a great tutorial for getting a start on creating a custom settings page: http://www.chipbennett.net/2011/02/17/incorporating-the-settings-api-in-wordpress-themes/4/
I guess what I’m after is the breakdown of essential skills. I imagine I could buy a theme and break it down myself but haven’t done so.
I’ll settle for any stories of going from n00b to Elite Author when it comes to theme design!