So, Envato, here’s the list what the marketplace needs:
- Raise standards a little bit to filter those cloned and same looking themes
- Better homepage layout to showcase new items
- Better review/approval timing, max 30 items/week or let’s say 30 items/5 days (if there are so many quality items), so every author gets his/her 15 minutes of fame
An official response would be great from Envato about this. But NOT the copy-paste one, please. We need concrete things like “A new homepage is coming, expect it in January 3, 2014” OR “We don’t want to replace design, maybe 2 years later when the pipeline is clear”. At least we’d know what to expect.
I’m just guessing but I think maybe it has to do something with that reviewer job opening I saw recently. Maybe submitted items jammed in the queue and now the new reviewer went through them all.
I’m getting really pissed off because of this whole shortcode – autop thing. This bug is there since years and WP still couldn’t solve this problem. Why?
I also think that TinyMCE must go. What WP need is a correct page builder and a default shortcode set which makes it easy for people to build columned layouts and basic things like buttons, place icons, pullquotes, etc. Most clients doesn’t know any HTML code and with TinyMCE you can’t really customize your site without HTML and CSS knowledge.
I think we should think of it like a normal plugin. There must be a general styling included in the plugin, so if you use it in any other theme, it should look good.
AND in your theme’s stylesheet you can add some extra stylings to make plugin’s layout more compatible with your current theme’s design.
You should submit it into PSD template category. That’s the hardest category to get into.
Chances are high that if your PSD design will be approved, your WP theme will be too. Not 100% guaranteed, but you have a better chance.
Theme approval will also highly depend on code quality.
bravewhale: I couldn’t agree with you more. I don’t like this kind of theme options either. They stand out too much from WordPress admin design. I always try to keep design consistency in my theme options. I use WP admin’s default checkbox, select design, etc.