The current method employed by Envato to collect feedback on pressing matters is lackluster. A better process would be to conduct long-term surveys. While your previous effort to conduct surveys was a fine attempt, the sample size was too low for a market of this size. If you need help, you can always ask us authors to encourage our buyers to provide feedback.
It will be hazardous to misconstrue opinions of the vocal minority as representative of the whole. While in theory it can be argued that the same group will be answering the surveys, given the right strategy and time, the data collected can be representative.
Good first step in moving away from terrible readability of old item pages but it’s neither polished, nor complete at this point. And it would have been better if these changes were detailed before being implemented (more than just a sneak peak).
15px font with 1.6 line-height (24px) would have been much better. As others have pointed out, it does look out of proportions with rest of the design elements at the moment.
Also it seems like paragraph margins weren’t adjusted and are still at 20px.
A condition like this will work:
if (function_exists('is_shop') && is_shop()). If the first part of the logic fails, the second part is never reached when using logical AND operator.
At the moment, the trick is to have few very distinctive elements to set themes apart from others. Typography, visual hierarchy, spacing, and the general template dogma usually isn’t the reason. A lot of subjectivity comes into play as well.
If you happen to be in the industry for long enough and understand the terms, you can observe what’s being accepted. You will definitely notice violations of aforementioned points, yet they may have a few unique elements or newer trends.
Sadly, quite a few of the rejected themes adapt to please the reviewers rather than the true objective – pleasing the user and selling. Reviewers might push for newer trends that, depending on theme category, haven’t caught on yet A better approach is to create a unique blend to meet both expectations.
I would guess they’re more concerned with traffic that converts rather than overall traffic. The conversions seem stable for ThemeForest at least from this data source (not exactly accurate, but seems to be good enough for comparison):https://web.archive.org/web/20140701084037/http://tf.marketopia.net/statistics/marketplace http://tf.marketopia.net/statistics/marketplace
Looking at “sales last month” Sales numbers seem to be higher in October compared to June.
Interesting. The way DMCAs are handled – without any preliminary checks in place is a bit alarming. But you can claim for losses if the DMCA wasn’t legit. It’s quite serious legally speaking and misuse of DMCA shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Personally, we prefer never to send DMCAs for the same reason – at least never as first action. But other authors, even when lifting pixel by pixel or line by line of code, sometimes refuse to acknowledge or co-operate in changing anything. Which doesn’t seem to be the case here. Definitely go for a counter or contact the author.
I share your pain. There’s definitely a policy shift going on at ThemeForest’s Blog/Magazine category at this moment. While I am not sure what they’re trying to achieve, I can pretty much say this layout won’t be considered as acceptable anymore.
It will probably need to be changed as much as 60-70%. Have a look at the Blog/Magazine category of WordPress themes and you will get the idea of what they’re looking for (give or take a few exceptions). I know you will find the dreadful sales of recent themes in that category depressing, but there’s nothing authors can do about it. It’s about what’s being accepted. The product/market fit is being completely ignored.
I can understand these are pretty bad times for authors trying to release new items in that category. So all we can do is wish you all the best.
That’s a great series of interviews there. Awesome work, Sam!