A “theme” was just a small suggestion – there are a lot of types of news magazine – maybe you should find out which type is most popular and create styles for that.
This is just my (humble) opinion. Just use it to reflect on it, to think about it. It certainly doesn’t mean I’m right – this is just my opinion. I’m trying to help, because I know how tough the rejection can be.
Yes, there are a lot of “generic” designs of News WP themes. If you want to go this “general” news style, then your design should stand out in something, have some nice details and touches. It’s very hard to be unique and universal at the same time, I know.
Just keep on working, and not wondering – “What the hell that guy means” .
I spent one month cca, to fine tune design (css, layout, typography), Just for that. I took me 3 months to build theme, and I used our framework, which we were creating in last couple of years. This is a hard job …
Hi, just a quick word from me, based on first impression: - design is a bit too generic, overall – perhaps try to find a “theme” or a “niche” for magazine (nightclubs, fashion, techno … ) - usual – whitespacing (paddings, margins) and typography is a bit unbalanced. Find the right font sizes, where a font is better rendered (go in decimals with em’s or rem’s) - add some cool feature (perhaps try to look in “magazine” category to get inspiration)
Once again, but will someone use all 100 different demos on a single site?
Off course, not … Well maybe someone will But, if you want to make a quick demo to end customer, it’s better to have 100 layouts to choose then 5 … So you can use 10 layouts (out of 100) and make complete demo, and when you have 5, you can’t , can you ?
I believe that some theme buyers that are actually reselling them to end customer are using themes just like that – to make site demo, without any page builder or other tweaking – just import demos, select pages with layouts, change logo, a bit font colors and tadaaaa… End then, reuse same theme for other buyer, especially since he/she is already familiar with particular theme.
And what about 15 plugins ? Does anyone need that ? Off course not, but it attracts buyers. Nevermind they won’t use them.
..Regarding the domo’s, i don’t see much value in it …
Wow, there’s so much value – those demos are importable, so, the buyers get finished page layout (not just homepage …any) and it doesn’t have to mess with page builder, shortcodes (not to mention the code, child themes etc…).
With couple of clicks he/she can get pretty unique site layout (combining with small customization with fonts, color and predefined header). I see a lot of value here – a lot of saved time (and time = money, right? )
@corella: The VAT price increasing is only for buyer from EU, it doesn’t apply for buyers outside EU, and since most buyers are from US, Australia, India, and others (South America …)
I believe VAT issue is not affecting SALES (at least not much) – something else is the matter here – I’m not sure what it is. Perhaps some changes Envato did with advertising, search or … Perhaps it has to do with market saturation, especially mega-themes bloat.
@bigtreeisland: I’m sure there are some bad items here (especially older ones – the standards are changing very fast). I know that our themes went through severe checks (from our side and Envato reviewers) of Wordpress and general php, js, css standards, and lately, all the themes have the same treatment.
I still believe that perhaps one of the major things that affect sales drop is saturation with mega-bloated themes. It’s not the coding/design quality – see the number of plugins included (some have 15 premium plugins), or number of demos (some have 100+ demo pages layouts (!!!) ) for some themes…
How can such themes have $5 bigger price then some “regular” themes, when, only if you count plugins value, the price should jump $100 and more … ?
The prices on Theme Forest are not too high.
I didn’t go into deep analysis of other marketplaces (the ones that shall not be named ), but I KNOW that Theme forest quality is high (not only our items, hehe ). For example – $63 is max price for some themes, which almost “out of the box” can create sites, comparable in quality to custom created sites, with enormous capabilities.
I think that Theme forest should expand the price range. Currently, the price span is from $38 to $63 for WP themes. The difference in theme capabilities and complexities is broader then that. I believe this would be more appropriate range: - $40 for simple blogging/magazine theme to - $80 – $120 for mega multipurpose/shop/portfolio etc. themes with multi demos and so. In between, there would be more specialized, niche themes – shops, portfolio, real estate themes …
@clearcoast – that’s just wishful thinking. I would like to buy iPhone for $40 too
We’re on Linode and we are satisfied. Didn’t try Digital Ocean … Supposedly they are good …
@aligatorstudio I understand your concerns but buyers decide what sells and what not, unfortunately. Give people what they ask for.
Not at the sake of the industry collapsing under this mentality – it is unsustainable, and bundling premium plugins is also not smart for buyers, authors or the author of the premium plugin either. Quick cash always looks good, but there’s a reason it’s quick cash because it normally destroys a market.
If all authors do is continue to add ‘value’ (not even touching that subject) then you have to see that in 12 months you can bet you’ll be adding 50% more again, and no more extra money, everyone doing it so you lost your so-called unique selling point. Basically read all the above as race to the bottom and no one wins in that situation – not even buyers.Jonathan
Right to the point, Jonathan !
Thanks for sharing your thoughts
I came to similar conclusion – it would be better if they made plugin out of it. Yes, the page builder is integrated in customizer, but it seems a bit confusing to me (maybe it’s just a matter of me slowly adapting) and using widgets as page builder elements (similar to SiteOrigins builder).
I believe that export/import of created pages should be more intuitive and inside page builder. The style kits are also too confusing to me – and it takes 4 steps to import them … hmm.
But, the concept is interesting and it could be a major player in WP / CMS page builders world.