I have put off developing another wordpress theme mainly because I don’t know how integrating a page builder is going to work with the new guidelines.
Can anyone answer to whether or not we will be allowed to still use a page builder plugin like visual composer in our themes after this second stage is in effect?
In November when the new standards come into place and all non wordpress default features must be plugins rather than included in themes, I am wondering what will authors do in place of their current page builders?
Will you re-code your page builder as a plugin? Is it already a plugin? Will you use an open source version?
I have seen several themes use the Visual Composer plugin from codecanyon. Does anyone know if this will be allowed to be used in themeforest themes?
I did not read all the pages, but what you are saying is that we have to remake the structures in old themes. Are you serious? We will end up having to recreate themes from scratch because they do not follow this guidelines, and better up just closing the account and starting another. What is this?
This is exactly what I wanted some clarification about. My themes have things like:
- my custom made page builder on pages/posts with a ton of elements - portfolio with filter - custom post types - customized premium sliders - custom widgets
What do I do with all of this? Do I need to create a plugin for anything that wouldn’t directly translate into the default 2013 wordpress theme?
For themes that gradually get a few sales here and there how are we supposed to spend this much time completely re-doing them? Themes that aren’t on the weekly top sales list already receive virtually no benefit from being updated as even if we completely re-vamped them they would get zero exposure and no one would know about the new features except those who already purchased it.
This is forcing us to spend a fairly huge amount of time in exchange for no compensation. Why wouldn’t I just go back to a day job? It’s like you’re trying to emphasize how uncertain taking the self employed route can possibly be.
Hey man, is it a themeforest project or something else? Send me an email, why not.
I’ll do it for free if you’ll be my friend.
Did you even look at the screenshot? Nivo slider is not used anywhere in my theme and not referenced either. All style and js loaded is needed on every page.
So, what should I do about this?
Yeah it is, and thanks for the tip, I will do that.
Now i’m only partially making this thread to whine, I think there is also a legitimate problem here. It seems to me that we only have two-three reviewers for wordpress themes and they are obviously very busy. However, it is extremely frustrating as an author to spend three months on a file, finish up all of the demo content, write and style an item description and wait 3 days in the queue only to get an extremely vague letter saying your file was almost good enough but was rejected.
Sometimes there are screenshots with something pointed out and those are very helpful. But sometimes there are just a couple sentences that vaguely point out a general issue without giving any idea where in the theme it occurs.
Sure there isn’t time for detailed feedback on every theme, but this has happened a number of times on themes where the email has stated “Your theme is not quite ready” and the required fixes, while pretty small were still so vague that it is an ordeal.
So when I get a letter like this and don’t understand what the problem even is that needs to be fixed, what can I do from there? I can tweet the reviewer and hope he replies (which they often do) but this requires knowing who the reviewer was and they don’t tell you anymore. Or I can do what… file a support ticket? In my experience this has about a 50/50 chance of even hearing back and if so it usually takes 5-7 days.
So if we don’t get clear feedback because there isn’t time to give it and we have no method of asking for it in any reasonable amount of time, what are we supposed to do?
After submitting my newest theme for the first time, it was rejected with the “You’re almost there” email. There were 4 technical (theme check etc) issues that needed to be fixed. It was my fault for not being thorough enough. After fixing these very thoroughly and resubmitting, here is the feedback I recieved in full:
Unfortunately your submission Expression – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress isn’t quite ready for ThemeForest. Here’s some feedback from our Review team on why it couldn’t be accepted.
Please use wp_enqueue to load any external scripts/stylesheet – wp_enqueue_script / wp_enqueue_style – http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_enqueue_script#Functions
Also, please use conditional tag to load scripts for only the specific page, for example nivo script only for page with nivo slider.http://d.pr/i/WeuI
If you look at the screenshot, everything is enqueued using the mentioned wp_enqueue. All of the files are used on every page as well. Why was my file rejected? How can I reasonably find out?
What about the idea that people who want to do things honestly and legitimately won’t download something that is pirated?