I agree free are free for a reason – the basic premium options are not expensive and make the difference!
Its nice but not enough to it and also it does not validate and check the submission guidelines to ensure the backend is right http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/update-wordpress-theme-submission-requirements/103347
I assume this is regarding a file you are going to sell on here? As the author you should really be looking to help people install it and showing them guidelines and documentation rather than charging them. Customising the theme/template beyond the demo layout – that is different and should be charged. There are freelancers here who charge around $25 an hour but the more experienced and substantiate ones would be between 50 -100$ an hour and upward.
Its v nice – the typography in the dividers is hard to read and should differentiate from other heading fonts etc plus the alignment of the portfolio looks a bit strange and maybe have example images in there and clients list, otherwise it deserves to pass
You have not broken any rules specifically its just a generic hard rejection message. It means you cannot re submit it without noticeable differences and modification
To be honest I just spend too much time on here!
If you are not that confident panels is WP so probably easier but make sure it has the shortcodes and structure etc to do what you want as in some themes the “sections” are pre defined types. The author is one of the best so send him an email if in any doubt. I also know the author of pager and his code is good so you would be fine I think but of course it depends what exactly you are trying to achieve. Good luck
You need to be more specific – which file did you buy? Link?
You could do this with any one page template by just extending the padding on each section but if you want it built in ready to go (assuming of course you need to modify the sections etc to work) the basic functionality is in: http://themeforest.net/item/pager-agency-html5css3-template/5329089
It would depend on a lot of elements e.g. how many stores? How wider search area? What level of traffic you are estimating? What level of search definition? Store reviews? What information needs to be easily manageable? Direct invoicing? Can stores update their own information? How do you need the orders to be sent from the website to the store and so on.
I know someone who carried out a commercial project to create a competitor site to just eat last year and it is an extremely complex set up if done properly.
Bottom line to realistically quote you anyone will need a lot more detail and anyone who is willing to give a cost based off your first post is probably not someone you want to work with.
Looking at just eat that is a substantial set up and so absolute ballpark several thousand $ upwards depending on the complexity.