Increase header height and add social icons or news ticker or something to make it stand out
Change or improve the logo
Make the nav full width so it aligns with the logo
Make the nav either the same or a totally different colour so it stands out from the header
Do something clever with the ‘news’ links e.g. full-screen overlay or at least a preview of these posts. they are meant to be a focal point but right now get lost a bit
Improve the search box (its too empty) e,g, put search form in the middle, add featured articles or recommendations, social feed etc etc.
Just having two posts up top does not work – either make it a slider, carousel of one stand out but two does not make sense
Distinguish latest, popular, trending title blocks ESP trending
Don’t use others content and artwork
Don’t have the middle column so long compared to others
Add social sharing to post previews
Offer various home page layouts
Rethink category click previews – line height is too big, alignment is off, too much empty space (I know its just the demo but looks bad), feature one post here above others etc etc.
Category pages look VERY empty which looks messy (trending sidebar is a nice touch)
Post page articles author box has too much white space between it and copy
Just making intro text a bit bigger does not really work. Either it needs to be the same as main content copy or noticeably different.
Think consistency in fonts – there are a lot in the this page and the font choice for post copy does not really work
Related articles do not align
Sidebar is too tall for the post
Add a (widgets)footer – this is a huge opportunity area for you and a must in the design
Ad an about page
Add a contact page
Don’t have empty posts http://locothemes.com/reader/demo/south-africa-beat-sri-lanka-by-nine-wickets-to-reach-world-cup-semi-final/ it looks lazy
Introduce different post types e.g. video, image, quote, link, music etc etc.
Looks like the submit button on contact overlaps the footer icons? Definitely needs more padding
Generally its not a bad start but needs more to it.
Typography is dangerous – a font like that is hard to pull off – I get that it is to stand out but if you want to take on that style then al else needs to be spot on like line heights, hierarchy etc which right now it’s not
lose the gallery in the nav – create a gallery section in the site and replace it in menu with social icons/logo etc.
Logo needs to be more distinguished – right now it looks very like the ‘coming soon’ text
subscribe button fills post click where as more info fills on roll over – is this deliberate?
about copy and computer do not align (subtitle type and body copy are too similar too)
If you want to make it stand out:
Because of the different amount of content in each section if you fix the window to 100% height so that in each block the title and content fits centrally whatever the device resolution then it will look cleaner
Add something to the service blocks e.g. on click have more info in a fullscreen panel slide in or something just so it is not like a million other files here just with different fonts and colours
I get it is bumming when you get rejected – believe me it happens to even the best author son here at some point.
The site has potnetial but like many it just needs that premium feel that comes with real attention to detail and refinement in the design.
While https://validator.w3.org/ is not that accurate in all cases the fact your site will not even validate is a sign that there are fundamental issues and making code validate (asides from unavoidable conflicts) is still a requirement
Definitely avoid using other content and artwork wherever possible. Even though Lorum Ipsum is crappy it avoids any issues
Things like footers and headers are core elements
I’ll look in more detail later
The concept is not bad but there is a way to go.
Typography needs work
The design is very crowded and the long middle column looks bizarre
Using copyrighted content and images is forbidden here
The all categories tags etc looks messy
No footer? Header could also be improved
The gap to the left of the main nav is kind of annoying
Post previews when categories are picked could be better
Most of it is refinement rather than rethinking but needs a fair bit of attention to detail
Whole site can’t be validated which is an immediate hard rejection
You need to open a ticket with envato who are the only ones who can help.
If you have downloaded the file then that would not entitle you to a refund (exchanges are not possible – only credit returned to your account) but if it was just in error then envato may well decide to help refund the spend so you can add to it and purchase the Magento version
Are you talking about refunding a file?
You can’t just exchange files Unless they are broken or not as advertised and even then this would be a refund on the original and will take up to a week so envato can investigate it.
Why do you want to exchange? What is wrong with the file?