Just as an update, our item now looks like it’ll go through and be approved now that we mentioned the HTML version.
Still, when you look at what’s been approved (even today/yesterday) it’s a joke. Some of them are literally so bland and minimalist, yet they fly through. And every single one so far I looked at has been an elite author.
This is the worse part. This morning when I woke up, I decided to accept the rejection and make some major changes to my theme and resubmit it for review again. But after opening ThemeForest and saw new themes, I completely loosed my hope as I saw that not good enough design is not the reason of rejections…
I get soft rejected all the time (and 2 times I took the item down from the hidden tab as the reviewers’ remarks and my own were not in line at all). If I get a theme in without a soft rejection I’m typically amazed.
Spending 8 months on your very first ThemeForest theme (or any theme really) is a bit much longer than the risk that it’ll either be out of date (design wise), the market will change, or that the item won’t get accepted – I recommend you do a second one without that much time, to alleviate this risk.
Don’t give up yet – it’s so worth it to be able to help people throughout the world establish an online presence. Oh, an us authors are pretty much cool.
These aren’t soft rejections, they are hard rejections. Unwarranted hard rejections, but hard rejections nonetheless.
This is an amazing piece of art. I usually agree with the reviewers in 99% of the cases, but that is very unique and good looking. The only think I can think of, from design stand point is that the contrast of the typography can be a bit better, because it’s not readable sometimes (I mean the glass version)
P.S. I just saw you’re a Bulgarian and followed you. Keep up the good work man, with just a little bit more work this think will get accepted and I’m sure you’ll get a ton of sales for such a unique layout!Good luck!
Come on… Do you really think that this theme’s rejection reason is typography or such similar things? Just take a look at recently approved themes. You’ll find out that theme reviews are not fair anymore. Themes with much more worse typography are accepting everyday…When I see this theme is rejected, I really forget my problem…
I agree. Not to pick on individuals, but in the recently approved list check out ‘couponize’. Its footer is so bland, with fairly bad typography (spacing is way off, line height too), yet that got through the review process.
Anps saidWell I’m not the theme author It’s for @designedbydash.
Hehe, nop that is not the case, but about the html section i already stated that you should contact them again, about the issues i just pointed out the ones i would change. Cheers
Yeah we’ve subbed a ticket, but it’s getting more and more annoying the more new items are approved.
I’m not going to start bashing other themes, but one was just approved which has a fairly horrific design (imo) and to top it off the icons don’t even work (latest FF). Another one after that has possibly the most bland footer in the world, with horrendous typography… it’s just getting worse by the second.
At least three or four themes, in the WordPress category, have been approved today that I would say are below the standard of our theme. I’m likely a bit biased, but there’s no way ours should’ve been rejected due to lack of uniqueness.
While I can assure you that in my case there is no special treatment (I still get items rejected – usually due to silly mistakes or changes in policy not made prominent by Envato) the idea that a ‘marketplace’ would reject an item because they have too many of a particular style is a ridiculous reason and one that Envato need to be careful about.
There is NEVER enough of any design as far as I am concerned. That’s like Barnes and Noble rejecting a publishers book because “we have far to many of these pages with covers on them”.
Now if you are not offering a twist or functionality then yes, it’s a copy-cat and no one wants to see 100 of the same thing. Also acceptance of a design in HTML does not necessarily mean it will be accepted in another category such as WordPress – just thought that needed to be cleared up.Jonathan
Just out of curiosity, I’ll share the demo link: http://designedbydash.com/beta/capturewp/. I could be wrong, but I’ve not seen a design like that on the marketplaces. It’s certainly not one of the 100 Avada clones that seem to be submitted each month.
While I’m sure there isn’t any special treatment for elites, it does sometimes come across that way and it’s easy to see why, on occasions, authors think like that. Up until now I disregarded it, but then this happened.
We are on the same boat. Just rejected with the same message and thinking just the way you are thinking…
Man that sucks, I actually quite like the design and it’s got a ton of features too. We’re going to see what Envato come back with and move from there… hopefully it’ll be approved, as in our case it’s a very unique theme.
If HTML version of your theme passed the review (is approved), then send email to support and explain that to them. The same thing happened to us one time, we sent ticket to support, uploaded theme again and then it was approved.
Yeah we have done, but my point still stands about it being one rule for one, one rule for another when the elites are getting approved when, imo, their designs are exactly what the reviewer rejected our theme for.
This isn’t a whiney thread (well, maybe a little), if that’s Envato’s decision then fair enough but I’m just wondering why it’s one rule for one, and one rule for another?
This was the rejection:
“We have reached a point where we have enough of these minimalistic designs with generic layouts (i.e. header-banner-teasers-footer). If your design doesn’t bring anything new to the table, unfortunately it can’t be accepted. If you want to submit any more files that falls into the similar-items category they not only have to be up to our standards, but really outperform any existing ones.”
I have a few issues with the above. Namely, 90-95% of websites in the world likely have the format header, banner, content and footer. If you’re going to stop people submitting with that formula, you’re in trouble.
However, by far the worst issue, is if you go and look at the most recently approved WordPress themes (try ones with “ZAP” and “SmartBusiness” in the title) they are the most minimalist, header-banner-content-footer templates I have ever seen in my life. Ours was not white, it was not particularly minimalist and it had nice elements that set it apart from other templates.
I normally disregard comments like “elite authors get preferential treatment” but I’m starting to believe it’s not untrue in some cases. Both of the examples above are elite authors, both with minimalist, header-banner-content-footer designs… yet a few hours before ours was reviewed, they got approved and we were rejected (and, on top of that, the HTML version had already been approved).
Anyone else had any similar experiences recently?
Everytime a new WP version comes out the same question is asked. The option will come, as always But such thing should indeed be available immediatly after the release.
3.6 has been released for a week now, im pretty sure its just a 2 second update on the admin section, if not then ther have failed in their development of the site.So waiting a week for the options is unprofessional for a company that probably takes up 70% of its revenue comes from.
While I agree, that’s not how things typically work at a large company. One person can’t just go in, edit a file and upload it. There’s likely a release cycle (every week, or every two weeks, most likely) which has to be followed to ensure bugs and mistakes don’t creep in.
Typically, I’d imagine, there’s the request for it to be added. Then a developer adds it in (depending on the importance of the request, might take longer) and then it has to go through QA etc. and once approved it’s pushed through to the RC and then made available on the live site along with all the other improvements on the day they have designated for releasing a new RC.
I agree it should be quicker, but that’s just how these things work at a large company.