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jremick Envato team says


Hi everyone!

I just wanted to clarify that we do not want to allow multiple versions of the same theme to be sold for the same platform unless they have distinctly different purposes and have a significant set of differences. So a “lite” theme vs “standard” theme would not be allowed. However, an eCommerce version of a “standard” theme, built more specifically for eCommerce functionality, etc. would be allowed to be sold separately from the “standard” theme.

Taking this approach is beneficial for the whole community vs prohibiting across the board.

I hope this helps clarify, everyone!
Would you mind defining in a little detail what constitutes “distinctly different purposes and have a significant set of differences”. As an example of commerce .v. standard theme – I am assuming its more than just adding WooCommerce and moving some content around. Thank you

This is a great question and I’m working with the team to further clarify our policy around this so it’s easier to understand. You are correct; it’s more than just throwing in a WooCommerce plugin.

Once I have confirmation from the rest of the team, we will be adding information to the Knowledgebase and posting an update.

Thanks for your patience everyone!

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jremick Envato team says

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to clarify that we do not want to allow multiple versions of the same theme to be sold for the same platform unless they have distinctly different purposes and have a significant set of differences. So a “lite” theme vs “standard” theme would not be allowed. However, an eCommerce version of a “standard” theme, built more specifically for eCommerce functionality, etc. would be allowed to be sold separately from the “standard” theme.

Taking this approach is beneficial for the whole community vs prohibiting across the board.

I hope this helps clarify, everyone!

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jremick Envato team says

Hi everyone, we’ve published our finalized Phase 1 submission requirements and also updated on the Phase 2 timeline here: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/announcement-finalised-wordpress-submission-requirements-phase-1/117137

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jremick Envato team says

Based on feedback and recommendations from the community we have made some minor changes to the WP requirements for Phase 1. We are pleased to announce that the WordPress submission requirements are now finalised!

Phase 1 WordPress Submission Requirements can be found here: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/472/85/wordpress-theme-submission-requirements

Phase 1 Q & A can be found here: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/516/85/qa-for-wordpress-phase-1-submission-requirements

Phase 1 Requirements – Summary of changes

TGM Bundled Plugin Activation Class The TGM Plugin Activation class is no longer a strict requirement. We recommend bundled plugins be included via the TGM Plugin Activation Class or a similar solution to manage plugin dependency. Plugins can be installed from WordPress.org, private repos or a bundled ZIP file.

HTML5 For a theme to be marked HTML5 compliant, the relevant semantic structural elements need to be present and used appropriately.

CSS Media Queries The requirement to group CSS Media Queries at the bottom of a stylesheet has been dropped.

Usage of CDATA markers We have removed the requirements around using CDATA markers:

Inline JavaScript should be wrapped with CDATA markers if the theme uses an XHTML doctype. Inline JavaScript should not be wrapped with CDATA markers if the theme uses an HTML doctype. CDATA wrappers, if used, should be commented if the theme uses mixed XHTML and HTML doctypes. CDATA wrappers, if used, should be escaped using special syntax if the theme uses mixed XHTML and HTML doctypes, and if the theme supports IE6 and older browsers to prevent errors.

Phase 2

Phase 2 rollout was initially scheduled for November 2013 however changes to the requirements for Phase 2 are still under deliberation. Please be assured that no Phase 2 requirements will go into effect until we have gathered additional feedback from the community and we have given ample notice of the changes by publishing our plans for the rollout in advance. We are actively working on Phase 2 requirements, at this stage we plan on gathering more feedback from the community early in the New Year and publishing the requirements sometime after March of 2014.

Thanks for your patience and important feedback!
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jremick Envato team says

Hi everyone,

Please keep in mind that the progress bar is currently not a reliable method of indicating the actual or expected progress of your items through the review process due to the complexity of both the process and the system.

We will be fixing the progress bar as soon as possible but, unfortunately, haven’t been able to get to it just yet. Rest assured, your items will certainly get reviewed!

Thanks for understanding! :-)

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jremick Envato team says

That is great to hear. But what about prices of HTML templates? I think you should raise them too. Today, almost every HTML template is responsive and has a ton of options. I think the quality passed those 15$ quite a while ago..

The concerns and feedback on this is definitely on our radar, though I can’t comment on what is being planned or the timeline as that sits with another team, which will announce plans on this once they’re ready.


So the price for one page is now $30. and the price for complex wordpress is $45-$50?

Correct, though this aspect of the pricing structure hasn’t changed.


Hi jremick, good change. Can you name some features that would make up a theme with exceptionally advanced functionality, or provide names to items that have had price changes so we can see what this consists off.

There’s a wide range of features that could be considered exceptionally advanced functionality but some of them were advanced administration options, live search, form builders and easy and fluent setup (which is difficult for such complex themes).


eCommerce or BuddyPress
What about a unique features that been made from scratch with hundreds lines of javascript and php?

This would definitely be considered during the review process.

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jremick Envato team says

Hi everyone!

We’ve made a small, but important, change to our WordPress pricing structure that now allows WordPress themes with exceptionally advanced functionality to be priced into our top tier of $55-60 according to our Review team’s assessment. The $55-60 tier was previously reserved for themes with eCommerce or BuddyPress functionality but as more themes are being created with other types of exceptionally advanced functionality, we needed to make this change to fairly accommodate them.

In making this change, we are re-assessing the existing library of themes at the nearest price point to determine which of them belong in the higher tier. Out of nearly 3,500 fantastic themes in ThemeForest’s library, only a handful will be changed but it does mean there is a growing demand for themes like these! We hope the additional pricing flexibility encourages authors to continue building awesome functionality that buyers are looking for and expect this will have a positive effect on author earnings and the community as a whole. :-)

Thanks, everyone!

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jremick Envato team says

Hi everyone,

I understand the review process can sometimes be frustrating and, yes, reviewers are humans (therefore we all make mistakes sometimes). Having said that, there is absolutely no tolerance for abuse, whether it be to anyone else in the community or staff trying to do the best they can — insulting, threatening or abusing reviewers will get you banned. Don’t do it.

Thanks for understanding, everyone! Please feel free to continue discussing your reviews respectfully. :-)

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jremick Envato team says

Hi everyone,

I’m across the issue and getting in touch with our devs to get this fixed asap. Thanks!

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jremick Envato team says

Hi everyone,

So sorry about all the confusion around theme requirements and when/if we’ll be asking or forcing authors to update their themes and how we’ll go about doing that!

I’ve looked into some of the recent complaints to do with themes being disabled without notification, etc. and it comes down to a misunderstanding in the Review team, which I’ve clarified with them. These things happen sometimes, especially with so many complex requirements but I’m continuing work on minimizing these things.

Thanks for your patience and understanding! :)

To answer some questions…
  1. The new submission requirements do not, at this time, affect existing items or updates to those items.

  2. All items, regardless of submission date, must be functional and should be of high quality. If something is broken in your item, we will disable it, without advance notification, until it’s fixed. There’s been some complaints about this but it’s pretty straight forward — we won’t keep broken products on the shelves.

  3. We will eventually start applying the new submission requirements to existing items to bring the library up to date, but there is no immediate plans for this yet. When work on this project begins, the first thing we want to do is make sure everyone has plenty of heads up before any actions happen. We want to work with affected authors to make sure everyone has time to bring their items up to date, which means we won’t be disabling items right away. (In fact, we’re going to do our best avoid disablements as much as possible.)

  4. The current WordPress submission requirements are overdue for a followup and additional announcements on our plans for moving forward but until I feel this project is ready to be done right, we’re not making any further changes. So the next things you should hear from us on this subject (WordPress submission requirements) are announcements about our plans in moving forward or corrections to the current review process and requirements (like this one).

I’m unlocking the thread for awhile in case there are any questions. Thanks everyone!

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