I’m trying to submit a new WordPress theme to ThemeForest and it got rejected.
I have no problem with that, I’ve been freelancing for the last few years and worked with dozens of clients from all over the world. I encourage feedback and I perfectly understand that positive criticism is part of a better design process. However, it’s my opinion that this wasn’t the case now.
Here are some screens and info about the theme: Home Page – http://twitpic.com/12k722 and Blog Page – http://twitpic.com/12k73q. The theme has a widget ready footer and a simple admin panel (for editing the homepage carousel and some social links) and uses the kind of layout you see on most photographer blogs or on Big Picture – http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/.
Here’s the feedback I received:
Here are a few improvements you might consider making before resubmitting:
1. Your template has a good start but, as we have high standards, you will need to make some additional improvements in overall aesthetics and aspects such as graphics, layout, colors, etc. 2. There are some spacing issues, the contact page is blank, the blog is a bit odd, etc.Please keep in mind that the issues mentioned above may not be all the issues that need to be improved or fixed. Please review your template to ensure any additional issues not listed above have been fixed before resubmitting.
So what disappointed me the most is the fact that I waited a few days for what is basically a generic, subjective reply that doesn’t say anything about how I can improve the theme. Not only that, but the last paragraph is mind numbing, talking about mind reading and stuff.
I personally am proud of the theme and I would use it on any personal or client project. Sure, it’s not graphics heavy or colorful like some other themes, but I consider that to be a good thing! It’s clean, professional, suitable for blogs featuring beautiful photography and it’s easy to update, if anyone wants to take the graphics to another level.
I’ve been a great supporter of ThemeForest so far and I’m honestly sorry to have to say this, but I’m seriously considering closing my “operations” here (I had a lot of themes mocked and ready to go) and going solo.
Sorry for the long rant and thanks for bearing with me! I just wanted confirmation that I’m not going crazy here. If you guys say I am crazy and that the theme is not on par with ThemeForest “current quality standards”, then I’ll quietly wait for their reply to my feedback and see what I can do.
P.S. I’m waiting on that reply for a few days now, but from what I read on other posts, this is nothing new. So if YOU have feedback, I would appreciate it!
And whoever will think of “something new” will make the big bucks.
Please, pretty please, don’t tell me I spent half an hour removing the so called “copyrighted material” from my preview site and adding a generic image (and making the site uglier in the process) for nothing! Phew!
Here’s another idea: how about some of us that are into photography donate a few images to be added to the Asset Library? Nothing too fancy, but something less boring than the current ones. Some Landscape, Nature, Lifestyle, etc. I would be ok with it, if others share as well.
From what I see, you should try to edit padding for ”#header h1” and also try to add some left margin.
Right! And hopefully… made lots of money!
@DDStudios: Sure thing, I know it wasn’t personal, got carried away a bit. Thanks and good luck to you too!
Salut, Maximus! When I “grow up”, I want to be just like you!
@simnor: Thanks! I really like your themes as well! Honestly! See, that can work too! Plus… doesn’t everyone want that nice Sheriff badge? So let’s keep this behind close doors, shall we?
PS: For some reason, people think I run Blogsessive, but I don’t. Me and Alex from Blogsessive are friends, that’s all.
@ipad: Thanks for the tip! I know about the library, but I’ll stick with the generic image for now. I’ll probably use the theme on a few of my blogs, using my own images and I’ll post the link then. But I need to have more articles.
Now that I updated the preview, I’m more relaxed. Nothing personal really! Is just that the Envato folks run a smooth operation for years, so they can figure things out. No need for finger pointing, right?