Posts by simonswiss

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simonswiss says

Living in Bali sounds like a pretty sweet gig for an envato author / surfer.. Great waves all around and the power of the US$ sales when living in Indo..

I have never been in Bali or Indonesia to this point, but now that i live in Australia it is looking more accessible than from Europe.

Enjoy the surf, food and beautiful human beings @Dary!

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simonswiss says

It is friday night and i have zero sales this week. ZERO! The longest i had been without any sale until now was 48 hours, and during the weekend.

Going through the tuesday – wednesday – thursday stretch – the best days of the week – with zero sales completely bogs my mind. What’s going on??

Are the sales broken or what?

:(

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simonswiss says

ThemeForest is not AVADA – AVADA is just one theme sold on TF among gazillions of other themes. You need to ask that question on the AVADA support forum, that you can find via the authors profile page.

To download the last version of an item you purchased – hover the mouse over your username on top-right and click on “downloads”. Here you will find a link to download the latest version.

You then need to activate another theme than Avada in your WP site (twentythirteen for example), then delete the avada theme completely, and upload the new version. Then, switch back to Avada when it’s installed. You may need to re-set the navigations menus and a few theme options, but your content will not be lost!

Good luck.

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simonswiss says

Hard rejections are known around here to be, well, hard.

I myself got very close to throwing away all my hard work on my first HTML template after 3 or 4 hard rejections with no feedback whatsoever. I was really gutted and angry.

The community here is what kept me going – a few authors told me not to give up and gave me a few tips.. and eventually i got soft-rejected with some feedback. From there, i knew i was close!

This is a painful process but believe me, the day your item gets approved you will be jumping around in circles for hours with a smile from ear to ear!

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simonswiss says

Hi ThemesMODX.

I don’t doubt that your MODX theme is very well developed in the back-end, since you come out to me as a developer rather than a designer.

The thing is, i believe the reviewers will not even look under the hood of your theme if the visual design doesn’t pass the “eye” test. Quite frankly, the design is not up to standards with what’s available here on ThemeForest.

I will try to give you a few pointers to give you some help. Again, i am pretty sure the back-end of your theme is very impressive – but to have a chance at selling on ThemeForest, you need a state-of-the-art front end to start with.

1) Multi-colour section borders: I don’t think they work well for the design. While the separations on white background could work, when applied to the red background sections it just doesn’t look right. It makes the design unnecessarily heavy and cluttered, try removing these or go for more subtle separators.

2) Padding and Margins: they are all over the place.

They are all over the place. You need some consistency throughout the design. Decide of a standard element padding (let’s say 24px for example) and stick to that or multiples of that (48px, 72px, ...). For example, the “unlimited color options” in the last slider on hero section is touching the borders of the box – you need some padding there.

3) Gallery. While technically the gallery works well with hover effect, i am not sure a full-width grid with no spacing works, especially with the images that you are using, where some are similar and it’s not clear where one stops and the next one begins. Maybe try adding a padding to the images (12px all around) to see if it fits better.

4) SEO section – this section is just too simple – try to spice it up a bit!

5) Call to action – i feel the padding is way too big for that – try make it smaller, and maybe make the button bigger / prettier – so people can’t resist clicking on it!

6) Your search bar at the bottom has rounded corners on the left, then square button on the right. It looks odd. Also, if you hover over it and then mouseOut, you will see a white border-bottom. Further, i don’t think the footer is the best place for search bar.

7) Smooth scrolling – small detail but the scroll doesn’t ‘compensate’ for the navigation bar height – as a result, the scroll stops right on top of the heading title, without showing the padding space on top.

8) Headings – try make them a little bit bigger in size, and also i would make the line under much more subtle, maybe a light gray that is barely noticeable. At the moment, i find them almost aggressive to the eye and they don’t really add up anything.

Hope this honest feedback helps – don’t give up on all the hard work you have done – try improve your visuals and you should end up being approved and get the credit you deserve with all the hard work you have put together.

Simon

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simonswiss says

It’s normal protocol.

There was many threads complaining about the marketplace being flooded with too many new items, and the quality going down. I think we are witnessing an effort from envato to improve the quality standards, therefore slowing down the approval process and tightening up the review process.

Don’t give up – soft reject means you’ve got one foot in the door!

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simonswiss says

It’s pretty good!

The good part is, when you get a soft rejection you already have a foot in. You are almost guaranteed to get approved if you fix some issues and make some improvements – otherwise the reviewer would just hard-reject you with no shame.

In my opinion there are way too many animations – they should be subtle and add to the design, not be applied to each and every element because it’s a modern feature and is trendy.

Apart from that, it’s a good design and i like your chances of getting approved soon if you listen to the reviewer (soft rejections usually come with some sort of feedback on what to improve / fix).

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simonswiss says

Needs a lot of work in typography and spacing/vertical rhythm.

My favourite part is the Comic Sans font in just one of the 6 features where the little pig is :-)

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simonswiss says

I would say, definitely a package with all layouts included. Good selling HTML templates of the moment are indeed presenting a couple of options, making buyers see a “one solution for all” in the product.

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simonswiss says

You’ll find elements of answers here: http://themeforest.net/author_guide

Depending on what ThemeForest category your upload item is, it can take anytime between 24 hours and 6-7 days before the item gets approved (or rejected).

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