He’s now almost 7 months, and still loving the basketball!
The ThemeForest item you link to is indeed pretty bad, but bear in mind that it was uploaded 4 years ago (april 09) – the standards have since skyrocketed and such a template would NEVER be accepted if submitted today.
Regarding your item, here are a few pointers:
- Change the logo, it doesn’t look good – it also scales up (pixels!) at certain browser widths
- The layout is too simple. Plain white background.. Try adding textures, header / footer sections more defined than just a hr separation.
- The captions on the slider are not always readable in white (example: slide 4). Consider adding a transparent dark background.
- Try to stick to a baseline grid (vertical space between elements). Add more whitespace (padding, margins) and make it more consistent
- Add some transitions (scroll effect on back to top links, hover effect on gallery photos, ...)
As is, your template has no chance to be accepted. Sorry to be harsh, but that’s the way it is. I am myself also at the stage where i’m trying to get a first item accepted – it’s been many months of frustration and hard work – still didn’t happen but i believe i have sharpened my skills a lot and the light at the end of the tunnel is not far for me.
Take all the feedback experienced users will give you – it’s always very valuable. I don’t consider myself as an experienced user, but i’ve learned a trick or two in the past year, so i thought i’d pass it along.
Regarding the no-details of the rejection e-mail, you might wanna get used to it. You have to be very lucky or very close to being accepted to start seeing a hint from the reviewer.
Work hard, don’t give up and keep improving your template until it reaches the level it’s expected to!
PS: Just saw the other messages pop after i finished typing this one – you cannot edit your message after a certain period of time (10-15 min i believe). If you still can, there should be an edit link at the bottom of the message.
ok, thanks for the input, good to know!
Does that mean that if you have an outstanding design, even if cross browser support is very badly handled, you should still get a soft rejection?
Thanks for this info, it helps me out figure out what i have to work on first!
thank you dnp.
Hard rejected again, with the usual “unfortunately your item doesn’t meet the minimum requirements…” message.
I won’t give up, one day it will be approved!
I am still somehow convinced that the issues, before being visual design glitches, are technical css issues and bad cross-browser compatibility. IE is making me crazy!
2 things that strike me at first:
- The Services section is hard on the eyes, especially if scrolled with the mouse rather than via the menu item. The title in black with the photo background is hard to read and the whole section is makes me a bit dizzy when scrolling
- The porftolio section looks like (and probably is) a very quick adaptation of the tutorial on sortable porfolios available on tutsplus – same font, same hover layout. It looks great, but maybe you should make it a bit more unique.
Apart from that, it’s looking pretty good!
Great work.. and 15 sales already!
To me, this theme has awesome things, but it somehow looks like the sections don’t belong together, like if they’re coming from different websites and have been put together.
The text in the full-width news section is too wide and difficult to read (on large monitor at least).
I really like it though, keep working on it and it will hopefully be approved!
My Theme was recently hard rejected – i have made some major modifications and would like to have your opinion about this: http://dummy.dev4.webenabled.net/fourseasons/index-winter.html
Ultimately, there will be 4 color schemes (4 seasons) that can be seen here http://dummy.dev4.webenabled.net/fourseasons/index.html – but i’m not convinced about the summer color yet.
By the way, it’s me snowboarding in the video – that day was siiiiick!!
Let me know what you think