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wpshards says


From the author perspective: without shortcodes it’s impossible to implement complex layouts. All themes will be simple blog templates. Like it or not, but if you (as a buyer) want multifunctional themes – you’ll have to live with shortcodes.
Why not using page templates? I really can’t see what is so complex in it. This multifunctional themes at the end of the day is not so functional at all

When you get to develop using page templates, you realize how limited they are. For instance, take a look at Dream Theme’s The7. You simply don’t create the kind of homepage layouts The7 has without having granular control over each element in the page. Also, bear in mind that these demo pages are intended to be customized, so you definitely cannot use a template that fixes everything into place. If you created a page template with all sorts of stuff in it, the very first buyer would probably ask how to customize each element.

Things have moved from having themes be only about design, to having them include a complete website solution. Not that I’m fond of it, but that’s the way it is. Most high-end themes nowadays even include multiple premade pages just for the sake of the user modifying them and setting up their website in less time.

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wpshards says

Hey guys,

I’ve been wondering about the best way to add color customization into our WordPress themes, but so far I’m kind of stuck on what to do. It all comes down to predefined colors vs. color pickers.

On one hand the user would have a list of color schemes to choose from, with no margin for error as they would load different stylesheets. This can also be faster to setup, as it only requires choosing from a list of presets.

On the other hand, having a color picker to choose a color scheme would give so much more flexibility, but it is also way more cumbersome to configure and may lead to quite horrendous results.

What would you prefer having? A number of predefined color schemes, or multiple color pickers to freely choose colors?

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wpshards says

Look at it this way: if it’s rejected, it probably need some kind of improvement.

Or first themes were rejected many times, the very first one never seing the light of day. But then, you realize you’re improving and your designs more polished. In the eyes of a reviewers, it’s really up to whether they’ll sell or not.

I do think the case with WooThemes is special though. They’re firmly established, have a great reputation, and regardless of whether their designs are a bit outdated Themeforest knows they will sell.

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wpshards says

WordPress tends to be a good starting point for any online store, mainly because it’s easy on its users and at the same time draws from all the available resources the WordPress community can provide.

Later on, it might be wise to change to a more focused platform… if the store itself actually outgrows it, that is. There’s not much to gain from switching o a more powerful system if barely all of its potential will be used (looking at you, Magento).

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wpshards says

The problem with media queries, though, is that they’re not supported by IE8. Instead, you might want to try using min-width, as it is more supported:

http://jsfiddle.net/eQPLe/1/

In this case, there is also an outer div that protects content from overflowing and popping up scrollbars.

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wpshards says

First of all, pay the bills.

Then a better computer, screen… What’s a good designer without great tools after all?

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You’re missing the point here. You are not selling to resellers mainly, but to normal customers. And they ask for anything you wouldn’t even think of, I added 500 google web fonts and they asked me how to include their own local font. If you don’t add colorization options, they’ll say your theme is bad and weak comparing to, I don’t know which theme, with 3249230 options. They like to play with the colors / fonts, even if they ruin the theme most of the time, but that’s not my problem.

This, kinda.

After years of client work and I-do-template-you-do-content, I still cannot expect what they’ll ask. Most of the time it will be something that I, as a designer, think it will ruin the whole site… but they’ll go ahead anyways.

In the end, it’s all about features since buyers just want to feel they’re in control.

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wpshards says

Thanks for the comments guys.

The theme does have a background switcher, so it comes down to what color should be displayed in the demo. Maybe a more neutral color?

As for the headers, what do you guys think about the typography? should I stick to standard fonts for the text, or maybe look for a more stylish appearance?

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wpshards says

Hey everyone,

We’re just trying to get our first theme approved, but by now we’ve had our second rejection. While the concept appears to be okay, the main issue seems to be the typography and consistent spacing/visual elements. Problem is, I’m not entirely sure where to make adjustments:

Unfortunately this theme needs significant improvements before considered acceptable for ThemeForest.

It has what it takes: A unique layout and approach, it’s definitely a great start.

However our main concern is the typography and the visual elements, aesthetics and the lack of proper use of spacing.

3. The sidebar needs a complete revamp and improvements in typography. http://ivor.bz/uQLo

4. The footer looks simplistic and its elements are unaligned.

5. Your theme lacks attention to detail. i.e more creative visual elements, consistent spacing.

6. This is a personal suggestion: The brown-ish background is not helping you here.
The demo is located at: http://demo.cpothemes.com/pragma/

Any feedback is really appreciated, especially with regards to typography and consistency, which appear to be my weakest points.

Thanks in advance.

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