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trope says

By no means am I trying to offend ANY authors , please know that before you read on.

However, recently it’s been very evident that the ADMIN themes that are being published on the site are quite simple a slight variation of dozens of others already listed for sale.

We get it, you guys know how to use Jquery’s plugins ( charts, modals, etc etc etc )

Nothing is fresh.

Query the top sellers , and tell me if you see a similarity?

Now, that being said, I realize this site is about the user having a wide variety of choices to pick from for his clients site, and since we are here shopping, evidently we don’t want to design it for ourselves, right? I understand that. BUT ….

Suggestion to Authors:

Let’s try something different. We ( myself and others in my company ) would love to see something original. Something not done before. Something new.

Yeah, we know you have to pay your bills , who doesn’t – but rather than mass produce the same ADMIN template with different color schemes and slightly different grid layouts dozens of times over, with the same plugins and same JS effects, and same CSS (albeit modified) – we would love to see something ELSE .

... not sure WHAT , but, something ELSE would be nice in this category.

Finally, I want to make it clear we appreciate all of the authors hard work. Especially in this category.

Regards

Trope!

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argosmedia says

I agree. And the same goes for other templates. They’re getting fancier and slicker and more complete all the time. And they’re responsive as well lately. All great.

BUT : where’s the originality? The’re all versions of the same setup, especually the homepage. A top menu bar, followed by a giant slider, followed by a row with blocks with text and pics and icons, followed by a row of portfolio thumbs, followed by this and that and a footer. But all nice graphics, and slick sliding, rotating and expanding content cannot hide the fact that so many layouts look the same.

Most orginal themes are creative portfolio ones, but when do you need a portfolio site? I am a website creator since 2004, and I had exactly one client who wanted a portfolio site. One. My clients are local and regional business that want a busines site that looks good, professional and attractive, with a nice twist that makes it stand out from the crowd, withhout going over the top.

They never ever ask for sliders, rotators, expanders and certainly not for giant sliders that fill your screen. They don’t need a blog, and they don’t need a portfolio with sliding categories. They want a decent flexible page layout, show content, news, images, product and service details, a contact page, etc. Basic stuff. A good foundation that looks modern, but aims at an optimal usability experience. Not a site where I can show off technical skills and fancy dynamics.

Also very important: it needs to function well at least in IE7 , 8, and 9, and of course the other browsers as well. But IE7 and 8 support is essential! IE6 can be some simple version, but it should not crash or not function in IE6 .

Many new templates don’t offer support for IE7 and sometimes not even IE8 . That’s fine when it’s used for an audience that uses latest browsers, but the average Joe and especially many company employees often still use IE7 and 8. They appreciate a professional looking site that focuses on content delivery, and supreme usability. I don’t make sites for other web designers, I build them for businesses.

True, there are lots of templates that offer that, but I’m getting bored of them because they all look the same in their layout stucture, and the new responsive one often don’t support IE7 and 8.

So PLEASE developers: create original templates and themes that offer a good foundation for general business use, and support IE7 and 8. Fancy stuff is okay, but I can add that myself if I want that. It’s an original business design that hooks me! Not over the top fancy dynamic stuff, no giant wide sliders, no beautiful images that look great in the theme, but are useless to me and often even don’t come with the package, no portfolio and blog oriented setups. I need original, appealing, professional, general, flexible business layouts.

Sorry for the rambling ;-)

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CreativeMilk says

There is a reason why they dont support ie7, and ie8, these old browsers dont support most css3 and html5 features, so a author has to choose, support the old crappy ie browsers, which means they can not use some cool stuff, or add extra(which makes the load bigger) code to the theme.

U say be more creative but if you want to have a creative theme you probably run trouble with the old ie browsers.

Just my 2 cents about that

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argosmedia says

There is a reason why they dont support ie7, and ie8, these old browsers dont support most css3 and html5 features, so a author has to choose, support the old crappy ie browsers, which means they can not use some cool stuff, or add extra(which makes the load bigger) code to the theme. U say be more creative but if you want to have a creative theme you probably run trouble with the old ie browsers.Just my 2 cents about that

You seem to miss my point. I tried to make it clear that original or creative has little to do with technical stuff. By all means make use of it, as long as the design and layout is original, that’s okay.

“Cool” modern sites that use HTML5 and CSS3 are not more original than sites some years ago, they are just technically made in a more modern way. But the visitor couldn’t care less, and most clients neither. Use CSS3 for round corners, and shadows, and what have you, but add a fallback if it’s important, or let it be if it’s not important. A good design is still a good design without shadows and round corners.

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CreativeMilk says

Just saw a cool design in my mail box, so we are going to build a creative-basic-cool admin theme…..what a timing.

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