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stylus1274 says

Hey,

First let me say that everyone on here is great. From management, to the designers all the way down to the community.

But how come we have over 500 templates and they pretty much look the same? I can close my eyes and throw a dart and get a nice template that looks just like the next one.

Every template has the nice JQuery sliding banner with a picture of websites or something Envato related. Soft colors and a bit of Web 2.0.

Is there a reason you think? Like TF is only letting in these type of files? I hate Template Monster but heck, they have a multitude of styles and layouts.

Just curious because this fact keeps me from buying many templates. There is much more to design than JQuery sliders and portfolio style web sites.

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Mango_Juice says

Well, a lot do have jQuery sliders, however, a lot of templates are quite unique and don’t have sliders. On the other hand, sliders are useful for displaying an eye-catching image or phrase, and since (I think you’re mainly referring to WordPress templates) WordPress is a blogging platform, its a bonus to have a such an extra.

But as you say, a lot of templates are using it, and it would be good to have more variety, I think the use of Sliders will slowly decrease as the market becomes saturated with them!

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RoyalTemplates says

The reason people keep creating them is because that is what sells well. Unique templates don’t appeal to as many people and therefore make less money.

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Pandemic says

The reviewers don’t let anything through unless it looks exactly the same as all the other templates.

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singh336 says
The reason people keep creating them is because that is what sells well. Unique templates don’t appeal to as many people and therefore make less money.

thats the truth ! I rather do a cool unique design but it wont sell and probably wont get accepted for a chance to sell anyways

Either way if enogh customers show demands for variety then maybe it will happen until then we got to do what sells

hard work to do templates and it cant be wasted on anything less than known successful ideas

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singh336 says
The reason people keep creating them is because that is what sells well. Unique templates don’t appeal to as many people and therefore make less money.

thats the truth ! I rather do a cool unique design but it wont sell and probably wont get accepted for a chance to sell anyways

Either way if enogh customers show demands for variety then maybe it will happen until then we got to do what sells

hard work to do templates and it cant be wasted on anything less than known successful ideas

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stylus1274 says
Well, a lot do have jQuery sliders, however, a lot of templates are quite unique and don’t have sliders. On the other hand, sliders are useful for displaying an eye-catching image or phrase, and since (I think you’re mainly referring to WordPress templates) WordPress is a blogging platform, its a bonus to have a such an extra. But as you say, a lot of templates are using it, and it would be good to have more variety, I think the use of Sliders will slowly decrease as the market becomes saturated with them!

Nah I wasn’t referring to WordPress directly I know what it is. My point is the “feel” of WP sites with how the sidebar is set-up and the overall style of it.

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stylus1274 says

Pandemic I think you are more spot on. They don’t let stuff in that’s “different” and not like the other files they already have.

I just think TF can use a bit of variety and different styles. To say people will only like the layout style they currently have is being naive. This is especially true for designers shopping for templates for clients. Many U.S. clients are behind the times and still prefer that Template Monster (yuk) look to their websites.

Don’t get me wrong I love many of the sites here but after looking at about 20 of them I can’t look anymore as they start to blend into one theme for me.

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JJenZz says
Pandemic I think you are more spot on. They don’t let stuff in that’s “different” and not like the other files they already have.

I disagree… if you created something unique/different that was actually a good template, design and typography-wise then I don’t think there is any reason why they wouldn’t approve it.

Trouble is, most of the unique/different stuff submitted (or that i’ve seen anyhow) hasn’t been that great. 9 times out of 10 I totally agree with the approvers when they deny them.

I do agree that it’d be nice to see some variety here though (it is getting a bit samey) but if that’s what sells then that’s what authors will spend valuable time building (as mentioned before).

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PixelBin says

You’re absolutely correct, and I can answer this easily: because if your design is slightly creative, and “out of the bunch”, they reject it and make it look like all the other ones.

Simple, but true answer in my opinion. I’ve seen some very creative designs (some that I actually considered buying), that got rejected and ended up on reviewmydesign.com.

Unfortunately, it’s TF’s rules, so we have to play by them. :(

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