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Themepals says

Hello, Themeforest members!

Our HTML template was rejected with the following reason:

You might consider improving your design with more unique features and graphics in order for it to stand out among other marketplace items. However, a unique design will be a key factor for approval.

Here is the demo link: http://www.themepals.com/templates/first_element/

Any suggestions on how this template can be improved would be highly appreciated. Thank You for your future comments!

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kungfu-themes says

Hi Themepals,

Nice start, but I hope you don’t mind honest feedback. In my opinion this theme looks very dated compared to the more recent market items. You need to think much more carefully about the design if you are going to resubmit.

I would consider gathering more ideas and perhaps using your existing framework to make a better theme. Good luck.

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Themepals says

Honest feedback is what I expect to get here, so thx for that one!

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Themepals says

any1 else, please

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manuelvega says

I would use another base color

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YuKhinThemes says

Add more white-space, adjust font size, make content sections a litte separated, don’t use to much icon in lists or just use smaller icons and DONT put everything on home page.

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Themepals says

2 Manuelvega, there are 12 color options available, what color would be better do You think?

2 YuKhinThemes, thx, but why shouldn’t I put everything on home page? It’s just HTML template, so any webmaster can adjust it to his project as he(she) wants, I don’t see any problem here at all.

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kungfu-themes says

but why shouldn’t I put everything on home page? It’s just HTML template, so any webmaster can adjust it to his project as he(she) wants, I don’t see any problem here at all.

This maybe so, but you have to appeal to the masses. In reality an entire theme could be placed on the homepage but most authors do NOT do this and have different pages…

Same things like that make a difference when appealing to the buyer.

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Themepals says

Dear TF members and moderators,

We took all Your advice and completely reworked the template. Page layouts were completely redesigned and improved, lots of features added.

Demo link: http://www.themepals.com/templates/first_element/

The template was rejected again with the reason: The changes are not enough. When a change is requested it should be significant enough to change the look and feel of the site. Changing a few elements does not change the lack of uniqueness in your design.

I do understand that this template is not perfect, but we do our best to provide qualitative products.

I am sure we all came here not to waste staff’s time, but provide quality works that can bring benefits both for Envato and it’s authors, so the detailed answer on what should be corrected and improved would be highly appreciated.

Thank You for your attention and your replies.

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Themepals says

Dear authors, could You please also share Your opinion on this work? Thank You in advance.

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