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Luisreyesdev says

I was browsing through the site and kept coming across a lot of XML Driven Sites that pretty much look the same.

So I wonder, is there something I don’t know… like where’s the border line between same and different or is this a new style that is SO popular that everyone if making the same sites?

I am pretty new to active den, but not to the design and development field. Being fairly new I remember reading something about “If a series of very similar items are already in the library your file might not approved.”

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I’m not calling anyone out. Just want to know if I am missing something.

So here’s a list of just a few:

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djankey says

true, true…

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patrickjansen says

yup, apparently that’s what sells ;)

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RabbitProof says

Well to be fair, yes and no. There is definitely a look that seems to sell well here and these are all variations on that look – I’m actually somewhat guilty of it myself. But with the exception of one or two they all seem to have their own flair and functionality. Some offer CMS , others deep linking, etc. Are they original? No, not really, but if people are willing to buy them and they all do offer something slightly different then what does it matter.

Just my 2 cents.

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ParkerAndKent says

Well, if you intend to start building flash templates, try to be original. Standard style sells only if you’re a top author and lately buyers are requiring more originality.

Many have tried to make their version of this kind of template, but most of them have got few sales.

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flashjunkie says

If you took more than 30 seconds to look at my template you would see that its unique, in the way it displays ‘new’ content and in fact in more or less any other way. the only thing that could be said is similar is the fact the menu is at the top, the footer is at the bottom and the content is in the middle.

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patrickjansen says
and these are all variations on that look

On some minor degree ‘looks’, but very much more so in template structure and content. And that is what I think ‘apparently sells’.

I think of AD templates as “home” – “a-few-image-galeries” – “possibly-video-gallery” – “some-external-links” – “contact” content. A little simplified but anyway. And that’s ok, you can’t argue only one author should make sole claim to a specific choice of website structure/content. Nontheless, layouts and specifically image-galeries/carousels do tend to look influenced by existing works.

No, not really, but if people are willing to buy them and they all do offer something slightly different then what does it matter.

Well, to be fair, that’s theoretically exactly what AD guidelines for upload intends to prevent. But I’ve noticed that in practice it mainly applies to avoid works influenced or inspired by non-AD-works and never by other AD-works. Main goal I’m pretty sure is to have a legal umbrella for AD for any possible ‘outsider-claims’.

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Luisreyesdev says

I guess… if it sells who cares. Kinda like a lot of the wordpress sites out there have the same look.

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RabbitProof says
On some minor degree ‘looks’, but very much more so in template structure and content. And that is what I think ‘apparently sells’.

@PatrickJansen just to be clear I was responding to the main question, not your comment, I hadn’t even read your comment yet.

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emmonawire says

It’s like looking at the same alphabet in different fonts- same letters but each font makes a totally different statement, conveys a different emotion-

There are a lot of clients out there who need the same stuff on their websites but you wouldn’t sell soap the same way you would sell a car.

I think the designers do a great job of coming up with different ways of presenting the basics.

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