Do 90% of all themes here look the same in terms of layout?
Horizontal menu.. oversized slider.. some quote boxes and a twitter feed..
Ont: authors mostly do what sells. What kind of layout would you like to see (and buy) here?
Quite so! It’s just you!
If you want to see something different, go a little back in 2008, no more oversized sliders
No more jokes, every day you can see a lot of diferent themes, some stunning themes and templates, in terms of design!
I will ask the same question, what kind of layout would you like to see more often?
I think the important thing to remember here is that the buyer dictates the market. The style of site you are describing is extremely popular right now and the sales of the various themes that fit this style reflect that. Website design trends come and go, and what is popular right now may not be relevant in a year or two.
On the flip side there are also a ton of great “unique” themes (I put that in quotes because the term is quite subjective) in the market so there is truly something for everyone. So ultimately yes there are a lot of similar items right now, but there are also a lot of great themes that don’t follow the same mold.
It is not just you. Yes there are some amazing themes being released that are really creative. But on the flip side there are also tons of themes that look like the same thing, different author, different day.
I’ve noticed a massive drop in quality over the last few months. Just this month there’s been a good number of themes that look like they were submitted in 2009 and just came through the review queue lol.
- United Kingdom
- Sold between 10 000 and 50 000 dollars
- Most Wanted Bounty Winner
- Interviewed on the Envato Notes blog
- Referred between 50 and 99 users
- Bought between 100 and 499 items
- Envato Studio (Microlancer) Beta Tester
- Exclusive Author
- Has been a member for 2-3 years
ThemeBeans, I was thinking the same thing.
Only 2-3 days ago there was a really old looking theme, I thought themeforest made a mistake by putting an old template on the homepage until I looked in detail to see it was only submitted that day.
That theme must have been an accidental acceptance.
But I would not necessarily say its got worst in the last few months, yes some have come through the pipeline which you think wow thats bad, but thats always been the case.
In general the review team have got it right, with the odd mistake which after all they are only human
I agree there are both lots of great original and creative themes AND also lots of themes which are really quite similar (but fulfill the obvious demand for “corporate” websites).
I’ve been delighted with the themes I’ve purchased so far and I think they represent outstanding value for money. However, I did spend a ridiculous amount of time searching for the right theme which I just could not justify if I were doing this on a more commercial basis.
I think the problem is that sometimes the more “niche” type themes can get lost amongst the others. It’s impossible to see the wood for the forest (see what I did there!).
Currently there are 1200+ themes under the “Creative” category… and half of these are in the sub-category “Portfolio”. The “Corporate” section is much the same. Even a separate category to filter out one-page themes would help a bit.
To answer the question from An-Themes, what kind of layout would you like to see more often? I like the more quirky themes (simple design, nice typography, original features). In terms of theme layout, I would like to see more themes with vertical menus (or, the option to choose between having vertical or horizontal menus). I think this is a refreshing format, which gets away from the “standard/corporate” website layout (menu bar + slider underneath) and works really well on tablets.
(That said, I’m currently building a site using the 3Clicks theme which is just excellent!)