I sat down with a client and had them look at some of the AWESOME templates available to them here on Theme Forest.
I was a little concerned though that so many of the preview images are very cluttered with “advertisements” about the theme. My client (not super tech savvy) had a hard time seeing the quality/detail of the theme. Heck, some of the preview images don’t even show the theme. What’s up with that?!?
I understand that it’s important to promote the features of the theme, like multiple color options, etc, but sometimes this can detract from previewing the actual theme.
I just want to encourage authors to try and show more of the theme in the preview image and try to condense the space that is taken up with the “ads”.
Am I wrong, dumb or ignorant? Thoughts?
It all comes down to features of the theme. If you have something really unique, you want to advertise it – some features (for example jQuery driven ones) can not be shown in the preview images. And this is the only way to let people know that you actually have something unique.
But I understand your concern, sometimes it is really not a good idea if 3/4 of the theme preview is occupied by a text that says things like : VALID XHTML and DOC file included. Those are not features, but obligatory requirements.
The idea of the preview is to convey the style / content of purchase and to encourage click thru – at least that is what I feel – the products page is the one that provides the “true” look of the item – that is why we upload the screen shots and live preview.
Not sure I follow the point of preview images being too cluttered – sorry. But then again I try to make sure that there is imagery from the item itself in my preview image.
...sometimes it is really not a good idea if 3/4 of the theme preview is occupied by a text that says things like : VALID XHTML and DOC file included. Those are not features, but obligatory requirements…
Yes! I totally agree.
I agree, its important to see the actual theme when you roll over the thumbnail. Some previews show only the theme’s logo, which is really pointless from a buyers perspective. Its going to get replaced, so the other elements mater the most. I know a logo can ‘embody’ the feel of the theme, but its too abstract to be showing for a preview.