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AlexFjord says

+1 WPScientist.

while of course it would be good if reviewers could tell everyone the issues but realistically it is not possible due to time and submission levels and quite honestly why should they- as an author expecting to sell here that makes us the “professional”. Pros do not need to be told what to do right?
Any design that is professionally put together, creative and unique will be accepted. The less it looks like existing ones the better.

that should be a walk in the park for someone who is bold enough to suggest they can “effortlessly design just about anything in themeforest”. On a side note that attitude is not going to help and is quite offensive to all the other authors here

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FRESHFACE says


I’ve seen some pretty bad designs get approved on here and sell like crazy. I mean like, black text on a white background and two straight rows of dots. And that’s the header! “doesn’t meet the design standards” ...what design standards?

The reviewer could at least say, “In my personal opinion, I don’t like your design, so I’m not going to approve it.” …especially when the author has ALREADY sacrificed their own design style (which their personal clients love and pay money for) in order to compromise and make something that looks like most of the other templates on here, only to be told that it “doesn’t meet the design standards.” Come on, we deserve a better explanation than that.

I bet if I put up a link to an existing template from someone that was approved, and no one knew where it was from, it would get plenty of recommendations for drastic improvements.

exactly correct !!!

my last reason was “the overall design is generic and dull”, may be for you is dull, may be for some one and customers is not it. However, when the similar theme are accepted and when the bests of site are not populars of site.

see some “korean site”, I think most of them (99/99%) can not approved here, it means that they are not standard?

Korean Site Template:

http://www.google.com/search?q=korean+site+template&hl=en&client=opera&hs=ezk&sa=X&tbo=u&rls=en&channel=suggest&tbm=isch&source=univ&ei=5mXfUOyjFoOLhQf4lYDgBA&ved=0CDUQsAQ&biw=1680&bih=885

English Site Template:

http://www.google.com/search?q=english+site+template&hl=en&client=opera&hs=ezk&sa=X&tbo=u&rls=en&channel=suggest&tbm=isch&source=univ&ei=5mXfUOyjFoOLhQf4lYDgBA&ved=0CDUQsAQ&biw=1680&bih=885

I don’t see a difference, they are all pretty bad and dated. But I get your point, if you compare for example http://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/ and http://ebay.com it’s pretty obvious that each region has their own way, especially with some RTL languages etc. Either way, it’s an interesting question for a reviewer because all templates around here are looking quite “western-y” :)

edit: Speaking of Korea… http://notes.envato.com/case-studies/north-koreas-official-government-site-uses-themeforest/

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egobuilders says

+1 WPScientist.

while of course it would be good if reviewers could tell everyone the issues but realistically it is not possible due to time and submission levels and quite honestly why should they- as an author expecting to sell here that makes us the “professional”. Pros do not need to be told what to do right?
Any design that is professionally put together, creative and unique will be accepted. The less it looks like existing ones the better.

that should be a walk in the park for someone who is bold enough to suggest they can “effortlessly design just about anything in themeforest”. On a side note that attitude is not going to help and is quite offensive to all the other authors here

Yeah, I’m offended when someone tells to get design skills. What they didn’t like is a specific template that I made, which really wasn’t my style to begin with. I’ll just keep submitting templates until one gets accepted.

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infuse01 says

This response below tells me NOTHING… (actual feedback from my reviewer) “Unfortunately your submission Activit – Tabbed Landing Page with Working Form isn’t quite ready for ThemeForest and requires significant improvements and changes before it can be resubmitted and reconsidered.” LIKE WHAT??? HOW CAN I FIX IT IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS?

Congrats, you just found the difference between a fulltime webdesigner who works for someone and self-employment. Jeez,...the time is over where someone needs to tell you that you have to do this or that. You quit your job because you wanted to reach the stars, and now you’re complaining that nobody helps you doing so. That’s life and that’s a fact you should’ve known before.

While there is a (quite) strong community on envato, and everybody is having fun in various aspects you should not forget that in the end THIS is hard business. It is not a community driven open source project where everyone can contribute. It is an authority who are making the rules, and there are partners who live in some kind of symbiotic relation (that’s we the authors). So if your design doesn’t meet current standards (and from what I can see on your live preview it really doesn’t) than you should strive to make it better. You can find a thousand of topics alone in this forums with helpful tips. Go out for some hours and come back to review your own design, read articles about design trends, ask for feedback on several places, ask for feedback in this forum,...

In the end there are 2 possible endings: a) You do it and your item gets approved B) You fail again. Then you can try it again until you reach the a) or you try to sell your stuff elsewhere.

Sounds hard but its truth

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egobuilders says


This response below tells me NOTHING… (actual feedback from my reviewer) “Unfortunately your submission Activit – Tabbed Landing Page with Working Form isn’t quite ready for ThemeForest and requires significant improvements and changes before it can be resubmitted and reconsidered.” LIKE WHAT??? HOW CAN I FIX IT IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS?

Congrats, you just found the difference between a fulltime webdesigner who works for someone and self-employment. Jeez,...the time is over where someone needs to tell you that you have to do this or that. You quit your job because you wanted to reach the stars, and now you’re complaining that nobody helps you doing so. That’s life and that’s a fact you should’ve known before.

While there is a (quite) strong community on envato, and everybody is having fun in various aspects you should not forget that in the end THIS is hard business. It is not a community driven open source project where everyone can contribute. It is an authority who are making the rules, and there are partners who live in some kind of symbiotic relation (that’s we the authors). So if your design doesn’t meet current standards (and from what I can see on your live preview it really doesn’t) than you should strive to make it better. You can find a thousand of topics alone in this forums with helpful tips. Go out for some hours and come back to review your own design, read articles about design trends, ask for feedback on several places, ask for feedback in this forum,...

In the end there are 2 possible endings: a) You do it and your item gets approved B) You fail again. Then you can try it again until you reach the a) or you try to sell your stuff elsewhere.

Sounds hard but its truth

Web design is easy. The challenge is figuring out what will get accepted on ThemeForest.

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Cara_design says

To try and bring this thread back on topic am I not right in thinking that if you get the generic feedback it is because that is a hard reject I.e it’s too far off and would take too long to list all the issues

whereas if you get a soft reject ie it is close then you do get some more constructive advice as to how to finish it? That does seem sensible especially as rejection is part of the learning curb .

Do not take this the wrong way if you quit your job over a year ago to spend 16 hours a day working at Themeforest and you still have not had a site accepted yet then perhaps this is not the right place for you?

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infuse01 says

Web design is easy. The challenge is figuring out what will get accepted on ThemeForest.

Wrong way mate. You’re not creating themes for the reviewers, you’re creating themes for an audience. And Webdesign isn’t easy. If you really think it is easy I probably already know where you coming from. In fact Webdesign is quite hard AND it is also quite different to THEME Design, or the creation of digital products. While a Website is tailored to someone, a company or a product, a theme should be used by many people and should therefore also be usable by many people.

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FRESHFACE says

Web design is easy. The challenge is figuring out what will get accepted on ThemeForest.

Uff, you almost missed the window for Best Quote of 2012 :)

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egobuilders says


Web design is easy. The challenge is figuring out what will get accepted on ThemeForest.
Uff, you almost missed the window for Best Quote of 2012 :)

Only thing I did right all year.

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egobuilders says

To try and bring this thread back on topic am I not right in thinking that if you get the generic feedback it is because that is a hard reject I.e it’s too far off and would take too long to list all the issues

whereas if you get a soft reject ie it is close then you do get some more constructive advice as to how to finish it? That does seem sensible especially as rejection is part of the learning curb .

Do not take this the wrong way if you quit your job over a year ago to spend 16 hours a day working at Themeforest and you still have not had a site accepted yet then perhaps this is not the right place for you?

Me give up? LOL! You don’t know me very well then, ha ha : ) I appreciate your feedback. It is part of my nature to solve problems, and I never stop until I solve it. I’ll figure it out one way or another. Thanks!

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