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danyno45 says
  •     Columns: I always make sure author use ” %” instead of “px”
  •     Author : I make sure author give proper support to buyers
  •     Page speed: I always analyze the speed for a minimum of 75/100
  •     Browsers: Of course browser compatibility is a must
  •     Layout: I just love when author gives you the choice of stretched or boxed layout
  •     Sidebar: Same as layout, 1 or 2 sidebars option is always nice…
  •     Shortcodes: I think every author should have a “get the codes” section on his shortcodes demo page
  •     Buttons: Gradient Image.
  •     Sitemap: I really think every theme should have a built in sitemap

That’s about it. I hope it helps ?

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BroOf says

This is a great help for many authors. Any more points? I would like to create a WordPress master checklist for ThemeForest authors.

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danyno45 says

I almost forgot,
Shortcode editor: I bought a lot of themes on theme forest and i never liked the fact that on every theme the Shortcode editor was of use only in the “visual view” and not the “html View” but lately i boutht a theme called “DynamiX” and let me tell you that his editor is amazing and so easy to use in both views.
http://themeforest.net/item/dynamix-premium-wordpress-theme/113901?WT.ac=category_thumb&WT.seg_1=category_thumb&WT.z_author=NorthVantage

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digitalimpact says

Great feedback, thanks for taking the time :)

I have some questions, though:

  • Columns: does this mean authors who use grids like 960GS are off your list?
  • Author: do you prefer comments on TF or dedicated forum?
  • Page speed: what if the demo server is being hammered by many visitors when you test it? What if it’s on a shared server like Bluehost, which is pretty slow?
  • Browsers: what are the most important for you/which do you always check?
  • Buttons: is a gradient image for a button that important? Does it really affect your purchase decision?
  • Sitemap: Do you prefer something custom-made and built into the theme, or would a 3rd party plugin (provided&activated along with the theme) also do?

Thanks again ;)

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danyno45 says

  • 960GS is great and really not out of my list, authors who use it should creates an other set of “div” as shortcodes with ”%” use.
  • Dedicated forum definitely
  • I test page speed at least 3 times
  • Unfortunately IE7 -8 is my priority
  • Buttons are not that important but is a plus
  • Custom made sitemap is great
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digitalimpact says

Awesome, thanks again for taking the time :)

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shaki says

Great resources for a guy like me, developing my first theme.

Thanks so much guys. ;)

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CLINE123 says

If I may add my 2 cents as well to the authors who care to know, those who don’t please IGNORE and refrain from commenting on how lazy I am for I’ve heard it all before.

  • Multiple home page layouts
  • Portfolio posts with sliders (not header slider) (Key for me)
  • Reiterate option for boxed and stretched layouts. Can’t tell you how many themes I’ve had to pass on because they came only stretched
  • Need unique sidebar functionality
  • Agree with ‘Get the code’ from the demo
  • Agree with Site Map
  • ON MY WISHLIST : a theme with a great Product Display feature by category, this is severely lacking as many of my clients just want to showcase their products but don’t need the full-fledged e-commerce theme in catalog mode

That’s just me.

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danyno45 says
CLINE123 said
If I may add my 2 cents as well to the authors who care to know, those who don’t please IGNORE and refrain from commenting on how lazy I am for I’ve heard it all before.
  • Multiple home page layouts
  • Portfolio posts with sliders (not header slider) (Key for me)
  • Reiterate option for boxed and stretched layouts. Can’t tell you how many themes I’ve had to pass on because they came only stretched
  • Need unique sidebar functionality
  • Agree with ‘Get the code’ from the demo
  • Agree with Site Map
  • ON MY WISHLIST : a theme with a great Product Display feature by category, this is severely lacking as many of my clients just want to showcase their products but don’t need the full-fledged e-commerce theme in catalog mode
That’s just me.

+1 CLINE123 ….

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EugeneO says
CLINE123 said
    ...
  • Need unique sidebar functionality
  • ...
  • ON MY WISHLIST : a theme with a great Product Display feature by category, this is severely lacking as many of my clients just want to showcase their products but don’t need the full-fledged e-commerce theme in catalog mode
What do you mean by “unique sidebar functionality?

Couldn’t you produce a product catalogue / portfolio in any theme with a portfolio? If not could you expand on this?

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