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JuanTomasoli says

Multiple choices

  1. Developers and designers just want to copy TF’s best sellers themes?
  2. Reviewers requirements are restricting the creativity
  3. Sellers just want to go straight to the point, avoiding taking risks
  4. Wordpress restricts the creativity?

Shoot your answer!

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cramdesign says

I think that it is likely simpler and less devious than you suggest… theme design, like any creative industry, tends to evolve as a whole rather than every work be a complete revolution. Just take a look at the history of art in general.

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Pixelworkshop says

Authors probably tend to follow the trends that sell, it’s understandable in a certain way. But well, there are also plenty of unique designs if you look :)

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jeffeatworld says

1. Developers and designers just want to copy TF’s best sellers themes?

Personally, this is the most accurate of the options but I’m probably going to be flamed for saying this.

The wording makes it sound like authors are brain dead and have no creativity – this is NOT what I am saying. What I’m saying is design trends tend to breed simliar items – things like the massive slider, 3 column laouts, huge footers etc.

The truth is that they are all STILL really, really well designed themes and so don’t hate me for agreeing with this comment, but in a way it’s kind of true because we’re always going to try and cater for whats popular with buyers right?

Some unique themes are great – there’s a wicked video-based Wordpress theme that I can’t remember the name of that sold really well but the problem is if you do create a really unique theme theres that risk that it won’t sell – and that would suck.

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Parallelus says

Authors probably tend to follow the trends that sell, it’s understandable in a certain way. But well, there are also plenty of unique designs if you look :)

Someone always beats me to the punch these days :) I need to update the list too. I have not added any new themes submitted in February or March yet.

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luckykind says

Money always wins… that’s why it’s the root of all evil…

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ThemeProvince says

As ive learnt from my last theme buyers dont like vintage themes.

Themes with uniqueness but with useful functionality such as a fullscreen background do sell well as my first theme shows. Me & Denoizzed seem to have set a trend for fullscreen themes (theres a lot more of these themes being released).

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KarmaThemes says

Take a look at the latest best seller: (removed) Strong points: functionality / features

Weak point: Same structure: horizontal menu, slider, 3 or 4 modules below, big footer = DEAL ! I’ve been seeing lots of similar themes. I talk about structure. Now take a look at this: (removed) (the best bestseller)

Now to this: (removed)

That’s the point. You will find lots of similar examples.

My conclusion is: design doesn’t matter. Just features and customization make the difference.

Please don’t call out specific items in the forums, that’s not nice. Edit: yeah I know I replied with a full quote lol sorry removed the links.

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tonvie says

Not always true. Check out Breeze, CircloSquero, Unite, Screen and other best sellers. All very unique IMHO .

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Pixelworkshop says

As ive learnt from my last theme buyers dont like vintage themes. Themes with uniqueness but with useful functionality such as a fullscreen background do sell well as my first theme shows. Me & Denoizzed seem to have set a trend for fullscreen themes (theres a lot more of these themes being released).

Actually, there are a few older fullscreen templates and 2 of them belong to the best sellers :)

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