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PixelBin says

I think it’s time that 1000 features doesn’t make up for a repetitive, ugly design. It doesn’t matter that your theme can bake cookies while reading you bed time stories, it needs to look superb with the industry’s top UI and UX touches added in for a unique, premium experience.

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CyberShot says

I think if you make the standards to high, you will eventually end up with a marketplace where only a few designers will be able to make the grade. If that happens, then you will find more and more designs that are similar because I would believe that every designer has his/her own style.

I don’t think the standards should be raised. In business, you let the marketplace decide such things. If the customers want to buy what you would consider a lower quality theme, let them. If they want to buy the higher quality theme, let them do that. Nothing is stopping you elite designers from upping the bar yourselfs. It does create more competition for you. But like you say, if you design is truly great, let the marketplace buy it.

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DanyDuchaine says

I think if you make the standards to high, you will eventually end up with a marketplace where only a few designers will be able to make the grade. If that happens, then you will find more and more designs that are similar because I would believe that every designer has his/her own style. I don’t think the standards should be raised. In business, you let the marketplace decide such things. If the customers want to buy what you would consider a lower quality theme, let them. If they want to buy the higher quality theme, let them do that. Nothing is stopping you elite designers from upping the bar yourselfs. It does create more competition for you. But like you say, if you design is truly great, let the marketplace buy it.

That make a lot of sense.

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WPExplorer says


@cancars – are you saying the icons are actually font icons? If so, this is actually good for modern browsers as it keeps your site loading fast. I’m not justifying anything because I don’t know how they added them to their site, but I do personally like font icons. It’s just a shame because on old crap browsers they do render sometimes as [] – depending on the set.

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No, I wish, I like those too..they are icons like you see in your dashboard or ideal for a theme preveiw, as he is using them for….and which the user would later swap out for things like pic of an envelope for mail…so on…which I do like. The only “normal” one is for “Home” its a house icon of course.
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WPExplorer says

CyberShot has a point – you need to realize that what for 1 person is high quality may be for someone else low quality. It’s all relative, not only to personal preferences but also different countries have different design styles.

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dreampunchboy says

I agree. But I think the issue is more than just quality. THERE IS ENOUGH UPLOADS IN the “Creative” wordpress category. 50% of the stuff looks the same.

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osigrandi says

I was just thinking about this yesterday.

Too many new themes are accepted, a lot of them don’t look that great at all.

A potentially really good theme can get ‘lost’ between so many other themes, simply because a buyer might get tired of browsing around and decide to settle on the next best one.

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starshade says

From what I observe in this thread, some of you want the standards increased just because your so awesome theme might get lost because so many themes get accepted everyday and you won’t make the desired $$$... If the theme has the ideal balance between features and great design, it will stand out of the crowd.

Even if the requirements will get increased and no more than 1 theme gets accepted each day, it will lead just to the same situation over and over again.

A big part of the authors that are left with their themes rejected because of the latest increased standards, will start to copy only the stuff that will pass the approval and even if you will have fewer themes approved right after the quality bar will be raised, in a few months the marketplace will be flooded once again with similar themes.

Then a new similar thread like this one will popup with “a lot of them don’t look that great at all” simply by the fact that your eye got accustomed to themes that were awesome right after the quality bar was raised last time.

Increasing the quality requirements it’s just temporary measure that will lead to the exact same situation that we have now. We’re all just running in circles.

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pezflash says

I agree. But I think the issue is more than just quality. THERE IS ENOUGH UPLOADS IN the “Creative” wordpress category. 50% of the stuff looks the same.

The very top sellers looks the same than any other themes. Customers are looking for the same concept, repeated ad infinitum, and Envato is earning huge amount of money with the copy cats, so i don’t think things will change in the near future. :(

The problem with such saturated marketplace, with astonishing number of themes approved daily, is that only the top authors with high exposure and people expending a lot money and time trying to get users to their files will finally sell. In fact this is already happening, top sellers keep on selling, no matter if there are good new alternatives from new/medium authors.

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designsatnight says

I think this thread is more about old authors don’t want new ones to come.

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