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Dream-Theme says

Hi guys.

Recently my WP theme was rejected.

Demo URL : http://dream-theme.com/ (Server is a bit sloooow, so, please, wait, until page is fully loaded.)

ScreenShots: http://dream-theme.com/screen/home_page.jpg http://dream-theme.com/screen/portfolio.jpg http://dream-theme.com/screen/gallery.jpg http://dream-theme.com/screen/blog.jpg http://dream-theme.com/screen/text.jpg

The unpleasant part that it was rejected this way: “Your template’s design does not meet our quality standards at this time and will need significant improvements before it will be ready to be reviewed again. You might consider taking a look at some of our popular premium items to get a better idea for the quality level of graphics, typography and general design that we require for approval.

At this stage in the design I am, unfortunately, not able to provide more specific feedback other than what I’ve stated above (the design needs overall, general improvements). With further improvements I may be able to provide more specific feedback.”

First I thought that there was some kind of technical mistake. But when I did not get message from reviewer I understand that there is not :) :(

Any comments/suggestions what can be improved? Or the best way is to let it go and start work on a new one? Do you personaly like it?

Thanks

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ZefWebDesign says

Hi Dream-Theme,

I know whats it like, my latest theme was rejected on Sunday with the same response :-s I was at least hoping to get the next response up where the reviewer gives you feedback!

ah well. Anyway back to your design.

I really like it! I like the logo, the transparency, the backgrounds, the slider is unique etc etc I think the design is definitely good enough to get in!

The only reason I can possibly see why it didn’t get in is because it lacks a huge amount of features or options? Correct me if i’m wrong.

If I were you I would add some more short codes to it, maybe a couple more page layouts like a fullwidth page and the option to have the sidebar on the left. Things like that really.

Keep going though i’m certain this will be accepted at some point!

Zef

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JamiGibbs says

Hi Dream-Theme!

Here are a few suggestions:

1. I think the only background that is working with this design in general is the 2nd one (the metallic gray one). The rainbow background is striking but it looks like that old Abduzeedo tutorial and has been done so many times before that it’s kind of old hat now. I don’t think I would lead off with that one. http://abduzeedo.com/new-tutorial-msnbc-header-effect

2. The navigation drop downs fall on top of each other when you hover on one and then move to the other. There’s probably just too big of a delay when moving off of the link.

3. I feel like there’s too much main content area and not enough sidebar width. You don’t have to line up your sidebar to the slider image above it.

4. I wouldn’t use underlines for your anchor’s (or underline on hover for other links).

5. I think the orange links and titles are too overpowering in general.

6. Overall the typography needs help. The titles are buried in the different link color combinations you’re using.

7. Click on the last blue slider navigation bubble. Do you see how the active orange color spilling over to the front? You’ll probably want to fix that too.

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CadenGrant says

Wow this is a great theme. I’m surprised it got rejected. This makes me feel like if this theme got rejected then there’s no way my theme will get accepted. Don’t really have any comments for improving your theme but just wanted to say it looks really good and wish you luck with your next submission.

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themepixels says

Mine also got rejected with the same feedback you receive. I also need help Here’s the demo: http://msharp.mlumaad.com

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cosmincotor says

Hi Dream-Theme, you theme looks good, modern and pretty unique, try to improve the footer a bit, it looks pretty simple compared to the rest of the theme :) , i know how it feels like, mine got rejected too, without any feedback, i also opened a thread here, i’ll appreciate any help :)

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Bebel says

@Dream-Theme Your theme looks also good when JS is disabled, but the dropdown does not work anymore. I’d suggest you build a with javascript enhanced css dropdown, so it works fine, with js disabled.

@mlumaad You theme fails totally if I disable JS. You should invest some time in this :)

@both: I like the designs!

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Denoizzed says

Hi to my fellow countryman!

ZefWebDesign has a good point here. Do you have admin option panel and shortcodes included? If not, it’s probably why it was rejected.

I’d suggest to submit it as HTML template and also write back to reviewer and ask what’s wrong with the theme.

Good luck!

P.S. Remove “tekstovaya rubrika” from “Categories” section :)

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CreativeMilk says

ZefWebDesign has a good point here. Do you have admin option panel and shortcodes included? If not, it’s probably why it was rejected.

Well no, this is not a reason of the rejection, there are still wp themes here that dont have shortcode or an option panel

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Denoizzed says
Well no, this is not a reason of the rejection, there are still wp themes here that dont have shortcode or an option panel

I may be wrong, but there was a topic on forum where theme was rejected because it didn’t have option panel and message was something like “the theme doesn’t provide functionality required for a premium theme”.

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