@LSVRthemes – I understand what you’re saying, but that’s just an option that can be turned off.
As it’s a soft rejection, it would have been helpful to understand what can be changed.
I’ve sold a theme on ThemeForest before and after many months of creating a new theme, my new WordPress theme got soft rejected (possibly hard rejected as the rejection was very generic.
“Overall, this is a good concept but there are a couple issues here: We already have a number of submissions with the same overall design and concept and we have to draw the line somewhere. I think we’re reached a point of saturation. At this point, we’re only looking for unique variations of this design: for another one to be approved it would have to have a couple of unique touches and features that differentiate it from what’s already available and definitely be of higher quality. Minimal templates can be clean and simple when you manage to handle the white space and details to provide a simple but yet unique template. But if you can’t, it will look like an incomplete template – blank template. In this case, the submitted template is more like a ‘framework’ than a full fledged design. If you’re going with minimalism, you need to make sure all the little details check out.”
Maybe it’s just me, but after months of endless work, I feel a little disheartened to have my theme rejected on the basis of ‘saturation’. I’ve seen this message many times before on other themes I’ve submitted and many other authors that have also been rejected. I wouldn’t mind but the response is so generic and it seems that the reviewer hasn’t even taken the time to really look into my theme.
The theme itself is very different as it comes with a unique page builder as demonstrated here (not just a plugin that only builds small pages): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB3X4WYwPYI
Here’s a summary of my theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MLJzIPZqYI
The theme I’ve been working on is: http://wpvault.com
I don’t want to sound bitter but I’ve spent many months working on a totally different style of theme, one where you can live edit content, CSS, and sections for the theme—giving the concept a completely different feel to any other style of theme. I can see how my theme can come across as a framework but all the elements that are within the page builder are just CSS changes, nothing major.
Would anyone be so kind to shed some light on maybe why it got soft rejected and how I can get it through the review process?
As a freelancer, ThemeForest now just seems too risky to spend so many months to create a theme and to get it rejected. It’s a waste of time and money. I feel that if I was a proven author I’d get my theme accepted and I wouldn’t have to worry about this, but clearly this isn’t the case.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
Edit: Here’s the theme full description for anyone who’s interested: http://wpvault.com/plato-desc.jpg
Wow, thanks for the feedback OriginalEXE! I truly didn’t think someone would go to such length. I’m really liking your suggestions and I will get working on them tonight—all of them actually.
I think the next time I do release a theme I’ll get feedback here before releasing. That was really helpful, thank you very much!
I’ve recently submitted my second WordPress theme here at ThemeForest and it was rejected. There wasn’t much information provided so I thought I’d ask the community what they’d improve. Any constructive feedback is greatly appreciated and I’ll take it all onboard, and hopefully implement a few things.
A little of topic: I do worry that I’ll end up changing my theme so much that it will no longer feel like my own (after reviewers ask for things to be changed).
I’d love to get this onto the marketplace as I’ve spent a good few months working on it; I submitted it for the Creative category. Thanks a lot guys & girls!
Very exciting, well deserved – you have some great items!
Maybe you mean PSD > HTML > WordPress – if so, have a read of this: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/wordpress/how-to-create-a-wordpress-theme-from-scratch/