There might be more problems as that buffer starts to grow, as people who should be approved now are now #100 in the buffer and will miss a few days of sales.
There are 2 positions open for reviewers (since February), so they are looking for more. Considering the importance of the job to Envato, buyers, and authors, clearly they want to take their time finding new ones. In the meantime, I guess there will be long waits and then big waves of new files if all the reviewers are working similar hours.
The risk in submitting a PSD is that the only thing to judge is the design. Like I said earlier, with HTML or WordPress, you can get away with a less than stellar design if you have the features. So a 8/10 design with some amazing features like page builders, bundled plugins, tons of shortcodes, etc. could make a top selling WordPress theme. But if you submit that same 8/10 design to the PSD category, it just can’t compare to the 9/10 and 10/10 designs there.
If you do go this route, you should perfect your design and make sure it is 10/10 design before submitting. You could also be working on your framework for HTML and WordPress at the same time, but really focus on getting that design perfect.
About posting in the forums, there have been reports that people posted a design for review, and then another author submits an item with some elements suspiciously similar. I’m not sure what you could do in this case, other than file a DMCA claim and provide the link to the posting that is earlier than the submitted item.
Lots of spacing issues on mobile, particularly section headers.
But can you tell me why don’t you use animations on mobile devices? That was the question. Performance penalties? I mean, for the smartphones that are now on the market, I think some animations work good. I do not have a smartphone to verify.!!!
Animations are OK on the latest smartphone and tablet models, but older or cheaper models have poor performance with lots of animation. Since you can’t really target new vs old devices, better to disable all animation for mobile.
RG-Studio saidThere is no way to get reviewer feedback before submission. Doing this would create a much bigger workload for already busy reviewers. I have proposed on the forums (and been ridiculed for even suggesting) a paid service where you could submit designs at various stages and get detailed feedback. This concept is common for other creative works, like books, movie scripts, college application essays, and even resumes. If a theme has the potential to earn thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, wouldn’t $20 or $50 (1 or 2 sales) be a worthwhile investment? From what I’ve seen, most rejections fall into one of these categories:
I am just thinking…is there a way (apart from posting a screenshot of your design on the forums) to get a professional opinion from TF member of staff who can basically tell me if the designer is going the right direction?
- Typography issues – no clear hierarchy (h1-h6, p), odd line height/meter, bad font combo)
- Spacing issues – uneven margin, padding, vertical space, poor alignment
- Originality – just a copy or mashup of existing items, brings nothing new
- Total rubbish – doesn’t understand what a premium item is
Hard rejections probably fall toward the bottom of that list (if not the whole list), while soft rejections are likely toward the top of the list (i.e. fixable). The reviewers don’t have time to teach people about hierarchy in typography (ratios, vertical rhythm, etc.) or how to use a grid system or use captive or negative space. I think there is real value in a service that does this and where someone would take a deeper look and tell you to tone down the text-shadow in the blog header because it makes the text hard to read.
Everybody is talking about top quality here but honestly, I have seen quite a few templates (some of them selling very well) that have both design and coding mistakes.
Coding mistakes might slip through the cracks if they are minor and a less-than-stellar design might be compensated for by a ton of features. If you’re referring to anything on the top of the popular files list those sales are likely driven by features more than design. Page builders, sliders, bundled plugins, shortcodes, widgets, one click demo installs, and support sell themes on the popular files list more than clean design and typographical balance.