When a theme is rejected the reviewer usually gives you a little comment as to why he/she decided to reject the theme. You will probably find the answer there.
If I were a reviewer, I would probably say that this is a little too simple. Also, my eyes are hurting. Try to tone down the contrast a little…
HTML Templates don’t come with this functionality (or, at least if would be kind of strange as things like search can’t be implemented using pure HTML ), but Wordpress and Joomla themes should have search, links to feeds, etc. working just fine right out of the box.
I like the way the sidebar is done, same goes for the footer. The way you display the links to various social websites is also great, but the link color is too dim, it needs more contrast.
In my personal opinion, the typography needs a lot of work. The headings look like they were forced inside a box that is too small – they need whitespace above and beneath them. Also, you should pay attention to the fact that the italic style is not meant to be applied to whole blocks of text – it makes the text a lot less legible.
The navigation somehow irritates me. I’m not sure, but it might be the height of the brown bar behind it, or maybe there is too much whitespace between the tagline and the navigation bar.
I don’t like the color scheme, but that is of course very subjective. I just don’t think there is enough contrast between the colors purple and brown. Used sparingly, they can be alright (see for example the left sidebar here on themeforest), but when they are used so much in a design, it becomes too much. Make the content area stand out from the background more.
Other than that, it looks like an awesome theme! Keep up the good work.
For a site this new, I think the rate of theme submissions is great. As for activity on the forums, I don’t know how activity has been around here during the beta (unfortunately, I never recieved an invite).
I just discovered that ThemeForest actually had a forum, so maybe it’s just a matter of making it more visible.
I’m 15, and although I have the same skills as many other web designers, there is a certain limit to the hourly charge I can set without offending customers, because of my age.
I don’t have a fixed hourly price, as I discuss this with the individual client, but we usually end up somewhere around what would equal to 10-15 US dollars (after tax)
Even though I’m more a designer than a coder, I never build entire mockups or designs in Photoshop. I always do them in HTML . It is just a lot easier to deal with elements like forms and such, and Photoshop doesn’t give me any tools that are as good as CSS for doing typography.
I’ll work on one design for 2 hours, then go work on something else, and come back the next day and work on it for 2 hours again. When I come back the 2nd day, I can see the design a lot more objectively, than I would’ve been able to do if I had done it in one sitting.
For the kind of theme that I would submit to Theme Forest, I would say between 12-18 hours of concentrated work.
Smashingmagazine.com gives me a ton of inspiration with their … well … inspiring posts. When I can’t find any inspiration at all and I’m just staring at a blank page, i tend to go to cssremix.com and pick out specific elements from a site. Then I replicate them in my own way, and try to add a personal touch to them. From there, I usually have something to build off of.
Instead of applying vertical padding, you could also just make the line-height og the a element bigger.
As Collis said, theres no way to do that, but it’s an interesting idea. With the live preview option, though, I don’t think it’s going to be used too much.
I assume that people read through the description of an item before they buy it, so it might be an idea just to put a link to the video in there.