Hey templategalaxy. I would say it is unique in a sense that it doesn’t look like any other themes out here, but it has lots of design issues. My comments are below:
- Too much shadows and borders
- No contrast between elements. All elemnts have almost same text color, same background, and font sizes.
- Needs clear visual separation between elements. Everything is so tight.
- The icons on top left is barely visible.
- All elements are too boxy.
Take time on improving the template. I can see that you’ve put in lots of work into this. Keep it up!
Keep on working. The first impression is not bad at all. Below are my comments:
- Paragraph font sizes are too small both design-wise and readability-wise. This is common throughout almost every page.
- “Home” page looks good. Maybe a little more bottom padding/margin on [h2] elements?
- Similar to the previous comment – more padding/margin on block-title elements
- More spacing between entries in “blog” page. Again, bigger fonts maybe?
- Texts on sidebar being centered (text-align: center) doesn’t go with the flow. I don’t know how else to put this
But overall, definitely a go from me. Keep it up!
Hi zuk22. Good start, but I see lots of issues.
- Font spacing issues. Maybe more breathing room (line-height) for paragraphs
- Use actual images instead of placeholders
- Color palette (turquoise, purple, and light violet) looks weird
- The triangular arrows between sections are big
- Inconsistent spacing issues
- Q/A and testimonials sections both need lots of work
Keep on working on the template. Maybe code it into HTML later for better chance of getting accepted!
Also we need to consider that an usual TF buyer doesn’t going to show interest on GPL – it is nothing different. However, for a CodeCanyon WP plugin buyer, it is a gift. So better observe things from that perspective too – that’s where a bloodshed is waiting in short time.
Great point. The impact on Codecanyon items would be far greater than TF items.
and woothemes they get this harsh welcome for a good reason. one shouldn’t forget they put a big button on their themes that redirects themeforest buyers to their marketplace where they offer a way better deal in terms of quantity to make up for the themes quality. This is really unforgivable and it was made on purpose. There is no “mistake” involved. So the harsh welcome is justified.
Three points to add: 1) The items went through the “same review process”, yet the preview page wasn’t checked?
2) What if another author made the same “mistake”? I am almost certain the item would have been taken down immediately.
3) It seems unfair for customers to purchase a single theme here for $50$60 when they can get 3 themes for an additional $10$20 at their site. If the buyers know the original Woothemes site, I doubt they would buy it here. If they don’t and find out later (after purchasing the item), they would be pretty mad.
After reading the whole thread i have to say I have never seen a better example for the saying: “the way to hell is paved with good intentions”. Lets recap:
What Envato wanted to do:
- Offer Authors the possibility to sell their themes under 100% GPL. Makes GPL Advocates and Matt Mullenweg happy. Authors can now finally speak again at WordCamps: http://wpdaily.co/org-envato/
- Draw some attention to the fact that 100% GPL is supported now by inviting WooThemes to the marketplace
- Grow the marketplace by adding the Woo Theme Library.
In theory that sounds all good. How it tuned out:
- Neither a lot of authors nor customers care about or understand the 100% GPL. Lots of confusion.
- Authors are unhappy because:
- there is a new big direct competitor who gets a better deal out of this than any of the authors sticking to the marketplaces for the last years
- this competitor gets 30 themes approved that should not have been approved for reasons already mentioned
- WooThemes is unhappy because:
- They get bashed big time by half of the forum. Hardly a nice welcome.
- They dont sell very much on themeforest although receiveing a lot of attention. So lots of extra work with submitting themes, integrating envato api into their forum registration etc, and no extra income?
- Envato is unhappy because:
- They made their authors unhapy and now have to deal with a bazillion forum threads were everyone is complaining
- 100% GPL was supposed to be a great deal, but is hardly acknowledged because of the introduction-fiasco of WooThemes
- WooThemes with their 30 Themes doesnt make any money for them. Either because customers dont like the themes (indication that the review preocess was indeed “slopy”) or because all of the sales are happening directly at the WooThemes website. Whatever the case might be, it doesnt help envato grow.
Did I miss anything? Seems like a classic lose/lose/lose situation
By the way I am not really thrilled either by the fact that someone who abandoned the marketplace a few years back now gets a better deal than the authors who stayed and helped growing it. I can see that its sometimes necessary to bend or break the rules but I simply dont see why this is the case here.
This pretty much sums up the debacle going on.
FinalDestiny saidNot always, if you’re a freelancer working under company name then you and the company are the same.
kriskorn saidLegally, it doesn’t. Your company is another entity, while you(on ThemeForest) are a normal person. Even if you’re behind that company, a company != a person.
I have a hypothetical question which I would like to be answered by someone on the staff.
I got that the 100% GPL License & Exclusivity aren’t tied together already yesterday. Now the hypothetical part… If I were to release a GPL WordPress Theme from this account and started a company with my good friend. Now my friend wants to use the theme I am selling here for a client. He/She buys the theme and is also now offering this theme for sale on our company’s website.
A simple question – would this break the GPL & Exclusivty Terms or not and if it breaks them, then please can you tell me how ?
How about partners?
Suppose two developers (say John & Kate) team up.
John purchases a GPL-licensed item from Kate in Themeforest and vice versa.
John sells Kate’s item and Kate sells John’s item in another market.
They are not stealing each other’s item, but rather are strategically teaming up to avoid the exclusivity issue.
Of course this would be an extreme case. But I think it’s a good example that backs up @FinalDestiny’s (and possible many others’) assertion that 100% GPL should imply non-exclusivity. The concepts of exclusivity and 100% GPL may differ, but the consequences aren’t independent from one another.
Thanks to you people I had to run manuelvega’s paragraph through Google translate (I saw “subway” in there and became suspicious).. But anyways, hope to see the item published soon!
The red is too strong and logo doesn’t go well to begin with. Personally, I think the black, red, and wood textures aren’t the best combinations. You’ve got some nice page designs so keep up the good work!
It seems to be a good start in terms of structure, but the design needs a lot of work. Too many colors, too much shadows and gradients, too little spacing in a lot of elements, and no coherent visual structure. Keep up the good work