I always appreciate your willingness to give more insight into the review process. I’ve seen you post before that killer features in the backend can make up for a less-than-stellar design, or an amazing design can compensate for a light feature set.
Since the HTML version was already approved, the design is probably fine for TF standards. I think you need to add in a compelling enough feature set to make someone want to pay double for the Wordpress version rather than just buying the HTML version and working it into a blank Wordpress theme.
I don’t think so that your Item got rejected due to its Visual Appeal. Its Beautiful !
But possibly lacking in functionality. Try adding required features / Pages like duotive suggested.
Plus, I would also recommend adding some widgets to the sidebar .
EDIT : I think Siddharth have explained you ! [ I’m little lazy in pressing “Post a Reply” button ]
Good evening everybody!
Thanks to all of you who took the time and shared love for the theme, it is appreciated a lot!
I will sure add a lot of the functions you guys mentioned and you brought definitely a new point of view!
Thanks for your statement as well, Sid – I appreciate it! You really “softened” your rejection message One question: the point “better aesthetics” is referred to the backend? Do we need to style the backend?
Designers generally tend to underestimate the work that goes into making a theme truly user friendly and customizable, in the back end.Since I don’t want this to look like our backend and customizability sucks (because of course everybody just can take a look at the frontend) I want to list what we added in terms of customizability:
This is just for the record, because it somehow made it seem like we just added a loop to our HTML theme and resubmitted it.
Of course there is always a lot of room for adding functionality but as far as the current version of the theme goes, each and every little thing is customizable via the theme options panel.
Anyways, I already opened a support ticket as Sid suggested and gladly wait for the suggestions and improvements. If it still seems like the journey of improvements will be a long and hard one we will have to rethink our themeforest-existence.
Thanks again for everybody’s support (also on Forrst, we got over 30 likes and 10+ comments in the few hours that I’ve posted the issue)!
All the best to all of you!
Mel for GC