What could I improve on before I start the coding process? (btw, my first soon-to-be submitted template)
Dude honestly I really don’t know where to begin telling you some problems. The layout is good and everything is just that how everything is.
first thing, have a look at some templates from the html templates section and see what Themeforest consider highest standards because I assure you that if this is coded out and submitted as it is, it will surely be rejected.
No hard feelings
okay, i’ll start on something new and much better thanks
The type needs work, you need to think of type as a hierarchy of importance, your just using the same fonts, and same fontsize throughout the entire template, you also need work on your spacing, use grids, read about grid theory and type. If your new to web design, I suggest going on css gallerys and try to remake one of there sites in photoshop, it really helps you see the details.