I’ve worked on my theme for 3 months and it was going to be my first theme here. I submitted it today to the attention of Envato staff and got a vague rejection after couple of hours… Here is what it says:
“This template is not ready for ThemeForest. Your template does not provide a unique enough design with the necessary design quality, features and options to compete in the marketplace at this time. It requires improvements in term of design, visual hierarchy, typography, layout and its aesthetic quality but most importantly, its uniqueness and how the design is executed.
At this stage in the design I am, unfortunately, not able to provide more specific feedback other than what I’ve stated above (the design needs overall, general improvements). With further improvements I may be able to provide more specific feedback.
- Important: Improvements or fixes MUST be made to the above described areas before resubmitting. Resubmitting without making any of the requested changes violates our policy and repeated attempts may result in a temporary or permanent suspension of authorship rights.”
I am shocked. I would like to find out what is it in my theme that makes it worse than hundreds of themes which are represented here. Why isn’t it unique?
Anyway, please see my theme here: http://www.netmarkstudio.com/preview/AxisOne/ . I would appreciate if you advise me on what to change in order to satisfy the requirements of Envato team…
You should not post links to other themes, it’s against the rules.
Regarding your theme, in my opinion it does not look “premium” enough to be accepted in Themeforest. I can’t point out any specific elements, but it’s general look does not seem like a polished design.
You should not post links to other themes, it’s against the rules.Regarding your theme, in my opinion it does not look “premium” enough to be accepted in Themeforest. I can’t point out any specific elements, but it’s general look does not seem like a polished design.
+1 very poor contrast.. poor color choices not enough attention to detail overall…
EDIT : for everyone else that fees like providing feedback his link is http://www.netmarkstudio.com/preview/AxisOne/
This is the type of theme that you can download for free anywhere on the internet.
You need to take a 1 step backward and ask yourself: “What make a premium theme premium?”
Here are some key points that will get you started:
Uniqueness: This is the most important it’s what makes your theme stand out above all the other themes on the marketplace. If you can find a way to make your design unique and deliver what buyers are looking for half your work has already been done (you will potential be making some serious money because of this).
Hierarchy: take one page (the standard WP page) break it apart into sections: Page title, meta data, blocks of text, images, quote-blocks… the list goes on and on… now that you have a list you can category these elements in the list from most important to least important. With this you can start determining the weighting you should give these elements… be it font size, color, bold etc. PS. Re look your font choice. make sure it fits in with the design (typography is one of the important things that can make or break a design, so take your time on it and see which font face works best with the design).
Padding and Margin: This is something that most of us neglect when designing, even though it’s one of the most basic principals of design. make sure everything aligns the way it should, nuf said!
There’s a lot more that I can comment on but if I were you I would start googling “design principals for web design”. start reading a lot of the articles and use it as a bible for a couple of weeks and days… then look around on themeforest or any other site that has well designed websites and look at the elements that are used on those websites… You’ll start seeing a pattern. One you see that pattern you can go forth and redesign your theme…
Keep in mind that good design is an art and like any art it takes a lot of practice so get the basics right and build on it… Start doing what’s right and stop doing what’s wrong!!!!
You must improve margin and padding. Empty space is good space