Ok cool. I’m going start working changes. Thanks SO much for all the advice! It’s really helpful!!
P.S. Is there any way to delete this thread or will I just have to let it die?
CallMePaul Thanks for the advice!. I will be sure to keep at it until I get it right. I have actually seen your theme before, congrats! I’m looking forward to when my first theme finally gets approved. It will feel so good! lol
peex, yeah. Definitely lots of great advice on here for me to follow and learn from! Thanks
Thanks freshface for the comment! As this is a blog theme, I tried to make the focus on the content (which I can see now that that wasn’t conveyed successfully). I think I will do as you say and try and really make “the point” stick out and work on improving the hierarchy.
PSmith12, thanks for your comment
Would you say that cmt’s advice would help to make it look more professional? Do you have any advice for what would make it look more “premium?”
No, why? Does it look like one?
Yup! I see exactly what you mean about your eyes not knowing where to look. That link to the visual hierarchy looks really helpful and I will take a look at it. Awesome advice, I really appreciate it
So, I have been working on this Wordpress theme for a really long time, meticulously tweaking it’s precious lines of code and radient pixels of design well into the deepest hours of the night, and finally, finally I knew it was ready. I pulled up my suspenders and proudly submitted it off to Themeforest.
So, I went to work and started fixing everything I could find. Here is the almighty kailoon’s official letter of rejection:
1. Your template has a good start but, as we have high standards, you will need to make some additional improvements in overall aesthetics and aspects such as graphics, layout, colors, etc.
2. You need to include the wordpress GPL license within the download. http://blog.themeforest.net/site-news/important-change-to-wordpress-license-takes-effect-today-please-read/
3. It required many improvements in term of design, visual hierarchy, typography, layout and its aesthetic quality.
4. There is not much of functionality offered by this theme.
Obviously 2 is a big Homer Simpson “Doh!” to me but I was curious if anyone had some feedback for the other points. Now, I did make some changes since I got the letter so this isn’t the exact theme that kailoon saw: http://tylorskory.com/themeforest1/Oh, and here is the new list of features (this is longer than the list I had originally had for the theme)
- Valid XHTML /CSS
- Twitter Integration
- Social Media Counter Buttons – Facebook Share and Twitter ReTweet
- Up to 15 Advertisement Spots
- Custom Recent Comments
- Dynamic Navigation with Automatic Categories Drop-down List
- Threaded Comments
- Sub-header test (good for SEO )
- Tag Cloud and Categories Listing
- Easy to follow step-by-step install documentation with images
What do you think? Is it ready to send off again? Is there anything you see that I can add to make it better? Any advice and comments are welcome! Thanks!
Yeah, they are probably just using a background image.
Cool! Thanks for all the info everyone! Also, freshface, the link to your previous thread was really helpful too. Thanks.
I am working on my first Site Template and I was curious if it had to be static HTML . I would like to utilize some php includes for things like the navigation and I think it would be a lot easier (for both me and the purchaser) to edit a single file than having to go through every single page just to change something in the nav/footer.
I’m just curious how other people have gotten around this issue with a Site Template. Obviously a Wordpress theme would be easier because it’s all dynamic but i’m wondering about the Site Templates, specifically. Is it typically all 100% static html?