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Web-Culture says

I took a look at your template and if he just checked the screenshots I know why it is rejected (though, I have to agree that they have to, at least, be a little bit more specific when reviewing).

Your logo is the worst thing in your template, it doesn’t fit at all, remove it and keep it simple but stylish. Same error for your slider’s arrows & bullets, this style doesn’t fit. Your overall theme looks simple but too simple at the moment, try to make it a little more stylish but with no abuse of effects. I also see some spacing & alignment issues, if you look at your footer for example, you have three different alignments, why ? It makes it look a bit messy. (you have repeated this issue at some points, try to find it!)

Hope it helps ;)

Thanks arkgrafik, The logo is actually not the same as the one which was reviewed. It was a lot simpler and maybe boring. I am also not happy with the current logo but I am busy playing with new designs.

Slider navigation will be changed since you are the second person that has mentioned changing them.

I am slightly confused with the 3 different alignments in the footer comment. Archives , Recent Posts and Recent Comments are all aligned the same. Recent comments just does not have the triangle bullets, so guess I should add that.

I assume the other alignment issue is with recent posts, carousel and flicker widget.

Thanks for you reply, I will work on fixing.

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Web-Culture says

U guys should host a envato debate show :)

Anyways tho i do agree that sometimes reviewers comments are a bit tricky but i have to be honest that they did change from the last time this kind of debate was opened.

I understand web-cultures frustration, since 99% of the answers are generic… and there is not enough comments for all the situations what mans that they have a list of answers from were they copy… but that doesn’t stop ton of authors, including myself to actually get approved.

So it can be done, i have a web development company and a perfect example was when i was looking for web graphic designer and tons of them shown on interview. I was amazed when some of them shown there work, which was very poor for the lack of the better non resentful and rude word :), and they were so shure of them self’s and could not be budged from that shurnes there was this girl that used tons of ugly old beveal and embos effects… almost default ones… and she actualy went on debate war with me over it… anyways that can be a painful experience specially on themeforest after review’s. but you have to take it in and try try again… sometimes you will get it right the first time sometimes the 10 th time :)

Anyways, hate typing so much, to bad we can’t be on some group voice :) long story short keep on trying! :)

Hi Anps,

Thanks for agreeing with some of what I am saying :)

I do know that getting a file accepted can be done and I have not given up.

You helped me with some of my design issues from the second time it was rejected so I am sure you know that I have accepted all criticism pretty well. I don’t think I am the worlds best designer and I think I have definitely learnt a lot from each rejection which is great. All I wish is that with each rejection came a little more clarity, as now I am unsure if the last 4 generic replies just mean the reviewer thinks I suck and should just give up or if he will ever accept the theme with any amount of changes.

I think I should have handled this post slightly differently as I know it did come off as an attack but it really is not intended to be.

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Web-Culture says

Hi, Nice work, but your header (specially the logo) are not clean with other part of template so you can pay attention on the head of the theme it’s the start point of visitor it must be attractive.

Hey i’m a new theme author and i’m working my first one it’s under construction here (demo.farkess.com/bibos) and maybe me too i need advices but i can’t see anomalys on my own work but i can see other one theme anomaly :winktongue: .

Good luck

Thanks for your reply Libertux.

I agree the header does need work and that is what I have been focusing on since it was rejected. I will keep working on the logo till I come up with something that I like.

I took a look at your theme but on my iPhone so I cant really tell you much. One thing I did notice is the slider does not really work on an iPhone. The text overlaps the box and the next and prev buttons.

Will try take a better look when I am at my pc.

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Web-Culture says


No offence taken but please do explain.

How does the reviewer check the files ? Does he install the theme onto a test server and check the layout on his install? If that is the case then 99% of files would be rejected. Have you ever installed a theme and had it work 100% without needing to setup a bunch of things?

I have install many themes from here that look a complete mess when first uploading them but once setting up all the required things they look perfect.

If the code is not up to standard then wouldn’t they send a mail saying your coding needs some work rather than rejecting it for design but actually it was due to messy code.

How will a theme get approved when the designer keeps trying to fix his design but the reviewer keeps rejecting based on code?

And as I said before sometimes people forget to change the screenshots before uploading so if a reviewer is going to reject a file based on the screenshots then maybe they should say, hey listen based on your screenshots I have rejected your design.

All I am really trying to say here is I think designers on themeforest put a lot of time into themes. Some people have worked more than 6 months on just framework. Is it to much to ask that a reviewer gives a slightly better reply when rejecting something?

Even if it is just saying, based on your screenshots I have rejected your design. Sorry I have rejected your theme due to your code being messy please clean that up before I look at anything else.

Just be slightly more specific, this will help not only the designers but also the marketplace.

For everyone that is asking about the preview… I did not post this because I feel my theme should have been accepted, I know my theme needs work and it only gets better with each rejection. I posted here hoping the review process could be done slightly better.

Oh, I’m sorry. You must be right. Reviewers never open the main.zip file. They just trust that the files are good. Of course the theme is checked before it is approved. How can I, you, or anyone trust a simple preview? Would you buy a car, just by seeing the preview model?

Have you ever installed a theme and had it work 100% without needing to setup a bunch of things?

Yes, as a matter of fact I have, please, don’t be rude! We are only trying to help out and explain what has happened from our humble experience! :)

How will a theme get approved when the designer keeps trying to fix his design but the reviewer keeps rejecting based on code?

A theme has to work properly, both on the server, and by code. Look at the timthumb exploit for example. A plugin that has been ” approved ” by developers world wide for it’s aspect and usability, but no one checked it’s backend. I think at least a douzine sites, and customers have had to suffer due to a faulty backend!:)

How does the reviewer check the files ? Does he install the theme onto a test server and check the layout on his install? If that is the case then 99% of files would be rejected. Have you ever installed a theme and had it work 100% without needing to setup a bunch of things?

Reviewers have been chosen because they know what they are doing, and I’ve said this a lot of times in the past and I shall gladly say it again, if you check the front page, all files approved make sales, meaning, the reviewers do a great job!

99% no, but about 70% are rejected. And that’s great! Reviewers are impartial, they don’t care what your preview should do or shouldn’t do, they just check to see if everything is working up to the standards required by the marketplaces. if they do, voiala! You’re approved.

Reviewers are not blunt machines that click the reject button due to any tiny error. For example, the tables I use in my templates are coded using HTML5 , and I always get a cellspacing error in the markup. Validation says change it to CSS , that is impossible. Yet, if I have tried to get that out of the way, and failed, and there is absolutely no way to remove the error, but the template functions perfectly, the file is approved!

Last but not least, if the reviewer has installed the theme to his server / the envato server / whatever server, and paddings, text, margins , design is whack , then you will be rejected.

And the really last last last thing! Why are you so sure that the design is so good? We’ve yet to see a preview so we can better understand why your file has been rejected?

I hope I’ve not offended you in any way! But please, do show us a screenshot at least or a preview! It’s much easier to get constructive criticism then. Now, we can only speak about talking! :P

Note: these are my personal opinions as an individual member and author of this community and not representative of Envato Staff or the Envato Item Reviewers. My personal opinion does not guarantee the approval of this file for sale on the Envato Marketplaces.

Thanks for your reply, I am not trying to be rude at all so I am sorry you took it that way.

You must not have read what I have been saying in my previous posts as I have said over and over that this is not about my file. I do not think my file SHOULD have been approved. I even stated in my last post that I know my theme needs work. This is simply a post on the process of anyone’s files being reviewed.

Look at another post made today, the theme was soft rejected for some changes the. Hard rejected saying the theme is not upto themeforest standards. Things like this in my opinion should not be happening.

My preview is here http://webculture-themes.com/bliss Please keep in mind that I have never stated that my theme is good enough to be approved. It has been rejected 5 times and with every rejection I understand the reason why and have improved on it a lot with the help of this great community.

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Web-Culture says

I guess I’ll submit a ticket if they don’t. TF is a nice place when it comes to quality, but they couldn’t be more disrespectful to new authors.

If you are going to contact support I recommend doing it now as they are pretty busy I believe. It took around 5 days for a response a few weeks back.

Good luck, things like this should not be happening.

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Web-Culture says



Naaa i don’t it will make it harder…
Make it harder to click a link? Are you serious?

First thing the reviewer checks is your files. Do you have analytics on the envato server files? Cause that’s a sure reason to get rejected :P

If your main files are up to standards, the reviewer will check the preview, if your main files were not up to standards, why visit the preview?

If you come to think about it, the main file is one of the most important elements. You can have a preview to google.com, and no files in the main archive, does that mean you should be approved?

I hope I’ve made a point. No offence intended! :)

No offence taken but please do explain.

How does the reviewer check the files ? Does he install the theme onto a test server and check the layout on his install? If that is the case then 99% of files would be rejected. Have you ever installed a theme and had it work 100% without needing to setup a bunch of things?

I have install many themes from here that look a complete mess when first uploading them but once setting up all the required things they look perfect.

If the code is not up to standard then wouldn’t they send a mail saying your coding needs some work rather than rejecting it for design but actually it was due to messy code.

How will a theme get approved when the designer keeps trying to fix his design but the reviewer keeps rejecting based on code?

And as I said before sometimes people forget to change the screenshots before uploading so if a reviewer is going to reject a file based on the screenshots then maybe they should say, hey listen based on your screenshots I have rejected your design.

All I am really trying to say here is I think designers on themeforest put a lot of time into themes. Some people have worked more than 6 months on just framework. Is it to much to ask that a reviewer gives a slightly better reply when rejecting something?

Even if it is just saying, based on your screenshots I have rejected your design. Sorry I have rejected your theme due to your code being messy please clean that up before I look at anything else.

Just be slightly more specific, this will help not only the designers but also the marketplace.

For everyone that is asking about the preview… I did not post this because I feel my theme should have been accepted, I know my theme needs work and it only gets better with each rejection. I posted here hoping the review process could be done slightly better.

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Web-Culture says

Naaa i don’t it will make it harder…

Make it harder to click a link? Are you serious?

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Web-Culture says

Well, did u try contacting support? And i guess some reviewers will see this thread.

Nope have not contacted support.

And yes I am sure I have reviewers watching and I am sure it will make any future submissions even harder for me to get approved. I just hope they will take what I have said and just take 5 seconds to double check the live preview before rejecting.

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Web-Culture says

Mate, trust me I was annoyed when i was first rejected. But the process realy does enhance your quality and your personal expirience.

I 100 % agree with you, rejections do improve design and I have accepted all my rejections with a smile. I am however not at all upset with the rejection.

My problem is with how it was rejected. I am sure anyone here would have some problem with being rejected without having the file actually reviewed.

Would you be happy knowing that the reviewer rejected your file based on an old screenshot?

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Web-Culture says

Thank you If the design isnt to his liking then he can see just from screenshots

Yeah Anps I can understand that but as I said before what if I changed the design totally from the previous rejection but forgot to update the screenshots. If I did not know he did not look at the site I would think he rejected it based on my new design not based on the old screenshots.

I am not saying that is what happened here but I do think a reviewer needs to check the preview at least for 5 seconds just to be sure the screenshots reflect what the live preview shows.

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