That chart is just as generic as the submission requirements, the details we need are something like we start on a clean WP install with the unit test content and the following plugins, we then use X plugin, then X process for checking deprecated tags or notices, etc…not just a pretty graphic that explains what we already know.
I know Kailoon, Ivor and the others have a specific process they each follow. We need insight into that so we can all benefit, this back and forth isn’t helping anyone.
Disclaimer: This is not another “Why was my theme rejected post?”, please read on.
All to often every time I submit a new theme, and its soft rejected I always get some sort of list of small fixes that need to be made. Which is great, however I’d like to know step by step the exact process the reviewers use when combing through a new submission.
Even though I use the Theme Check plugin w/Themeforest addon, Debug plugin, Monster Widget plugin, WordPress Unit Test and follow the WordPress Theme Submission Guidelines, I’ll always get something new from the reviewer. Sometimes not even covered in the guidelines like “oh hey btw we just started implementing stricter security standards”, or something else just came up.
For example my current theme uploaded on the 16th of last month, soft rejected and I’m now on round 4 of “fixes”, when resubmitting it sometimes takes days for it to be reviewed again, only to get “here’s another couple of small things…”. Every day that it sits in the queue is MONEY LOST, and I would like to shorten/improve that process as much as possible.
So with that said, I think it would be highly beneficial for authors and the reviewers to post their EXACT step by step process they run through when reviewing a new theme. That way before I upload I can duplicate that process and save us both a lot of time and headaches.
Please lets get behind this and improve the approval process for all of us.
Congrats guys! I’ll be joining ya soon!
Review queue is crazy long nowadays, but that’s expected with how huge Envato has become. Thinking its time they hire some more reviewers.
Currently have a theme in the queue — 9 days for initial soft reject, 3 rounds of going back and forth on small fixes (another 3 days)…been sitting in the queue for 20+ hours fingers crossed this is the final round.
I’ve only had experience with paid ads from each of the marketing campaigns that Envato provided from the Elite program, needless to say neither performed didn’t see any kind of increase. Whats even worse is they don’t provide you with any tracking tools or performance data (whats the point), its a massive waste.
OT – I’ve said this so many times they should just credit the author accounts with the cash equivalent and we’ll reinvest it how we see fit, the elite program needs another revamp I feel like its targeted at kids with prizes like a “power ring”, and branded swag.
If you’re not making multi-purpose themes that take mountains of more time and effort to make – but are priced exactly the same, then you’re not gonna last too much longer here on ThemeForest. Unfortunately, Envato has no reason to justify prices and level the marketplace to where decent themes make decent sales (even if they’re not a “100-themes-in-one” deal. Too bad.
Agreed, however I do still feel there’s room in niche markets. Envato does need to level the playing field by adjusting pricing those “swiss army knife” with 5 billion demos and 6 gazillion options themes need to be priced $100+ at least they’re killing the entire marketplace.
Being one of the original TF authors from back in beta, and still a one man team to this day, its becoming impossible for me to compete with all these gigantic copy/cat themes being released daily.
I’ll stick to niche markets like real estate, day spas, restaurants, but Envato PLEASE restructure pricing. Themes are ever evolving and so should pricing, the current structure DOESN’T work and its destroying the future of authors and the marketplace.
Collis if you’re out there, please restore my faith in the company I’ve known for some time and respond to this.
I also posted in the other thread but seriously I haven’t seen sales & traffic drop like this in my entire time here on Themeforest (since beta in Dec, 2008). The vast majority of authors reporting the exact same thing tells me its not just a “bad” month due to holidays, or whatever this is something else entirely. Literally has to be some sort of change that was made recently, back end, front end, UI changes, etc…
I know sales and traffic vary month to month, but for a massive dive like this something most definitely isn’t right.
It especially worry some since I rely on the Envato Marketplace as the majority of my income.
Simple fix, leave the item promotions across Envato network sites and newsletters, ditch all the useless “Swag” hoodies, power rings, etc…ditch the ad campaigns/studio credits and just give us the cash equivalent.
Don’t get me wrong I do appreciate having the Elite Program, however “swag”, power rings and non-performing ad campaigns don’t bills. Simple as that.