Before first submission...



Greeting fellow authors. I have a question regarding submission guidelines for Theme Forst, and, it’s not even that big a question.

I am a transplant from MOJO (don’t ask, and if you don’t know, you’re better for it). Without going into the reasons I left, all I can say is while I was there, my project suffered from some theft of design. This occurred unbeknownst to me. That individual took said design and pushed it out (rather sloppily) and ‘beat me to the punch’. Because I didn’t know of the transgressions, it was I who paid for my foolish believe in thinking everyone was honest. Very long story short, my project was pulled and that was that. So, to heck with it, I thought I’d come to Theme Forest (who has higher standards, or so I hear). The project has necessitated several change to come up to speed with Envato specific guidelines, which is not a problem.

My specific question is - based on this terrible situation of an incident - I am about a week or so away from completeing the new demo (which fortunately for me, blows the one stolen out of the water). My concern is, I don’t want to get jacked again. So when I finally submit for review, will it be okay to password protect my demo site (the font end) and supply the review with the password? This was, only ONE person has it. I’d be watching my visitor logs to ensure there is only one visit from Envato, or one IP many times. :smile:

I feel this is necessary for me to do, as not to be knocked down again by brat kids half a world away who couldn’t do their own bloody work.

Would that be acceptable to keep my demo private until the theme is accepted (assuming), and then unlock it for the world after passing? It’s been long, long months, and I really do NOT want to redesign my theme and content a third time.

Cheers, mates.

PS - No, that theme is not posted here. I checked, rechecked, and checked a third time. Neither is the author (under his MOJO name, anyway).



I cannot answer whether or not it’s OK to password protect it or not.

However, I think you may be inconveniencing an already busy review team having to enter that detail.

Instead, upload the demonstration to a URL that is not shared with anyone and make sure to block bots.

Install it on an unbelievably stupid hard URL to just randomly come up with, and track your visitors.

Do not share the URL with anyone. That way, you know it was shared only with the review at that time.

In addition, if the person who did this knows your URL, maybe you should use a different URL temporarily.

It’s a shame to hear your experience, but it happens and it’s very unfortunate. Though you can usually provide some sort of proof that the work is yours. Sketches maybe during the initial thought process? Dated coding, documents, etc, in which could provide confirmation you did this first… Lots of ways and in that scenario, you could always ask Envato (if it did happen here) for ways to prove that’s yours. Then maybe work to ensure those are done ‘just in case’.

Unfortunately, this is the Internet and while we like to believe everyone’s honest, they’re not!

Always protect your work the best you can.

Welcome to Envato Marketplaces and all the best to your being here.