Help with HTML Template Second Soft Rejection

Hello Envato community, I am trying to get my item approved and posted to Themeforest but need some help after my template was soft rejected again with no follow up reasoning.

You can see reviewer fmontes’ original review comments below that resulted in the first soft rejection.

  1. Please make sure you refer to this item as a “Template” (not theme) in all the instances, title, main image, tags and description, you can do a ctrl + f (or cmd + f) to find it.
  2. CODE VALIDATION: Some of your files contain validation errors that will need to be fixed. Please be sure that all files validate before resubmitting. You can validate HTML at
  3. RESPONSIVE ISSUES: Your files are either inaccurately represented as responsive or have responsive layout issues. Please take a moment to make sure that your design layout looks correct at different breakpoints and that all text is scaled appropriately for smaller devices. - Tablet breakpoint needs improvements. You should handle better the way you are organizing components in the screen.
  5. PLACEHOLDER IMAGES: Please delete the images from the main file and replace them with placeholders. - Please mention this in the item description so that buyers understand photos are not included in the download.
  6. LOCAL COPY OF LIBRARIES: please make sure you include and use a local copy of all the files need it for the template to run correctly.
  7. CSS TABLE OF CONTENTS: Make sure the CSS file is well documented with proper table of contents.

All of these issues were addressed and fixed over the course of several days before being uploaded again for re-submission. Within 20 minutes of being uploaded, fmontes replied with the following comments below and another soft rejection.

THE CHANGES ARE NOT ENOUGH: Unfortunately, the changes are not enough and the previous review still stands. Please carefully check your item to make sure all problems were adequately addressed before resubmitting this item.

I tried emailing fmontes asking if he could please provide further information as to what changes still need to made but have not received a response. I’m just at a loss as to what else needs to be done as I thought I adequately addressed the issues he mentioned to me.

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Please can anyone offer any suggestions. I’m at a loss as to what I can do and any help would be greatly appreciated!

Hello @evanbuiltme

A soft rejection means a really good start in getting approved on ThemeForest. As I see you got some clear instructions on what & how to improve your template in order to get approved;

  1. Do you use te keyword “Theme” in your item’s title? or anywhere in your template’s files or documentation? If yes, then replace the keyword Theme with Template.

  2. Check your template using and solve all errors listed on there(Assuming that you are a developer and built this template by yourself, then you must be able to also solve your errors :slight_smile: ).

  3. This point is clear…you only need to test your template on mobiles/tablets. You can do it here:

  4. Check the console when accessing the site and fix all errors listed there :slight_smile:

Not checking and fixing all issues will drive you to a new soft rejection…

Btw, reviewers are not allowed to answer directly via emails. If you want to ask something, ask in the Reviewer’s Message box when resubmitting your item.

###Some feedback from my side:

  1. You said you already solved all points…You are wrong :slight_smile: Checking the browser console:
    image so this point wasn’t fixed;

  2. Checking your item with… there are +10 warnings

  3. Responsive issues (and there are more):
    Spacing issue on responsive

Final note: Contacting the reviewer is not a solution… at a first check your template looks more like a freebie than a premium one…You should also keep this thing in mind and improve it.

What you can improve?

  1. Add some premium images;
  2. Change the font-combination…the typography is really boring;
  3. Colors. All your template looks fade. Use some creative colors.

Good Luck! :sunny: