Requirements for HTML Templates


#1

Hello everyone! Just wondering how many pages are required/along with the types (blog? Contact?) for an HTML template here on ThemeForest.

I have been developing themes for the landing page section of the site, but now want to venture into the HTML category.

Along with the above question, do you guy’s/gal’s have any advice for someone attempting to develop and upload an HTML theme here on TF?

Thanks!

Thomas


#2

I am very interested in this too, if someone with more experience on themeforest could find the time to answer!


#3
beetlesales said

Hello everyone! Just wondering how many pages are required/along with the types (blog? Contact?) for an HTML template here on ThemeForest.

I have been developing themes for the landing page section of the site, but now want to venture into the HTML category.

Along with the above question, do you guy’s/gal’s have any advice for someone attempting to develop and upload an HTML theme here on TF?

Thanks!

Thomas

+1


#4

It’s basically the same as for the PSDs… create as many pages as you feel the template needs. The high standard of themeforest will of course not allow a Homepage and an About page only.
As far as your recently approved PSD is occurred, girlscancode, you are perfectly fine coding all your PSD sites to HTML pages and submit it :slight_smile:


#5

There is no specific requirement afik, but a normal html template should include a number of pages it’s considered appropriate for the design theme. If you are offering template for hosting company it’s nice to have the appropriate pages like plan compare, domain check etc. You obviously won’t have products, but you might have services. A part from that I believe the mandatory pages are home (of course) and contacts.


#6
KarmaThemes said

It’s basically the same as for the PSDs… create as many pages as you feel the template needs. The high standard of themeforest will of course not allow a Homepage and an About page only.
As far as your recently approved PSD is occurred, girlscancode, you are perfectly fine coding all your PSD sites to HTML pages and submit it :slight_smile:

Well, the reason I ask is that I noticed on almost every current HTML template on ThemeForest, there is a Blog section. However, what’s puzzling about the whole blog aspect of the templates is that nothing is functional within the blog preview. I just don’t find it necessary to provide a blog page for the template if it doesn’t function whatsoever.

What’s your take on this?


#7
seal said

There is no specific requirement afik, but a normal html template should include a number of pages it’s considered appropriate for the design theme. If you are offering template for hosting company it’s nice to have the appropriate pages like plan compare, domain check etc. You obviously won’t have products, but you might have services. A part from that I believe the mandatory pages are home (of course) and contacts.

Thanks for this! As previously mentioned above, do you feel a Blog is necessary? What about the way it’s coded? (PHP includes, CMS, etc…)


#8
beetlesales said

Well, the reason I ask is that I noticed on almost every current HTML template on ThemeForest, there is a Blog section. However, what’s puzzling about the whole blog aspect of the templates is that nothing is functional within the blog preview. I just don’t find it necessary to provide a blog page for the template if it doesn’t function whatsoever.

What’s your take on this?

Oh we got blog pages as well in our HTML templates, that’s first because we convert every HTML to WordPress and need that layout anyhow, so why don’t include it, and second because the user might need that layout. If it’s for a blog or if the buyer wants something else to do with it, that’s up to them. Also the buyer might want to convert it to WordPress himself in some cases, and that’s when a blog layout is useful as well. We just want to make sure to provide lots of layout options, but that’s just our way of thinking.


#9

The reason for blog page in my opinion is because it is going to be converted to WP. Most of the html templates here are made with the idea of converting them to WP. I don’t think that if you don’t have this type of pages it will be a deal breaker, but that’s just my opinion


#10

I see. I didn’t know HTML templates were being converted to WordPress. So, as of now I’ve got the following necessary pages: “index page, contact page and blog page.”

Thanks.


#11
xstortionist said
beetlesales said

I see. I didn’t know HTML templates were being converted to WordPress. So, as of now I’ve got the following necessary pages: “index page, contact page and blog page.”

Thanks.

Yea, I think that would be good.

Any specific way the template should be coded?


#12
beetlesales said

I see. I didn’t know HTML templates were being converted to WordPress. So, as of now I’ve got the following necessary pages: “index page, contact page and blog page.”

Thanks.

I’m afraid 3 pages is a little low. How about a gallery page, services page, portfolio page (maybe 3 layouts or smth), history/about page, another homepage layout, another blog layout, regular page, you will need a single blog post page according to the blog page you already got, a fullwidth page, page with left sidebar/right sidebar…

How they should be coded you ask; well we don’t know your skills in coding so I guess do your best and you will get feedback anyhow :slight_smile: There is no “rule” for a grid system but it will definitely make your life easier, especially when creating page template variations. I also recommend using HTML5 and the elements like


#13
KarmaThemes said
beetlesales said

I see. I didn’t know HTML templates were being converted to WordPress. So, as of now I’ve got the following necessary pages: “index page, contact page and blog page.”

Thanks.

I’m afraid 3 pages is a little low. How about a gallery page, services page, portfolio page (maybe 3 layouts or smth), history/about page, another homepage layout, another blog layout, regular page, you will need a single blog post page according to the blog page you already got, a fullwidth page, page with left sidebar/right sidebar…

How they should be coded you ask; well we don’t know your skills in coding so I guess do your best and you will get feedback anyhow :slight_smile: There is no “rule” for a grid system but it will definitely make your life easier, especially when creating page template variations. I also recommend using HTML5 and the elements like

Great feedback! Thanks!


#14
xstortionist said
beetlesales said
xstortionist said
beetlesales said

I see. I didn’t know HTML templates were being converted to WordPress. So, as of now I’ve got the following necessary pages: “index page, contact page and blog page.”

Thanks.

Yea, I think that would be good.

Any specific way the template should be coded?

Nope, by looking at your landing pages, I’d say, you’ll do just fine.

Ok, great :slight_smile: I was worried there was a different standard or something. I always code my website’s as clean and minimal as possible, but didn’t know if I’m allowed to include PHP Includes or not…


#15
xstortionist said
beetlesales said
xstortionist said
beetlesales said
xstortionist said
beetlesales said

I see. I didn’t know HTML templates were being converted to WordPress. So, as of now I’ve got the following necessary pages: “index page, contact page and blog page.”

Thanks.

Yea, I think that would be good.

Any specific way the template should be coded?

Nope, by looking at your landing pages, I’d say, you’ll do just fine.

Ok, great :slight_smile: I was worried there was a different standard or something. I always code my website’s as clean and minimal as possible, but didn’t know if I’m allowed to include PHP Includes or not…

I wouldn’t do PHP includes, just stick with straight HTML. The developer might use a different programming language.

Sounds good! I may start working on my first theme within the next week :wink: