message of reviewer : Unfortunately your submission PULSE - Academic / Personal Vcard Wordpress theme isn’t quite ready for ThemeForest. Here’s some feedback from our Review team on why it couldn’t be accepted.
Unfortunately ‘WordPress’ has higher standards in terms of aesthetics. An approved design in other categories does not guarantee an approval under ThemeForest’s WordPress category. Your design has an interesting starting concept, but it needs significant improvements in terms of aesthetics and attention to details.
As higher quality items become available in the marketplace, approval requirements will increase to maintain appropriate marketplace quality.
While I’d be able to provide feedback as to how to get this approved, I can only do after it has crossed a certain threshold, quality wise. I’m sorry to say this isn’t there yet
Yes, it is approved and selling now. I am very happy about it. Finally!
I was soft-rejected 3 or 4 times based on design by a different reviewer. My HTML convert of the Airy template kept getting the “this is not good enough for WordPress category” message. Then I got it - it will never be approved! I decided to do a drastic change to its design and function. I knew I need to step it up.
I chose the most beautiful fonts I found on TypeKit - used those. I learnt how to do smooth animations with velocity. I chose best photographs from Unsplash and from a stock bank. Basically I created a completely new design. It finally got approved, after 3 months!
I am actually happy this happened. I learnt so much and updated my design process. Now I feel like I can spit out a new theme in no time (I will actually see about that ). So… that’s the story.