First off thank you all developers that provide themes it is obvious a great deal of times goes into developing many if not most of the Themes found here. 99% of the themes offered are graphically awesome much better than I can do and the reason I buy themes here.
My biggest pet peeve or complaint i have with the themes that I have purchased (about 15-20 of them I believe over last 4-5 years), is the amount of work I have to put into discovering how to adjust things via css.
Most times I am incorporating dynamic content into the themes and I find there are just way too many css rules for every little thing done within a theme. I spend days upon days sometimes trying to track down what css code handles basic stuff like buttons, and form related things - field outlines, headings etc. (especially background css setting)
For example Forms - list and buttons seem to always be governed css wise by global css setting. Since I work dynamically in PHP I would like to see the following.
Instead of having to modify pages provided in themes please provide pages using these rules or guidelines.
Use php includes for all menus, headers and footer areas within a theme. As this is the first thing I modify each time I buy a new theme.
Provide stripped down pages that are blank and just need content but outline how a page is set up. i.e. temple_page.php - ( Header include - 1-2-3 or 4 Columns in the main content area - Footer include).
If you’re providing php related forms also include the mysql to create the tables needed.
Provide css layout snippets that can easily be inserted into a layout - i.e. a carousel, tables, Lightbox popups etc…
provide individual css files to include within the templates that are easier to discern what it’s actually being used for - ie, forms.css, layout.css, backgrounds.css, color.css. Remember most of us purchase these themes for 2 main reason.
They offer or provide graphic design capabilities beyond that in which we have.
They are affordable.
Often times I will not purchase a theme here because I know I will have to spend anywhere from 1-2 weeks trying to figure out the css usage to make modifications I need. I doubt very few people use themes without making any modifications.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions - this all just my 2 cents worth too.
One last thing - all the reviews that Themes get and display on their pages are basically worthless since 99% of them are from other developers selling on the site - reviews from actual users who are verified purchasers of a theme would be much more valuable.