WordPress Serenity Theme Soft Reject

Hello, about hour ago i’ve got WP Theme Soft reject, reason is:
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.

This design was approved in psd, this design is better than design of my last wp work, i really cant find some serious problems with it
Demo: http://serenity.octrace.store
Can you please help?

Any idea?

I’ve changed design a little bit, but got the same soft again…

Your theme is too simple. There are tons of other themes with this design / layout on the marketplace so I don’t see why this is better than any approved one.

What you can do:

  • Reduce the white space from header (where is the logo) and also make the top-bottom spacing the same. https://i.imgur.com/GWxyp2w.png
  • Make slider heading bigger and reduce the top bottom spacing https://i.imgur.com/zBWoauj.png
  • Add a real site title https://i.imgur.com/FyF2q0c.png . This needs to be a premium item not a one-day working project :frowning: if you want to get accepted
  • Make post title bolder and bigger: https://i.imgur.com/bol3qFG.png all over the site (including sidebar)
  • Bad line height / color. Better change it to line-height: 1.7 + color: #807e7e;(See before: https://i.imgur.com/BadoynU.png / After: https://i.imgur.com/atx4vD7.png)
  • Add more widgets. More page variants.
  • The header is too boring.
  • Even if this is going to be a simple blogging theme, try to improve it and make it perfect for a blogger. For example, where the the Post Formats? : Video, Quote, Link, Gallery etc.
  • But first of all fix the line-height + colors + blank space issues before any resubmission.

Good Luck!

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