This article contains instructions on preparing your file for submission to Templatetrip. For help with our upload process —including how to format your submission title, tags and description— view our item upload guide.

1. Save your main file(s):

Organize your file and documentation so that it is easy to view, edit and understand. Group, label and organize common elements so that buyers are able to easily edit your file. The more editable your file is, the more valuable it is to buyers. Ensure that your code is validated and in a style that represents the latest and best practices in the industry.

If you’re submitting:

1. WordPress themes, You do not have add Licence Details for WordPress themes. The license details will be automatically attached to WordPress uploads.

2. Magento and PrestaShop themes, create a directory inside your .zip called “Licensing" and place inside it the two .txt files which we provide here for each of these types of themes licensed under the OSL v.3.

3. Joomla, Drupal, OpenCart themes, ensure that your theme contains a GPL licensing directory. Create a directory inside your .zip called “Licensing" and place inside it the two .txt files which we provide here for each type of theme.

4. Email Templates, ensure that your submission adheres to email design standards (using tables and inline CSS) and displays consistently across a variety of email clients. See CampaignMonitor’s guide.

5. PSD Templates, ensure your layers are grouped and named in a clear and organized way.

2. Check your assets:

Make sure you have the right to use any of your assets in a commercial resale work. If you have assets that are linked to the main file, be certain you’ve included them in your .zip file.

For more information on what assets you can use, see below details:

When creating items for Templatetrip you may wish to use other assets that you did not create, to showcase your item. For example, if you create a slider for a website banner you may want to populate the slider with photos. Another example might be if you’ve created a logo reveal and require an audio track to play during your item’s preview. This article will explain what assets you can use in your items and some IP issues you’ll need to be aware of. Before we go on to the full details please keep in mind the 2 main rules:

1. You should only use assets in your items that you own or have a license to use.
2. You can also use watermarked Templatetrip assets in your item previews, if you give the other author credit.

3. What are assets?

Assets are photos, illustrations, videos, code or music (and so on) that may form a part of your item, or item preview. Your item is what you actually license on Templatetrip.

Many items on Templatetrip have a preview as well as a main file. The preview files are only viewed online, whereas the main files are downloaded and distributed to buyers. This makes the rules for using assets in each the preview and main files different, although assets still need to be licensed for preview use if you haven’t used watermarked Templatetrip assets.

Can I use unlicensed (watermarked or otherwise) content from other sites in my item previews?

You cannot use unlicensed assets. Almost all stock services and any assets sourced from search engines do not give you the right to use any file even if you leave the watermark in (Templatetrip does not allow watermarks from others in the Market preview).

What if I license an asset on another site, can I use it in my previews?

You can use the asset in your item preview if you have licensed it from a service which gives you this right. This is a commercial use license and you are responsible for ensuring that you have the correct license for this purpose to use the asset in the way you intend.

4. Create a help file:

This should include concise instructions on installation, customization and use, written in English and formatted as a .pdf or HTML document. Keep in mind that buyers may have little to no familiarity with design software, so incorporate clear explanations and visuals when necessary. You may create a screencast or flash instructions in addition to, but not instead of, text instructions. A documentation template can be found here.

Note: Do not assume that the buyer of your item has any significant level of coding knowledge. When preparing your documentation, treat the buyer like a beginner.

5. Final Steps:

Check that your preview image, thumbnail, title, description and tags follow our formatting standards. Put your finished design and all supporting information into a single zipped folder.

Note: It is recommended that you watermark the images in your live preview template. Unfortunately no live preview can be totally secure, and it is a trade off. In the long run, live previews will sell more files than they lose.