There are no shortage of places to find WordPress themes. Some prefer to make their own themes, some use only free themes, and still others—perhaps yourself—that purchase WordPress themes. Assuming you are purchasing themes online you have a number of places to look. Commercial theme shops are many and varied. There is also another type of commercial theme resource, typically referred to within the community as a WordPress theme marketplace.
After how well received our WordPress theme framework comparison was, and how often theme marketplaces were brought up when we discussed how to find WordPress themes, there was just no way we couldn’t do a rundown of theme marketplaces as well. In this post you will find a bit of a background on theme marketplaces in general, a rundown of everyone we know about, and a poll so that you can weigh in with your experiences.
What is a WordPress theme marketplace?
WordPress theme marketplaces, as we define them here, are websites that offer commercial WordPress themes from at least a handful of different theme authors. In this way marketplaces are different than what we call theme shops or vendors, since shops offer themes from one single brand.
Dedicated and assorted theme marketplaces
Theme marketplaces can be broken down in two major groups: dedicated and assorted.
A dedicated theme marketplace is one that carries and sells only one type of template or theme. In our case, that type is WordPress. Dedicated theme marketplaces don’t offer any type of theme except for WordPress themes.
You might guess, then, that an assorted theme marketplace carries more than just one type of template. So while WordPress themes are included in all of the assorted theme marketplaces we list below, there are other kinds of themes and templates available there too.
WordPress theme marketplace comparison table
The following table is laid out in alphabetical order, as is the list below it.
|Number of Themes||100+||900+||60+||Currently in beta|
About Mojo Themes
Mojo Themes came new to the WordPress community in early 2010, launched by friends of WPCandy JR Farr and Brady Nord. Mojo Themes is a marketplace that offers templates for WordPress as well as Magento, Tumblr, email, Photoshop, and HTML/CSS.
Most recently, Mojo saw a redesign in celebration of their first year anniversary.
ThemeForest is the oldest and, by far, the largest commercial theme marketplace online today. It boasts an impressive number of WordPress themes for sale, nearly one thousand at the time of this writing.
Visit the ThemeForest marketplace for more. You can read our coverage of ThemeForest as well, including Envato its parent company. One of my favorites is an editorial on ThemeForest we published, particularly due to the conversation that followed in the comments.
ThemeGarden is a WordPress theme marketplace that was launched in late 2010 by Press75′s Jason Schuller. One unique aspect of Jason’s marketplace is that certain themes that are offered are from theme shops themselves, like Organic Themes, Themify, and StudioPress.
WonderThemes is about as new to the theme marketplace field as you can get. They are still working out the kinks in their beta, but plan to be launching very soon.
Which WordPress theme marketplace would you recommend?
Social proof is important, and in this case our collective experience is very valuable. Speak up in the poll below and recommend which marketplaces you would recommend to others, based on your experience.
What has your experience been?
Okay, time to speak up. What has your experience been with the marketplaces described above? Do you see more space for innovation in theme marketplaces?