StudioPress introduces their own marketplace to the community

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Earlier today Brian Gardner announced the StudioPress Marketplace, a new section of their site where developers from their community building on the Genesis framework can sell their child themes.

Before today there was no official place to sell Genesis child themes. In fact, Gardner would typically direct anyone interested in selling their Genesis child themes over to Jason Schuller’s ThemeGarden, where the Genesis category was growing strong with more than two dozen themes for sale.

Today’s is a soft launch, which means only hand picked developers and a handful of four themes are starting out in the StudioPress Marketplace. The developers currently listed are Dre Armeda, Lauren Mancke, Brad Potter, and Lauren Gaige. Instructions for submitting themes for consideration will come in time.

Today is a busy day, with quite a few folks traveling to WordCamp San Francisco (see our ongoing coverage), but you can be sure we’ll be connecting with Brian Gardner next week to talk about what this means for the future of StudioPress.

What do you think? Is this the right direction for StudioPress to go? And how many internet points do I get awarded for guessing pretty well a few months ago?

4 thoughts on “StudioPress introduces their own marketplace to the community

  1. I must be missing the boat on WordPress frameworks. I’m wondering if I should start using them to build themes on top of. I have so many questions though. Can anyone point me to a good article as a theme developer on why I should or shouldn’t start caring? Thanks.

    • After 2 years of primarily only using frameworks (well, just Genesis really) I wouldn’t go back. In fact I often turn down clients who are set on *not* using a framework.

      Using a framework (in this case, Genesis) I can roll out a site with 100% more speed and precision than just rolling my own theme. Once you get the hang of it you will wonder how you ever worked any other way.

      The best way to pick it up, in my opinion, is to just dive in. You can read tutorials and how-to’s until you are cross eyed, but at the end of the day the real learned experience is doing. Take a theme you have done in the past or a theme off the .org repo and just start breaking it down into a child theme. By theme number 2 or 3 you will really start to get the hang of it!

  2. Thats good news but I hope the market place generates some more creativity. I love the genesis framework but after browsing themeforest themes, I find many of the genesis child themes are just generic and seem tired. You would think that with the majority of the work being done in the framework that there would be a little more creativity in the designs.

    I know many themeforest designers complained a little (a lot) about being held to a higher standard of design quality and creativity when getting their themes accepted in the themeforest market place.

    Looking forward to some nice designs for Genesis.
    Ed

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