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Updated: January 23, 2015

Friday we took a look at a large variety of news and magazine premium WordPress themes, and yesterday we took a look at small business premium WordPress themes. Today I wanted to cover my favorite type of premium WordPress theme, this time focusing specifically on the premium blog WordPress themes.

When the premium WordPress market was originally formed, pretty much every theme was focused specifically on behaving like a content management system. There were some great themes released, but it always surprised me that there didn’t seem to be any real premium blog themes for sale. Fortunately in the six months since then a few nice premium blog themes have been released and they really do a great job of taking your blog to the next level.

I expect this area of the premium WordPress themes market to continue to grow, so this post will probably receive a lot of updates over the coming months. Enjoy!

Flexx Theme

  • Over 1,000 Possible Layout Combinations!
  • Completely widget based
  • Ability to Rotating header images
  • Multiple Color Styles to choose from
  • Includes Contact Form Page Template
  • A Built-In Menu Builder
  • Search Engine Optimized

Single-Use ($79.95), Multiple-Use ($249.95)

Source/Demo | Purchase

Ultimate Blogging Theme

  • 3 color schemes (Spit fire red, Quirky pink and Earth green)
  • 6 months of FREE updates
  • 17 minute video tutorials for theme installation
  • 20 minute video tutorials for on-page SEO & Conversion tips and tricks

Single License ($67.00), Unlimited License ($97.00)

Source/Demo | Purchase

Urban Elements Theme

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  • Theme options page for customization and management options for: Site Header Customization, In line Advertisement Management, Sidebar Advertisement Management, Social Link Configuration, Google Analytics Configuration and finally Post Thumbnail options
  • Drop down navigation menu
  • Integrated advertisement placements
  • Framed post thumbnails
  • Social links
  • Full documentation

Unlimited License: $75.00

Source/Demo | Purchase

Citrus Theme

  • 6 Colors to Choose From – Pink, Light Orange, Green, Red, Blue, and Dark Orange.
  • Advertising Management including 125×125 Ad Blocks.
  • Two unique layouts – a “landing-style” news page and a two-column “blog-style” interior page.
  • Change your theme’s color, layout, featured posts, and advertising – all without touching a single line of code.
  • Clean, lightweight code means fast loading times.
  • Extensive support resources available.
  • Search engine optimized, out of the box.

Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($99.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

Source/Demo | Purchase

Omni Social Networking Theme

  • Theme designed specifically for social networking bloggers.

Single-Use ($79.99), Developer’s ($199.99)

Source/Demo | Purchase

Thesis Theme

Personal License ($87.00), Developer’s License ($164.00)

Source/Demo | Purchase

For a complete list of premium WordPress themes available, check out our premium WordPress themes gallery!

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  • Small Business Premium WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    Yesterday we took a look at some of the best news and magazine premium WordPress themes.   Today I wanted to take a look at another area of the premium WordPress themes market, this time focusing on the themes being designed specifically for small businesses in mind.

    Some small business premium WordPress themes are created with very specific businesses in mind, while most can easily be adapted to just about any small business that needs a content management system or business blog setup.    I’ve attempted to feature all types of small business themes below.

    Essence Theme (6 Colors to Choose From)

    Essence Themes

    • 7 inside page layouts
    • Elegant look and feel of traditional website
    • Static home page
    • Integrated blog templates
    • Two header options: Text or graphic

    Single-Use ($79.95), Multiple-Use ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Remix Theme

    • 7 Color Schemes
    • Includes free PHPBB3 Forum Template
    • Gallery module for managing photos or artwork
    • WYSIWYG Page editor
    • Smart Drop Menu
    • Over 50 Page Templates
    • Dynamic Codes
    • Flexibility
    • Add-on modules
    • Support Forum
    • Grid Based Layouts
    • Compatible with Many Popular Plugins
    • Widget ready
    • Printable Pages
    • Contact Form
    • W3C valid, Cross browser Compatible
    • SEO ready

    Personal ($75.00), Multiple-Use ($275.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Cubicle Business Theme

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    • WordPress 2.7 ready! – Enjoy the new features with WordPress 2.7, including threaded comments!
    • Get Your Business Website Up Fast – With WordPress and Cubicle, your business can get a website up and starting informing your fans, clients and others of what you are doing
    • Upload Your Logo – Our image uploader feature allows you to personalize your site with your own logo
    • Showcase Photos Easily – Cubicle comes with a random image script that allows you to display multiple photos on your home page
    • Theme Options – That allow you to easily paste tracking code and enable features
    • Tutorials and Support – Like all of their themes, buyers get access to the tutorials and top notch support.

    Single-Use License: $79.95, Multiple-Use License: $149.95

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Titanium WordPress Theme

    • Small Business/Business Card Theme
    • Fading Featured Images
    • Featured Video
    • Drop-down menu navigation
    • 6 Page Templates
    • Custom Header Image Uploader

    Single-Use ($79.95), Multiple-Use ($149.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Architect Business Theme

    architect-theme

    • WordPress 2.7 ready!
    • Get Your Business Website Up Fast – With WordPress and Architect, your business can get a website up and starting informing your fans, clients and others of what you are doing
    • Upload Your Logo – Our image uploader feature allows you to personalize your site with your own logo
    • Showcase Photos Easily – Architect comes with a random image script that allows you to display multiple photos on your home page; plus we’ve got a Flickr photo gallery installed as well
    • Architect Theme Options that allow you to easily paste tracking code and enable features.

    Single-Use ($79.95), Multiple-Use ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Realtor Theme

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    • Available in three colors: red, white, and black
    • Real Estate / Business WordPress theme
    • Featured content section on homepage
    • 2 level drop down navigation menu
    • Full width page layout option

    Agent Theme Package ($59.95) | Pro Plus Package ($149.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Realtor Theme

    • Beautiful, elegant themes
    • Five colors included: sea blue, red, navy blue, gold and black
    • Agent can publish picture with biography
    • Top-Level link to add property listing
    • Easily publish your home details (including bathrooms, bedrooms, images and lots more)
    • “No Custom Fields” to hassle with when posting property details and images
    • Images are auto thumbnailed and display full-size with a cool pop-up slideshow
    • Featured properties rotate on home page with agent
    • Cool Property Search Options – includes dropdowns and search box
    • Agents page to display biography and properties for sale
    • Payment Calculator
    • Ad Banner Management

    Single-Use ($79.99), Multiple-Use ($149.99), Developer’s Pack ($349.99)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    iReal Estate WordPress Theme

    • Easily customizable
    • Integrated blog
    • Home page template
    • Wide layout for content heavy sites
    • Widget ready sidebars and feature areas
    • Drop-down navigation
    • Search engine optimized

    Single-Use ($49.95),Multiple-Use ($59.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Industrial Series Themes (Includes 6 Different Colors)

    Industrial Series Theme

    • Drop-down menus
    • Front page feature section (Tabber)
    • Bread-crumb interior navigation
    • Archive Page Template
    • 6 Pre-built Color Schemes
    • Two sidebars
    • Website look and feel

    Single-Use ($49.95), Multiple-Use ($99.95)

    Source/Purchase | Demo

    Deep Stack Poker Theme

    • Theme custom built for poker websites and blogs.

    Single-Use ($79.95), Multiple-Use ($199.95)

    Source/Purchase | Demo

    For a complete list of premium WordPress themes available, check out our premium WordPress themes gallery!

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  • News and Magazine Premium WordPress Theme Gallery

    Updated: January 25, 2015

    As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the things WordPress Hacks is most known for is our WordPress theme galleries. Because of this, we have worked really hard to maintain them by both adding new themes as they are released, as well as removing older themes that are either outdated, are no longer available, or are no longer supported by their authors.

    One of the most common requests I get via our contact form is to break apart our galleries into more of a niche focused display of WordPress themes. Because we aim to serve, this post will be the first of a three part series breaking down the premium WordPress themes available. Next we will be going through our free galleries and looking for more helpful ways to display those as well.

    This first WordPress gallery was designed to feature some of the best News and Magazine Premium WordPress themes currently available for purchase. I included both styles because the lines are kind of blurred between the two and I didn’t want any debate over which category each one falls under. Themes are not listed in any particular order and I have included any listed features with the theme whenever it was possible.

    Revolution Church Theme

    • 3-Column Fixed Width Theme
    • Widget Ready

    License for this theme ($59.95), All Themes license ($149.95)

    Source/Demo | Download

    Revolution Lifestyle Theme

    • 3-Column Fixed Width Theme
    • Widget Ready

    License for this theme ($59.95), All Themes license ($149.95)

    Source/Demo | Download

    One Theme

    • Five Color Schemes: Blue | Green | Pink | Black | Red
    • Custom Control Panel
    • Widget Ready
    • Javascript Drop Down Menus
    • Custom Search Result Page
    • Archive, Links & Sitemap Templates
    • Child Pages Ready
    • Child Categories Ready
    • Numbered Comments
    • Valid XHTML/CSS – Full div layout (no tables)
    • SEO Optimized Code
    • Logo Design Service Available
    • Theme Installation Service Available
    • Two Homepage Layouts
    • Tracking Ready (Statcounter/Google Analytics)
    • Unique “Hot Conversation” Plugin

    Single-Use ($99.95), Three-Use ($199.99), Developer’s License ($299.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Vybe Theme

    • Theme settings page in your WordPress control panel (see screen shots below).
    • 2-column or 3-column layouts.
    • 10 different color options with control panel setting for further customization.
    • Optional featured article glider for home page.
    • Gravatar integration.
    • Optional banner ad integration.
    • Optional built-in post thumbnails.
    • Optional logo/header image integration via control panel.
    • Built-in site search.
    • Built-in drop-down navigation for sub-categories and sub-pages.
    • Built-in author page and author profile with Gravatar support.
    • Comment and trackback separation.
    • Post author comments highlighted.
    • Original Photoshop files (PSDs) available for download via control panel.

    Basic (Single License $99.00), Premium (Multiple Use $199.00), Developer ($299.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Gemini Theme

    • 3 color schemes
    • AJAX featured article section
    • Drop down navigation menu
    • Integrated social bookmarks and social voting options
    • Side blog on homepage
    • Featured video section
    • Semantic and up to date xhtml and css
    • Custom modifications available on request

    Single-Use ($60.00), Developer’s ($120.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Pass It On Theme

    • Cool Link Feature – Visitors see a green check mark beside links they have already visited.
    • Social Media Ready – Check out the custom social bookmarking integration at the top of each post page.
    • Premium Ad Placement – Plenty of places for ads to help you make more money from your blog.
    • Related Posts – Related posts built into the content to promote click-thrus.

    Single-Use ($85.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Magazine Theme

    WP-Magazine Theme

    • Widget-Ready, User-Friendly, and Optimized for WordPress Versions 2.2 and Above
    • Five Different Home Page Layouts
    • Four Different Category/Archive Page Layouts
    • Home Page Featured Article Glider Box
    • Built-In Banner Ad Blocks
    • Built-In Site Guide in Right Sidebar
    • Customized Recent Comments in Sidebar With Gravatar Support
    • Author Bio Information and Gravatar Included on Single Post Pages
    • Alternating Color Comments With Gravatar Support

    Basic (Single License $99.00), Premium (Multiple Use $199.00), Developer ($299.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Shiva Pro Theme

    • Widget Ready
    • Google AdSense Ready
    • Gravatar Ready

    Single-Use ($89.00), Multiple-Use ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Tauren Pro Theme

    • Widget Ready
    • Google AdSense Ready
    • Gravatar Ready

    Single-Use ($69.00), Multiple-Use ($128.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Deep Blue Theme

    • BBPress Integrated Theme for message boards.
    • Customized Author Pages.
    • User Avatars.
    • Featured Articles.
    • Customized Category and Search Results.

    Single-Use License ($50.00), Developer’s Pack License ($199.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Arthemia Premium Theme

    • Theme Admin Panel
    • Choose a color for each category
    • Drop-down menu
    • Automatic thumbnail generation
    • Widgetized sidebar and footer
    • Ad banner management

    Single License ($70.00), Five Licenses ($140.00), Developer’s Pack ($240.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Time Cafe News Theme

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    • Choose between 3 Different Colors
    • Easy to use theme option menu
    • 300×250, 468×60 and 125×125 ad ready
    • Built-in image slider
    • Custom page templates
    • Built in Feedburner Newsletter and RSS options
    • Drop-down menu
    • Embed video code ready
    • Front end login
    • Custom typography
    • WordPress 2.7 Compatible
    • Custom page templates

    Unlimited Use License ($79.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Traveler Theme

    • Choose between Advertisement-Ready version and Advertisement-Free version
    • 2 Styles (Full Features & Clean)
    • Ad your AdSense or Image Link Code
    • Turn all-or-individual banners on/off
    • Quick Post – No need to put an image
    • Image Auto Resizer
    • Random Video Rotator (copy/paste code)
    • Flickr Integration
    • Build your Own Menu from the Theme Options
    • Drop Down Menu (Build your Own)
    • Ad your own Logo and Styles Easily
    • Unique Post Randomizer
    • Main News Section
    • Widget Ready
    • Customized Archives and Search Pages
    • Stylesheet switcher
    • Feedburner Integration

    Single-Use ($79.95), Multiple-Use ($179.95), Developer’s License ($279.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Celebrity Press Theme

    • 2 Colors (Black & White)
    • 2 background samples
    • Ad your AdSense or Image Link Code
    • Turn all-or-individual banners on/off
    • Quick Post – No need to put an image
    • Image Auto Resizer
    • Random Video Rotator (copy/paste code)
    • Flickr Integration
    • Build your Own Menu from the Theme Options
    • Photo Gallery
    • Drop Down Menu (Build your Own)
    • Customized Error page with sitemap
    • Ad your own Logo and Styles Easily
    • Unique Post Randomizer
    • Main News Section
    • Customized Archives and Search Pages
    • Stylesheet switcher
    • Feedburner Integration
    • Extensive help and tutorial included

    Single-Use ($79.95), Multiple-Use ($179.95), Developer’s Pack ($279.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Celebrity Gossip Theme

    • 3 color style – Light, Warm, Dark
    • Automatic image resizer to dynamically create the thumbnails on homepage
    • Automatically use the first image in each post for homepage thumbnail, no need to manually key in custom field. Custom field method still available if you wish to override with your own image.
    • Optional 2 column bottom bar
    • Widgets ready – easily arrange sidebar and bottom bar
    • Advertisement ready – 4 125×125 banner slots and 1 top header banner
    • Print.css – for uncluttered printing
    • Theme options admin panel (preview)
    • PSD files included

    Single-Use ($35.00), Multiple-Use ($95.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    MagNews Theme

    • Google AdSense Ready
    • 125×125 Ad Blocks
    • 3-Column Theme
    • Widget Ready Theme

    Single-Use License ($49.00), Developer’s Pack ($199.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Technology Theme

    technology-theme

    • multiple page layouts
    • blog index page
    • the contact form is embedded as a page template
    • custom header image uploader
    • featured image slideshow on the home page
    • widgetized home page areas
    • the background selector
    • WP 2.7 threaded comments

    Single-Use License ($79.95), Multiple-Use License ($149.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    iTeam Theme

    • Quickly and easily set up a sport team website with WordPress
    • Upload your sports video to YouTube and insert it directly into the iTeam home page
    • Image uploader feature allows you to personalize your site with your own logo
    • iTeam comes with a random image script that allows you to display multiple photos on your home page
    • Post Live Games Updates – Using Twitter.com and iTeam, you can easily post live game updates to your team’s website
    • Drop down navigation menus
    • Social media integration
    • Various page templates including: left sidebar page, right sidebar page, one column page
    • Flickr photo gallery embedded

    Single-Use ($59.95), Multiple-Use ($149.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    iNews Theme

    • 4 column home page layout
    • Front page feature box, you can highlight any content you want on your home page, including older content that gets buried
    • Post Quick Notes and Links – With the center “asides” section, you can post quick links, quotes, or notes
    • Upload a new graphic – The custom image uploader feature allows you to personalize your site with your own logo
    • Drop down navigation menu

    Single-Use ($49.95), Multiple-Use ($79.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Revolution Office

    • 2-Column Fixed Width Theme
    • Widget Ready

    License for this theme ($59.95), All Themes license ($149.95)

    Source/Demo | Download

    bSocial Theme

    • Highlight Your Content: With the front three feature boxes, you can highlight any content you want on your home page, including older content that gets buried
    • Social Networking: On the home page and each post of bSocial you can link to all your social networking content easily
    • Custom image uploader feature allows you to personalize your site with your own logo or graphic!
    • Drop Down Navigation Menu
    • Professional support
    • Search engine optimized
    • Multiple page templates — like Feedreader and Search
    • Widget-ready sidebar
    • Comprehensive Theme Options page (see release page)
    • Automatic image resizing — for front feature boxes
    • Easy feature image uploading — with automatic image rotating

    Single-Use ($79.95), Multiple-Use ($150.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Credit Crunch Theme

    • Revolutionary theme options page with powerful customization
    • Automatic thumbnail images
    • Images can be any size you want, it’s easy to change the dimensions in the options
    • Pick from 4 different page layouts
    • Choose 1 sidebar on the left or right, 2 sidebars, or full pages to maximise the impact of your content
    • No extra plugins or setup required, it just works
    • Embed a YouTube video in the sidebar without any code
    • Sexy drop-down navigation
    • Automatic tabbed widgets
    • Handy footer area with extra links
    • Valid, SEO friendly code
    • Bulletproof design – built to look great with all the HTML elements
    • Feedburner and Google Analytics integration without the need to install plugins or edit code
    • Separate Trackbacks are neatly tucked away at the bottom so they never get in the way of the conversation
    • Smart comments highlight the author so your readers always know when you reply with something important
    • Organized & Easy to Edit Code

    Single License ($70.00), Unlimited License ($249.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    For a complete list of premium WordPress themes available, check out our premium WordPress themes gallery!

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  • Best Free WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    It has been awhile since I’ve created one of our popular WordPress theme galleries, so I decided it was time to build a new one. In the past I’ve always taken the approach of trying to remove any personal bias and just display the WordPress themes and demo/download information in a manageable way so that the reader can choose their favorite themes that they’d like to use.

    This time I decided to comb the internet looking for my personal favorite free WordPress themes and display them below in a convenient format.  Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that there aren’t many free themes available these days, so I’ve decided to throw in my favorite premium WordPress themes at the bottom of this post as an alternative for those serious about blogging!

    This theme gallery is broken down into the following categories (click the link to be taken to the section you are looking for):

    This post is updated regularly, so if you find you are often in the market for a free WordPress theme, bookmark this post and check back regularly!

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    Best 2-Column Free WordPress Themes

    Vintage Theme

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    Source

    Blues Theme

    blues-theme

    Source

    Shades of Blue Theme

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    Download | Demo

    PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

    Green: Demo | Download, Red: Demo | Download, Blue: Demo | Download

    Evolution Theme

    Source | Download | Demos: Blue, Green, Red

    GlossyBlue Theme

    GlossyBlue Theme

    Source

    Color Paper Theme

    SourceDemo

    StudioPress Theme

    StudioPress Theme

    Source | Demo

    Blak Magik Theme

    Source

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  • Premium WordPress Theme Responsibilities

    Have you ever wanted to create a premium WordPress theme? I’m sure we’ve all noticed an explosion in this market over the past few months due to the income potential, but I’ve also noticed a bad trend that I’d like to talk a little bit about. That trend is the very un-premium quality of many of these new themes being released, as well as a extreme lack of innovation put into creating these themes.

    Many of the top designers in this market launched their sites back in late 2007 and quickly established their own niche. Since then, they have continued to release new themes, but they tend to shift their focus to a different type of end-user with each new theme. Newcomers seem to build very similar news/magazine themes that really aren’t all that different than what is already available. I don’t think to many people looking for a news or magazine theme are going to have any trouble filling their needs with what is already available, so place your focus somewhere else, or provide something in your theme that the competition doesn’t have.

    In addition to picking out a niche to build your business around, there are also some things you should consider before releasing a premium WordPress theme. Long time readers know that I’ve been following the premium WordPress themes market pretty closely since last November when it really started to pick up steam, and I’ve noticed several (easily fixable) mistakes web designers are making when trying to compete in this very competitive market. Below I’ve collected a few of these things that you should have in place before you launch your theme:

    1. Theme Support – This is by far the most important way to find success. When you charge for your theme, it raises the stakes, and buyers need to know that you will be there for them if they run into problems with your theme. You need to setup Forums for buyers to use and you need to be very active on them.
    2. Offer Theme Updates – As time goes by the internet evolves and WordPress evolves with it. You’ll want to re-evaluate your premium themes every few months and make updates, add features, etc. Then offer a free upgrade to all previous buyers.
    3. Browser Compatibility – A new designer recently tried to enter this market with a theme that did not display properly in Internet Explorer 6. It is fairly unprofessional to release a free theme that doesn’t display properly in all browsers (in my opinion), but its free so you can sometimes get away with it. The second you start charging for your services, you’ll have to provide a fully compatible theem.
    4. Valid Code – Just like browser compatibility, it is unprofessional to release code that isn’t valid and shows a lot about you as a web designer.
    5. Advertising – As I said above, this is a very competitive market now, and the PPC rates have gone up considerably in the last couple months. How much will you pay-per-click? Sometimes you have to spend money to make money.
    6. Affiliate Program – With the cost of PPC advertising being so high, what better way to market your product than to offer an affiliate program? This helps encourage bloggers to promote your product and you only have to make a payment if a sale is made. If you decide to go this route, make sure to create some banners for affiliates to use (125×125, 300×250 at least) and I recommend using E-Junkie to manage your affiliate program for you. It only costs a few dollars a month and they handle all the work, including billing and providing download links to the buyer.
    7. Give Away Theme Copies – Contact some large blogs with a big following and offer a few copies of your theme to give away to readers via a contest, etc, in exchange for a review. You could also offer the author a copy in exchange for a review. If you go this route, think about your target audience and find blogs in that niche. A good place to start is with blogs about blogging or WordPress.
    8. Innovation – Do something different. Target a specific niche. Don’t just add another news/magazine theme to the list that is growing larger each day.

    As you can see, there is a lot more to being successful in this market than simply offering a free theme. I think if you look at the three most successful premium theme authors, you’ll see a lot of the above.

    So, anything you would add? I know most of the premium theme designers read this blog and I would love to get their input. What about buyers of these themes? What do you look for when purchasing one a premium WordPress theme?

    Edit: PJ has provided a bunch of other responsibilities in the comments that were so good that I felt they warranted being added to the original post:

    1. Control Panel Options – Adding the ability to customize your theme from the control panel is a great option. At a minimum, buyers should be able to plug in their Feedburner feed information from the control panel.
    2. Provide Tutorials – Providing tutorials to buyers is a great way to show you support your theme.
    3. Multiple Color Schemes – Offering several different stylesheets to choose from as a great way to widen the appeal of your theme. This helps buyers use their favorite colors and make their sites/blogs look more original.
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  • What is the Future of Premium WordPress Themes?

    The premium WordPress themes market has been around now for well over 6 months now, and the number of people willing to buy their blog’s WordPress theme still continues to amaze me.  In addition to bloggers and small businesses wanting to give their sites a professional and unique look, I’ve also noticed that web developers have really embraced using these premium themes as templates to start with when creating a design for someone, saving them a lot of time creating the general layout and code of the theme.

    With the success of these premium WordPress themes, more and more theme designers are coming out of the woodwork and taking the time to create and release their own premium themes, because they feel that it is now worth their time due to the potential profit.  Why make a theme for a client for a one time fee when you can spend a little extra time and have a consistent flow of income over the coming months/years that far surpasses it?  This also gives theme authors a chance to generate large numbers of backlinks and increase traffic to their site.

    So, how far will premium WordPress themes go? In a recent post at ThemeShaper, this question was asked of several of todays top theme designers. I will warn you that this is a very long post, but definitely worth the read if you have an interest in this sort of stuff.  Now, I know noone asked my opinion, but when have you known me to keep my opinions to myself? 😀

    My take seems to be closer to what Nathan Rice is saying in the post above.  With all of the new themes entering into the premium marketplace, we are beginning to see what I feel are a lot of average quality themes that are now being charged for.  These authors may counter the lower value by asking a lower price ($20.00-$49.99 per copy), but really many of them are just charging for a theme that in the past would have been free to the WordPress community.  I’ve even seen a previously few free themes that now have costs associated with them!

    Many of the leaders in the premium WordPress themes market charge more because they take it a step further than free themes, with most providing a control panel allowing you to enter your personal information directly from your dashboard and custom widgets. I’ve also found these themes to contain multiple versions of the homepage, the single post template, and/or the page templates.  This adds a tremendous value to the buyer because it allows them to separate themselves from others that have purchased the theme and avoid any manual coding.   I personally own copies of a few premium themes and can say without a doubt that their value can in many ways exceed the price associated with them.

    So, what is the future of premium WordPress themes? To be honest, I feel there is a limited number of people that will be willing to purchase a WordPress theme for their site/blog. Many current buyers are small business owners and web developers.  As more bloggers and web developers switch to WordPress, premium WordPress themes will continue to sell, but probably not at the pace that they are right now.  All of the newcomers offering premium themes seem to have missed the rush.

    I’m also waiting for some more good premium templates designed specifically for blogs, which I think is a niche some of these designers could really capitalize on right now. Eventually, the market will become saturated causing many bloggers to frown upon using certain premium themes.  At this point, theme designers will have to look for new ways to generate income, so I think at this point (a year or two down the road) we will coin a new term, “elite WordPress themes.” These will be WordPress themes that raise the bar again and go even further than the premium ones.  Just like the internet and pretty much everything else, the industry will continue to evolve and grow, and the competition will continue to drive authors to release some incredible themes.   We’ve got CSS3 coming out soon, a new version of HTML, plus WordPress enhancements to look forward to, all of which may also influence the direction of these WordPress themes.

    So, where do you think premium WordPress themes will be a year from now?

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  • Launch Your Blog With LaunchPad

    Recently I wrote a post requesting a “parked” theme be created that received a pretty good response. Many of the comments actually pointed me to an existing WordPress theme known as LaunchPad, which the author advertises as a parked theme.

    While this isn’t exactly what I meant by a parked theme, I think that it is a great free WordPress theme that I figured I would share with everyone. The basic idea of this theme is to be a placeholder before your launch your blog.  When you buy a domain and plan on launching a website, you put this theme up while you work on building your blog. Once ready, just replace this theme with your blog.

    LaunchPad

    As you can see, it is a very clean and simple design that includes a button so people can subscribe via RSS or e-mail  so that they can start getting updates once the website is launched.

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  • 125×125 Button-Ready WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    About a month ago, I sent a call out to the WordPress community requesting that more themes be released that by default include slots for 125×125 banners. These ad ready WordPress themes are all the rage, yet it seems that few designers took the time to optimize their themes for these banners. Common sense says that if there is very little supply but a lot of demand, the people that fill the demand will find tremendous success.

    In looking at the recent trends with newly released themes over this past month, it seems that bloggers have really responded and there is now a wide variety of WordPress themes available for download. I decided there are finally enough of them now that I can throw together a gallery of WordPress themes that allow for 125×125 banners. Enjoy!

    Update:  The below are all free WordPress themes.  If you’d like to get a more advanced WordPress theme, check out our Premium WordPress Themes gallery.

    2-Column Themes

    Vintage Theme

    vintage-theme

    Source

    Blues Theme

    blues-theme

    Source

    PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

    Green: Demo | Download, Red: Demo | Download, Blue: Demo | Download

    Dark Zen Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Maggo Theme

    Maggo Theme

    Download

    Green Tech Theme

    Green Tech Theme

    Source | Download

    Blue Sensation Theme
    blue sensation theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    3-Column Themes

    Firebug Theme

    Source | Download

    Simple Red Theme

    Simple Red Theme

    Source | Download (Requires free registration)

    True Blue Theme

    True Blue Theme

    Source | Download (Requires free registration)

    Magazine-Style Themes

    Structure Theme

    Structure Theme

    Source | Download

    Mag on Wood Theme

    Source | Download

    Studio WordPress Theme (Available in Blue, Green, & Red)

    Source

    Know of a good quality one we missed? Contact us or let us know in the comments below!

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  • WordPress Theme Request: “Parked” WordPress Theme

    In doing some research around the internet, I disappointed to see that no one has yet created a “Parked” WordPress theme. With the increase in the popularity of domain names and parking domains, a few companies have been offering “domain name parking” services for awhile now. Popular examples of this would be Parked.com and Sedo. Unfortunately, when using one of these services, you have limited control over what is displayed, how it is displayed, and limited control over important SEO factors such as keywords/descriptions, etc (which are used to determine which advertisements are displayed).   I’ve always felt that using Google AdSense would be a better option as well.

    Because WordPress is free, I’ve noticed that it has become fairly popular for domainers/bloggers to setup a WordPress site on the domain and just place PPC advertisements all over it. This gives them full control over the meta tags and display of the site, as well as helping with search engines because they will sometimes penalized traditional parked pages.

    Something I would like to see is a theme designer put together a theme that is designed specifically for parking a domain, instead of for hosting a blog. You could then create some advertisement blocks for users to plug PPC code into and also include room for a picture or two. If setup like this it would be easily interchangeable and used across a lot of domains.  Whoever takes the time to do this would have this niche all to themselves and would probably even be able to charge for it as long as it comes with a multiple-use license.

    Anyone have an interest in making something like this?

    For anyone who still isn’t sure what I’m talking about, here is an example of a parked page:

    Cable TV

    As you can see from the picture above, this page includes a title and a place to contact the owner, a picture on the right, and a number of advertisements where the owner of the domain gets paid when they are clicked.

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  • WordPress 2-Column Themes: Left Sidebar or Right Sidebar?

    When it comes to WordPress 2-column themes, people seem to fall into one of two categories: left sidebar or right sidebar.   Which do you prefer?

    I’m not sure which is better, but in browsing through my 2-column WordPress theme gallery, one of the first things you’ll notice is that theme designers seem to prefer releasing themes with a right sidebar.   Is this a coincidence or do theme authors find that they get more downloads with a right sidebar?

    I couldn’t tell you for sure, but I know that most “A-list” bloggers use 2-column themes with the sidebar on the right, so I suspect that this has something to do with the trend.  I know from my personal experiences that I prefer a right sidebar because I feel it looks better and creates a much more friendly experience for readers.

    David of CyberCoder argues that people that have advertising on their websites should use a left sidebar for their 2-column theme.   His argument is that heat maps show that people read from left to right and your advertisements are more likely to get noticed on the left side.  While this is probably true, most advertising these days seems to be moving away from PPC advertising and more towards direct advertisements.   This is why the few theme designers that offer 125×125 banner slots on their themes are getting a ton of downloads.

    So, what do you think?  Why do you prefer to use a 2-column theme?

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