Being a theme author I’m always on the lookout for where I will be able to get the most value out of my latest theme or template.
It’s because of this that I would like to share my favorite 5 marketplaces which I usually spend most of my time in.
I have really only sold items on two of these marketplaces, but the others have some fantastic products to choose from as well, which is why I would highly recommend them as well.
So without further ado, here is the list:
1. ThemeForest: My good old friend. I have been a member since 2009 and have published 4 of my themes on this marketplace. The community is fantastic, the sheer volume of traffic the marketplace brings to my site is something that would take months to build if I was to do it on my own.
Selling on the ThemeForest marketplace has been a very rewarding experience for me. I especially love the badges you get once you achieve a specific level in sales, Interacting with the community in the forums and seeing the fantastic work other fellow authors create.
You can also buy any kind of template imaginable. ThemeForest doesn’t only focus on WordPress. They also provide, landing pages, site templates, email templates and so much more.
For more information I would recommend you check out the huge collection of themes here.
2. Mojo Themes: Though not as big of a player as ThemeForest, I do have my Patagonia responsive landing page template listed and it has made a few sales to date as well (at the time of writing this article).
Even though I’m fairly new to this marketplace, on thing which has stood out for me is the great level of support I received in response to my enquiries. Would highly recommend checking it out if you would like a different variety of themes.
3. WooThemes: Based in Cape Town these guys specialize in all things WordPress. The quality of these are superb, beautiful, elegant and clean. Definitely up there if you’re looking to buy a high-quality WordPress themed.
I’m actually unsure if one can sell themes on this marketplace, but if I do find out I’ll be sure to update this blog with the details you’ll need.
Once other thing to point out, is that WooThemes are the guys behind WooCommerce – this is a very popular eCommerce component which integrates seamlessly on the WordPress platform and allows you to sell any of your goods or services.
4. Elegant Themes: Even though I have not had much exposure to ET, I have heard great things about the kind of quality themes they produce.
What is interesting about Elegant Themes is their pricing structure. They have 3 packages which you can sign up for with their corresponding features which you pay on a monthly basis and get access to their whole theme collection.
5. Creative Market: I only came across CM recently. What I find very interesting about this marketplace is the fact that as an author you can set your own prices on your product.
I did submit an item to this marketplace but I wasn’t receiving much traction from the listing. That being said, the marketplace has some fantastic work and I would strongly suggest you take it for a spin and see for yourself.
Which One Is For You?
I suppose to answer this question it comes down to whether you’re thinking or buying a theme or are looking for a marketplace to showcase your work and sell.
If selling the work is your goal, then I would suggest ThemeForest. There review process is quite strict, and you may get rejected on your first few goes. Don’t let this discourage you. Just keep at it, take the feedback on board and go again. Sooner or later your will see your portfolio grow as well as your income.
If you have any other marketplaces that you would recommend and have had experience with, whether it be buying or selling items, then please feel free to share this below in the comments area.
Thanks for reading and all the best.