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New version of Thesis wordpress theme hits the streets

31 March 2010 comment icon0 | Categories: theme news, wordpress

Hey gang,

just a quick post to let you all know that a new version of the ever popular Thesis wordpress theme has hit the streets.

Why is this big news?

Well the guys over at Diythemes are very excited about the 1.7 release as it’s effectively a big rewrite of the core engine which powers Thesis, which means:

  • faster loading pages across your wordpress site
  • dramatically improved code quality
  • significantly enhanced seo controls
  • extended options manager
  • completely reorganised options pages
  • lots of new javascript libraries
  • flexible new comment system

Thesis has always been one of the best premium themes out there but the guys have really put in serious effort to keep Thesis at the forefront of premium wordpress theme design.

With over 22,000 customers to date, they must be doing something right!

Go get your copy of Thesis today.

Obox release new fantastic new wordpress theme – Inkdrop

25 March 2010 comment icon0 | Categories: theme news, wordpress

We’ve been fans of Obox guys for quite some time and today they’ve launched a fantastic new wordpress theme called Inkdrop.

The guys have really put a lot of effort into creating quite a diverse wordpress theme that provides 3 different homepage layouts catering for even the most diverse website requirements, including a great “Unique Inkdrop Layout” which includes a featured posts slider, a standard blog layout and a business layout.

From the Obox blog:

It’s been a while since we have been this excited to launch a new theme. InkDrop is probably our most diverse Premium WordPress theme when it comes to page templates and features.

We have tried to pull out all the stops with this blog/portfolio/business hybrid. Everything from our OCMX Gallery functionality, to multiple page templates and different home page layouts have been thrown into this theme.

inkdrop-index-biz

Inkdrop Business Layout

If you’re in the market for a top quality new premium wordpress theme you couldn’t do much better than Inkdrop from Obox – keep up the good work guys!

2010 WordPress Theme Buyers Guide – Part 2

07 March 2010 comment icon1 | Categories: best of, theme news, wordpress

Right so now that we’ve covered the different types of wordpress themes there are , we hope you have a clearer idea about which type of theme is right for you. In Part 2 of the 2010 WordPress Theme Buyers Guide we’re now going to take a closer look at why should even consider buying a premium wordpress theme.

Dude, why should I buy a wordpress theme? – there lots of free ones out there already!

Yes there are lots of free wordpress themes out there. Free wordpress themes are one of the key building blocks of the vibrant wordpress community. The fact that you can install wordpress and get your hands on some world class quality themes without paying a penny is one of the main reasons why WordPress has become the most popular publishing platform on the planet. As long as there is a free and open spirit in the wordpress community, there will be free wordpress themes. For those running a simple blog or hobby site, a free wordpress theme is exactly what you need. Why spend money on a blog that you just want to be a simple publishing platform to make your voice heard – that’s just loco – keep it simple and stick with the free themes – unless you’ve got lots of spare cash weighing you down 🙂

On the other hand if you’re using WordPress to power a blog or website which is a commercial venture then you should consider the benefits of a premium wordpress theme.

Benefits of Premium WordPress Themes

It’s the Quality Stupid

Over the past 3 years we’ve seen an explosion in the number of websites which have sprung up selling premium wordpress themes. Prior to this premium themes did it exist but the vast majority of themes were free. Roll back about 3 or 4 years and the vast majority of wordpress blogs/websites were powered by free wordpress themes which by and large had a very similar look and feel. Yes there were exceptions to this – I’m generalising a bit here. But by and large we had a lot of blogs which were immediately identifiable as being powered by WordPress because chances were the blog was using a free wordpress theme you had seen somewhere else. What’s happended over the last 3 years is that things have changed a LOT. Premium theme designers and developers have continuously been pushing the envelope when it comes to producing high quality, unique themes which has significantly raised the bar that we now judge ALL themes by – both free and premium. I think Premium theme designers have had the net effect of raising the standard of free themes – which is a major plus for the community as a whole. This is an often overlooked benefit of having the a healthy commercial ecosystem developing around WordPress.

Typical wordpress theme circa 2007

Typical wordpress theme circa 2007

SimpleFolio

2010 Free WordPress Themes Evolved

Premium wordpress themes have transformed the quality of wordpress themes for everyone. Designers who release free themes have learned from the premium theme shops about how to design world class themes that users want. In turn, premium theme designers have also benefited from the hundreds of excellent designers who have responded to produce the next generation of excellent free themes. Ultimately this healthy competition has meant that the innovation curve for wordpress themes is rising steeply and continues to do so – more than for any other open source publishing platform.

Again I’m also going to generalise here a bit and state that Premium WordPress themes from the well known theme shops do tend to be a higher quality than a lot of free themes. Before you flame me I said a lot – not all! There’s a natural reason for this too – premium shops want to produce a product that delivers value for the buyer. It’s not good enough to produce a nice design – the underlying code has to be of an excellent quality to compete with the best free themes. There are of course some really poor themes for sale out there too which don’t come to close to the quality of the best free themes.

Support Support Support

For me this is where the real value for most users will be when they buy a premium wordpress theme. Always make sure your vendor offers support as part of the purchase price. Free themes are great – but what happens when that new version of Internet Explorer launches and breaks your wonderful blog just as Digg starts sending you bucketloads of traffic after you write that wonderful Jerry Maguire style memo? Yes, you may be lucky to be using a free wordpress theme that has an active support community – but what if you’re not? What if you don’t have the skills to fix that new annoying browser bug which is costing you business? This is where the premium theme sites are worth their weight in gold. WooThemes has a very active support community which means you can get quick answers to your problems just when you need them. These support communities can also be invaluable when you starting customising your theme to your requirements. With many premium wordpress theme shops switching their theme distribution licenses to be GPL, their support structures have become their unique competitive advantage. With many theme shops reporting that switching to GPL has not had an adverse impact on their business – quite the opposite in many cases – it would seem that customers also believe that support is one of the main advantages of buying a premium theme. In fact, some providers will now let you purchase support services for themes they did not originally design – again showing the value of solid support structures.

Other benefits to premium wordpress themes

  • Theme Clubs – A lot of theme shops now operate theme clubs where you can pay a little extra and get access to lots of different themes – which is a really great option if you operate multiple websites or just wish to experiement with different themes
  • Theme Option Panels – Yes, lots of free themes now have Theme Option Panels but the premium shops are really on a major innovation drive here to differentiate from free themes. In fact, many premium theme developers are now developing fully fledged theme frameworks in their own right to offer users even more flexibility for managing and customising the look and feel of their websites.
  • Artwork Source Files – Want to make some changes to gradients and colour schemes – most premium themes will include the original PSD’s used to create the design in the first place – in fact you should always make sure that this comes with your theme.

I would now also advise that you only buy themes that fall under the GPL license as this gives you the full freedom to use the theme as you see fit (e.g. multiple sites, servers, etc. ) once you have purchased it.

Recommended Theme Shops

  • WooThemes – Prices range from $70 – $200 depending on the the package you order. Continually producing the best premium themes on the market. Their work is world class every time. Excellent designs and creativity. Excellent markup/CSS standards. Best in class theme options panels. The Star Package for us is the Developer Package which is currently $150 and gets you 4 themes with support, and PSD source files.
  • StudioPress – Prices range from $59 – $249.95 – Some really innovative things coming from StudioPress at the moment with the Genesis Theme framework. Excellent themes in general. Big proponents of the GPL license. The Star Package for us is the Pro Plus All-Theme Package which is essentially an “access all areas forvever pass”. Excellent value if you intend using lots of themes in the long run.
  • Obox – Prices range from $50 – $100. The relative new kids on the block – producing top quality creative designs with excellent markup and options panels.

There are lots of other Premium Theme Shops out there but if I was to pick only 3 – these would be my Top 3 in that order. Go check ’em out.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of the 2010 Theme Buyers Guide when we take a look at the top 10 traits of a world class wordpress theme.

Third party website selling Woothemes bundle – dodgy or legit?

07 March 2010 comment icon4 | Categories: theme news, wordpress

I was doing some googling this evening and stumbled across this ad:

woothemes

I was immediately suspicious. Perhaps this is a WooThemes affiliate who has a special deal directly with WooThemes?

Not so it would seem. Bundlethemes looks to be selling a bundle of 46 WooThemes themes and using the GPL to make it legit. Here’s a screenshot of their sales page.

woothemes bundle

And here’s a direct quote from that sales page:

How can I legally offer this? Simple. It’s kind of WooThemes dirty little secret. They have released everything they publish under the GPL license. This is the same license WordPress itself is given away free under. GPL gives the buyer full rights to use, edit and redistribute the product as they see fit. Being a customer let me bundle all these themes up so you could make a saving. By not buying from WooThemes you do lose out on the support they offer – if you want support and a community forum I recommend buying direct from WooThemes.

Dodgy or Legit?

I must say I’ve not come across this type of resale activity before. The site is clearly aimed at those who are already very familiar with WooThemes as bundlethemes does not contain much more than this sales page. Their whole business model seems to revolved around finding customers who wish to save approx. $40 to forego the support of the wonderful guys who actually make these brilliant themes. I’ve gotta say I don’t like this one bit at all. Whether or not this is considered legal or not – and I’m sure bundlethemes would strongly argue they are not breaking any laws – I think it doesn’t really add up for me. I can’t see potential customers going for this at all. It’s also morally wrong. The guys over at woothemes clearly put a heck of a lot of work into what they do and here we have someone who is effectively bootlegging their work.

I guess we should let customers decide who is right?

Ian Stewart from themeshaper joins Automattic

06 March 2010 comment icon1 | Categories: theme news, wordpress

Ok folks, some great news this week for wordpress fans everywhere. Ian Stewart of themeshaper fame has joined Automattic – the good people who lead the wordpress project.

This is big big news for the wordpress theme community. Ian has been a leader in the community for quite some time and is responsible for the development of thematic, one of the best wordpress theme frameworks around. (Slight segway: learn more about theme frameworks.)

Having played around extensively with thematic, I can safely say Ian is a very talented guy who is undoubtedly going to be a massive contributor to the core wordpress project going forward.

The other excellent piece of news that comes with this announcement is that Ian has released his previously commercial thematic child themes as free themes!

You can check theme out below:

It would appear that thematic is also going to become a key resource for Automattic in the future – from Ian:

ThemeShaper will become a public-facing blog for the Theme Team now assembling at Automattic. A place where we can help provide the best possible experience for everyone involved in WordPress theming; from the noobiest of beginners to the most powerful of WordPress wizards.

This is really exciting stuff from Ian and Automattic. One might speculate as to what Automattic are planning. Could it be that they are going to start producing a lot more wordpress themes of their own to a standard that the premium theme providers are providing at the moment? Or will it be a more of a learning/teaching/support resource? Time will tell.

For now we wish Ian the very best of luck in his new role with Automattic!

Fantastic Free wordpress themes list

01 March 2010 comment icon0 | Categories: theme news, wordpress

The guys over at instantshift have just posted a fantastic free wordpress themes list that has to be seen to be believed.

They’ve pulled together the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to free wordpress themes with over 60 themes listed – enough to keep even the pickiest wordpress site owner busy for a while!

What now for the future of premium wordpress themes?

23 February 2010 comment icon1 | Categories: Legals, opinion, wordpress

In late 2009, Mike Alex Wasylik wrote two excellent and thought provoking blog posts about whether or not the GPL license is applicable to premium wordpress themes. Mike was quite clear and very articulate in his views in favour of the right of premium wordpress theme developers to reserve the right to charge for their works and copyright same.

If you’ve not read the posts and have any remote interest in premium wordpress themes and the future of this fledgling industry I suggest you go read them immediately.

The first post from November 2009 is still generating debate in the comments to this day and has drawn comments from heavy hitters in the WordPress ecosystem including Matt Mullenweg, leading Internet Marketer/Copywriter (and ex-attorney) Brian Clark, and leading blogger Leo Babauta

The second post gives Mike’s definitive legal view of the situation.

It’s clear that the debate about whether premium wordpress themes and plugins should be released under the GPL or not has been raging for quite some time now. In fact, it was back in 2008 that Alister Cameron wrote his very detailed post on this very subject. In fact, since then, the majority of leading premium wordpress theme shops have switched to releasing their themes under the GPL. So why should we even be discussing this?

Well in my view the debate still rages. Should theme developers in fact release all their themes for free and rely solely on post sales support services and other add ons like installation and customisation services? Or should theme developers be allowed to earn a fair price for a fair job for fair use?

From reading into this a lot, I think one of the main problems here is the lack of a clear message from Automattic.

Premium theme developers bring another level of creativity and professionalism to the thriving wordpress community. Don’t get me wrong. I love open source software. I love open source projects and open source movement in general. But I don’t think that GPL, Open Source and Premium has to be an either/or situation. I fully believe that the two can go hand in hand and in fact I believe that the two operating in harmony is essential for the long term success of WordPress as the leading publishing platform. Let’s not forget that Commerical/Premium theme developers and theme shops are satisfying demand from the market. If there was no demand for their services they would simply move on to something else. Therefote, it’s clear that wordpress users actually want the products that premium theme shops provide and are willing to pay. What we need now is a clear direction from Automattic as to how they see the wordpress community actively engage in providing themes and plugins in such a manner that allows customers to pay for same without conflicting with the GPL and the spirit of the wordpress community.

Failure to do so will only lead to more confusion for both users and developers which will ultimately have a negative impact on everyone within the wordpress community.

C’mon guys, show us some leadership and lead the way here.

UPDATE:

Ok, about 10 minutes after posting this I stumbled upon a video on WordPress.tv which deals with this very subject with Matt and goes into a good bit of detail about the issues I outlined in this post. (Why it is always AFTER you finish writing a post that you find these things! Anyway, Matt does a good job answering the sticky questions surrounding GPL vs. Premium themes and goes some way to addressing the core issues. The message seems to be that it’s ok to sell premium themes, just as long as they fall under GPL and then it’s up to the theme developer to ensure their business model is focused on providing the innovative, value added services on top of this. While I agree with this philosophy and would like to think that this open distribution model can work, I’ll hold off on making final judgement just yet. But nice to get some clarity from the horses mouth!

Great new dark free wordpress theme from Smashing Magazine

22 February 2010 comment icon0 | Categories: theme news, wordpress

Smashing magazine appear to be on serious role at the moment with another excellent free dark wordpress theme called DesignPile.

I gotta say the attention to detail in the artwork of this theme is outstanding. It’s very difficult to pull off a really good looking dark design and Site5 nailed it and then some for Smashing Magazine with this one.

Well done guys.

2010 WordPress Theme Buyers Guide – Part 1

17 February 2010 comment icon2 | Categories: theme news, tips, wordpress

Ok boys and girls let’s kick things off on Part 1 of our 2010 WordPress Theme Buyers Guide. Today we’re going to explore what we think it the single most important question you must ask yourself when considering buying a wordpress theme:

What type of wordpress theme is right for my site?

You might think the answer to that question is obvious. But think about it for a minute. There are literally thousands (if not tens of thousands) of wordpress themes out there – and they come in all shapes and sizes – from bog standard simple free themes to custom handcrafted high end themes that will can cost a fortune – and then everything else in the middle! How do you know which theme is the right one for your website? The purpose of Part 1 of the theme buyers guide is to explore the different types of wordpress themes out there and give you some guidance with this most important decision. We’ll take a look at the main types of wordpress themes which have evolved in the wordpress ecosystem in recent years, we’ll outline the key criteria for wordpress theme selection and hopefully throw in a few other things to consider to help you make the right decision.

Exploring the different types of wordpress themes – all themes are NOT created equally!

Bet you thought a theme was just a theme eh? Well think again – all themes are NOT created equally. One of the greatest things about WordPress is the wonderful ecosystem and community which has developed around the platform over the years. This community and diversity means that there are many many wonderful designers and developers who wish to share their contributions with the general public and/or make their contributions available commercially as premium themes. the only downside to this is the amount of choice can be staggering and paralysing for those who just want to spruce up their blog and find a theme that meets their needs without much hassle. Invariably such diversity means that some themes – free of commercial – will be far superior in quality to others (again both free and commercial.)

If we stand back and look at the ecosystem from 50,000 feet (tip of the cap to GTD’s David Allen!), we can identify and group most wordpress themes into the following categories:

  • Open Source (GPL) wordpress themes
  • Premium/commercial wordpress themes
  • Open Source/Free wordpress theme frameworks
  • Premium wordpress theme frameworks
  • Custom wordpress themes

Let’s take a look at each in turn.

Open Source wordpress themes

Open Source / Free wordpress themes can be found everywhere. WordPress itself comes built in with a number of open source themes which we all know and love (or hate depending on your point of view!) It should also be noted that there is a difference between Free themes and Open Source themes. While we won’t get into the technical legalities of the differences between the 2 here – let’s just call a spade a spade and state you should always make sure that if you’re using a “free” wordpress theme that it’s actually open source and doesn’t come with some other catch like encrypted source files or dodgy links with tracking codes back to other third party sites. There is an excellent plugin that will let you check the authenticity of a particular theme over here. Let’s take a quick look at the main advantages and disadvantages of open source wordpress themes:

Advantages of open source themes
  • They’re free! Yip that’s right they won’t cost you a red cent!
  • Diversity – There are some pretty unique free themes out there that cater for some pretty unique niches – chances are you’ll find a free theme that either matches your niche exactly or comes pretty close. In addition the quality of some free themes is excellent and on a par if not better than some “premium” themes. For free themes, you should probably stick to the main WordPress.org Free WordPress Themes Directory to be assured that you’re not getting a theme with any nasties contained within it. Smashing Magazine also releases some outstanding free themes from time to time. You will also find countless list style posts all over the web with the “20 Absolute best free wordpress themes that we can’t believe are free” type posts which will broaden your horizons beyond these 2 key resources. Buy buyer beware, make sure you check out credibility of the source you’re downloading from before you dive in headfirst.
Disadvantage of open source themes
  • Lack of originality – The direct consequence of free themes being free mean you will see them everywhere. If you don’t have the design/technical skills to customise a free theme to meet your needs your website is going to blend in with the countless other websites out there using the same theme.
  • Poor Quality – While this is not unique to free themes it’s certainly a bigger problem with free themes – quality can be poor. Just like the piano – it’s easy to design a wordpress theme – but difficult to master a really good one.
  • Dodgy/Nasty encrypted themes – This is perhaps the most concerning emerging trend with free themes. Many free wordpress theme sites simply take copies of what are quite legitimate theme and embed their own tracking codes, malware and encrypted nasites on the unsuspecting user. Again, be sure to you the authenticity checker when in doubt.

Given the above, it’s always great to have the option to use a free theme when budgets are tight or if you want to get a simple hobby blog up and running without spending a lot of time or money worrying about making it look unique. Once you’re up and running and can justify the expense you can take a look at premium/commercial themes that will take your website to the next level.

Premium/commercial wordpress themes

Premium or Commercial wordpress themes are normally sold in one of 2 ways:

  1. Pay one off fees
  2. Membership/Club subscriptions

Paying one off fees for a single theme or bundle of themes can work really well when you find a single theme that you know will be sufficient for what you need. You pay for theme up front for a one time fee and it’s yours. Bear in mind that while you’re paying for the theme there will be others who will also be buying it so you will still not be getting a 100% original theme. More on that later.

Paying for Membership/Club subscriptions to specific theme clubs can work really well if you’re a designer/developer who builds lots of blogs/websites with differing needs on an ongoing basis. That way you get access to lots of premium themes for your subscription. Some premium theme clubs such as Woothemes have built up their own loyal following and produce excellent and diverse themes from great designers and developers on a monthly basis. We’ll be dedicating a separate post to premium theme clubs in the next week or two so be sure to stay tuned for that.

Advantages of premium themes
  • Professional Grade Design and Coding – Superior Quality – While this ain’t always the case, by and large premium themes tend to be of a higher quality than free themes. You will generally find that the really good theme shops invest a lot of time in producing stunning designs that can be applied to a wide variety of blogs/websites.
  • Theme Options – Easy Configuration – Premium theme shops generally invest a lot of time to provide additional theme options which is a major bonus that a lot of free themes don’t provide. In many cases this means you can change your site logo, basic colour palette, unique custom sidebar widgets etc. without having to touch any php, HTML or CSS.
  • Support – Many premium themes are actually released under the GPL open source license and will charge you for ongoing support. Support can be invaluable to you to solve the little bugs which can pop up from time to time which can be freustrating to solve with free themes when there is little or no active support.
Disadvantage of premium themes
  • Still not unique – For the really popular premium theme shops you will spot their best selling theme pop up quite a lot.. You’ll also find that some premium themes are not that easy to customise if thety utilise their own custom functions and options.
  • Diversity – A big bug bearer of the premium theme market at the moment is that many premium theme shops produce fairly conventional themes that in some cases all begin to look the same.
  • Commercial license restrictions – A word of warning for those looking at buying premium themes. There are some wordpress theme shops who choose to implement quite stringent licensing terms on their themes meaning you need to be sure to check these out carefully before buying. Examples of these licenses would include limiting use of the theme so a single domain. The progressive theme shops (who we actively promote and advertise here on themesforge) offer their themes under the GPL license. This means that while you still need to pay for their themes, they are free to use on as many domains/blogs as you want after the initial purchase. This is a topic we’ve covered before and it likely to dominate the wordpress theme community for some time yet.

If you’re curious to learn more about trusted commercial/premium theme developes be sure to checkout the official Commercial WordPress themes directory.

Open Source/Free wordpress theme frameworks

WordPress theme frameworks have been around for quite some time but are beginning to gather some momentum in the community of late. The wordpress codex and Smashing Magazine will give you a good primer in what they all about. Our personal favourite theme framework has always been thematic from Ian Stewart over at themeshaper. Ian actually just joined Automattic, the company behind WordPress itself and will be bringing much more to themeshaper.com from within Automattic in the future. WordPress theme frameworks tend to suit those who have the skills to build wordpress themes. They can speed up development work by giving you a solid platform upon which to customise and extend an existing parent theme via child themes. Needless to say, the vast majority of theme frameworks are open source and we would definitely advocate going with an open source theme framework.

Premium wordpress theme frameworks

One elephant dominates the premium wordpress theme frameworks room and that is Thesis. In addition to being a theme framework, Thesis is probably the single most commercially successful wordpress theme so far. Thesis has been incredibly successful because it gives bloggers and website owners a lot of control over the look and feel of their websites without the need for serious design and development skills. That’s a real major plus to someone who wants to have their own unique blog but can’t afford to invest in a commercial wordpress theme.

Another recent addition to the Premium wordpress theme frameworks market is the Genesis Theme from Brian Gardner over at StudioPress. Brian has done a great job putting together a fabulous framework that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of something like Thesis but provides a really strong foundation for building out your own website or blog. Genesis is also getting it’s own marketplace meaning you will be able to buy child themes from right within your WordPress Admin area.

I have to say I do love these 2 premium theme frameworks. Thesis does have concerns around the fact that it’s not GPL – which somewhat limits your usage of it. However, if you’re only concerned with a single blog/website then this is probably something you shouldn’t worry too much about. Genesis on the other hand is GPL.

Custom WordPress Themes

If you can afford one – this is definitely the way to go. You want your website to stand out from the crowd and not suffer from the all too familiar “cookie cutter” feel of a lot of wordpress powered sites. Cost is always the biggest factor when considering getting your hands on a custom wordpress theme. Cost can range from $300 – $600 for a basic customisation of an existing theme to include your branding right up to $5,000 – $10,000 for more advanced themes including dynamic functionality and wider web development services. If you’re really serious about building a business website powered by WordPress then I would say that hiring a skilled pixel pusher who knows WordPress inside and out is an absolute necessity. If you’re just trying to get a basic hobby or side business blog off the ground then feel perfectly content to stick with the free or premium wordpress themes.

Any decent web agency or freelancer will almost definitely have heard of and worked with WordPress. Rather than providing recommendations here I would suggest you seek qualified theme developers in your area that you can work directly with if you need to meet and discuss requirements in more detail.

Stay tuned for Part 2

We’ll be posting Part 2 in a few days which will look at Premium themes in a bit more detail. We’ll review the heavy hitters in the premium theme marketplace and provide you with an idea of the kind of prices you can expect to pay when you purchase a premium wordpress theme.

You stay classy!

Ed

The 2010 WordPress Themes Buyers Guide – Coming Soon

15 February 2010 comment icon0 | Categories: theme news, tips, wordpress

Ok so this week we are kicking off a series of posts all about what to look for when you want to buy a WordPress Theme. You may have been running your blog for some time now and have made the decision that you need to update your theme to something a bit smarter and snazzier to add a little more professionalism to your blog. You might also have become frustrated by the limitations of your current theme and are now looking to get your hands on a more powerful theme to hepl you take your blog to the next level. It’s only then when you are faced with a very difficult decision – which theme should I buy? Well – fear not! The 2010 WordPress Themes Buyers Guide will hopefully make your life a little bit easier by providing you with necessary information to make your buying decision in confidence.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll bring you on a magical, mystery journey and take a look at:

  • What type of wordpress theme is right for my site? This is the focus of Part 1. With so many different types of themes out there today it’s important to be clear as to what kind of theme is best for your blog.
  • Why should I even pay for a wordpress theme? Aren’t there lots of free ones? And if I do pay how much will it cost me?
  • How will I know the difference between an excellent wordpress theme and a crap one?
  • What risks do I need to look out for when purchasing a wordpress theme?

We’re really excited about the Buyers Guide as it’s our first series of posts we’ll be putting together and we really think it will help people out a lot when they are thinking about buying a wordpress theme.

Stay tuned for Part 1 which will be hitting the blog in the next 24 hours!