A Forest Filled with WordPress Themes

There is no denying that quality content should always come first when developing a blog, but it is also very important how this content is being presented. That’s why it’s so important to have a good WordPress theme or template for your blog.

As you read this review of Theme Forest, you may find that there is not only value in purchasing a premium theme, but also value to be extracted from selling them as well.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

For bloggers and website owners who want to infuse some style into their online properties, Theme Forest appears to be a good repository of web design resources.


The overall look of Theme Forest doesn’t change all that much after you log in to your account, except there is a big “dashboard” box with a few links as well as a small list of navigational links in the header. Aside from the WordPress themes, Theme Forest also supplies webmasters with everything from PHP scripts to PSD templates. Navigating through these different sections is easy and intuitive.

In addition to the content being offered through Theme Forest itself, the funds deposited into your Theme Forest account can also be spent at five sister sites. For example, you can get Flash site templates from FlashDen, graphics from GraphicRiver, and audio loops from AudioJungle.

It’s a wild world out there, I guess.

WordPress Themes for Bloggers

Many WordPress bloggers are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, they can opt for a free template, but these are oftentimes riddled with problems and they can lack originality. On the other hand, they can pay for a custom or premium theme, but these can sometimes be too expensive. Theme Forest overcomes both of these problems.


At the time this review was written, Theme Forest offered no fewer than 274 WordPress themes, including over 100 that use the popular magazine-style layout. The vast majority of these themes fall within the $20 to $30 range, making them very affordable for even the most budget-minded of bloggers.

The list of WordPress themes can be organized based on price, category, WordPress version, functionality, rating, and price, among other criteria. The most popular theme at the moment is called Convergence and it’s being billed as a “community WordPress theme.”


This gives you an idea into the kind of quality you can expect from the people who post their products on Theme Forest. Convergence has some great integration for 125×125 ads, Flickr photostreams, ad management, social linking, and more. It’s a clean and effective magazine theme for $25.

How Do I Pay (and Get Paid)?

One thing that I find very interesting about the Theme Forest marketplace is that you do not pay for individual purchases. Instead, you have to deposit funds into your account that can then be spent on various products.


They’ll work with Moneybookers or PayPal, accepting all major credit cards. That’s for people who want to buy the themes, templates, and other resources made available through Theme Forest and its sister sites.

What if you want to sell these items? The author program is how you go about selling your products, but do note that anything offered through Theme Forest cannot be sold through any other marketplace.

The payment rates range from 40% to 70% of the selling price, depending on your sales volume. That’s a pretty big commission for Theme Forest, I’d say, since you need to bring in $300k in sales to hit the 70% payout level.

Buying Themes and Making Money Too


The quality of the WordPress templates being sold on Theme Forest appear to be quite good and the pricing is very fair. The site is clean and easy to navigate and I appreciate the ability to spend my balance on any of the five sister sites as well, in case I need other types of creative content.

It is quite curious that you cannot pay for each purchase individually, but there’s a reason why Theme Forest insists on pre-deposits. That’s how the referral program works. When you get someone to sign up for Theme Forest through your referral link, you receive 30% of that person’s first cash deposit.

With a few successful referrals, you’ll not only have enough cash to spend on WordPress themes of your own; you could quite possibly turn a healthy profit too.


34 thoughts on “A Forest Filled with WordPress Themes”

  1. Gorgeous themes! I’ll be checking these out.

    1. yes there are. Some theme are selling for $25 and they are better than those that are $45 elsewhere. I was searching for a theme for my blog from them too. But ended up buying some other theme.

  2. Pretty cute. I’ve been happy with the themes I’ve purchased, but I’d never consider paying more than $100 for one.

    1. Time has come where one has to fix some norms for pricing,

  3. Interesting and quite high quality themes, although the concept of requiring a deposit and monetizing a downline which attracts further deposits seems like they’re taking a MLM approach to their business more than relying on theme sales…. ?

  4. Some nice looking themes, but as of right now most o fthe themes are getting an error and I can’t view the live themes.

    1. Make money says:

      Same problem here, and I thought there was a problem with my PC or something…

  5. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    I believe that pre-deposit is their monetize strategies to get people to buy more items instead of one single themes? Let’s say one single theme costs you about $70, I believe that you’ll be buying something with the balance of $30.
    Anyway, I’ve found some great themes too. Again, they have an awesome referral program. ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. WP Themes says:

    My site is powered by ThemeForest. They have a great selection of themes.

    There is no WordPress theme priced higher than $35 as of yet.. Most are $25-$30.

    They rival some of the best premium themes out there.

    If you buy a theme priced at $30, just deposit $30.. there’s no minimum deposit requirement. They are not trying to cheat you with the money.

  7. I have been using them for over 4 months now. Bought many themes. Damn..they r so darn cheap that I am almost forced to buy a new theme every week now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Though, am not sure if they allow developers license so that I can convert their html templates to WP themes and sell to my customers.

    But anyways, it’s a great resource…

  8. boostranks says:

    very professional, I want to sign up. Lets see if I can talk myself out of if first ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Caden Grant says:

    They have some really great looking themes there. I really like that Convergence one.

  10. I’m hooked on the Flexx and Thesis themes but some of these Forest ones look cool and inexpensive especially for single licenses.

    Price hikes up and is on level terms for other premium themes one you start using for more than 10 clients.


  11. Make money says:

    It seems like you forgot to put the redirection link through johnchow.com , because it is showing your referral URl.

  12. Loy says:

    I have yet to buy from ThemeForest because I have my own theme for my blog, but will do it soon for my new projects. Lots of beautiful themes there.

  13. Doug Dillard says:

    I have never seen these before. It seems like every month more and more cool wordpress themes are coming out and these are awesome!

  14. hospitalera says:

    With the incredible amount of free themes out there, why pay for them. I found an endlessly customizable template that I have used now on three sites and it always looks different – and it free / donation AND has a great support forum. SY

  15. Earningstep says:

    great theme come to the right time , i just though change my themes

  16. Its a cool forest wordpress theme. I like it.

  17. Sweet, thanks for the tip. Don’t need any more themes right now, but maybe in a little while.

  18. Benjamin Cip says:

    With all these premium wordpress site available on the internet, it will become difficult to pick up the correct theme.

  19. Just finished checking all Awesome layouts ..!!

  20. I see Forest theme everywhere, its seems they are taking over blogsphere.

  21. Very cool and priced right. Some companies are looking for $1000 plus for themes when you can hire someone from the freelance sites to do it for a tenth of that…. Price it low, stack ’em high… will always be a good business model….

  22. Themes are really nothing special now since you can pretty much get similar ones for free or ones that have been “stolen” and altered.

    It wouldn’t be worth a huge $ lawsuit for something this cheap, so “stolen” ones usually get away.


  23. Luke says:

    I use GraphicRiver.net quite a bit (also a site of theirs). They have some amazing designers that put their work on there. Great site!

  24. Ghostwriter says:

    Some great themes here. I’ve already changed my blgo to the UBD money theme recently. Anyone know if changing a theme affects search engine results?

    ’cause at the moment, I have a few pages ranking well for my keywords.

    1. flyssy says:

      I actually saw a pretty good bump in my traffic when I STOPPED using the UBD Money theme. I found the navigation in that theme left a lot to be desired, and I reckon the search engines found it tricky too, hence my traffic increase when I changed.

  25. Interesting payment plan. I’d rather just buy one theme and pay for what I buy rather than making a deposit and drawing from that deposit.

    1. You can do that too. Just deposit what the theme will cost and pay for it with that deposit.

  26. Theme Forest deserves to be called a premium design regardless of the price tag, but I think this doesnโ€™t suit my needs as of the moment

  27. Eric Tan says:

    the themes are ok…

  28. E-Magazine says:

    Great post, nice blog.Thanks for sharing :)I will surely bookmark you blogWell done

  29. I have couple of themes there ๐Ÿ™‚ I know some of you will love the new I just released:

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