Theme Wars – Where Designers Battle And You Vote For The Best WordPress Themes

I just got the word from Nate Whitehill at Unique Blog Designs that the company’s newest venture, Theme Wars, has gone live. What the hell is Theme Wars? At first, it looks like a WordPress theme store but that’s where the similarity ends.

Theme Wars isn’t your ordinary WordPress theme store. It brings together the community, both blog designers and bloggers, who need a design. Here is how it works:

  1. Each week, any blog designer can submit an entry (his/her original design) into the “Weekly War.”
  2. The Weekly War will be a contest to design a particular type of theme (e.g. magazine, business, etc.) as voted on by the community (via poll) the week before.
  3. The top two designs which the community votes for will be sold in the Theme Store. The winning designers will receive 25% and 10%, respectively, each time their winning design sells.

Winning designers are also permanently invited to produce new themes for Theme Wars and share in the profits.

The Benefit to Designers and Bloggers

For designers, the benefits of Theme Wars is an opportunity to earn money by submitting their designs into the Weekly War. Not only will the winning designers receive a percentage of each sale, they will also earn a spot in the “Featured Designers” page, thereby giving them additional marketing and exposure for their brand.

For bloggers, the benefit is access to a wide range of themes from a wide range of different designers. Theme Wars will be truly listening to the feedback of the community via community polls and voting. Bloggers get to vote for the types of designs they would like to see and also the specific theme that the designs will build and sell.

All themes are be licensed under the WordPress GPL, which means that even with the basic theme license, bloggers will be able to use the themes on as many sites as they like.

Theme Wars Pricing

Themes are be priced at $69 for a multi-use license to $149 for a developer license (includes Photoshop documents). Theme Wars also offers a monthly membership to get access to all of the themes. This a great package for blogger who wish to try out a variety of themes or for bloggers with multiple blogs and wish to give each one a unique look.

An all access standard pass to Theme Wars cost $20 per month plus a one-time payment of $147. This also gives you access to all past, present and future themes, as well as unlimited access to the support forum, documentation, video tutorials and theme updates.

An all access developer pass cost $27 per month plus a one-time payment for $177. This also gives you access to all past, present and future themes, as well as unlimited access to the support forum, documentation, video tutorials, theme updates and Photoshop files.

The First War Is On – Go Vote!

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The first war at Theme Wars features the war of the magazine themes. Which one do you like more? Go to Theme Wars and cast your vote now!

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40 thoughts on “Theme Wars – Where Designers Battle And You Vote For The Best WordPress Themes”

  1. Really like the idea of this…and us bloggers can get access to real professional designers as well as some good design ideas.

    Plus it gives designers some great exposure…which the goods one deserve.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Andrew

    1. yes, this is a different concept. And at least it let us the viewer decide on which is the better one so minority will follow or even buy the themes

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      1. I like this concept, its similar of what Kiyosaki its doing with his last book. This is interactivity with Prospects very clever.

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    2. Make money says:

      I was really thinking about something like this when this popped up….back to the drawing board 🙁

      1. Than I think you should be fast … any way two successful people always think in the similar way and this is a perfect example.

        1. Make money says:

          You’re right. I need to be fast. There are other people out there with the same idea but just a little faster than me.

  2. Really like the idea of this…and us bloggers can get access to real professional designers as well as some good design ideas.

    Plus it gives designers some great exposure…which the good ones deserve.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Andrew

  3. James Hartje says:

    This is a great idea John, let the bloggers battle it out to see who is best. If I were picking out of these two, I would pick the Template on the Right. John you should do a Blogger article War to gain fame for Bloggers!!!

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  4. Zombie_Plan says:

    I said this on ProBlogger, but this is an awesome way to find out which design the demand lies in, thus making more money. Turning it into a game is GENIUS

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    1. Make money says:

      For the team of Theme Wars(UBD) it’s a win-win situation. They will get commissions, ad revenue and maybe more sales for their themes and an asset.

  5. I just got the same message from them and I am going to write about it tomorrow.

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  6. EarningStep says:

    the second one look great . i love that

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    1. I also like the black header one.

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      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        When it comes to design, I do prefer the black header 1. But when it comes to color combination, I do prefer the Clean Mag Theme.

        Regards,
        Lee

  7. Dean Saliba says:

    Sounds like it might help designers up their game a little more. Trust me, some of them need it!

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  8. S.K Sharma says:

    Hi Chows,
    This is that same news which has published by Dareen Rowse but anyway,This is creative idea on ThemeWar which has creative theme of header, Themewar means The War is on between theme publishers…
    Isn’t it ?

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    1. It would be very interesting if the war would be between companies like Unique Blog Designs VS iThemes and even fighting to give the best price for us, 🙂

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  9. fas says:

    Sweet stuff, already voted 🙂

  10. Ghostwriter says:

    The “Magazine Theme” looks good but it’s too much like Revolution’s Magazine Theme.

  11. If one theme continues to win then more people would be apt to purchase it. Sounds like Digg for WP Themes.

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    1. I like the voting system, this is a cery smart move, now they will know for sure which is the one the public likes the most.

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  12. Paul B says:

    So the winning designer only gets 25% of the sale of THEIR deisgn? So in effect UBD are taking a 75% affiliate commission for selling the design + they get to charge a monthly membership fee so that people can access designs not made by them. Genius.

    Paul B’s last blog post: How I Made A Lot More Money With 1 Easy Tweak

    1. Paul B says:

      Ignore me, I didn’t realise that designers are only submitting a design, not a finished theme. If UBD are building the theme then fair enough 🙂

      Paul B’s last blog post: How I Made A Lot More Money With 1 Easy Tweak

  13. Great idea, I know there is something spicy cooking in the mind of Neil, Now i know what was that. Cool Idea

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  14. Make money says:

    Wow, this sounds nice. I heard about it before but will just check it out now!

  15. Cam Birch says:

    Very interesting idea. It would be nice though to see the designers able to get a larger chunk of the pie.

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  16. dcr says:

    I wonder how they will figure sales figures for designers from people with the all-access passes?

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  17. Elastic Zone says:

    Thanks for the information.
    For me is a nightmare find the right them for my blogs.
    Always the designers said that are SEO but sometimes that is not true so the contest help us to find the right theme

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  18. This war I think will benefit users. I will vote now. Thanks John.

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  19. game-girl says:

    No doubt the war will bring some clearing to users’ mind and they will see what is the best for them.

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  20. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    This is a cool idea! I’ve visited the site and voted for the themes too. Perhaps this is a new technique to sell the themes? Anyway, I like the concept. 🙂

    Regards,
    Lee

    Lee Ka Hoong’s last blog post: Poll : How Many Blog Do You Own And Manage?

  21. I also have got the news from UBD, I like the news theme all.

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  22. Earningstep says:

    i already voted for number two

  23. A brilliant idea. This will hear the voice of the common people. Now I can exercise my vote to decide what’s the best theme for me.

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  24. Hah! this is great as now we can minimize down to a fewer choices 🙂

    -Mike

  25. Alex Green says:

    Mmm, producing a design with the possibility of being paid? Sounds a lot like spec work to me.

  26. This is the idea where all will be winners and gainers. Certainly thumbs up for this kind of innovative idea which will help to grow the online business under one roof.

    Nate you are rocking again with these kind of ideas.

  27. Custom Essay says:

    It is designers game. People like would like to follow the best theme decide by others. Designers will get paid, so they will produce the best. There is no looser in this game.

    Mairsh

  28. This is a very nice and innovative way to get the best creative minds working to crunch out some rollicking themes. When you put them into such competitions, they come out with brilliant ideas. Won’t be surprised if i find a good theme there for my site very soon.!

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