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ThemeForest Overview

2013 EditionThemeForest.net is powered by Envato, an online company geared to help individuals earn and learn online.

Envato is based in Australia and was founded in 2006, although their huge network of workers come from all over the world. They are a world class open source (PHP code) and a creative company committed to creating high quality products and services for their worldwide clientele.

The company’s CEO is Collis Ta’eed and the company was co-founded by Collis and Cyan Ta’eed. Some of their many websites include a host of Envato marketplaces where you can buy and sell digital goods: Tuts+, which is a wide network of online educational sites where you can learn online fields in graphics and development, audio and motion productions; FreelanceSwitch, an online freelancer community website; AppStorm, a site for the latest in computer technology; Creattica, a site showcasing online galleries, 3D works, advertising, business cards, web design and more; and Rockable Press, which is an online publishing brand for freelance writers.

Their most profitable and well-known site is ThemeForest – a marketplace for html templates, themes (WordPress, Joomla, Magento etc), and more. Join us for this in-depth review of the ThemeForest marketplace including actual user feedback and ratings.

Theme Functionality



ThemeForest is not short of world-class WP theme developers. If you are looking for excellent theme functionality, then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Since they are pooling resources from hundreds of high end developers from across the world, ThemeForest has the most extensive network of tools that will surely provide you with every single detail you should need.

The site is categorized into the following main categories: WordPress, Site Templates, Marketing, CMS, eCommerce, PSD Templates, and Plugins. Known best for their thousands of different WordPress Themes from hundreds and hundres of different authors, ThemeForest is the the largest WordPress Theme marketplace by far in existence today.

If you are relatively new to WordPress, it is first important to understand why this CMS (content management system) is so popular. They allows you to:
• Effectively manage a large number of contributed, shared, and stored web data
• Control and customize all access to data
• Help easily store and retrieve data
• Reduce duplicate input
• Improve report writing on your site
• Optimize traffic to your site

Before any file is listed on ThemeForest, it is reviewed extensively by the Envato review team. Known in the past to be very strict on what they allow, it is not uncommon for authors to have their first submission denied. Since WordPress Themes make up the vast majority of sales on ThemeForest, we will focus on this particular category as we dive deeper into this ThemeForest review.


Theme Graphics



With over 2,600 different premium WP Themes to choose from, we can safely say that you will most definitely find the perfect Theme in this extensive marketplace. ThemeForest is somewhat comparable to Elegant Themes in such a way that both WP theme providers offer the most extensive array of premium WP theme graphics, however keep in mind that ThemeForest is marketplace where numerous designers can showcase and sell their Themes while Elegant Themes is one company releasing their own WordPress Themes for sale.

ThemeForest has WordPress Themes from all the main categories: blog, magazine, creative, corporate, retail business, technology, non-profit, entertainment, miscellaneous, ecommerce, buddypress, responsive, html5 and many others.


Theme Pricing



ThemeForest offers one of the lowest prices among the various WP Themes today, with the exception of those who offer them free of course. Their price for WordPress Themes ranges from as low as $30 to as high as $60 per Theme. The company doesn’t really offer any special deals or combos while most of their competitors operate on a 3-in-1, 4-in-1 or a special discount to buy all themes.

A few times each year, ThemeForest offers a “bundle” of different marketplace items (typically from many of their different marketplaces), and these are typically great values for consumers. The authors whose files are in each bundle receive a pro-rated amount of the sales based on the number of files they have in the bundle. Typically, ThemeForest only invites the highest caliber authors to include certain files in the Envato bundles, and if you happen to be the lucky buyer of one you will get various files (themes, plugins, graphics, video files, etc) for one low price.

If you are a web developer wanting to use WordPress Themes for your client, you are allowed to use Themeforest’s Themes but you can’t take credit for the original work of the theme because the graphics and Javascripts (if any) are copyrighted. If you want to put something like “Designed by (your company)” in the Theme that you customize for your client, we would recommend you to purchase the packages offered by StudioPress since all of their themes are released under 100% GPL.

This license debate is a relatively sticky situation that is under constant scrutiny by authors, users, and everyone with an opinion. To the best of our knowledge, there is no problem with a buyer purchasing a theme for a client, modifying it to their client’s needs, then putting a vanity link in the footer saying “Designed by: YOUR COMPANY NAME,” however to be 100% safe it is always good to check with the individual author.

To browse through their wide list of Themes and prices, visit their WordPress Theme Directory.


Theme Support


Although ThemeForest’s support operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, the support of individual Themes is not handled by Themeforest’s staff. If you encounter any issues with the theme, you have to seek help directly from the developer directly. There are four main support channels:

Discussion Section – You can post your issues and the Theme developer will address them. The response time and helpfulness varies among different developers. We have seen quite a lot of developers not taking care of their customers well. Keep in mind that ThemeForest does not make the authors provide support. It is optional.

Theme Documentation – ThemeForest has requirements about what type of documentation is included so that customers can quickly get started using the file they purchased.

Forum – Many of the top authors setup their own private forums for customer help and support.

FAQs – Not every Theme has this section.

We feel the consistency of the theme support is very important. In ThemeForest, unfortunately, it is not possible due to the nature of the business and because you will be getting support from the individual developers, not ThemeForest itself. This is also a sticking point for some users as they get confused whose responsibility it is should they have any problems. ThemeForest’s policies state that the author does not HAVE to provide support (and you will not get any technical support from ThemeForest), however keep in mind that since ThemeForest is a marketplace, the “bad” authors won’t be in business long since people will go where they can get not only a good looking theme but quality support as well.


Theme License

Split-GPL license
• GPL for PHP, XHTML
• non-GPL for CSS, Javascript and theme images


ThemeGrade Visitors Rating of ThemeForest

ThemeForest Review, 6.2 out of 10 based on 41 ratings

73 Responses

  1. Mark Stein says:
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    The problem with ThemeForest. Expensive (great looking) WordPress Themes, however be prepared with technical ability and plenty of time. Any wordpress theme I’ve purchased from them has always had major issues, and I am technical, so I feel for the person who isn’t.

    The best way to think of themeforest wordpress themes, they will give you the pieces of the puzzle for you to try and work through the site yourself, but you’ll never get the site as advertised out of the gate. Support for any theme I’ve purchased has been ghost. Either the response to simple questions take 1-2 weeks or no response at all.

    I’ve read several people saying do your homework. How in the world are you to know that you do not get any software product as advertised on Themeforest , until you purchase it. Which by then is to late. Evanto is not giving you a refund since they are just the broker.

    Here is my suggestion. Unless your technically sound or have money to burn, stay clear of the beautiful themes from Themeforest. Unfortunately its a distant mirage if you don’t know what your doing.

  2. Andy says:
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    Since it’s a marketplace, not all the items are good there, and it’s a bit hard to get one that works perfect for us. We need to choose carefully by checking the item itself and support, etc, and then we’ll end up buying one worth every penny.

    I’ve been happy with a WP theme – Nextbiz for my site, powerful and flexible, and easy to use. Support is good too. As I’ve got a good one there, i’m happy with this marketplace. But it takes time to pick up a really good one…….

  3. luca says:

    I had as well awfull experience with they custoemr support and lack of flexibility to issue refund even when the product was defective,
    I’ll avoid any business in any of their marketplaces

  4. Reed says:

    Themeforest is great for the most part, easy to access different theme and tools.

    However, the huge drawback is that the authors are allowed to post descriptions and service that are supposedly included in a purchase. If they don’t fulfill their obligations it really doesn’t matter since TF will do their best not to refund.

    I suggest that TF hold all payments to authors for a specific period of time and then payout only X% over a certain duration to insure that authors don’t simply build a hollow (pretty) theme, cash in, and bail on the customers.

  5. Ashkan says:
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    i purchase some items from themeforest and it’s working wonderfuly :)

  6. Nofyah Shem Tov says:

    I bought a theme through Themeforest last month and I guess it’s my first and last time. The theme doesn’t work on my hosting and to get it to work will cost hundreds of dollars I don’t have. They are refusing to refund my money.

  7. Danny says:
    June 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm (IP: 98.127.209.x)
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    I bought a new theme about 10 days ago from themeforest. I understand that themeforest is place for buyer and seller to do the business. I just want to complain about one seller whose name is ignitetheme whom I bought the theme called Couture. The theme is so suck! The theme functionality is so bad. when I asked for help, they didn’t answer my points. They just complaint about something else but not their theme.

    I already sent my complaint to the themeforest to help me out. I just want the credit so that I can buy another seller from themeforest. I didn’t want my money back. What I need just a working theme.

    Hopefully, themeforest will give me credit back so that I can buy a new one.

    Also, I saw some complaints about the seller, but somehow the comments were deleted.

    Suggestion: Themeforest should keep all the comments even they are bad because it helps customers to find a good seller on your website.

    When themeforest took down my bad comments on the seller, I wondered how could I trust the other sellers? It seems like only good comments are displayed on each product.

  8. Ben says:
    June 19, 2013 at 2:30 am (IP: 176.227.135.x)

    I wish I had read this review BEFORE I spent $67 with Envato. The theme I bought was so badly coded that after persevering for four hours I reverted back to the default theme.

    Envato didn’t reply to any of my emails asking for support and wouldn’t refund me for the theme.

    • ThemeGrade Editor says:
      June 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm (IP: 71.240.185.x)

      Hey Ben,

      Just a quick point of clarification. You do realize that Envato is simply the marketplace where sellers and buyers come together, correct? While they are “selling” the theme, they are not the providers nor is support promised (that is up to the individual developer who made the theme).

      They do have a reputation for being hard to get a refund, but as you can appreciate that is a sticky subject when dealing with digital goods.

      By in large, most of their nearly 3 million members are extremely satisfied. It sounds like you may have bought from a new/un-experienced author? Also, that $67 pricepoint sounds a bit odd as I can’t think of a single product for sale at that price. Are you sure you bought from one of the Envato marketplaces?

  9. Lauradet says:
    May 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm (IP: 71.205.42.x)

    I just purchased the Bonanza theme and it has been a nightmare trying to set it up. To top it off there are no instructions or guides to help. Try reaching someone in support and you get nothing but dead air.

    My recommendation would be to avoid purchasing anything from Themeforest, because the support is just not there if you get in a bind.

  10. Chet Dembeck says:
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    I made the mistake and purchased three themes from Themeforest.

    None of them functioned out of the box. One wouldn’t upload because it is missing the stylesheet in its zip.

    I contacted Themeforest two days ago and expressed my disappointment and specifically outlined the failures of each template. I have heard nothing. I suspect his company just sells templates without testing them first.

    I will never do business with them again. It is a costly lesson!

    • ThemeGrade Editor says:
      April 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm (IP: 71.240.185.x)

      Hey Chet,

      Just wanted to chime in that Themeforest is the marketplace connecting buyers such as yourself to the creators of themes, files, etc. They do review themes before approval and provide a very dynamic community-based feedback mechanism so that you can get a good idea ahead of time as to the quality of the theme itself and the support behind it. Did you check out the comments and/or ratings of the theme before you purchased? 0 for 3 sounds very unlikely with our experience with Themeforest in the past.

    • Chris. says:
      July 2, 2013 at 11:15 am (IP: 24.153.164.x)

      The zipped file you download from Themeforest includes all assets, documentation, theme files and more. You have to open it and select the actual theme file to upload.

      My guess is something similarly simple is going on with the other two.

    • Davide says:

      Hi,
      I’m a wordpress seller on themeforest, and I said any theme come tested by reviewer I confirm this because 2 of my themes was rejected because is not pass the themeforest guidelines, I think so some seller in themeforest i so rude and not very helpfully, but I believe in themeforest’s honesty

      P.S. some theme is very hard to setting up, and the seller have all rights to help you

  11. Steven says:
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    I’m an author on themeforest and at the same time the buyer.
    As a buyer – I have to admit, that you have to be careful. It’s better to buy themes that are highly rated and it’s the best to get items that have high sales volumes. Besides that, value for the price is just awesome – themes are usually packed with features, plus usually authors provide not-so-bad support.

    As a seller, I have to admit that it lacks many features, like support forums for our customers, good rating system, good analytics for your products. Fortunately, some guys solved this last problem doing some 3rd party app:
    http://marketplaces-monitor.createit.pl

    Nevertheless, in my opinion it’s the best place to buy and sell themes on.. sure it could be better, but no one made anything better yet :)

  12. Robert says:
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    Very bad experience with theme developer Peerapong. Themes don’t match the live demo. If you buy a theme from Themeforest, you are not guaranteed support or a refund. Caveat emptor.

  13. Sean Van Zant says:
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    I may be going a little hard on Themeforest, but the author of the theme was great, and the staff on the Envato support team were average. Here are the facts:
    1. Theme wouldn’t work for me
    2. They wanted some personal info to help fix theme
    3. I did not give it to them out of my choice
    4. They say theme should work perfectly
    5. I couldn’t get theme to work

    Conclusion: I told them theme didn’t work, and I tried everything. I know what I am doing. I have had a WordPress site for a year or two, and have installed other themes, and I am a student in Web Development. Therefore, customer is always right, and I should have received at least a credit, yet they didn’t even offer that, much less a refund. I would not recommend themeforest to anyone, and I won’t :( When friends of mine in class decide to start a WP site, I will tell them to stay away from Themeforest. Sorry, but it’s the truth. If they refund my money or at least give me a credit, I will retract this rating.

    • Sean Van Zant says:
      March 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm (IP: 98.230.85.x)

      Themeforest did give me a credit. I am really glad that they did! I don’t know why they don’t have a policy of giving people at least a credit when somebody has gone over ten days without resolution.

      I take back what I said about Envato customer care, and maybe even the company. In stead, I blame it on a policy. I guess most if not all theme companies have this same policy.

      Thanks,
      Sean

  14. Mauricio says:
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    I agree with what has been said, Themeforest can be really, really bad.

    You see, what some would say is their greatest strength is also their greatest weakness. I purchased “MilkyWay” from there and although initially everything seemed to go well, in the end, you really, truly can’t be sure about support.

    I did my research and not only picked a theme that could be used for my uses but that had a supposedly great Dev who had a good history of support and a number of themes under his belt. Well, one day that Dev. like magic, just disappeared. *Poof* Just like that. So he took his ID, his domain and his forum with him. So we went from some support and some documentation to non-existent, nothing, squat.

    Can this happen to anyone? Sure, but in the end, Evato does not get involved in this sort of matter since they claim that support is up to the Dev. So you have nothing to fall back upon.

    So basically, if you want to rest easy and want to have some support on your theme then go with someone else who provides it as part of the site not as part of an independent developer who might want to one day pick up a different hobby, like magic. Say a site like Elegant Themes who have a different business plan and ongoing support forum.

    Since otherwise, he might be there one day and gone the next and whether you like it or not, this does reflect on Themeforest as a whole.

  15. edwards says:

    I am glad I came across this site. I was about to purchase a template for OPENCART (sorry for shouting), but your support comments made me think twice. Anybody purchased opencart theme? I need something responsive too. Thanks.

    • ThemeGrade Editor says:

      What particularly made you think twice about Themeforest? They are a very popular marketplace with hundreds and thousands of WONDERFUL authors. Was there a particular author you were concerned with or the marketplace as a whole? If it is the marketplace as a whole, rest assured that every day, tens of thousands of transactions take place across the Envato marketplaces (of which Themeforest is one), and we highly recommend them. They key with the marketplaces is to read some of the user feedback on the individual Themes and the authors who created them, then also checking sites like ThemeGrade :)

    • georgiacath says:

      Hi,

      I just opened an account today and I’m trying to assemble the big picture with Enviro. (An “About Us” link would be helpful.) Is it a company with two branches, 1. theme development (and hosting?), and 2. writing opportunities on subjects within your expertise? What is the deposit about? Which activities/services (or whatever) require the payment of a fee? I am about to buy a theme but want to get these things sorted out before moving forward.

      Thanks,
      Cathy

    • ThemeGrade Editor says:

      Hey Cathy,

      First off, the parent company is “Envato,” and they are a network of marketplaces where they allow individuals to come on and sell their digital goodies (WordPress Themes, html templates, audio files, graphics, etc). They also handle all of the transactions between the buyers and sellers they represent. So, as a buyer you can create an account, deposit monty (so it is cheaper to buy than paying directly with Paypal which is another option), then buy the file of your choice. They are not a hosting company, nor are they the actual theme developers. They are like ebay but for digital files. Hope this helps clear things up a bit.

  16. Florence says:
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    Okay so I have bought several themes from the Themeforest. I’ve been quite happy with my theme Foodpress and Salutation, but recently I’ve had a very bad experience with a developer named Peerapong. I don’t know what happened, I did all the neccesary reseach before purchasing. I read the comment sections of a lot of his themes and everything looked good. He had a large number of themes on themeforest, and nothing but good reviews.

    So I went ahead and purchased his theme Gaia a few weeks before the 3.5 wordpress update. I was very happy with the theme UNTIL the update. After the 3.5 update the galleries and sliders stopped working. I contacted him through the comment section of the theme and he said he’d update the theme soon.

    After I updated the theme, the issues were still there. I emailed and tweeted during the next 5 weeks but he did not respond anymore. I wrote in the comments sections of other themes of his but he deleted them every time. I contacted envato and they gave me a refund…

    The theme was perfect but it is now useless… I cannot find a suitable replacement. I am screwed.

    • ThemeGrade Editor says:

      Hey Florence,

      We have also had some issues with Peerapong before. Admittedly, no one is perfect, but we have read comments before by others who have had issues with him. He has obviously pleased a lot of customers with some of the many Themes he has created, however it sounds like his customer service could use some overhauling.

    • Marc says:

      I’m a developper and I find completly normal to not provide support for future CMS versions.

      When you run a business online, you don’t upgrade software components to its latest version without taking risks.

      Don’t upgrade without thinking about the pros and cons.
      Don’t upgrade because you like the CMS administration theme.
      You’ll get surprises and it will cost you time/money.

      Now, if WordPress 3.5 came out 1 month after that the theme has been created, the author could have make a effort.

  17. Tony Featherstone says:
    January 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm (IP: 14.201.132.x)
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    I purchased ViroShop which is created by pixelstores.com sold through Themeforest.

    Previous Themeforest purchases have been fine but this template didnt install from day 1. All sorts of WordPress errors etc …when iI contacted the author he said I needed to speak to my host as to why these errors were coming up….long story short, the theme never worked, themeforest refused to give me a credit (I didn’t want money back, just a credit) and paypal rejected the claim. So as far as I am concerned they might as well have stolen this money from me.

  18. Ashley says:
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    I’m an experienced coder, the theme was not installing correctly, the designer helped however it looked nothing like the live demo design and all over the place. The theme was advertised as Responsive but far from it, no responsiveness at all infact it was a fixed design.

    I contacted themeforest about this and their response was firstly helpful then no response from them when i wanted a refund. Absolutely disgusting customer service.

    If you have a dispute under no circumstances do you close a paypal case, they promised a refund and closed it on good will – but it never happened.

    If you want your money back no expect anything – if you dont get what you want, tough break. Terrible customer service.

  19. Jamal says:
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    I purchased a theme called JustLanded and had a pleasant and good experience on theme forest. I guess it really all comes down to the Guys you buy the themes from. As Envato itself is not giving support for the themes themeselves. What helped me was that i read the comments from other buyers of the theme. That way you do know, if they care about the customer or not.

    So after a little research and a bit of luck, I can only recommend it.

  20. Bob Spofford says:

    I used a theme from Themeforest for my very first WP site after a number of years as a very part time volunteer webmaster working in Freeway, an odd/old WYSIWYG HTML compiler.

    I had a terrific experience, but it was obvious from the get-go that this was mainly the luck of having picked a theme from a designer who provides great support. (WPAddicts, a very nice guy in Romania.) Other than having provided the online venue (and collecting the money) Themeforest was invisible, so I don’t have any trouble believing the horror stories here of surly or non-existant support on themes from some of the other designers there.

    I’ve subsequently learned that this is one of the big differences between a “mall” type theme vendor like Themeforrest, which acts as a marketing agent for a large number of theme designers, and a “boutique” type vendor like Elegant Themes or Studio Press, where theme design, support and marketing are all integrated under one roof/person. The boutiques are selling a total user experience, not just a design. They wouldn’t last a day if their user support wasn’t first-rate.

    That said, I think it’s quite possible to have a very good experience at Themeforest – mainly because the support forums for the various themes are open to browse before you buy. So, if you see a theme you like, go spend some time reading through the support threads before you commit. It wasn’t hard to tell the good designers from the ones that had large numbers of people screaming about unresolved bugs and unresponsive “support.”

    In the case of theme I bought, it was only about 4 months old with 40 or 50 sales (also something Themeforest shows for every theme.) But the support requests in the forum seemed to be about relatively minor things, and the responses from the designer were very quick and clear. My experience after I bought the theme matched this and even went beyond. On two occasions where I asked about something the theme couldn’t do, the designer and I started talking directly by e-mail, while he built that capability into the design and issued an upgrade – usually within 24 hours.

    So, if you shop carefully and look under the hood, you CAN have great results at Themeforest.

    • ThemeGrade Editor says:

      Great assessment, Bob. Spot on! For those looking for a good, honest review of Themeforest, read Bob’s comments and take them to heart.

  21. Ms. Carlton says:
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    “Cannot recommend Themeforest”

    My experience was disappointing as themeforest.net offers no customer support whatsoever. The sample theme was beautiful, but without support to address major issues, the theme was unusable. Themeforest.net is operated by Envato, and they do not issue refunds!

    • ThemeGrade Editor says:

      Ms. Carlton…thanks for your feedback about ThemeForest, but just to clarify they do offer refunds under certain circumstances. While I’m not sure of the specifics of your case, it’s important that visitors realize refunds are offered when applicable.

  22. Solo says:
    June 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm (IP: 66.190.68.x)

    I don’t get it, it says to add $2 if not paying by credits. But nowhere does it say how to buy it without depositing twice as much in credits, which I will never use! ?

    • Dee says:
      April 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm (IP: 96.39.160.x)

      Envato wants you to deposit funds into an account to purchase ThemeForest themes, but only in $10 increments, which means if you want to buy a $45 theme, you have to deposit $50. The extra $5 just sits in your account until you either buy another theme or a year goes by, at which time, the $5 just disappears.

      If you want to pay using PayPal, you have to tack on an extra $2, to cover their PayPal fees, which PayPal specifically prohibits.

      These are just bad business practices, in my opinion.

  23. Jaimee Willson says:
    June 7, 2012 at 2:51 am (IP: 199.116.87.x)

    I’m curious to find out what blog system you’re working with? I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest website and I’d like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any recommendations?

  24. Shoaib Ibn Abdullah says:
    June 6, 2012 at 9:13 am (IP: 119.30.45.x)

    Some misinformation is in your review. Woothemes are not 100% GPL. The css and images are not under GPL. Hope you will update this information.

  25. Paul says:
    April 18, 2012 at 9:59 am (IP: 190.195.118.x)
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    I guess what’s great with Themeforest having a lot of different developers and themes is that they are competing with one another, making their products and services much better, while making an effort to reduce prices for customer

  26. Paul says:
    April 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm (IP: 190.195.118.x)
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    I love them, they have the best collection out there and keep growing. Also the price is pretty good

  27. Niall says:
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    “Some really good themes on ThemeForest”

    I think it’s really hard to find a bad looking theme on ThemeForest. Yes, some may not be to my taste buy they’re not bad. Some other template sites feature a lot of genuinely bad themes with bad design taste and lack of features.

  28. Naveed says:

    I am interested in buying from themeforest but there is simple no one there who would bother to reply to any pre-sales simple question. Very Very disappointing

    • Cheryl says:
      May 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm (IP: 101.163.10.x)

      Naveed I agree with you, I have sent an email with pre-sell questions and as yet no reply, interesting, I wonder if I will get a reply.

    • Chris says:

      Aren’t pre-sale questions up to the owner of the product, not the guys who run Themeforest? Some theme owners reply very fast, some are lazy. Themeforest should not be rated badly because of a few lazy theme owners. Are you guys that thick?

    • Steve Joseph says:

      @Naveed and Cheryl – As pointed out by someone else I think you may be emailing the wrong party. That being Envato. You need to email the author of the theme directly.

      I have yet to have an author on TF not respond to a pre sales question which common sense tells us would result in lowered or no sales of their themes.

      How to get questions answered:

      1. Click on the theme you like.
      2. You will see 2-3 tabs above the image/ Live Preview – Screenshots buttons.
      3. Click on the tab that says comments.
      4. Post your pre-sale questions there.

      I’ve asked pre-sales questions and not only gotten immediate responses from over a dozen plus others but in a few cases they found my “recommendation” helpful and IMMEDIATELY updated the theme with my feature suggestion or displayed an example of something I was not sure their theme could do out the box without getting knee deep in the CSS/PHP.

      Now if Envato can’t send a kind email saying that “you should email X author or the author” directly regarding all questions pertaining to their theme that is a broken model. Not only are they ensuring the authors aren’t making coin but neither do they. Then customers go elsewhere and/or leave painful reviews across the webosphere.

  29. bd29 says:
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    I purchased the “Superb”Theme from Themeforrest. It looks beautiful, and the coding and shortcodes are fantastic.

    That being said… I would NEVER buy Superb again. The support from the developer is dismal, which is an important feature of a “premium” theme. The funny thing is, I purchased the theme FOR THE SUPPORT (you can actually find the theme itself for free online).

    As I was customizing the theme, I made a few requests which on a scale of 1 to 10 for difficulty to answer were all a 2 or a 3 (I’m not an incredibly technical person… just enough to be dangerous). The developer ON AVERAGE took 5 days to answer each concern. But the worst part is, that the developer often didn’t even address my concern, but just made an indirect comment about my question (for example… me: “How can I remove the blue button in the navbar?”…. (wait 5 days)… devloper:”It’s there to let your visitors know what page they’re on”… me thinking to myself:”Oh really??? Wow! Thanks for enlightening me!”"… me:”I understand why it is there. I’d just like to remove it for my own reasons”… (wait 5 days)… nothing… (wait 5 more days)…. nothing.

    And I’m only beginning to customize the template. What will happen when/if there’s a more serious problem with the code? I’ll be S.O.L. My business is going to be seriously hurt if I have to wait 5… 10… 15… and so on just to get a little support.

    Beware with templates from Themeforrest if support is a concern.

    • Spoon says:

      Do you understand what “support” word means? Do you see any difference between Custom work and support?

  30. Wally Pharma says:

    I never knew who these guys were till I got an email asking me to confirm an illegal payment from my account? Hey don’t worry, the mail came from these guys wanting me to confirm the transaction or indicating I should open a dispute with my account holder.
    Guys, don’t spend the money just yet as I think you will be requested to give it back? BTW it was sent to “nicemister92″. I don’t think he is very nice :(

  31. seppe says:
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    Themeforest (Envato) offers some unique WP themes, but its system is designed to cater to the developers, not the customers. Where I come from, that’s backwards.

    Case and point:

    I recently purchased Pandia from a developer named Peerapong – http://themeforest.net/item/pandia-for-portfolio-agency-creative-business/575976?WT.ac=portfolio_thumb&WT.seg_1=portfolio_thumb&WT.z_author=peerapong.

    It’s a very nice design. I spent a lot of time and created over 100 pages with this theme. I began to discover issues like the theme would not display correctly on specific computers, depending on IE explorer settings. I posted a comment on Themeforest and was told to open up a support ticket on Themegoods. I did. It sat there for over 20 days with no response. I posted again on Themeforest website where Peerapong said “nothing is wrong, it’s my device.”

    Then a larger issue arose. You can’t create separate blogs or categories. I wanted Blog A to post from Category A and Blog B to post from Category B – common stuff. It wouldn’t work with Peerapong’s Pandia. Blog A & B would BOTH post from Categories A & B.

    I submitted several comments on Themeforest and Peerapong offered no support. I then opened up a support ticket on Themegoods for the same issue. This is where is starts to get good. Peeraong’s response to my support ticket was, “I do not have to offer support, I can offer support if I choose to but only offer support to those with the right attitude.” Wow. Really?

    What followed this was my support accounts at Themegoods being erased. Any negative comment on Themeforest about Peerapong was removed, and my entire Envato Account was disabled, which doesn’t allow me access to any of my other purchases fro Codecanyon.

    Classy. I don’t know any company can do business in this fashion but I predict it will not last.

    To anyone considering any purchases from Themeforest – Caveat Emptor.

    • Ryan says:
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      Hey Mr Caveat,

      I’ve had a very similar experience with our friend “peerapong” from themeforest. He just loves to ignore support requests. If his team don’t like giving support to customers, they should make that very clear to potential customers BEFORE they buy the theme. I read all these wonderful things about support – but when i bought the theme i found it very lacking. And it only got worse over time. Comments are always in PENDING without actually being answered. So I hit the guy up on the comments section and gave him some critical but fair feedback. WOW he got straight back on that one but seemed fairly indifferent – if not arrogant. He said pending means they cannot find an answer to it and are looking into it. Pretty easy way to “palm” customer support dontchya think? I gave hime some additional feedback in some customer service etiquitte – “hey we are not going to go agro if you can’t actually help us solve the problem, we would just like some indication that you have actually given it some thought and considered our request” – like actually replying back to the ticket…

      On another note I’ve had some wonderful stories of customer service provided by other themeforest WP theme developers like WP Titans. Don’t worry buddy, some developers actually give a damn. To those who don’t just keep talking about it – it will get back to them.

      So sad to hear that he got you booted off WP themeforest. I didn’t even know the developers had the power to do that! With this kind of customers support, i’m sure the reputation will spread and he can’t remain a top seller for too much longer if the attitude remains the same.

      Anyone else have a negative experience? It’s time we named and shamed…..Time the bias was set right.

  32. Mark says:

    This is a great website which provides a lot of useful information. I personally use elegant WordPress Themes templates and consider it well worth paying a little up front to save a lot of time and work.

    I certainly intend to check out Themeforest having seen this blog and will also bookmark this blog for future valuable content.

  33. Omar Boesch says:
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    I was looking for some templates to suit the various sites I have for my blogs and business.  I didn’t have to jump from one theme provider to another.  Because thankfully, you had it all for me!

  34. Wallace Mckinna says:
    January 12, 2011 at 4:57 am (IP: 205.209.155.x)
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    after strolling through endless of themes on their website, i finally found the one that game me the greatest value. they have a lot of themes to choose from so you’ll definitely find the one you need.

  35. Dino says:
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    “Together is better for sure”

    Let us all unite under Themeforest’s Unite and say, it’s the best theme ever! 

    The design is crisp and highly attractive.  It’s an organized way to display content to make it so easy to find.

  36. Ira Horodyski says:

    “found what I was looking for”

    i was having a hard time picking wordpress themes from certain providers and i got just what i wanted with theme forest.  there were 750 themes!  way to go for providing wide range of selection.

  37. Timothy says:
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    I used a variety of WordPress themes from different brands and I have to say, themes from Theme Forest got so much traffic in my blog site, I am smiling from ear to ear. You’re the best.

  38. Elmer says:
    November 10, 2010 at 4:55 am (IP: 208.109.181.x)
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    Theme Forest is the best marketplace ever for wordpress premium themes! I’m amazed how they have every single design and functionality you can ever think of for your website! Hundreds of developers and thousands of themes available!

    Themegarden.com is another site where you can buy and sell WordPress themes but when it comes to the quantity of themes, Themeforest reigns!

  39. Antony says:

    Theme Forest has some of the most excellent top quality WP theme developers in the industry today!

    Why go with any one company who manufactures the same themes over and over when you can go with an exceptionally diverse company like them?

  40. Ram says:
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    “Really Great Developers!”

    Glad I browsed through Themeforest’s catalogue and found that they carry some of the most amazing developer themes out there!

    The company isn’t a theme developer. Their website is only a market place designed to sell themes.

  41. Winston b says:
    October 16, 2010 at 4:59 am (IP: 209.139.209.x)
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    Really cheap prices

    I guess what’s great with Themeforest having a lot of different developers and themes is that they are competing with one another, making their products and services much better, while making an effort to reduce prices for customers.

  42. Rodney Ploude says:
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    I wanted a WP template that went beyond the 2D slider.  Most providers offer 2D and here comes Theme Forest with the 3D slider.  I just went into the future and is more awesome than ever.

  43. Lindsay Pery says:
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    Weren’t premium themes supposed to make your life easier? Themeforest had succeeded in the impossible, making it too confusing for people.

    Sorry for the criticism but you really have to rethink the way you do business here.

  44. Richie says:
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    “very competitive”

    I was surprised about how competitive the designs you find in TF. They have just about any design you may need for your site at great prices.

    Most of which are very highly customizable and are very easy to update.

  45. Richard says:
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    “THEY REALLY HELPED ME!”

    I was starting out my first website a couple of months back and was quite nervous about it. I’m glad I stumbled upon Themeforest ‘cause they really helped me with the basics that I needed.

  46. Danny Eldred says:
    August 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm (IP: 216.246.117.x)
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    “They have just about everything”

    Themeforest just about has every developer package and theme pricing you can ever imagine! You can go with their higher end developer themes at higher prices or opt for the more affordable ones.

  47. Daniela Sandino says:
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    “It is very confusing”

    I have never been so confused in my life! I wanted to use Word Press for my website because my friends have told me that it is the easiest way to design and publish my website online so I did, but they said I need a WP theme design.

    A friend of mine highly recommended Themeforest because according to him they offered a big variety of WP themes and some came in really cheap so I went for it.

    But honestly people want to keep it simple and their website, I believe, is designed to confuse many and they succeeded at that.

    They are selling a lot of stuff that I didn’t need and you have to get to a thousand pages before you get to where you want to go.

    My friend helped me to the process and I got Freshface but I’m seriously considering switching!

  48. Milford Brusco says:
    August 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm (IP: 174.120.128.x)
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    I am very glad to have found the Sleex theme for my blog site on Theme Forest! I am very impressed with this theme which incorporates the latest WP technology in multiple stylish skins with highly customizable widgets and pages – post templates!

    I haven’t even started with half of it as it has a host of helpful functions that you will surely love.

  49. Sophie B. says:
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    “A nice gem I found in Themeforest.”

    Stylize has an Ajax/PHP contact form which works in all browsers and a valid XHTML and CSS that is well documented. Enough about the technical terms, simply put, it looks great and is perfect for web developers. This developer theme is from Ghostpool and features 10 different backdrop styles with short codes and custom templates.

    I would have to say, though, that it is a bit hard to navigate Themforest’s site as they look more like a marketplace than a theme provider.. in fact, it is.

    • Anastasia says:
      March 13, 2014 at 11:01 am (IP: 98.143.208.x)

      I bought the Epix theme from ThemeForest just a few days ago. While sleek in appearance, don’t expect much in terms of support or customer service. In the likely case that you will have questions about installing/customizing the theme, be prepared to be booted to a lengthy auto-reply chain. Wanted to get your site up and running in a few hours? Forget it. You’ll have to wait for a day until someone gets back to you. Instructional videos? Forget that too. Most the links in the demo package are inactive. Changed your mind and want a refund? You can definitely forget that – when I asked for one, my account was immediately suspended (so now I can’t use the theme anyway) and my request for refund was denied. Good luck.

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