WooThemes: Premium WordPress Themes


I love WordPress. If you know me, then you know that WordPress is my CMS (Content Management System) of choice. I use it for all my blogs, clients, and more. Even sites like TechCrunch, use WordPress to post content online. WordPress is just plain awesome. One of the great things about WordPress is the community around it. The community of developers that contribute their time and energy into making plugins and themes that thousands, or even millions of users will use.

One of the many core values of WordPress is GPL. Because of GPL and the way WordPress treats it, I’ve always followed by that code, so when I see sites like WPMU Premium, WPMU.org, etc., it angers me, because these are great quality plugins and themes that I feel like the entire public should be able to access, not just the paying public. If WordPress is free, why aren’t the add-ons? Mozilla Firefox is free, and so are the thousands of add-ons.

One of the more premium WordPress design companies is WooThemes, co-founded by Adii “Rockstar” Pienaar. At first, I didn’t support WooThemes, because you had to pay for their premium themes. But, after recently speaking with Adii, and really understand WooThemes, their business model, and their goal. I really understand, and respect what WooThemes has built. They have over 40 premium themes, and release some of their themes for free. Of course, the free themes are the ones with the most the downloads.

WooThemes has worked with some of the best designers; Tim Van Damme, Bryan Veloso, Dan Rubin, Elliot Jay Stocks, Liam McKay, Matt Brett, Tony Geer, and Veerle Pieters.

Go ahead and look at some of the WooThemes, because they are beautiful, and can be worth the price for you.

13 thoughts on “WooThemes: Premium WordPress Themes

  1. They do some great stuff. I however respect those who do design for the love of it and not for financial gain, because those people add to the WordPress community rather than use it as a springboard for a business.

  2. That’s my main argument. I have much more respect for the developers that give their work out for free. WooThemes is great, and I have a lot of respect for them, but the other developers who make their work available for the community for free are awesome 🙂

  3. Do remember each and every collaboration we have done with the industry-leading designers costs us money, quite a lot of money. We would not be able to collaborate with designers, and offer top notch themes if everything we did was for free…

  4. WooThemes is cool!

    The premium themes are available with some amount of cost due to the copyright and idea of the designer. It is their work. Like you sell some special recipe chicken soup, made by yourself. That is how they get the pocket money and salary.

    What can I say that, the themes does not come empty handed. The developer also spend some working hours for their customer support.

    As I would say, not everything can be free, sometime there are cost to be taken care of.


  5. Developers have to eat, too. They can’t just sit around working for free all day. I’m all for open source, but I also love capitalism and believe in paying people for their time. Oftentimes releasing something for free is a huge boost for your capitalistic endeavors. There is nothing immoral about selling themes, plugins, designs, or development. Period. Even if you never offer anything for free. I love WooThemes and I’m glad they’re getting a boost from this blog but disappointed to see denigrating of sites such as WPMU Premium, WPMU.org, etc. It takes a lot of time and energy to make plugins and themes convenient and easy for you to use. “If WordPress is free, why aren’t the add-ons?” Putting the WordPress platform out there for free was an act of free will on the part of its creators. The fact that it’s free is not a license for its users to adopt a sense of entitlement about all things WordPress. That’s my 2 cents.

  6. Yea, I’m sure they do, but the whole idea of WordPress is community, and there are thousands of developers who spend their time making these plugins and themes for free for the community. I think that’s what makes WordPress so special. WooThemes is great because of the quality of the themes they produce, but I do wish they made more free themes.

  7. Yes! WordPress is cool.. and it’s very easy even for the one like me who don’t know too much about web programming (html, php, etc)..

    BTW your blog is very inspiring 🙂 i know your profile from detikinet.com

    nice too meet you on this blog

    indonesian blogger 🙂

  8. The air I breathe is free, so why isn’t the food I eat free, and the clothes I wear, and the car I drive?

    Everything in life isn’t free. Matter of fact, most things of value are not. Even alot of the so-called free stuff today is paid for by ads or sponsors or somebody willing to donate their time.

    If we continue to demand that our software, music, movies and content are always free, we’ll squeeze out all profit motive, and eventually the only thing left to consume will be garbage.

    Seriously, would you go to a job everyday if you weren’t paid? People need to eat and support their families.

    Open source and free stuff is wonderful, but we also need to recognize the value of true talent and hard work and be willing to pay when it provides something of value that we really want.

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