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Is Bigger Always Better?How Easy Is It to Download and Use the Themes?Are the Themes Customizable?What Are the Primary Benefits of Using ThemeShift?What Are the Drawbacks of Using ThemeShift?Are ThemeShift’s Prices Fair?How Does It Compare with ThemeForest and TemplateMonster?Should You Buy a Theme From ThemeShift?
Is Bigger Always Better?There’s a reason why many site owners turn to a huge theme marketplace like ThemeForest or TemplateMonster. They have thousands of WordPress themes to choose from, and you can filter those themes by feature or industry. ThemeShift has…four themes total. One thing that’s not obvious at first is that ThemeShift has free versions of three of its paid themes. You can browse and download these using the “free themes” link in the footer: Now, having a lot of templates to choose from can be really nice, but it’s not everything. Besides support and pricing, which we’ll look at later, the biggest factor you should use to pick a theme is quality. When developers talk about “quality” about WordPress themes, they’re talking about:
- Speed. A good theme shouldn’t bloated with unnecessary code.
- Intuitiveness. Is your theme designed well so that it’s easy to use?
- Security. Your site shouldn’t break or leave you vulnerable to getting hacked.
- Attractiveness. While you and I might not be professional designers, you need a theme that looks good to visitors without much effort.
Theme Selection and QualityThemeShift has been selling high-quality themes for over 10 years, and I’ve never seen or heard a bad word about it. While there are only four themes total, they were designed by an experienced team of WordPress developers. These folks obviously know what they’re doing. The four themes are quite flexible. No matter what type of website you’re trying to create, at least one of these should be a good fit:
- Underwood: A minimal, clean blogging theme
- SimpleShift Pro: A flexible theme designed for businesses of all sizes
- Juniper: A “one-page” versatile theme (you can still write blog posts) for bloggers and businesses
- Epicurean: Specifically made for professional food bloggers
How Easy Is It to Download and Use the Themes?The downloading and installation process is a bit different for free and paid themes, although it’s easy either way. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes once you make a purchase.
- Free themes. You don’t need an account to download a free theme directly from ThemeShift’s website. You’ll get a “.zip” file (don’t extract it) that you can upload directly to WordPress.
- Paid themes. Once you make a purchase, you’ll get a ThemeShift account. Then you’ll be able to download any of your purchased themes from your account dashboard.
Are the Themes Customizable?All ThemeShift themes give you some solid customization options without your needing to know how to code at all. For example, the Underwood blogging theme offers you three different frontpage layouts to choose from. Additionally, there are nine types of custom post formats that let you do things like embed video and audio in different locations in blog posts. The other three themes offer similar types of customization options. Finally, WordPress offers all sites some basic customization settings. You can tweak many settings in the visual website editor, including:
- Border colors
- Sidebar widgets
What Are the Primary Benefits of Using ThemeShift?Now that you know what ThemeShift has to offer, we can start looking at why you should buy from ThemeShift over a large theme marketplace or another theme creator. Here are the most compelling reasons in my opinion:
- You can use themes on multiple sites at no extra cost. This is huge if you think you’ll ever make more than one website. Most other marketplaces and theme creators charge you a significant fee for more than one site license.
- Costs are lower. Individual themes are cheaper because there’s no marketplace fee. Additionally, you can buy a bundle of themes on ThemeShift to save more.
- Themes are made by WordPress specialists. By buying themes from developers who specialize in WordPress, you can be confident that you’re getting an optimized theme, not one that will become bloated and slow.
- There’s a free version to test before buying. For themes with a free version, it takes just a few minutes to install the free version. In some cases, these may be good enough to use without your needing to upgrade.
What Are the Drawbacks of Using ThemeShift?Overall, ThemeShift is great if you like its themes. However, it’s only fair to point out its limitations:
- Selection is limited. While the themes are fairly flexible, you don’t have much choice if you want a drastically different layout or design.
- Support and updates cost extra. You get 30 days of free support when you purchase a theme. But if you want ongoing support, you’ll need to pay a small amount per month.
Are ThemeShift’s Prices Fair?There are only two pricing options when it comes to buying themes on ThemeShift. You can either buy a single theme for $39, or you can buy all the themes as a bundle for a discount. If you’re a developer or a designer and you plan to build a lot of sites, the bundle is a nice way to save money. Even if you buy a single theme, it’s cheaper than most other themes that you can buy on other sites. You should also consider the support fee as well. Either way, you get a 30-day free trial of support and updates. However, you’ll need to pay more for ongoing access, which is highly recommended. For a single theme, you’ll pay $9 per month, while the support for the bundle deal costs $15 per month for all themes in total. Support fees are pretty normal for most theme developers, and it’s a reasonable amount. It ensures that there’s an incentive for developers to keep maintaining and improving themes, while helping customers with issues.
Why Am I Getting Linked to Nimbus Themes?ThemeShift was acquired by Nimbus Themes. Now, some of the themes sold on ThemeShift are also sold on Nimbus Themes (Epicurean and Underwood). If you choose to buy the “All-Access Pass” for the free version of either of these themes, you may be taken to a Nimbus Themes checkout. I believe this is unintended, and it may be fixed in the future. I mention this so that you know there’s nothing going on that should make you suspicious; it’s the same company selling you the themes at this point. In fact, if you’re planning to buy the theme package, you actually get access to a few extra if you make your purchase on Nimbus Themes’ website. You can buy all of its ten themes on a yearly or lifetime basis. However, if you’re buying only a single theme (either Epicurean or Underwood), the price is cheaper on ThemeShift, so stick to ThemeShift unless you know you want access to Nimbus Themes’ entire theme catalog.
How Does It Compare with ThemeForest and TemplateMonster?If you search for WordPress themes on Google, the two giant theme marketplaces come up in the first few results: ThemeForest and TemplateMonster. The comparison table below should help you quickly see their main differences:
Clearly, the marketplaces have huge selections of themes. But that can pose issues. First, although you get advanced filtering options, it can still be somewhat overwhelming and time-consuming to pick from hundreds or thousands of themes that meet your basic criteria. Second, because third-party developers can sell themes, theme quality varies a lot. Some themes are amazing, while others… well, not so much. You might end up with an unoptimized theme that’s made by an amateur, not an experienced WordPress developer. The final big difference between the three options is the cost. Not only are ThemeShift’s themes cheaper than themes from any marketplace (which takes a fee as the middleman), but ThemeShift becomes much cheaper if you want to use a theme on multiple sites.
|Number of WordPress themes||4||11,700+||2,100+|
|Themes are made and supported by||ThemeShift developer team||Third-party developers||Third-party developers|
|Typical theme cost||$39||$60||$75|
|Need to pay extra to use theme on multiple sites?||No||Yes||Yes|
|Theme support||30 days free, then $15 per month||6 months free, then added cost for each 6-12 months||Included in the purchase price|
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