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tonvie says

The term “Themeforest Themes” gets an average of 40,000 hits/month according to Google so for $7.49 I thought I’d register it…kind of a no brainer with those numbers.

Any thoughts or opinions on providing impartial reviews on themes? Would this be valuable for buyers and authors? I’m not sure how it would work or where the time would come from to pursue this but I think it would be nice to have an independent review site for themes so people can be more informed before they jump in. Good idea or bad?

Would there be any legal issues from Envato’s point of view? Any mods care to respond? Thanks!

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kops says

Sounds interesting. I’ve bought a couple of howlers that looked great when they appeared on the site but proved a bloody nightmare to customise. Conversly, I’ve missed some great themes because they looked exactly like the 100 other themes released that month so I overlooked them.

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BroOf says

Where do you look for those statistics? Google?

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ThemeBlvd says

I think the only problem is that the TF affiliate program is pretty weak. I’m not sure if it’s really worth the time. You have to send a lot of users to make much money. But if truly all you care about is informing people and not the profit, then sure it could be a nice idea to have reviews of the themes for people.

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ThemeBlvd says

Where do you look for those statistics? Google?

https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal

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RoyalTemplates says

I don’t think you will be allowed to have themeforest in the domain. Which is the downfall of the website. There are plenty other similar websites out there.

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contempoinc says

In order to write a comprehensive review you’d need to purchase every theme, otherwise what really makes you any different than all the other WordPress Theme Directory sites. If you followed this model things could get expensive real quick, and you’d need to push a hefty amount of referrals to cover costs which would require a ton of traffic. Not so sure it would work.

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ThemesFever says

In order to write a comprehensive review you’d need to purchase every theme, otherwise what really makes you any different than all the other WordPress Theme Directory sites. If you followed this model things could get expensive real quick, and you’d need to push a hefty amount of referrals to cover costs which would require a ton of traffic. Not so sure it would work.

He can review the themes he buy for his clients ;) Never tried the affiliate program, however I think this would be an interesting project.

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tonvie says

@Kops – The same thing happens to me on both points. The end result is I usually end up with an extra template for every completed website. Some themes I can use later, others were just chalked up to experience.

@Broof – what TB said.

@TB – I hadn’t even looked at the affiliate program as that wasn’t my main concern although it would have to be a concern at some point so I should probably read about that.

@iStudios – I’ve only seen one site that seemed to review many Wordpress theme sites, not just TF. Is there one dedicated just to TF reviews?

@contempoinc – That was my most obvious concern as well. I wonder how many authors would offer to submit their work for a review if it lives up to being a truly neutral site? I’m not sure how useful the a review site could ever be without fresh reviews on almost every new theme. Definitely a lot of work…

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CLINE123 says

Tonvie I think it’s definitely worth serious thought to examine the ways it will or won’t work that could then be applied to design a suitable theoretical working model. Of course here you’re getting the best insights as to the pros and cons for you to evaluate which was your intention.

I tend to also agree with Kops on the experiences of buying great looking themes only to regret my decision. If you get the authors’ cooperation for submission for review that would be great. While you may have to review every theme in order to be comprehensive I don’t think that you’ll have to review every theme in order to be successful.

On the point of being a ‘truly neutral site’ you’ll have to decide the best way to achieve this as there will always be some element of subjectivity in the evaluation (apart from the purely technical aspects that will be reviewed) so this will require some thought- perhaps a panel review.

I also think there’s an advantage to having TF respected buyers (in my view) weigh in on a theme. For example I’ll give a theme a serious look if yourself or say chrismccoy gives a review which could differentiate such a site from others.

So don’t dismiss it…I’ll be one of the first users :).

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