Steven Gliebe, founder of last week’s site of the week Theme Sorter, has written a great piece in Smashing Magazine about 11 of the WordPress’ community best known theme clubs including WooThemes, Elegant Themes, Studio Press, and a few more that you may never have heard of.
Steven delves into pricing, number of new releases per month, inclusion of PSDs, and support features. It’s an excellent piece of you’re thinking of ponying up some money to join as a member into a theme club to get access to a library of WordPress themes at a substantial discount.
Here’s our take on some of them…
ElegantThemes are great deal with beautiful graphics, lots of shortcodes, and good theme panels. The only catch is that if you plan on customizing the themes with anything more than simple graphics replacement/swaps. it can become time-consuming unless you’re an advanced user. So basically if you plan on using the themes as-is, with little customization, the $40 is a great deal.
We aren’t a full member of StudioPress membership plan but we have bought Genesis and a few child themes and really like the phenomenal level of help available in their support forums. We think paying one time life time fee like StudioPress’ model is a great way to go.
We’re not a member of WooThemes club either but like most other WordPress users we’ve worked on quite a few of their themes and they provide solid and feature filled themes.