I will admit, In my early days of learning WordPress development, I was dazzled by the themes that Theme Forest had to offer. All of the sliders, animations, and admin options seemed impressive to me, and I believed that was what made a good WordPress theme. But as I got better with code and started to understand WordPress development best practices, I learned that Theme Forest is really not a good option to offer to your clients. But this isn’t an article on why I think Theme Forest is bad. This is about the agencies and freelancers that use Theme Forest and showcase them on their portfolio like they did all the hard work.
What Is Theme Forest?
Theme Forest is a web site containing web templates and themes for various content management systems as well as HTML templates. WordPress themes are among their top selling products, and the themes are designed to be an “all in one” solution. For around $60 you can have a nice looking WordPress theme with a homepage slider, shopping cart, contact forms, and drag and drop functionality. This Article does a good job explaining the cons of offering Theme Forest to your clients.
To The Cheaters: You Know Who You Are
Sadly, to my discovery, I’ve learned that a good number of freelancers and professional web agencies use ThemeForest for their clients. Now, I can live with that fact that you might have chosen that option for budget reasons, or maybe the client really liked the theme and was dead set on using it. This happens. But what I absolutely DO NOT TOLERATE is when you use a Theme Forest theme and then post it on your portfolio like you were the one who developed the theme. I’m sorry but I find that to be highly unethical. You are basically hosing over the client. They came to you with the expectation that their WordPress theme was going to be created by YOU. If your solution for the client involves a Theme Forest theme, you need to communicate that clearly and credit the developer on your portfolio. Web agencies and freelancers should take pride in their work. They should strive for clean code. Not profit margins.
Okay. Rant is now over
I am going to step down from the soap box. What are your opinions on web professionals using ThemeForest? Shoot me a comment. I’m super curious.