Alternative ThemeforestThe alternative theme forest
So why don't I use the forest anymore?
Recently, a WP Tavern paper on what the WP Fellowship thinks about Themeforest encourages me to post about why I no longer use it for topics. And what is Themeforest? It is a huge market place for all kinds of website design, as well as web site template design, structural HTML/CSS template design, and topics for key CMS.
Themeforest' s word press area is of course the most beloved with the enormous appeal of WorldPress. Wordprocessor user can select all kinds of topics, from universal/general topics to special topics, such as topics for photographs and church. Themeforest seems to be a goldmine for new and inexperienced people using wordPress.
And it has tons of designs that look good and even include all kinds of features. That means that many people can choose a topic that satisfies most, if not all, of their needs. Admittedly, I used to love Themeforest when I began to learn WordPress, but that was before I went into developing and gaining knowledge.
Now I know from my own experiences that Themeforest is filled with mostly inferior topics that are selling because folks like all the eye-catching designs, short codes and so on. I don't use Themeforest anymore and won't do so in the near will. At first I grew to shudder at the thought of inflated topic admin panel windows that allow the user to customise their website by just entering some numbers and choosing some script.
Instead, topics are inflated beyond belief with literally hundred (or thousands) of rows of codes that make processing so simple. In addition to the topic file size, the data base will also be bigger to store these settings. Secondly, most issues are poorly encoded and fundamentally lack inflexibility. The Genesis is probably the most adaptable topic you will find on the open end of the web, thanks to all its available hookers.
None of the topics on Themeforest offer this kind of versatility. That means you have to chop the theme's file and try to browse through the crappy stuff to make changes that would be very easy with Genesis. After all, Themeforest's topic styles generate what is known as a "theme lock".
Topic locking happens when a WordPress visitor can't modify their topic without turning off most of the site's features. When the design is disabled, it disables things like shortcuts and customized mail items that have been recorded by the design. The page/mail contents show the literary text for topic-dependent shortcuts and user-defined contents vanish.
Briefly said, this makes the whole website a big chaos and a big problem in the arse that needs to be eliminated. Every piece of coding that generates features should be in a plug-in, not a topic. The topics are for advertisement only. Update: Another important factor why I no longer use Themeforest (I was told by Denis' comments below) is that the license of Themeforest is not consistent.
Instead of each and every item being 100% GPL as WordPress plug-ins and themes should be, there are various licence choices and this generates insecurity when it comes to usage. Some parts of the topic, for example, are under GPL, while others may not be. It' s not my style to use non-GPL compliant software, and I don't like and don't like the Envato Topic and Plugin licenses.
I have three topic vendors that I suggest as an alternative to Themeforest topics. The Genesis Platform - Genesis is my most popular topic number 1. Like the name suggests, it is a frame that is based on the use of infothemes. Even the Fellowship is a phenomenon. The Headway - Headway is a great topic-builder that allows the user to create any kind of visual displayable layouts (no coding required).
It is good for novices who have some experience with WordPress or are willing to study enough to feel well. Stylish themes - I'm a dedicated enthusiast of elegant themes and it all began with Divi, one of the most beloved themes available for WordPress. Elegant Themes is recommended if you are a novice or want to create a fast, easy page that looks fantastic instantly.
However, before you use Divi, make sure you consider the topic locks and see Chris Lema's article on how Divi works behind the scene and how your topic may change in the near term. Be aware of changes to your site in the near term and how topics like Divi will affect those changes. Most importantly, you should recall with all these providers that they are well known and you can easily recall that you bought from a trustworthy resource rather than from a (possible) fly-by-night developers on Themeforest.
How do you feel about Themeforest? Speaking before I close, I'd like to point out that this contribution is my general point of view, but it is coincidentally common by many in the WordPress fellowship, especially those who know what they're doing. I' m not saying EVERYTHING is theme/product of Themeforest/Envato Mist.
So if there are any WordPress programmers who use Themeforest topics for customer work, I'm interested in hearing your reasons (for the discussion's sake).