Templatic.com are still fairly new to the wordpress theme membership arena. They originally launched back in 2009 with the goal of providing premium WordPress themes to cover all the areas of blogging through to launching your own service. They actually were creating themes under a different name known as PremiumThemes which they started back in 2008 with 25 themes released. The reason behind them changing their name from premium to templatic was a branding move. They wanted something that another company could potentially buy out down the road as well as have a company name that was more memorable.
They are based out of Surat, India and while they say there is a in house team that works on producing the themes. It’s believed based on support that there really is only one person running the site while they outsource areas of their business to workers in India.
I will say though that they have positioned themselves as a strong competitor within the theme based membership arena alongside the likes of companies like woothemes and studiopress
How does Templatic Work?
Templatic offers several options when it comes to purchasing a theme from them. One thing I do recommend is if you’re keen to get one of their themes to search for coupons or special offers they are running. Many of the theme based sites will run monthly coupons as well as special offers around key times in the year such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, 4th of July, Halloween and New Year.
Now there are three ways you can purchase templatic themes:
- Single Licence
- Developers Licence
- Membership Club
If you go with the single licence deal you basically looking at a price of between $65 to $85 which includes support from them but only allows you to place that theme on a single domain. You don’t get PSD files with it, which means you would have a tricky job trying to customize images unless you were handy with an editor.
If you take the developers licence you would pay $99 which would allow you support for up to one year, it includes PSD files and you can install that theme on multiple domains.
Lastly, if you’re thinking that you will be buying more than 2 themes from them you might want to consider their membership deal where you gain access to all their themes for one price of $299 and then $15 every month if you wish to continue getting access to new themes as they release them. You also get access to the PSD files and can get support from their forum and ticket system. Really the only benefit to having access to their entire line is being able to keep getting updates for free and being able to use their themes on multiple domains.
What Themes Does Templatic Have?
They have organized their themes into different categories which are as follows:
- Private Lawyer
- Article Directory
- Geo Places
- Real Estate
- Iphone App
- Job Board
- Me and Mrs
- Simple Site
- Simple Site 2
- Store Front
- Wp Store
- Real estate
- Kidz Store
- Job Board
- News Flash
- The Daily News
- Golden Brown
- iPhone App
- Inspired Bits
- WP Premium
- Coming Soon
- GTD Private Blog For Teams
- Live Twit
- Visiting Card
- Free BizFresh
In total they offer 61 themes and varying prices with nine of them being free themes that won’t cost you anything to use.
I would recommend downloading and trying out their free themes to get a feel for how they code and they type of quality themes they release.
Quality of Themes
I own three of their themes and I will say this. The quality and usability is very high. Though you definitely can see areas where they didn’t think it through clearly enough and wanted to cut corners for the sake of getting another product out there. This is becoming a trend with sites that mass produce each month instead of focusing on one theme a month.
I feel personally that they offer a nice variety of themes within a sector of wordpress themes that are desperately needed. i.e Business in a box vs just a theme for blogging. You can easily browse through their site and see multiple services that you could launch very quickly by using one or more of their themes.
At the time of writing this I highly rate them.
- Diverse selection of themes
- Pricing is good
- Quality is high
- Missing out foundational features
- Support is not good
- Forum does have people listing issues ( you can’t see forum until after purchase )
The type of support they offer is very limited and if you have any issues I would take it to twitter. Somehow companies move fast when you start broadcasting across the social arena.
1. Theme Documentation ( available only after purchase )
2. Community Forum
3. Ticket system ( prepare to wait at least 72 hours for a reply )
4. Frequently asked questions
5. Twitter http://twitter.com/templatic
Address for Templatic
It’s in Surat, India but they have hidden their actual address and phone number. ( that doesn’t instil trust in their company in my opinion )