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Elegant Themes is one of my favourite commercial theme companies, they have consistently produced attractive themes with loads of different features – I have featured them many times in our roundup posts. They won the WPCandy Theme Madness competition also, which was decided by rounds of public voting. The site currently holds 76 themes which you can gain access to all by joining the club which starts at just $39 per year, so really good value as well.

The company was started by designer Nick Roach, single-handedly, and now employs 13 people which is impressive. Nick has given me 3 club memberships to give away to WPLift readers, you can enter using the widget below – winners will be drawn at random in 7 days time ( 28th May 2012).

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I also took this opportuity to ask Nick some questions about Elegant Themes

What is your background with WordPress?

I am designer at heart and a lover of technology. I have been putting these two skills to work for some time now, creating templates and themes for various platforms. I became interested in WordPress early on and never looked back. The community is great and I am really glad to be a part of it. I started ElegantThemes a few years ago after having creating several free WordPress themes.

How many people work at ElegantThemes now ?

There are 13 people that work for the company. The majority of our staff are dedicated to technical support and spend their time helping out our members in the forums. There is one designer (me) and two rock star developers that have been working with me for years.

You were one of the first with a yearly membership structure, do you think this helped ?

Yes, it certainly did. I love the membership structure and am glad that I chose this business model. Being a “member” is different than being a “customer.” Membership is something more and has helped instill a stronger sense of community.

Where do you get ideas for new themes / design inspiration from ?

I spend a lot of time simply browsing the web, and follow that up with sitting in my room for hours and hours milling over concepts in Photoshop. It’s a lot of trial and error, but eventually something great always emerges!

For someone wanting to start selling premium themes, do you have any advice ?

I have a few suggestions to people just starting out.

  • 1) Focus on quality over quantity. There are so many themes out there already and it’s important to make something great if you want to stand out.
  • 2) Don’t underestimate the importance of customer satisfaction.
  • 3) Don’t give up too early. Establishing yourself won’t happen overnight.

How do you see the premium theme market evolving over the next 12 months ?

I think that we will continue to see more niche themes being created as WordPress as a CMS expands into more and more online applications.

What do you have planned for ElegantThemes in future ?

Right now we are really focused on mobile. The way that we are browsing the internet is changing drastically, and it is important to start designing in a responsive manner. We have been working hard to convert our old themes to be fully responsive, meaning that they will adapt to small screen sizes and display beautifully on smartphone and tablets. I hope to show initiative in this area and make sure that our customers are ready for the mobile revolution.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, good luck with the future of Elegant Themes!


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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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27 Comments

  1. Very cool interview. Always great to get insight into the folks behind the scenes. Nick’s 3 points of advice are of course very general, but also fundamental. Good stuff.

  2. Anonymous

    Good luck to everyone :)

  3. Craig Paterson

    Good interview and elegant themes.

  4. I used Elengant Themes and I liked a lot. Just a little bit complicate to manage slides!

  5. Ooooh, I love Elegant Themes too.  And my membership has just expired …

  6. Mark Theron

    Ooh, Elegant Themes. Nice to see a little behind the scenes.

  7. Charloub

    Elegant themes are good!

  8. Nick is an inspiring success story. 100,000 customers? Wow. I knew ET was one of the big ones but I had no idea they were THAT size. I haven’t used any of their themes but I look at what they put out on a regular basis and the designs are some of the most polished.

  9. Elegant Themes is great!
    Good interview and best of luck to all.

    • Nick at Elegant Themes is fabulous. It is a GREAT company and the business model (of which I’m a member) is perfect for folks like me. I do maybe a web site a year, and I like testing different themes when I start out. So, paying once and then having access to all themes works. I can make up my mind by trial and error, not just by the bells and whistles on the demos. Great job, Nick!

  10. Great interview.
    Really like eleganttheme.  You rock Nick…

  11. Great interview Oli, thrown my hat into the competition ring!

  12. Fenomeni

    Great, and they have really great Themes. Stay elegant :)

  13. Bojan

    I wanted to know more stuff about process of creating one theme, how do you get ideas? Are you truing to hit certain group of users… 

  14. Jose

    great going nick. good luck!

  15. The fact that the prize is Elegant Themes is a cincher. Their reputation as a steadfast and professional part of the WordPress community is what makes this competition attractive. Right on!

  16. Tho Huynh

    Elegant Themes is probably the best WordPress theme providers here :) Hope I can win this competition

  17. Goran

    Very good interview

  18. Affordable Web Design

    Very tuff

  19. Very good interview. And elegant theme is more popular in wordpress theme.

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