A while ago we reviewed a WordPress theme framework called “Cherry Framework” which is free to download and use in your themes, we found it to be a solid platform with over 300 child themes available to purchase. The creators of that framework have now built a brand new theme club called “Crocoblock.com” which currently has 60 themes available and they aim to add another 2 each week. They have the lofty goal of becoming the largest theme club and at a growth rate of 2 themes per week, this does seem possible. Today we are going to look at what the club and some of the themes on offer.

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What you get

As I mentioned, members get access to 60 themes currently with a further 2 being added each week. There is a wide range of themes which you can download in the following categories :

  • Portfolio
  • Business
  • Creative
  • eCommerce
  • Photography
  • WooCommerce
  • Magazine
  • Music
  • Restaurant
  • Sports
  • Travel
  • Blog
  • Jigoshop
  • Free

If you would like to try out some themes, they have made 3 free themes available to download: all you need to do is register for an account and you can try them out.

Theme Options and Setup

To install any of their themes, first you need to download the Cherry Framework and upload that via FTP along with your child theme of choice. Then visit your dashboard and activate the child theme. Each theme comes with its own options panel which allows you to change fonts and styling, upload logos, set navigation options, choose your slider options and social media options.

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Crocoblock themes also make use of the Theme Customizer so you can edit a few options in real-time :

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Look at themes

With over 60 themes available there is quite the range to choose from so you should be able to find something to suit your needs. Here are a few of my favourite designs :

Pivot

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DMJ

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Music Store

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Bike Lander

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Tesoru

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Pricing

The pricing for Crocoblock is as follows – Standard Club is $55 and a monthly fee of $19:

  • All WordPress themes
  • Cherry Framework included
  • Unlimited domains
  • Theme updates
  • Technical support
  • Documentation
  • Video tutorials
  • 1 brand-new theme every week
  • Download 15 themes per month
  • Live chat

The Developer club is $75 + $19 per month and includes All WooCommerce & Jigoshop themes, and the premium pack is $95 and $19 per month which is the same as developer but it includes the ability to download 30 themes per month.

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I think this is the first time to date that I have seen a restriction placed on how many themes you can download each month – theme clubs usually include unlimited access to all themes so that is something to bare in mind when choosing a plan on signup.

Conclusion

For a startup theme club, what Crocoblock has achieved so far is quite impressive – to have 60 themes at launch is great – it has taken other theme clubs many years to build up to that level. The actual themes on offer are all well designed and cover a wide range of niches so there should be something there to cover your needs. The Cherry Framework itself is solid enough and allows you a level of customization without having to delve into the CSS of the theme. I like the fact there are regular updates to existing themes and 2 new themes promised each week which is quite the schedule!

The pricing seems inline with other providers which offer the same amount of themes, the monthly fee is a little out of the ordinary in this industry but justifiable by the fact that you are getting an extra 8 themes each month. Also a little unusual is the restriction on the amount of themes you can download each month – with the standard club you can download 15 themes and with the premium plan you can download 30. This could be to deter people from joining, downloading all the themes in one go and then cancelling their membership – but that doesn’t take into account that you would not receive future updates.

Go check them out if you are looking for a new source of WordPress themes with solid designs for a monthly fee.

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Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

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6 Comments

  1. Robby

    I am not a huge fan of the theme framework/child theme setup. We’ve had problems with Genesis themes at my shop because we’ll want to modify the child theme, but then we’re SOL when an update comes down the pipe. Is Crocoblock doing anything to mitigate this issue? It seems relevant especially as their pricing/month themes plan seems to target developers/designers versus an individual blogger.

    • Robby, thanks for asking! )
      We do update the framework theme (parent theme) to be sure that our themes are secure & compatible with the latest version of WP. But parent theme updates have no influence on all the modifications you’ve made to the child themes.

      In addition to that there’s a backup system built into the framework. We recommend to backup before updating the framework and rolling out any changes you make to the theme.

      P.S. We offer 3 free themes ) and plan to add 2 more in the nearest time. We’d love to hear your feedback on them!

      • Robby

        John, thanks for the response! =D

        Sounds interesting. So, are there ever updates to the child themes also? That is what I didn’t like about some Genesis child themes .. both the framework and child theme would have updates.

        I am curious about the backup system, I will definitely take a look at your free theme options and play around with it. I wish you guys all the best!

        • Robby,

          >>So, are there ever updates to the child themes also?
          Only if there’s a bug in it (child theme). But even in this case it will be done only after you press the ‘update’ button.

          Thank you for your questions! And I hope you’ll like our themes!

  2. Themes look OK – but pricing philosophy doesn’t work for us. Most themes we would probably never use so a year’s fees of $228 plus a $95 joining fee is just too much and we would want the Woo themes.

    Why membership is restricted to a monthly download limit I don’t know. So I am a member – but not allowed access to all the themes…madness.

    Needs to be an option to purchase a single theme. We’d pay $55 for one theme inc updates per client (we will just build it into the job price), but we won’t pay a monthly fee where we would perhaps not use any of the themes for a couple of months.

    Pity – there are a couple of themes that look ideal for a project we are on at the moment.

    • Clive,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts! We’ve just started and any feedback is of great help! We’re currently gathering the info from our very first members to better understand their needs. We might consider making some changes to the project and pricing options as well based on this.

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