Poll: Help Us Choose Our Next Theme

Another AppThemes PollAhhh! The sound of a productive team is wonderful to the ears. The AppThemes lead team is making great progress on Vantage. Andrzej is doing fantastic work on ClassiPress 3.2. And we’re finalizing designs for the release of our ideas theme.

The lead developers are getting so much work done on Vantage that it’s time for management to start thinking about our next theme. That begs the question, “What should be next for AppThemes?”

Your Chance to Decide

Who better to put this question to than you? That’s right, our loyal customers and supportive community members. This is your chance to tell us what you want next. What theme have you been longing to have?

We checked out our ideas exchange to come up with the most popular theme ideas. Read the short summaries and then vote in the poll below. If you don’t see the theme you want, why not tell us about it in the comments.

Deals Theme
Daily deals are widely popular among consumers these days and the industry is growing exponentially each year. Offer one-day or group deals at huge discounts. Allow membership and deliver deals daily via email, social networks and RSS feeds. This theme might be able to work as a deals aggregator, too.
Auction Theme
The online auction industry is about millions of little niches. You likely concentrate a lot of your time on one or two niches that you really love. You could leverage that enthusiasm into creating an auction (or reverse-auction) site where like-minded people offer and bid on items that they are just as passionate about.
Reviews and price comparison theme
Review sites are a pretty great thing. They attract shoppers that are ready to make a purchase but just need a little reassurance that they are spending their money wisely. A smartly developed reviews theme would help you generate attractive and SEO-friendly review content. A price comparison feature would make it even more compelling for cash-in-hand shoppers.
Pinboard theme
Pinboards are the biggest online craze these days. Nothing is growing faster or generating more buzz on the internet. A pinboard theme would help you get in on the trend.
Dating theme
It surprised us that this is one of the most popularly requested themes on our ideas exchange. And why not? Everyone’s looking for love. Charge a price to allow singles to create a profile, communicate with romantic prospects and post regular updates about their dating adventures.
Hotel and rental booking theme
This theme could have dual purposes. It could serve as a booking tool for small hotels and motels. It could also be a central vacation and rentals site for multiple properties like VRBO and AirBNB. Charge property owners to list their rental and accept reservations.
How-to theme
How many people search for how-to articles or tutorials every day? The number must be mind-boggling. A how-to theme would help you tap into that traffic. Accept user generated content or create your own. We’d make sure this theme had a ton of advertising space.
Real estate theme
It seems like every shop has a real estate theme but perhaps it’s time for a real estate theme done the AppThemes way.
Maybe you just want to sell stuff online and need a reliable store front and shopping cart to make it happen. Should we create a theme to help you do that?
Productivity tools
When we released QualityControl, many people asked, “Why?” We agree that it’s not like our other themes but we have had a lot of great feedback about QualityControl. Maybe we need to focus on more productivity tools for our next themes. Possibilities: wiki theme, Q&A theme, a support theme, CRM. How about an enterprise social networking theme?
Maybe we shouldn’t focus on new themes. Should we try to extract some of the functionality of our themes in plugins? Should we create plugins for bbPress or BuddyPress?

Vote Now!

We know it can be tough to decide, so pick your top three favorites. Also, we don’t want you to be influenced by vote results so we’re keeping them hidden. We’ll reveal the final tally later. And don’t just vote, tell us what’s on your wish list in the comments below.

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Rating: 4.1 - 9 votes

 Comments (90)

  • Alvin

    I would like to see a job bidding theme or microjobs , please add these to the list !

    • author

      Great idea, Alvin. Didn’t think about that one. We can’t add it to the poll now, so anyone that wants a microjob theme, just reply to Alvin’s comment.

      • Alvin

        Hi Shannon, the popularity of freelancer sites and fiverr-like sites still grows and really want to see an Appthemes version!
        Also the idea to create a custom made auction plugin for Classipress would add so much extra possibilities for existing and new customers!

      • customer

        ad job bidding theme or microjobs

    • Mohsin

      Bump, something like an Elance clone would be great!

    • customer

      One vote for a microjob theme!

  • dannyogolo

    A bus booking theme like in India

  • xtra web

    yes i will vote for micro jobs Theme, Can you make a theme ,

    can you make a theme for users to sell services such as coding or seo what not.

    it will be great if the theme worked like user sumbit a content service, it gets evalouated by the staff and the price will be set for it. the money wise it works like fiverr , buyer>site>seller.

  • Kiran Chikkala

    I have done a little of research and know the difference what AppThemes can make in the WordPress Portal World for the Developers/Businesses.

    1. Deals Theme (AppThemes make really great and awesome with the exposure they have using Clipper, ClassiPress and Vantage)

    2. Reviews and Price Comparison Theme (Which is very much expected to use as addon services for our Vantage and ClassiPress Themes

    3. HowTo Theme (Because of the Stable Framework they have its simple and AppThemes can more focus on the SEO/Moderation/Social Networking/Aggregation.

  • Mohsin

    I would also like to suggest a multi-vendor E-Commerce theme, with functionality like etsy.com. I think that would be ground-breaking and AppThemes can even use that for their marketplace :-).

    • author

      Excellent idea, Mohsin.

    • dannyogolo

      Sure Mohsin,
      A multi-vendor e-commerce site is a bomb. Amazon is a nice 1

    • customer

      I agree wish Mohsin, an e-commerce would be great. There is lots of competition now with users using facebook to sell there items such as hand made jewellery etc, but i think they could also be persuaded to sell on a locally run e-commerce site.

  • customer

    Integration of bbPress, I had been looking forward to this.

  • pie123

    A city portal theme, so a mix of vantage/deals/events etc
    There isn’t any the rest there is 🙂

  • rozatarra

    I would like if you will give more attention to classipress themes before starting another one. we need mobile version for this and the posibility to charge for a number of ads / user.please consider this. thx.

    • author

      I can understand your concern, rozatarra. Whether we create a new theme or not, we will be implementing responsive design in all our themes sometime soon.

      Also, there are some pretty big changes in progress on ClassiPress. Now that much of the framework code is in a solid state with Vantage, Andrzej is hard at work migrating much of that code to CP. One big feature that he’s working on is multi-region.

  • customer

    auction, review price comparison w affiliate feeds, hotel rental with affiliate feeds and user registration.

    • customer

      How about a booking website? Book air,hotel,car rental. Inventory made available through brokers?

  • customer

    Everyone wants a theme or plug which enables you to earn money with it. The appthemes (and others) don’t do this acutally for now. Why was everyone urging for ‘Vantage’? Because they think, it’s a possibility to earn money tru listed companies & ads. Sorry this isn’t sufficient for a company to spend money on.

    So what is really needed? A gathering commmunity place where there’s something for buyers and sellers or for customers and companies. A classic forum? No this an too old scheme. Buddypress? Possible. Or facebook which cannot be beat?

    Take a look at this (non-wp) wedding-site (sorry it’s in dutch).

    U choose a profile: if are a visitor, bride, groom, engaged to wed, or a company/advertiser,…
    Once you’re in there are some regular infopages. The most important is the community-page (a question & answer page):

    People talk, ask questions about weddings. You can watch their extended profile-pages.
    Companies can also provide answers, they advertise in the rightside bar, which clicks also to their extended profile-pages.
    Companies receives registrated users with adressdetails (brides, grooms), so they can mail them promotions.
    Companies have their own editable set-up aera, to fill in their infopage, pics, accountdetails, yearly advertise-payments,…

    The webmasters earns a lot of money with site, there are dozens companies subscribed there.

    If Appthemes could create such a plugin. It can be added to every theme worldwide and make them earn real money.
    Again, to make real profits with a site, there has to be some advantages for everyone. Advertisers and users.


    • customer

      very good point, user interaction with roles and profiles. i also vote for this option! (leuke site trouwens !)

  • customer

    Definitely a deals theme. There’s some already out there but AppThemes is known for producing industry quality themes… so I think you can kill the competition.

  • customer

    A support/helpdesk theme would be fantastic! CRM and a E-commerce theme…

  • customer

    Looks like I have to make a comment to subscribe… sorry 🙂

  • Josh Cooper

    Non of the above… I would like to see a digital products type theme… like iStock but for plans. Ability to add credits to their account and purchase plans.


  • Rick Adlam

    A comparison site that allows multiple price comparisons of products or services is something that has thousands of niches. EG shoes, electricity charges, health insurance, car insurance, mortgages, the list is endless. If this could be then monetized with affiliate links this could be a good earner.
    So this is my top choice.
    This is one theme that I have not seen anywhere else.
    Real estate themes are a dime a dozen, so would have to be great or unique in some way.
    Pinboard themes are starting to pop up, but will the fad be over before you have the theme ready? Having a sharing theme based on visuals is a good concept though.

  • customer

    Would like to see Pinboard theme 😀

  • polman

    Evets theme it will be great! I can’t find good events theme. I have Templatic product but it dosen’t work good.

  • customer

    carpooling theme it’s a very good idea ! no ? please…

  • vote

    Dating theme

  • customer

    one suggestion from me…

    1)hangout for chatting
    2)auto moto sales
    3)sales new and used products

  • customer

    Hmm, social marketplace that allows shops to sell goods through your website (etsy-ish)…unify shop profiles to clipper and vantage profiles, all built to work with buddypress for the ultimate buying and selling experience. I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Eurorail

    A freelance jobs site would be great. A complete idea: making one just for freelance writers. The client/employer ask for a writing job, freelancers bid on the job, employer choose a freelancer, freelancer writes the article, employer pays, employer can direct publish on his own wordpress site.

  • customer

    Should be in this order of priority :
    (1) Real estate theme
    (2) Hotel and rental booking theme
    (3) Dating theme
    (4) Auction Theme

  • Michael

    E-Commerce theme with the themeForest concept.

  • Steve

    Definitely NOT a daily deals theme.. That’s too played out, and almost impossible to make $$$ with.

    Multiuse ecommerce would be the most versatile… Think etsy.

Discussion is closed.