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Best Marketplaces To Sell WordPress Themes & Plugins

No doubt, WordPress is the king of website creation. More than one fourth of the whole websites in this universe are made of WP (including Orion stars where Aliens build WordPress themes). Sound interesting huh? Well, not all credit goes to the WP company, but more. Behind the scene is the gigantic WP themes and plugins gallery. Hundreds of thousands of web designers and developers has built and published around millions of WP themes and plugins. Including free and premium, off course premium things  are best, they sell their stuffs in many marketplaces. Now, if you are a designer or developer or both, this article is for you to check if you can sell your next premium WP theme in those marketplaces. We are featuring most popular and reliable 11 marketplaces to sell themes and plugins.

CodeCanyon

CodeCanyon is the most popular plugin marketplace of them all. Currently, I sell actively my plugins on CodeCanyon (check my portfolio here), because it offers the most traffic of active customers, and also, they have a competitive commission, if you manage to become an elite author (sell more than 75000$ on the market).

Followed by ThemeForest, it’s also a sister concern of Envato pty. They have the largest collection of plugins for all kinds of website.

Features:

  • Commission varies in function of the gross amount of your sales (+ static author fee of 5$) – (same as ThemeForest from above).
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.
  • Plugin approval requires 2 weeks.

Envato’s commission table:

Pros of Using CodeCanyon to Sell Your Plugins:
• Publicity for your plugin.
• A large customer base to tap into.
• If you manage to work your way up their rankings, commissions are very competitive.
• An established marketing and distribution channel.
• If you create quality items, offer quality support, and CodeCanyon likes your items, they will promote your items for free, in their marketing campaigns.

Cons of Using CodeCanyon to Sell Your Plugins:
• CodeCanyon is a highly competitive market.
• Brand recognition is difficult (because of the above).
• You’re bound by the CodeCanyon’s terms.
• Communication with clients is only possible via CodeCanyon.
• If you don’t plan selling serious plugins on CodeCanyon, commissions will be relatively high.

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ThemeForest

ThemeForest is the most popular theme marketplace so far. Envato group is the mother company of ThemeForest along with 9 other marketplaces. They are providing the largest volume of WordPress, HTML5, E-commerce and other CMS templates. It has a huge traffic, for sure the largest among all similar online marketplaces. If you want to make a good business with your selling, this might be a good start. It has mostly the same pros and cons as CodeCanyon from above.

Features:

  • Commission varies in function of the gross amount of your sales (+ static author fee of 5$).
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.
  • HTML5 templates requires 3 weeks of review time where WP or E-commerce requires 2 weeks

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For all the above marketplaces, you can assume a “default con” being the lack of traffic that published items get (compared to CodeCanyon/ThemeForest).

Shape Bootstrap

The fastest growing marketplace ever. I’m proud to say that, this top notch marketplace is from Bangladesh. Moreover it is a sister concern of Joomshaper, the best Joomla Template provider right now. Started from 2015 and they have nearly half a million of community members right now. So this should be a great start for you.

Features:

  • A seller receives exclusively 60-80% of the total sales amount where most marketplaces offer 50-75%. As a non-exclusive seller, you will get 40% of sales value.
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.
  • They have approval system for quality assurance.
  • HTML5 templates requires 1 weeks of review time where WP or E-commerce requires 2 weeks.

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Wrap Bootstrap

Wrap bootstrap is another marketplace with good sales volume. They are quite popular also. Although developers are not happy with their review system and support, but there are still good chance to make business with them.

Features:

  • A seller receives exclusively 50-75% of the total sales amount. As a non-exclusive seller, you will get 35% of sales value.
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.
  • HTML5 templates requires 3 weeks of review time where WP or E-commerce requires 2 weeks.

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Mojo Marketplace

Mojo marketplace is not so popular to developers but it has good numbers of audience. If you can provide quality themes there, you will have chances to make good money. Their rules are simple like others,

Features:

  • Exclusive authors receives 50-70% of the total sales amount and non-exclusive sellers receive 50%. In this case non-exclusivity is quite good!
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.
  • They requires 10-15 days to review a theme.

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Creative Market

Well, everybody knows CM as a design selling marketplace, but no, you can sell themes there also. I bet you won’t get lots of sells there, but the most amazing thing is, there is not approval system in Creative Market! So this might saves some time for you. They just requires a profile verification. So when your profile is verified and approved, you can upload whatever you want.

Features:

  • Exclusive authors receives 50-70% of the total sales amount and non-exclusive sellers receive 50%.
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.
  • No approval system!

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UI8

I know some designers from Dribbble who opened this marketplace. They are mostly amazing for mobile and web app ui elements. But they have options to sell themes. I bet they have large number of followers. Though there are only few themes right now in this marketplace, but they are getting bigger day by day. It’s a good choice if you take a look to their site.

Features:

  • You can earn 90% as an exclusive author (ops that huge!) and 70% as an individual/non-exclusive. Well, if you are planning to sell designs, no more waiting please.
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.

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Gray Grid

This company is also from Bangladesh (I’m proud of them) and doing pretty good. Surely they are new but already they got some good numbers of audiences. Beside of ThemeForest and other marketplaces if you have a second/third choice, you can choose Gray Grid.

Features:

  • Exclusive authors receives 60-80% of the total sales.
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.
  • Items may take 7-10 days to get approval.

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Template Monster

TM is one of the most popular theme marketplaces all over the world. They mostly sell all their themes made by themselves. But recently they are coming up with author selling system.  Right now it’s in beta and invite only position. So you might have to wait few more days to get it public.

Features:

  • Exclusive authors will receive 50-75% of the total sales.
  • Items will take 2-3 weeks to get approval.

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Codester

Not so popular, but Codester is a good way to sell your products. Developer mostly know this company for their pouplar WrodPress Codester Framework. However many don’t even know that they have a selling marketplace.

Features:

  • Exclusive authors will receive 70% flat of the total sales as a non-exclusive author. No exclusivity here, that is great actually.
  • Items will take 2 weeks to get approval.
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.

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Theme Snap

Many people don’t know about this marketplace. They have few items in the gallery. Not so attractive at all, but might be a good start for a new designer/developer.

Features:

  • Exclusive authors will receive 55-75% flat of the total sales as a non-exclusive author. No exclusivity here.
  • They have instant approval.
  • Beside of single theme purchase, an author can provide a monthly subscription for his all themes. This is a good option!
  • Payments are processed at the end of each calendar month and paid out on the 15th of the following month via PayPal or Payoneer.

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