it appears i did not have the full story. read shadow’s response here
there are a ton of wordpress theme directories out there. blogflux has one, deviantart has a bunch, and then there are the ‘official’ ones, like themes.wordpress.net, and alex king’s wordpress 1.5 theme competition.
As a theme author, my personal favorite is the WordPress Theme Park. here’s why:
- I don’t have to email somebody and wait for them to post it.
- There’s a permalink structure, so i can link back to my theme.
- The themes are host by webdesigbook, so i don’t have to pay for the bandwidth.
- It automatically creates a demo site. right away i got to see my theme running on wordpress 2.0 (even when i couldn’t run it myself)
there are some trade offs, for sure. my author link has an extra <br /> that makes it go 404, and the feed icon doesn’t work on disconnected, even though it works on every other site i’ve seen.
the creator of themes.wordpress.net bitching about the theme park continues to rub me the wrong way. his site continues to be top-down, not community driven, and he has no permanent structure. as a personal annoyance, he seems to have removed disconnected (why, i don’t know, it’s not like he contacted me).
and his objection to ads is completely non-sensical. the only sites that don’t have ads are his and alex king’s theme browser. emily robbins has them, blogflux has them, deviantart has a shitload, johnntp has a column-full, AS WELL THEY SHOULD. they’re providing a service to the community.
and here’s the thing.
mr. high and mighty is failing to note that this is an open-source community. people will modify your work to suit their needs. or re-write it. the wordpress theme park is far and away better than the wordpress theme viewer. if he needs to recoup some of that expense, so be it. what he’s providing is better for the community.