Nearly everyone who owns a website knows Theme Forest. They are a pioneer and a leading market place for WordPress themes for years, and now they offer a lot more different themes for many different categories (Joomla, Magento, PSD, HTML, etc.). In fact, there are 19,113 website templates and themes here so far, and that number is expected to grow rapidly.
The Theme Forest HomePage has a search bar where you can find a list of themes which have the features you’re looking for. So, for example, you can enter “WordPress responsive themes” and the list of eligible themes will appear.
You can also check out the Featured themes handpicked by the Theme Forest staff, New recent themes from the global community, the Free themes, and the themes by a Featured Author.
In the sidebar, you can also find various categories to make your website search and navigation easier. There are the featured, popular, and the top new files. The themes and templates are also organized in different categories, such as those for WordPress, HTML, marketing, and ecommerce.
In a way, the Theme Forest site is just a convenient repository of various themes, much in the same way that the Internet (or Google) is a place where you can find websites. But the thing is, with Theme Forest, you won’t really know the quality of the theme until you’ve tried it for yourself.
To be fair, the Theme Forest staff does put in some effort to screen the themes they sell. They have stringent guidelines, and new authors’ submissions are often rejected until the theme’s quality has improved. But Theme Forest receives so many submissions from all over the world it’s highly possible that some would slip between the cracks.
And what this means is that any theme you purchase here is ultimately your own responsibility. This is an important fact that you must never forget.
And that’s also the fact that many people do forget or even disregard, which is why Theme Forest does receive its fair share of negative reviews. These people buy a bad theme or they don’t know how to customize it properly—and they blame Forest Theme for their bad purchase.
Essentially, when you buy a theme, you’re actually buying from a developer not from Theme Forest. So there’s no use asking for help from the Theme Forest staff. They will tell you the same thing: go whine to the developer.
So should you buy a theme from them? If you find one you like, then go ahead. The prices are generally fair, and some are quite reasonable. But it is basically a marketplace. This is the place online where you will find developers and authors who want to do business with you. Just make sure you check the reviews, compare the prices and features, and find out how easy (or difficult) it is to integrate the theme to your website. At the very least, Theme Forest has spared you the effort of sifting through thousands of different websites to get the theme you want.