If you are interested in WordPress themes, most likely you need to have many of them at your disposal. And the best option for getting a bunch of beautiful clean WP themes is getting a membership in WordPress theme club. The question is how to choose a WordPress club? Which one to choose: a time-tested club or maybe try one of the rising WordPress stars? Hopefully here I can clarify some points for you.
2 years ago WPMUDEV published a groundbreaking research comparing several most successful theme clubs. Time’s passed, information got outdated and new clubs took the stage. Here’s a comparison of an old and a new WP club: Elegant themes and Crocoblock based on a great detailed table of Clifford Paulick. The table criteria is somewhat modified, yet the core idea is kept.
Let’s see how we make it along with an old-timer Elegant themes.
|Company name||Crocoblock||Elegant Themes|
|General Theme Information|
|Theme version||3.1.4 (Cherry Framework version)||–|
|Able to use for client sites||Y||Y|
|Approximate # of Staff||8||33|
|Pricing||$69, $149, $169||$69, $89. $249|
|Minimal price per theme||$0.62||$0.79|
|# of themes||111||87|
|Frequency of theme release||2 per month||2-3 a year|
|Return Policy, Discount Codes||Y||Y|
|Child theme store||Y||–|
|Sample Child Theme Provided||Y||–|
|Showcase of Sites||–||Y|
|Support/Update Time Period w/o Renewal||Support: when subscribed. Updates – always.||Support+Updates – during a year.|
|Theme Support Details|
|Live Chat support||For current subscribers||–|
|Forum private messaging feature||–||Y|
|Forum access only for current subscribers||Y||Y|
|Newsletter with tips||–||Y|
|Demo site content provided||Y||Y|
|Downloadable web elements/graphics/PSD||PSDs (In all plans)||PSDs (Developer plan)|
|Responsive tester tool||Y||–|
|Auto-updater||Y (always)||For as long as you are a member|
|Tabs, accordions, etc.||Y, via short codes||Y, via short codes|
|Theme layout/column options||Y||with Divi theme|
|Drag-and-Drop layout options per page template or per page / post||Y||Y|
|Footer display/layout customizations||–||Y|
|Custom header/logo image(s)||Y||Y|
|Background color/image settings||Y||Y|
|E-commerce-ready||Y (WooCommerce + Jigoshop)||Y|
|Import/export functionality||Y||In Divi theme|
|Settings reset button||Y||Y|
Let’s sum it up. Not surprisingly, there are things which these 2 clubs have or don’t have. Well, that’s the point of comparison. And it’s your business to choose the right one particularly for you.
Elegant themes is a great WordPress club. They have something not all new WP clubs have – a plugin store and showcase of sites. Nevertheless, if you are a webdesigner of various projects, it would be easier for you to have a ready, narrowed down to a specific subject template for your customer.
This is something that we have.
No matter what your client is – a writer, a church owner or a huge e-commerce shop – you’ll have an almost complete project at the very beginning. Elegant themes don’t release their themes too often, while Crocoblock has a high theme release frequency. Getting a membership in Crocoblock, you get 100+ themes (+ 2 themes released every month). One more thing we believe is useful for you – PSD files come in every plan.
An important thing about these clubs is that both clubs are affordable. If compare minimal price per theme, we have a lower price and a bigger variety of choices.
Speaking of support, Elegant themes has an email support for those who are unregistered and forum support for those registered. However, free registration is not available. At Crocoblock you can sign up as a free member and get an answer to your question in a live chat support immediately. Besides, being a free member, you can download 3 free WordPress themes.
Every club has something to be appreciated for. It’ll be a year soon since we’ve launched Crocoblock, and I’d like to say I’m really proud of what our team has done. We’ve made a beautiful competitive WP collection so you can benefit from a constantly growing WP club.
If you have any questions, propositions or just couple words to tell us, please contact us right away. We’ll make sure that Crocoblock becomes your devoted WordPress guardian.
P.S. Comparing clubs, I’ve tried to put aside all my affection to Crocoblock to be fully objective. Please don’t be too strict if you notice anything that you believe is not right 🙂 Share your opinion in the comment section below.