Who doesn’t like being fought over? Yeah, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t at least secretly like it. That’s one of the reasons the commercials about auto insurance fighting over your business did so well for so long. It plays to our sense of feeling important and loved (in a very strange sort of way when it comes to insurance companies).
Unique Blog Designs decided to take the competition over us to the blogging world and launched Theme Wars. The basic gist of the Theme Wars site is pitting two blog designs against each other for a week long period. Users vote on their favorite and the one with the most votes wins. Pretty simple.
I’m sure just about everyone doing any kind of blogging online has heard about Unique Blog Designs. They have made quite a name for themselves providing blog designs to some of the highest profile blogs in some very popular niches like Blogging and Making Money Online. They have developed a reputation for building quality themes optimized for WordPress blogs, so you know the quality of product is going to be solid.
The great thing about the themes so far is they’re indeed in line with Unique Blog Designs’ class of work, no matter the winner. It’s not like they’re throwing up a crapola theme along a professionally designed one. There are some talented designers crafting some very nice themes for you to choose between.
I first came across ThemeWars.com a couple of months ago when they released the site and set up the first “Theme War”. My initial thought was that it was a great idea, but I wasn’t sure if they could build enough momentum to keep things going. The big key is the weekly theme-offs. They did great for a few weeks, but it looks like the last themes added were back in July.
Here are a couple of themes I really like:
This is the ColorMatic Theme and one of the newer winners in the round of Theme Wars. I like the bright colors and use of features that are proven winners these days like the Featured Post section.
This is a great theme for a designer or photographer to showcase his/her portfolio. This would also be a great candidate for showing themes, site designs or other services based work.
So, how much does all this cost? The individual themes are pretty reasonably priced starting at $69 for use on multiple sites. An interesting approach Theme Wars has taken is a membership option giving you access to all themes, past/present/future, as well as support, tutorials and documentation. You pay a one-time fee along with a monthly membership fee.
Even though the site doesn’t seem to be continuing with it’s weekly theme war, a case could still be made for either buying a theme or two, or even signing up for the membership system to grab a bunch of high quality themes. If you consider an average price of $40 to $50 for a good quality theme, you would easily get your money’s worth with just a few themes.
If you’re looking for a new theme for a blog project, or even an existing blog (I’m always looking for new themes for my blogs), check out Theme Wars here: ThemeWars.com.