While looking over my stats for the Hybrid theme on the WordPress theme directory, I realized Hybrid was exactly tied with the theme that was currently the 15th most popular theme on the directory at 1,788 downloads. I refreshed the page a few moments later, and the theme had gained a few more downloads.
Hybrid finally cracked the top 15 themes on the theme directory, which I consider a great achievement.
Just in case it gets pushed out of the top 15 and never makes it back again, here’s a screenshot, so we can savor this moment:
Three theme frameworks in the top 15
Hybrid isn’t the first theme framework to break into the top 15 though. Ian Stewart’s Thematic and Alex King’s Carrington Blog (built off the Carrington framework) have both been in the spotlight for a while.
Earlier this year, I said it would be The Year of the Theme Framework, and it’s looking like that prediction is coming true.
What are the benefits of the theme being in the top 15?
While it’s obvious that we might get more converts to the theme club, there’s ways you all benefit too. More people see the top 15 themes, which means we get more people using it. More people using it creates:
- More people to catch bugs I overlook.
- More ideas on how to make the theme better.
- More people that might be willing to help others on the support forums.
- More sites on the showcase blog to use for inspiration.
Anyway, I’m going to enjoy this moment.