The day has finally arrived that quite a few of you have been waiting for. Theme Hybrid is now officially open for custom theme submissions.
Yes, you read that right. You can submit custom-built WordPress themes to this site. Of course, there are a few ground rules such as all themes must be built on top of the Hybrid Core framework and also pass the WordPress theme review process. But, let’s get into what this new site feature is all about.
Not a theme marketplace
Theme Hybrid has always been a place that values free (we’re talking open source and dollars here) WordPress themes and plugins. This new site feature is no different. If you’re looking to sell themes, this really isn’t for you. Honestly, I have no interest in managing a theme marketplace and don’t see this happening any time soon.
I’ve had several users over the past couple of years who just wanted to be able to contribute something back to the Theme Hybrid (and WordPress) community. This was built for them. It’s simply a way to give back and maybe get a little extra exposure for your work.
Although I’ve built this for theme authors, the true purpose of this new feature is really for theme users. It’s a way for them to know that they’ll get support for awesome themes.
What do you get out of it?
I know what some of you are thinking — Doesn’t this just benefit Theme Hybrid? Yes, of course, it benefits Theme Hybrid greatly. More themes obviously translates to more business for the site. But, I’m not really doing this for the extra business (though it’s definitely an added benefit) because I’ll have to spend a considerable amount of time managing this part of the site.
You want to know what you’ll gain from submitting your themes here? Here’s a breakdown of the current benefits, but more things may come in the future.
- You get a free lifetime club membership at Theme Hybrid.
- Your theme gets some extra exposure because it’s on this site.
- You’ll get a full code review of your theme for any technical issues.
- You don’t have to worry about all the stress of maintaining a theme site.
- Your theme gets a dedicated support and documentation section on the site.
- I’ll personally handle all support questions for the theme, so you won’t have to worry about it. But, I do encourage active participation by theme authors (though it’s not required).
Preview of edit theme screen
Here’s a view of what the admin screen looks like for editing and publishing your themes on the site (click screenshot for full view):
Of course, you can see what the final output looks like by taking a look at any theme on the themes page.
How does this all work?
I’ve already created a dedicated page on this site for explaining the process. So, head on over to the theme submission page if you’re interested.
If you have further questions, feel free to ask in the comments.