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Why are there no decent themes that are free?

I used to use phpBB and they had so many free resources, especially themes.

People here charge exorbitant amounts for such small addons or features.

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I understand the annoyance, however you'll find that you get what you pay for. Most commercial theme designers such as myself spend a lot of time creating and supporting themes that have lasted years. You'll find that themes aren't abandoned or left outdated since the commercial designers have an obligation to support their products - and frequent theme updates are usually offered too with bug fixes or general improvements.

Roughly $30 to redesign your entire site is a great investment and certainly not exorbitant, especially if it can grab the attention of your visitors and turn them into members :) 

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49 minutes ago, cualupe said:

Why are there no decent themes that are free?

I used to use phpBB and they had so many free resources, especially themes.

People here charge exorbitant amounts for such small addons or features.

Just compare free and paids themes. You will see difference.

 

Here best themes for IPS:

https://www.ipsfocus.com/themes/

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5 hours ago, cualupe said:

Why are there no decent themes that are free?

I used to use phpBB and they had so many free resources, especially themes.

People here charge exorbitant amounts for such small addons or features.

Keep in mind that the community and pricing model behind phpBB and IPS are very different.  PhpBB is a free forum software, so most of their mods are developed for free and shared to selflessly benefit everyone.  IPS, on the other hand, is a premium forum software, so most of the Marketplace will charge fees and renewals that mimic the overall pricing of IPS.  

I had a major sticker shock coming from SMF to IPS because I was used to free themes, free mods, and a great community.  Users voluntarily supported and encouraged each other in a peer to peer community.  IPS is a very different kind of client community. 

If you want premium themes expect to open your wallet.  

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Perhaps you should try using the built-in theme wizard to make your own, at least to start with. It's pretty customisation out of the box, and there's a lot of help available on these forums if you really want a specific "thing" or look.

And then if you aren't happy, go theme shopping. In 3x I had some free themes, but I also had one by Ehren. In 4x I've got my own theme I made using the wizard. It's not beautiful but it works for me.

I say this is place is still a great community, and has a wide range of both free and 'commercial' users that can do various things for various prices. It's up to you to figure out what you want from your forum and how much you want it.

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5 hours ago, cualupe said:

People here charge exorbitant amounts for such small addons or features.

I'm curious, what do you consider an "exorbitant" amount? I recently purchased an excellent theme from @OsmanK for only $30. I would have happily paid twice that.

 

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I definitely don't think it's unreasonable to say that there's a sticker shock when coming to IPB from a free forum software or that there's no good free themes out there. And most people have covered the reasons above. 

If you're looking for a top notch theme designer reach out to @ehren. He provides great work and great support. There's a few others out there as well, but I personally use Ehren for my themes. 

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8 hours ago, ehren. said:

I understand the annoyance, however you'll find that you get what you pay for. Most commercial theme designers such as myself spend a lot of time creating and supporting themes that have lasted years. You'll find that themes aren't abandoned or left outdated since the commercial designers have an obligation to support their products - and frequent theme updates are usually offered too with bug fixes or general improvements.

This is a simple point that cannot be overemphasized.  Imagine investing time and money into a theme or app, and to build so much of your community around it, only to find one day that it's no longer supported or that the developer has just lost interest or disappeared?

With @ehren.'s themes you're paying a subscription, but you're also securing a commitment.  It's easy enough to check out the marketplace reviews to see who the really dedicated developers are here.

2 hours ago, Mack_au said:

Perhaps you should try using the built-in theme wizard to make your own, at least to start with. It's pretty customisation out of the box, and there's a lot of help available on these forums if you really want a specific "thing" or look.

Yep - there are some theme developers here who are quite generous with their time helping out n00bs, as I can personally testify to. :lol:

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Doing quality themes on Invision Community can be a challenge. While other software literally go years without a notable update, our development cycle is rather rapid and we keep themers on their toes; they earn every penny. ;) 

As mentioned, the built-in mechanism in the AdminCP makes it pretty easy to change colors -- so easy that even I can do it. If you want a quality, custom theme that really sets your community apart from the rest -- you can rightfully expect to pay appropriately. 

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