Proteus Themes is a WordPress theme shop run by a small and talented team of web professionals based in Slovenia.
Founded by Primož Zigler and Jaka Šmid in 2013, ProteusThemes is dedicated to crafting beautiful, functional and versatile niche WordPress themes for small business.
Proteus Themes launched their first WordPress theme in January 2013 on the ThemeForest Marketplace. Since then they’ve released around 20 WordPress themes and become a highly rated and respected Power Elite Author on ThemeForest with 25,000+ theme sales.
In November 2016 however, they moved away from ThemeForest (at least partially) with the launch of their own theme shop – ProteusThemes.com.
So why did they decide to shift away from ThemeForest and go it alone opening their own theme shop? Primoz explains:
ThemeForest is undoubtedly a great platform, and of course we could not be where we are without them. But the changes they have introduced in the last 4 years make us feel that they are heading in an opposite direction to that which we desire. We could stay there and hope that things will change for the better, or we could take action.
Within the context of ThemeForest, the market for WordPress themes is continually becoming a more competitive and frankly difficult environment in which to sustain a properly functioning company. In order to keep creating, updating and supporting our themes at the highest level, we have decided to start selling our products outside of ThemeForest.”
Numerous other ThemeForest authors have tried to leave the marketplace to go it alone with their own shop. Some have been successful, while others have quickly returned to ThemeForest after finding out how difficult it can be running their own theme shop.
Realizing the scale of the challenge ProteusThemes have hedged their bets. They haven’t left ThemeForest completely and still offer many of their themes in the marketplace. However the ProteusThemes shop offers other themes that are available exclusively on their own site. The new shop is a way of diversifying their revenue stream.
Opening your own theme shop, taking full control of your business, and building a brand is a smart move. I would encourage more ThemeForest authors to follow suit. There are many pros and cons selling on ThemeForest and while ThemeForest has been very lucrative for some theme developers getting in the marketplace early, it’s only going to get more competitive and difficult to make a decent income there – especially for new authors.
ProteusThemes currently offer 8 premium and free WordPress in their own shop.
MedicPress is a WordPress theme for doctors, dentists, clinics and other medical institutions. The theme has a clinical, modern and professional design that has a nice blend of design and functionality. Its fully mobile responsive, has 20+ custom widgets (for opening time, staff profiles, video sliders, pricing tables, notice widgets etc), custom medical icons, custom page builder, live theme customizer for color layout changes etc, one click demo content and more.
ConsultPress is a WordPress theme designed for consulting and service oriented businesses. It has a clean and professional layout designed to build trust and clearly present your services and communicate clearly with existing and potential customers. It includes custom widgets (person profiles, video sliders, pricing tables, detailed event widgets etc), drag and drop page builder, unlimited colors, various page layouts, custom icons and more.
Adrenaline is an extreme sports and adventure business WordPress theme. The premium theme would be perfect for adventure travel companies, bungee jumping, rock climbing, paintball, kayaking, rock climbing and similar businesses. It has an appealing and professional design ideal for showcasing your business and adventures on offer.
Hammer is a WordPress theme for building, construction and related industries. The theme has a functional and easy to use design, 15+ custom widgets, page builder support, theme customizer, mobile responsive, unlimited colors, layout options and more.
Bolts is a multipurpose corporate WordPress theme designed for transport, construction, factor, manufacturing and other types of companies. It has a clean and traditional business design that will clearly showcase your products or services. Its highly customizable and features numerous custom widgets (shop widget, person profiles, to pricing tables and detailed project widgets), page builder, color options, font icons, live theme customizer and more.
LegalPress is a multipurpose corporate WordPress theme ideal for lawyers, attorneys, consultants, financial firms and others. It has an appropriate professional design and style required for such serious professions and includes the functional needed in a website for these types of business. It includes custom widgets for opening time, person profiles, testimonials, powerful slider and service widgets etc.
Readable is a clean and simple blogging WordPress theme designed to be simple to navigate and easy to read. The versatile design means it could be used for any type of blog, magazine or online journal.
ProteusThemes on ThemeForest
As mentioned above ProteusThemes still sell the majority of their WordPress themes on ThemeForest. You can see their full portfolio of themes on ThemeForest here.
ProteusThemes offer a couple of different purchase options. Single themes are $59 each. The also have a Theme Club that costs $99/year and gives you access to all current and future Club Themes, updates and support for 5 active sites. The Elite Theme Club costs $199/year, which includes everything in the Theme Club but for unlimited sites.
Proteus themes are built to be easy to use and customizable in their visual appearance and functionality right out of the box. However if you require help with installation or more detailed customization to build a truly unique website they can help.
They can take care of theme installation for you for $70. They also offer theme customization. Simple CSS customization services for minor visual changes start from just $29, while advanced theme customization starts from only $79.
With the advanced theme customization service they can provide:
- Fully customized theme layouts and appearance
- Advanced changes in the functionality of the theme
- Build custom coded widgets or settings for the theme
- Seamless 3rd party plugin integration
It’s nice when a theme shop provides additional customization services like this. It gives you greater confidence building on their themes knowing the people who built the themes are available for customization work should you require it.
Just like WordPress itself all themes and plugins by by ProteusThemes are released under the GNU Public License.
If you’re looking for a professional, well coded niche WordPress theme that also come with helpful support and advanced customization services if required, make sure you check out the excellent themes by ProteusThemes.
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