I don’t plan on ever using WordPress again, unless for some reason somebody puts a gun to my head and orders me to do it. At that point (gunpoint) I might consider using WordPress.
But jokes aside, there is one thing that occasionally pulls me towards WordPress, and that is the relatively huge number and variety of themes that are available, which are at least visually pleasing (and by that I mean, I haven’t looked at the actual code, and I don’t know how easy or pleasant these themes actually are to work with or try to customize, if necessary).
Some of the most popular WordPress themes are advertized as being provided with dozens or even hundreds of different skins, styles or layouts that are intended for different purposes. There’s also a relatively huge number of purpose-built themes designed specifically for certain niches or audiences such as healthcare, personal trainers, musicians, legal professionals etc.
Many of the most popular and best themes that I’ve seen can be purchased for around $25 or less.
In comparison, Ghost has a very small number of themes, and many of what are the best themes (in my opinion) are priced at around $150. And I want to be really clear here: I’m not suggesting that these themes are not worth every cent of $150. The developer of these themes is a wonderful asset to the Ghost community and I’m very grateful that he is developing themes for Ghost (in addition to publishing tutorials and such for the Ghost community’s benefit as well).
I can see that $150 is a very easy or reasonable expense for any business or commercial project with funding that wants to use one of these premium themes on their website.
But unfortunately, $150 is beyond the budget of my personal projects, which are mostly just me playing around with different Ghost themes and ideas for websites relating to hobbies and interests of mine, or personal blogs for friends. The majority of these ideas for websites that I play around with will likely never see the light of day.
And because of the expense, I find myself using Casper (the default theme, of course) 99% of the time, and customizing it a lot. Sometimes to the point where people would probably no longer recognize it as Casper.
Onto my next point. I could be wrong, but there does seem to be only 3 or 4 developers actively creating new Ghost themes, and if anything is holding Ghost back a little from moving in the direction of its enormous potential, I think it’s probably this.
So I’m wondering… is there some way we can incentivize the creation of more Ghost themes?
Is there something we can do to lure WordPress theme developers away from the dark side? Short of blackmail, extortion, kidnapping and such. (I’m not ruling these things out. I just think we should explore legal options first.)
All jokes aside, I am very interested in hearing anyone else’s thoughts or ideas relating to this topic.