9 Great Places to Sell Your Templates and Themes

If you’re into making templates and themes—for documents, websites, presentations, or social media—you might wonder where to sell them. Whether you’re hoping to make a little extra cash with ideas that didn’t make the client cut, or you’re designing with the purpose of selling the end product, check out the list below to find a marketplace that fits with your goals and commitment level.

Theme Forest lets you sell your web templates for WordPress, Tumblr, Adobe Muse, and more and gives you 33%–70% of sales, depending on exclusivity.

 

Inkd gives designers a custom page, provides a direct link to your site, and has a strict approval process that attempts to represent the finest designs. Sell your InDesign, QuarkXPress, MS Word, Apple Pages, and Illustrator templates for a 20% fee.

 

Sell your InDesign templates on Template Cloud, which is part of printing.com. The marketplace lets you set your own price range and you earn a royalty from each sale. The service even allows end-users to customize your templates with an online tool.

 

 

Part of the Envato group of sites, Graphic River’s offerings include fonts, icons, vectors, InDesign and Photoshop templates, and Photoshop brushes. Their marketplace gives sellers the option of getting 33% royalty for non-exclusive or a more lucrative 50–70% for exclusive content.

 

Shopify is a popular WordPress shopping cart module and they accept a limited number of themes from creators. After their strict theme review process, commissions are based on the level of post-sale support the creator will provide.

 

The biggest bonus of selling your themes as part of a Mac app is the visibility of being in Apple’s Mac App Store. You’ll not only need to create—or pay to create—the app, but you’ll have to pay an annual developer fee of $99. Apple pays a 70% commission.

 

MOJO Themes is a marketplace for online themes: Joomla, WordPress, e-commerce, and Tumblr. As a seller, you can expect to earn from 50% for a non-exclusive work. The commission rate rises with exclusivity and number of sales, peaking out at 70%.

 

If you’re making iBooks Author themes, check out the appropriately named iBooks Author Templates. They sell their templates singly or as a membership. They work with a hand-picked selection of sellers, so contact them directly for information.

 

Creative Market is a well-established online marketplace for web and print templates. Set your own prices, avoid any product review process, keep 70% of sales, and enjoy non-exclusivity and the ability to instantly updates products as needed.

 

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Posted on: April 15, 2014

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4, and served as leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. After living as a nomad for almost a year, she recently put down roots in El Paso, Texas, where she hikes and bikes every chance she gets. Check out ericagamet.com to see all of Erica's upcoming events, tips and tricks, and workbooks.

5 Comments on 9 Great Places to Sell Your Templates and Themes

  1. All these sites are great! Thanks for the tips. Theme Garden is building something pretty cool to. The site is still in beta but there are a lot good people behind the brand. They’re also offering designers and developers 100% of every sale for six months. Check ’em out http://www.themegarden.co

  2. All these sites are great! Thanks for the tips. Theme Garden is building something pretty cool to. The site is still in beta but there are a lot good people behind the brand. They’re also offering designers and developers 100% of every sale for six months. Check ’em out http://www.themegarden.co

  3. templateartist.com

    November 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you so much Erica for this article. It has helped me a lot. Specially the Mojo-Themes are really cool. I am selling my HTML site templates at Mojo-Themes now. I would like to add one more name that is MojoMarketplace.com, this is also a great marketplace where you can sell your templates.

  4. Glad to hear these sites are useful…and that you have been having positive experiences with them. And thank you for the suggestions of new sites I didn’t mention. I am looking to get some of my own products up for sale in the coming year and now I have even more choices!

  5. There’s a new Digital Product Marketplace just launched in 2015

    digitalproductmarketplace.ml

    Your products when placed onto my marketplace will then be shown on 100s of other websites. Which will bring more traffic to your product and increase your web presence.

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