said 1 year, 3 months ago:
@abigailgorton From a design perspective, I can see why you like the Template Monster stuff. I like to run the demo URL through http://validator.w3.org/ to make sure the theme is coded properly, and the one I tested from that site worked well. If you’ve used them before and haven’t had issues, I’d say go for it.
The only thing I’ve run into with WordPress themes from sources that create themes for any platform is functionality. Themeforest, for example, has the most beautiful themes for WordPress. But out of the 5 I have bought, I ran into issues with missing instructions, bad instructions, no support (one theme creator had an autoresponder that said he was too busy to handle any support inquiries), etc. For the ones with instructions, if you want to use them exactly the way they are, that is fine, but if you want to customize anything – good luck.
The nice part about StudioPress, Thesis, or other themes on a framework is that once you understand the framework, you can customize the templates / designs built on top of them. If a site sells designs by different developers, you’ll have to get to know each theme.