Some of the best selling themes on TF are admin skins. This is actually quite surprising to me. I thought the market for these would be pretty small, since most web designers don’t code their own CMS , but instead use a standard one like Wordpress or Expression Engine (at least, I think so ?).
So I’d like to try my luck at an admin theme, but before that I’d like to know more about the market. Who buys them, and to do what ?
By the way, up to now we’ve seen mostly CMS type admin panels, but maybe there’s a market for other type of back-end interfaces, too ? Any ideas ?
@Koroshiya – what do you understand by CMS ? A content management system is only defined by the front-end it manages. What I’m trying to say is that both a basic blog and a complex e-commerce has a CMS . I’m afraid you’re regarding CMS too loosely as a basic admin, which in my opinion is quite wrong. The CMS is the admin
The admin skins are mainly bought by web developers, for their own application.
They’re usually purchased by developers who need a decent theme.
You’re right, “CMS” is a generic theme and the content could be anything. What I meant is that there’s probably tons of more specific CMS that might represent a big market. For example, an interface for a web analytics tool, managing your stock portfolio, etc.
And I know admin skins are purchased by developers, but I’d be interested in reading a “case study” of an actual developer using one for his own product.
I am a backend php developer whos clients consist of mostly small to mid size companies. They need programming done, but most of the time using an open source app like joomla, even wordpress is overkill.
I have created numerous custom CMS applications that provide the user only the tools and functionality that they actually need. Page editors, event/calendar managers, real estate listing tools, member registrations, payment processing management…
Finding ThemeForest has been a godsend to me. Up until now, finding high quality (really ANY ) admin themes has been near impossible. My back end designs are “minimalist” in every sense of the word. : )
I have purchased 1 admin theme so far. When my client saw what I had done for him, all he could say was “WOW”. Using themes found here will be a standard for me with all of my future development. It adds another layer of professionalism and “value add” to my services.
I intend on using front end designs whenever possible too. The quality of designs here do not compare to anything else I have found.
I currently support a handful designers when dynamic coding is required on their projects that is outside of their means. I am hoping to build long term relationships with designers here too. Please feel free to contact me if your interested in building a working relationship.