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luxerman says

Where are the themes for plumbers? blacktop contractors? roofers? electricians? etc. I always see “corporate” or lawyer-based themes but never anything for the real small business owners! Someone fulfill this niche and you’ll definitely see a lot of purchases!

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CRIK0VA says

tell me the categories you need and i will develope it) I have no idea in what category to develope next projects.. I don’t know what the comunity needs)

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EugeneO says

What do the small business types that you list need in a website that a “Corporate” theme doesn’t provide?

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themeflame says

1) Get any Multi Purpose Theme
2) Change images & text
3)...?
4) You’ve got a site for any industry.

^ What multi-purpose means 99% of the time.

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luxerman says

By “Corporate” I mean dull, plain, directed towards large companies.

Yes, there are multipurpose themes but there are also Salon, Lawyer and “Travel” based themes. I know plenty of plumbers and contractors that make more money than lawyers.

I show my clients the type of themes that are available. We then sort through the junk and find a theme that basically has everything that they would want; therefore decreasing the overall cost. The more hours I have to put into “customizing” a theme, the higher the price. So, it would be beneficial for a designer to create themes for specific niches.

You don’t have to argue with me… Those that create will make money. In fact, keep arguing while someone that reads this actually creates a theme and profits :)

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LThemes says

What are the features you look in a theme for plumbers?

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Jaynesh says

So, it would be beneficial for a designer to create themes for specific niches.

Beneficial for a designer or for you?

Can you describe what a plumbing theme is suppose to look like?

I said this in reply to your other post. Some niches don’t need themes built exclusively for them because the content determines the style of the website not the theme. Content is part of the design process.

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luxerman says

I don’t want this to turn into a thread related to just plumbers… I think a theme targeting blue collar type businesses would be able to combine all of them.

For example…. They are all service-based businesses. Therefore, a LEAD form within or right below the slider would be of huge importance. Most of them would have a button that says – “Request an Estimate.” Provide name, email, phone, and a description of the problem at hand.

Definitely have an hours of operation, a highlight of their service/business, an area to place review sites (such as AngiesList, Yelp, Google, Yahoo, etc…) these companies want their clients to see their reputation online. I’d also add a nice before/after media gallery, since these businesses would be called upon to fix an issue.

These are all things some themes do but not really tailored towards a specific niche. Create and provide a theme that uses stock photos for plumbers, switch the “same theme” to roofers, then switch it to masonry, then switch it to painters… A lot of themes have swatches to change colors but what if someone designed a theme that would show how it would look for each niche?

As for updates of the theme… Fix bugs but then release another niche every month. So for release… Have it directed towards painters. The following month, add an update that shows it can be used for plumbers. The next month, release a version for roofers. By doing so, you will have a theme that can target multiple blue color-type companies and it will constantly get sales.

So… Who’s going to do it? Who will be the first to create – “BLUE COLLAR” the WordPress theme for all types of niches? I just gave one of you an idea to make an easy profit.

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luxerman says


So, it would be beneficial for a designer to create themes for specific niches.

Beneficial for a designer or for you?

Can you describe what a plumbing theme is suppose to look like?

I said this in reply to your other post. Some niches don’t need themes built exclusively for them because the content determines the style of the website not the theme. Content is part of the design process.

I choose themes that will require little work on my end, which keeps costs down. As the “middleman”, I can understand that content will change the overall look of a theme; however, most business owners can’t see this. So I find themes that have images or a layout similar to the type of business they run.

It would be much more beneficial to sit down with a client and say look – “Here is a theme for plumbers… This is where we can replace pictures for you, add your form, add your pictures, add your hours, add social media, etc.” They will associate plumbing related images to their business. Yes, this makes it easier for me and easier for my clients.

For example. A client of mine is a lawyer… There are 5+ themes related to law on this site. Another is a salon owner, there are 8+ themes related to spas/salons. How many are for contractors? None.

All corporate or multipurpose themes look the same after viewing 4-5 pages. That’s also just their appearance. I won’t get into on-page SEO and how poorly designed some of them are.

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goofydadog says

I could not agree more! I always struggle to find themes for these company’s on themeforest and have to buy elsewhere – which I really don’t like doing as you don’t get updates etc. Funny thing is other theme site seem to be full of them yet themeforest has none!

For example I did this site for a locksmith last year – its not a work of art, but it does the job:

http://benslocksmith.co.uk/

You generally want a big bold and chunky feel. Have a look at what’s out there and create a theme for a small industrial websites. As an example, I have made websites for: a roofing contractor, handy man, cleaning company, man and van, lumber yard, gardener etc…

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