I think the killer app for this will be a bootstrap theme where a few easy parameters (so easy your grandma can do it!) can dramatically change the look and feel to make something actually feel unique. If that is possible, I can really see this taking off.
You can get much cheaper themes specifically for Bootstrap here: https://wrapbootstrap.com/.
But what I've noticed is that every theme based on Bootstrap is incomplete. Focus of my themes is to provide everything you need to build an app. Re-branding every component was a lot of work and trying to make them not look like Bootstrap was even more work.
Good luck though; this is definitely an interesting space and I think you'll get some good results over time.
I have more than 500 hits per month, all small businesses who want to create a "website". For many a simple bootstrap theme would do... with very little parametrization.
Absolutely agree. I have customers but don't have the skills to automate website creations. We need this gap bridged.
Give me an API to build a website based on simple parameters:
[ domain name, title, presentation text ].
You can spin up a Rails app, Bootstrap it, and them theme it off the shelf with about 30 minutes work nowadays. 10 minutes later you can have it running on a PAAS such as Heroku.
Each of those jobs would have taken a number of different specialists many days in development, design, and sys admin work just a few years ago.
The average simple CRUD SAAS app that is presented here is such a low barrier to entry and becoming increasingly so.
Is it good that even though I suck as UI design & colors, I can see something I like, drop a little cash and deploy it? Again absolutely.
Is it good that it's now super easy to write a CRUD app that is nothing more than a digitized form? I'm not sold here.
I get the allure, and I take advantage of these options as much as possible. But what I want to see is software helping solve a problem. If all you're doing is digitizing a form, I'm not convinced you've really solved a problem.
Geocities did some good for letting people having their own page. But the HTML was horrendous, and left many thinking they're doing amazing stuff. I don't really want to see that repeated.
The problem, however, is at the developer level and not the tool level, I suppose.
And as for geocities, untrained people putting content out there for the rest of the world to see was pretty amazing stuff at the time, even without semantic web concepts in place.
Not everyone is using Rails though and even the Rails coders might want to use other plugins, are you going to offer themes without all the Rails customization as well?
That way, it makes it easier for customers to submit bugs to you, talk about suggestions, and even provide their own improvements if necessary.
HackerEngine wrote about doing this here: http://blog.hackerengine.com/
The point of Bootstrap is to make it "so easy your grandmother can do it" so why would I pay $149 for your layouts when inevitably it's going to require some form of customization you haven't thought of. Great job at taking advantage of the internet sheep, I will give you that.
"The page you were looking for doesn't exist.
You may have mistyped the address or the page may have moved."
It makes me think though, so much effort lately is going into "dressing" UI and very little attention seems to be paid to improving UI structure. The old list - page hop - view pattern is feeling pretty out dated. Oh well.
Look forward to seeing more themes appear!
Small issue - when I mouse over the Buy Now button, the popup/hover box shows up for about a second, then disappears.
Please add support to django framework.