How to Sell Themes Through AmeriCommerce

By Team AmeriCommerce - Updated On 2/6/2020

OK, so we'd all love to earn a few extra bucks, right? Well, if you're a web designer, graphic designer or other creative, the answer might be closer than you think. Of course, we're talking about the AmeriCommerce Theme Store! Today we're going to talk about how, by simply doing what you do best – creating beautiful web page templates – you can start to earn a generous recurring commission to give your wallet a healthy boost.

What's a theme?

Let's start with the basics. What is a theme? Well, these days, lots of people want to hook up their own website and sell stuff online. But it can be tough. Web design often requires a level of technical expertise that Joe Public can only dream of...but, on the other hand, hiring a designer to create a totally custom website can be really expensive, and these are bills you can ill-afford when you're just trying to get started.

So that's where themes come in. They're basically templates for people to download, install and edit – the bulk of the work has been done in terms of structure, layout and design, and all the end-user needs to do is add in their content and/or products.

Themes mean that even total beginners can enjoy a professional, functional, beautiful and responsive website...all without any training, and at a fraction of the price of a custom site.

What's in it for me?

So, it's great for the users...but what about you? Well, here's just a flavor of the awesome stuff you can expect when you start selling themes through AmeriCommerce:

  • Up to 70% commission rate, each and every time a user buys your theme
  • Post-approval editing, which gives you the peace of mind to know that, should you spot an error after your theme's been approved and added to the Theme Store, you can make the appropriate changes
  • Multiple pricing options let you cater to different budgets with your themes. We offer tiered pricing of $95, $150 or $300.
  • Quick theme approval meaning you won't be kicking your heels waiting around for us to approve your theme!

Getting started

Your first step is to sign up for a test site. You just need to complete a short sign-up form, and we'll send you an email with information for your sandbox account.

Next up, you need to build your theme. We've got a range of helpful documentation to guide you on your way and answer any questions you may have. Of course, if there's anything we haven't covered, you can raise a support ticket and we'll get back to you.

Finally, it's time to submit your theme. We like to keep things nice and simple, so we've created a list of criteria that all themes must meet before they go live...check out our Submission Checklist for this list in full.

No need to build from scratch

If you hate that 'blank canvas' at the beginning of each project, fear not. Every AmeriCommerce theme is built from our 'Base' theme, which uses the bootstrap framework. It gives you a complete toolset, 100% table-less layouts and complete control over the look and feel for all pages in our Ecommerce app. In short, it's a huge time-saver for designers.

So what happens when my Theme is live?

Once your theme's approved, it's added to our Theme Store, at which point it can be browsed and purchased by AmeriCommerce users. Themes can be browsed and filtered by features, color, price, industry and style, so users are able to find a theme that really works for them.

There are just 52 themes currently available within our Store, so you're likely to get plenty of visibility from your theme However, this number is always growing so we encourage you to act quickly to take advantage of this great opportunity!

Supported or non-supported

Little bugs and issues with your theme are to be expected, and – while we encourage designers to deal with these issues directly – we recognise that not everybody wants to spend time offering support once the theme is live. That's why we offer two different options.

Supported themes require you to fix these bugs as and when they arise. Customers are encouraged to email all support issues directly to you, so you'll need to be able to advise them when necessary. Of course, the extra commitment is recognised with a higher payout of 70% per purchase.

Non-supported themes are supported by our team here at AmeriCommerce, reducing the burden on you as a designer. However, they are less lucrative for you as a designer, paying out 30% of every purchase fee.

What next?

If you like what you hear, it couldn't be easier to get started.

Just head over and complete our Sign Up form right now and we'll send you an e-mail with all the information you need!

About the Author

Team AmeriCommerce

We're a bunch of nerds, a few cat people, several musicians, numerous gaming addicts, countless beard aficionados, and possibly a hipster or two. Since 2005 our team has been building one of the world's most powerful E-Commerce platforms designed to do stuff other platforms can't.

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David Adams
August 19, 2014 11:08 AM
My friend is a graphic designer and is looking to make some money, so I'm going to recommend you guys to him. He's been trying to find work in New York, but he may need to settle for whatever he can get, and if he can make a decent theme then maybe it's worth a try.

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