In today’s WordPress ecosystem, Themeforest reigns supreme when it comes to premium themes. People make thousands upon thousands of purchases there each day — with the largest themes receiving somewhere between 100–2000 sales a week! While Themeforest has undoubtedly played a huge role in bringing variety to the theme scene, it’s also come close to becoming a de-facto monopoly. Nevertheless, in the last couple of years or so, it’s been interesting to see smaller marketplaces continuing to pop up all over the place — with some of them doing extremely well. One such theme shop is: ThemeIsle. I reached out to Ionut Neagu and before I knew it, we were chatting away on Skype. This article is the result of our virtual coffeehouse meetup: The Story Of ThemeIsle and What it Takes to Build a Successful Premium Theme Shop! Note: We had a pretty in-depth discussion, so to boil it all down I have paraphrased almost all questions and answers. Q) How did your career begin? My development career started at Freelancer, where I took all the jobs I knew how to do — and even some that I didn’t. For the ones I didn’t know how to complete, I figured things out as I went along, which allowed me to take on
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