This site began as a project to make it easy for myself as a web developer to find design inspiration and suitable website templates to work with. It is not always easy to find a template for the open source CMS (Content Management System) I want to use. Sometimes, not even a screenshot is available when browsing for themes.
I use different content management systems depending on the project at hand and finding the right template to start with can be time-consuming and a chore. Or, if I am building a design from scratch, sometimes I need a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing. It is also useful to have a live demos to peek at the code and learn layout strategies. I decided to scrap the theme demos I had put together so far and create something that would be useful to other web developers as well. Actually, Themebot made me do it ;)
Themebot said, "Provide a cohesive, feature-rich repository of website templates for various platforms and it will be a good thing. And... don't forget to give back to the open source community if you make any profits." That is how the site got started. Themebot is all about building a community of web designers and webmasters who use open source software or want to learn more about web design. This site is also an avenue for freelance web designers to demonstrate their skills and perhaps gain some new clients. The efforts of everyone who contributes to open source software is greatly appreciated.
This site upholds the following values:
IntegrityWhat is the intention behind open source software? I believe it is to facilitate the sharing of ideas, empower individuals / organizations, and improve peoples lives.
GenerosityOpen source software is freely available for anyone to use. A lot of time and effort is volunteered to make this happen and there should be a sense of generosity when using the software for personal gain.
SustainabilityBy providing useful paid services and accepting donations, open source software providers and supporters can ensure longevity and that the ideals remain intact.
CommunityOpen source is definitely a team effort. Even if we never actually meet all of the people behind the software we use, there is still a sense of comradery.
CreativityA successful and innovative business that provides valuable services can be run without sacrificing humanness and personality.
Okay, Themebot is going to step down from the soapbox now.