Remember the Revolution WordPress themes? (I certainly do, I used to make some good money off their affiliate links…) Well, there have been some changes happening. The old Revolution premium themes are no longer available, and they have been replaced by a set of themes that aren’t just free but open source as well.
Revolution Two, as the theme collection is called, is an interesting idea. The themes are all free and open source. You can use them however you want, even use them as a basis for contracted client design work, and the cost is $0.00.
To make money off their work, the Revolution Two people offer paid plans for support and the like. My only complain is that they push the paid subscription links in your face, while the “Download unsupported version” link is tiny and easy to overlook. I’m not against them making money, but they don’t have to hide the download link.
The Revolution Two team also offers custom design services, for those with a bit of cash and a need for a unique design.
Overall I think the launch of Revolution Two has gone fairly well. Hopefully we’ll see some additional themes coming out soon from them.