Jun 29, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
I recently read an interesting post over at Blogsessive on the big controversy over the GPL and WordPress. It covers the other perspective, that of the smaller theme developers trying to earn a living, from a somewhat neutral standpoint of someone who on one hand likes the GPL, but on the other hand doesn’t want to put stifle the creativity of the authors who can’t necessarily devote time to something that will have little return.
The discussion around this always seems to evolve into “open source” versus “author protection”. As Alex King pointed out in one of his posts, theme authors should be aware of what the GPL license exposes them too, while it provides freedom for basically everyone else.
I’m not by any means against freedom and open source. I’ve been preaching about the power of WordPress and the wonder that it is, but what I love more is to see a protection system for those authors that make a living out of releasing quality themes and plugins for WordPress. Somewhere along the way, in our quest for “freedom” we forgot how hard it is to earn our living, how hard it is to learn the things we now use to feed our families.
I have a similar position. I like the GPL as much as anyone who contributes to the WordPress community, and I appreciate it’s provisions for paid software, but as nice as that sounds in print, it doesn’t always work out that well in real life.
My Take on the WordPress Themes & the GPL License [Blogsessive]
Jun 22, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
WooThemes just launched their second iteration, bringing with it several changes, including a website redesign and GPL compliancy on all themes moving forward.
The themes still cost money, but there are no longer any restrictions on how many times you can use the theme you paid for.
Pricing structures have changed, with 2-for-1 and 3-for-1 offers built into the one-time purchases. The “theme club” memberships seem to be a bit cheaper as well.
Also launched now is the new WooCamp blog, which is the theme company’s “design, development, and better blogging outlet.” It might be worth checking out even if you’re not into the premium theme thing…
Jun 5, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
This month’s featured free WordPress theme is Typebased by WooThemes.
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May 18, 2009 by Matt | Posted in Design
Envato’s ThemeForest marketplace has added multi-project licensing for their products.
Buy a 10 Project License for just 3 x the cost of a Single Use License.
A 10 project license means you can use the same file over and over – up to ten times – without having to buy it again and again.
They also offer a Web Service Licence, which costs 50x the cost of a Single Use License. The license could be used on a site such as WordPress.com, if Automattic had the inclination to purchase a theme from ThemeForest. A site where the design might be in use by multiple clients, but hosted by yourself.
There doesn’t seem to be a way to upgrade a license you already purchased, but you can simply buy another instance, as people have done in the past when they wanted to use a theme on another site.
Apr 19, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
“Premium,” that is “paid,” themes have gained a significant footing in the WordPress community in recent years. There are many designers selling them, and there’s no shortage of buyers.
What makes a theme worth paying for, though?
There are two main angles in which designers approach selling a premium theme. WooThemes and ThemeForest illustrate them well.
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Mar 29, 2009 by Matt | Posted in Design
WooThemes is running a contest to design a T-Shirt for them to take to the Future of Web Design 2009 conference.
We’ll hopefully be taking some t-shirts to the event to giveaway and that’s where we need your help – in designing them. We are looking for a kickass design that people want to wear, not your typical promotional tees that get thrown into a cupboard never to be worn. Your design can be trendy, humourous or professional, or even all three – we open to suggestions.
The winner will recieve $500 in cash and a 6-month WooThemes developer license. The runner up will get $250 and a 3-month developer license. Third place will get a 6-month developer license, but no cash prize.
The rules are fairly simple. The format should be a PSD, or Fireworks or Illustrator format; no stock images; you must follow the design guidelines so print will work properly; submit through the Flickr pool before April 3rd, 2009.
It sounds like a fun opportunity, and I might enter if I can think of a suitable idea. Everyone likes a funny T-Shirt.
Feb 27, 2009 by Matt | Posted in Featured, WordPress
Following up the hugely popular (and still relevant) 31 Professional WordPress Themes, Webmaster-Source brings you fourteen more high-quality, professional themes for WordPress blogs.
Pick one out, customize it, and get back to blogging.
Jan 8, 2009 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
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Nov 2, 2008 by Matt | Posted in WordPress
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.