Last chance to download Options, Structure, and Visionary

As January 31 grows nearer, there’s less and less time left to download the Options, Structure, and Visionary themes. They’ll soon be gone forever.

Just over a month ago, I wrote to tell you that I would be discontinuing the three themes. I’m now trying to give everyone a little extra warning before there’s no time left.

The themes will no longer be available for download after Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. So, if you ask to get a copy of one of the themes on Sunday, you’re out of luck.

Reasons for discontinuation

If you’ve somehow missed out on all the discussions on this announcement in the last month, I invite you to read my thoughts on the matter:

What does the future hold?

I suppose I’ll have to make new themes to replace these three, right?

Actually, you should be getting a brand spankin’ new child theme for Hybrid at about the same time the others are discontinued — screenshot of Hybrid News.

I also have a photoblog theme in the works that should be released in February. I should also have the Theme Hybrid site redesign up sometime in the next month.

There are new themes on the way. I foresee plenty of exciting things in the near future.

25 Responses

  1. kalcha kalcha January 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm |

    Hi Justin Tadlock,

    As I was eagerly waiting for your upcoming themes, I seem to be among the first few to comment. But I have to say that I am really disappointed when I read this post (Partly, it might be owing to my ignorance of tech stuff).

    If I can give you some feedback from the user level… I would have to say that…

    I just loved the Options theme and was elated when I read that the brand new HYBRID NEWS child theme is much more than what earlier themes were. But when I saw the screenshot of the theme, I was really disappointed. Old School child theme seemed ages ahead of the upcoming theme’s screenshot.

    By news, I imagined that the theme would be able to present maximum possible content on the front page via…

    Just Headlines, Excerpts With Thumnails, A Javascript Based Featured Post Section, A Most Debated/Most Read/Recent Posts Section, At Least 3/4 Column Tightly Packed Content Presentation, A Sliding Carousel Of News In Pictures, Presentability Of Latest Posts From At Least 4 Categories, Adsense Ready Features, Square Ad Boxes and a lot of other stuff including any innovative and surising features.

    I am sorry to say that by the screenshot, for a non-geek like me… it just is a plain blog with excerpts. I just wish that I am completely mistaken and the theme packs much more than it is showing.

    I am absolutely sorry for this negative feedback Justin.

  2. Brian Brian January 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm |

    Justin, do you plan to release the rest of the results of your user survey (the essay portion of the test)? I’m wondering what the most requested child theme features were.

  3. kalcha kalcha January 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm |

    Hi Justin,

    Thanks for the reply. Sorry for not being able to participate in the community in advance. I will surely do. Thanks for pointing this ignorant fella in the right direction to be heard.

  4. TJ @ Smartblogtips TJ @ Smartblogtips January 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm |

    Bye bye Options. The WP Theme that familiarized me with WP Child themes and made me realize WP Theme designing are not only for geeks.

    Regards
    Thinkjayant

  5. jakesong jakesong January 30, 2009 at 11:13 pm |

    Oh!! I am sorry. I think that Options Theme is very fantastic and useful. It is very sad that I found it some days ago. I want to customize the layout depend on your help and other forum member. But I will try to do my best.
    Please release better free WP themes.

    Regards
    Jake

  6. Oluniyi David Ajao Oluniyi David Ajao February 1, 2009 at 3:34 am |

    Justin, do I still get a chance to pay to remove the link from an “old” theme? If yes, where? Thanks and keep up the good work.

  7. marujo marujo February 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm |

    hi justin. i want to download the themes. can you send me by email? or send me the link, please…

  8. sveino41 sveino41 February 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm |

    Hi
    For the past months I have been testing wordpress for a site I am bulding. Beeing a writer, with a little bit of technical knowledge, I found the Options theme to be perfect for me, with everything layed out easily. Since you are removing the theme I been looking a little bit at the Hybrid theme, but don’t get it. It seems to me that you will have to have a lot more programming skills to make this theme look like Options at the front end. Or?

    best
    Svein

  9. pixeltunes pixeltunes February 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm |

    Hi justin, few minutes ago i finished the localization visonary/german.
    Stopping visionary shocked me :-(

    After my work with the german translation i think to put the latest version of visionary on my blog with an note that there is no support in the future.

    :-|
    greetings from germany

    Oli

  10. pixeltunes pixeltunes February 3, 2009 at 4:12 am |

    Hi Justin, sry for missunderstanding. I’ve never seen the support forever thing. ;-)

    Have you seen the folder with the german language pack at http://pixeltunes.de/downloads ?

    I try to clear up some tweaks where english and german are not really cooperative together. I gave them an seriously but funny and intuitve touch.

    My beta testers are happy with them.

    Ty and cu

    Oli

  11. thecatat thecatat March 1, 2009 at 4:23 am |

    ‘I’ve never said there was “no support in the future.” In fact, I’ve said numerous times that the themes would be supported forever.’

    I’m running Options Light 0.1, so how does it become compatible with the recent WP update?

    I’m waiting to update to 2.7.1…

    Btw – Just this past hour I uploaded Hybrid and Hybrid news in case I can’t use Options but only Hybrid is showing up.

    I’m getting ‘Hybrid News template is missing’.

  12. Flirtilizer Flirtilizer March 18, 2009 at 7:34 am |

    Justin, did you email us about this? I found it way too late. Hopefully I still have them some place. With all the hardware crashes I’ve had going on, I’ve lost a few things. :(

    Haven’t been in need of support for a while so I’ve not been around

    Thanks

  13. pixeltunes pixeltunes March 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm |

    Deleted by the administrator. Please follow the license of the theme. Otherwise, don’t bother commenting and trying to be a part of this community.

  14. Flirtilizer Flirtilizer March 23, 2009 at 4:06 am |

    Justin,

    I understand your reluctance to email people.

    However I think it would have been a good idea to email those of us that joined the Theme Club. You have done that in the past when there was a major change in your plan. I like your themes, I love the support and help often beyond the call of duty but I respectively and strongly disagree with this decision regardless of the tone you take in your reply.

    I am currently making the changes I need to make so I can switch to your new supported themes. I wasn’t too bothered really by your decision and need for you to do this. I wasn’t too bothered by not getting an email. Your dismissive tone of my question is bothering me.

    I think it is a bit arrogant to expect us to follow your blogs. I don’t think I’ve ever been away that long before but this time I was. I had no questions and there was nothing in the past that caused me to think I needed to return on a regular basis.

    At this point, I intend to continue using your themes and to remain a member of your theme club but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about this nor does it mean you have to change.

  15. stuart stuart August 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm |

    Justin

    You are, I fear, a victim of your own talent. You made such excellent themes as Visionary and Aura and now they are no longer there. The new ones appear much too complex for the likes of me so we are sad, bereft, and, unjustifiably, angry. I miss the 70′s too. I will get over it, but goddamn those themes were good, and the new ones..well I can’t make them work. They look like cr*p and the old ones were so so stylish

    Good luck

    Stuart

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