Yesterday, I made the announcement that I will be discontinuing some of my themes. Those themes are Options, Structure, and Visionary.
On January 31, 2009 at 11:59 p.m., those three themes will no longer be available for download from this site or JustinTadlock.com.
Why I’m removing these themes
Some of you may recall that a few months ago, I changed the business model around here to a support-/services-based model. I talked a lot about how the GPL was a part of this plan.
Options, Structure, and Visionary are not GPL-licensed themes, and they do not fit in with my philosophy and beliefs about open source.
Some of you may ask why I don’t just re-license the themes. I could do that, but it would be wrong. Many folks have paid for credit removal and developer’s licenses for these themes. I cannot slap a GPL license on the themes after letting them pay. It would be unethical.
There’s also this feeling of out with the old and in with the new. I’ve rested on the success of these themes for a while, and they’re just holding back my progress now. The code is old and hard to maintain because each of these themes was originally created long before I would’ve considered myself a good WordPress developer.
The themes will still be supported
I will continue answering theme support questions for another year. That way, anyone who is a part of the theme club will get the support they need for their entire year.
The plan is to continue supporting users of those three themes until everyone has had enough time to transition into a new theme. While I do plan on continuing support, I can make no guarantees that the themes will function properly with future versions of WordPress.
Moving toward complete open source
Believe me, I’ve struggled with this decision for sometime now, but I think it’s the right course to take. Nothing else around here will change. You’ll just have some new, cool themes to replace the old ones in the coming month.
Just to show you a little bit of my commitment to offering you quality WordPress themes, here’s a preview of one of the upcoming themes that will be available — Life Collage Preview.
You can expect a lot more in the coming months. Some of you might be sad to see Options, Structure, and Visionary go, but I’m excited about the future of Theme Hybrid and implementing some of the new ideas I have into new themes.
You are welcome to read and respond on the original blog post I added on my site as well: Some thoughts on the WordPress community, themes, and the GPL.