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  1. StormRider StormRider December 20, 2008 at 4:04 am |

    That’s progress! I loved Structure and to a lesser extent Options, but after working with Hybrid for the past few weeks I can see (as you say) that the coding is so much more advanced and the flexibility and potential superb – as evidenced by the diversity of the existing child themes (Old School and Leviathan) and planned child themes (Life Collage Preview) plus the 3 and 4 column styles layouts.

    Hybrid is definitely a great core or framework on which to base child themes into the future and exemplifies the GPL philosophy and beliefs. Great work Justin.

  2. Johan Swarts Johan Swarts December 20, 2008 at 4:27 am |

    Oi vey. I was always an avid supporter of the options theme (it allowed me te reverse engineer every other so called premium themes with extreme ease and 0 cost). My own blog runs on an older version of it. I won’t be lying if I said I’ll miss it. a lot.

    Thanks for creating something special, man. Kudos. I’ll definitely be using your new themes.

  3. Madhu Babu Madhu Babu December 20, 2008 at 4:35 am |


    I am having very little knowledge of coding. But I could make my child theme for Option theme very easily and I am about to launch my new site with Options theme. It is a bit surprise to as I am waiting for Options1.4 as you mentioned earlier.

    However, can you please release a child theme to replace Options with Hybrid?


  4. inetguy inetguy December 20, 2008 at 6:57 am |

    I’m on board with the decision and I appreciate the tough ethical decision you made!!! Is there some way to “port” the Options themes to the new Hybrid?

    I haven’t played much with Hybrid to know the answer to this, but it would be great if there was a relatively easy way to move from Options to Hybrid.

  5. dinu dinu December 20, 2008 at 8:51 am |

    you sure are taking wordpress theme “industry” to new levels :)

  6. davek davek December 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm |

    Great decision Justin. I personally love Options & it’s child themes especially Spartan. Hybrid is absolutely fantastic & I would prefer to be using it so can’t wait for some more of your excellent Hybrid child themes. Seeing how you added the features gallery to Old School makes Hybrid a fantastic choice & shows how easy customisations can be made.
    I would prefer a jQuery solution for a features gallery that mimics the smooth gallery of Options, have you found one? & if you release a tabbed widget plugin, I’m switching everything to Hybrid…

  7. rickybuchanan rickybuchanan December 20, 2008 at 7:03 pm |

    Hey, my shifting from Options to Hybrid was more timely than I knew! Good luck for the future and 2009 and all that :)

  8. ririzarry ririzarry December 20, 2008 at 8:06 pm |

    Well that was certainly unexpected! :)

    It’s been a great run – first with Structure really transforming my site and more recently with my change to Options. Guess it’s time to start planning an update…

  9. Amber @ Classic Housewife Amber @ Classic Housewife December 21, 2008 at 12:25 am |

    Oh my! I think this is a great decision of course, but man I only just found your site a month ago, got set up with Structure (LOVING IT), was considering moving to Options, but now I guess I should just hang on a bit and wait to see what the future brings. =)


  10. vald vald December 21, 2008 at 7:08 am |

    Oh wow – I’m about to launch a magazine site with Visionary. It’s perfect for what I want and much better than any of the other WP magazine themes I’ve tried. I don’t want to try hacking one of these themes to get it to work like Visionary, so can I assume that you’ll be providing support and fixes for it?
    Heck, I’ll pay something for the support if need be.

  11. TJ @ Smartblogtips TJ @ Smartblogtips December 21, 2008 at 10:36 am |

    The screenie looks amazingly cool.


  12. Tkey Tkey December 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm |

    Justin i applaud your ethics.

    I will continue to use options on my site though.
    (it’s too bloody good to change and have just skinned my xmas theme)

    Good luck with all your future projects.

  13. Slashing prices on developer’s licenses Slashing prices on developer’s licenses December 22, 2008 at 11:46 am |

    [...] the announcement that I would be discontinuing the Options, Structure, and Visionary themes, I’ve had several people email me about purchasing developer’s licenses of each of the [...]

  14. mkjones mkjones December 22, 2008 at 5:07 pm |

    Woooo! [no pun intended]

    About time :-) your Hybrid frame is the future.

  15. Cody Redmon Cody Redmon December 24, 2008 at 12:06 am |

    Wow, sad to hear it but understand why. I can’t remember exactly now, but I think I was Options download number 27 or 67…not sure which. In the first 100 though. This theme opened my eyes so much on how things are made, and made well. To be honest, I’m still using the Beta version and it works exactly how I want it to so I’ve never bothered to upgrade it or WP. As they say, “If it works, …”

    Bottom line, I’m with commenter Johan Swarts on this one…thanks for creating something special.

  16. Cody Redmon Cody Redmon December 24, 2008 at 12:11 am |

    And Merry Christmas…!

  17. vald vald December 24, 2008 at 7:46 am |

    Happy Christmas Justin! Cash is tight right now, but I’ll try and get enough together next month to buy that developers package. My coding knowhow is basic and I’ve never tried to hack WordPress code, but I’ve been digging around in the Visionary code and it looks quite simple to modify; I’d love to get into it and see what I can produce.
    Thanks for producing such lovely work.

  18. Hugo Santos Hugo Santos December 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm |

    I agree with your decision justin. it wouldn’t be fair to ppl that have paid.
    anyway, this just makes me wishing for your upcoming releases :)

  19. vas vas December 25, 2008 at 2:43 pm |

    This is a shock. I thought I have come to an end searching for a theme. Option provided some peace. But now again I have to look out for new one. What will happen to all the custom fields used like features, full, thumbnail, video etc., How to readjust with some other theme. Hope I have no choice but to join as a member to keep option updated for every new WP version. Any how thanks for the good work.

  20. vald vald December 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm |

    Justin deserves to have some money chucked at him – he’s done a hell of a job with these themes. I’ll certainly be joining.

  21. Time for a new theme | The Widget Terminal Time for a new theme | The Widget Terminal December 27, 2008 at 4:40 am |

    [...] changed my theme as the Option theme is being discontinued. I have currently settled for the eGamer theme and will keep updating the same if i get bored of [...]

  22. shashiingale shashiingale December 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm |

    oh ..its surprising that u r closing down these excellent themes.. i am using option on one of my site and now i am bit confused whether to stay with it or not.. you said you will support it indefinitely through ‘support forum’ .. i havent purchased membership yet..so if i purchased membership will i get update of these themes?

  23. Cupid Blogger Cupid Blogger December 29, 2008 at 11:47 pm |

    Hi Justin,

    I just came across your site today and found the structure and visionary theme really suits my recently love blog – Cupid Blogger Dot Com

    It is sad to hear that you are discontinuing these three themes. I have a question for you. Currently, my site is powered by WP 2.7 which i think your theme is compatible. The meaning of discontinuation is it mean there is no updates anymore for the upcoming WP for example WP 2.8?

    I am pretty new in the WP community and have another question for you too… Since the 3 theme (*options, structure and visionary) are not GPL theme licence, so is all your future theme will GPL license? Is it mean open source with GPL and is it free to everyone? Please adviced.

    I would like to wish you a merry christmas and happy new year.

  24. PegasusTeam PegasusTeam December 30, 2008 at 6:50 am |

    Structure was my first theme from you, but I think Options is easier to tweak and customize the layout. I’ve been playing around with it the last couple weeks on a project.
    I guess I better knuckle down and dig deeper into Hybrid.

    Thanks Justin

  25. rivermaya rivermaya January 3, 2009 at 12:25 pm |

    ow too bad to hear that, I love Structure and Options, specially the feature images.

  26. Matt Wardman Matt Wardman January 5, 2009 at 8:18 pm |

    Well, Justin

    This was a shock initially, but having read around what you are doing I’m glad that you are providing continuing support for those who need it.

    It’s been an interesting year building and rebuilding an Options site, and I’ll continue to use the latest version.

    And I’ll say that it has been an excellent piece of work. Thanks.

    Could I ask one question on the new Hybrid Theme Framework. Are you committed to developing it over a particular period? If I move over, can I rely on it being available for say 2 years. I ask because one thing I would like to do is spend a little less time working “under the hood”, and more time writing. I needed to learn about WordPress, but longer term stability has moved up in my priorities. Perhaps my best way is to wait for say 6 months and take a look to see how the new framework has developed?

    More power to your elbow.


  27. mattwardman mattwardman January 7, 2009 at 9:22 am |

    Thanks Justin.


  28. tom LaForce tom LaForce January 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm |

    I really really like the features gallery in Options and post tabs. I also like the drop down menus, although I noticed the drop downs in Options that worked fine in Firefox didn’t work in IE. I was just in the process of building a new site using Options and now it looks like I ought to switch themes before getting too far into it. Are these options part of Hybrid?

  29. Clearing up confusion Clearing up confusion January 12, 2009 at 6:19 am |

    [...] that quite a few people don’t quite fully understand what meant when I announced that the Options, Structure, and Visionary themes would be discontinued. I’ve gotten quite a few emails and questions on this subject, [...]

  30. [...] 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 [...]

  31. [...] 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 [...]

  32. Tinh Tinh February 8, 2009 at 1:17 am |

    Great news. I see this as a progress not down. Hope to see more themes to come sooner

  33. alexpyatetsky alexpyatetsky February 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm |

    Is there going to be some straight forward explanation on how switch from options to hybrid without risking all sort of corruption etc? (Sorry if this has been asked, i’ve read about 1/2 way through the comments and didn’t see any asking that).



  34. Sriraj Sriraj April 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm |

    I’m waiting for a magazine style theme from you Justin. Even since you shut down options themes, I had to adjust with a theme that I currently use. I’m a stupid fan of magazine themes. Please come up with a head turner Justin !!

  35. Ayn Ayn November 29, 2009 at 1:26 am |
  36. papuapost papuapost June 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm |

    I love Options Theme, I am a beginner in WordPress blogging, but I find Options Theme is the best for my sites westpapua.net and papuapost.com

    Thanks Justin for the good work.

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