1. […] Tadlock, creator of Theme Hybrid, announced today that the seven year old theme club is experimenting with a radical change in club pricing. […]

  2. Marcus Tibesar

    No matter which way you ebb and flow Justin, I’m with you and the Theme Hybrid community.

    Best of luck with your new path!

    Don’t undervalue yourself in the new process. Stargazer is the BEST theme going and believe me I’ve tried many (Woo; Genesis; Themify; Web Savvy; etc. etc. etc.)

    Additionally your Framework is the best and has the best coding and least SQL calls than almost all others.

    You are talented, gifted, sensical, and a clear thinker.


  3. James Geiger

    Hi Justin. It’s been a while (crazy times at school, work, etc) but saw the post on WPTavern and it re-invigorated my interest in TH and Hybrid Core 🙂

  4. Shapeshifter 3

    I think these two links might be helpful for the development of your future themes:



    (AND, possibly updating the Menus of Stargazer)

  5. Bernhard

    Good luck with your move, hope it increases your paying members. Thanks for your ongoing effort! What happens to existing subscriptions? Is there an easy way to upgrade?

  6. Ahmad Awais

    Hey Justin,
    Good luck with your new radical approach. Wish you luck for new ventures. Looking forward!

  7. Erik Joling

    Good to have you back! I’m looking forward to this refocussed approach.

  8. Ben B

    I’m a WordPress user and not a developer. Im always surprised by what WordPress’ leaders give away but also what the community offers back. A real nice community to be part of.

    A change of approach might be just what you need, Justin, but remember you have the backing here to try pretty much anything!

    It will be great to see what happens next!

  9. themightymo

    Congrats on this update! Sounds like you have been dealing with some tough personal issues, and I wish you the best of luck.

    Hybrid was one of the first themes I used back in the day, and I was an early subscriber to your support forums and Club. I have moved away from Hybrid in the years since in favor of non-framework-ish themes, but this move puts it back on my radar screen. I still use Hybrid on one of my bigger websites. 🙂

    In any case, I have been struggling with personal and business stuff since bringing 2 kids into the world over the past 5 years, and I want to say that you are not alone in this struggle to bring creative fire into your life! Keep on pluggin!


  10. themightymo

    p.s. Justin, when I try to join the club, I do not see the “free” option. See screengrab: https://cloudup.com/c9t06LUcoG3

  11. Patty J. Ayers

    Thanks very much for the free membership, Justin. Really appreciate having access to this community and the themes.

  12. […] Justin Tadlock is giving his themes and membership at ThemeHybrid away for free. – Steering the ship back home […]

  13. […] Theme club Theme Hybrid is experimenting with free signups to see if people willactually pay for premium support. […]

  14. David Chandra

    congratulation Justin!
    the more the merrier 🙂

  15. […] heeft in een uitgebreide post uit de doeken gedaan waarom hij tot dit besluit is gekomen, lees er hier alles […]

  16. saas786

    Hi Justin,

    I always wander how you keep balance between free work and your financial situation, as in today’s economy with your current model its not easier to keep the balance.

    I like that you are offering free member sign ups, but keeping your efforts in context, I will suggest you to go for donation based free sign up (off-course with same limitations as you have currently planned for free membership tier).

    As you and I both know, its not going to be easier for you to provide support for free members quite often, but with donations based membership ($1 or how ever generous the free member wants to be :)), it will give you some motivation and energy to provide support to them (not frequently or often but whenever you can).

    Last but not least, I admire your efforts over the years, and that is why I am fan of your work as it resembles to my philosophy a bit, but I am not as generous to community as you have been and still are 😉

    • Justin Tadlock

      I’ve been looking over some different business models. Expect something new in the near future. Completely $free is unsustainable, so you have to find some sort of balance. But, I want to explore $free as much as possible.

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