Got it! Thank you
WordPress.org theme reviewer here. Just know that your free theme will most likely undergo additional scrutiny during the review process on WordPress.org, and you must select the 100% GPL license for the paid version of the theme on ThemeForest. Otherwise, it won’t be allowed on WordPress.org. You also can’t hide any default WordPress features that exist in the paid version behind a paywall (for example, the custom header or custom background features if you use them). If those features exist in your paid version, they must also exist in your free version.
Thanks for the reply Justin!
But, I’m not following the second part… What exactly do you mean under “hide features”?
Maybe it is different with themes but, aren’t many of plugin authors do the similar thing? Release free plugin on WordPress.org then premium version with extended features somewhere else?
Awesome stuff, keep them coming.
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I wish I was from Brazil. More football and volleyball, less coding
Thanks for your opinions!
We think that people who download the theme for free will gladly pay for premiun version if they like the free version so we don’t feel like we can lose money on this, quite contrary, we think that both authors and ThemeForest can benefit from this because of high potential reach via WordpPess.org. From the clients point of view, they will be able to try before they buy, which is good as well.
One more thing to mention, approved themes on WordPress.org these days are very very good regarding code standards and development approaches. The approval criteria of theme reviewers on wordpress.org is very high, so the client will know that he’s buying a good theme with reliable code.
Regarding “exclusiveness” of the theme, it says that “authors cannot sell theme on other place”. Well, if it’s free it is not selling, right?
We think that your theme looks good in general. Maybe to tidy it up a little bit, font and typography can be improved.
Also, check the cross browser and responsive mode. We know that review staff may be too strict when it comes to “first theme release”.
Pay attention to every detail and good luck!
We have been thinking that in the future we might create a free theme on WordPress.org before submitting it here on ThemeForest.
Let’s say that main difference would be that free theme will come with basic layout only, and then we may offer “extended” premium version here on ThemeForest, with additional features, shortcodes and theme options included, additional widgets, additional layouts, etc…
We would like to hear opinion from other developers as well as from Envato staff.
- Has anyone tried to do this yet? - Is that allowed at all? - Is such theme will be still exclusive?
Thanks, Meks team