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Playnethemes says

Please see this Knowledgebase article.
Additionally, if an author is exclusive they may not offer items that are for sale on the Marketplaces for free on another site without voiding their exclusivity agreement with the Envato Marketplaces.

Thanks! :)

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billyf says


Please see this Knowledgebase article.
Additionally, if an author is exclusive they may not offer items that are for sale on the Marketplaces for free on another site without voiding their exclusivity agreement with the Envato Marketplaces.
Thanks! :)
Again, this refers to the item being sold in ThemeForest. If it is a ‘trimmed down’ version with the same / similar look but different backend operation, would this still apply when, theoretically, that item could be considered as a new item?
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greenshady says

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.

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meks says

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?

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greenshady says


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”?

A few examples:

  • Custom header
  • Custom background
  • Post formats

Basically, if your paid theme supports these types of features but your free theme doesn’t, it won’t be allowed. I’m specifically referring to core WordPress features. Other features don’t matter.

Here’s the guideline on that: http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review#Up-Sell_Themes


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?

I can’t speak specifically about plugins since I’m not involved in their approval process. Many of the same rules generally apply, but themes are held to a much stricter set of standards. Extended/additional features are fine though.

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meks says

Got it! Thank you

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