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Ttpmc says

I really don’t know why this will not be allowed. If user needs only WP version he can save 15$, so this is only + for buyers. Authur will have two themes so double support and double updates for new version. In the end it’s good for buyers!

I think if this will not be allowed author will simply sell lite version on other markets, so in the and it’s also not good for Envato.

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scottwills Envato team says

Hi everyone! Please note that this issue/question has already been answered/resolved:

Please see my response on this page – “lite” themes are not allowed.

It seems like there is still some confusion however, possibly because of some older, mixed messages. Really sorry to hear about those older messages from various sources, I can definitely see how that is confusing. We’re already making sure that moving forward there are no more mixed messages.

As for the other questions here about providing further clarity about what is and what is not allowed, I think that sounds like a good idea. I’ll have the right people/team look into that. I know we’re already working on providing a better resource of information for authors so this is the kind of content/clarification that would would be perfect to share with you. Thanks so much for the feedback and suggestion(s).

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OriginalEXE says

I really don’t know why this will not be allowed. If user needs only WP version he can save 15$, so this is only + for buyers. Authur will have two themes so double support and double updates for new version. In the end it’s good for buyers! I think if this will not be allowed author will simply sell lite version on other markets, so in the and it’s also not good for Envato.

Do you not see exploit in this? The only reason authors will do this is front page exposure.

Front page is cramped as it is, we don’t need 5 versions of each theme with different plugin support. It’s ridiculous to even think about allowing that.

Where does it stop?

One theme version which supports bbpress, it’s a “forum version”, one with woocommerce, it’s a “physical store” version, one with edd, “digital store version”, one with buddypress, “social network” version …

Do I need to go on?

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tommusrhodus says

Please see my response on this page – “lite” themes are not allowed.

Fantastic, thanks for confirming that Scott :)

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scottwills Envato team says

I think if this will not be allowed author will simply sell lite version on other markets, so in the and it’s also not good for Envato.

Please be mindful that selling a derivative/”lite” version of an existing Envato Marketplace item on another Marketplace would depend on the author’s exclusivity. An exclusive author would not be allowed to do this. Hope this gives some further clarification. :)

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jremick Envato team says

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to clarify that we do not want to allow multiple versions of the same theme to be sold for the same platform unless they have distinctly different purposes and have a significant set of differences. So a “lite” theme vs “standard” theme would not be allowed. However, an eCommerce version of a “standard” theme, built more specifically for eCommerce functionality, etc. would be allowed to be sold separately from the “standard” theme.

Taking this approach is beneficial for the whole community vs prohibiting across the board.

I hope this helps clarify, everyone!

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AlexFjord says

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to clarify that we do not want to allow multiple versions of the same theme to be sold for the same platform unless they have distinctly different purposes and have a significant set of differences. So a “lite” theme vs “standard” theme would not be allowed. However, an eCommerce version of a “standard” theme, built more specifically for eCommerce functionality, etc. would be allowed to be sold separately from the “standard” theme.

Taking this approach is beneficial for the whole community vs prohibiting across the board.

I hope this helps clarify, everyone!

Would you mind defining in a little detail what constitutes “distinctly different purposes and have a significant set of differences”. As an example of commerce .v. standard theme – I am assuming its more than just adding WooCommerce and moving some content around. Thank you

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jremick Envato team says


Hi everyone!

I just wanted to clarify that we do not want to allow multiple versions of the same theme to be sold for the same platform unless they have distinctly different purposes and have a significant set of differences. So a “lite” theme vs “standard” theme would not be allowed. However, an eCommerce version of a “standard” theme, built more specifically for eCommerce functionality, etc. would be allowed to be sold separately from the “standard” theme.

Taking this approach is beneficial for the whole community vs prohibiting across the board.

I hope this helps clarify, everyone!
Would you mind defining in a little detail what constitutes “distinctly different purposes and have a significant set of differences”. As an example of commerce .v. standard theme – I am assuming its more than just adding WooCommerce and moving some content around. Thank you

This is a great question and I’m working with the team to further clarify our policy around this so it’s easier to understand. You are correct; it’s more than just throwing in a WooCommerce plugin.

Once I have confirmation from the rest of the team, we will be adding information to the Knowledgebase and posting an update.

Thanks for your patience everyone!

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AlexFjord says

Thank you!

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Parallelus says

@jremick

That will be very helpful. Thank you.

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