(Locked) Regular License. Official position concerning multisite usage of WordPress Themes.

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I’ve always thought that just like you need an Extended License if you want to use a WordPress plugin on a WP Multisite the same would go for a WordPress Theme – you will need to get an Extended License. However if you look at the Extended License for a theme and a plugin you can’t really compare!

The problem is that if we create a WordPress plugin specially for WP Multisite we can’t just sell it under the Extended License – so some people just buy a Regular License and then use it on their WP MS .

I guess you are in exactly the same situation with themes, but could you do themes for the different versions? (WP single site and WP MS ?)

We have many of people contacting us about developer licenses for plugins, which is not available. I presume you Theme authors are in the same situation.

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the extended license at http://themeforest.net/licenses/extended states:

This license is a “single application” license and not a “multi-use” license, which means that you can’t use the Item to create more than one unique End Product.

Note the “single application” part. Doesn’t that mean even Extended license cannot be used in a WordPress MultiSite configuration?

The only purpose of the Extended license is so that you can SELL a “unique End Product”.

Nowhere in the Extended license does it mention “MultiSite”.

I believe it’s because ThemeForest/CodeCanyon want to muddy the water. WordPress Multisite can be set up in “subdirectory” mode so that ALL sub-sites appear as sub-directories in the URL.

For example, if the WordPress MultiSite is installed on the domain http://www.sample.com

then sub-site “ABC” will have URL http:/www.sample.com/ABC and sub-site “XYZ” will have URL http://www.sample.com/XYZ

this means that as far as the theme/plugin is concerned, it is a SINGLE end product, because it’s the same DOMAIN!

No, this is not a twisted interpretation. If the same domain was installed as Non-MultiSite, but its permalinks are configured to include CATEGORIES in its URLs, then

Category “ABC” will have URL http://www.sample.com/ABC and Category “XYZ” will have URL http://www.sample.com/XYZ

Now, can ThemeForest/CodeCanyon please tell me, how can any visitor of the site tell the difference? To the customers of the domain, the MultiSite and the Non-MultiSite versions of the same domain appear IDENTICAL.

i.e. as far as they’re concerned, both variations are SINGLE end products!!!

I believe this is the main reason why the ThemeForest and CodeCanyon Regular+Extended licenses are written in such convoluted ways, never once mentioning the word “domain”, or the specific term “Wordpress MultiSite” – that’s because they don’t want to recognize this fact that I’ve just explained, nor do they want to remind their uninformed customers of that fact.

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Would you be able to open a new post? This thread is a bit old :)