Thank you for a thorough and honest review.
Keeping all of our themes up to date and compatible with all the WordPress core updates, plugin updates, and new browser versions is of extreme importance at ProteusThemes. With 20+ themes under our belt, it takes lots of development time to keep all our products in good shape. When we’re talking to our customers, many of them express their frustration when dealing with other WP theme providers, who abandon future development of their themes, so they are not compatible anymore with newer WordPress core/plugins updates. As a consequence, these theme buyers have two options: either to convince their clients to invest again in the brand-new website redesign (which usually involves huge costs between $500 and $5,000) or setup a whole new website from scratch, using another free theme and make a big loss.
In order to prevent that situation for you, we want to be the theme provider you can rely on for years. So far, we’ve never abandoned any of our themes and neither we have plans to. But as mentioned above, keeping products in good shape takes development time, and development time costs us money. We’re a company and we can be there for you if we aren’t making a loss at the end of the day. I cannot be more transparent than this with you.
At the end of the day, the investment in the license extensions is very low, compared to the second scenario, when you have to create a new WordPress website from the ground up with the new theme.