GPL Premium WordPress themes reselling

Premium WordPress theme designing is a small and growing community. The more we support it the more we can get from it. The success of the current GPL theme providers is very important to encourage more designers to release their themes under GPL.

I saw a site reselling Premium WordPress themes released under GPL. This is legal but I am not convinced it is ethical. I strongly discourage anyone buying from such resellers or venturing into such business model.

StudioPress Premium WordPress themes
I recommend StudioPress.com

Why should you buy from the original theme designers?

I have bought developer / membership licenses from iThemes, WooThemes, Thesis Theme, StudioPress and Elegant Themes.

Buying from the original theme designers gives you not just the theme but access to support forums, knowledgebase, tutorials and theme documentation. I have found these resources invaluable and saves you loads of time spent in understanding and customizing the theme. I am also guaranteed to get the latest version of all themes and instant access to new theme releases in future.

 

Premium WordPress theme designing is a small and growing community. The more we support it the more we can get from it. The success of the current GPL theme providers is very important to encourage more designers to release their themes under GPL.

Why you should not buy from resellers?

Theme resellers don’t respect the spirit of GPL but take unfair use of it. This is equivalent to leeching. They neither add any value to the theme nor do any work to deserve the money they charge. I am not naming the site here so as not to give it free advertising. Also, this may be just the first of many sites to come. The site I saw don’t even have a name / face. What is the guarantee that they will stay for long?

Not safe

Cheap resellers / free download sites may host malware that can hurt your website and PC very badly.

3 thoughts on “GPL Premium WordPress themes reselling”

  1. I think you misunderstand the GPL. You say it is not in the spirit of the GPL. It is not a grey area it is expressly stated that you may redistribute with or without a fee.

    All the premium theme selling sites that support the GPL have done so after careful consideration.

    Like any business ethics fall by the wayside. You say they offer no value and this is probably true of the site that is already out, but there is plenty of ways theme resellers could add actual value in addition to the lower cost.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/commercial/ for a list of themers who support 100% GPL

  2. Themes released under the GPL should be done so with full understanding what that means. Although it may -seem- unsavory (to some) that others take themes released as GPL then redistribute them for free or for pay, that’s what the GPL allows and therefore it is a moot point whether you think it is unethical or not.

    The GPL is what it is.

    If a theme developer doesn’t like the end result of what the GPL has wrought, then don’t release themes under the GPL. I just don’t understand why this is such a volatile topic of discussion everywhere I turn. It’s really very simple.

    The real discussion should be why the GPL is what it is. But don’t lay blame at people for doing what it is provided by GPL.

  3. I agree with Michael. Premium theme companies are making a killing selling themes from a free open souce platform like wordpress. If they feel guilty and use GPL that is great but you can’t have it both ways. Most of theme say “we’re GPL” then discourage anybody from actually using the GPL license.

    Makes no sense.

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