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Commercial WordPress Theme Directory Launches

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It was just announced yesterday that the official commercially supported theme page has been launched on Right now each of the sites listed there are rotated, so there’s an equal chance of any of the sites being displayed at the top. If you have a commercially supported theme site, here’s how to get listed:

  • Distribute 100% GPL themes, including artwork and CSS.
  • Have professional support options, and optionally customization.
  • Your site should be complete, well-designed, up to date, and professional looking.
  • Include a haiku about yourself to be included.

Not really sure what haiku is for, although I’m looking forward to see what these commercial theme developers can come up with their Haiku writing skills.

I think this is great news because it encourages commercial theme developers to adopt a “100% GPL compatible” license. Even though PHP in WordPress themes must be GPL, and artwork and CSS don’t, a pure PHP theme (without graphics or stying) would be pretty much useless to most end users.

I really hope this is the final word on commercial themes and the GPL, although I’m sure we can still find something to argue about, right?

And on the topic of commercially supported WordPress products, I’m wondering if there’s any similar commercial plugins page in the works, or do plugin authors still get no love?


Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.