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In case you haven’t heard, Brian Gardner has just announced the Revolution Theme will become open source. I was honestly shocked when I heard this news just yesterday. With all the debate going on about the ethics of premium themes recently, perhaps Brian (and Jason Schuller) decided it was time to go along with the true “spirit” of WordPress. This move has its support from Matt Mullenweg and Automattic CEO Toni Schneider.
Here are some quick facts about the change:
- The current Revolution Themes will be available until October 31st
- After that, a brand new site with new GPL themes will take effect.
- All current customers will continue to receive support on their purchase(s)
- The New Revolution will sell packages that include support, tutorials, and customization
So what’s my take on this? While I’m not convinced this is the best move from a pure monetary perspective, only time will tell. Brian and Jason are obviously two great developers, and the new Revolution will certainly give new meaning to the term “free premium theme.” I do believe this will truly shake up the premium theme market in a big way.
How do you think this will affect the premium theme market, and WordPress community in general?
About Leland Fiegel
Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.