This is a word of warning to anybody thinking of releasing a free Wordpress theme with dreams of having it included in the excellent Wordpress Theme Directory. You must not support paid themes in any way for it to be included. I sent in a theme that I created a little while ago and received this e-mail back:
Thank you for submitting the Elegant Blog theme, however it has not been selected to be part of the theme directory. Themes from sites that offer or support non-GPL themes (matthewlyle.com) are not included in the directory.
- Wordpress Theme Directory
I’m a supporter of GPL themes and think they do great things for the Wordpress community. I’m also a big supporter of a free market and a designer having the right to choose whether or not to sell their theme, and license it in whatever way they feel comfortable with. This isn’t ok. You must choose a side to be on. You’re either for GPL or you’re against it.
This post isn’t meant to be snarky; if a directory wants to not include a theme for any reason it’s their right to do so. This is just meant to give a little heads-up to somebody who supports a free theme market and would like to send in a theme they’ve made to the Wordpress Theme Directory.
You must either create a separate website to house them, or remove any “support” of non-GPL themes from your website. This would include advertisements for something like the Thesis theme, ThemeForest, and also any paid themes that you’ve created in the past that are not GPL compatible.