There have been some recent changes at DevPress, the WordPress theme and plugin club that formerly consisted of Ptah Dunbar, Tung Do, Patrick Daly, and Justin Tadlock. According to a post by Justin Tadlock in the Theme Hybrid forums (warning: post is paywall protected) and the about page of DevPress, Tung Do is now the sole owner of DevPress.
We’ve covered DevPress quite a bit on WPCandy since they launched over a year ago, largely due to an impressive team of talented developers and an interesting business model. I had a sense something was going on at DevPress a week or so ago when I noticed Tadlock posted his DevPress posts back on his personal blog. Also, there were some questions on the DevPress forums regarding the future of the site that shed some light on what we now know is happening.
Tadlock answered the inevitable “Why?” in his forum post before the question was asked:
…I felt that the project was not moving in the direction it should’ve been. And, I also felt that the Theme Hybrid community was somewhat neglected because my attention was split between two projects.
It does not appear that Do plans to change the controversial $5 club subscription model, as he uses the following description of the plan:
Not expensive right? I’m a silly person in the business of making people happy so don’t be surprised if you’re often dumbfounded by my actions and business models.
A couple of other things that come from this change are that the free “News” theme from DevPress will now be hosted on Theme Hybrid and maintained by Justin. It’s a very popular theme that’s received nearly 150,000 downloads at the time of this writing. Tadlock will also maintain two of the plugins released on DevPress, Slideshow and Clean my Archives.
As part of Tung Do now taking full control of the site, he’s also redesigned the DevPress site, including a new logo (pictured above) and a tagline of “Grandmaster WordPress Themes”.
I’ve not seen word yet from Patrick Daly or Ptah Dunbar yet on the change, other than the mention by Do on DevPress that they “have moved on to pursue personal projects.”
What do you think about these changes? Does it remind you of the days where Do was running WPDesigner? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
Do lays out plans for the future of DevPress, including plans for a new theme, and his intentions to support the Jigoshop e-commerce platform. Also noted is that the change is largely due to months of inconsistency, for various reasons, and that he’s “asked the guys to trust DevPress in [his] hands and they’ve agreed.”