Michael Martin, founder of PliablePress, announced that they’ve closed their doors. Martin didn’t provide a reason why they are closing their doors, but said:
I’m sorry to say that PliablePress is now closed. If you’ve been with us for a while, this likely comes as little surprise. It’s been a long time since I was able to put a lot of time into our themes, and lately, even the support has suffered badly.
I think that’s the clearest sign that it’s just not fair to keep accepting new signups, so PliablePress is closing down for good now.
Martin has offered up some “lite” support for any users that are having major issues. Additionally, he is refunding anyone that made a purchase in 2012. Lastly, he’s also made all affiliate payments to make right with them.
PliablePress launched in May of 2010 and developed six themes over its lifetime.
It’s always sad to see a WordPress business shut down, but at least he was able to make a clean break and do what he needs to do in life. Martin mentioned in the latter part of the blog post that he’s working on something new, but unrelated to WordPress.
With PliablePress closing down, it brings up a good point that people need to be careful of. When a theme company offers “lifetime upgrades,” that’s for the lifetime of their company, not your lifetime.