Templatic themes are GPL compatible as of January 1, 2011

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Templatic is a WordPress theme shop run by Bhavesh Radadiya, They have well over 50 WordPress themes, a growing community, and as of January 1, 2011, all of their themes are licensed under the GPL. According to Radadiya, Templatic made the move because it fit their business strategy and their plans for the year ahead.

The announcement came in their first 2011 blog post, where they described their plans for the year. In the post, Radadiya said:

When we were PremiumThemes.net, we announced going GPL and switched back in a while which is kind of long and silly story but we as a business now realize though late, this is the right decision to take and the beginning of a new year is a perfect time.

So, here onwards, all the templatic WordPress themes are licensed under the GNU general public license. We are shortly making necessary changes in our site in order to align with this license.

WordPress is licensed under the GNU general public license, a software license that describes how the code can be used by the end user. Some commercial WordPress shops choose not to distribute their work under the GPL, which has caused a number of divides in the community the past couple of years. See our WordPress/GPL timeline for more on this history.

It’s great to see this move happen because it’s great for the end user. It’s also great because we get to cover Templatic news now, since we choose to only cover GPL compatible theme and plugin shops.

Have you ever used a Templatic theme before? Does their move to GPL compatibility effect your interest in using their themes?

7 thoughts on “Templatic themes are GPL compatible as of January 1, 2011

  1. Yeah, I actually used two of their themes before and their decision to go GPL does not alter my opinion on them or their themes.

    The themes I have tried are the ecommerce framework which sucks beyond imagination and I use their GeoPlaces theme for another project of mine. Although it has been updated a few times now, I have only tried the first update, which completely messed up my entire site, so now I am just using their first version and adapted it to my wishes without being bothered with their crappy updates.

    Their “helpdesk” is not equipped with people that have the ability to listen and/or understand English as it always takes more than a few days (and replies back and forth) to get to the core of an issue.

    I am sure that Bhavesh Radadiya all means well, but he promises too much and offers too little.

  2. I have been following theme for about 2 months now to see what they’ve got up their sleeve. However the move to GPL perplexes me somewhat. I’m just not sure exactly what it means. TO me GPL means free and open source, maybe i’ve got it wrong. But won’t a move like this mean all of the theme html and css source will be available for free? They’ve got to make money, I must be missing something on this…

  3. yes this is a good move by Templatic. I had purchased some
    of their themes. I always get their reply within 2 -3 hours, and
    their support staff seems helpful. And how can we forget their wp
    ecommerce framework. No doubt they have the potential to make the
    best themes targeted towards business users. They have made the
    right decision for moving towards GPL.

  4. I agree with the above criticisms. What is even more frustrating is the support’s complete lack of knowledge of their own themes. It takes forever of going back and fourth and communicating in pigeon English to just be able to explain that I’m talking about CLAIMED functionality of their themes that does not perform anywhere close to what it should. They keep on saying that the theme is not supposed to do what it claims to do like they have never seen it in WordPress admin let alone the php/css backend. When I finally manage to persuade them that it does claim this or that essential functionality that simply doesn’t work, they send me to find a developer to fix it.
    I’m no novice is WordPress, php or CSS but their obnoxiously buggy and exceedingly messy codes are a real challenge to fix.

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