[theme-reviewers] Up-sell theme

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Wed May 22 16:50:16 UTC 2013

Up-sell Themes must explicitly state the license of both the free and
commercial versions.

Up-sell Themes must clearly state the differences between free
and commercial versions.

With regard to features locked behind the paywall: none can be a core
feature (custom header, custom background, etc.). Themes can *expand* core
features (e.g. more dynamic sidebars, etc.), but the core feature
implementation must not be completely behind the paywall.

Here are two "features" in the commercial version that I have a problem
with, and would want to have clarified:

'heading' => __('Remove Attribution Links', 'portal'),

'content' => __('Portal premium gives you the option to easily remove
the "Powered by WordPress, Theme by SiteOrigin" text from your footer.
', 'portal'),


'heading' => __("Continued Updates", 'portal'),

'content' => __("You'll get continued updates, ensuring that your site
keeps on working with the latest version of WordPress for years to
come.", 'portal'),

In the first: there's nothing wrong with making a Theme option to remove
the footer credit link; but the wording must be sure not to imply that the
footer credit link can *only* be removed via the commercial version. In the
second: this implies that the free version is not intended to be
maintained/updated. If that is the case, then the free version is not
suitable for the Theme directory.

On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM, esmi at quirm dot net <esmi at quirm.net>wrote:

> <https://themes.trac.**wordpress.org/ticket/12187<https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/12187>
> >
> Quite a few features in this theme are locked unless you upgrade to the
> premium version. Nothing that's a showstopper but, based upon:
> "Up-sell Themes may be subjected to more rigorous or additional
> Theme-Review requirements, at the discretion of the Theme Review Team "
> <http://codex.wordpress.org/**Theme_Review#Up-Sell_Themes<http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review#Up-Sell_Themes>
> >
> What should I be looking for/at?
> Mel
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