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  • Dear support,

    It would be awesome if we could add a freemium tag to the plugin and theme directory, or maybe add a free / 100%GPL / or opensource tag for themes and plugins that are truly free and open-spurce. Themes and plugins that just don’t up-sell and have all the features you’d expect out-of-the-box.

    Every time I install a theme or a plugin and find out it has a freemium business model I almost immediately uninstall it. I expect features A & B with theme X or plugin Y and I get feature A and have to pay for feature B, that’s always so disappointing and most of all annoying since I can’t filter these freemium themes and plugins…

    Would this be possible? In general I think both the theme and plugin directories need a serious overhaul.

    Kind regards, Twan

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  • Moderator Steve Stern

    (@sterndata)

    Support Team Volunteer

    There’s a lot of discussion… https://twitter.com/justintadlock/status/1147472529113698311

    Probably something best discussed in social media or with the theme review team.

    It’s something we’ve discussed.

    There’s actually more than just the Theme Review Team (TRT) that would have to be involved in such a decision. It stretches across the TRT, Meta team, and even into core itself.

    I’d love for use to find a solution that showcased truly free themes.

    Don’t confuse freemium and GPL. All the themes in the WP repository are 100% GPL.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    It would be awesome if we could add a freemium tag to the plugin and theme directory, or maybe add a free / 100%GPL / or opensource tag for themes and plugins that are truly free and open-spurce.

    That part is easy. All themes, all plugins on this site are 100% GPL or compatible. See Joy’s reply; what you may not like does not invalidate the GPL here.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator

    I expect features A & B with theme X or plugin Y and I get feature A and have to pay for feature B.

    You would prefer to pay for both A & B in this case?

    I ask because, often these things come up with the idea that it will result in more truly free plugins and themes, which is generally not going to be the case. These developers need to eat, and for many of them, a freemium model is how they do it.

    First of all thank you all for chiming in, I appreciate that.

    I consider all the themes that use a freemium business model unusable. Yes these freemium themes work to a certain height but they should, in my opinion, be tagged “freemium” so users are properly informed.

    Just to be clear, I only use premium themes since development & support is so much better. But… I started this topic to discuss both the plugin AND the theme directory because they both lack the proper tags and filters.

    There’s actually more than just the Theme Review Team (TRT) that would have to be involved in such a decision. It stretches across the TRT, Meta team, and even into core itself.

    @greenshady I’m aware of the implicatations of such a change, and follow through with it, but I think adding a few tags just to get started shouldn’t be a ‘show-stopper’.

    Don’t confuse freemium and GPL. All the themes in the WP repository are 100% GPL.

    @joyously I know the difference beteween freemium and GPL. This is not a discussion about GPL, it’s about adding the proper tags. For example the elementor plugin is GPL compatible, but their premium version is not GPL. They also have a theme, but the full functionality gets unlocked after you purchase
    elementor pro.

    You would prefer to pay for both A & B in this case?
    I ask because, often these things come up with the idea that it will result in more truly free plugins and themes, which is generally not going to be the case. These developers need to eat, and for many of them, a freemium model is how they do it.

    @macmanx No, I’d prefer if both features were implemented and inform me, before I install the plugin/theme, if there are features that are not included.
    Everyone’s gotta eat, I agree but… there are several ways to earn money, the freemium-model is just one path but there are many more to explore and consider.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator

    I’d prefer if both features were implemented and inform me, before I install the plugin/theme.

    Having an accurate description is one of the requirements of being in the plugin directory.

    If you find any descriptions in the directory that are misleading regarding the features that are offered for free vs pay, I recommend reporting them to plugins (at) wordpress (dot) org

    The same goes for themes as well, which can be reported via https://make.wordpress.org/themes/report-theme/

    Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

    WCLDN 2018 Contributor | Volunteer support

    I find it’s much easier to accept the model and keep that in mind when searching for a theme and plugin. Times have changed and this is how it is these days. I know in the past you could quite easily find a theme that was as-is and wasn’t up-selling the premium version.

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Andrew Nevins.
    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    🏳️‍🌈 Plugin Review Team Rep

    Re Plugins and Freemium…

    There are no plans to flag freemium plugins at this time. Maybe the next time the plugin repo gets a re-design, but I honestly don’t know if it’ll get okayed.

    All code must be 100% GPL compatible. Period. No exception. If something isn’t, please throw us a link at plugins@wordpress.org

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