Wow, now this is a first.
Our friends at Creative Market announced last week that all themes sold on their marketplace are now 100% GPL. We couldn’t be more thrilled about this and send hearty kudos to the gang at CM for doing the right thing.
To show our support, we’ve jumped into the fray by offering for the first time ever a WordPress.com premium theme for self-hosted WordPress blogs.
This is an interesting move for WordPress.com and Automattic as they are branching their themes into other commercial markets besides their own.
It signals not just a public show of support for GPL-powered marketplaces but also a sign of some of the strategic business moves that we may see more of this coming year.
There’s nothing wrong with WP.com themes being offered and it’s a brilliant move to provide self-hosted versions of their once .com only offerings.
I bet we’ll see more of this as the year progresses. Creative Market may have the first Premium WP.com theme but are there other theme markets up next? We’ll see in due time I’m sure.