Running a theme company is hard work, trust me on that. With an ever-growing market of competition as well as the price (literally) of keeping themes updated with newer technologies, practices, coding conventions, and even the standards that are placed on us by the customers, it can literally drive you mad.
Or, at the very least, show you very quickly what is working and what isn’t working. So from time-to-time you simply have to prune your library and make sure that you’re optimizing the business of WP Themes as best as you possibly can. That’s what OkayThemes has done recently in a move that is most likely for the best:
In an announcement earlier this week, Mike McAlister announced that he’s putting a few themes officially to bed:
Some themes aren’t worth the time it takes to update them. As we continue to grow our theme collection and improve popular themes, naturally some themes get less attention and fall of the wagon. We’ve recently retired a few themes, and would like to offer them up for free to you!
Typo, Dispatch, Scribe, Structure, Element, Mission Control, Spectra, and Paradigm will be available in the Retirement Home shortly, all for free. Stay tuned as we wrap up the retirement page. Please note that free themes will not receive updates or support. They’re just sort of there for you to use and do what you want with.
They aren’t available quite yet but they should be shortly.
Good luck with the switch Mike and I hope it works out for the best! I’m with you that logically some themes just aren’t worth keeping around and I’m glad you’re feeling nice enough to release them for free. Thank you for that!