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  1. William Patton

    There really was a good deal of support from the wider community with relation to tougher accessibility standards for the .org directory. We’re working just now on ways to make that happen so if you are experienced with accessibility matters then I would love it if you could come along to Theme Review Team meetings and help us shape the new improved guidelines 🙂

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  2. David McCan

    Chaplin is a very attractive theme. On par with or nicer than some premium themes.

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  3. Pablo

    Norén is one of a handful of theme authors who are submitting high quality themes to the directory that are truly free from upsells.

    Examples of other authors like Norén? I find very difficult to find such a high quality and full featured themes for free.

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  4. Pablo

    Feedback to the site designer: On the comment text editor, the quote format is available on the editor but is not visually represented when the comment is posted.

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  5. Anh Tran

    I’m a fan of Noren’s themes. His work is beautiful, elegant and simple.

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  6. Twan

    “Honestly, I would prefer all themes with upsell to be filtered out into their own section of the directory, so it’s clear to visitors what themes are free and what themes are ‘free,’ Norén said in response to the discussion. “It would also reduce the incentive for theme shops to flood the directory with crippled themes.”

    I think the same goes for plugins, I’d prefer that all plugins with a premium or freemium option should be shown in their own category/directory.

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  7. David Decker

    Yes, the theme looks nice. And with the Block Editor it will be flexible for sure, at least within the world of blocks.

    However, it is not the only one, others like GeneratePress, Astra are also fully supporting Block Editor, Classic Editor, even Page Builders. Those for example are also somewhat like “frameworks” in offering lots of filters, hooks and are developer friendly.

    Having a pro upsell like GeneratePress and Astra and some others do, doesn’t make those themes bad at all.

    Not all “upsell themes” are equal. There a lot of differences, same like the “without upsell free” themes.

    And yes, the theme repo search and filter was always bad, really bad. Users complain about this for the last 10 years or so. I have given up my hope on this. It’s a mess.

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  8. Bastian

    Honestly, I would prefer all themes with upsell to be filtered out into their own section of the directory, so it’s clear to visitors what themes are free and what themes are ‘free,’ Norén said in response to the discussion. “It would also reduce the incentive for theme shops to flood the directory with crippled themes.”

    Some time ago, I suggested here that the theme review team should consider adding a “really-free” or “no-upsell” tag to the theme repository. All I got were responses from theme devs against this saying that there was nothing wrong with trying to make some money. The result is a directory flooded with crippled themes, with some minor really free exceptions, such as Norén’s themes, which are extremely hard to find.

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  9. Oliver

    I just love Norén’s themes. And this one especially blew my head off; such a beauty!

    Anders is one of the theme authors that inspire and deserves every penny for his free themes… (…donation link can be found at https://www.andersnoren.se/teman/)

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  10. Mike Bianchi

    If you develop WordPress websites for money, there should be no problem with using a premium themes. I have fixed many sites that had problems with free themes after the theme author abandoned the theme. At least with premium themes the authors have a reason to continue development and support. I avoid free themes for client sites. I’m not saying that all premium themes are trouble free, just that these themes have fewer problems since there’s a financial incentive to keep them working well.

    That being said, premium themes being offered as “free” themes should be clearly identified as “limited” versions. I do like being able to evaluate these limited versions to determine if I even want to purchase the premium version.

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  11. flanky

    Not sure, if author saw the theme on today’s standard – higher resolution screen or some bigger screen at all.

    The content covers just left half of a web space aligned to the left side. It looks horrible like default WP theme 2019.

    I can understand the width of these themes, however I have no idea why they align whole content left in this case. It looks clunky, like something is missing on the right side.

    Probably I miss something regarding these designs.

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    • James

      Not everyone is going to like every design, and not everyone has to like every design. There are currently 7,354 themes in the free directory alone, and we certainly didn’t get there by everyone liking every design.

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      • flanky

        Most themes there are broken and incompatible with recent version of WordPress.

        Even in situation if 10% would be usable, with current search system in the directory and preview, good luck to install and try them all 🙂

        These themes which relatively works are “free adverts” for theme’s businesses.

        If lucky after hours of trying, still majority of themes are bloated for no reason with clunky “features” and lack just basic functions what a themes should do – show a content on a screen.

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      • James

        Then ask for help in the theme’s support forum, or leave a review and move on to another theme. They’re all free.

        Use the Feature Filter button to narrow down your options there, or sort by Latest for the best change at compatibility with the current version of WordPress.

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