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  1. Georg Griesser

    Will be interesting to see how this will eventually work out.

    I am quite skeptical that they can capture that much of the theme market to make it really relevant. In my opinion The WP.org audience differs drastically from the WP.com audience and therefore themes should have a different feature-set.

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  2. Georgina

    ….and there you have it; more proof that .com is involving itself deeper and pushing for desperate money by monetizing .org through Jetpack. I hear Automattic is removing discount renewal pricing for WooCommerce for the full price. Almost appears Automattic is financially not as sound, or they are simply going after greed and wanting to monetize as much of the WordPress universe as possible…including .org users.

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    • Jonathan

      I don’t see the problem with Automattic making money off of the open source project that is WordPress. Isn’t that what the rest of us who build products and services around WordPress do? Automattic just does it at a much larger scale and with greater success. Let’s not forget how much of Automattic’s resources are donated back to the WordPress project in terms of development, documentation, community events that we all benefit from.

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      • Meagan

        I’m unsure whether the concept of “the ends justify the means” was ever used for good, though.

        WordPress.org is much greater than just the companies and people who contribute to the project.

        At the same time, those companies and people are exact equals in the eyes of the law, and are afforded the exact same rights.

        Even the playing field, basically. It’s what we aim to do in Canada, at least :)

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  3. Loretta

    Jetpack is one of my favorite plugins and I use the free level plugin. I always find it interesting to see what Automaticc adds and how they’re working at growing.

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    • Peter

      That’s maybe on of the reasons why your website takes 30 seconds to load.

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      • chuck

        You made me curious so I also looked at it. Comes up in around 2 seconds for me, not bad at all for a WP site. I have certainly seen much (much) worse…

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        • Peter

          Yes, currently it loads that “fast”, 2+ seconds are still horrible, 100+ request on home page is a crap for simple website. Probably adequate to that hosting what previously load that web in 30s.

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  4. Zander

    I’m stuck in a catch-22, as I really like one of the premium themes they offer (Aquene, which sells for $125), but I don’t really NEED any of the Jetpack Pro features per se. But at $150 for the year (with the 50% code), it seems like it’s probably worth it, as I’m sure those extra features are worth the $25.

    I’d love to find a similar theme on ThemeForest for $50-60 and be done with it, but I haven’t seen anything quite like it so far. :(

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