Quite a few months ago, I made a proposition to my readers. I put a call out for great designers, loyal to the idea of Open Source software, to contact me and collaborate on an idea that I thought would make many users in the WordPress community very happy.
Today, I want to put out a similar call for your input, and (in a roundabout way) give you more details about the upcoming project.
This idea of mine, which has been stewing since February, 2008, is very similar to the idea that my good friend Brian Gardner just announced over at his site.
So, I want to know from you, my loyal readers … what makes you lay down your hard earned cash when it comes to WordPress themes?
- Is it the theme itself, features, innovation?
- Is it the support that comes with a premium theme?
- Is it the Documentation?
- Is it the exclusivity (since popular free themes tend to be overused)?
I want to know! Premium themes are very popular right now … more so than they ever have been. But there must be some reason we pay for a theme. Are all premium themes really that much better than their free alternatives?
Second question, what if themes — good themes, great themes! — were available for free? Would you be inclined to send the author a “thank you donation”? Would you be willing to pay for support, documentation, tutorials, add-ons, etc.? What about people you know? Would they be willing to pay for the added support, or would they be perfectly happy with just downloading the theme and nothing else?