Today, I was thinking to develop two WordPress sites for the upcoming projects of mine.Â While searching for the good themes, I recalled that Revolution themes have become open source.Â So went to http://www.revolutiontheme.com/ and it redirected me the http://www.revolutiontwo.com/. Site was looking nice.Â I browsed through the site, but unable to see any download link.Â What I was seeing was $99.95/year Pro Package and $149.95/lifetime Pro Plus Package.Â I thought that being open source these themes will become free for download.Â Clicked the support link to see if there is a link, in vain.Â It was telling me that I should sign up to see the threads.Â Surprised!Â Should I need to signup to get these themes? Confused!Â It is approx 100 dollars, which I canâ€™t afford.
So, opened Google and asked “Big G” to show the way to â€œrevolution wordpress themes downloadâ€ and landed on http://www.wphacks.com at this post http://wphacks.com/revolution-wordpress-themes-2/ The post was showing Revolution themes with links to download.Â When I clicked on the link it has gone to e-junkie and returned to the homepage of RevolutionTwo.com.Â It was frustrating.Â So I had to go through all the comments of wphacksâ€™ post to see if anyone is having the same problem and stuck at a comment where a guy was having the same problem.Â What he was seeing was just the signup links like me.Â Kyle Eslick commented that he should see a download link in small text.
Then I returned to the site and now I can clearly see the download link, which is in very small font and was looking like a footer note.Â So, it took half an hour for me to find the download link.
After downloading the theme, I opened the zip file and found no instructions on setting up the theme.Â Again I went to support site and was able to get a little details on setting up the themes, one or two threads, which are open to anyone.
So, what I want to say is:
- Though it says Open Source, I donâ€™t see the things like what I see on many open source sites.Â Site is misleading the visitors making them to sing up for the 100 or 140 dollars membership, looks like playing a cheap trick to get signups.
- Why donâ€™t you people put the download links more prominent rather than making it look like footer links?
- Why there is no setup guide in the themes?
Read the below comment by DerFrankie at WPHacks, that is what came into my mind after half an hour search.
I think, that the way Revolution is doing this is quite the oposite of open source.
You might think that a normal open source project will focus on developing a product (theme), documentate it, and release it as a base for contribution and a community to build upon it.
To monetize the effort of the releasing firm, some firms offer service and support agreements (btw a new forrester research has shown that most open source projects relying solely on support contracts donâ€™t pay off).
I cannot see this with this themes. The site states that is open source – but itâ€™s main goal is to sell the service.
On the site you have to â€œsearchâ€ for the download link. There is no â€œprojectâ€ behind it and the customization has to be done, by â€œhackingâ€ into the theme, making it difficult to upgrade.
And, many more questions, but when somebody is offering things for free, we canâ€™t question them.Â Anyway, if you want to download a theme and use it for your blog, below links will be helpful:
- Download links are at the bottom in small font as you can see in the image above.
- Theme tutorials are here: http://www.revolutiontwo.com/support/viewforum.php?f=14 though they do not cover all the things.
- Go to Justin Tadlockâ€™s http://themehybrid.com/ and you can find few free themes similar to Revolution. Read the documentation and experiment with those themes.
- Play with Darren Hoytâ€™s Mimbo theme to understand setting the categories and custom fields.
- Now, go to Dashboard>Theme Editor and edit the theme files to setup the themes correctly.