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Can I Use "Retired" Themes?

  1. I have looked at and fallen in love with a couple of really great-looking themes and have even installed and used a couple of them for short periods of time.

    Then I discovered that some of them have been designated as "Retired."

    I do not know what "Retired" means.

    One of the themes I like is called "Kubrick" and it is marked as "Retired" but it is also marked as the theme "emertius" for WordPress.Com.

    My question is, "Can I use some of these "Retired" themes? They seem to still load up and open up when I install them so there doesn't seem to be any mechanical problems with them.

    I am just confused about what "Retired" means and wondering if I can go ahead and use "Sapphire" or "Kubrick" or "Contempt" all three of which are hum dingers as far as I am concerned.

    Any help I can get with this will be sincerely appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.

    The blog I need help with is americanliberaltimes.com.

  2. Provided you have previously used the retired themes on your blog they are still available to you for activation and use on your blog. If you did not use them on the blog previously they are not available to you.

  3. P.S. Given the growth of mobile use which has yet to crest, the introduction of responsive width themes and infinite scrolling, I am tracking the growth of mobile use by my readers and there's no way I would ever choose to use a retired theme.
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/03/05/mobile-growth-and-blogging/

  4. Whether the themes are still available or not doesn't have to do with whether you had previously used them or not, it has to do with when the blog was created: retired means no longer available in newly created blogs, but still available in blogs created before the theme became retired.

  5. If "Retired" themes are no longer available, then why do they still remain in the Theme Showcase with the words, "Preview" and "Activate" under them and why do they still "Activate" and appear in search and have all their functionality intact?

    One would think that WP would take them out of the showcase if they were no longer available.

    Just asking is all.

  6. Kubrick hasn't been retired, and you're welcome to use it. Where do you see that it has been retired?

    Retired themes remain active on the blogs that use them, so we don't "pull the rug out from under" the bloggers and they are free to choose different themes.

    Themes are retired because they can no longer support the majority of new WordPress features.

  7. Themes are retired because they can no longer support the majority of new WordPress features.

    And that's exactly why I'm not using one on my blogs.

  8. Thank you dear friends, for all your kind help and support and information. I am sincerely grateful to each and every one of you for taking the time to help me today and now I know some things and am more comfortable for having had you all give me of your kknowledge and experience. Thanks again.

  9. You're welcome and best wishes for happy blogging.

  10. @americanliberaltimes:
    a) As macmanx implied, retired themes do not show up in the Theme Showcase site.
    b) "Retired themes remain active on the blogs that use them". That's correct but it's half of the picture: a retired theme also remains available for use on any blog that was created before the theme became retired (even if the blog doesn't now use or hasn't ever used the theme).

  11. "Retired themes remain active on the blogs that use them". That's correct but it's half of the picture: a retired theme also remains available for use on any blog that was created before the theme became retired (even if the blog doesn't now use or hasn't ever used the theme).

    Hm, that's a bug, we'll get that fixed up.

  12. @macmanx: Pity! (I know why it should be fixed, but I feel it as a privilege of older blogs rather than a bug.)

  13. We'll see, it might just be a bug that "survives". :)

    With that said though, I'd definitely recommend avoiding retired themes.

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