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  1. has there been any thought to allowing trials of the premium themes? private view only.

    there are three that i really want to evaluate and compare. the preview is virtually useless on them. the refund offer is nice but i'm not just considering one theme. to really compare them i need to buy them all and then ask for a refund??? thats crazy.

    please help.

    The blog I need help with is rockportnews.wordpress.com.

  2. Hello there,
    These are the relevant links:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/premium-themes/
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/sort/premium/
    Note the theme description pages and live demo sites for each theme.

    You can find and preview Premium Themes in two spots: on our WordPress.com Theme Showcase and right in your WordPress.com dashboard. You can check the list of “Live Preview” supported themes. As you are browsing on the Themes screen, notice the new “Live Preview” link and click it. http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/look-before-you-leap/

    If a Premium theme doesn’t work out we offer a full refund up to 30 days from your purchase. To cancel your purchase and obtain a refund, please use the Cancel button on the Store -> My Upgrades page. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/premium-themes/#how-to-get-a-premium-theme

  3. yep, i'm familiar with the live preview. unfortunately it doesnt work well on any of the premium themes i'm interested in. it just shows them in a very plain blog style.

    i'm also familiar with the 30 day refund. this is nice but really inadequate if i'm seriously wanting to evaluate more than one theme.

    there needs to be a way to truly evaluate these themes. i'm happy to pay for one now but it would be ridiculous to buy four and return three. would also be silly to just try one at a time. i'm sure WP knows that people experiment with a lot of themes before settling on the one they publish. i applaud the notion of having premium versions but we need a way to evaluate them.

    please....

  4. I'll flag this thread for Themes Staff attention and they will respond to you.

  5. We have considered a way to offer trials, but at this time we can only offer the 30-day refund period as a sort of "trial."

  6. disable public viewing.
    time limit.
    payment allows review period of all premiums for a period of time.
    ...

    seems like an easy obstacle to overcome. and an important one.

  7. "Seems like an easy obstacle overcome" doesn't always apply when it comes to the web since to do this may require some serious coding that people without programming experience wouldn't know about. As a web designer I've seen ""Seems like an easy obstacle to overcome" take 2 weeks and require 700 lines of code plus all the debugging, etc.

    Just sayin'. I'm not familiar with all the backend stuff here so my comment above is just a general one.

  8. i am familiar with the backend stuff. there's no reason this should be a big deal. even if it took '2 weeks and 700 lines' wordpress is kinda in the business of selling this stuff.

  9. A thousand pardons. {bows and backs out of the king's chamber}

  10. The preview now is a lot better than it was a year or so back

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