Distributing Premium Theme on WordPress.com

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    Hey all,

    I have been developing a theme which I’d like to be able to distribute to users of wordpress.com.

    I have gone through and passed the appropriate unit tests advised on WordPress.org (both manually & using theme-check) and have ensured my theme is W3C compliant.

    I can’t for the life of me find an appropriate contact point on wordpress.com, or instructions on how I can go about distributing my theme as a paid product in the theme store (or if this is even possible!).

    Is there anyone with some experience in this area that could assist me at all? I’d be hugely grateful for any constructive advice.

    Many thanks, Matt



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    By way of some extra details…

    Theme URL: http://clients.fgsd.com.au/eportfolio/ (Includes sample data used for unit tests)

    Theme Support Page: http://www.teachertechnologies.com/projects/eportfolio/

    Why on WordPress.com? : Many Australian teachers use wordpress.com for their professional blogs and would like to start using their blogs as eportfolios. The Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership (AITSL) will be asking teachers to collate evidence that their current practice measures up against the new National Professional Standards for Teachers (NPSfT). This theme is designed to help teachers use the WordPress.com platform to do just that.

    It needs to be available in the WordPress store as most teachers have a WordPress.com account rather than a self-hosted blog. If it is not in the store I currently have no way of sharing this helpful theme with them.

    As you can imagine, it has taken a fair bit of time to develop this theme, as such I’d like this to be incorporated as a premium offering that I can recoup my development costs from.

    Many thanks, Matt



    Thank you for the recommendation!

    Is the theme GPL licensed? It will need to be licensed under the GPL before being considered for inclusion on WordPress.com.


    Thanks for the response macmanx :)

    Absolutely, I’ve provided the licensing information in the Style.css as per the practices recommended on WordPress.org. This simply states the following:

    License: GNU General Public License v2.0
    License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

    Are there any store requirements beyond this for denoting the licensing, such as a license.txt or similar within the theme, or will this cover it?



    That should be fine for step 1. I have let our team know, thanks!


    Hi Matt. Please get in touch with themes [at] automattic [dot] com about your premium themes. Cheers!



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    themes (at) automattic (dot) com

    Sorry about that!


    Thanks guys, much appreciated :)



    You’re welcome!

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