May 21, 2021 at 1:18 pm #504074
I’m a solo (small, if you prefer) entrepreneur that started using the Genesis framework 8 years ago. Since then, I have bought several Genesis base themes, ALL OF THEM from StudioPress.
I just read the latest StudioPress announcement and consider that all my client sites develop over those years relying StudioPress themes will be at risk sooner or later.
In other words, the house from which I bought all my themes is telling me that unless I’m paying now $360/year, all my themes will go unsupported (but for security).
I had bought my theme from BizBudding, I would not feel abandoned.
I feel kind of betrayed by StudioPress. Should I not? Any comments?May 24, 2021 at 8:25 am #504092
Same as me, i don't know what to do now.
Great fan of Genesis FW but so strange phylosophy since SP is a part of WPE...
I'm thinking to migrate to Generatepress because WPE clearely doesn't care about previous SP users :/May 25, 2021 at 6:23 am #504114
I have to disagree here a little bit because there are so many changes coming to WordPress as a whole. WordPress itself is changing and with those changes, StudioPress and other theme companies need to make changes to how they create and deliver themes. Will everyone like that, No. But WPE/StudioPress is working on new products that will actually help you with development. I remember when my Mom had to learn how to use a computer at the clinic after working with pen and paper for so long. She fussed a lot but once she got on there, learned how to do use it and educated herself, she was fine. It just took time.
Could the delivery of it been a little better? Maybe. But If you re-read the blog, they're not going out of business. The Genesis Framework will still be updated and used with child themes. But if you look at the progression of WordPress in general... that movement is going to "Full Site Editing". Read this and read this.
May 25, 2021 at 6:27 am #504115
And let me add one more thing. I don't work for StudioPress or WPE. I am a volunteer here on the forum. I have my own business but have provided theme support for several Genesis theme developers. I have been with the same developer a little over two years now. *ALL* of the theme designers are basically doing what StudioPress did with *retiring* and *archiving* older themes. It just isn't financially and time efficient to go back into outdated themes. So it's not just StudioPress that's doing it - most theme developers are. And lastly in doing so, they are bringing new services and new themes to their own businesses. Why? So they can adapt to all the changes coming in WordPress. No one is being abandoned - things need to change as time goes on. Like the saying, "If you always do what you always did...you will always get what you always got."
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