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Developer License Question

  1. Hi. I am planning to develop a Premium WP Theme to sell on ThemeForest.net and I was wondering if this is allowed with the Developer license or if that license only allows me to use Gravity Forms on my clients websites. (I do develop actual websites too.)

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 6, 2013 | Permalink
  2. No. You can't distribute your Gravity Forms Developer license with a theme you sell on ThemeForest. You can't freely distribute or resell your Gravity Forms Developer License.

    Selling a theme isn't the same as having a consultant/client relationship. You can use your Developer License on clients sites where you have consultant/client relationship and you manage their web site for them, implement customizations for them, etc. BUT once you no longer have that relationship then you would need to remove your license and they would need to purchase their own license key.

    Selling them a theme is not that type of a relationship. People who buy your themes are customers, not clients. Just like people who buy Gravity Forms are customers, not clients.

    Themes should be the design of a site. Plugins are for functionality.

    Plus it is not advisable to distribute plugins with themes. Themes are themes, plugins are plugins. If your theme is including a bunch of plugins then it is doing too much. Too many themes, especially on ThemeForest, overstep this boundary and it's not good for the community because it causes major support headaches for others such as plugin developers.

    We constantly deal with support issues related to theme developers (ThemeForest being a major source of these developers) who don't do things the right way. So if you're thinking of distributing plugins with your theme I would say don't.

    Posted 6 years ago on Thursday June 6, 2013 | Permalink

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