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Theme Activation before Installing, how do you see it?

103graphics.com | Jul. 23, 2017 | 1 min read

What's your impression of theme authors who force you to activate your theme before allowing you to fully install it or get the demo content for it? Please, share your experience with this trend that I discuss in my brief article here.

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M Asif Rahman Ⓦ

In a sense, this is a direct violation of GPL. In GPL you can't restrict the user, to use your GPL functionality based on his membership and license status. This means if your license expires you probably can't use that solution, if this is an entirely hosted solution like any theme should be, this is a direct violation. If they package some plugin and other templates that download from their server they could restrict that. I am not a lawyer, just talking from experience and basic sense. I understand that from Theme Developer's point (which I am not, but could feel as product developer), but it's bad user experience, They could restrict use when they ask for support, they have right to check license there, but not blocking the code.

Mamdouh E Samy

@M Asif Rahman,
I agree with your point, I would think not having access to support or updates would be enough until a user registers his product.

Not sure how others would see this point!