Highly infrequent links of the day – May 2

The WordPress newswires are buzzing with lots of interesting things today.

New Theme shop Themefurnace Launches 

Oli from WPLift has taken the wrappers off Themefurnace. Between the ‘Furnace and ‘Forge, I think Oli and I have all the fire driven analogies covered in the WordPress community 🙂 Oli has written a great post about the first 24 hours of the launch. It’s a great read for anyone thinking about getting into the WordPress Theme business.

New Pay what want ThemeThrift site launches

The “Pay what you want” business model has been popping up more and more in recent years in the music industry and to a lesser extent the restaurant business. While it’s an interesting business model I’ve always been a skeptic about it’s long term viability. Which is weird because in general I tend to see the good in people rather than the bad. But when it comes to WordPress themes, I think there has often been a prevailing sense of entitlement that themes should be free. This certainly has changed over the years but I think there is still this perception and where offered my guess is people will choose not to pay – I hope I’m wrong.

It will be interesting to see how this experiment works out.

And finally…. it’s great to see WooThemes are on course to pretty much make a complete recovery after their nightmare week last week. Not long after they came back online last week, they were hit with a pretty big DDOS attack which took them back offline for a short time. Kudos to WPEngine for keeping the WooThemes show on the road.


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