WordPress.com starts offering Premium Themes

As of today, two premium themes are available for use with WordPress.com.  I guess that’s good news for theme designers and the WordPress community as a whole.  I just wish they didn’t call them Premium.  That moniker insinuates that commercial or ‘paid’ themes are inherently better than free themes created under the GPL license.  Maybe ‘commercial themes’ would have been a better name?

“Along with this extraordinary growth we’ve been thrilled to watch a thriving marketplace of commercial themes drive innovation and quality in theme design while producing an amazing variety of theme choices for self-hosted WordPress sites.

Now we want to bring the same level of theme choices to the WordPress.com community—it’s time to give you a chance at not only more themes, but a chance to showcase your site with beautiful designs that will blow you away with their style and quality.” {Lance Willett – WordPress.com news}

*Update
Further Reading: Matt Mullenweg on WordPress.com Premium Themes

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