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What is a theme framework ?
Before talking about the Genesis framework, let me tell you what a theme framework is (You can skip this part to if you know what a framework is)
A framework is a base theme with barely any kind of styling. Its basically bare bones and nothing else. It contains no fancy styling. But, it contains all the functions, required for a good theme, just with less styling. You can call any theme as a framework (Also called as parent theme), for e.g twentytwelve, twentyeleven , and offcourse genesis! or any other you can think of.
So, what do you do with a framework ?
A framework serves as a base theme (like the genesis framework), and all other themes are built on it which are called as child themes (like eleven40). Some themes are built on frameworks while others are made out of scratch and can serve as framework. And off course child themes made with a particular framework can serve themselves as framework for others.
Its legal to distribute genesis!!
WordPress is a free software, but this is not the case with Genesis framework. It comes at a price of whooping $59.95!!!
Now, I wonder why do they charge so much for a theme framework with no fancy styling. And let me tell you something about the license which themes use.
All the lines of code written for the genesis framework are in php are licensed under GPL , i.e they can either be distributed free or charged!
This is because, all lines of php code in a theme are considered to be derivatives of wordpress software itself which is absolutely free. If you want to know more about it, you might want to take a look at this article by wordpress.
While all the fancy or custom styling you see in the themes are considered to be work of art and can be copyrighted, the way author wants. So, when you are happy with discounts or free updates on premium themes,think over it once again, you are paying price for a thing which should be distributed freely!!!
Now many of you might say “Okay, all the lines of php code are free, but what about styles and images?”
Now, here’s the argument:
If they charge me so much for just a piece of style(I have excluded all functions), why can’t I rob them back by distributing styles for free.
Now again, an argument will pop out, “sharing styles is illegal ?” It is technically, copyright infringement!
But what about all the functions I am talking about, which should be distributed for free!
And if you haven’t figured already, take look at your theme, major part of it are just functions. And don’t tell me you can’t make images for yourself ! And after this, all that is remaining is a css file !
So, in short they charge you for some images which you can get on net for free, and a css file. I frankly, cannot afford paying 59.95 bucks (to be exact) for a theme framework, most of which should be distributed freely. And there’s one more thing. Buying framework, won’t do you any good, if you aren’t a developer!
That means if you want a good looking theme, you have to purchase a child theme along with it which would cost you 79.95$ atleast! If you are purchasing one from studiopress.
Seeing this, I decided to do something!
And here’s what I have come up with:
Genesis framework for free download(v 2.0.2!)
TO GET THE GENESIS FRAMEWORK!
TO GET ALL THE CHILD THEMES :
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DO CHECK THE MOST SEXY LOOKING THEME
At one side, you can argue that the author has spent his time and hardwork in creating the theme. While on the other hand I would argue by saying that most of the themes are made by gathering pieces of codes from here and there(i.e copy and paste!) , and images purchased or handmade. What I have tried to present is just my point of view, I am not against studiopress, but all the premium theme makers for charging money way high than its worth and not distributing their code freely.
Thank you for reading.
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