In another article published here today, we said something nice—if lukewarm—about Envato Market. Well, it seems The WordPress Helpers isn’t the only WordPress-related group expressing concerns about Envato this week. Specifically, one WordPress themes-and-plugins shop is calling out Envato Themes for … well, a bunch.
The folks at WordImpress, besides taking issue with how difficult it can be simply to do business with Envato, have pointed out that, among other things, Envato now compels its themes vendors to promote extra software as a condition of selling their themes at Envato Themes.
In the States, this would probably be considered illegal; “bundling” is only allowed when you can opt-out. In other words, on the wrong day in front of the wrong judge and jury, forcing somone to take a product as a precondition of buying another will get you in a lot of trouble. Envato, being based in Australia, make not be subject to that proscription.
In this piece on Free WordPress Hosting, we praised x10Hosting for giving you an absolutely clean install of WordPress when you use their one-click install. It’s a little horrifying that Envato Market is making Envato Themes work the way WordImpress’ Matt Cromwell reports.
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