The Original WordPress Diva

I’m surprised to learn that there are some people out there who appreciate me and my title so much that they’ve decided to start calling themselves the WordPress Diva.

I just wanted to publish a quick note letting everyone know that this site has been the home of the original WordPress Diva since 2006 and though some people will try to ride the WP Diva wave, they aren’t the originals. (The original would use a WordPress theme she developed herself.) It’s flattering though. 🙂

In other news, I’ve decided that it’s time to sell the WP Diva brand and website. I had a great many things planned for the site, but unfortunately, not enough time to execute it all. The press release has already gone out and I will be updating this site with the screen shots of the site stats.

Interested parties can send an email to sale AT wpdiva DOT com. Remember to replace the AT with @ and DOT with a period.

Ethical Theme Sponsorship Links

I PERSONALLY think that if I were to use a sponsored theme (and I never will) that this “sponsor” should pay ME to have his link there since he’s getting all his linky love off my site. But that’s just me. (Jenny)

With a response by Thomas:

Then Jenny you should pay the designer for the theme you are using expect for (semi-)professional bloggers no one wants to pay for the themes he uses. (Thomas)

Thomas makes a valid point. It seems that the people who want something for nothing are the ones who ultimately forget or don’t fully understand what goes into the production of a single, quality WordPress theme.

Creating a good theme can be an hours long project; themes simply don’t spring to life out of thin air.

  • Layout planning
  • Color and font selection
  • Graphic creation and, in some cases, stock image purchase
  • Slicing, dicing, and coding
  • Testing and tweaking
  • Supporting the finished product

Often, the designers do it for the sheer enjoyment of designing a nice theme, but the hours spent creating that free to use theme are hours that aren’t spent on a paying project. Sure, the theme designer could slap up a donation button, but the fact is that people rarely donate, even when the button is in their face; the amount of donations a theme designer may receive in a year probably wouldn’t even cover an hour spent on the theme production and support.

Not all theme designers are in a position where someone else supports them — providing shelter, buying groceries, and paying the bills. In other words, some theme designers are only able to produce the free themes if it is part of their overall livelihood. Adding a sponsored link is a way to curtail the financial obligations associated with producing the theme. In essence, the link becomes a non-monetary donation from the end user to the theme designer.

With all of that said, there definitely does need to be some basic ethical standards for sponsored themes to make it a win-win-win situation all around. Continue reading »