Hi Penny Dreadful,
You remark about the link showing up in their analytics was something I did’t think about at the time of writing and you make a valid point here. It was late at night and it shows up in the writing itself. A lot of spelling errors and stuff. Problem is that I don’t see a option to edit the post, but that may be a lack of oversight on my part.
As to getting Thrive on GPLDL, i do not think it will happen for a couple of reasons.
One: only the themes are released under the GPL 2+ license, the plugins do not have any license and are probably a combination of GPL 2+ and custom stuff going on (
insert propriatery code here).
Two: you can join Thrive and get all the themes and plugins, but it is rather expensive to join at US$ 25 a month, billed quarterly or US$ 19 a month billed per year. There is the option to buy single plugins (i.e. Content Builder) but that will set you back US$ 67, multiply x 4 and you get the idea.
Three: at some point the fine folk at Thrive will notice what is being done with the plugins and themes and will update the validation logic, leaving everybody locked out of the option to update their content. We will have to wait and see when this will happen and think about how we can deal with that problem, when the time is there.
Please note however that at moment the method I outlined is not update proof to. Everytime a update gets pushed, you will have to go in via FTP, find the correct file and set “
false” to “
true” again. Not a real big problem, but still. Let’s see how long we can use this method
In the end I believe that if you are serious about your business and appreciate the tools Thrive offers, you should really get a valid license. From what I have seen, while playing around with the plugins, i am really impressed and think it is totally worth the money. And lets be honest; any serious businessperson that struggles to pay a few hundred US$ per year for their businesstools and licenses, needs to stop and get a job at Burger King.
Besides this I really like the DBAD license, especially point 2.
So, to not make this post any longer then absolutly needed, use this method as longs at it lasts, get your act together and earn money with these tools while the oportunity is there… And then think about DBAD and buy the authors a pint or get a valid license.