Just under a month ago we received the news from 8bit that they were closing down shop. Over the years, we here at WooThemes have developed a lot of respect for John and the team at 8bit so we were certainly surprised and disappointed to hear the news. Businesses operating in this WordPress landscape know well how challenging it can be to thrive and sustain a product. I think we all recognise that Standard Theme was an incredible product. Standard Theme has been described as “incredibly easy to use with just enough options to be powerful, then it backs off”.
Following the announcement, a number of us here at WooHQ took a bit of time to read through the comments and various blog posts published in response to the news. Here is a quick sample of what the 8bit community said about the announcement.
“Wait… WHAT? It’s not even April, let alone the Fools’ Day.”-D
“I did not see this coming… Are you sure this is not a joke? Too bad.” -Christian Foellmann
“uh…no! I just got my mug and stickers!” -Ben R Woodard
Springing into action
We realised pretty quickly that we couldn’t sit back and let Standard Theme die. Thus, we decided to approach John and the 8bit team with a plan to take over Standard Theme and look after it for at least the next year (up to WordPress version 4.0). We feel this move will be a great benefit to the many users of Standard Theme and will overall be a pivotal move for the WordPress community to ensure Standard Theme is bug-free and compatible with the upcoming WordPress releases.
The Next Wave
While we will be looking after Standard Theme for the next year, we’d like to confirm that we will not be selling Standard Theme on WooThemes.com.
We will be contacting all Standard Theme users directly in the next few hours with more information. If you aren’t familiar with WooThemes, we’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Woo Family. We will do our best to take good care of you. Thank you to John and the 8bit crew for giving us this opportunity to take care of your product and amazing community of WordPress users.
We hope you enjoy the journey with us, while we work to keep Standard Theme alive and well.