Hope everyone had a great weekend! Just wanted to make a brief post on the changes that have happened the last week or so regarding Audentio Design and the new ThemeHouse brand.
To begin, we are formally introducing ThemeHouse! This is just Audentio Design's brand for all digital products for web software. Primarily Wordpress and XenForo to begin with, as we've always done. But some MyBB, phpBB, and IPB products as well. We decided on this name purely because we, as a team, liked the way it sounded better than Hex Themes.
We apologize for any confusion here. The roll out of the name lacked some flare, but this is what happens when you do not only client work, but products, and manage a custom website as our company does. We have a lot of work on our plates and we're trying to make sure things move forward as smoothly as we possibly can here on out.
Changes to Add-ons
Price structure and the rebranding of acquired add-ons
Next, we went through and rebranded many of Jon and Barbole's add-ons to fit within our simple pricing model. We did away with different currencies, different subscription requirements, premium vs paid plans etc. Now it's quite simple. No freemium.
- Premium add-on licenses 1 price. Generally $10 - $50, most of them being $10.
- Updates and support are included for 1 year. If you need support or updates after the year, the renewal price is roughly 50% of the original cost of the add-on. So mostly $5 for another year.
- Branding removal is $50/domain or $200 for unlimited domains, as its always been.
We updated a few of the add-ons with necessary fixes, but plan to actually get to work on any bug fixes and new development requests as we close out the rebranding process.
Premium support subscription
We do have premium support subscriptions if you need support for many free add-ons or just generic support. Buying a subscription also includes branding removal! If you have an active license, you do not need this subscription for support on that product, this is completely separate from any specific product and can be purchased if you need that extra bit of help for free/open-source add-ons or even help with things that we aren't responsible for building. We can help with generic XenForo help under this plan as well!
You can find these plans here: http://forums.xf.themehouse.com/subscriptions/
In the future, we plan to have other subscriptions for start-up forums, medium forums, people who love themes and want more choices instead of paying for every individual product like you have to now, etc. But for now, those three bullet points is really about all.
The list of add-ons that are staying free and the list of ones converted to premium can be seen here: https://xenforo.com/community/threads/themehouse-and-audentio-design.109019/#post-1011438
The rest have been open-source'd!
We open-source'd 200+ add-ons!
Almost all of Jon's add-ons have gone open source! What this means is that if there was an add-on you used that went open source, now any developer can work on it without any permission from us. They can fork it, sell it, update it, make a new version of it, whatever they want. No limitations whatsoever. There is branding in these add-ons, but since it falls outside of our normal agreement, you can quite easily remove the branding without any purchase.
A full list of which add-ons went open-source can be seen here: https://xenforo.com/community/threads/themehouse-and-audentio-design.109019/#post-1011439
Previously own a license from Barbole or did you fund the original add-on from Jon or Barbole?
If you already bought a license and are not seeing your license reflected at ThemeHouse, just register and send us a message. Similarly, if you funded the add-on and would like a free courtesy license, we would be more than happy to. No personal information about clients from neither Jon nor Barbole were given to us, so unless you let us know and show us the payment, we have no way of knowing who did what with whom.
Audentio Design products
In what we hope to be just another couple months, all Audentio Design themes and products will move to ThemeHouse. Naturally all licenses will be kept the same and up to date.
Quite often, people contact us to build small, specific features into either our existing add-ons or into new add-ons. Many times, they make a lot of sense and we would love to build them. This wasn't meant to be a way to give us ideas for add-ons, we have plenty ourselves. But instead let those with smaller budgets a chance to build a feature they want and have a professional development team build and support it.
So what we did is build a simple system for people to post these feature requests up and let the community crowd-fund them into creation. Some of these features, though often seemingly simple, require hours of labor. So anyone can essentially pay a small payment to help contribute to your feature request and help you get it built. Upvotes are currently around $30, but we plan to drop this down to $1 - $10 in the future as more people use the system.
It is entirely free to post the idea. We determine roughly how many upvotes are required before we will guarantee it to be built. If others like the idea, they fund it, we build it. You can get started with that here: http://forums.xf.themehouse.com/ideas/
New Website Coming Soon!
It has been quite some time since we updated Audentio.com. However, since everything is moving to ThemeHouse.com, we have a brand new website coming soon! We may post some pictures up soon with some sneak previews. The new website will be far more modern with such features such as:
- Multiple payment options
- Multiple opportunities to save money on various products we offer
- An improved tickets system to help us respond faster and not miss ticket updates
- Responsive and mobile friendly of course
- And much much more
Our immediate goal is to make sure all add-ons that desperately require updates get it. This includes our themes of course, of which we are nearing a release at the time of writing this announcement. Things have been rough for everyone and we want to move forward with proper premium support that our customers deserve. Updating the free add-ons to premium was something we had to do, and I know some are not happy with this. But we needed to do it so that we could continue offering the support asked of us. If you have any issues with any of our decisions, please do message us here, we'd love to work something out and make it so you are happy with this transition.
We are so thankful for all the support many of you have given us. It is for you that we work so hard and will continue to.
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