Months ago i was featuring WPthemesfree.com for their great site and services for theme submit. Today i just caught up from moses whos theme also been landed there and SHOCKED that they were adding an extra link in the footer in each theme. Moses, myself and other theme designer and theme developer’s themes had been added an extra backlink to WPthemesfree. When i check on the technorati stats, their backlink mostly come from the modified theme itself..Is this the price to pay for submitting the theme to their site. again nothing mention about this rules and terms…I don’t really think the theme code itself can auto generate and input the extra backlink in the theme code so the only explanation will be a manually input of their link in the themes by their staff member EDIT: they already stated below the upload page footer. Here’s what i found when download my latest theme there and look at the theme code itself:

<a href=”http://www.dezzain.com”>Dezzain Studio</a> | Brought by <a href=”http://www.wpthemesfree.com/” title=”Free WordPress Themes”>Free WordPress Themes</a>

an extra line were added to the theme code itself. The thing that really freak me out is that they should mention something about this in their main page but still no FAQ or any mention regarding this rule when you submit the theme there. The hardest beating to this event would be a standalone designer’s theme that were submitted to the site since everyone had the upload right regardless if you’re the original author or not.

Couple of standalone designer such as wpdesigner and milo IIIIVII and many more were landed with an extra backlink to the site. This is just a violation to the designer himself. I personally will not submit my theme there anymore before some explanation can come up with this issue. So i will appreciated if any users downloaded my themes there can redownload it again from my main site for an original copies of the themes and that’s go for all the users that download other designer theme there, you can visit the original author site to obtain the original copy of the theme without the extra link to wpthemefree.

Finally i suggest WPthemesfree.com staff can stated a more clearear rule about theme submit there so there’s no more confusion in their later development…

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