Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

I have a support request for one of your themes. Where should I send it?

First, visit the WordPress.org support forum for the theme you're using. You can find it by going to the WordPress.org page for the theme and clicking the "View support forum" button. There's a decent chance that your question has already been asked and answered. If it hasn't, create a new forum thread for your question. That way, other people with the same question can find the answer in the future.

Can I pay you to customise one of your themes?

I rarely have time to help out with modifications to my themes, even paid ones, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Feel free to send me an email, and I’ll try to get back to you.

Can I port one of your themes to another CMS?

Sure, go right ahead! If you do, please let me know. I’d love to see it.

Can you help me get in touch with someone who uses one of your themes?

No. Anyone can download my themes from WordPress.org and use them for any purpose, and I don’t have any means of reaching those who do. If it’s a legal matter, I’d recommend you to get in touch with the hosting company or domain registrar. They probably won’t give you the contact details to the owner, but most of the time, they can pass along a message to whoever has the website/domain.

I want to send a cease and desist letter to someone. Should I send it to you?

In case it wasn’t clear from the way I phrased the question, the answer to that is no. I’m guessing that you’ve seen the text ”Theme by Anders Norén” in the footer of a website that you have a problem with, and that it lead you here. The website is using a free WordPress theme made by me. Those themes are available on both WordPress.org and WordPress.com for free, and they are used by hundreds of thousands of websites across the web.

I don’t have a direct relationship with any of the people behind any of those websites. I also don’t have any way to a) delete any of the websites, b) modify content on them, or c) contact the people who created them. If you don’t have a way to contact the people who own the website, I’d recommend you to get in touch with the hosting company.

I’d like to submit a change to one of your themes. Are they on Github?

They are on Github, but in private repositories. Due to the extra time it would take to administer pull requests, I don't have any current plans to make the repositories public. For now, feel free to send me a suggestion via email.

What changes can I make to your themes?

Any changes you want! You can add, remove or change stuff, remove my name from the footer, change the names of the themes, and so on. The only requirement is that your modifed version of the themes also use the GPL 2.0 open source license.

What are the differences between the WordPress.org and WordPress.com versions?

The versions released on WordPress.org, which can be downloaded and installed on any server, are developed and maintained by me. The versions released on WordPress.com, which is a paid service maintained by Automattic, are developed by Automattic based on the original designs.

They mostly look and work the same, but there are some differences in functionality. If you’re using one of my themes on WordPress.com and want to use that same theme on a self-hosted server, I can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to retain all of the features you're used to. Mostly because a lot of those features are tied into the WordPress.com service itself, rather than a specific theme.

If you have a question about a theme on WordPress.com, you should post a message in the WordPress.com support forums. If you have a question about a theme for the self-hosted version of WordPress, you should post a message in the WordPress.org support forums.

What license are your themes released under?

All of my WordPress themes are released under the GPL 2.0 license – same as WordPress itself. The short summary of what that license entails is that you can do whatever you want with my themes – modify them, rename them, sell them – as long as the end result is also made available under the GPL 2.0 license. There’s a good summary of it on WordPress.org.

Do your themes support the Gutenberg editor?

Yes, all of my themes have been updated to support the new Gutenberg editor included in WordPress 5.0.

Would you be willing to sell the ownership of your WordPress themes?

No.