Jun 242016
 

On 22nd June, Suffusion was removed from the WP themes directory all of a sudden. Someone decided that a theme whose last version was released and approved 5 months back and whose users had been generally happy did not meet requirements, and yanked the theme.

My response to the comment was simple:

However, given that I have always come out at the losing end of these discussions, please feel free to keep the theme suspended. I have neither the inclination nor energy to get drawn into this again, particularly since the customizer implementation is back-breaking, and the users of the theme had been perfectly happy with the theme in its current state and the once-in-a-while critical updates that they were getting.

If any of you is interested I can provide the rebuttals here, but it is not worth the time and effort. Stay assured that the all “concerns” about security are unadulterated rubbish. All options are written into the database in a secure manner using the recommended functions and via WP’s standard APIs and then retrieved. If they are really concerned about security, they have to look at the WP platform itself and ensure that none can access options stored in the database for any theme or plugin (not just Suffusion).

As for the rest, the sole deal-breaker is the Customizer implementation. Switching to it is akin to writing a new theme, and that is something I just cannot do.

Anyway, this has been a long and satisfying ride. Thank you for all your support in helping this theme get to the pinnacle of WP themes multiple times over. For those who have the theme currently installed, don’t worry – it will still work as it has; I just will not be able to release any updates for it and it will no longer be available as a theme from the WP directory. In case you are concerned about the “fatal error” on the ticket, the Suffusion Shortcodes plugin addresses it.

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  1. Hi Sayontan,
    like lots of people here I am so sorry and sad to see the end of Suffusion. I have numerous sites using your theme and love it.
    But I have a question for you.
    If WP did not ban suffusion theme, you would still be updating Suffusion as it was needed. We know there is thousands of users who needs updates. What if you still updated Suffusion, put it in zip form and users pay, say 2 usd for the updates.
    You have said you never wanted money for it, which I truly believe, but I am sure you have a favorite charity that would love donations a couple of times a year, that could run into the hundreds of thousands.
    Think of the good work that could be done with this money.
    So think about it.
    you would still be updating, as you would have been.
    users, for a very very small nominal fee, themes would be kept updated.
    Charities could do very good work with the money you would donate, directly or indirectly.
    What is going to happen, someone is going to take it over and make money from it. You could help a lot of people with this theme.

    No matter what you do, thank you for a great theme.

     
  2. I’m very sorry to hear it, Sayontan! I have used Suffusion for years, and I so appreciate how generous you have been with your time.

    I am still back on 4.4.7 because I have not had time to fix some things that break on mobile – but coincidentally I was going to start working on these this week. Can I still update to 4.4.9 if I’m not ready to move to a new theme?

     
  3. Thank you for all the work that I know goes into creating and maintaining a WP theme. It made my website work much easier.
    Take care,
    Alan

     
  4. This is such a sad day. The best theme ever. I am not ready to let it go…

    As a designer I look for maximum flexibility and the power to control and mould every aspect of a site look. I find Suffusion to be the ONLY theme that truly provide this level of control over every detail – the more I use it the more I appreciate it’s genius and how a head of it’s time it has been… To be honest I was dreading this day where it is no longer available and here we are. I still can’t believe it…

    Is it really the end of the road? Is it not possible to have a community working together to bring it back? what would it take – In terms of man hours and cost?

    For now I downloaded the last version of the theme from here in case others are looking for it too: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/29988

     
  5. I protested : https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/29988
    I hope other follow with their own views,
    maybe if all the millions of users do the same we get it back?

     
  6. Thank you for all your work on Suffusion.

    I was able to build a public library website, http://www.bergenfieldlibrary.org, with it and I think it looks good.

    I was a complete novice at web design when I started using Suffusion. (Well I did a very simple website about 15 years ago by hand coding HTML.)

    I love Suffusion and its elegance. I am very grateful for all you put into such an outstanding theme.

    Thank you very much.

    Bill Fischer

     
  7. Suffusion has been an excellent theme. Would you consider changing it to “pay-to-use”? I would gladly pay a yearly fee for an updated and maintained version of Suffusion.

     
  8. Hi Sayontan,

    I installed Suffusion on a few sites and loved it.

    As for the translation, living in Quebec, (the only French people in an English continent), I can assure you translating the admin interface is a must here).

    As for the Customizer: I HATE it and I wanted to install Suffusion on yet another site because… it can be customized WITHOUT that (insert a bad word here) Customizer.

    I’m sorry Suffusion can’t be found on WP anymore (not even the old versions !!!!), and I’m sorry you won’t be maintaining it, but I do undestand your decision.

    I want to thank your for all those years of pleasure with Suffusion.

    Love and blessings to you!

    Marie

     
  9. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. Love this theme and I will keep using as is for as long as I can.

     
  10. I learned to use WordPress with Suffusion. It is really sad that Suffusion is gone. Does anybody know any alternative theme? And Sayontan, I beg you to continue with Suffusion. Is there problems coming with websites using Suffusion?

     
  11. I echo the previous statement. I appreciate what Mr. Sayontan has done. I started an engineering company 2 years ago while maintaining my current job. I used the suffusion theme in way that allows me to compete well. I owe a debt to Mr. Sayontan and one day I will repay it…hopefully soon.

    I agree with the last post ”
    This is a total disaster!!!!!
    It is the best theme ever…
    Nothing else really compares.
    Love the ability to control every aspect of the site design it provides, like no other.
    Bring it back, bring it back, bring it back….
    Please please please…

    If you can bring it back do you have any recommendations for other resources when WP can no longer support any site with the

     
  12. Great theme, as simple as complete for every need.
    Me too I add myself to the list of people who’d like to buy a premium version in the case you decide to keep updating it.
    Thanks for everything, I have lot of sites (of mine) with the Suffusion theme installed.
    All the best Sayontan, good luck!
    Pietro Messa

     
  13. I’m so sad to see this theme discontinued. Is there any other them similar to it? I’d do anything to have it back in use. Any interest in re-activating it?

     
  14. A really brilliant theme, thank you kindly for all of your hard work.

     
  15. Best theme hands down. I am really disappointment to see it gone 🙁

     

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