Abuse or Luck? The Real Story of Astra Theme’s Suspension on WordPress.org
In this video I will explain how the Astra theme was able to avoid a 6 week suspension on WordPress.org for multiple serious violations, which would have cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
I’ve been very vocal about this issue from day one, so now that the story has somewhat concluded, it is time to look back and see what really happened.
I will explain why the Astra Theme was suspended from the WordPress.org theme repository and how they took advantage of over a million website owners. I will also show how the theme review team ignored the seriousness of these violations. Almost everything that happened in this situation went in Astra’s favor and minimized their financial and reputational losses.
By my own educated estimates based on the financial data provided by other theme developers in the past, I believe that Astra currently generates revenue of around 1.5 million USD per month from theme sales alone. So keep that number in mind while you watch the video.
It’s a long and crazy story with a couple of convenient twists, so please watch until the end before you jump to any conclusions. If it gets too slow for you, you can increase the playback speed of the video and pause where you have to.
So grab a seat and let’s begin with the story.
What do you think?
If you think that I missed some important information or presented some false information, please leave a comment and I will try to address it. Please take a look at the comments section, there might be some important updates and information from other people.