Last updated: September 8, 2020

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For solo freelancers creating a website for a single client

If you are a freelancer creating one website for a single client, and the website you’re creating can be accessed by the end user (in this case, visitors to your client’s website) free of charge, then the Freelancer License is all you need if you only want the HTML/CSS version of the theme. The Developer License is required if you want the full source files for the theme.

If users have to pay to access certain features or areas of the website you are creating for your client, like a SaaS application, then the Startup License is needed.

Note: a typical e-commerce website requires users to pay for products on the website, but not to use the website – in this case a Freelancer or Developer License is sufficient.

For agencies and small teams creating a website for a single client

If you are an agency or a small team of 5 team members or less creating one website for a single client, Startup License is required.

With the Startup License, the application you are building for a client is allowed to have paying users, for example, a SaaS application.

For companies creating a website for their own business

If you represent a company, and are building a website for the business, you must choose the appropriate license. If the website you are building is informational, like a landing page or marketing website, where users can access the website for free, then the Freelancer License or Developer License is all you need if you are the only team member accessing the theme files.

If your team is between 2-5 members, the Startup License is required, which also allows the creation of applications where the end users must pay in order to access, like a SaaS platform.

If your team size is between 6-15 members, the Enterprise License is required.

We also offer custom commercial licensing for teams larger than 15 members.

If you are building a "freemium" application

If you are using the "freemium" strategy for your end product, meaning your application is free for users, but users can pay to unlock or access additional features, you must use a license type that allows for paid applications. The Startup License or the Enterprise License is needed in this case, depening on how many team members are working with the theme to develop the application.

For creating multiple end products using the same theme

If you are creating more than one end product, but want to use the same theme, then you will need to buy multiple licenses of the same theme – Freelancer License or Developer License if the end product is accessed for free, Startup or Enterprise Licenses if the end product requires paid access depending on the size of your team.

If you don't want to purchase multiple licenses for creating multiple end products, we offer custom commercial licensing as well!

Multi channel redistribution, and advanced development

If you are looking to redistribute your end product through multiple channels, or require advanced terms that surpass the capabilities of the Enterprise License, then a custom commercial license is necessary. Information about custom commercial licensing is available upon request by contacting us at [email protected].

Still Have Questions?

Licensing can be confusing at times depending on what sort of project you are building. If you still aren’t sure which license you need to purchase, please send details about your project to [email protected] and we will be happy to help answer any questions you might have!

The above content is subject to change, and was last updated on September 3, 2020.


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