11 Nov Bye Bye Canvas
On October 24th, 2017, Woothemes stopped selling their flagship WordPress theme Canvas.
One word: Gutenberg. What is Gutenberg? In short, the future of WordPress.
WooCommerce sent out an email to Canvas users. Here’s what they said:
“We’re committed to ensuring that WooCommerce and all the products we sell are up-to-date with WordPress development. Unfortunately, Canvas isn’t built for the future of WordPress. That’s why as of today, we’re no longer selling Canvas on WooCommerce.com.
If you’re currently using Canvas, don’t worry — you don’t have to switch immediately:
- You will continue to get support for the duration of your active subscription, or one year from today for lifetime subscriptions.
- Documentation will still be available, should you need it.”
Essentially, Canvas will be incompatible with future versions of WordPress within the next year or two.
How do they know that? In a manner of speaking, Canvas is owned by the makers of WordPress. In 2015, WooCommerce was purchased by Automattic, the company that created and developed WordPress. So you might say they have inside knowledge.
Canvas theme users should begin making a plan to migrate to another theme within the next six months to a year. With proper planning, the transition need not be difficult.
If your website uses the Canvas theme, please let us know if you need help or guidance.