Big changes coming this summer: New Theme + new pricing policy

Author: Categories: AitThemes News
Updated: June 25, 2019
Big changes coming this summer: New Theme + new pricing policy

In this article you’ll find detailed information about upcoming news we’ll be introducing this summer. How will the changes affect existing customers? What pricing bundles will be introduced?

Over the past year, WordPress has released many new functionalities that have greatly changed the way we use it. With the release of our new WordPress theme we’re moving forward, bringing you better web creation opportunities.

When WordPress 5.0 was first released, our main goal was to make sure all our themes were functioning well with this new, significantly different version of WordPress based on blocks. Of course, we’ve accomplished this goal without any delays and moved on to a much bigger task:

Developing Citadela – new WordPress theme designed for WordPress block editor – Gutenberg.

Citadela WordPress theme will be released this summer. However, our vision is to keep working on it for upcoming years. We’ll be constantly adding new features and blocks until it becomes the ultimate tool for creating ANY WordPress website.

How does new WordPress block editor work?

WordPress has introduced blocks alongside with a visual editor – Customizer.

Each block can be edited individually, moved around the page, added or deleted… You can even save blocks after you customize them and reuse them elsewhere on the website.

WordPress Customizer or visual editor lets you make changes to your website and see how they look right away.

Citadela WordPress theme will leverage both of these new WordPress features.

Citadela will offer:

  • Multiple theme layouts which you can switch between and preview how they fit your website.
  • Different types of headers with customizable header background.
  • Endless color options, and even the automatic calculation of matching colors.
  • Unique blocks you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Directory functionality for creating listing websites, business directory or any website that holds thousands of items: neatly categorized & easily searchable.
  • Many other great functionalities.

Multipurpose theme or Directory WordPress theme?

Ait-Themes have been on the WordPress market for over 10 years. We are designing themes and plugins for wide range of customers. Professionals, bloggers, businesses of different sizes and structures, non-profits, web agencies etc.

We’ve came with a concept of Directory WordPress theme as one of the first WordPress developers ever.

It was a unique idea of creating business listing website with WordPress – originally a simple blogging platform – now used for a complex solution with thousands of categorized items, advanced search, pinned map and much more.

People loved the idea and to this day, new version of original Directory theme is one of our best selling themes, as well as featured theme on Themeforest.

When we were deciding what kind of theme we’re going to build on WordPress block editor, we were standing in front of a tough decision:

Do we want to build multipurpose theme or directory theme?

We decided to build both.

New WordPress blocks and visual editor – Customizer is so easy to use, it’s really up to you what website you’ll build. Our part of the job is to prepare design, blocks and features you can work with.

We let YOU choose: 4 levels of Citadela

Let me introduce you our concept for this new and great WordPress theme, which will be a perfect fit for all our customers.

You can choose what you need for your amazing website. Here are your options:

1. Citadela WordPress theme

Citadela will be released as FREE premium WP theme, beautifully designed and coded based on standard WordPress principles to ensure highest compatibility with third party plugins. Free version of Citadela will be extendable by plugins for further customization.

2. Citadela PRO plugin

WordPress plugin that adds customization options to Citadela.

  • More theme layouts,
  • Header customization,
  • Unlimited colors with color autocalc,
  • Typography with any Google font you like
  • More styles
  • Wider choice of alignment of WordPress blocks

3. Citadela Blocks plugin

WordPress plugin that adds unique blocks to any WordPress theme. such as:

  • Services
  • Events
  • Job offers
  • Team Members
  • Testimonials
  • Price Tables
  • Counters
  • Countdown
  • Opening Hours
  • Portfolio

4. Citadela Directory plugin

Citadela Directory plugin turns Citadela or any other standard WordPress theme into Directory WordPress theme.

Plugin will include all the great features that our customers use to create their directory websites, such as:

  • Migrations from our current directory themes
  • Easy Admin
  • Item Extension
  • Item Reviews
  • Get Directions
  • Advanced Filters
  • Claim Listing
  • CSV Import/Export
  • Paypal payments
  • Special Offers
  • Advanced Search
  • Permissions Manager
  • Stripe payments

Feel free to help us decide what features YOU would like us to include in Citadela theme and plugins.

What can you build with Citadela?

As you can see, there are no limitations to what you can build with Citadela. Start by downloading free WordPress theme. Premium design and default WordPress blocks with a guaranteed continuity, support & future updates.

Citadela WordPress theme has been designed by Ait-Themes. The reputable company that’s present on WordPress market for over 10 years & has more than 178 000 customers.

Remember: It’s always better to get WordPress theme from reliable developer – YES, even the free WordPress theme! Don’t risk the future of your website.

When you decide that you need more, simply get Citadela PRO plugin and discover new possibilities – without rebuilding your website or starting over. Just tune what you already have and make your website look even better.

More complex websites will require more blocks, such as Custom container block (block of blocks) or Services to better promote your business online. Such blocks you’ll find within Citadela Blocks plugin.

Citadela Directory plugin will let you create any business directory, online catalogue or listing website.

Better compatibility

Citadela WordPress theme is build on standard WordPress principles (no framework). This ensures better compatibility with 3rd party components.

It means that even plugins from other reliable developers should work smoothly with Citadela theme.

Vice-versa, new plugins Citadela Blocks and Citadela Directory will be compatible with any standard WordPress theme.

Changes to prices & Licences

With the release of Citadela we’re changing the way of building websites. It will be better, more flexible and constantly evolving.

Full and lifetime members of Ait-themes club are used to getting free updates and they know that all newly introduced products are available to them for free. Citadela won’t be an exception.

Citadela WordPress theme as well as 3 new plugins (Citadela PRO, Blocks and Directory) will be FREE for all our customers with full or lifetime membership.

This applies to all new features, blocks and directory functionality added after the first release. As long as your membership is valid, you’ll be getting new products for free.

However, we’ll be making significant changes to our pricing strategy and packages available to our new customers who will join Ait-themes club in the future.

The main change will affect number of licences you’ll get per purchase.

Currently, our memberships come with unlimited licence. Once you join the club, you can build as many websites as you wish with our themes. In the future, the number of domains you can use the theme or plugin for, will be limited.

Main reason for this change is to create more suitable and more affordable option for customers who only need to create one website.

If you’d like to retain unlimited access to all our products, including new products in the future AND you want to have unlimited licence for creating as many websites as you wish, this is your last chance to buy LifeTime membership for unbeatable price.

Buy LifeTime Membership TODAY

Comments (51)

  1. derek

    Hi,
    I am asking for information as from when the new pricing policy will apply. Probably at the end of July I will buy a license, but if in the meantime the new policy changes, unfortunately I will take into account a similar solution of competition

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Derek,

      thanks for asking. Should the pricing policy change by the date you decide to purchase the license, please contact us back. We’ll try to find some solution for you.

      Kind regards!
      AIT team

  2. agenziapropa

    Dear Jarinka, I read the news and I have a question for you.
    I’m “Full Membership” with annual renewal, I’ll be able to have unlimited access to all our products? Best Wishes, Ciao, Claudio

    1. Zlatko

      Salve Claudio,

      thanks for getting back on this. Yes, after renewal of subscription you’ll prolong your unlimited access to our products.

      Have a good day!
      AIT team

  3. Simone

    Hi Jarinka, I have a Full Membership license that expires in January 2020. Can I migrate to “life” at the end of my actual license and keep this special offer? Or I have to buy a lifetime license now (in this case I paid 6 months to no avail).
    Thank you
    Simone

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Simone,

      thanks for contacting us back.
      We are very sorry, there is no option for upgrade from Full Membership package to Lifetime Membership subscription by paying the difference between the prices. Price table should be changes in August 2019.
      Thanks for understanding.

      Kind regards!
      AIT team

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Adel,

      thanks for contacting us back. Our technicians are ready to answer you most efficiently even as quick as possible when you decide for priority question (obviously within a few working hours). Customer Support is provided during working days from 8am to 5pm Central European Time.
      We’d like kindly ask you to check our knowledge base and/or documentation with video tutorials:
      https://www.ait-themes.club/documentation/ | https://www.ait-themes.club/knowledgebase where you can search for solution by using filter and keywords.

      Thanks for understanding.

      Kind regards!
      AIT team

  4. JF

    I am about to launch my website with Directory+ should I wait for the new version before launching? will it be easy to migrate? are you still going to support Directory+?

    How different will it be other than the editor? Are you going to change the plugins as well?

    1. Zlatko

      Hey there,

      thanks for interesting in Directory+ theme and plugins. We plan to create migration plugin from Directory+ and the other themes to Citadela Directory product. Support for Directory+ and the rest of themes and plugins is our core continuous business.
      As the new theme will be fully compatible with gutenberg blocks, customizer we plan to create new citadela directory plugins. Further info can be found at: https://www.ait-themes.club/new-wordpress-theme/

      Kind regards!
      AIT team

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Terry,

      thank you for interesting in Citadela theme. Estimated time of arrival is during second half for this month. PLease stay tuned, we’ll provide you with newsletter once we release the theme for the market.

      Kind regards!
      AIT team

  5. Artrkmk

    Hi!
    We plan to make an native app – should we wait for the new directory+ core?
    Is there a possibility to make an option to use Open Street Map instead of Google Maps?

    1. Zlatko

      Hey there,

      thanks for asking. Although we are intended to release Citadela theme by the end of this month, an extension plugin Citadela directory will be added a few weeks later.
      Regarding OSM plugin. As the plugin is kept up-to-date and meets WordPress codex it should be compatible with Citadela theme, perhaps further customisation will be necessary.

      Thanks for understanding and patience.
      Kindest regards!
      AIT team

  6. Annie

    Hi will there be a plugin for RESERVATIONS and BOOKINGS/APPOINTMENTS?

    With the EVENTS plugin will the user get notification when the event is nearing soon as a reminder?

    Thank you! I’m looking forward to using CITADELA

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Annie,

      thanks for contacting us back. Please use the following form where you can share your ideas https://aitthemes.typeform.com/to/vc7arn
      By telling us what’s most important to YOU, we can focus on the most important features right from the start.

      Thanks for understanding.
      Kind regards!
      AIT team

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Mark,
      thanks a lot for interesting in Citadela theme. The template should be available by the end of this month.
      Should you have further questions, please contact us back.
      Kind regards!
      AIT team

  7. chris

    i am curious – what will happen with your page builder…?
    in the moment i running on borders with it with embending pdf flipbooks… !
    will citadella be able to use the gutenberg builder or will ait contuine to use there own builder?
    can i import all my 12k businesses on easy way in it ?

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Chris,
      thanks for asking.
      We are working on creating multipurpose and universal Citadela theme based on our Framework III – all available Gutenberg blocks will be designed, all WordPress functionality, Gutenberg and Customizer will be available by using the theme.
      The template will be compatible with all WordPress plugins written according to the WordPress Codex and Standards. Full compatibility with common a 3rd party developers plugins like WPML, Revolutions Slider, etc. Further features are going to be developed and added continuously an yet directory functionality will be available by using Citadela Directory plugin…Migration option form current directory theme to Citadela directory theme will be available too.
      Thanks for understanding.
      Kindest regards!
      AIT team

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Eric,

      thanks for interesting in Citadela theme. We are hardly working on the theme in order to finish the first version. We expect Citadela theme should be available for the market in a few days. Please stay tuned :).

      In addition, regarding newly prepared project and its extension features we’d like ask you to give us a minute of your time to answer 4 simple questions: https://aitthemes.typeform.com/to/vc7arn that can help our team make better products faster.

      As a REWARD, you’ll get a 10% discount code for your next purchase.

      Have a great day!
      Zlatko

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Tugriks,
      thanks for interesting in Citadela theme. We apologize for a little delay due to unexpected reasons, anyhow during these days we are hardly working on finishing the 1st theme version. It should be released in the next week. We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we work to resolve these issues quickly and efficiently.
      Kindest regards!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

    1. Zlatko

      Hello there,

      thanks a lot for interesting in EventGuide and Citadela theme. Yeah, this option we are intended to introduce within coming weeks/months. Once the feature will be available for the market we’ll inform you, if you subscribe for newsletter: https://www.ait-themes.club/blog/

      Best regards!
      AIT team

        1. Zlatko

          Hello,

          thanks for getting back on this. Yes, it’s our intention to create and release Export Import plugin that will support each of our current directory themes (Event Guide included). There are still some issues that are going to be solved, but we do our best to release the plugin asap.

          Best regards!
          Zlatko
          AIT team

    2. Nick

      Event Guide is awesome, I hope to see Citadela have an Event Guide layout or plugin. That would make my upcoming job 10x easier. Especially with that dark theme AIT keeps teasing us with 😉

      1. Zlatko

        Hello Nick,

        thanks for your compliment. In addition, regarding newly prepared project and its extension features we’d like ask you to give us a minute of your time to answer 4 simple questions: https://aitthemes.typeform.com/to/vc7arn that can help our team make better products faster.

        Thanks a lot for your time.

        Sincerely!
        Zlatko

    1. Zlatko

      Hello there,

      thanks for asking. We have only the following option – free theme version:

      Free version of the theme doesn’t use/include AIT Toolkit plugin as well as AIT Shortcodes and can be used for non commercial purpose for unlimited time:
      – https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-plugins/ait-elements-toolkit/
      – https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-plugins/ait-shortcodes/
      (which means: no pre-made custom post types, no Elements to show them in Page Builder, search form without some functionality, no sidebars etc). Basically you can perform setting of colours and some basic functionality with free theme version, in fact the theme is suitable for personal use only (not ready for commercial purpose, no technical support).
      Therefore, feel free to have a try our framework – administration of the theme -> i hope you’ll find the following article useful. https://www.ait-themes.club/how-do-the-best-free-wordpress-themes-work/

      If you are interesting in the differences between the directories themes, please have a look at the article:
      https://www.ait-themes.club/directory-wordpress-themes-club/
      Many useful information can be found also in the following article: https://www.ait-themes.club/step-by-step-tutorial-for-directory-listings-website/

      Thanks for your understanding.
      Have a great day!
      Zlatko

  8. Ed

    Hello, yesterday I send you a message regarding payment thru PayPal. When i want to pay, I get redirect to paypal but in your website you stated that PayPal is not accepted, when I choose to pay via PayPal, is this Valid? Regards Ed

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Ed,

      thanks for your reply and for feedback. Yeah, only PayPal payment is valid and the information regarding the PayPal is not accepted is old one and is going to be removed. We are sorry for any inconveniences due to this.

      Best regards!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

    1. Zlatko

      Hello there,

      thanks for asking. We are hardly working on finishing of the some features. Anyway it will took minimum 1-2 weeks. We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do our best to get Citadela theme ready for the market as quickly as possible.

      In addition, regarding newly prepared project and its extension features we’d like ask you to give us a minute of your time to answer 4 simple questions: https://aitthemes.typeform.com/to/vc7arn that can help our team make better products faster.

      Thanks for your understanding.

      Sincerely!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  9. AlexRey

    Hello, first thing, thank you the the great work on the themes, they really help in make it easier to focus on the content. I’m really glad to read about the new Citadela Theme is there an approximate release date?
    Regards, Alex

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Alex,

      thanks a lot for your compliments. Estimated time of arrival is by the end of the next week. We do our best to finish it as soon as possible.

      Thanks for your patience.
      Best regards!
      Zlatko

        1. Zlatko

          Hello Alex,
          thanks a lot for reply. We are finishing product page presentation soon and ready to test everything before we release the theme. Supposing template available for the market from the next week.
          Thanks a lot for your patience. We apologize for any inconveniences due to this.
          Sincerely!
          Zlatko

  10. Nida

    Hello

    For Citadella I suggest to change “COMMING THIS SUMMER” to “COMMING THIS WINTER” on your annoucing banner :))
    You have been retaining our attention since the begginig of Spring 🙁
    This is not Fair Marketing !

    Thank you

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Nida,

      thank you for taking the time to tell us why our service failed to meet your expectations. We value your business, and would like to address your concerns as quickly and correctly as possible.
      Therefore we do our best and hardly working on finishing theme features and preparing all necessary steps in order to release the theme for the market by the end of this month.

      Thanks for your patience and understanding.

      Sincerely!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  11. cityguide24

    hello,
    at least at this stage of dev you guys should show screens of how it works or look like …!
    end of july i got said end aug now we have … huh.
    at least any idea whats coming up.
    have important projects to finalice and need an idea how i can use the directory plugin.
    as i read i can use the plugin “only” in any other theme on the market.
    yes thats greate news but is it compatible with elementor as sample…?
    is it compareable like geodirectory?
    i stay with you guys because i use the directory with more as 25k businesses listed and is realy greate.
    please some screens …

    1. Zlatko

      Hello there,

      thanks a lot for your comment. We are sorry, although a lot of tasks has been managed we have still no beta version for testing. The detailed info you’ll find at: https://www.ait-themes.club/what-happened-to-citadela-theme-blog/

      Thanks a lot for your understanding and patience.
      We apologize for any inconveniences due to this.

      Have a good day!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  12. razemottes

    Hello, I am very excited about the release of your new theme to start a new project. When do you think you can put it online? Good luck

    1. Zlatko

      Hello,

      thanks a lot for asking. The theme should be released in a few days. Please subscribe, we’ll sent you notification message/newsletter.

      Best regards!
      Zlatko

    1. Zlatko

      Hello Rudi,
      thanks for asking. Citadela theme is going to be released for the market on 23. September.
      For detailed info please have a look at the following article: https://www.ait-themes.club/what-happened-to-citadela-theme-blog/
      Best regards!
      Zlatko

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