For those who don’t know me, my name is Nicolas Lecocq, the founder of OceanWP with all associated plugins and recently I created a new theme called OlympusWP and Zeus Elementor.
I have a lot to talk about in this post and apologies to make.
So by what to begin with…
Like a lot of users noticed for quite some time, no one heard of me for quite some years, around 3 years to be exact, the reason is simple, I sold OceanWP in a rush for personal reasons that I can’t explain here, now I’m feeling ready to pursue new adventures and projects.
I came back as a developer for OceanWP a few months ago, because it is like my baby, I created it from scratch so it was hard for me to move on, but the hard truth is, I really don’t like what it became.
It started when I moved OceanWP to Freemius, my first big mistake, Freemius can be a great tool for many people, but it didn’t work for me.
Then I sold it a few weeks later and when I came back after two years, I solve big issues they had since I’ve left and I tried to improve it a lot, but they don’t care about the users, they simply want to increase the prices to sell more and more until OceanWP will die, that the hard truth. So I decided to start again by creating a new WordPress theme and Zeus Elementor.
You can be mad at me, I will totally understand, I’m sorry again and my apologies to the people who send me private messaging, I was very ashamed to say that I sold OceanWP to the wrong people and they also forbid me and Alex to say anything about it.
Their way to manage a team and work is not the way I like to do things, I prefer to listen to the WP community before thinking about money, so don’t be surprised if the bundle prices increase for not a lot more features to it.
I was an idiot to think that I could make things better when I came back, but the reality is no one can. OceanWP is a sinking ship because of my mistakes.
And if you think I speak now because they fired me, well, I still work for them right now, but I’m sure not for a long time when this post will be public 😅
People behind OceanWP will probably try to hurt me or my reputation, but I don’t care anymore, I can’t stay silent any longer when I see my own creation destroyed.
A New Beginning
I think it is finally time for me to move on from OceanWP and start something fresh and new, that’s why I created Zeus Elementor and the OlympusWP theme very recently and I will create other great things in the future.
I saw some people on Facebook Group saying that Zeus Elementor is stolen code from my very own plugin Ocean Elementor Widgets. To answer those people, I created Ocean Elementor Widgets from scratch, when I left, the plugin didn’t have many updates, that’s normal, they don’t know how to handle it, so I took my code back which is GPL by the way, I improved many widgets, I make it available to all WP themes and I make Zeus Elementor completely free.
Now you know everything. You can still use OceanWP if you still like it, but you now know that I went against it and Alex de Borba, which for more than 3 years brought a community sense back to OceanWP and lead it on my behalf, also left when he decided to rebel against the direction the company was taking, which was to put aside the community and think only about profit. It is thanks to him that OceanWP recently released a version supporting Vanilla JS and that got back the sense of community that OceanWP quickly behind the scenes betrays.
That been said, welcome to the arena!