I was wondering why the influx of designs these days are dependent on the Visual Composer. I have noticed with many themes that I have bought come with amazing features, but those features are useless, thus the theme useless without the VC plugin. From my experience the VC plugin can be quiet buggy at times and the developer is very good at updating, but not all theme developers are.
So now one waits for the theme developer to update that VC plugin, or their modified version (which is always the case because the theme is dependent on it) … to be honest this to me is not fair.
I read some where that Envato does not want theme developers to offer shortcodes, but to have buyers purchase third-party shortcodes/page builders as a plugin … why is this? To me that is not right as well. When I buy a theme it should be fully function with the features it is selling and not misleading me and forcing me to use a third-party plugin.
Is there any multi-purpose themes out there that don’t require the Visual Composer or is this the new norm of tricky marketing? Just my two cents. =)