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Paying for WordPress Plugins (8 posts)

  1. Brandon
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Am I to understand that it's against WordPress's licensing agreement to charge for plugins?

    I saw a thread that stated any code that uses WordPress should be distributed under the GPL license.

    Thanks for the help.

  2. Yngwin
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    The GPL doesn't forbid charging for software. It makes it free as in free speech, not necessarily as in free beer. You may even try to sell WordPress itself if you want, as long as you keep the original license.

  3. Brandon
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have an idea for a plugin that would be targeted to marketers and I haven't seen anything else out there like it. I just wanted to make sure I didn't step on any toes by charging for it.

    I've seen plenty of WordPress packages that people charge for, and I've also seen plenty of domains with "wordpress" in the domain.

    The funny thing about it is that WordPress states using their name in a domain is a violation of their copyright.

    Any thoughts?

  4. ladydelaluna
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Using it in a domain, yes. However by default, when you install wordpress by uploading the folder, you essentially create a subdomain called "wordpress" and that's not against the T&C.

    I think it (the domain thing) probably has to do more with brand recognition than anything else... but you'd have to ask Matt and the other devs what they mean by it to be sure.

    But essentially, as a designer, when I charge my client to install wordpress and theme it, I'm technically charging them for the transfer of the software from me to them. I'm not charging them for the software itself, but my work in installing and theming for them.

    Personally? I despise the idea of paid-for plugins, regardless of what they do, or who they're geared toward. It goes against the open-souce ideals that wordpress itself was built upon. JMHO... and I'm an Internet Marketing / SEO specialist. (Nevermind the fact that typically, people can view plugins from someone's site anyway, and get your code for free.)

  5. Brandon
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm sorry I wasn't clear. I meant registering domains like wordpresstutorials.com and poweryourwordpress.com. Any thoughts on that?

  6. pizdin_dim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    "I despise the idea of paid-for plugins, regardless of what they do, or who they're geared toward. It goes against the open-souce ideals that wordpress itself was built upon."

    Why? Isn't that the very thing that's against what open-source itself is based on? I understood it to mean that charging is irrelevant, it's the freedom to do what you want with it (and not being able to deny that freedom to others) what matters.

    "Nevermind the fact that typically, people can view plugins from someone's site anyway, and get your code for free."

    That's not always the case. Not all plugins are available for download at no charge, surely. I'm (pretty) sure there must be some out there which are only distributed after payment.

  7. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    "I'm sorry I wasn't clear. I meant registering domains like wordpresstutorials.com and poweryourwordpress.com. Any thoughts on that?"

    Please read here: http://wordpress.org/about/domains/

    Furthermore, that domains do exist, doesnt mean its OK. People steal, kill, etc.. still against the law just about everywhere and most moral/ethical codes.

    What thoughts anyone else here has are of no consequence. Why is it even debatable?

  8. busayellow
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Seofeed -

    I am curious, did you pull off selling a wordpress plugin? I have an idea for a plugin and would like to sell it as well via internet marketing. I was wondering if you had success and if so if you could provide any pointers.

    Thank you.

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