Payment System to download Plugins and Themes (Extends) right in WordPress.org

  1. Clifford Paulick


    Summary: Like turning the Repository into the iTunes store. Devs can release plugins and themes for free or for $1 or for $10.

    1) Developer makes a plugin
    2) Developer (kindly) releases into WP repository for free
    3) Developer includes a "Donate" button inside the plugin's administration
    4) No/Few donations - apparently not enough to keep up with development or support
    5) Plugin abandoned, but current and potential users don't really figure that out until after a year of no one ever hearing back from the developer or after realizing it is no longer compatible.
    6) Repository is littered with plugins that aren't compatible with the latest WordPress (I know, some people don't upgrade - maybe for the reason that they just HAVE TO HAVE that plugin) and/or aren't supported (not even by the community).

    New Idea:
    1) Make plugin
    2) Release in repository, set price of $1
    3) Can still include "Donate More" button
    4) Every download charges me automatically $1. Developer doesn't get my contact information (unless I want them to), doesn't feel as compelled (maybe) to include a "Donate" button everywhere all over the plugin, and is much more likely to continue supporting a plugin that has 20,000 downloads. Also helps not to have to maintain a Lite and Premium version - but they could if they still wanted to.
    5) Plugin not abandoned by the community or the developer/support.
    6) Repository is of higher quality if less plugins are abandoned. (And incentive for more developers to release.)

    A) If plugin becomes abandoned or incompatible with latest version of WordPress, it automatically becomes free.
    B) Pay each time to download to a different install? I don't see why not if it's only $1.
    C) Or, you could just attach the WordPress Extend "Market" to our WordPress.com logins, as long as we have our blogs setup in there (like JetPack or WP.com Stats).
    D) All updates mandatory no charge (just like iTunes store) - keeps things working nicely together and encourages updating to the newest release of WordPress.

    Thoughts? Feedback?

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  2. Clifford Paulick


    If there's already a similar idea in here, please link to this or link to that.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  3. Papawaya

    I think the plugin system needs a thorough review, from top to bottom ( in order to meet the needs of the hugely growing community) ---there are a huge number issues with it both from the developer point of view and from the user .... .. and your idea too draws up a large number of questions too.....

    Maybe WordPress core needs to try and set up some working parties of users and developers to spend 2-3 months discussing the issues and the way ahead and to then bring forward those recommendations and suggestions in order to forge a design/process for 2012/2013 ..... the web tools and communication systems mean that the group members can be anywhere really and contribute ...

    Once we have a few draft proposals which propose a step by step change for the better we can then look at maybe an i-tunes like system as one of the options ... which could be ideal for accessing them and rating and being able to sort and find them easier

    the problem with a $1 fee etc is that you could for example have 3000 people all making say a Google+ plugin all fighting for a slice of the revenue .. is that really what we want?? Would just 10? FREE GooglePlus plugins with variouss options, well made and thought through be better for users ..than the rushed out first out the box for the dollar share ..( imagine with 50 million potential users you have a potential money spinner ) with quality falling ??

    Alot to think about
    Just my thoughts ....

    Posted: 6 years ago #
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    This is not a core suggestion