Support » Plugin: jQuery UI Widgets » Meh…Free Version Requires Too Much Footwork

  • Which I’m sure is the point, so many users determined they must have all the fancy jQuery UI element and effects they’ll turn up at the Developer’s site not knowing for sure why they are there. But they will arrive there as innocent lambs longing for the EASY solution. OF course we don’t mind if you look around at the demo of the premium version and when you are ready it will only cost you money to turn the free crippled version into what should be the only version. And they will just hand over their money for this premium experience – because it will be as if they’ve dipped themselves in magic waters.

    Implementing jQuery UI elements and effects is quite easy without any of the above nonsense since the jQuery UI been part of WordPress core for a couple of years now.

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  • Plugin Author David Gwyer

    (@dgwyer)

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I’d like to comment on a couple of points.

    Firstly, the free version is not crippled at all. It is a fully functioning plugin that isn’t reliant on any other plugin whatsoever. If you’re having specific issues with getting it working then I’d be happy to help, whether this is improving the documentation, or tweaking functionality.

    Secondly, the pro versions of my plugins helps fund continued work on the free versions as well as making it possible to provide free support (which a lot of plugin developers just don’t do – which is fine that’s their choice). I’m not trying to ‘rip’ anyone off as it seems you’re hinting at, or making it deliberately difficult to use as some sort of marketing ploy to ‘trap’ users into purchasing the pro version.

    I’ve often thought long and hard at how to develop plugins (I do themes too) that allowed me to do it full time. The reality is that I need to pay bills (and eat!) so I can’t develop without some sort of remuneration.

    It would actually be my preference to develop all plugins and themes completely for FREE, and just charge for support for those who needed it. I may look at that again in the future.

    In the meantime please don’t try to berate me for my hard work trying to make a living, and support my family, from developing WordPress plugins. I won’t apologise for that. And I don’t think I deserve that.

    I invite you to offer some positive suggestions on how the free plugin can make it easier to add jQuery UI elements. That way everyone can benefit from your experience.

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