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  • Resolved Dan-Claudiu G.

    (@dcgavril)


    Hello,

    First of all thank you for your work done on this plugin, but I’m wondering why aren’t you updating the changelog as you did until the version v1.6.2, last ones don’t have any descriptions of changes, can you please update the changelog?

    Thanks again.

    @dcgws

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  • Plugin Author David Davis

    (@dcgws)

    Hello,

    You’re welcome.

    I have provided free updates to my free plugin for almost 2 years with my little donate link available for everyone. I currently have over 6,000 active users, and of those 6,000 users I have had 1 $5 donation.

    Therefore, I have decided to end the free part of the freemium model. The last few versions have been spent offering free users the opportunity to upgrade to our pro version for huge discounts.

    Hello David @dcgws,

    I understand very well your decision, I also had and have many freemium model projects that I have developed and supported throughout the years. As a recommendation, I hope that you are not thinking that this plugin is the one that’s going to help you make a living, consider it as a way to get clients for development or consulting jobs, than donations, as there are millions of plugins on the market and if we start donating to each plugin that we use we better hire full time employees, and to give you an example, have you ever donated to the WordPress core team ? (not mentioning the rest of the plugins/themes that you are using). I’m not saying that you or any other developer should not receive donations, even I was asking for donations couple of years ago, but I have seen that this is not a business model I need to pursue and I’ve changed it to one of the 3: 1. scale it until it’s interesting enough to be sold (with 6k users I don’t believe it’s the case), 2. Use it in your portfolio so that you can promote your services as a developer or consultant (way more powerful if you have great reviews and your future employers can see how you write code and deal with support issues), 3. Create a pro version and set it up for sale on a marketplace and see if people are actually requesting it (if you have 6k users for the free version, most likely you’ll have around 5% paying customers, or more if you provide something at least 50% more powerful than the free version). More than this, adding the freemium functionality that most likely is not GDPR compliant (as it’s tracking and getting a lot of details about installations) + the annoying banners to upgrade/donate, that you cannot get rid of it’s not helping you at all.
    In any case, it’s your dev and business and you know what’s the best solution for your needs.

    Now to get back to my initial request, I was just asking for a changelog for the last commits as you have updated the plugin even after you have mentioned that you will not.

    Thank you again for your work and hopefully this reply will help you take a decision on how to continue your work.

    Wish you a great day!

    Plugin Author David Davis

    (@dcgws)

    Hello Dan-Claudiu

    The only changes that were made were changes to the admin notice and to the readme file. No additional changes were made.

    Thank you for the advice – I realize it was well intentioned.

    Vicky

    (@vickymedrano)

    I think there’s a market for this plugin. There are not many of the kind around, actually there’s only 1 competitor on Evanto, and interface is not as clean, doesn’t have bulk editor nor valitation feautures. I’d publish the Pro version on Evanto Market.
    I feel 300% more confortable buying stuff there than on an author site. Just my opinion.

    Plugin Author David Davis

    (@dcgws)

    Hi @vickymedrano

    I’m waiting for Envato to review my plugin, as I can understand why many people would feel more comfortable buying on that platform.

    Best Regards
    David

    Vicky

    (@vickymedrano)

    I’m SO GLAD!
    This is a PERFECT timing for HREFLANG Tags to take off. WPML plugin has just dropped the lifetime plans, the announcement was made on April but has only become effective recently. (https://wpml.org/2018/04/lifetime-plan-going-away-favor-annual-renewals/). Now users must pay $79 to $159 anual subscriptions to get the updates and support that were before included on the buying price. I understand why they had to do it (overload in demand), but people are looking for other options to make a multilingual site. Plus translation plugins always have some compatibility issues. If you promote this the right way, you can make good money. If I may suggest, maybe consider partnerships with popular themes to bundle with, as part of a marketing strategy. The7 theme has certainly capitalize this approach and became very popular, fast.

    Regards,

    Vicky

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