Selling Plugins Directly from WordPress.org (9 posts)

  1. Gobala Krishnan
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Why are all these people allowed to sell a Pro version of their plugin directly from the plugin listing page at WordPress.org? Do they have some kind of special arrangement with Automattic that we regular people don't have? These are some:


    Isn't this a violation?

    Then why is it allowed to continue? Perhaps the plugin authors themselves are the same people who approve / reject plugins for the rest of us?

  2. Samuel B
    Posted 4 years ago #

  3. David Gwyer
    Posted 4 years ago #

    There is no conspiracy I assure you! :)

    As a Plugin developer for the last 3yrs or so I can answer some of your queries for you, as well as my own take on it:

    - Plugin devs have NO arrangement, or even any contact with Automattic whatsoever.
    - Plugins developers have no control over the approval or rejection of their Plugins. We get access to upload new versions but that's it!
    - There are not a huge amount of Plugins trying to sell a pro version, maybe I am wrong here, but most just happily give away the full Plugin version completely for free!
    - Plugin developers work pretty much for NOTHING and get precious little feedback or thanks from users (there are millions of people relying on our Plugins everyday).
    - We continue to write them as most of us enjoy a challenge and love WordPress and the community surrounding it.

    So, have a heart, all Plugins on the repository are the result of someone's hard work that they (to reiterate) are giving away for free! If they have a super duper version that includes top notch, fast turn around, support plus a few extra goodies thrown in for good measure then they should be allowed to do it (within reason) from their 'lite' versions on the repo.

    Have you ever coded up a Plugin? Maintained it? Written documentation for it? Regularly update it when bugs are found? Added new features? Took time out to answer support questions? And not had a penny in return? Well, I can tell you that the downside of writing Plugins is that it can be a pretty thankless job being a Plugin developer, and your comments don't inspire me to do continue to write them that's for sure!

    Theme developers are allowed to have a commercial entry on the WordPress.org site for their premium themes, so may I ask what is so wrong in a Plugin developer trying to make a little income from doing what they love - coding for WordPress, by providing a pro version of their Plugin!

    Who loves Plugin developers, come on, put your hands up?

  4. Anja Fokker
    Vertaalteam WordPress NL
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I do!!
    Very, very much. And thanks for all the work.

    Oh and @dgwyer, I've Twittert you and send a message from you're website, that I have prepared one of your plugins for translation. And I've asked where I can send it to. I'm still waiting for an answer.

  5. David Gwyer
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Can you resend the information (and translation), and I will add to the next release of the Plugin. Thanks. :)

  6. Anja Fokker
    Vertaalteam WordPress NL
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @dgwyer the problem is I don't have an (e-mail)address where I can upload the files to you. Maybe you can sent it via Twitter (a direct message) I'm one of your followers.

  7. David Gwyer
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I will contact you on there.. :)

  8. Gobala Krishnan
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @ dgwyer - Sure I understand, we are plugin developers too. Over th past couple of months almost all our plugin have been deleted from the repository by who and for what reason, we don't know. Emailing plugins@wordpress.org is useless as no one will reply.

    So, the question is, what kind of sin did we do that our plugins were just deleted without any notification? Surely, it's not as bad as people using the high traffic plugins page to pitch a Pro version of their product?

    There needs to be more transparency from WordPress regarding plugin submission and management. If yo have a rule, state is clearly and don't let certain people bend it while enforcing it on others.

  9. David Gwyer
    Posted 4 years ago #

    How many Plugins did you have removed and what were the names, what did they do etc?

    I have heard of Plugins that have been pulled because of adding hidden links in the code etc. even if it is not deemed that malicious. Not saying that your Plugins did anything like this of course, just an example.

    You could try and post on the http://www.wptavern.com/forum/ forum as a lot of the people heavily involved in WordPress hang out there and can usually point you in the right direction. :)

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