• Everywhere you’re looking, you’ll find a note (big orange note) saying you should buy PRO version.

    Everywhere you put shortcode a note “supported by…” with link to plugin page will be added.

    A lot of clutter, a lot of useless options, a lot of stuff done without understanding how WordPress works.

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  • Plugin Author RobertHarm


    Thanks for your review – although I do not agree with you, but I guess that is no suprise 😉

    Yes, I am offering a freemium plugin and leave it to the user to upgrade to pro version for more features. There are no user-unfriendly limitations (like limited number of maps etc).

    Regarding options: I built a flexible options framework which allows to easily include user feedback & make lots of things configurable on the backend where in contrast with other plugins you would need to change core files for example – just because you do not see the value of all options, does not mean they do not have a specific purpose.

    Unfortunately I do not understand what you mean by saying that I do not understand how WordPress works. That WordPress should disallow freemium plugins in their repository? That my plugin does not meet WordPress standards technically (which I do not think so)?

    Anyway my free version is a fully working plugin with a transparent featureset which can be used for free by anyone – if you need more features you can choose to optionally upgrade to the pro version. If both versions do not fit your needs, I am sure you will be happy with other mapping plugins availble in the plugin repository (which doesnt mean that I wouldnt welcome you as a new user – regardless of free or pro version 😉

    Thread Starter Krzysiek Dróżdż


    Thanks for answer 🙂

    What I’ve meant is that you store data ignoring best practices and you’re implementing your own, custom options (they have nothing to do with WP Settings API).

    And you’re breaking one of WordPress Plugin Repository guidelines, I guess…

    “Powered By” links
    All links on the forward facing aspect of a website must be “Opt In.” This means your plugin may not default to link back to your site, or any other, on the part of the website that visitors see.” (https://wordpress.org/plugins/about/faq/)

    To be honest, I think your plugin would be really nice and I’d probably even bought one, if it wasn’t so cluttered and so insolent. I can’t imagine installing it on my customers’ sites…

    PS. It would be nice if there were some option to clear DB mess after plugin uninstall or if plugin would do this in a correct way.

    Plugin Author RobertHarm


    thanks for clarification.

    not sure why you think I am not using the WP Settings API. My main settings page takes full advantage of that API, in addition I added an “option version control” which allows me to add and update version regardless of the plugin version installed. Settings can also be reset to its default values thanks to the Settings API. Some additional single settings (no array yet – but which also use the Settings API) are needed for keeping the plugin working – nevertheless these will be optimized (=reduced in numbers) with one of the next releases.

    Regarding powered by links: as with most other mapping plugins, it is required by the TOS of the map provider like Google, Bing or OpenStreetmap to add those links as otherwise the maps could not be used at all.

    Regarding “cluttered and insolent”: well, the plugin’s feature set grow over the years and I added lots of features to keep it usable (simple vs. advanced editor, search within options…), although it is true that keeping the plugin usable is a steady challenge.

    Last point – uninstall. Not sure why you think my plugin leaves any traces/mess after uninstall. Please have a look at the included uninstall.php – in contrast to many other plugins, I really try to remove EVERY information added through my plugin installation when uninstalling:
    – database tables
    – plugin settings in wp_options
    – transients in wp_options
    – expired update pointer entries in wp_user_meta
    – files in /wp-content/uploads
    Special attention also also drawn to multi-site-installations, so I am pretty sure that no trace is left after my plugin has been uninstalled through Plugins / Uninstall feature within WordPress.


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