Support » Plugin: Leaflet Maps Marker (Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, Bing Maps) » We’re retiring the free version

  • Plugin Author RobertHarm

    (@harmr)


    Dear mappers! It’s time for a change: as of fall 2018, we released a major upgrade of our premium plugin Maps Marker Pro v4.0 with tons of new features. Within the next 1.5 years until January 2020, we continued improving Maps Marker Pro by releasing 23 new versions.

    Over time, Leaflet Maps Marker and Maps Marker Pro have grown apart, making it increasingly difficult to maintain two versions of the plugin. Therefore, we’d rather be fully committed and retire the free version for good, than to compromise on quality.

    The free version – Leaflet Maps Marker – will still be usable, but we will only add occasional security updates, no new features and bugfixes. We have compiled a small FAQ on the topic, which we will attach below.

    You are of course warmly invited to upgrade to Maps Marker Pro, where you’ll get faster loading times, multi-layer map filtering, marker clustering, geolocation support, GPX tracks including elevation charts, and much more. The non-expiring license key of the Pro version will be yours forever, granting you frequent updates and access to our support ticket system. But that’s of course entirely optional.

    We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone in our great mapping community for using our plugin, no matter which version.

    And, as always: Happy mapping! 🙂
    Robert and the Maps Marker team

    FAQS

    What do you actually mean by “retirement”?
    Retirement in this case means that we will stop to further develop Leaflet Maps Marker. It will still be useable as is, and we will even update it for major security issues, but we will not add any new features.

    Can I still use the free version?
    Yes, you can still use the free version. It will remain like it is now (January 2020), available for download in the plugin repository at wordpress.org.

    Will you ever update the free version again?
    Security issues: Yes. We will add security updates when needed.
    Features and bugs: No. We won’t further update for bugfixes and new features.

    Can I still get support for the free version?
    Yes. Look for support in this support forum on wordpress.org. We will still be answering questions there, too, but less frequently.

    Why are you retiring the free version?
    When we turned our side project into a small business and developed Maps Marker Pro, we released it as a new, additional plugin, and kept the free version going. Over time, the two versions have grown apart, making it increasingly difficult to maintain two versions of the plugin. Our community holds us to high standards, and rightfully so (we update Maps Marker Pro on a regular basis). Therefore, we’d rather be fully committed and retire the free version for good, than to compromise on quality.

    Ok.. how do I continue now?
    You can either keep using the free version as is, or you can upgrade to Maps Marker Pro directly within Leaflet Maps Marker to get a ton of awesome features.

    In any case: Thanks for your support!

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