WP.com? no? No API-key for you! next! (2 posts)

  1. Taurolyon
    Posted 3 years ago #

    WordPress Plugin Guidelines:

    5. ... you cannot "cripple" functionality in the plugin and then ask for payment or provide a code to unlock the functionality. All code hosted by WordPress.org servers must be free and fully-functional.

    As with all guidelines, rules, and regulations, it's a matter of interpretation.

    As I see it: You can only use this plugin with an API key that they provide, that they will only provide to you for free with a wordpress.com login. Rhetorically speaking, what if I'm not hosting my personal blog on wordpress.com?

    I hope you see my point.

  2. lloydde
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Disclosure: I'm a former employee of Automattic WordPress.com.

    Sorry, I don't understand your complaint. There are many plugins that are backed by SaaS cloud services. Could you elaborate on your concern?

    I think requiring an account on WordPress.com is both in the spirit and the terms of the WordPress Plugin Guidelines.

    There is no requirement or push to have you host on WordPress.com.

    Also see:
    * If you don't want a blog you can signup for just a username. https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/?user=1
    * http://en.support.wordpress.com/api-keys/
    * http://en.support.wordpress.com/wpcc-faq/

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