Mikey talks about his plugin 'WordPress Backup to Dropbox' and the issues he has had to overcome as it grows in popularity. He also talks about 'extensions' as a viable way for plugin developers to make a little bit of money while keeping open source values.
How to survive people
discovering your plugin
Who has had their blog
1. Move to a new host that provided it
2. A premium WordPress plugin
3. A free one that worked and was secure
Keep it simple stupid
Kept it simple stupid
People love K.I.S.S
All the numbers
• 82,008 connected
• 278 Facebook shares
• 485 tweets
• 215 Google +1’s
• 15 languages
Free software ain’t free to support
The hidden costs include:
• Software and hardware to code
• Web servers, because it’s not
going to sell itself
• Support services, email just didn’t
• Coﬀee and beer, a lot of it
How can a free plugin
cover its costs?
Research yielded three options
1. Premium support => Neglects a lot of users
2. Advertising => Tacky
3. A premium version => ...
A premium version
Status quo => Poor user experience
And make them easy to install
Just as simple as installing a plugin:
All from within the WordPress admin!
Can an approach like this
The answer is YES!
Not only have my costs been covered,
beer has been too!
So, how do you survive?
1. Hold onto open source values
• Keep your core product free
2. Listen to your users
• No matter how obscure their issue may be
3. Make it viable
• But don’t break the ﬁrst two!
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