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Author Topic: WP plugins: donating is not the solution  (Read 3358 times)

urlwolf

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WP plugins: donating is not the solution
« on: June 16, 2009, 08:42:09 AM »
http://tomuse.com/wp...oper-business-model/

Worrying news.
DC is really an exception, it seems.

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Re: WP plugins: donating is not the solution
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2009, 09:13:55 AM »
People sometimes ask me about donations as a "business model".. I always have to tell them: it just doesn't work.  If you're goal is to create a business, you simply can't do it with donations.

Except in the very rare case (i think we are talking about way less than 0.5%), people won't donate to support a software project if they don't feel compelled to.

Note: That doesn't mean it's not worth doing!  I think we've proved on DC that a donation-based approach can be very successful in terms of supporting a community, bringing people together, helping to offset the time spent by some members, and helping to fund stuff that otherwise wouldn't be affordable.  Plus it can be fun once you come to terms with the fact that you have to ask for help from others.

It's just that if you're primary interest is in creating a profitable business, it's a non-starter.

I plug this thing all the times, but you can read more in my article about the first year of DC here.
« Last Edit: June 16, 2009, 09:18:00 AM by mouser »

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Re: WP plugins: donating is not the solution
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2009, 04:12:09 AM »
I've not read the article but I can imagine that wp plugins are too niche a market to generate any substantialprofits and availability is so high that there's no point in pro /lite versions either - people will just use an alternative free one. The only exception is a plugin that integrates with a webservice you run. You this this a lot with iphone apps that link into websites.  

Maybe if you host a blogging platform based on your premium plugins but that would not market itself because you are competing with wordpress! A wp plugin by itself is just not a complete solution.

So maybe donations are not working because basing  a business on wordpress plugins is not the best idea. People are used to plugins being free.