On Retiring Jigoshop Extensions
The purpose of premium extensions, is to make the author of those extensions money.
What happens however, when those extensions start costing the author money?
Today, I took a hard look at my Jigoshop extensions. Currently, I have 10 plugins on my site, and even more custom ones that are “off-menu”.
The problem is, regularly updating these plugins takes time. And in some cases, because they’re paid plugins, there isn’t a wide enough userbase to justify the time spent writing updates. Take for instance Jigoshop QR codes. With 7 users, spending 1 to 2 hours each week updating it, just isn’t worth it.
So the question became, what to do. At the end of the day, there is a userbase that needs it (obviously 7 people found QR codes useful enough to purchase it).
What I’ve decided to do, is open source these plugins. Some functionality will be taken out, but most functionality will remain in. The plugins will be distributed through wordpress.org. Once plugins on wordpress.org get to a certain userbase, I”ll resume updating them regularly, free of charge, like my other extensions.
This is a win-win for everyone. Users of Jigoshop will now be able to get several formerly paid extensions for free, and my time will be freed up to work on my more used plugins (Jigoshop Price by Roles, Add Flat Rates, etc) as well as new plugins Vendors + Frontend Submissions
I’d love to hear thoughts in the comments below
Update: The following 5 plugins will be retired: Jigoshop QR codes, Jigoshop Add/Redirect button, Jigoshop List View, Jigoshop Grouped Products Pro, Jigoshop Magnify
Update 2: I’ll change the list of retired plugins into links to their respective WP.org repositories as soon as they are approved.