Commercial Plugin Site Update
It’s been a bit quiet around here as I’ve been working on our new commercial plugin site. We’ve now got a design for it which is being coded up into a WordPress theme, as we’re going to use WordPress to power the site (obviously!). We’re using Secure Delivery to deal with the delivery of the products after purchase, makes my life easier!
We’ve got 4 plugins ready to sell, plus a few to give away for free. I’ll also be writing at least one other for use on the site which I’ll also put up for sale. I’ve got plenty more to do, it’s just finding the time! I mentioned last time about pricing products and the different structures available. For selling the standard products this is just a one off payment, but for the yearly upgrade and support license there’s more involved. My plan is to sell this as a product and then manually create a user account in WordPress for the buyer. We’ll then have a different page set up for each plugin and the member’s account will be given access to each plugin they’ve subscribed to. This should be possible with a couple of plugins, although it is the trickiest part. For the payment I’ll most likely set it so that if someone subscribes I’ll set up the subscription via PayPal for their account and then if payment isn’t received the following year their account will just be suspended for up to X weeks and then terminated.
I’m also intending to set up a demo WordPress install with the plugins available to try out so that people know what they’re paying for. Obviously with a CRON job to refresh the database back to its original state every so often.nnSo things are getting there slowly. I’ve upgraded a couple of the plugins to WordPress 2.5 now, so I just have the others to check over. Then I’ll make a start on the content and getting our subscription area sorted out. Unfortunately we’ve both been swamped with work for the past couple of weeks, and it doesn’t look to be slowing right now, so it’s a case of getting little bits done here and there when there’s a spare moment. Still, should be good when it’s live 😀
The good news is we’ve already made a sale on 2 of the plugins for 2 multi site licenses and the yearly upgrade/support.