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.

9 Responses

  1. Dave Starr says:

    That’s good news indeed Sarah. In particular because you have expertise in the software development area and a., it’s good to be able to put your background to use, and b.< some professional quality in the world of plugins certainly has to help (don’t mean to be ‘busting’ on some of the hard-working non-pros out there), but OMG there is some real chaff to pick through to gte to the grains of wheat.

    You must think I am awfully dense, but, umm, whats the URL to the commercial plugin site?

  2. Mike says:

    Great idea about having a plugin demo area for test runs.

    Is there anywhere that we can sign up to in order to get updates about the service, etc. Or is it best to just pop back to your blog periodically? Cheers.

  3. Sarah says:

    Easiest option is just to subscribe to the comments in this post. I’ll add updates here for the time being 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    Nice one 🙂 Consider it done.

  5. Sounds like an excellent idea Sarah, there’s too many good plugins that are out of date or unsupported. Good luck with it!

  6. Sarah says:

    Cheers ODAD 🙂

    That’s going to be one of many selling points, that the plugins will be kept up to date and supported, providing a license is purchased 😉 Also that the output will be XHTML Strict, unlike a lot of plugins out there.

  7. Sarah says:

    @ Dave Starr, just found your comment in Akismet. Sorry it’s been mad around here and clearly I’ve not gone in checking sooner!nnThe plugin site isn’t live yet but we’re getting there slowly (a major client project has slowed everything down though). The design is up, just needs tweaking, which leaves me with the content, finishing off cleaning up the first plugins for sale, and setting up the subscribers area.nnHopefully before the end of the month providing this client doesn’t move the goalposts again!

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