Webdongle wrote:The lack of quality free extensions is making it difficult for hobbyists to build flexible sites. With 'free for limited time' extensions more and more hobbyists sites will turn to wp.
Dig around WP, any plugin of any value is almost always going to have an upsell component to it. It's how great software gets paid for.
As OS users, we need to make sure that we drum into user's heads that paid isn't better simply because it's paid for, but it's better because it's actively developed and supported, that bugs are fixed and vulnerabilities patched. With amature software, you often get what you paid for, so we need to help people to stop seeing paid for software as a drain on the ecosystem and instead value the bonuses they bring.
Webdongle wrote:There needs to be a business model that is a compromise !
You know how long I've been doing this, so believe me when I say that there are two models that work.
1. Either pay for the software on a one-off basis ( and include support in that too, so maybe two tiered model), or
2. Pay for it in installments ( Subscription )
3. Donations ( don't make me laugh ).
Any other models are just wishful thinking/pie in the sky.
As a low volume, highly specialised product I cannot rely on a daily income to keep the lights on. There simply aren't enough people who want a product like mine, therefore I'm having to switch gradually over to a subscription model. Currently it's a combination of the two, a free Core ( which is perfectly functional in it's own right) then you can either choose a one-off license which is valid for 6 months or a free trial which automaticallys switches over to a subscription to access plugins and support. Again, these are all within the spirit of the GPL, so these plans will be abused
mandville wrote:How about a dedicated trial category for jed
Depending on how it's handled, that could be good or bad.
Handled badly, it would be the equivalent of the naughty corner for extensions.
They wouldn't be found in the user's target category, traffic would dry up ( even worse than it is already ) and there would be no motivation ( either financial or otherwise ) to maintain it. Back to the abandoned projects graveyard for them.
Handled well, you could easily turn the free trial into a plus point for an extension.
One of the gripes I hear about Joomla is how the majority of the extensions are paid for products. Of course, this is forgetting that fact that on balance Joomla extensions line for line are probably the best products available for any free and OS CMS in the world. Why not ( I hesitate to use the word ) spin it to show that the developers have so much faith in their product that they're willing to let you give it a go before you buy? Remember, trial licenses are by far and away the best way you can experiment with an extension before you buy it, so instead of consigning the extension into the bad products box, why not highlight
the fact that you can get a free trial first?
A nice big flag on the extension description page would be a good place to start, even a menu option (a la featured extensions) in the homepage for products that offer free trials. Instead of seeing those free trials as a curse, you could see them as the blessing they are. With a unique menu option on the homepage of the JED you'd quickly have developers rushing to figure out a way of releasing their code with free trials, which would be a win/win for everybody because rather than buying some dodgy code than having to hack it to make it work for you, you'd be able to give it a test drive first.