In my eyes, the 40k strong WordPress.org free plugin repository is one of the things that made WordPress the hugely platform it is today. That is why I love building free WordPress plugins and I have built quite a few of them over the years.
Problem is, I never seem to have enough time to take care of them. Bills have to be paid, so paid work somehow always takes precendence. And, since I’ve received less than $50 worth of donations over the years, my open source plugins have to take a back seat.
I know a lot of people solve this (or at least try to) by building a business around the free plugin – selling premium versions, extensions, API’s, SaaS’es and what not else. And I am happy they manage to to do that.
But I am not a business man, I’m a developer. All I want to do is build small, simple plugins that just make WordPress better. I don’t want to think about „business models“, „conversion rates“. I do not want to put any ads, upsells, or intentionally remove features just so I could sell a „Pro“ version.
And I think, I’ve figured out how to do just that, with Your help. I’ve created a profile on Patreon, a platform that helps fund all kinds of creative work. If you have a buck or five to spare, you can sign up to be my Patron and support me building completely free and open source plugins for WordPress.
Money I’d get from this project would free up my time to support and update my current plugins (Gust, Content Cards, tinyCoffee et al) and some attention there is sadly overdue. Content Cards needs some fixes and improvements, and it would be so nice to update Gust to be on par with the current Ghost interface and make use of the REST API.
It would also allow me to work on shiny new stuff. I have couple of things lined up (for shortcode caching, blog series management and else). One of them already has a working prototype that I just need the time to package properly and round out the details. And of course, I’d love to hear your ideas for new plugins, too.
So, if you’d like to help, please head to Patreon project page. And, if you like the idea, please share it with your friends!