Have you made a donation to your WordPress Plugin Developer?

I was put to shame today, well and truly, and be prepared as you may be next.

I read a post regarding the donations that WordPress plugin developers have received from all the hundreds of thousands of people who have decided to downloaded a plugin and install it on their blog. You might think that they have made some pretty tidy amounts from all these donations but nothing could be further from the truth.

Have you made a donation to your Wordpress Plugin Developer?

WordPress Plugins and a lack of financial support

The original article was posted by Kevin Eklund on his blog http://www.tomuse.com.  I would suggest you have a read at it. The numbers and generosity of people is, quite simply, frightening. Not frightening in regards the massive amounts of appreciative donations handed out by us, but the complete opposite, the severe lack of them is more to the point.

Kevin went into detail, speaking to WordPress plugin developers such as Joost de Valk, and Donncha O Caoimh, directly and asking them the percentage of donations they received from users. It seems that upon looking at these figures it was largely under 1% and when the numbers where crunched the figure become more like 0.025% (!!) and this was for one of the most popular wp plugins available, the NextGen Gallery plugin.

I cannot dare to imagine what a less popular plugin would receive in donations but suffice to say it probably wouldn’t buy you (or them) a coffee.

Hardly a just reward for some excellent work the vast majority of us seem to have taken for granted.

Why do we have to pay?

Why should we have to pay for these plugins when WordPress is free? The point is that wordpress may be free but the power of wordpress itself is the plugins the developers create and the support and time they give to help us use and deploy these plugins as we wish.

Without them seeing reward, and I don’t mean Kudos here, the support they give is nearly a full time job for some of these guys, but some sort of financial incentive then we may soon see these valuable wp plugins becoming much more expensive to obtain in the very near future and not through the choice of the developers but because of our lack of contribution financially.

Time to put it right – Make that donation

If your using WordPress plugins, take a minute to think about how much value they add to your blog. Look at your plugins and ask yourself honestly “What is this plugin worth to me?”.

Login and check the settings. You may come across a polite message asking you to take the time and make a small donation to help with the development, maintenance and support of this and future wordpress plugins.  Dont hesitate, every single euro, dollar or pound will make a difference, and if we make these guys rich, well, dammit they deserve it, wouldn’t you agree?

And if they get rich, you think they will stop making great plugins?  I dont! By all of us getting together and pushing a donation their way it only serves as an incentive and gives them the ability to focus on developing more wordpress plugins for US making the whole range of plugins grow and serving to add more value to our own blogs, all for a small sign of appreciation.

Make a donation now before the WordPress Plugin Developers are forced to pull the plug – permanently!

I have, have you?

  • http://tomuse.com Kevin Eklund

    I didn’t mean to put shame on anyone, honestly. I’m just as guilty as everyone else about not donating every time I download a plugin. I posted that article because I just think people need to be aware of the time and effort plugin developers put into their craft and how little they receive in return. I’m hoping this will increase awareness and maybe we can put our heads together to give back to the devs. :)

    • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

      I deserved it Kevin, completely and absolutely.

      It was the kick in the arse I needed and the realisation that I depend on these plugins an incredible amount. I admit I was under the impression that a lot more donations where being made “by other people” although this is far from an excuse not to have donated earlier.

      Its even more of a sin to me as I have have worked in the industry for quite some time and fully realise the time, effort and support these types of things require.

      I have a few other ideas actually in regards this subject. Will get in touch with you on twitter to brainstorm them.

  • http://twitter.com/goddess_dix goddess_dix

    You read my mind – I was thinking this morning I wanted to post on this issue. I don’t donate to the developer for every plugin I download, but I do regularly pick a plugin especially helpful to me, and make a donation. While my donations are often modest, they are a concrete expression of thanks for the work that goes into terrific plugins that help my blogs run. Off to make a donation right now! :)

  • http://tomuse.com/ Kevin Eklund

    I didn't mean to put shame on anyone, honestly. I'm just as guilty as everyone else about not donating every time I download a plugin. I posted that article because I just think people need to be aware of the time and effort plugin developers put into their craft and how little they receive in return. I'm hoping this will increase awareness and maybe we can put our heads together to give back to the devs. :)

  • http://www.justinparks.com justinparks

    I deserved it Kevin, completely and absolutely.

    It was the kick in the arse I needed and the realisation that I depend on these plugins an incredible amount. I admit I was under the impression that a lot more donations where being made “by other people” although this is far from an excuse not to have donated earlier.

    Its even more of a sin to me as I have have worked in the industry for quite some time and fully realise the time, effort and support these types of things require.

    i have a few other ideas actually in regards this subject. Will get in touch with you on twitter to brainstorm them.

  • http://twitter.com/goddess_dix goddess_dix

    You read my mind – I was thinking this morning I wanted to post on this issue. I don't donate to the developer for every plugin I download, but I do regularly pick a plugin especially helpful to me, and make a donation. While my donations are often modest, they are a concrete expression of thanks for the work that goes into terrific plugins that help my blogs run. Off to make a donation right now! :)

  • Anonymous

    I really think the donations route is crap.
    You’ll never get enough people to donate to developers that will cover developer cost/time and the amount of support that might come with it.

    Charging money for the plugin in one way or another is really the only way to go if you want to make money from your plugins.

    • http://www.justinparks.com Justin Parks

      Unfortunately the evidence is on your side so I have to agree.

      To be clear though, its not about the want of making money by developers, its us showing a little appreciation, or at least more appreciation than is currently being dished out to help developers and encourage them continue.

  • http://twitter.com/andreasnrb Andreas Nurbo

    I really think the donations route is crap.
    You'll never get enough people to donate to developers that will cover developer cost/time and the amount of support that might come with it.

    Charging money for the plugin in one way or another is really the only way to go if you want to make money from your plugins.

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  • http://www.justinparks.com justinparks

    Unfortunately the evidence is on your side so I have to agree.

    To be clear though, its not about the want of making money by developers, its us showing a little appreciation, or at least more appreciation than is currently being dished out to help developers and encourage them continue.

  • http://tomuse.com/ Kevin Eklund

    Hey Justin,
    I just posted a follow-up article that goes a little more in-depth and discusses some alternatives as well as difficult issues developers are facing. It would be great if you stopped by and shared your thoughts with us. Here it is:

    http://tomuse.com/matt-mullenweg-automattic-wor

  • http://tomuse.com Kevin Eklund

    Hey Justin,
    I just posted a follow-up article that goes a little more in-depth and discusses some alternatives as well as difficult issues developers are facing. It would be great if you stopped by and shared your thoughts with us. Here it is:

    http://tomuse.com/matt-mullenweg-automattic-wor

  • http://tomuse.com Kevin Eklund

    Hey Justin,
    I just posted a follow-up article that goes a little more in-depth and discusses some alternatives as well as difficult issues developers are facing. It would be great if you stopped by and shared your thoughts with us. Here it is:

    http://tomuse.com/matt-mullenweg-automattic-wor

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