While WordPress itself is a free open source community-developed content management system, WordPress plugins as well as themes might be a “gold mine” for developers who would like to invest their experience and knowledge and earn some money. But it’s quite a common thing that the time and effort invested never get paid off, and an excellent item isn’t sold that well. Why does it happen? I tried to summarize my experience in this article that may be helpful to some beginner WordPress plugin authors, and give several tips that might be useful.
We received several complaints regarding accessibility of our wpDataTables Free Demo Sandbox site – apparently some malware blockers prevented the users from accessing it. Therefore today we moved our sandbox to a new address: http://sandbox.wpdatatables.com – now the problems shouldn’t appear again.
As previously announced, we are on our way towards a better organized developing and support process, so by the end of this week we plan to switch all support workflow to our internal support system, which will allow us to manage tickets for bugs, questions, or feature requests.
For now we are testing it to see if everything works fine.
Beta testers needed
Hi everyone! The experience of the two last updates wasn’t so smooth; the bigger the update is – the more problems it may potentially cause, and something that works fine on my testing environment may crash on other WP installations. Therefore I’d like to find several people (3-5 would be enough for now) for “beta testing”.
Hi, our beloved wpDataTables users 🙂 Today I would like to publish a brief plan/schedule of plugin development for the end of 2014, so you would know what awaits you in nearby future.
Main priority is to keep users of the plugin satisfied, and obtain new users of course – which, in general, means regular patching & bugfixing the software, developing new features, and providing support to the clients. Combining these is getting harder over time since the software grows, client base grows as well, and support starts consuming even more time then development; so here’s a short plan on what will be introduced and why sometimes during this time it can take some time to answer the support requests (I do understand that sometimes you have to wait on urgent matters, and I apologize about it). Of course, the plan is approximate, and the dates may change because quality is always more important then speed: