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May 18, 2019 07:07:53

Free or Paid

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I have build up quite a lot of plugins for internal use; this is the first time I am working on a WordPress plugin that is going to release to the public. It's called Custom Form Action for Elementor. Elementor is one of the famous site builders in the WordPress ecosystem.

The Elementor core released as a free plugin and you can purchase the pro version which is addon plugin of the free version with some of the additional features. One of the functionality that the pro version has is allowed to create form and user can assign different after 'submit action' after the submission of the form. For example, after submitting the form, you might want to send a webhook, or you can send the form directly to slack.

The Custom Form Action for Elementor that I build is to bring more options to this particular form actions. Currently, the first option that I have done is allow form submit to pipe over Google Sheet. I m planning to release this first and slowly add other actions.

Now I struggle on shall I release it as a free version to acquired more user and release the pro version later or release the paid version.

Why I think I should release as free version first.

  • I m still nobody in the WordPress ecosystem; I need to acquire users first.
  • It's one good way to marketing, and it might help my IntegrateWP brand on WordPress plugin development.
  • Everyone loves free things; the pro version can bring in more options on the free version.

Why I think I should release as paid version first.

  • Less effort one code base
  • Target audience is those who paid Elementor Pro; their wallet should be more comfortable to open.
  • Freemium always flood with lots of support issue.
  • Bring in revenue.

It's tempted to release paid version first, but I understand you need some freemium to succeed in the WordPress ecosystem. You need both paid and free version; it's just that which one comes first.

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    @knight Good stuff! I have also released a (paid) WP plugin. I would say that if your plugin only works with Elementor Pro, which is a paid plugin, then yours should be paid too. Otherwise, you will be drowning in support tickets from non-pro users.
    Might be an idea to make the plugin extensible to allow easy incorporation of other destinations. Perhaps the initial plugin could be a low entry cost but then add on additional services within the plugin that can be bought as "in-app purchases" to extend it to different destinations?

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 18, 2019 07:53:12
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      @twizzle thanks for sharing! ya even release in the WordPress plugin section, only those paid pro user can use, so I wonder is that right channel for me to release.

      Knight avatar Knight | May 19, 2019 06:37:45
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    @knight good luck and I'm interested to see how things go 😀

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 17, 2019 20:09:43
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      @jacklyons thanks !

      Knight avatar Knight | May 19, 2019 06:37:53
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