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Hugging WordPress Plugin Authors
I’ve been digging into a wide variety of WordPress Plugins. Even after several years involvement with WordPress and the wonderful world of WordPress Plugins, I’m still staggered by the creativity and genius behind this bits of code.
WordPress Plugin authors do what they do for three reasons:
- They had a problem and they needed to fix it.
- They love WordPress.
- They love the WordPress Community even more, so they share their solutions for free.
Most WordPress Plugin authors do not ask for compensation. They just hand their skillful code over to anyone who wants to use it. They respond to questions patiently, often the same ones over and over and over again. They help answer questions on the WordPress Support Forums and upgrade, debug, fix, and streamline their WordPress Plugins to make them better – just because they want to.
While I’m going to be talking about hundreds of different WordPress Plugins over the next month, including some of your favorites and introducing you to some of mine, I want you to do something for me.
Give WordPress Plugin authors money as appreciation for their continued support of your blog.
We WordPress Plugin users get all the joy while they do all of the work. Yes, there is the satisfaction of helping others, but why not help them pay for all the bandwidth it costs them to allow you to download the Plugin? Why not help them out with the cost of the storage space it takes to provide the extra information and files? If their Plugin helps you make money with your WordPress blog, then why not share the wealth?
“Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.”
Dolly Madison from “The Matchmaker/Hello Dolly” by Thornton Wilder
I would love to take every WordPress Plugin author who ever saved my blogging buns out to dinner. So why not pay for the equivalent of a dinner as a thank you for saving your blogging buns?
Not all WordPress Plugin authors have their hands out. So if they don’t have a PayPal button asking for a donation when you stop by their site, leave a comment telling them how much you love and appreciate their WordPress Plugin. Then tell your friends.
If you can’t spread the money, spread the love.
So while I’m busting my blogging butt to share with you all the fun stuff I’ve found with WordPress Plugins, start spreading the fertilizer around.
P.S. Same applies to WordPress Themes. ;-)