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  1. As someone who entered the premium plug-in business in the last 2 weeks, this is encouraging to hear! As WordPress continues to morph from blog platform to CMS there will be even more edge cases that require custom functionality. Regardless, the original post did make me think about the inherent risk of entering the premium plugin market.

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  2. Building a business on Open Source is always tricky, since it’s constantly evolving and changing based on the collective group working on it. So doing something above and beyond a simple feature edition is where you’ll likely find more success.

    Premium Plugins seem to be the hot button topic lately, but if we look back to a couple years ago when the theme market exploded, WordPress itself always had great themes and offerings, yet people still purchased the premium themes, and they will with plugins as well, if your plugin (and extras you’re offering, like support, etc) are worth the ticket price.

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    1. People does not love to buy a plugin. Basically they try to find out a quick and easy solution for their problems and when a plugin developer add value like in terms of support and free updates then people start purchasing these plugins.

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  3. I had a business which was obliterated by WordPress including it’s functionality in core (it was menus). My plugin became mostly irrelevant overnight, as the implementation in core was much better than I had in my own plugin.

    I saw that as more of a failing on my part than anything else though. If my plugin was good enough, then I would have gotten a lot of kudos and advertising purely from having that functionality bundled into core. I would have been the goto person for menu stuff in core. As it stood, I was that guy who made a half-baked plugin that sort of did what people wanted, but not quite, then core got menus and my plugin and services became irrelevant.

    My point being … if your plugin is good enough, then I think there are benefits to having your stuff rolled into core.

    If your plugin is not good enough, and core implements something better, then you just become a sheep who got squashed during the process of WordPress improving itself. Everyone benefits (well, apart from you perhaps, but you are just one person in a sea of millions).

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    1. @Ryan: You can still be the goto person for menu stuff in core if you’d like. I’ll even beg. :-)

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