Hey friends, fans, or just WordPress enthusiasts,
Today, I’m going to share with you one important piece of news related to the future of free WooRockets plugins including WR PageBuilder, WR MegaMenu and WR ContactForm. We’ll stop development activities by 18 May. That means no more product improvements, bug fixes or any activities related to the products’ development. We’ll put them on “autopilot” in the “WordPress sky” for the community as we always have at Github. Let me explain to you why we have decided to go this way. It’s not an easy decision, but we have had to do it.
It costs a lot of resources.
The development and support costs are huge, but the time involved was even greater. Yes, we hired three developers to take care of each free plugin and one dedicated support staff. We wanted to make sure that the products were in good shape and moved forward with continuous improvements based on users’ feedback. We have done this job for over a year and there is no end in sight. Thus, we always had something to do. Recently our company has been faced with an unstable financial situation which has forced us to cut costs. Free plugins were released for the WordPress community and couldn’t convert into sales. If free plugins or other commercial products could generate enough revenue to keep the products free, we would definitely go with that. Unfortunately, the commercial parts of the products still need some serious improvement to establish their position on the market.
But most important, we haven’t stayed focused on our main goal…
We initially bought these products from InnoGears Team. They did a great job and our role was the improvement their stuff for the WordPress community. We tried hard to answer support questions via the forum and improve the products making them “perfect”. By doing that we moved away from our main and initial goal – WooRockets.
WooRockets is about providing ultimate solutions for WooCommerce shop owners. These solutions are themes, plugins, mobile apps and everything related to WooCommerce. We’ve spent so much time and resources on things that have moved us away from what WooRockets actually is. We really want to make quality products for WordPress; to be specific WooCommerce. It takes time, money and strong FOCUS.
From now on, the code base for the three plugins are still available at Github. Anyone who wishes to improve the product can download it and make further code contributions. Just some quick stats with “Active Installs”: PageBuilder – 9,000, MegaMenu and ContactForm together – 4,000. That’s not a small or big amount of users, but still numbers that show how free stuff is popular.
…and some last words a BIG THANKS to our users & fans! Your lovely reviews were a big encouragement for us. We believe that it’s not the “end”, we’ll return back to free plugin development when the right time comes, especially with WR PageBuilder.
See you around WooRockets space!