Continuing conversation from What are your top 5 plugin needs?
My favourite CMS used to be PyroCMS. But, although I still have a few Pyro sites hanging around, I ended up moving to WP partly because clients started asking for it and partly because Pyro was based on an old, unsupported copy of CodeIgniter. A new developer took over and completely rewrote Pyro based on Laravel. At the same time, they also moved to subscription-based licensing, charging $25 per user per month for unlimited sites in addition to 30 “first party addons”. I think a lot of people dropped out at this point, in part at least because of the charging but also because of the lack of quality addons and community support. It seems to be all but dead now.
I’d be happy to pay for a subscription-based CP and/or plugins if it means we end up with a quality alternative to WP. My only caveats are that we must ensure that a) there are plenty of quality addons available and b) the charges are “reasonable”.
A lot of careful thought needs to be given to this before going down this road.
What about Kickstarter? The guys at Font Awesome did that before releasing version 5 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/232193852/font-awesome-5.