haha I like that one. Will take note.
It always seems odd to me that, when discussing code, developers want things to be semantic. Then, when we get to discussing things in English, meaningful distinctions are dismissed as “(mere) semantics.”
I think I should have used the word interpretation, rather than semantics.
This is exactly my opinion as well. I’m not going to pay money for a plugin that may or may not work for me. Freemium versions give me a chance to check out the developer - is it buggy? are there spelling mistakes? (my pet peeve), etc. I have cast my vote!
That’s my interpretation too.
I believe you have misinterpreted…or I haven’t been clear. My premium plugins will be free. Anyone can download and use them without paying a cent. They will be functional plugins. For those who upgrade to a paid version, they will get more features, dedicated support, et al. To clarify: it’s my work that is premium, not necessarily the features in any given plugin I release. Subsequently, I will consider all my plugins premium, whether they’re completely free or not. I think we’re essentially talking about the same thing, but I’m just moving away from the freemium terminology because I feel it’s gimmicky and implies that free plugins are lesser.
I don’t mind moving away from that terminology, but then we need to think of some other way to describe the above that makes it very clear to the user.
Like I said, it’s not the features that will make my plugins premium… it’s the quality of work, the attention to detail, the frictionless user experience, my stellar availability and willingness to help. Every plugin I write for the ClassicPress platform will be premium by this definition.
I understand this is not the standard interpretation and I’m not suggesting others adopt my thinking on it; this is simply how I will be doing it on my end. If my plugins aren’t allowed in the directory until a later time because I’m calling them premium, that’s on me and I wouldn’t find it unfair.
OK, I understand. And I agree… premium is ambiguous in that context. So you’d be OK with a classification system that was something like?:
= completely free
= free basic version with some paid extras
= fully paid, no free functionality
Yeah, that plain language (without premium/freemium) makes it very clear and leaves no room for interpretation. I think I like it. James mentioned there not being any premium plugins in the directory initially, but the first 2 items you listed do seem pretty good. It makes sense to me!
- free – no crippled features, no consideration required
- basic – usable free version, option to upgrade for more features/support/etc.
- commercial – no free options; totally paid; devs might even pay for listing.
Just want to add: I’ll be fine with whatever taxonomy and terminology is ultimately chosen. I appreciate the discussion on it – thanks!
I’m not crazy about “basic”, but I think “commercial” is more clear than “premium”.
Right. Hmmm… not sure. What about something like
Upgradable? Not even sure how that’s spelled…but it’s more inline with what those plugins are. I’m not feeling “freemium” for it, that I know.
I feel like this is one where “we’ll know it when we see it.” Some more ideas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shareware#Types_of_shareware
From that page:
Freemium works by offering a product or service free of charge (typically digital offerings such as software, content, games, web services or other) while charging a premium for advanced features, functionality, or related products and services. For example, a fully functional feature-limited version may be given away for free, with advanced features disabled until a license fee is paid. The word “freemium” is a portmanteau combining the two aspects of the business model: “free” and “premium”. It has become a popular model especially in the antivirus industry.
Whatever terminology is used has to be widely recognised and understood. I’m not sure anything better is out there.
As much as I dislike using the term, I also can’t think of a better alternative.
Agreed. Why are we trying to reinvent the wheel? Everyone understands the industry standard:
Free > Freemium > Premium
Freemium is not an actual word, but a combining of the two either side. It infers by nature that it is not the first or last type, but an intermediate one.
Commercial is better than premium.
Then you lose the meaning of freemium. I pay for a premium plugin or update for my personal sites. They are not “commercial” sites. I’m not looking for a commercial plugin.
Are business sites not commercial sites? The term freemium doesn’t stand up because it’s just a lesser way of saying premium.