Month: August 2017

How Brant Calder Successfully Sells His Own WordPress Plugins

How Brant Calder Successfully Sells His Own WordPress Plugins

When someone uses the phrase “selling WordPress plugins” they usually mean the typical business model of developing a product, marketing it to potential customers and then selling licenses and downloads of the plugin for fun and profit.

WordPress developer Brant Calder thinks the same way but then he takes things in a different direction. Brant builds his WordPress plugins and then, after doing some early marketing and sales groundwork, sells the entire business on the popular web site marketplace Flippa.

Brant has repeated this process successfully four times in the last year and a half. He was willing to answer some of my questions about his work, the ups and downs of development and how he feels after making a big sale but having to leave his work behind.

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Building Custom Fields with Meta Box

Meta Box

Meta Box is simple on the surface: it lets WordPress users and developers quickly construct custom meta boxes and fields. There are other plugins on the market that do the same thing but Meta Box is interesting to me because of its large install base, variety of premium extensions and it’s Vietnamese developer.

Tran Ngoc Tuan Anh, from Hanoi, is the man behind Meta Box and he was very kind enough to sit down and answer my questions about his successful plugin. We talk about pricing in bundles, how his customers help inform him on matters ranging from pricing to which extension he should build next and more.

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Allow Safe SVG Uploads with WP SVG

Allow Safe SVG Uploads with WP SVG

I’m sure a lot of WordPress site owners and maintainers are unaware of the inherit security risks involved with the SVG file format. Daryll Doyle knows and he’s created a freemium plugin built on a custom library that sanitizes SVG files for WordPress. The pro version of his plugin, WP SVG, is on sale now.

WP SVG does more than just offer a security fix. The plugin creates actual, viewable thumbnails for SVGs inside of the WordPress media library (no more broken images or useless previews!) and allows you to restrict SVG upload permission to users based on their roles.

Daryll answered some of my questions about WP SVG, it’s free version and the sanitization library he wrote that powers the whole thing.

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