I know SaaSing is all the rage these days, but I can’t help but feel that sometimes it’s not so well thought out, especially when it comes to desktop software.
We saw it first with Adobe, and now JetBrains, the maker of popular IDEs such as PHPStorm.
JetBrains, on the other hand, does not have that luxury. Even though PHPStorm seems to be wildly popular in the WordPress community, there are plenty of suitable alternatives, like Atom.
People are getting tired of the “we’re a business so we need money” line. These decisions should’ve been made way more early on than they were to avoid such backlash.
MemberMouse comes to mind as one example of a WordPress plugin that charges a monthly fee. It’s not quite clear if the what “phone home” features are used to justify the monthly price (outside of support), but people gladly pay it because that’s how the pricing always was and the plugin works well.
I know we’ve discussed recurring payments for theme/plugin licenses, but I’m talking about software that just locks down when you don’t keep up with payments.
That typically doesn’t happen with WordPress-based software, but what if it did? Wouldn’t it push you to not so DRMy alternatives, and open the doors to competition if there weren’t any?