OpenCart Marketplace New Policy: 12 Months Free Updates
A week ago Daniel has decided that the extension store policy will be changed into 12-months free updates. It means that when users buy a license of an extension, they will get free updates only for the next 12 months after purchase. If they want to continue to receive updates for the extensions or themes, users need to buy another license.
As we know, as OpenCart has got more popular, many developers support OpenCart. Getting many sales, of course, was their goal. But when the users are getting more and more, then having to keep supporting them who might have bought the license over years ago without getting new users/ clients must be very hard on them. Well, that’s why this news can be quite relieving for developers.
On the other side, can users understand about this new policy? The bottom line is that: OpenCart can be free, but it is used to generate sales and money from the user websites. It’s reasonable to help OpenCart grow in the future, because as the open source project, 20% from marketplace is the only income to help OpenCart team pay the operational cost.
When The Policy Implemented?
The new policy will be roll out when OpenCart 2 is released. And this is not a good decision from management perspective. Daniel should roll out the new policy with exact date. Because the new policy not just affecting OpenCart marketplace but also developer who sell their extensions.
Developers need to think, preparing and communicate carefully with their existing buyers. Exact date, whether OpenCart 2 is released this year or delayed, would help developer to preparing the impact of this new policy.
We still wait another information related to this new policy. Because there is no official information yet, regarding:
- Whether the 12-months license only applies for OpenCart 2 extensions or all available extensions;
- Whether the license renewal would be at the same price or offer a lower price;
- Whether the developer have option to opt-out the policy at OpenCart marketplace?
Well, Daniel and team should deliver these tough questions carefully. Our hope is this new policy would be fair, clear, and exactly what everyone needs.