From GPL to Commercial

For some time, I’ve had this one plugin, not many know it exists, and it literally had only ONE install, which was me.

To be clear, this is NOT talking about Content Warning v2 – I would NEVER make that commercial. Too many sites use it.  Rather; this is talking about Minecraft Suite.

Minecraft Suite is more of a passion project of mine, and has been for some time.  I’ve added code that’s needed to accommodate my day-to-day server management needs.

To date it only has two features:

  • Server Status Widget – Shows rather a server is online or offline.
  • Whitelist Application Management – A form, shortcode, and corresponding back-end post type to store/approve white-list applications.

Not much to go commercial I know, but hear me out. I have two features in the works which will have a corresponding Spigot plugin.

Remote Whitelist Management

I intend for this to pretty much do as it says. Remote whitelist management is something I’ve needed for a long time. The intent is to tie it into the Applications module and provide the Minecraft server a remote endpoint to read from, instead of reading the default whitelist.json file.

Why use this? Well it’s simple. Right now the applications module just stores the approved applications. I intend to provide a feed for the server to read from, as well as a corresponding Spigot plugin, which will auto-whitelist users on the list. So simply ‘approving’ an application no longer just swaps the post status, it will then also white-list that user.

Buddy Press, BB Press and WordPress Registration

This is a request I got some time ago, which makes complete sense. The idea is to allow users to register their IGN on the WordPress website. Basically linking a WordPress username to their IGN.

Of course there are other features for this that I have in mind like linking it up with Buddy Press & BB Press to allow MC users to select different users to post as, or list IGN’s they’re affiliated with.

Thoughts?

Is this enough to go commercial? Maybe I should go a ‘freemium’ route? Not entirely sure yet, but I’ve currently deleted the GitHub repo and moved it to my private repos. So we’ll see how this goes.

On the flip side, I would love to hear some thoughts on this, like what makes you want to go ‘commercial’ for plugins, or where you may have failed/succeeded?

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