Have a feature you’ve REALLY wanted in the themes? We’re offering a chance to expedite a feature to the front of the develope queue, sponsoring the development of a feature of your choosing.
For $499 you get:
- Pick one feature for us to implement (max. 5 hours of development)
- A year subscription to the Nourish plugin PLUS access to all the themes
- Your name credited as the “patron” of that feature in the plugin (optional)
What are my restrictions on feature requests?
We’ll entertain any legal, safe-for-work request.
As a soft target, it has to be do-able with about 5 hours of initial development time, which means that features should be simple and straightforward. We may continue building it after the initial 5 hours however, to add features and customizations if there’s a strong response to it.
In the event the feature you’ve requested is too niche for our user base, we may release it privately to you without embedding it into the plugin.
Why are you offering this?
The ultimate test of a feature is whether people are willing to (1) use it, and (2) pay for it. We could build absolutely anything, but if nobody uses it, and if nobody is willing to pay for it, then there’s no point in wasting developing it.
Offering the option for bloggers to pay for priority development of a feature, immediately indicates that this is something they’ll use, and it’s something they’re willing to pay for.
Who owns the developed code?
Feast Design Co. retains all rights and ownership of the developed code. You are paying to have your selected feature expedited to the top of the development list.
Why would I pay to expedite development of something, for you to sell?
Because you REALLY want it, and are confident it will save you more than $500 over the years.
Initial development of a feature is only a small fraction of the time and cost involved.
Maintaining features and programs takes roughly an equal number of hours each year, because of shifting technologies and underlying internet infrastructure. In addition to maintenance, there’s writing documentation and tutorials, support and troubleshooting, and marketing and promotion.
While the initial 5 hours of development would be covered, we still need to:
- Maintain it (5 hours per year ~$500)
- Write documentation and tutorials (2 hours ~$200)
- Plus 2 hours per year (~$200) in updating documentation
- Promotion and Marketing (5 hours ~$500)
- Plus 2 hours per year (~$200) in maintenance
- Plus monetary costs in ads + sponsorships
- Support and troubleshooting (5-10 hours per year ~$500-$1000)
That’s roughly 7 (~$700) hours of additional time in the first year, plus 14-19+ hours per year (~$1400+) of maintenance work. This fairly accurately represents what we see with our own themes.
In effect, you’re having something built for you without the very real problem of supporting it and having to worry about how it’s going to work years down the road, which vastly dwarfs the initial development cost.
All you need to do to confirm this is look at the number of WordPress plugins that haven’t been updated in 2+ years, and have been abandoned by their developers. Expect this to grow exponentially after Gutenberg is released.
Plus, if you opt into it, you get credited for funding the initial development in the plugin 🙂