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Making the Plugin Installer Easier for Premium Products

This morning I helped a new customer of Sprout Invoices install his recently purchase pro version. The customer didn’t know that the plugin they just purchased needed to be installed, instead they expected to input their new license key and the Pro features of SI would be enabled with the free version of Sprout Invoices already installed; along with […]

Thoughts about the Debate on Auto-Updating of WordPress SEO

Let me start off by saying that I have a hate-hate relationship with WordPress SEO; admittedly it’s not an objectionable opinion, even though I can easily find some faults, rather it’s a personal opinion because of how I see them treat their users. For that history alone I really wanted to hate the decision the WordPress.org API team made to force an auto-update […]

The Case for Using Single Licenses and How to Implement with Easy Digital Downloads & Software Licensing

At Sprout Apps I wanted Sprout Invoices to be the only product that had a license, with all add-ons (or extensions) using that license to receive automatic updates (or validate against). This provides a lot of benefits, mainly:  a better customer experience, and improved recurring sales. If you’re not with me, consider your customer’s point […]

First! props.

A big change since I started Sprout Apps is putting aside time to contribute back to WordPress more. In the past my excuse of not contributing was always time but honestly bad experiences within core conversations and my lack of confidence held me back. I’ve come to realize my excuses suck and that I have a lot to benefit from […]

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#WCSF or was it #WCSF14

I’ve been to a lot of the San Francisco WordCamps, including the first, and this year’s was the best for me. Everything seemed completely different. My approach was definitely different this year than any other. Instead of shying away from conversations I embraced them. From the conversations I had I was able to get some great feedback for Sprout Apps, and more […]

Transitioning from Services to Products is Hard

When writing my travel+productivity woes I found myself thinking about reevaluating what I deemed as a “product day”. In the past I could easily look back at the end of the day (or week) and see something tangible to judge. Even without billable hours to evaluate, I could look at the functionality/features/code I created and judge progress and easily […]

Travel Hangovers & Productivity

I’m finding that I’m not nearly as productive the days surrounding my travel; which sucks because I’ve been traveling since the beginning of September and I won’t be finished for another few weeks. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve enjoyed the time off with family and friends; maybe too much since I’m rather unmotivated to jump back into […]

Developers: Stop Blaming Your Users

If you’re a developer and release code to the public: own your mistakes don’t blame your users for them. — Dan Cameron (@dancameron) September 10, 2014 Someone on the Advanced WordPress Facebook group posted this about how he was frustrated how plugin updates were being handled by a certain developer. That arena is definitely not the […]

EDD Recurring Payments & Discounts: Solution

As a follow to my EDD Recurring Payments & Discounts: Proposal I’d like to share my solution. Let me set this up for you first. Here’s the pricing options for Sprout Invoices. Note: the customer pays the “Signup Fee” and the “Price” initially, I’ve written about a proposal to change this already. The discount is for 25% off […]

EDD Recurring Payments & Discounts: Proposal

Pricing a premium plugin is hard. I’ve written publicly about the multiple pricing options for Sprout Invoices and after this weekend at WordCamp LAX talking to a lot of great people, I’ve already concluded improvements to streamline and simplify purchasing are needed. However, the pricing structure won’t change anytime soon, even if EDD discount codes don’t like it. For the upcoming WordCamp and WPAPPStore promotions I need to […]

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Dan Cameron

I build stuff with WordPress

I'm currently building Sprout Apps to help small businesses and freelancers running WordPress.