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Arrow768
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Old 07-14-2015 , 12:10   Contributions for the Store Plugin and the WebPanel
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Let me start with a few facts:

  • This is the only store plugin thats distributed for free.
  • There are no charges or hidden fees.
  • There have been 219 commits to the store repo (the dark number is probably higher because drixevel "merges" his commits into one before pushing them to the main repo)
  • There have been a total of 309 commits in both webpanel repos
  • There have been 22 WebPanel releases over ~2 Years
  • Commercial Store Plugins are available in a price range of 50-150€ ++

This means that you can:
  • Use the store plugin for free on as many servers as you want
  • Use the WebPanel for free
  • Get Support in the AM Forum for free
  • Use a lot of Store-Module free of charge
  • Get Updates for free


When you use the store module on your server, please think of the following:
  • We are investing a huge amount of time into the development and maintenance of the store plugin and the WebPanel (Probably 1000+ hours until now)
  • There are costs associated with the development
    • Last year I paid around 600 € for my development environment that's used ~90% for the WebPanel (Server-Hosting, Web-Hosting, Domains, Software Licenses, ...)
    • I don't know the running costs that Drixevel has, but they are probably in a similar area
  • If I would have chosen to work on paid projects instead of the WebPanel, I could have made 8.000€ to 15.000€ in the same time. (Probaply quite similar for Drixevel)
  • Until today I have received a total of 0€ in donations for the WebPanel (in ~2 years)
  • Drixevel is the only one who is currently maintaining the store plugin and a lot of modules
  • I am the only WebPanel developer

Is there another way to contribute than donations ?
Yes - For the WebPanel there is.
The most important thing for the WebPanel is developer time. (Even more important than donations)
If you are a developer with a bit of PHP experience and if you want to contribute to the WebPanel, please contact me.
There are a lot of things to do and I can always need a helping hand.

How much should you donate ?
I used to write private Apps for various people. Usually I asked them how much this is worth to them and most of the time we came to an agreement (Ofc that doesnt work for some people).

I know that it wont be possible to fund the development of the webpanel with donations. (And I dont have a problem with it; After all its just a hobby)

Just think about what the store plugin and the WebPanel is worth to you and make a donation with that amount



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Last edited by Drixevel; 07-14-2015 at 17:55. Reason: Rewrote parts of the post
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Old 07-14-2015 , 14:07   Re: Help us fund the development of the store plugin
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I ask this with all due respect and recognition and probably a little awkward to answer but what would be a reasonable amount to donate?
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Old 07-14-2015 , 15:16   Re: Contributions for the Store Plugin and the WebPanel
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I updated the main post to cover your question.

Basically you just donate what its worth to you.

I think Drixevel is going to add a Button in the next days.
He wasnt available when I wrote the post so I had to add the contact details he mentioned in the store thread.
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Old 07-14-2015 , 17:55   Re: Contributions for the Store Plugin and the WebPanel
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I updated the past and added mine.
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Old 08-08-2015 , 22:12   Re: Contributions for the Store Plugin and the WebPanel
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Thank you to those who have donated money so far towards the project. This project should pick back up as soon as Arrow is done with what he's doing... which I don't know when that'll be.
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