Lessons in Plugin Development: Successes and Failures of a Large Free Plugin
Getting any free softwhere to the point where it makes money can be a lot of work. Taking a WordPress plugin like Better WP Security (now iThemes Security) to more than 2.5 million downloads when it isn’t your full-time job can seem nearly impossible. This talk will discuss how I built Better WP Security to one of the largest plugins on WordPress.org including what I did right and what I could have done better as well as why the plugin was built for WordPress instead of Drupal. Specific tips will involve handling support, marketing a plugin and squashing bugs when you wear all the hats (developer, marketer, teacher, project manager, etc). This session will help to equip you with the tools you will need to not just get your software out there but also to make sure it is successful.
Here is a video of a previous rendition of the talk at WordCamp Orlando: https://wordpress.tv/2016/01/14/chris-wiegman-lessons-in-plugin-developm...
Chris is a developer for UF Health at the University of Florida who has been working on WordPress, Drupal and other technologies since 2008. Over the years he built one of the largest security plugins on WordPress.org as well as numerous other plugins, themes and other solutions. When not coding Chris loves to teach and has presented at numerous WordCamps and other conferences as well as taught computer security for St. Edward’s University and other University courses ranging from computers to aviation.