Jul 12, 2009 15
About a month ago, we launched jobberBase Pro, a compiled version of jobberBase + some extra features requested by a lot of customers.
It was a challening month for our team, one in which we saw our focus dilluted between fixing bugs, working on new features and offering support for Pro customers.
Why did we launch Pro in the first place?
For 2 reasons:
- We saw that customers tend to request the same extra features that aren’t curently implemented in jobberBase open-source and we wanted to give them easy access to them.
- We wanted to experiment a dual-licensing revenue model, as we don’t have a revenue model and need to support further development.
What did we learn?
An open-source project and the community that forms around it is a living organism that reacts to change.
Our great community is alive & kicking and its feedback was mixed: some liked the Pro version and some didn’t. And it was perfectly understandable why they didn’t, which made us rethink our strategy.
Open-source is our way
We never forgot this, but we let it become second priority.
Well, this is ending *now* and we’re back 100% on the open-source version and have stopped distributing Pro.
We still offer support for Pro customers and want to make them achieve their goals with the purchase!
The next big thing
In the following months we’ll keep releasing small updates and bug fixes, but the main development focus will be on a new version, one that’s plugin-friendly.
Once this version is live, you (developers) will be able to build plugins and themes for jobberBase. We can’t wait to get there, guys!
So, in the meanwhile, keep an eye on this blog, follow us on Twitter and get involved in our growing community.