This post and the following change has been in the making for quite some time. I’ve asked quite a few individuals their opinions and actually gone back and forth on making it, but I’ve finally come to a decision about the future of the license key system for WP Push.
As it stands when you purchase a license key for a Pushover Extension, this license key is valid for an extended amount of time. Originally, I wanted to do an non-expiring key, however the current software I’m using requires a date, and for that, I choose 20 years.
You might be asking, “20 years, that’s an odd number. Why 20 years?”, and you’d be right. The reason 20 was the chosen number was due to a bug in PHP that wouldn’t allow me to set a date past 2038 (Read more here) and 20 seemed like a good starting point.
So why am I changing anything…
In short, I was uneducated and entirely too optimistic. I started this as a developer…not as a business owner, entrepreneur or someone with any sense of how to manage a product line. A lot has changed in 1 year.
The long answer:
In the last year of developing these extensions, and the last year and a half of developing the core Pushover Notifications for WordPress plugin, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time and money (some recurring) to maintain a consistent stream of improvements to the plugin, the extensions, and the WP Push site/application platform as well as maintaining a quality product.
Quality assurance is one of my focuses and being that Extensions are essentially plugins for plugins…for WordPress, continuous testing and integration is an ongoing process. I will always attempt to make sure an extension or plugin is compatible with a dependency as soon as it is updated, but that takes time.
With that said, starting immediately, all license keys for WP Push Extensions will be for 1 year. At the end of this year, you will have the opportunity to renew this license key for a reduced rate of 30% off the full price of the extension.
What does a valid license key provide?
A valid license key is required to receive automatic updates and continued support in the forums.
Anyone who has purchased an extension prior to this will remain on their current plan.
I appreciate your understanding and support in keeping the WP Push Extensions alive and well.