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Bill Bennett


Paying for WordPress plug-ins

Starting today I’m paying the developers of the WordPress plug-ins used to build my web site. I urge you to do the same.

Although I picked up some Fortran and Pascal at school and university, I’m no programmer.

Even if I was, those languages are useless preparation for the modern tools used to build web sites. My only brush with programming was more than 30 years ago. And no, I’m not any good at it.

So when it comes to making this site sing and dance, I use WordPress plug-ins to add functions to my site.

At the time of writing, there are 20 plug-ins installed and active on this site.

Some handle administration tasks readers never get to see. Others are more obvious. For example, Tobias Bäthge‘s WP-Table Reloaded handle’s the tables in my NZ media on Twitter directory.

Many WordPress plug-ins are free. Most authors write them for love, not money. They share the results with others.

As if writing WordPress plug-ins wasn’t enough work, they also support users. I’ve called on support a few times, some of it is first class.

Which is why, from today, I’m making a point of donating to plug-in designers who have improved my site. When they ask for donations, the amounts are often small. Even paying all those who accept donations costs less than $100.



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