It’s been a while since i released a plugin but here i am again! A couple of months back Yan approached me with a plugin he wanted. We worked it out and this is the result. What this essentially does is it allows you to build a link list and maintain it with statistics for your visitors to see. You have seen this around the marketing blogs especially, where the blogger has a list of websites he thinks it’s best for bloggers to comment and get a reputation at. You can see the plugin in action at Yan’s place. You can see more on the plugin’s page.
Now i know that this kind of plugin can be marketed and maybe reward with quite some money. Yan said we should do it but i don’t think i have the time to dedicate to it in order to make it a nice commercial product. Moreover i am an opensource kinda guy. I like giving things out and saying “well if you like it then please consider donating”. This is much more like me. So, i decided to release it upon the world as a GNU GPL plugin, listed on the WordPress plugin directory.
All i am asking is that if you guys use it, and it saves you some trouble (which i think it will) then consider donating to me as a token of appreciation. Something like saying “hey there i like your plugin and i appreciate your effort”.
If you have any suggestions or find any bug let me know and i can work it out. You can also hire me if you want something more complex to build 😉
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and I appreciate you for making this a GNU GPL plugin instead of commercializing it.
@PC: Thanks for dropping by. The only thing i am asking for is a donation from anyone that uses it and saves him some trouble. On the other hand, if you don’t feel like it, well that’s the beauty of opensource! 😉
Another great plugin buddy. I might use it sometime in the near future
@Madhur: Thanks for dropping by… If you find any bug let me know 😉
Hi Stratos – Wow! You’ve been busy – I had no idea you were working on another one.
What you should do is offer if for free and then when everyone is using it, add Reloaded to the end of the name and start charging for it 😉
@Kim: Well it has been sitting on my hard drive for over a month. Now i decided to go on with the release. As for the reloaded thingy… Sounds familiar huh? LOL 😀
I would suggest having 2 versions of this plugin. If I am not wrong, the user will be able to sort the list based upon PR / Alexa rank / Technorati rank and Feedburner Count. If that is the case, you can make the one without sorting ability to be FREE version and the one with sorting to be a PRO version. I am sure you can come up with some enhancements in the future, so they can add to the PRO version features.
Even for the Free version, how about having a link back to your site? you can make it optional by letting user choose/unchoose through plugin options. It will atleast helps your PR and guides other users towards your site
@Raju: Well i really trust the judgment of a satisfied user. I think that if this plugin is helpful enough to anyone that installs it he will donate to me. That will keep me motivated and it might produce a new version with even more features. As for the sorting your are right. It works just like that… The columns are sortable…
It’s a very helpful plugin. Thanks 4 your great job…
If you are so confident, then its fine 🙂 Do let me know the status after a month or 2.
Very sweet plugin and opensource all the way!
Some services you should pay for, for others the donation model has been working for years.
Though I would keep the option for allowing a linkback to your site.
Another useful plugin.. I will love to review it Startos 🙂
Buddy, You should have added few screenshots as well.. That might be useful for many.
@Raju: We shall see. And this will actually show me how i should proceed with my next project which is even bigger and will be even more helpful 😉
@Donace: I suppose you are right. I should have added it…
@Harsh: Be my guest 😉 As for the screenshots check out the plugin page… I have a couple there.
Thanks for dropping by people!
Wonderful plugin Stratos. I appreciate your efforts. Keep it up.