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How To Offer Automatic Plugin Updates [WordPress Developers]

Have you released a WordPress plugin that you are planning to sell?  One of the thing that you need to take care of is offering automatic updates to your users.

If you are giving away a free plugin from official WordPress plugin repo, it is easy to offer automatic updates. But, when you are selling your premium WordPress plugin or theme, the things are not the same.  More over, you don’t want to email manually users about new updates, and make the upgrade process tiresome. In this post, I will share tools by which you can offer automatic updates for your WordPress plugin or themes. This is useful for those developers, who are launching their product in coming days.

  • Read: How to Publish WordPress Plugin to Official WP repo

WordPress Plugin updates for Developers:

Freemius:

Freemius

This is a new solution which is released in June 2016. Looks promising & I suggest you to check this out. You can read more about this product here & here.

WP Updates:

If you are looking for the most simple solution to offer premium plugin updates, look no further than WP updates. This is good for those developers, who have launched free or premium plugin both, and distributing it independently.

WP Updates, offer easy to use the dashboard to push a plugin update. You can manage 1 product for free, beyond that you need to subscribe to their plan, according to number of products you have.

Here is the video that shows how easy it is to use WP Updates:

 

Software licensing by EDD:
WordPress Plugin Updates

Easy Digital Downloads is one popular WordPress product to create your digital download store. They have an extension call Software licensing, which adds an automatic upgrade to the product. This solution is far better than any other, as updates will be rolled out to only users with the valid license. If a user license is expired, he won’t be able to update the plugin or theme until his license is renewed.

Watch this video to understand how this plugin works:

This is a paid addon & it cost about $82 for the single site license. If you are creating a seriously paid product, this pricing is well justified.

Bonus Tip: You can integrate an affiliate program with your product using AffiliateWP.

For now, these are the two easy to integrate solution for offering automatic WordPress updates. You can use the above system for plugin or themes. I will keep updating this post with new solutions in future.

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