Jigoshop is a relatively recent addition to the WordPress ecommerce market—it launched in May of this year—and just last week launched premium support and a developer club called the Jigoshop Club. Previously Jigoshop was monetized via a handful of commercial themes and plugin extensions, since its primary offering, the Jigoshop eCommerce plugin, is available free on the WordPress.org plugin directory.
For those looking for a bit of help from the plugin’s creators, paid support is now available. Support prices start ar $39 per month for a single site, alternatively $99 for a year, and it increases with each additional site that needs support.
Members of the newly launched Jigoshop Club will receive unlimited access to their support as well as access to every Jigoshop product in existence. Membership into the club requires a one-time setup fee of $179 with ongoing monthly subscription payments of $15.
Jay Koster, the lead designer behind Jigoshop, hopes that this new club option will be a solid alternative to buying each of their extensions outright:
We believe this represents fantastic value right now, and will only get better as we continue to add more themes and extensions to our catalog. As a rough demonstration, if you were to buy the contents of the club separately it would cost over $1000!
What do you think of a free plugin like Jigoshop going these routes when it comes to monetization? Have you ever paid for a free plugin’s upgrades, paid support, or a developer’s club like Jigoshop is offering?