Adii Pienaar teased his next project Miniraffe this morning. Soon after we posted it a WPCandy reader alerted us that their in-development Miniraffe site is currently publicly viewable.
The full site design of Miniraffe, which you can view now at miniraffe.com/homepage/, seems to confirm that the next project from Pienaar and his partners James Koster and Mike Jolley will indeed be a commercial plugin shop. The gallery below contains the development pages, just in case the site is moved anytime soon.
Miniraffe pre-public website peek
Aside from confirming that Miniraffe is a plugin shop the site doesn’t give us too much information. The home page describes the purpose in a bit more detail, along with promoting the plugins as compatible with the default themes Twenty Ten, Twenty Eleven, and themes from WooThemes:
Miniraffe plugins add kick-ass functionality to WordPress and to add another dimension of awesomeness we’ve endeavoured to make them compatible with WordPress’ own default themes and those from leading retailers.
Only a “Mega Menu” plugin is referenced on the site, listed at $20.
Pienaar shared his thoughts on what he called the “lack of premium WordPress plugins” on his blog earlier this month. He described what he saw as an opportunity for those willing to work to release quality code, since “every WP-powered website potentially needs a plugin, but not every WP-powered website needs a theme.” He asserted that this larger demand would lead to great rewards:
Early movers in this space will be greatly rewarded too (as GravityForms, Wishlist, BackupBuddy & the others have), because there’s very little out there at the moment. Your plugin could thus realistically close off a whole section of the potential plugin space and make it your own.
What do you think of Pienaar’s statements on the lack of commercial WordPress plugins? How about what seems to be his next project, a WordPress plugin shop?