Pods Foundation raises over $3,000 (so far) to fund version 2.0 development

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Earlier this week Scott Kingsley Clark, the lead developer of the Pods plugin, launched a Kickstarter campaign for the purpose of raising $1,500 to further the development of version 2.0 of the plugin. Clark launched the campaign on September 13 and has already reached $3,050 in funding, or more than double the goal.

Pods, or more long-windedly the Pods CMS Framework, is a free WordPress plugin that you can grab any day of the week from the WordPress Plugin Directory. It also has its own nifty site and dev blog, if you’re really into it. A number of people seem to be into it, with over 80,000 downloads of the plugin from .org to date.

In the Kickstarter listing, Clark described just why he decided to seek funding for the project:

My schedule has been tight as I try to make a living during the day. If I can get kickstarted with enough dough to cover my bills, I can knock the rest of Pods 2.0 out within two weeks or sooner! The more funding I get, the MORE time I spend.

I’ve already tried casually accepting donations towards helping with development time, but nothing can compare to the power of Kickstarter and the structure of rewards we’ll provide backers! Let’s get 2.0 out the door and onto your sites!

Any money pledged via Kickstarter will go to the Pods Foundation, a non-profit organization that Clark incorporated in May of this year to further the goals of the Pods project. The money collected will go toward development of the plugin as well as new yet-in-development Pods website, and potentially bringing members of the Pods team to a WordCamp.

You can watch the video Clark recorded for the Kickstarter project just after the jump.

The listing on Kickstarter has drawn in over 40 “backers” so far, with one pledging at the $1,000 level. Every level on the Kickstarter page — starting at $5 — includes recognition on the Pods site or added benefits like the free consulting time. At the $1,000 level, however, the backer gets to add one particular feature of their choosing to the Pods 2.0 roadmap.

Have you used Pods in the past, and if so did you give money to the Kickstarter project? Also, I’m curious: have any of you ever used Kickstarter, or something similar, to fund a project using WordPress before?

13 thoughts on “Pods Foundation raises over $3,000 (so far) to fund version 2.0 development

  1. That’s great, looks like there is a lot of support behind getting a new version out the door.

    I’m curious though… personally I am not a PODs user so, now that WP has great custom post type and custom taxonomy support in core, why do people use PODs? I watched the video and Scott mentioned users and comments, I assume it offers more advanced features than just post types and taxonomies?

    • I can’t claim to be all too familiar with Pods — I haven’t used it personally. But as I understand it, Pods allows for the creation of custom content types, and did so even before we had post types to work with. From a dev point of view, with Pods I believe each content type gets its own table.

      Without knowing much more than that, I would assume that those using Pods prefer its method of implementing custom content types over the post type implementation in core. I’m sure there are pros and cons to each approach, but right now I’m not sure what they all are.

      • *Opens the flood gate of ‘Why Pods is even more useful since WP added Custom Post Types’*

        I guess I could evangalize, but to keep it simple — Pods itself gives some very cool tools to developers to make their lives easier when developing custom content types, especially complex ones. There are many differences on the data side and the PHP implementation side between Pods and WP Core, but with Pods 2.0 — you can utilize all the power of WP’s objects like Post Types, Taxonomies, Users, and Comments. Things you used to use a lot of plugins for, end up being done within a few clicks. There’s a lot more to it than that of course, but.. there’s a lot on the roadmap that would make any WP dev who’s sworn against Pods rethink their words 😉

        So basically, Pods right now has a large following of developers who love it, and there’s a lot of developers who don’t want to use it for many other reasons. Pods 2.0 gives our large following even more features, but brings in some dynamite functionality that those who don’t want to use Pods, find that it’s actually more useful to them now than many existing solutions out there.

    • Pods not only allows the creation of “other” content types… it gives you a simple template/page system with unique “field” tags (@magic tags) to create your own layouts. Plus, pods can be interlinked. So creating truly dynamically generated pages are simple.

    • @Jared I’m a user of both Pods and Custom Post Types, and each has different advantages/drawbacks.

      Pods does indeed maintain data in tables outside core WP. Some WP evangelists will argue this is taboo, but there are advantages. From a SQL perspective, querying the data is much more optimized because of the minimized table joins. From a reporting perspective, it’s easy to draw data out of the tables via simple SQL constructs. The main advantage I like with Pods is how it enables quick time to delivery — if I want to write a page that displays Pods content, I can do it in a matter of minutes using Pods classes and methods; drawing that data out of a CPT would be far more complex.

      However, some clients I have prefer CPT and would perfer to use as much OOTB WordPress as possible. I cater to them in this regard, which helps me maintain my WP skill sets. In general, I usually offer Pods as an initial option whenever I require something complex with my DB.

      • You know.. don’t forget about 2.0’s CPT features, you’ll end up being a very happy camper once you start using 2.0 for your CPT too 🙂

  2. Any nay sayers of Pods out there? What about Pods 2.0, are there any nay sayers of Pods 2.0 (too)?

    I challenge any and all nay sayers to explain why they wouldn’t use Pods 2.0 – if we can’t fix it or address it, we don’t deserve you as a user, you deserve better! Let’s throw down guys!

  3. That’s interesting. I’ve been pondering for some time now the idea of launching a similar kickstarter project to fund next big version of YOURLS, something that would allow me to work full time on the project for a whole month. Interesting to see that open source funding can work there 🙂

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