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?