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How Commercial Plugin Developers Are Using The WordPress Repository

By Siobhan McKeown

A few weeks ago I wrote about how you can put together a great readme.txt for the WordPress plugin directory.1 In addition to using a WordPress readme as a tool to help out your users, you can use it to promote your commercial products and services. While commercial theme developers are already promoted on WordPress.org, this promotion isn't extended to commercial plugin developers. But restrictions often lead to creativity, and developers have had to get a bit creative in figuring out how to monetize the WordPress repository. API keys, complementary plugins and lite versions are just a few of the ways that plugin developers are exploiting the WordPress plugin ...

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