After spending an incredible amount of time to develop your WordPress plugin (or theme) and all its related material like the manual, a video presentation, the web site to promote it, etc., you feel so proud you can finally buy a pizza by selling it for a few dollars…
However you will eventually realize that you are not the only one buying pizzas thanks to your own effort: it happens that there are a number of business partners you didn’t even know they existed but they are practically taking money out of your pocket without even thanking you!
I did the experience, believe me is not a nice feeling at all… anyways as I like to see problems as challenges I was forced to find a way to protect my code.
Yes, I know, open source is great but I think when someone works she/he deserves to get paid for his time, energy and, if passionate like me, all the Love involved.
On 2010 I started to develop and make available for free a number of plugins trough wordpress.org — later I published my first professional version plugin, myEASYhider PRO, that I recently discovered it became available as a free download on a number of sites like: wpunlocks.com, scriptmafia.co, newone.org, flooat.com, clicksansar.com and zimbio.com to name a few.
By protecting the code, the plugins are/will not be released anymore under the GPL License. As a matter of fact, wordpress.org removed most of my plugins from their servers without notice on May 15, 2012 –
even myEASYwebally that will never have a PRO version (myEASYwebally was kindly restored on May 17: thanks Mark!) removed once again on May 25 and myEASYbackup that still does not have it!
Maybe you better like to keep your plugins open source, but I recommend you do not try to sell them unprotected unless you’d like to have some business partners you do not even know, for example, wpsale.com that sells myEASYhider PRO with a 75% discount!
If you are interested in protecting your code with an innovative system that does not allow anyone to take advantage of your effort, please get in touch: every idea and business proposal will be carefully evaluated and answered.