This morning many people were greeted with an interesting question posed by Adii of WooThemes:
We’re toying with the idea of building a hosted version of WooCommerce, which has all the benefits of a downloadable product (flexible, customizable templating) along with the benefits of a 1-click setup experience.
So we’d essentially take care of all the work & you’d just start with the customization and implementation of your project’s goals. Instead of once-off costs (which is the case with WooCommerce themes & extensions now), we’ll have different monthly pricing plans which will include access to various themes & extensions.
Direct from their morning newsletter the idea is fairly simple: Would you pay for having your eCommerce solution powered by WooCommerce for advanced features, themes, extensions and more?
Adii continued to pose a few more questions in their Survey to get even more feedback:
- How are you hosting your WordPress + WooCommerce websites today? Who is your provider of choice?
- Can you describe your existing setup & development process for setting up a new WooCommerce website?
- Do you think that the service described above would make your life easier / simplify your current workflow when setting up a new WooCommerce website? Why?
- How much are you willing to pay for such a monthly service?
Adii invited people to respond directly to him as well as ping WooThemes about their thoughts.
This is a pretty big move for WooThemes that has historically build an incredible financial business on WordPress Themes and moving into the paid premium plugins plus hosted provided is an interesting play. Adii and his team have experimented in the past and I imagine that this will be considered very much an experiment until it proves its worth and if the market is interested in it.
If anything, they’ve done a stellar job of providing value for their customers and if it gets off the ground I’m sure it’ll shake things up, especially for the few other hosted eCommerce solutions that are present, like Shopp:
What are your thoughts? Savvy move by WooThemes or not?
[Thanks Joshua Withers for the tip!]