Daniel Bachhuber’s Kickstarter went live only two days ago and already it is more than fully funded. Bachhuber, who maintains WP-CLI, says he’s still in shock at just how quickly the project surpassed its $17,500 goal.
According to the Kickstarter page, “WP-CLI and the WP REST API offer CRUD interfaces to WordPress, and the functional components for WP-CLI’s internals are duplicated by WP REST API endpoints. By using WP REST API endpoints to power WP-CLI, we can remove a lot of code from WP-CLI.” This means that developers can push and pull posts and other REST API data with only a WP-CLI command.
Bachhuber isn’t sure how he reached his goal in only 12 hours but thinks it has to do with targeting a niche audience.
“I know how to reach that audience. I can’t imagine trying a Kickstarter campaign where I didn’t know the audience well — I’d have to spend a ton of, potentially unfruitful, time marketing,” Bachuber told Torque in an interview.
The campaign also offered higher tier rewards, which means fewer contributors had to get on board. Bachhuber decided not to stop the project after it was funded but instead use the extra money to dedicate more time to the WP REST API. For every $100 over the goal, he will donate an hour of his time to bug-fixing and writing documentation.
There isn’t a concrete endpoint in sight, but Bachhuber said he may end the campaign when it reaches $40,000. As with anything in WordPress, collaboration is a huge part of making this project great and Bachhuber said he is always open to asking any questions or concerns.