That sort of made me think about this: to be honest, developers should start charging more for everything about OpenCart.MarketInSG wrote:So should developers start charging more for supporting OpenCart in Joomla?
Unlimited and forever support, customers demanding a mod developer to be awake 24/7/365 to quickly fix issues they might have caused themselves (in example, by installing other conflicting stuff), relatively low sales volume.
This causes several issues to the OC developers community:
- Those who live in the "First World" can't even pay the electricity bills with the puny amounts OC modules often sell for.
This causes the developers "selection" to become biased towards India, some Eastern Europe countries and similar.
- New OC modules developers usually start enthusiast about OC and start creating stuff... that mostly stays unsold (almost always there are 3 free modules doing their mod job) and anyway sell for pennies.
- OC becomes flagged as "indie grade" e-commerce, substantial improvements and research mostly fall on Daniel's shoulders. Nobody who has to actually make a living (outside of India / other ultra-cheap life cost countries) could pour in substantial research and development capitals, they'd never yield a profit.
Yet, if we wanted to have our company live on that kind of knowledge, we'd have to create Magento / other commercial stuff extensions.
There's a distinct lack of profit schemes in OC for those who want to make it their business.
The "create a mod today, must provide free support for a decade" is just one of the various habits OC customers have learned to exploit to the fullest. There are a couple of "historical mods" that actually provide some good money (in OC standarts), that is some SEO mods, some Qphoria mods... but they are the minority.
This also results in a drop of quality. We had some serious difficulty finding a commercial theme outside the 1-2 "famous names" that would barely work on a modern version (required dozens of fixes, code was awful), there's just too little reward for keeping such stuff updated when all you can hope to make is $9.99 and on a limited customer base.
Imo there should exist a "professional" OC version, with a "minimum acceptable quality" modules certification required to sell mods for it. Something to help companies get invested in OpenCart, knowing there's money to be made. Some "certified OC partner" additional certification would help consultants too, so a customer could look for officially qualified technicians instead of hoping a 3 years old abandoned module won't make their OC install crash.