Version 1.1.0 of Easy Digital Downloads Connect comes out today, with a few key bug fixes and some new features. If you use it, read on to find out what’s new.
tldr; The minimum & suggested prices for our PWYW packages will be bumped up on Monday, March 6.
It’s been nearly a year since we first launched Pay What You Want pricing for our Pro and Plus packages. That year has seen a lot of growth for Charitable, and we have enjoyed supporting organizations of all shapes and sizes with their online fundraising.
We also added a number of new extensions since then, including:
Later this week, we’re releasing another extension, Newsletter Connect, which will allow you to automatically have your donors added to your MailChimp or MailPoet mailing list. It will be included in both the Plus and Pro packages.
All up, we’ve added significant value to both packages: Charitable Plus includes $391 worth of extensions, while Charitable Pro bundles $806.
How much does a package cost right now?
Charitable Pro and Plus are Pay What You Want products, so pricing is a fluid thing. But they do have minimum and suggested prices:
- Charitable Pro has a minimum price of $194 and a suggested price of $249.
- Charitable Plus has a minimum price of $74 and a suggested price of $99.
How much will a package cost after March 6?
Again, since Charitable Plus and Pro are Pay What You Want products, the price you pay is up to you. But we are updating the minimum price and suggested price of both:
- As of March 6, Charitable Pro’s minimum price will be $249. The suggested price will be $299.
- As of March 6, Charitable Plus’ minimum price will be $99. The suggested price will be $139.
What about license renewals?
As always, every purchase on Charitable is for a one year license that includes access to support and ongoing updates. The renewal rates for Plus and Pro are both increasing on March 6:
- Renewals for Charitable Pro are currently $97 per year. As of March 6, this will increase to $124.
- Renewals for Charitable Plus are currently $37 per year. As of March 6, this will increase to $49.
The renewal price is based on the current price of the product, so if you renew either package after March 6, you will be charged the new prices. In other words, now’s a good time to renew your licenses, too.
What’s the deal with Pay What You Want pricing anyway?
Pay What You Want pricing is a bit of an unusual business model. We decided to adopt PWYW prices for the packages because it allowed us to dramatically lower the barrier to entry, making our premium features accessible to non-profits with tight budgets.
On the flipside, it means that organizations who can afford more can give a little extra — which many do. We’re always humbled when someone chooses to support us in that way!
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TL;DR: We just released a huge update for Charitable. Highlights include better support for small screens, a new shortcode and complete user-facing login and registration workflow.
Charitable 1.4 is coming out today, nearly six months since we released version 1.3. That’s a long time between major releases – too long for my liking – but the result is that 1.4 is a big step forward for the project. Here’s a taste of what’s new in 1.4:
- Campaign grids (like the ones you add with the
[campaigns]shortcode), automatically scale gracefully on smaller screens.
- So does the list of suggested donations in the donation form.
- You can use a new shortcode that lists a logged-in user’s history of donations.
- Your registered users can update & reset their password using a completely user-facing system (i.e. no wp-login access).
- The donation form runs some client-side validation tests now to help donors who have missed a field or entered an invalid credit card number.
- Picture fields in forms now feature a nice drag and drop interface (a nice update for people using Ambassadors or User Avatar).
Let’s take a closer look at some of these.
Two awesome events are taking place halfway across the world from each other this July 16. Cape Town and Bend, Oregon will both be playing host to do_action events: charity hackathons where small teams create a free website for a local non-profit organization in a single day.
If you’re in Cape Town or Bend, you can still register as a team. Teams consist of a project manager, designer, two developers, a social media manager, content manager and quality assurance tester. Find out more about both events through the links below:
We’re in Darwin, Australia, which is about as far away from both events as we could be, but we’re excited to be able to support both events by contributing a free Charitable Pro license to every non-profit participating. If your organization is taking part in either event and you’d like to know more about how you can take advantage of Charitable, we’d love to chat with you. You can reach us via our support page.