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Announcement: Organize Series Add-ons now free.

To keep things short and sweet, I’ve recently been hired by Automattic and this means I will no longer have the time to maintain Organize Series as a business. Organize Series has been selling licenses for add-ons access and support for nearly 10 years and I’m grateful to all the customers who have been with me over that time.

Truth is, the income was only marginal at best and basically covered the costs for doing the occasional update and keeping the servers running that host Organize Series. With the change in my life, I’ve assessed other things that I’m doing and realize that its time to sunset this business endeavour.

I’m sure you’ll all have questions, here’s a FAQ:

Does that mean the plugin is dead?

In the short term (and as long as I can) I still plan on maintaining the core plugin and it’s add-ons. I still hope to finish the rewrite I’ve been working on for the core plugin but no promises there. So, no, the plugin is not dead – it will still be available on OrganizeSeries.com and WordPress.org.

What happens to this website?

Currently, I have no plans to remove this website or shut it down. While hosting costs are still there, nowadays it’s relatively inexpensive so I don’t mind paying for it out of pocket for now.

I have a subscription, what happens with that?

First, I really want to thank you for your purchase. It’s helped pay for the infrastructure that supports Organize Series and for me to put time towards the plugin and it’s add-ons. Effectively immediately, I’ve cancelled all recurring subscriptions so they will not renew. For those who still have time left in your basic support license, I will still honour any support questions that you have for the remaining time on your subscription. For all others, if you have more than 8 months left in your subscription, I’m happy to offer a pro-rated refund of the difference of what you paid. Just contact me using the contact form and we’ll get that sorted out.

What happens to my account page on OrganizeSeries.com?

For now, you can should still be able to download add-ons from your account page, and you’ll still get automatic updates for any updates to add-ons. However, once all current subscription periods are expired, I likely will not be hosting add-ons via organizeseries.com any longer and they will be served from either github.com or wordpress.org. I will update via this blog once that decision is made.

No new accounts will be available on OrganizeSeries.com and eventually after all current subscriptions have expired I will be purging all accounts from here (and keeping no data). I believe pretty strongly in privacy and don’t wish to retain any of your data any longer than necessary.

I really like “x” add-on, will you still be supporting it? How do I get updates?

The add-ons have always been licensed GPL which give you some really great freedoms when it comes to the use of the software. As a part of this change, I’m now making all add-ons available to download from Github (links here). Unfortunately, at least initially, this does mean you won’t be notified in your site dashboard when there is an add-on update, and you won’t be able to one-click update (exception for those with unexpired subscriptions) – so you’ll have to monitor Github for any add-on updates. I’m still weighing whether I’ll put the add-ons on WordPress.org yet or not because there is some extra overhead in making them available there. However, I will announce here more details if/when I do.

As far as ongoing development/maintenance of the add-ons. I still like working on Organize Series, so I tentatively hope to continue developing and keeping the add-ons up-to-date and potentially new features introduced here and there. However, don’t make critical plans on that. If you get good use out of Organize Series or any of its add-ons for your business and have access to developer resources, a good way to keep them viable for your needs is to sponsor contribution time towards them on Github. While I won’t be available to be sponsored in this manner, I will actively review any pull requests and include useful contributions in releases.

In conclusion

Again, I want to thank all of you for your support of Organize Series over the years. Some of you have been with me from day one and I can’t describe how much that means to me. Don’t worry, I’m not going completely away, I’m just shifting around some priorities. All the best!

By Darren

My name is Darren Ethier. I’m the father of four children and husband of the most beautiful woman in the world. My passion is developing useful and pretty code. I also love anything to do with leadership and the wise use of words.

Currently I'm employed as a Code Wrangler with Automattic.

Previous to my employment with Automattic, I had my own business, Rough Smooth Engine and my main client was Event Espresso and Event Smart.  I also am the author/founder of the popular series plugin for WordPress, Organize Series.  You may also see me hanging around working on the WordPress Gutenberg Project (currently on the core team there).

2 replies on “Announcement: Organize Series Add-ons now free.”

Congratulations Derek on your new position- you are eminently qualified and you will be a wonderful contributor to their team!

We will continue using OS as it is an integral part of the Tibesar Family Archives. Perhaps post linking can now be made a part of core 😉

Good luck my friend!

Thanks Marcus! You were one of the customers I thought of when I was writing this post. I really appreciate your support over the years 🙂

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