Post Group: Newbie
|Darren, the thing is that Softaculous doesn't have a massive userbase yet. It is installed under 1500 times, and frankly next to noone knows about it.
Quote From : RPD-Darren August 30, 2009, 12:41 pm
I don't think the best scripts should be in the free version, why would people upgrade?
Think Alons said 2.50$ for VPS monthly, which is very good.
The thing is, do you prefer to have a wide userbase of 1 million users, of which 5% pays for the premium version, or do you prefer a small userbase of 100.000 users of which 90% pays for the premium? Looking at numbers, the latter would earn you more money, but it would expand slowly. The first case, would expand quite quickly once it gets going, and the bigger companies will likely pick the premium version to give their clients the most choice. If you advertise it, would you rather advertise 60 scripts or 160 scripts in the auto-installer... The total price for premium is low enough, if you're paying for an annual subscription the cost per user would perhaps be $1/year more, but I'd think it'd get closer to $0,05/year more with the proper server and enough users.
If I were to build an auto-installer like Alons did, I'd first try to make it popular and widely known, before I'd try convincing people to pay for premium. And how to do that? By including the most often used scripts in the installer for free. Of course, we don't need 5 of the most used scripts per category, one or two is fine. phpBB3 and Wordpress are rather often used, and that attracts customers if they can easily and automatically install it.
Instead of trying to convince people to pay for the auto-installer, I'd personally make the premium version be more extensive, have a better look and more functions (multiple skins perhaps, that look quite professional, as well as being able to easily rebrand it to your own name), and have a different name from the free solution. Those that don't pay, should be attracted to paying by the extra functions, not merely by the scripts they only can offer through the premium version.