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Another RapidWeaver blog

Yes, it's true: one more blog about our favorite web site building application for MacOSX. But this one is a little different. It started back in 2011 as a blog focusing solely on free and low-cost stuff for (producing a web site with) RapidWeaver: themes, tools, tips, tricks, anything, as long as it was free – or low-cost.
    Over time, the Stacks plugin became more popular, and coding yourself was no longer an option for many people, so I started to develop my own stacks in the spirit of the blog: free (well, actually pay-what-you-want) and low-cost.
    This blog evolved with it, and is now primarily about those new stacks, although from time to time I will post about other free and low-cost stuff for RapidWeaver.

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Tips, questions and remarks are always welcomed.
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From Free to Pay What You Want: the background

Last July, I introduced my first two stacks. Over the last 10 months this number grow to 11 (so over 1 stack per month average) and I have more coming soon. All these stacks have been free. All I asked for was a small donation if you were happy with them and used them in a (commercial) project.

So far, my stacks have been downloaded over 1500 times, so I think it's fair to say they are quite successful. In these 9 months, I received € 118 as donations; an average of around € 0,08 per download.

Taking into account the time and effort I put in developing, maintaining and supporting these stacks; and considering the fact that I spend a lot of time on support that in the end has nothing to do with my stacks, I've come to the conclusion that I cannot go on like this.

I never developed these stacks to become rich, or even make a living out of it, but I find myself spending so much time on them, that other activities (like making web sites on a commercial basis) are starting to suffer. However much I enjoy developing and supporting, that's something I simply cannot afford.

I had to make a decision: or I stop making my stacks available for free, or stop developing them. I find neither option attractive, so I decided to compromise: I integrated a shopping cart in my site for downloading the stacks using a Pay What You Want system. This means that you can buy any of my stacks and pay for it what you think is reasonable. In the shopping cart, just change the suggested price to the amount you are willing to pay.

Of course you are still free to set the price to zero resulting in a free download, but I hope everybody thinks twice before doing so, especially when the stack will be used in a commercial project.

I sincerely hope that this solution allows me to continue my development and support activities.

I'm looking forward to hear from you what you think of this decision.

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