Free vs. Paid Extensions

When submitting a listing to the JED, you'll be asked if you'd the extension to be "Free" (free for users to download and install) or "Paid" (users need to pay to download the extension). This article contains a few tips to help you decide between submitting a free or paid extension. 

Free or Paid Models

Model Type
Download for free free
Download for free with registration free
Require payment to download paid
Require payment/subscription/donation to support) configure, install. Extension works without support free
Require payment/subscription/donation to remove visible links (users are able to remove the links themselves) free
Require payment/subscription/donation to remove hidden links (users are able to remove the links themselves) free (will get editor's note)
Trial version paid
Light version

only listed as free

  • duplicate listings are not allowed
  • no "light free" for a "full free" version
  • no "light paid" for a "full paid" version
  • "light free" for a "full paid" versions are acceptable
Require payment/subscription/donation to privileged updates. Security fixes will be publicly available.  free

 

Distribution Models not Accepted

Model  Type
Require payment/subscription/donation to remove links (users ae not able to remove the links themselves) not allowed (GPL restrictions)
Double model: free for non-profit sites and paid for profit sites not allowed (GPL restrictions)

 

Changing from Free to Paid

Users tend to vote and review free extensions more favorably. To ensure fairness and accuracy in votes and reviews, all votes and reviews made before the change will be removed.