WordPress Plugins: SAAS! Gota Go SAAS. Right Brah?

6 thoughts on “WordPress Plugins: SAAS! Gota Go SAAS. Right Brah?”

  1. Josh, those are all very valid points. I’m looking into a SASS project myself, but it does seem that every podcast, and development article screams SASS- quality and security are the main things that should be considered first- I’m not convinced that those 2 are tantamount to alot of the new SASS applications popping up.

  2. Great article Josh. It’s easy to go SaaS by default, cos all the kids are doin’ it, and because (as you say) it makes a lot of sense for many plugin businesses. But you’re right, it’s not always the best option. And yeah, talking business model before understanding the business is a worry.

  3. Thanks for writing this. Event espresso, the plugin I work on had a saas site called event smart.
    Saas users are often less technical, but also seem to be more temporary customers. They’ll usually use our saas site to sell tickets to just one yearly event, whereas self-hosted users usually use our plugin to sell tickets to dozens of events. I think they’re slightly different customer segments, and just saying “saas all the things” is quite a narrow view, in my opinion.
    I personally avoid signing up for saas services myself, precisely because of the recurring expense. It also stinks being at the saas company’s mercies: will they go out of business? Change owners? Change from charging a flat fee to a pay-per-word model (anybody remember Movable Type? Wasn’t that a saas model business, that changed their pricing scheme, angered their customers, and had them flock to WordPress precisely because it WASN’T saas? Despite even though it was probably an inferior product at the time).
    I agree saas has a place, but it’s not without difficulties of its own.

  4. “People who skim this article are probably going to think I’m anti-SAAS for WordPress products. I’m not, I’m just saying that this business model has to be chosen because it’s the right business model. ”
    I think you should put the paragraph above into it’s own section such as conclusion or somehing. As you said, people reading your article may think you are against SaaS and most probably won’t read the whole thing.
    We offer a PaaS product as well as regular WordPress plugins. To me, one of the more important reasons you want to go SaaS vs. self-hosted is the complexity of the algorithm you offer. If it is somehing that can not be implemented in the client machine, I would go for SaaS or PaaS. The other arguments, in my opinion, are all business model related issues which can be resolved one way or other.

  5. This a really interesting article, deep diving into SaaS roots and consistency vs. services offered. As the co-founder of a freemium SaaS plugin for WP, I would add that if your service offers additional value to users vs. historical solutions, plus, you deliver it on a API basis, then it makes sense to me to adopt a SaaS model.
    At the end, as you mentioned it, the question is: does the service delivered through SaaS is better than non-SaaS solutions?
    Thanks for this article and happy to discuss further.

  6. I love this article and your approach towards this issue. Everyone should make a wise assessment of their product’s options and base the decision whether to go SaaS or not on that. Going SaaS should not necessarily be the default option for every product out there.

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