Maybe Bubble jumped too quickly into opening paid plugins.
Due to the limitations of the current plugin platform which only allows client actions it seems that the plugins that can currently be developed are very “simple” to justify some price tags.
I think also that the cost of learning the ins and outs of the plugin system and its workarounds are also being included in the final price.
For instance @levon said that it took like 80 hours to develop the drop-down plugin and while I do believe this I also believe it’s because the platform is new and the learning hours have to be accounted for because obviously it’s a cost for them. But I also know the drop-down plugin is an adaptation of an open-source library(correct me if I’m wrong @levon) to work with bubble.
Pretty sure that adapting that library to WordPress wouldn’t take more than 10 hours being conservative. I was a developer myself that moved to other waters but I still have an eye for development estimations.
So maybe Bubble rushed the paid plugin store and it wasn’t mature in terms of functionality and ecosystem.
Maybe an option would have been to wait for a stable base of free plugins that extend bubble functionality on the client-side. Think of browsing the free repository of wordpress plugins.
Then when the plugin platform allows server-side actions allow for premium plugins that really justify those price tags.
So we would see something similar to WordPress plugin ecosystem where a widget or a slideshow plugin that is nice looking is actually free and a full e-commerce solution has a 39€/month justified price tag.
And also people should open their minds and think out of their country borders. I don’t know your salaries but when you say that bubble is very cheap you are comparing maybe with what you are earning.
In my country minimum legal wage is 700€/month and the normal salary is about 1000€/month
Only companies can afford a 750$/month solution.
I believed bubble philosophy was to democratise no-code software building. And while in the US it’s easy to earn 60000$/year and maybe risk a month or two with a 750$ solution it’s unthinkable here.
At least in my country people are rarely going to pay 10$/month for a plugin that adds a cool effect. Not if they are not earning money. Not going to happen.
What I see here is a disconnection between Bubble’s first steps(bootstraping) and paid plugins. There is a mismatch between the philosophy of both.
It’s what I miss from open source philosophy. Giving back. I take advantage of open source and I think about ways of returning back the favor.
Here it’s like oh look I have the BEST no-code software building solution that has ever been built. I can start for free and learn absolutely everything and when I feel comfortable with this full featured product I can buy a domain and pay 16€/month which I can totally afford independently of where I was born and reside. Then I can scale this up if things go well. Even if I bitch at their forums I would fucking build a statue of Emmanuel, Josh and team. Because without them. Without their philosophy and vision. Without their bootstrapping I would have never built this.
But the problem comes when you are paying 16$/month for a bubble app and you see this nice addition to bubble’s core but you get this gigantic middle finger in the form of 7$/month because behind the plugin there is absolutely no scent or hint left of what Bubble means.
Bubble is about democratisation of software building and as a side effect they profit. Paid plugin marketplace is about covering costs and profit.
Bubble is more like a B-Corp while paid plugin developers are similar to an A-Corp.
For me that’s a huge mismatch.