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Would You Pay For WordPress and How Much?

Ryan Spoon’s 15 Websites/Services I’d Pay For raises an interesting issue: would you pay for your WordPress installation?

The benefit of blogging with WP is so significant (SEO, functionality, flexibility) that it’s well worth paying for. I’d probably pay a $200 for an installation… which makes me realize how much I rely on the product.

Add to the WordPress benefits listed by Ryan, the excellent stats and Akismet, the spam blocker.

There is no doubt that WordPress’s popularity is largely due to its price: it’s free.
Many bloggers make a nice bonus with their blog, WordPress installation. But would they also use WordPress is it weren’t GPL/GNU based, free?

Personally I do love the double license of Akismet. Pay if you make more than $500/month.

You run a personal blog and you’ve found the secret to making your passion pay. The lines of commercial and non-commercial personal blogs are hard to draw, so we’re saying if you’re making more than $500/mo from your blog we ask that you use a $5/mo pro-blogger Akismet API key.

I wonder how many people actually respect this double license, but I would love to see this model implemented for WordPress as well. Whether you pay a monthly, minimal, fee when using WordPress as your platform of choice, or you pay a one-off fee for a commercial blog/license.

What about you, would you pay for your WordPress installation and how much?

Franky writes in his free time at iFranky and can be followed on twitter.