The plugins were powerful, but not very user-friendly. I always had the intention of developing the plugins into a easier-to-use module, but the announcement of ExpressionEngine 2.0 put this on hold.
For EE2.0, I have merged the 3 plugins into a new system I have called DataGrab.
- Easier to use — No more complex plugin parameters. You can now use the wizard-style module to configure an import.
- More powerful — Many new features, including the ability to update entries.
- More flexible — You can now add ‘plugins’ to import different types of data.
I have decided to charge a small fee of £20 for this module. It possible that the price may change in the future, but I wanted to keep it as low as possible to reward early adopters.
For this module to be useful I will need to provide a high level of support. This will especially be the case at this early stage of release (from experience people have different expectations and requirements from an import system).
Selling add-ons is a side line to my business, so the cost of the add-on compared to the time required to support needs to add-up; it will also enable me to prioritise support
Will there be a free version?
Releasing FeedGrab, CSVGrab and XMLGrab for free allowed me give something back to the EE community - a community that I am in no doubt I have taken more from than I have given.
I’d like to continue to give something back especially for non-commercial and personal use. As yet, though, I have not figured the best way to do this. Some options include:
Reduced functionality - I am not keen to go down this route; it has always seemed unsatisfactory to artificially remove features from software.
Request donations - this has not worked for me with previously and I’d prefer to avoid making the module ‘nag-ware’
I’d sincerely welcome any suggestions or comments.