So I have been thinking about an intermediate, easy to achieve solution.
For my paid add-ons, the #1 issue I have is distribution, and I am sure other paid add-on coders have too. Basically, customers have no way to download updates to the add-on, it puts the burden on me to maintain a site, or even setup my own Download Manager, maintain an access control of who could download, and many other features.
And for the customers, they need to register on my site, validate.. or use an external shopping cart. It is inconvenient.
The "first purchase" I solved with services like e-junkie, the updates, I have not solved.
So .. just give me two things:
- The ability to upload files (attachments) to a paid Add-On in the resource manager
- The ability to specify a fixed list of users in XenForo that are allowed to download said files
Yes, this is not a perfect solution, I still need to update that list manually, but at least I don't need to setup a whole different site just to manage the updates.
While some people might want to have a different site to deal with customer support, bug reports, suggestions, a whole fledged forum, I do not see every single add-on needing that. That's ok, I am not asking the whitelist to be the only way to distribute updates, but it would certainly go a long way into making it easier to distribute updates for smallish add-ons.