2018 licenses annual review and tweaks
A year ago I introduced the new Jomres Developer Subscription package for users who wanted free trials of Jomres that then convert over to subscriptions. This has proven exceptionally popular with our users because it allows them to experiment with the system, decide if it suits their requirements, and then seamlessly transition to full time licenses.
At the same time I introduced the Single Property license, which provided a limited set of plugins and two (WP & J) Single Property Quickstarts which were designed for the occasional user who had badgered me for a cheaper license for single property installations of Jomres.
I've let these plans run for the last year to gauge their popularity and have now made some adjustments to what's available to match demand.
I have dropped the Single Property license altogether. It wasn't anywhere near as popular as the Developer plan, only selling a handful of licenses each quarter, and of those licenses several decided to upgrade because they wanted access to more plugins. I will continue to offer the Single Property Quickstarts as they're not difficult to maintain now that they're built. Existing licenses of course will be honoured, and renewals remain available for those licenses. I put the license's unpopularity down to the fact that whilst Jomres works fine as a single property system, it's strengths have always been when working as a multi property system, however those strengths work against it when dealing with just one property. After all, if you only have one property on your site, many features are simply overkill.
The Developer Subscription plan will continue, as it's the most popular, however I have added a "Zero" option, which can be selected when creating a Trial license. This works the same ways as the Developer Subscription, users request the free trial and after the 30 day trial is completed then the license transitions automatically to a subscription.
Jomres users of old will recognise this plan. It's a "No Support" version of the license which provides you with all 200 Jomres plugins, but no support via the ticket system. It is for users who are willing to use the Manual and Forum to answer all of their questions, or who feel that they know the system well enough to strike out on their own. Providing support consumes most of my time, limiting the amount of time I can spend on improving existing functionality and building new features. Offering a cheap, no-frills, Ryanair-esque package should help to alleviate that by encouraging users to use the community forum and manual to answer their questions. Currently the forum is under-utilised as most questions come through the ticket system. Jomres is robust and well documented (although there's always room for improvement), so the huge majority of questions can be answered by the community and a lot of users should never need to use the ticket system except to report bugs.
At 9.99€ per month this makes the annual cost (119.88€) of a license fantastic value for money when you compare Jomres to it's competitors.
- Vik Booking. 140€ 6 months support however Vik doesn't support multiple properties, and if you want to use Vik on a different domain/site then you need to purchase another license.
- Koparent. For 12 months it's 169USD (145.99€), and the feature set is very limited.
- Solidres. The comparable license for Solidres is their Hub license, which is 249 USD (215€) for 6 months.
- J-HotelPortal. 199USD (171€) for 6 months. Lacks the feature set of Jomres, and their failure to address a critical SQL injection vulnerability in their plugin for 2 months in early 2018 should discourage anybody from using their products.
- WooCommerce Bookings. 249USD (215€) for 1 year and one site. Doesn't have a fraction of the functionality of dedicated booking engines.
- Sagenda. 14.99USD pcm (12.95€ pcm), if you want to edit emails, then it's another 9.99USD on top. Whilst not a multi-property system I have included this because it's a popular option. Jomres offers much, much more than that included in the cost.
- Checkfront. 79€ pcm or 948€ for 12 months.
- Rezgo. 4% for web bookings. Assuming you sell a week's booking for 400€, then that's 16€ in charges. Sell 10 bookings a year and that's 160€ in charges. And that's for just ONE property. If you have multiple properties, the costs quickly stack up.
- WP Booking calendar. A comparable license (Booking Calendar MultiUser version) is 674.25USD, or 582€.
- Pinpoint. 280USD (241€) per year.
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