Hi X X,
The version I had to work with was IgnitionDeck Crowd Funding (IDCF) in combination with the Fundify theme. See : IgnitionDeck Crowdfunding (IDCF)
After visiting the current ID page, I see they now have two options for the plugin; Echelon and Enterprise, so it looks like they have reengineered the plugin(s) and the whole thing could have been improved since the last time I had to work with it. But like I mentioned before, for me the whole experience at that time was not great and that is an understatement.
There is also a big jump in price between Echelon and Enterprise (149.- vs 449.-) and the free version on WP gets a rating around 45% Bad and 50% Good, leaving 5% as “meh”, so it’s still a 50/50 % change that your experience will either be great or frustrating. For me that is not enough to dive in and open my wallet at a minimum of 149 or a whopping 449 for a year of “support and updates”.
My advice would be to only buy, and try, this plugin if you have a decent amount of funding set aside for your project. That way you know that you can modify and tweak the plugin and theme for your specific use case, and believe me, you will always have a need to tweak/extend with any plugin/theme you buy a license for.
If that is not the case, be cautious when opening your wallet and perform your “due diligence”. Send out a couple of emails to the ID dev’s with very specific questions and see how long it takes for them to answer and also look at what the depth of their response is.
WPMU is terrible. At first sight you think you get a lot of bang for your buck, but most of their plugins are “tweaked” versions of plugins that where developed by other dev’s, or they simply do not work great when combined with each other.
Compare that with WooCommerce. You can see that the price for WooCommerce extensions can add up really fast, but at least Automattic, Skyverge and the other dev’s do talk with each other to guarantee that things work straight out of the box.
Hope that my answer helped . If you want to know something else, just let me know.