November 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm #18096
I’ve been researching for ways to recreate the Kickstarter experience on WordPress and IgnitionDeck seems to keep popping up. I tested demo site and it’s pretty good. Their featured success story claimed that Star Citizen raised $4M+ using a customized version of IginitionDeck in 2012 within 39 days and another $3M+ over the years. Link: http://ignitiondeck.com/id/crowdfunding-a-video-game.
Right now they have 3 versions:
- Freemium (in WP Repo) – https://wordpress.org/plugins/ignitiondeck – full of bugs
- Echleon ($149) – http://ignitiondeck.com/id/ignitiondeck-pricing
- Enterprise ($449) – http://ignitiondeck.com/id/ignitiondeck-pricing
Are the paid IginitionDeck versions GPLDL.com qualified?November 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm #18104
Hi X X
Ignitiondeck looks promising, but believe me i have worked with it and it is not intuitive/user friendly at all. That plus the fact that support is slow in answering tickets/questions and sometimes is just plain rude, does not make this plugin a great experience to work with.
There is also something with accepting separate payments. If you are looking to setup payments for only yourself (as the owner of the site or the adminstrative party), no problem. If you want others to have their idea/project funded via your site and receive the funds into their own account, you are stuck with having to own an enterprise license.
Lastly, the documentation is a nightmare, with plugin abbreviations that confuse the h*ll out of you and unclear instructions on how to move forward.
So, to not spend anymore time on this horrible, overpriced piece of php code, let me end with noting that it where the two most frustrating weeks I spend on a project up till now.
Now the question remains; what’s a good alternative for IgnitionDeck.
My answer: no idea…
November 8, 2016 at 2:45 am #18108
- This reply was modified 1 month ago by Claude Turing. Reason: spelling
Thanks for the great response. Can I ask which license/version did you test out?
Your experience heavily reminds me of WPMU and all of their junk plugins and themes. lol.November 8, 2016 at 3:52 am #18109
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.November 16, 2016 at 3:49 pm #18139
It’s very helpful to hear your first-hand feedback. I completely agree that WooCommerce (Automattic products) and their plugins are very well made.
So basically, it’s still a risk to try their IgnitionDeck’s mid-priced plugin. I found other developers that have created their own proprietary crowdfunding wordpress sites who would give me rights for less than $5000. So give and take, it could be a disaster or blessing either way… I suppose the only way to really know is to ask speared questions and ask for live demos of the backend controls.
I guess a pending question still remains: Is IgnitionDeck technically GPL?
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