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JC Choi
UPDATE: Marketplace E-commerce Status
January 10, 2014 10:44 AM
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JC Choi

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Happy New Year!

We’ve been receiving a lot of inbound questions about e-commerce in the Marketplace and when we expect to enable paid apps. It’s very exciting and encouraging to see so much interest from our broader community in the Liferay Marketplace! To get right to the point, we anticipate launching Marketplace e-commerce this quarter (Q1 2014). I can tell you that enabling paid apps is top priority for our Marketplace team, and we’re laser-focused on execution. In the mean time, we wanted to provide some additional color around where we stand and responses to key questions we’ve been hearing from the community. Please feel free to reach out with any other questions.

When can I offer paid apps in the Liferay Marketplace?
We expect to roll-out e-commerce for the Liferay Marketplace this quarter (Q1 2014).

What are some of the key features that you're working on for the initial roll-out?

Sell Apps
  • App pricing structure (bundled pricing and ability to offer discounts)
  • License type (standard vs .developer)
  • License term (perpetual vs. annual renewal)
  • App licensing initially based on Liferay Instance (per installation of Liferay Portal); potential to add other license types later
  • Option to provide/charge for support
  • Geographic offering (keep the app local or sell it abroad?)
  • Automatic collection of sales tax/VAT in most countries

Buy Apps
  • Payment processing
  • Renew or upgrade existing app licenses
  • Ability to purchase for personal use or for a project team

Manage Apps
  • Monitor app sales performance
  • Transaction history
  • Manage licenses across customers and apps
  • Automated app update notifications (when Marketplace accessed via Liferay Portal)

How much of the app proceeds will developers receive?
Liferay Marketplace developers will receive 80% of app proceeds. This revenue share % is extremely competitive vis-a-vis other online app marketplaces.

I am already a registered Marketplace developer. Do I need to do anything to be able to submit paid apps?
There will be an annual fee of $99/yr for a Paid App Developer Account. You can upgrade when you’re ready - you only need to pay the fee at time of paid app submission. Additionally, we’ll request required tax forms (W-9, W-8BEN) and your Paypal account info so that we can send you payments.

How is the Marketplace doing today?
Thanks to our community of developers, users, and partners, the Liferay Marketplace continues to gain strong momentum! We’ve come a long way since inaugurating the Marketplace with approx. 75 apps in August, 2012. Over the past 1.5 years, the Marketplace has grown almost 5x in number of apps and has registered more than 600 developers from over 25 countries. Here’s a current snapshot:
  • Over 600 registered developers
  • Over 350 total apps
  • 3,000+ downloads/week
Davide Piazza
RE: UPDATE: Marketplace E-commerce Status
January 11, 2014 6:49 AM
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Davide Piazza

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Hi, this is a great news!
1) Paid plugin will be available only for EE or also for CE version?
2) Are you also considering trial period and refunding related concerns?

Thanks for your feedback
regards.
JC Choi
RE: UPDATE: Marketplace E-commerce Status
January 13, 2014 10:43 AM
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JC Choi

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Hi Davide,

Thanks for your feedback!
1. Developers will be allowed to upload paid apps for EE and/or CE. As we currently do with free apps, we encourage all developers to make their apps compatible with both EE and CE whenever possible so that their app can address a larger user base.

2. Yes, we plan to allow a 30-day trial period - we hope to make this part of the initial launch of e-commerce. Generally, there will be no refunds for purchased apps (especially since we plan to enable a trial period). However, there may be exceptions for extreme cases (for instance, developer promised support with paid app but user is unable to reach the developer after multiple attempts).

Sincerely,

jc
Janne Hietala
RE: UPDATE: Marketplace E-commerce Status
January 16, 2014 10:02 AM
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Janne Hietala

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Hi JC,

This is great news! We @arcusys are very excited for this.

Actually one question: Does e-commerce require PACL to be on for apps?

Best regards,
Janne Hietala
JC Choi
RE: UPDATE: Marketplace E-commerce Status
January 16, 2014 4:21 PM
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JC Choi

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Join Date: May 23, 2013

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Hi Janne,

Happy new year! Hope you had the chance to enjoy the holidays. On your question - yes, PACL is required for Paid apps. It will still be optional for Free apps.

Sincerely,

jc