Over the last year or so, the ExpressionEngine community has seen a lot of changes. Without a doubt, the biggest change is the release of ExpressionEngine 2, which was released as a public beta on December 2, 2009 and is now out of beta as of July 12, 2010. But I would argue that a close second would be the rise of third-party developers releasing commercial add-ons for ExpressionEngine.
Commercial ExpressionEngine add-ons have been around for awhile, thanks to developers such as Leevi Graham and Solspace. But the last few months have seen a sudden new wave of developers who have begun charging for their add-ons, with Pixel & Tonic‘s Brandon Kelly perhaps being the most famous. (Kelly even gave a presentation on commercial add-on development at EECI 2009.)
There are still plenty of free add-ons for ExpressionEngine, just do a quick perusal of Devot:ee’s add-on library. But clearly, a paradigm shift of sorts has begun within the ExpressionEngine community, as more and more developers are selling that which might have been offered for free even last year. Which brings me to the point of this entry.
Along with this rise in the number of commercial add-on developers, I’ve also noticed a certain attitude developing within the ExpressionEngine ‘verse that ExpressionEngine is becoming too expensive. I first noticed it when Kelly began releasing his commercial add-ons, which were a huge hit and paved the way, I think, for more developers, and it really seemed to gain ground when EllisLab announced ExpressionEngine 2’s pricing structure, which included ditching the free “Core” version and increasing the license price across the board.