@Clark and I decided to build something to allow people an easier overview of existing Flarum extensions, maybe even create it as an extension integrated into Flarum. This is how Bazaar came into existence.
Working behind the curtains of Bazaar is the web app flagrow.io, which loads newly published extensions, enriches them with logo's, descriptions and continues to monitor them for changes and new versions.
All of this makes sense right? So what Clark and I discovered after having released our 20th crazy (and awesome) extension, is the increased workload in maintaining all of them. We therefore sought for a solution to make our efforts sustainable, initially we tried our luck with Patreon and failed miserably.
Fast forward 18 months later, we are finally releasing new functionality inside our marketplace to offer any extension developer a way into sustainable extension development. Premium extensions are exquisite, quality and well maintained extensions you cannot install without a paid subscription.
Once you subscribe to and install a premium extension, it will continue to work on that version of Flarum regardless of your subscription status. A continued subscription is necessary to retain access for future updates to premium extensions, to make sure you will always have the newest features and compatibility with the latest version of Flarum.
From today forward you can discover these premium extensions inside your Bazaar or on flagrow.io. Existing extensions will remain untouched and available to you as usual. All premium extensions are reviewed beforehand in order to guarantee a standard level of quality and to prevent overlap.
We're eager to hear what your thoughts are! Although we're starting out small with only our own premium extension Backup, new ones are already lined up 😉
Please use this discussion for general feedback, join us on our forums or chat. In case you run into any issues with your premium extensions get in touch with us over email at "premium at flagrow.io".
PS you can be notified of new free and premium extensions by following the flagrowio twitter account or from the #extensions channel on the official Flarum discord server.