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nCrafts says

I think it’s all about the quality and how advanced it is. I spend more than 3 months on my first plugin. Because it was my first plugin, but also it’s very advanced with a lot of features. Since the release I am working on it like forever. It was listed in popular items from the first month. But now its in the top 10 popular items since a month ago. If you want your item to be listed in the popular items, it will require a lot time and hard work. Definitely more than a few weeks.

I agree. Iteration requires more work than creation.

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Sandi says

I made the first jQuery plugins using my actionscript files (ActiveDen items) as a base and even after that it took > 3 months to make it perfect. Also HOW-TO files take a huge part of the time, but pay back is also huge, only 2-3 real questions from buyers per 100 sales.

So, its hard to believe that creation of any useful / high demand / bugles plugin can take couple of days/weeks.

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Frenkz says

I only have 1 plugin yet and its not in the popular items list but it took me about 200 hours to complete it.

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sanisoft says

So, its hard to believe that creation of any useful / high demand / bugles plugin can take couple of days/weeks.

Depends on what functionality you are building, it is the idea and its utility – one of my plugin is something very simple (and just $7) but sells more than 20 copies almost every week. Was created in less than 50 hours

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VF says


So, its hard to believe that creation of any useful / high demand / bugles plugin can take couple of days/weeks.
Depends on what functionality you are building, it is the idea and its utility – one of my plugin is something very simple (and just $7) but sells more than 20 copies almost every week. Was created in less than 50 hours

Both of you guys are speaking about different plugins. The server end and front end plugins differ in the way of testing and the level of user interaction. Especially when it comes to front end (and visual, interaction targetted), optimizing DOM access, performance and memory management can take forever – with repeating sandwich of design-code-test. You may start the project with one robust hierarchy of element arrangement and end with different hierarchy to achieve performance across multiple browsers / devices.

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LCweb says

It depends on the size of the project. I’ve done FontPress in three/four days .. while for the huge Global Gallery I worked for 7 weeks

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QuickCodes says

It could take about some seconds to several months, depend on its complexity.

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WPWiseOwl says

I think it’s all about the quality and how advanced it is. I spend more than 3 months on my first plugin. Because it was my first plugin, but also it’s very advanced with a lot of features. Since the release I am working on it like forever.

While that makes sense, you’ve yet to release even one plugin on CC even though you’ve got a couple of pretty popular items / files / products (neither of which I’d consider to actually be a “plugin” in the sense it was likely intended by the OP).

If you were to ever finally finish / release your 1st WP plugin for either of them though, they’d probably be instantly successful as well (if necessary quality and features were there) even though I personally have no need of such things now.

The comments of both items have been peppered with requests for a plugin for about 2 years now. The reply has typically been that a plugin is being developed. While not unheard of, that’s a long dev cycle. I imagine many could’ve learned to program and have made their own quality plugin in that time too. Lol.

Having written several actual plugins myself, it has taken anywhere from 1 day to a month typically with the exception going outside that range for me. Drupal ones take the longest with WP ones usually being finished the quickest which is likely due to my (lack of) experience with both platforms.

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