Our mission is to democratize eCommerce for open-source software developers
Freemius is a managed eCommerce platform for selling digital products in the WordPress ecosystem. Plugin businesses, theme shops, and SaaS platforms of all sizes use our secure payments, licensing, and subscriptions platform to automate sales and grow their bottom line.
Why We Built It
We created Freemius so that indie-developers, agencies, and plugin and theme shops can meet the growing demands and complexities of monetizing open-source software. Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen this market expand massively, and Freemius was built specifically to address the needs of developers who are making a living selling plugins and themes.
Freemius began with a real test-case – the plugin Rating-Widget – our Founder’s side project turned guinea-pig. At the time, there were few available solutions that could handle software licensing, subscriptions, affiliation, and more, much less in a reliable way. To address this gap, we spent a year in our dark development caves looking at the best ways to make a platform SaaSy enough to meet the needs of plugin and theme developers, and then we put it all into action.
Open-source no longer means volunteer-driven or non-profit funded. To thrive, developers have to have financial means to sustain their businesses and grow, and at the end of the day, we know it’s all about giving developers the freedom to choose how you want to run your business. It’s our job to be the monetization engine that gets you where you want to go.
Consider us your monetization team
We Like to Get Personal
There is nothing more motivational than helping fellow developers fulfill their dreams, which is why we genuinely care about the success of the businesses we partner with. We are constantly working to find the best tools to help developers make more money with less headache and foster long-term sustainable growth.
Freemius is optimized for selling plugins, themes, and SaaS in the WordPress ecosystem – so we take pride in having the edge on features that make selling digital products a breeze.
Why We Start With WordPress
Largest Market (and growing!)
WordPress is the largest open-source platform. It powers 38% of all websites on the internet and has the largest plugins & themes ecosystem with over 1.5 billion downloads only from the official repository.
Huge Growth Potential
Surprisingly, the WordPress plugins & themes commercial market is just starting to mature. Only less than 5% of the products have a paid offering. You may think that these 5% own 99% of the market, but it’s far from it. The monetized items are only 22% of the total active items. So the vast majority of installed and active plugins & themes in the market don’t have any paid offering.
WordPress has an amazing worldwide community that is passionate about open-source and follows strong core values that we strongly relate to.
We Believe In
People, Innovation, Results
Whether it’s our selling partners, teammates, or anyone else in the ecosystem, we never forget that it’s the people that make this community run, the websites work, and the platform do it’s magic. By valuing each person’s unique and valuable contributions, we have the capability to make anything happen in our businesses and lives.
When it comes to each aspect of the platform and understanding how we fit into the market, we’re constantly looking at the best ways to achieve the goals of our partners. Managing all the aspects of a digital product business isn’t easy, and we apply our multitude of experience to create tools that offer simple, yet powerful solutions for product developers.
Where would we be without constantly measuring the success of our checkout, affiliation platform, and other features? We regularly analyze every detail to see how we can increase engagement, optimize conversion rates, and discover more revenue-generating opportunities.
Built for Developers, by Developers
A distributed multicultural team of people with a diversity
of backgrounds gathered around for the same mission
Vova is a serial entrepreneur and full-stack developer who loves to turn dreams into reality. He is a passionate Capoeira practitioner and enjoys coding with his two cats while listening to psytrance music.
Leo is a backend developer and a living debugger – he can spot a missing semicolon from a mile away. When he is not working, he enjoys playing chess, guitar, and tinkering with electronics.
Milos is a lifelong tinkerer, enjoys creating things – from music to robots. Way back, he started as a Web developer, and moved on to project and product management and consulting. With worldwide experience, he loves to travel (and taste new things along the way).
With nearly a decade of experience in advertising and marketing, Scott brings a fresh take on content creation to Freemius. When he’s not writing or running ultra marathons in the mountains, you’ll find him on his ‘stoep’ with a good book and a glass of Shiraz.
When it comes to creativity, Zee is an unstoppable force of nature, and video content is his main field of expertise. Zee is active as a filmmaker and artist, and his personal interests include poetry, mindfulness meditation, ayurvedic medicine and cooking meals for his family.
A passion to design has followed Vitalii throughout his life – from his childhood attic filled with sketched albums to today as a designer and video editor for Freemius. Vitalii rides enduro bikes and plays video games in his spare time.
Xiaheng is a full-stack developer who always challenges himself to learn the latest technologies. He likes playing ball games, especially soccer on the weekend, and listening to music in his spare time.
Yash is an expert content marketer with 5+ years of first-hand experience in marketing and growing WordPress brands. When he is not working, you’ll find him cooking, playing video games, going on long bike rides, or attending WordCamps.
After graduating as an art teacher, Nicasio discovered his passion for digital illustration and bringing storyboards, sketches, and briefs to life with 2D illustrations. In his spare time, he takes to the skies of Argentina as a glider pilot and continues to develop his skills as a cartoonist.
MJ is a passionate and successful content marketer building her portfolio and constantly striving to learn the latest marketing trends and strategies. She devotes her free time to her family, enjoying movies and karaoke night.
We’re looking for a customer-facing remote back-end developer who can kick-some serious code to help us take the Freemius platform to the next level.
We strongly believe in providing “red carpet” service to our newest partners, and we need a specialist to lead the way.
“Content is king” for us, and we are looking for a knight who can join our content kingdom. You’ll write all about plugins and themes on our highly regarded blog, distributed to influencers and change-makers around the globe.
Interested in working with us? Great! We are constantly on the search for talented, capable, accountable, team players. We have exciting roles for developers, writers, marketers, support technicians, and more.
Have a talented friend or colleague that is looking for their next journey? Refer them to us and if it ends up a good fit, we’ll reward you with a $1,000 referral bonus upon completion of their trial period.
We’re Proud to Share Our Knowledge
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