The other day Bloggin Pro posted a question “Would You Pay for WordPress and How Much?“. Of course, I’ve already mentioned that I have no problem paying for WordPress. How much? Well, I think that around $50 per installation is a fair price. But that is not for me to decide.
I thing I keep thinking about though. A big part of what WordPress is, is it’s freedom. Anyone can get it. Anyone can use it for whatever they want. Anyone can modify it. And a lot of people do. If WordPress will ever become commercial software, it will greatly decrease the amount of people who use it, test it, and develop for it. And with that, the value of WordPress will stop growing as it is now. Once the value of it will stop growing as it is now, a lot of people will reconsider their answer to the question “Are you prepared to pay for WordPress?”.
Gladly, Matt and the rest of the Automattic gang seem to clearly understand that.