Most of the websites and domains are hosted by WordPress, one of the well known free and open source publishing tools. But what if it starts offering paid services on its WordPress iOS app, could it still be under free and open source?
Apple has been targeting developers of apps in its App Store to follow its guidelines. It is regarded with the commission needed to be paid for an app to be updated or published. WordPress is following on the list of apps pressured by the tech giant.
On Friday, WordPress developers claimed that the iPhone maker is preventing them from bringing updates on their iOS version of their app. The Verge reported that Apple wants the free iOS app to add in-app purchases. It was confirmed by the founding developer of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, on his tweet.
“Heads up on why @WordPress iOS updates have been absent... we were locked by App Store. To be able to ship updates and bug fixes again, we had to commit support in-app purchases for .com plan. I know why this is problematic, open to suggestions,” Mullenweg wrote.
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It is known to developers that in every in-app purchase where the App Store owner deducts 30% of profit for a fee. The App Store policy has been drawing speculations from big developers, especially those that have been affected.
Speculations fired up since WordPress is an open source, and users are not forced to pay to create websites using it. It also manages the WordPress iOS app that can be freely navigated by users.
However, due to the policy implemented by the App Store, the free iOS app will now offer paid services, according to The Verge report. Mullenweg told the online portal that “WordPress already agreed to comply with Apple’s demand and within 30 days will add in-app purchase options for the paid services offered by WordPress.com.”
The policies of Apple’s App Store have been a struggle for most of the developers, including Facebook, Microsoft, and Epic Games.
Last week, the maker of Fortnite, Epic Games, has been battling with the tech giant’s App Store policies. It even resulted in Epic's online battle game to being banished from the Store. The developer took it to court by filing a lawsuit against Apple and even Google since it also runs the same 30% charge policy on Google Play Store.