A couple weeks ago, Pippin Williamson tweeted that he was looking for a new caretaker and owner of his plugin Full Screen Background Images. In recent years the plugin took a back seat to other projects that Pippin and the rest of Sandhills Development have been working on. He didn’t want to just give up on the plugin, and knew it needed to find a new home.
In an effort to better focus my attention, I’m looking for a new caretaker and owner of my #WordPress Fullscreen Background Images Pro plugin https://t.co/AqGfIqQKjb – If you’d like to take over a product with monthly revenue, get in touch!
— Pippin Williamson (@pippinsplugins) February 12, 2018
I have wanted to acquire a plugin that had an active user base for a while now. I’m also a big fan of Pippin’s work, so I was confident that if I were to acquire this plugin, I’d get a high quality plugin.
So, I reached out to him in the Post Status Slack group hoping to work out a deal. I was really happy when we managed to negotiate a deal in less than 24 hours.
Why I Wanted To Acquire A Plugin
I’ve created dozens of plugins over the years and it has always been really hard to start from scratch.
For starters, when creating a plugin, you have to find a need in the marketplace and create a solution. That’s not a very easy task to begin with. Hours of research goes into the initial idea creation phase. Then, you have to actually code a solution that not only addresses the need but does so in a user friendly manner.
Once you’ve created the solution, you need to find customers who have the problem you are trying to solve.
I’m simplifying the process a bit, but the point is that it’s really difficult to launch new products from scratch.
Introducing Full Screen Background Images
Full Screen Background Images was created by Pippin Williamson about 7 years ago. During that time it has accumulated about 20,000 active installs of the free version. The paid version also received a decent stream of income during that time.
What Does Full Screen Background Images do?
I’m pretty fortunate to be acquiring a plugin with a very descriptive name. Essentially, the plugin provides an easy way to upload an image that will be stretched across the entire background of the page. It can use one “global” background image that’s used on the entire website, or it can use a different image on every page on your site. This includes the category, archive, individual pages, individual posts (including custom post types), blog page, front page, and search page.
What’s Next For Full Screen Background Images?
Pippin has been gracious enough to provide me with a list of some of the more common feature requests. I’ll definitely start to tackle those items really soon. There are also a few improvements that will certainly help the end user’s experience. I hope to make the plugin as easy and efficient to use as possible.
In the meantime if you want to check out the plugin, head over to FullScreenBackgroundImages.com where it’s new home is. Also follow @fullscreenbgimg on Twitter or Pinterest to get inspiration for your site’s background images.
Mark Rudder says
Good job Scott.
Thanks for sharing what actually goes into creating a plugin as a product. .
Scott DeLuzio says