Cost of a custom Plugin?

(Scott Trager) #1


What is the going rate (hourly? Per project?) for hiring contract Discourse work? We are likely going to need to have numerous custom plugins developed, and we are trying to determine the best course of action (should we decide to go with Discourse, which is still under debate - being able to quote a cost of enhancements would be extremely helpful in this)

(Mittineague) #2

How much is a piece of string?
(or something like that :wink: )

Have you seen the Marketplace category?

My bet is if you put together some detailed specs you’ll get some offers.
Then you’ll have a better idea of what to expect in terms of cost / time / quality

(Sam Saffron) #3

You are going to have to define what you need first.

(Scott Trager) #4

We would need a bunch…Just off the top of my head:

  • Enhanced Metrics/Statistics including automated emailing of reports.

  • Blogging functionality (I know there’s a Wordpress integration but we
    are looking for something built-in to the forum - don’t ask me
    why…not my call to make)

  • A custom-board type for an “Idea Exchange” with custom board fields
    for things like Idea status, that automatically email developers when
    customers suggest ideas.

It’s mostly pretty basic stuff like that, but there’s a lot of them… We are considering moving away from a Lithium forum if we can do so without losing any major functionality - Discourse has 85% of it’s features (and a whole heck of a lot of new ones that I personally REALLY like) and if we can get at least 10% more of them in without it costing too much, I think I can convince our management to make the switch. Our company is quite large (Fortune 500) so I’m pretty sure it would be a benefit to Discourse as well.