Over the past three weeks, we were treated with stunning news of amazing acquisitions. The first is the purchase of Restrict Content Pro by iThemes. As one of the leading membership plugins for WordPress, Restrict Content Pro has been highly rated in the WordPress community. Personally, other than Paid Memberships Pro, Restrict Content Pro is my recommended membership plugin due to its developer-friendly focus and ample documentation. Restrict Content Pro has also seen much improvements over the past few years as Pippin sought to make it the best membership plugin in town.
Thus, it was a shock to hear of Restrict Content Pro’s sale. Would Restrict Content Pro be in good hands and continue to receive the care, love and updates as before? However, after watching the interview of Pippin of Sandhills Development and Matt Danner of iThemes, I understand that by selling off RCP (Restrict Content Pro), Pippin and team will be able to focus on their other products, namely AffiliateWP, Easy Digital Downloads, Sugar Calendar & SellBird.
The sale also helps to put money in the bank, which is crucial as Sandhills Development is a small company. After raising money via the Sandhills Development Lifetime Bundle last year, the discontinuation of AffiliateWP’s lifetime license in October plus the sale of RCP will help the team be sustainable in extraordinary and uncertain times like this.
iThemes is owned by LiquidWeb, an established hosting company, and the acquisition of Restrict Content Pro continues the trend of hosting companies purchasing WordPress software.
By the way, if you do not have a lifetime license of Restrict Content Pro, perhaps now is a good time to get one, before iThemes decide to remove it. Alternatively, you can sign up for iThemes’ Toolkit or Plugin Suite membership, which will give you Restrict Content Pro for free during the duration of your membership. However, if you are planning to do so, get on board before October 1st as the prices of both Toolkit and Plugin Suite are increasing for good.