- What is Webiny’s business model?
- What is commercial open-source software?
- What are the different Webiny pricing tiers?
Webiny is an open-source project and at such, all our code is open to the public on our GitHub repository. However building an open-source project and a business, in the past have been two different things. But lately, they have come together into what’s today known as Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) and this is the model Webiny as a project has embraced.
Here’s is a great article on the topic of Commercial Open-Source: https://www.webiny.com/blog/what-is-commercial-open-source
Majority of Webiny’s code base (over 95%) is licensed under the MIT open-source license. As such, you are given the right to use that code for any type of use-cases, projects, be commercial or not. You’re allowed to make changes to the project and you can even resell it if you want to. We are a strong believer that open-source is the only way software will be written and distributed in the future and we are commited to such a cause ourselves.
However, as a fairly young company we need to ensure the long-term success of our project. Webiny is already a large project, and it’s growing. As such it requires a dedicated team working full time to maintain, build and fix things, alongside the contributions coming from the community. To ensure their long-term sustainability, many open-source projects add a commercial aspect to their project.This is usually done through either offering a cloud version, or a dual-license offering. Certain features might not be available under the free OSS license, but instead under a commercial license. Which might, or might not, be open-source. It’s important to distiguish that open-source doesn’t mean “free”. If only means the code is open for public to view, modify and enhance. Still to use the code, the user must adhear to the terms of the license.
What is open-source? https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source
Alongside the MIT license, Webiny also has a commercial license that comes with a cost, which unlocks additional features and functionality within the system. The revenue we get from this license is directly reinvested into building more features, and making the platform better and enjoyable to use. This is how we are building a sustainable model around our business, and ensuring the long-term development of our project.
Webiny comes in these three pricing tiers:
For personal and hobby projects
For small team projects
For teams working on critical projects