Requiring an account on Opinion Stage allows us to add a lot of helpful functionality and offers a more robust service.
Opinion Stage is a SaaS (software as a service) offering, and as such it takes care of all hosting and delivery for you. This verifies our items are loaded fast and are always available. it also lets us optimize the delivery based on the platform from which the item is loaded (desktop vs. mobile).
Keeping the app on the cloud also allows us to quickly and safely add functionality to the plugin without requiring you to upgrade the plugin on every small change.
If you have any more questions on this issue, please feel free to reach out to us!