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Premium Wordpress Plugins - Is the price worth it?
Wordpress plugin counts a lot of what makes the Wordpress content managing system so great and popular.
Most of the times, most based Wordpress websites out there use free WordPress plugins, very few people go for the premium version of every single plugin they have.
Usually, they go for the premium version ONLY when the premium plugin offers some essential feature that is crucial to their overall business plan. If the plugins are doing the job just fine with the free version, most people won't switch to the paid version. Of course, there are some exceptions out there where businesses or people have a considerable budget and don't mind paying the premium price for every single plugin need and install. Below I'll list the main pros and cons of buying premium WordPress plugins.
Main advantages of buying premium versions of your favorite WordPress plugins:
- The free alternative may not be enough.
I remember a day when I refused to pay for any premium WordPress plugin thinking it can be a waste of money and somehow there is a free alternative out there. Most of the times I was right, a free option was available but often was full of bugs, not regularly updated and didn't work like it was supposed to. In essence, it partially did the job.
When I finally understood the value of paying for premium WordPress plugins I discovered that most creators offer constant updates, their fixing bugs and will help you with support if you ever run into problems. You are getting a full service, and I find it only reasonable to pay for it.
- For all popular WordPress plugins, the free version is supposed to be just an incentive, a demo, a way of making you realize how good their services are and why you should pay for them. So if you want to be a professional, pay for them! Especially if you use them in commercial purposes, purchase WooCommerce Extensions if you really enjoy, use and make a profit out of WooCommerce as a whole.
- If you really want to own a professional WordPress website, you should also pay for your plugins. You are paying for a hosting package; you did pay for your domain name, right? You hopefully paid for a custom WordPress theme, and you still refuse to pay for your needed plugins?
If you are making money out of your website, you should totally go for the premium versions. You will get way better features, and in essence, you are going to make more money.
Main possible disadvantages of buying premium WordPress plugins:
- You may not need to go premium for all of your plugins. I, for example, do fine enough with Yoast SEO because I have other tools to fill up the gaps, I own a Screaming Frog license as well as other premium SEO tools I can use to make up not going premium with Yoast. You need to figure out for which features it is worth paying extra and which plugins do you enjoy and use so much that you have to pay for a premium version even is it is strictly a donation.
- Cost. Yes. I believe costs may be a problem for a lot of people. Especially people that don't really turn a profit around with their blog or website. If I had bought a premium version of every plugin I used, the total cost would have been substantial. Truth is I always wait to turn a profit around before "investing" in premium features.
- Some premium features some plugins offer are totally worthless. I've discovered a lot of plugins that offer premium solutions don't really work as promised. On the other hand, some premium plugins don't really offer good premium deals, to begin with, because the free version does the job perfectly.
Sure, you may buy it as a form of appreciation for the free version, but you need to understand that some plugin developers have zero marketing skills.
So what do you guys think about buying premium plugins?
Do you prefer seeking free alternatives?