The official WordPress plugin directory remains the best place to find plugins for your website. Many developers are also developing premium plugins. There are many free (lite) versions of premium plugins available in the official directory. This allows WordPress users to test their plugin and encourages them to purchase the more feature rich premium version.
It is clear that many developers are creating plugins solely for the premium market now. I’ve personally purchased more premium WordPress plugins in the last year than I have in the previous four. A quick look at the plugins being used on WP Mods reflects this.
As someone who tests free and premium plugins on a weekly basis, the number of plugins that are being used to power WP Mods changes all the time. As I write this article there are currently 37 plugins installed here. 27 of those plugins are free to download whilst 10 of those cost a fee. The cost of these plugins range from bargain plugins such as Better Recent Posts Widget Pro ($4) and UberMenu ($14) to more expensive plugins such as Gravity Forms ($39) and VaultPress ($15 per month).
It’s worth noting that whilst I have paid over $150 for a theme frameworks, I’ve yet to pay over $50 for a WordPress plugin. Most high end premium plugins add major functionality to your website or convert WordPress from a CMS into something else. I’ve not required a feature rich plugin for any website of mine in the past though I wouldn’t rule out purchasing one in the future if the project demanded it.
Do You Use Premium WordPress Plugins?
With over a quarter of the plugins being used on WP Mods costing money, it’s safe to say that I am a fan of premium plugins and I’m happy to pay for a plugin if it does something which I believe enhances my website.
I appreciate that not everyone feels the same way as I do. Many WordPress users don’t have the budget for purchasing premium WordPress plugins whilst others feel that plugins should always be free and will always look for a free alternative.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue:
- Have you bought premium WordPress plugins in the past? If not, why not, and would you do so in the future?
- How much would you pay for a WordPress plugin? Does it depend on your budget or are you happy to pay any price if it extends the functionality of your website?
I think this is an interesting subject so I’d love to hear your opinions on it.