The Problem With Premium WordPress Plugins

If you have been a reader on WPStarters, you would have noticed that we write not just about iPhone or cameras, but also on WordPress and its ecosystem.

Being heavy users of WordPress, we have to say that it has its strengths and weaknesses. Premium plugins, which is meant to be the cream of the crop for the WordPress ecosystem sometimes fall short.

Having spent quite a fair bit on WordPress plugins, we highlight some issues that you might potentially face and why reading reviews on WordPress plugins would save you a lot of time and hassle. More after the break.

1) Problem with Premium WordPress Plugins : A Lack Of Updates

The major issue we have with premium plugins, is the lack of updates. Take a look at WooCommerce’s official extensions for that matter, and you will find a number of premium plugins without updates that run for months or worse, a year plus.

Having said that, with a yearly renewal price of 50% and a hefty startup price, it is indeed frustrating to find your premium plugin not working with the latest version of WordPress or having some security loophole.

If you are purchasing a premium WordPress plugin, be ensure to find out when it was last updated and also the update frequency for the other plugins that the author sells. If he/she has numerous abandoned plugins, you would be wise to not purchase a licence.

2) Problem with Premium WordPress Plugins : Fatal Errors

Another major issue with premium WordPress plugins are fatal errors that then require you to debug the source. And it becomes frustrating when the source of the error is the plugin itself.

Having spoken that, as a WordPress user, it is crucial that you contact the author of the plugin and tell them about the issue. Plugins from reputable sellers like WooThemes, iThemes, Gravity Forms and the likes, tends to see fatal errors fixed in a short period of time.

3) Problem with Premium WordPress Plugins : Abandoned Plugins

Even worse than a lack of updates or a hastily rolled out plugin without prior testing, are abandoned plugins. This is especially crucial if you are planning to purchase your plugin via CodeCanyon.

While hugely popular plugins like Visual Composer, Slider Revolution and Uber Menu gets frequent updates, some plugin authors tend to drop their plugin if the sales does not make financial sense to them.

Having dropped plugins will affect you especially if it deals with crucial data, like Woocommerce color attributes or tables. In that sense, it might be better to invest in a premium plugin from developers like WooThemes, which saves you long term headache.

4) Problem with Premium WordPress Plugins : Costs

If you are on a tight budget, you might have to find alternatives to plugins that sells various extensions. For example, to run an ecommerce store with WooCommerce, you might need to fork out a thousand US dollars with a fifty percent yearly renewal fee.

In comparison, WP Easycart gives you an all in one ecommerce plugin for only eighty US dollars.

Similarly, while Ninja Forms is free, if you find that the cost of extensions go beyond USD 199 yearly, you might prefer to get yourself Gravity Forms or Formidable Forms, which gives you all the essential features of Ninja Forms and more.

While it might be great to get the best out there, exercising financial wisdom would be a good idea as well, as websites do take some time before gaining traction.

Problem with Premium WordPress Plugins : The Conclusion

Premium WordPress plugins can be so much more versatile compared to free versions. However, as their programmers are human as well, errors and weaknesses tends to crop up too.

Having said that, free plugins like Yoast, W3TC and TablePress are great for any types of sites regardless of your budget.

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Leo Koo
I run a small agency building and maintaining turnkey and bespoke WordPress sites. I also review WordPress plugins and digital marketing tools while running this site and the WPStarters Facebook Group. Do swing by and say hi :)
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