39: Are Premium WordPress Plugins Worth It?
In this episode we discuss whether or not premium WordPress plugins are worth the money…
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So we’re talking today about WordPress plugins. The question the million dollar question, and most people who just get started, don’t necessarily see the value in this. But we’re talking about premium plugins. Are they worth the money? Should you shell out money to buy a premium plugin? The short answer we’re gonna give you right here at the beginning is yes, in almost all cases, the premium version is worth it. Not all cases. But in a lot of them. You know, depending on the situation, Yoast SEO is one of those where the free version does everything that you may need, you might have a very specific use case to where you would need the Pro and if you do show off the money, get the premium, but typically, the free version is going to work very well for you. Contact Form plugins are another one where almost always the premium version is going to outperform any free version.
So you know, a lot of people will use contact form seven and it’s okay. For a free version. It’s actually really good for a free version. But it’s not one of those that I would use over a premium for premium plugin like a gravity form or ninja forms if you do the pro versions of those. With the only exception on contact forms where the free version may come closer compete with something like ninja or Gravity Forms would be formulated by WPMU DEV. Those guys do an absolutely amazing job. They have an awesome podcast called Hello WP that if you want to check out another WordPress podcast that would be one to check out. I think it’s really cool. It’s a great journey. I love the way they have it structured.
You know so that kind of sums up you know, and that’s just a quick example of how premium plugins can be worth it and I think and I’ll stick to my guns here and I’ll you know I go to battle with anybody, I believe that premium plugins are almost always worth it, you know, and that’s not just plugins, you know, I’ll toss in themes there as well. You know, using the default 2019 theme versus using something like Divi is like driving. It’s like driving a Pinto versus trading up to a Lamborghini. You know, it’s like, you go into something that is full featured, it is designed to work easily and efficiently for the people that are trying to use it. And it offers max flexibility.
Usually, that’s the way it works with the premium versions as well. You know, I personally use restrict content Pro, and I’ve got the full on lifetime version, I use, you know, for memberships, and the add ons that come with the pro are great, you know, they you’ve got MailChimp, you’ve got a ton of different add ons that can go into restrict content Pro. So the premium version is absolutely worth it, or the super premium. In that case, I also use Gravity Forms and Gravity Forms, it’s worth it to pay for it, because it’s very easy to use. And on top of that, most of the premium plugins like a Gravity Forms, or a Divi have really strong documentation. And they also have awesome, awesome communities around them, that are always are that are loaded with people who are always willing to help. So if nothing else, the support and the community surrounding these premium plugins, almost always is worth what it will cost you to pay for the premium plugin.
So without further ado, I mean, that’s that’s kind of that kind of sums everything up. And that leaves us in a place where I hope that this is really cleared up any confusion you might have had. And I hope that, you know, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to go with the premium or the free version, I mean, definitely try the free version, some cases, the free version will work for you. But most of the time, if you have any kind of question about whether or not you should upgrade to the premium, I would say get them the minimum subscription if it’s so if it’s subscription, I can’t talk. If it’s subscription based, get the minimum and try it. Most likely, you’re going to re up your subscription and stick with the premium version because it’s almost always worth it.
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