Why We Prefer Premium vs Free WordPress Plugins
- Premium is supported, free is rarely supported (or supported well) 02:23
- Though technically there is built-in support for free plugins, it is not going to be as robust as a premium plugin. It just doesn’t make sense for a developer to spend a lot of time on support for a free plugin. This wouldn’t be sustainable.
- Premium is usually more reliable long-term 03:43
- Free plugins can stop being updated or supported at any time. There is no funding going into keeping these plugins up-to-date, so the developer may not have the time to make updates.
- With premium plugins, the developer is getting paid by the user base to keep on top of updates and support, so you will generally get a more reliable product over the long run.
- Though also keep in mind that some plugins may not need regular updates. If a free plugin is performing a simple task that is in line with WordPress core, then it may not need to be maintained or updated often by the developer.
- Premium is often more thought out 07:32
- Developers take time to plan out and create the features of a premium plugin. Whereas a free plugin might be something that a developer made for personal use and then shared with the WordPress community.
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