There are free WordPress plugins and there are WordPress plugins that you must pay for. These are often called “premium” WordPress plugins. Free plugins can be found in the official plugin directory on WordPress.org, but premium WordPress plugins are not likely to ever be listed here. So how are premium plugins found?
Why Pay for a Plugin?
Why would you want to pay for a WordPress plugin when there are over 35,000 free ones listed in the official plugin directory? Well, that’s a good question. Most of the time you don’t need to pay for one, but there are times when it’s definitely worthwhile. Here are some reasons:
- There is no free version that does what you want
- There is no free version that does what you want as well as you want
- There is a free version but the Pro version or an add-on is what you need
- Your project is critical and ongoing support and updates are a must
In addition to all that, a commercially supported plugin is almost always less likely to be neglected than a free one.
Looking Everywhere for Premium WordPress Plugins
Imagine you’ve searched the official plugin directory and you didn’t find what you’re looking for. You’d want to find out if there’s a plugin you can pay for that actually meets your requirements, and there are a few ways to try and find one. Firstly, you’ll probably search Google. In general, this can go two ways:
- You find exactly what you need right away. Good!
- The results are not so clear. You see a lot of the free plugins you already discarded and you see some articles linking to plugins you’re unsure about.
So it would be nice if there was a place like the free plugin directory, but for premium WordPress plugins that aren’t listed there. Introducing the Pro Plugin Directory!
A New Way to Find Premium WordPress Plugins
Pro Plugin Directory is a website launched earlier this week by Steven Gliebe, who runs a theme shop at churchthemes.com. His experience was that finding commercial WordPress plugins was not always easy. After asking around to see if there was a directory he could use, he concluded that there was not. Having discovered this, he decided to launch one. The website gives an example of its usefulness.
Let’s say you want a form plugin and are curious about professionally developed and supported options not found on WordPress.org. You could come here and click on the forms category to get the complete picture.
Into the Future
The directory just launched and is starting to fill up with submissions from plugin sellers. It’s good to see that there are submissions from well-known plugin makers like Yoast and WooThemes too. We’ve already added one of our own, WP RSS Aggregator, which has premium add-ons available for those key extra features.
If other premium WordPress plugin providers follow this lead and list their plugins too, the directory could become as useful for finding paid plugins as the official plugin directory is for finding free ones.
Things are looking good so far, so if you’ve got any premium plugins of your own or know who does, we encourage you all to submit them to the Pro Plugin Directory.