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WordPress Curiosities – The Most Expensive Plugins on the Market

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You know that you're addicted to WordPress when you start wondering about strange questions, and this weekend I happened to have one of these thoughts. I got curious as to which are the most expensive plugins out there.
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You know that you’re addicted to WordPress when you start wondering about strange questions, and this weekend I happened to have one of these thoughts.

I got curious as to which are the most expensive plugins out there.

The most expensive one I know of is The Auditor, a plugin which provides details about actions and logins on your site. It’s priced at a whopping $249. Tied with it is Ramp from Crowd Favorite, which goes up to $999 for a multiple domain license.

I’m sure there are others which are similarly priced, so it’s over to you to name a few other expensive plugins. This post is not aimed to promote expensive plugins, or even denigrate them, but it might well turn out to fuel a discussion about pricing, which I’d be more than happy with.

Anyways, over to you guys!

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Jean Galea
Jean Galea
Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.
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23 Responses

  1. It always amuses me when people are outraged about paying for plugins.

    I look at the functionality that a plugin offers, it’s criticality for the project(s) I’m working on and how good the support is. In the case of something like Gravity Forms, it pays for itself many times over in less than a calendar month.

    A booking system can be fiendishly complex to develop, so buying one that is tried, tested and supported would be my first choice if I had a client who needed to integrate online booking with their site.

    The open source model works extremely well for popular base functionality, but for niche requirements and especially when you require reliable support, you’re going to have to part with some cash somewhere along the line.

  2. I’m an independent developer and bought the auditor as soon as I heard about it. I build multisite, multi author sites on a regular basis. It’s a life saver when something breaks and everyone swears no one changed anything!

    I also own Gravity Forms developer (pays for itself in one project each year).

    They are cheap when they save you 10x that amount in time or effort!

  3. Interesting and an intriguing question, my main question regarding plugins, is why on earth hasn’t WordPress created something like the App Store (in Mac) or http://wpappstore.com/ for selling plugins.

    1. To encourage the development of free plugins. It seems to work well, as most of the best plugins are free.

    2. The plugin repository is very similar to the App Store, with the difference being that only free plugins are allowed.

  4. Just curiosity, do people really invest $249 in such a plugin? I do not want to put this plugin down but I am just wondering how much the WordPress community is spending. I.e. some time ago Yoast posted a blog post about how much people complained when he started charging a fraction of $249 for his plugins and how much they expect such plugins to be available for free.

    1. I don’t know any individuals who have purchased it, but I know of multiple companies who have (including my employers).

        1. Often there is an administrator controlling the system, but all of the content is handled by another person. In that scenario it can be useful to see what the editor(s) are doing behind the scenes.

          1. While this post wasn’t intended to focus on The Auditor in particular, I should also say that I use it myself on WP Mayor to monitor our writers’ activity from time to time. I would definitely recommend it to high-traffic, multi author blogs.

  5. Hello Jean,

    Please do you know of any plugin that can also allow comments on a page like they appear in posts? The way my website is currently structured requires me to put videos on pages and I need comments on there. Any good plugin for this?

    Thanks,
    Victor

  6. I suspect the customers of the Auditor plugin are likely to be the ones who consider it extremely cheap. It’s targeted at the sort of customer who can easily justify that price point.

    1. That’s probably true. It would be very useful (if not essential) for high traffic websites with many authors.

    1. Totally agree with you about Gravity Forms, and wow, this one sure is expensive at $2499 (the most expensive variant of their licences).

      1. Yep, that’s ten times more expensive than the one you mentioned, it would be interesting to see if there are many in that range, or a more expensive one than that!

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