WordPress Curiosities – The Most Expensive Plugins on the Market

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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About Jean Galea

Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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23 Responses

  1. Mohsin
    Mohsin April 29, 2013 at 13:57 | | Reply

    I can think of Gravity Forms’ developer license, which at first sounds expensive at $199, but it is worth every single penny in my opinion! But here’s the most expensive plugin I have seen:
    http://onlinebookingcalendar.net/buy/

  2. Ryan Hellyer
    Ryan Hellyer April 29, 2013 at 15:13 | | Reply

    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.

  3. Victor
    Victor April 29, 2013 at 20:42 | | Reply

    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

  4. Robert Abela
    Robert Abela April 29, 2013 at 16:21 | | Reply

    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. Ryan Hellyer
      Ryan Hellyer April 29, 2013 at 16:22 | | Reply

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

      1. Robert Abela
        Robert Abela April 29, 2013 at 16:24 | | Reply

        Makes sense for a multi user WordPress install.

        1. Ryan Hellyer
          Ryan Hellyer April 29, 2013 at 16:33 | | Reply

          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.

  5. zanematthew
    zanematthew May 1, 2013 at 20:44 | | Reply

    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. Ryan Hellyer
      Ryan Hellyer May 1, 2013 at 20:58 | | Reply

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

  6. zanematthew
    zanematthew May 1, 2013 at 20:47 | | Reply

    Meant to add this one to the list http://onlinebookingcalendar.net/buy/ the license range is from ~100 to ~999

  7. Nick Ciske
    Nick Ciske May 4, 2013 at 15:54 | | Reply

    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!

  8. Nick
    Nick July 13, 2013 at 11:34 | | Reply

    This one’s quite expensive: http://onlinebookingcalendar.net/buy/ multiuser $999 and multi site usage $2499

  9. Miles Gilmour
    Miles Gilmour October 3, 2013 at 12:29 | | Reply

    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.

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