Things to Look Before Buying Premium WordPress Plugins

Premium WordPress pluginsAs a blogger, we always tend to install stuff which are “The best”. Personally, when I have to add a new plugin or buy anything online or offline, I tend to look out for product which are certainly the best in my price budget. At certain instance, I don’t mind paying extra if the product is worth extra hole in my pocket. When it comes to premium WordPress plugins, there are plenty of them, and many free plugins can do better than premium one. The problem is finding the one, which works for you.

Today, I was thinking about how many people actually make mistakes by buying a product at early stage or by reading fake reviews, and end up regretting it later. And, believe me you are not the only one here. I had the similar experience in the past with few premium products, that I bought after reading awesome reviews, or by reading amazing sales page. Here I’m sharing few things that you should keep in mind, when buying premium WordPress plugins or any other product online. I’m writing this specifically for WordPress plugins, but the simple logic will be applied to all the online products.

Buyer’s guide to Premium WordPress plugins:

Do you need it:

There is a huge difference between “I have it”, and “I needed it”.  There are thousands of premium plugins out there, and if you look at their sales page, I bet a large percentage of such plugins will make you end up buying it. Sales page are created to create the need, and if you are an impulsive buyer, you are most likely to end up buying any premium product you will come across. The first thing which you should ask yourself before buying the product is: Do I need it? If you have an habit of, buy now and use later, It’s time to change it to “Buy only when I will use“. I made this mistake many time, and I ended up regretting it. A good practice should be: use your credit card or Paypal account only, when you are sure about using the product. Else, it’s a good idea to wait till the time, you have enough time to put the product in use.

Don’t buy reading untrustable sources: Fake reviews

You know Affiliate marketing is great way to make money, and people tend to write reviews of product without actually using them. For example, Thesis 2.0, which is certainly not the product worth buying, but you will read hundreds of people going gaga about it just for the affiliate income. One important thing to check before trusting reviews, if the reviewer writing reviews after using it, or writing just for the sake of quick money. Also, people often launch new mini-website (,, just to push-up their affiliate income, and it’s a good idea to ignore such site. Rather try established and trustable Website in that niche. For example, ManagewpWpFreesetup are reliable website for learning about WordPress & products.


WordPress is a complex piece of software, and before you invest money on premium WordPress product, make sure company behind the product offers support. A proper support system is essential for any premium plugins, as you can’t get free support from WordPress support forum. Plugin compatibility issues are nothing new, and you should always buy product from a reliable marketplace.

History of plugin:

Selling an old stuff in new packet, is nothing new. It’s same as, republishing your old content by changing date. Which works in the case of blogging, but not in the case of products like WordPress plugins. A plugin needs to be constantly updated, to stay compatible with latest version of WordPress, other popular plugins. For example, SEOPressor plugin, matured from V1. to V5., and that’s one reason this plugin is now one essential SEO plugin for WordPress. You should always check, how often plugin is updated and are new features being added in the plugin or not.

Comparison sucks:

One thing which I hate with comparison is, people often try to promote one product by criticising others. This is not only negative marketing, but it’s same as cheating your readers. For example, how could I compared EasyWPSEO and SEOPressor, if I haven’t used both of them. I have never compared Thesis with Genesis till now, because I used Thesis but never tried my hands on Genesis theme. Similarly, I made a comparision table for Bluehost Vs. Hostgator Vs. Dreamhost, because I have tried all three of them. So, when you are reading comparison table on any website, make sure reviewer have used both the product he is comparing. If not, time to move to another comparison post.

What works for me might not work for you:

As a blogger, our role is to make people life easier. Give them best of the options, which are there and user can decide which one to buy. One thing as a buyer you should know, what works for me, might not work for you. For example, there are easy to use plugins like Contact form 7, or Jetpack comment form, but I use enhanced contact form plugin, as it serves a purpose for me, by showing referral URL. And you might not need this particular feature, and you can always take help of simple plugins. I use Managewp to take my blog backup, but you might have one website and VaultPress could be a better choice for you. A good idea here is, look out features offered by the plugin, and stick to one which ful-fill your need, and is recommended product. For example, when you will try to compare membership WordPress plugins, you will be bombarded with tons of options, and picking the best one will not be easy. You can make a list of 2-3 such plugins which meets your requirement, compare the features which they have & which you need, and then put a pre-sales support question. A good company, will not only reply in no-time, but will also give the human touch to it.

To sum it all:

Always believe in “Money save is money made“, when you are purchasing stuff online, it’s a lot easier to buy stuff with few clicks, and you will be be able to judge the actual product, when you use it. So, don’t rush into using your credit card, until you are sure of the product. I have lost few bucks because of this, and I’m sure my mistakes will help you to save your money. If you enjoyed this article, do subscribe to our Email newsletter. Do consider sharing this article on Facebook & twitter.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 18 )

  1. says

    Buying a premium theme for WordPress is a n expensive option for every bloggers. Its better to develop your very own theme of WordPress with getting knowledge of basic PHP and very much HTML which is the base of every blogger.

  2. says

    This is great article harsh, and your points are really worth looking for before buying premium plugins. recently my friend bought a plugin and afterwards realized that it was not worth buying… I wish this article would have published earlier. Anyways very nice article.

  3. hrmehrotra says

    nice guide harsh, i think first we should check that the plugin we are used to is compatible with the theme or not?

    • says

      True.. We need to check compatibility with theme, and also with existing plugins. Sometime hosting also plays funny games.. So make sure new plugin doesn’t screw up with existing hosting setup.

  4. Istiak Rayhan says

    Hey Harsh,
    Some times it’s really tough to decide whether to buy a new product or not. I think by this post you’ve cleared it to us. My advice is not to buy the product immediately after it launched. Most of the time people want to be the fist reviewer of the product. As a result they provide low quality review. So it is better to wait and watch the trusted review.

  5. Ravi says

    Fake Reviews has been a Great Distress as the Promoters sometimes Make it so perfect that it is hard to Determine that whether is it Good or Not. Moreover sometimes When Top Bloggers recommends or claim that they use particular Plugin the Crowd just Go Crazy and sometimes they Get Upset.

  6. Harsh says

    Can you suggest a wordpress plugin for making CSS sprites easily. I am not much of a coder so a simple to use plugin should serve my purpose.


    • says

      Funny thing, we share the same name :)
      Getting back to your query, I’m not sure about any such plugin, but since your goal is to improve the loading time, Go ahead with CDN. MAXCDN is so far one of the best for WordPress.

      • Harsh says

        Indeed we do :)
        As for the CDN I currently use Cloudfare. When I test my website on Pagespeed it shows me Sprite your images in high priority which is why the query. Any other way to manage it? Have you sprited images on ShoutmeLoud?

  7. Anoop says

    Hi Harsh,

    Can you please tell me what is the issue with thesis 2.0 theme ? After I read your other post where you recommend thesis themes for wordpress, I am planning to buy thesis theme for my new blog.diythemes showing thesis 2.0 in their website now.

    can you please suggest what is the issue with this new version ? and please suggest me an alternate theme(free or premium) for my new blog

    • says

      I’m crafting a post with the issues with Thesis 2.0, but in nutshell:
      It’s a Premium product with no documentation.
      Thesis has become like a dictator, where they change it to anything whenever they want.
      Saying that what I meant, With Thesis 2.0, they changed the framework completely, and there is no easy way to upgrade from Thesis 1.8x to 2.0…
      That’s more like irritating your existing users, and would you ever care about a company, which doesn’t care about existing customers.

  8. Vivek R says

    Nice one Hars,Support and seeing whether the license is valid for future upgradation is a main criteria to go for premium plugins.

  9. says

    @ Harsh, Nice list of things to look, but i am more oriented towards using free plugin, is there any performance or ranking improvement if i use premium plugins..