How To Sell WordPress Plugins & Offer Automatic Plugin Updates

Are you planning to sell a WordPress plugin?

Selling WordPress plugin is one profitable avenue for anyone, and there are many questions as a beginner you may have:

  • Which platform do I use to sell my WordPress plugin?
  • How do I collect user data?
  • How do I offer plugin updates?

If you are giving away a free plugin from the official WordPress plugin repo, it is easy to offer automatic updates. But, when you are selling your premium WordPress plugin or theme, things are not the same.  

More over, you don’t want to email manually users about new updates and make the upgrade process tiresome.

In this post, I will share tools by which you can offer automatic updates for your WordPress plugin or themes. This is useful for those developers, who are launching their product in the coming days.

Best Platform to sell Plugins & offer plugin updates (For Developers) 

1. Freemius:

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Freemius sell WordPress plugins

This is currently one of the top solutions to sell WordPress plugins.

Using this plugin you can offer a free version in WordPress repo and paid version. Freemius takes care of on-boarding, and upgrading from free version to paid version.

It is a complete solution for a WordPress developer to start selling WordPress plugins for profit.

The platform also enable you to integrate an affiliate program with your WordPress plugin.

Looks promising & I suggest you check this out. You can read more about this product here & here.

2. Software licensing by EDD:

WordPress Plugin Updates
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Easy Digital Downloads is one popular WordPress product to create your digital download store. They have an extension call Software licensing, which adds an automatic upgrade to the product. This solution is far better than any other, as updates will be rolled out to only users with the valid license. If a user license is expired, he won’t be able to update the plugin or theme until his license is renewed.

Watch this video to understand how this plugin works:

This is a paid addon & it cost about $82 for the single site license. If you are creating a seriously paid product, this pricing is well justified.

Bonus Tip: You can integrate an affiliate program with your product using AffiliateWP.

3. WP Updates:

If you are looking for the most simple solution to offer premium plugin updates, look no further than WP updates. This is good for those developers, who have launched free or premium plugin both, and distributing it independently.

WP Updates, offer easy to use the dashboard to push a plugin update. You can manage 1 product for free, beyond that you need to subscribe to their plan, according to number of products you have.

Here is the video that shows how easy it is to use WP Updates:

For now, these are the two easy to integrate solution for offering automatic WordPress updates.

You can use the above system for plugin or themes. I will keep updating this post with alternative solutions.

Do let me know what method are you using to offer automatic updates for your digital product? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinion in the comment section below.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

3 thoughts on “How To Sell WordPress Plugins & Offer Automatic Plugin Updates”

  1. Sachin saini

    Hello Harsh
    its good info for us but can you please tell me its ….free / paid ?
    Thank you

  2. Harvilas Meena

    Yes, Harsh, It is very useful for the person who want to sell the WordPress Themes or Plugins. More over, you don’t want to email manually users about new updates, and make the upgrade process tiresome. The shared tools by which you can offer automatic updates for your WordPress plugin or themes. This is useful for those developers, who are launching their product in coming days.

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