So finally you have decided to use the WordPress CMS to build your website? You have decided the right decision.
In early 2019, WordPress have already powered 33.4% of World websites which powers over 1/3rd of the top 10 million sites on the web according to W3Techs and it’s growing rationally. Over the past decades WordPress has become the most popular CMS for many people and various companies which means Now WordPress has been popular among small and large companies and among the general people.
Why WordPress become so popular?
WordPress is growing day by day and lots of sites are being powered by WordPress because it’s open source and lots of developers are involved in it. There are lot’s of core contributors and theme and plugin developers who volunteers to make the WordPress even more better
Are you missing some functionality in your theme?
So you have installed the desired WordPress theme to your site and are you missing some functionality that you want on your website? In that case you need to extend the functionality of WordPress and to do so the best option is to find the required plugin(s) in wordpress repository or 3rd party plugins that offers you the needed features.
Things to consider while choosing the right plugin
You can search the free plugin from wordpress.org and if you are searching for premium plugins you can search in various marketplace like codecanyon, mojo market and in various 3rd party WordPress Plugin developer sites.
Before using the plugin either free or premium you need to find the details about the plugin that you are going to use like by which developer it’s being developed, it’s ratings and number of active install and downloads, etc.
Almost 50k free plugins are available from the WordPress plugin repository as well as
Premium plugins from third parties.
Now before using the plugin lets know about free and premium plugins.
Free plugin means the plugin that’s free to use and doesn’t require any money to use it. You can find the free plugins in WordPress plugin repository there are almost 50 thousands plugin that you search your required plugin. But that’s not the only option, you can find free plugin from 3rd party websites as well. Many plugin developers release there plugins on their business websites or github repositories.
But free doesn’t mean all plugins are equally maintained. In WordPress repositories before hosting the plugin they have strict quality control testing so that it ensures the plugin doesn’t have any malicious code or security vulnerabilities. But it might not be the same cases for other third party hosted free plugins so you must be extremely alert from which sources you are using.
So to avoid such accidents onto your website you need to check if the plugin is actively being developed or not, need to check update histories, need to check support forums if the plugin have issues that might affect your site.
Since it’s free plugin you shouldn’t expect high for plugin supports and plugin updates as the plugin developers might not respond to your query in time.
Premium plugins are available through third party websites or directly from the plugin developers. The price of the plugin varies with the plugin features they are offering. Since it’s a premium plugin you can get support for the issues you are having for the features that the plugin have offered but you need to confirm for how many days, months you can get support for free. Most of the premium plugin provide free updates for lifetime but supports are limited for certain time only so before purchasing please be sure for how long you are getting support and updates. But support will be limited to installing and configuring the plugin.
Before purchasing the plugin please check if the plugin is being actively developed or not. If the plugin is constantly adding new features to the plugin or not.
Also please consider if the plugin authors are providing support in time or not. If other plugin users are having issues with the plugin or not. Normally support are provided for 6 to 12 months and after that you need to purchase support for additional support that you need.
So We hope you understand the difference between free plugins and premium plugins. If you still have any confusions let us know in the comment section and we will try to help you out.