When it comes to installing WordPress premium plugins, there are a few extra questions users should ask beyond the “Is this plugin secure?” or “Can I trust this developer/company?”
While there is are greater expectations regarding premium plugins (mainly due to the fact that you’re paying them), not every premium WordPress plugin is worth their weight in code (regardless of which features they promise to deliver).
Regardless of whether you discovered the premium plugin upon the WordPress plugin directory or via a quick Google search, here are several questions you should ask before hitting the buy button.
Is There A Superior Non-plugin Option?
While WordPress users should always seek out the best plugins for their blogs, installing too many of them can increase the loading time of your site.
Before clicking the buy button, you should always look for a solution that doesn’t involve a plugin.
Example: Instead of installing Network Publisher (a freemium plugin) to handle posting links and posts to Twitter as well as Tumblr, it would be wiser to use FeedBurner (from Google) and Tumblr’s native post importer, respectively.
Can I Try It Before I Buy It?
When searching out premium plugins, you should always seek out those that allow you to test out their product before you exchange your hard earned cash.
Many developers offer freemium plugins which give you the ability to demo basic features before upgrading to access more advanced services.
A few developers offer two different types of plugins (free and premium), allowing the masses to test out their free services to verify whether its worth purchasing the premium one.
Example: Disqus is a free WordPress plugin that offers freemium services while BraveNewCode markets WP Touch Free as well as WP Touch Pro (the latter which includes support for smartphones and tablets).
Is There Support After I Pay?
Before buying a premium WordPress plugin you should always find out how much tech support the developers will provide, and (most importantly) whether they will help troubleshoot the plugin if it accidentally breaks your blog.
Usually the best way to find out about support is to ask previous users who have purchased the plugin, as well as read reviews about the plugin via a quick Google search.
You should also verify that you will receive support during the life of the plugin (i.e. throughout the current version) or until the company ceases to exist.
Always avoid “90 day warranty” support for your plugins, or those offering more support for more money (note: I am referring to premium/freemium plugins here, not free plugins).
Do You Use Premium WordPress Plugins?
If so, what advice would you give to someone interested in purchasing one? And which premium plugins do you recommend based on past experience?
Feel free to share your advice in the comment section below!