As the use and functionality of WordPress grows and improves, so do the thousands upon thousands of plugins available on the platform. With so many options, it can be overwhelming choosing the right WordPress plugins for your site.
And while there are many great free plugins out there, sometimes you get what you pay for.
Free vs WordPress Premium Plugins
The official WordPress Plugin Directory is the best (and largest) source for both free and premium plugins, with over 50,000 plugins designed to improve your site through better front-end design, targeted SEO strategies, image optimization and many other improved functionalities such as custom forms, galleries and security software.
While all of the plugins that make it into the WordPress Plugin Directory have been created by WordPress developers and subjected to trials and reviews, not all WordPress plugins are created equal.
For the record, we’re not knocking free plugins. We love free plugins. It’s just that sometimes free plugins aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. They sometimes make big promises and then can’t deliver, or the free version of an awesome-looking plugin only functions for a short while before it is no longer supported.
WordPress premium plugins, however, are just that – premium. Most premium plugins offer a whole host of additional features, including regular updates and ongoing support. Most plugin developers will also verify that their plugin is built with quality code that works seamlessly with WordPress core code to ensure stability and security.
In general, WordPress premium plugins are supported, licensed and of a higher quality than the free plugins available in the WordPress directory or from third-party developers.
Stressing about premium plugin management? We have you covered.
The downside to premium plugins? Premium plugin management. Since these plugins come with a licensing fee, many require annual re-licensing that may or may not be handled automatically. And if you have multiple premium plugins, keeping track of schedules and fees can become a hassle.
With Cinch, gone are the days of worrying about premium plugin management – we can license and manage everything for you. The cost per plugin depends on the actual cost of the plugin license, but this service generally ranges from $29 – $150 per year (which, of course, includes the cost of the licensing fee).
It’s simple: we set up a subscription in your Cinch account and your card will be charged annually for the plugin. We take care of the rest – so you don’t have to.
So, stop stressing your premium plugin management… with us, it’s a Cinch.