Why Choose Premium Over Free WordPress Plugins

free vs premium wp pluginsWhen the platform for Blogging is WordPress, every user knows the word ‘Plugins’. WordPress plugins are easy-to-add tools that add advanced functionality to any WordPress site. Such functionalities are either very hard to develop by normal users (users who are not developers) or just something they cannot think of. Therefore the need of a plugin, that can be used by any WordPress site-owner, arises.

WordPress plugins can be gotten in two different ways – paying for them and then installing them or downloading the free plugins available. Both premium and free plugins are available in hundreds of numbers over the web. Following reasons will explain as to why choose premium (paid) plugins over free plugins.

Outstanding Functions And Features

Premium plugins are charged for a reason. The reason, if put in a simple manner, is that the development takes days or weeks of coding. Learning those codes might have taken months and must have been expensive if learnt from expert tools. All the learning and expertise is then put into the development of the plugin – therefore it has to be paid for in order to use it.

Premium plugins are always built by experts and professional developers and therefore the functionality within is always top-notch. Free plugins might have a part of the total functions in premium plugins, but never better than them. For example, premium membership plugins such as WP eStore and s2Member PRO have far better functions and features than free membership plugins such as “Membership“.

Lifetime Updates

Most, if not all, premium plugins update on a frequent basis (if applicable) or along with the core WordPress updates that often come out a few times around the year. Updates are very important especially for plugins that have a lot of features. The reason for this is that the users might demand different or additional styles/features for a specific feature of the plugin than the current version possesses. In such cases, plugin developers often update the plugins with the required.

If no demands or requests are coming in, the plugins are yet updated because of the compatibility with the latest WordPress version (for example – 3.5 i.e. the latest major update).

Most of the premium plugins can be updated from within the WordPress dashboard itself, therefore the users are not required to do any hard work.

Advanced Support

Customers are the first priority for any service provider right? Henceforth, developers of premium plugins always provide top-notch and extremely good support for the users. Be it a small common-sense query, or a major query that might require to tweak the codes – the support is always provided. Popular plugins often have support teams who’s only job is to take care of the customers.

Premium plugins often have organized platforms for the users to reach the support team. Tools such as live chat, email ticket system, forums (very popular) etc. are used to provide stress-free support.

Winding Up

Although I do use free plugins myself, I try to go premium if I’m convinced that I would get better features and all the other stuff mentioned above. Investing for your blog is always beneficial provided that the tools/services invested into have a potential to do something good for you and your blog – if not sooner, then definitely later.

This article is written by Raaj Trambadia. He is an active person looking for nothing more than simple ways of enjoying my life. He writes on my blog – My Blog Is My Money where he shares tips on how to Make Money Blogging. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.

Experimental: A HTML5 Premium Blogger Template

People choose WordPress over Blogger for several reasons and the theme design is one amongst them. WordPress has lots of cool themes when compared to Blogger platform. Now we review “Experimental”, a HTML 5 Premium Blogger Template. You can grab this theme for just 15$, considering the fact that this theme provides premium features, 15$ is not a big deal. You can check the demo of this theme to get a better idea.

Experimental Blogger Template

Experimental Template Key Features

  • 2 Columns / Right Sidebars
  • Fixed and Wide Width (1200px)
  • 2 Horizontal Navigation Menus
  • 468*60 Header Ads banner
  • Search Box
  • Social Sharing Buttons/Links installed
  • Well Structured CSS
  • Embedded Small JavaScript for jQuery features
  • (Hiding/Showing Comments and Smooth Scroll to Top)
  • WordPress Style Page Navigation
  • New Design for Comment System.

In addition to all these cool features, you will also get free updates for lifetim, Premium support and also get discounts on template customizations. You can purchase Experimental Template using this direct link.

Note: Downloadable zip file comes along with complete instructions to get started with the template. For support contact bloggermint[at]gmail[dot]com along with your paypal email and item number of your purchase.

Winner Of Blogussion Inspired Thesis Skin

Hope you are aware about the Blogussion Inspired Thesis Skin giveaway. Like Thesis, this is also an User Friendly Theme. Has own additional admin options and plenty of new widget areas.

This inspiring Blogussion Theme comes with four color schemes. They are Grey, Orange, Green and Blue. You can manage them from your admin Control Panel. This theme also has three column widget powered footer. You can also try Asnio Footer designed by this Theme Author. Blogussion Theme + Asnio Footer gives excellent result.

Winner - Narendran.M
Winner - Narendran.M

P.S. You need Thesis theme to apply this Blogussion Inspired Theme/Skin.

I have been conducting such giveaways in order to encourage Commentators and Tweeples.

The winner is Narendran. M. Congratulations for Narendran.M and thanks for the other participants. I’ll conduct him asap with the theme.

This is not the end. I have prepared a list of cool themes and ebooks for you. I will conduct contests and giveaways to give them to you guys. If you want to get quick updates regarding that, you can subscribe us and participate easily.

Winner Of Mashable Style Premium WordPress Theme

Luck or fortuity is good or bad fortune in life caused by accident or chance (according to Wikipedia).

So don’t lose hope if you are not the winner of this giveaway and if you are not the lucky owner of this Mashable Style Premium WordPress Theme aka Freshlife.

And the winner is…

Winners Freshlife

Congratulations for Mad Geek @Being PC and thanks for the other participants. I’ll mail him the theme asap or the team from “Theme Junkie” will send the official link for download.

As I told you before I’m going to keep many contests and giveaways every week. If you want to get quick updates regarding that, you can subscribe us and participate easily.

Retweet & Win Mashable Style Premium WordPress Theme

As I told you before, I have been conducting contests and giveaways in order to encourage commentators and Tweeples. Earlier we had Retweet & Win Digging Into WordPress eBook giveaway.

This time, one of the lucky HBB readers will get a stunning Mashable Style Premium WordPress Theme, Freshlife. Roy from Theme Junkie was very generous and kind enough to offer a license of this theme for us. There are some new features that we’ve integrated in the theme, such as custom twitter & flickr widget, author BIO box for single posts, the ability to switch the posts style(magazine/blog) on homepage and so on. It’s clean and powerful enough to make your blog looked fresh and professional. You can check the live demo here. Below you can see how the Freshlife theme looks:

Freshlife

Theme features:

  • Powerful & Easy-to-use Theme Options
  • Image/Text Logo Switcher + Custom Logo Support
  • Homepage Posts Style(Magazine/Traditional blog) Switcher(New!)
  • Custom Twitter & Flickr Widget(New!)
  • Author BIO box for single posts(New!)
  • Post Excerpts Control
  • Localization Ready
  • Automatic Thumbnail Creation (No Custom Fields)
  • Thumbnail Dimensions Configuration via Theme Options
  • Advertisement Management
  • Site Tracking Management (Google Analytics, StatCounter…)
  • Built-in FeedBurner/Twitter/Google Buzz/Facebook Support
  • Custom Page Templates (Full Width, Archives, Links, Redirect)
  • Custom Breadcrumb (No Plugins Needed!)
  • Threaded Comments
  • Widget Ready
  • Gravatar Ready
  • Dropdown Menu Navigation
  • Cross-Browsers Compatibility (IE6/7/8, Firefox, Safari…)
  • Forum Support
  • Lifetime Upgrade
  • Affordable Price

How To Win This Premium Theme?

To win this theme all you need to do is follow these simple two steps :

# 1. Follow @HellBoundBlog on Twitter.

# 2. Retweet about this giveaway and comment here with Tweeted link/status :

RT @HellBoundBlog Retweet and #Win Mashable Style Premium WordPress Theme #WordPress #theme #HBB : http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2ATPmQ/www.hellboundbloggers.com/giveaway/retweet-win-mashable-style-premium-wordpress-theme/

P.S. I need the hashtag #HBB

The Winners will be picked randomly and they will be announced shortly. I’m planning to conduct more giveaways and contests, so you can subscribe to our RSS Feeds to get quick updates about these contests and participate easily.

Update : Contest Ended. If you want to know the winner, click here.