What does it mean – a premium WordPress plugin anyway? Official WordPress repository is full of plugins, but we do not consider them as premium ones.
Why? There are plenty of good and popular plugins that can be called premium. The trick is that it has nothing to do with the quality or popularity.
We can distinguish two types of plugins, the ones that offer a free version. We call them ‘Freemium’ as there no download and/or maintenance costs. Free is not equal to bad, there a lot of awesome free plugins or free versions of premium plugins that are worth it.
The second type is ‘Premium’ which imply that you will have to either purchase or subscribe to receive premium features. Premium plugins usually come with a large set of features and support that you will not be able to find in free versions or alternatives.
Why do we need premium plugins?
It all comes down to the list of features, updates, and support. Everyone can start a simple WordPress website with just a few bucks and some free plugins. As your needs will grow, you will need to look into advanced functionality to create, deliver and analyze your content. It’s just how things work there …3 strong reasons to select premium #WordPress plugins: features, updates, and support. Click To Tweet
On time updates for security and compatibility are another reason to look into a premium. With so many plugins on the market and regular WordPress core updates you can easily end up with a ‘maintenance mode’. To avoid it, premium plugins are there to offer on time updates, because of a simple fact – their business depends on it.
The same applies to support, premium plugin authors will do what it takes to resolve your issues and leave you as a happy customer. We do not think about support until we need one, and we are very frustrated when there is no help available.
To me, these are 3 strong reasons to at least consider premium. It is about time to clarify which plugins do we need.
List of premium WordPress plugins
Our goals and needs may vary, but the process of development and maintenance of websites has common patterns. These patterns can help us to determine spots where we can apply premium solutions in mass. The plugins that made our list are exactly that type of solutions and share common characteristics of premium quality, support, and performance.
If there is an ultimate WordPress slider, then it is the Slider Revolution. As one of the most popular items on the Envato market, it has earned a well-deserved spot on our list. Slider Revolution allows you to create slideshows, carousels, hero section, and even presentations with a simple drag and drop interface.
The price is outstanding as well, not to mention huge choice of templates that you will receive upon purchase.
Visual Composer is the most popular page builder plugin that allows you to build a website with simple drag & drop. Choose from a huge amount of content elements, templates or exclusive add-ons to quickly arrange your layout.
If you want to save your time and money then Visual Composer should be your number one choice.
BlogVault is probably one of the most reliable WordPress back-ups, staging & migration solution trusted by over 300,000+ websites. In addition, it claims to be the fastest recovery tool which is a huge advantage for the back-ups plugin.
WPML allows you to build multilanguage WordPress sites and run them with ease. It will allow you to translate pages, posts, custom post types, menus, and even theme files.
One of the main advantages of WPML is the quality of support and their desire to ensure compatibility between WPML and other popular plugins.
WP Rocket is a caching plugin for WordPress that is easy to configure and will run almost automatically. If you do not know about the cache, let me put it this way – you want your website to work faster and caching plugins will do the job.
Still not convinced? A fast website is one of the essential tips for a better SEO.
WordPress does not have an inbuilt backup mechanism and most of us do not think about backups until we need one … Backup Buddy is a reliable solution to make sure you can quickly restore your website after apocalypse*.
* Hacks, human errors, server crashes, malware, bad commands, deleted files, etc.
An easy to use way to contact is essential for sustainable business. Gravity Forms allows you to quickly add simple and advanced forms to your WordPress.
From simple contact forms and up to advanced subscriptions or payments, Gravity Forms is super easy to use with PayPal, Stripe, MailChimp and multiple other services that require forms.
OptinMonster is a lead generation software for WordPress as told on their website. It allows you to create lead capture forms without a developer. Remember those catchy popups that ask you to subscribe or offer a discount? OptinMonster will allow you to create such for your own website.
Moreover, with OptinMonster you will be able to quickly A/B test your results which is an essential feature for digital marketers.
CoSchedule Editorial Calendar will take care of all the hassle related to content strategy. You will be able to schedule your posts, social media messages, manage your editorial team and so much more.
If you are or want to become a blogger, it is better for you to focus on writing and let CoSchedule do the rest of the job.
WordPress is an awesome platform, but due to popularity, it is common practice for bad guys to attack sites that use it. Sucuri is two in one security solution, it will allow you to quickly clean up your site from a mess and secure it.
With 200,000+ WordPress hacked yearly, it is a good idea to stay safe with the solution like Sucuri.
Social media is an inalienable part of our life and business, we find and share content on social networks, we make our decisions based on information from social networks. It is obvious that we want to have our content appear on social media. Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress is the best social sharing plugin on the market that allows you to quickly incorporate social media options into your website.
Easy Social Share Buttons allows you to address 52 major social networks and select from various button types and templates.
Any more must-have plugins?
There are a lot more plugins that could make the list, there are even free plugins that deserve your attention. If you think that we missed some important piece that should join the list we are open to your suggestions and experience.