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  • Resolved michaelmarks

    (@michaelmarks)


    I’m fairly new to WordPress and am building my first WordPress website for someone else. Am I being too clever by seeking out all the free plugins? By using just the free versions of WordPress, Elementor, Woocommerce, WC designer, their addins and a few more, I seem to be getting everthing I need at an acceptable level, even up to checkout. I got to these choices by trying, then rejecting a plugin that restricts certain functionalities to the paying version, and then looking for another one with those functionalities for free.

    My question is, is this a fool’s paradise? Will some plugins become not-free in a year or two? Or more plausibly, will the widgets we now use as free be shifted to the paying version in a year or two? Is that a trend in your experiences, or am I having sleepless night(mare)s about a future broken website for nothing?

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  • @michaelmarks In my experience of past six years, I have had a good run with free plugins. The functionality is not charged until you use it heavily for eg. you are using CDN and aren’t charged until you cross a certain limit. It has been kept that way so as to keep a lower entry barrier for people. You can use their service and decide if you need the extra juice and pay for it. More on this: https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/when-is-it-worth-it-to-buy-premium-wordpress-plugins-explained/

    Having said that, some developers might decide to change their pricing or make a free plugin paid if they don’t find much value in the freemium model. However, it won’t break your website. You will continue to find alternatives. That’s how open source works.

    Go through this: https://kinsta.com/blog/is-wordpress-free/

    Have fun 🙂

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    Am I being too clever by seeking out all the free plugins?

    Not at all. This whole site and many other sites are built upon free and opensource code.

    My question is, is this a fool’s paradise?

    Not even a little bit.

    Yes, code from anyone and anywhere can vary to amazingly good to, well, awful. Though almost all of the code here not awful.

    Paying for code does not change the quality of the code in anyway. At least with free and opensource code the cost of entry is low. You try the code, possibly modify it to suit your needs and it does not cost you anything except possibly your time.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    One thing to include in my reply is under no circumstances should you seek paid plugins for free. I don’t mean trial versions from the source, I mean from disreputable sources.

    There are sites that offer “free” versions of paid and opensource code. More often then not, that “free” code from those “clubs” are loaded with backdoors and exploits. We call those nulled plugins or themes.

    Using that nulled code is often a quick trip to Darwin’s waiting room. It’s always a bad idea to used those.

    @michaelmarks I would like to add here on what @jdembowski mentioned regarding nulled plugins – If you ever feel the need to buy a plugin, make sure its directly from the author and no thirty party distribution website (unless the dev is being paid from it).

    I’ve used nulled plugins in the past and all they bring are problems with zero support. Would never recommend. Also, make sure the right person is being compensated for the hard work not someone trying to rip off others on the internet.

    Here is you can read more: https://www.wpbeginner.com/opinion/why-you-must-avoid-nulled-wordpress-plugins-themes/

    Thread Starter michaelmarks

    (@michaelmarks)

    Thanks all. I found your answers very helpful. I *am* having fun. Plus my friend will pay me to do it. One more thing: if I do have to deal with modifying code or inserting code snippets, does one of the forums help with that? I have no relevant coding skills ( although I do have an idea – and the discipline- having mastered VBA a million years ago.

    @michaelmarks If the plugin is paid, the dev may help you with customizations on their company support page.

    For free plugins, you can refer to individual plugin support forums like this one for WooCommerce: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/woocommerce/
    There is one for each.

    For customizations, I would recommend hiring a freelancer. You can still post here for general WordPress related issues though.

    Have a good day 🙂

    Thread Starter michaelmarks

    (@michaelmarks)

    Same to you. Thanks again.

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