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This plugin has no free version! There is only a paid version! I don’t know who allow this plugin to be in the WordPress.org repository… Well…. You download it and then have to purchase it 🙂 Not even a freemium version. That’s not serious putting this plugin in the WordPress.org. Wrong idea!
This is a connector plugin for WordPress. We made a note of that in our description fairly early on.
OptinMonster is a software as a service.
For example there are plugins for:
MailChimp, AWeber, Shopify, etc — all of which are paid products. The purpose of this plugin is to make it easier for users to connect their WordPress site with our application.
I must admit I’m getting irritated about this kind of product placement too. There are plenty of other sites where premium plugins are sold and not listed here. If I come to the repository, it’s mainly because I’m looking for a free alternative. OptinMonster is a great worth it plugin for those who can afford an annual subscription, but for the other part of the population, trying to find an alternative makes us come here to search for that with hope to find a free one.
@nmigmo & @magellan456:
As stated, this is a SaaS (Software as a Service) offering and the “only host” the plugin here at WordPress.org. This is fully in line with the terms for plugins at WordPress.org!
Hosting the plugin here at WordPress.org is the best option for the end user: most secure, reliable and trusted source for WordPress plugins.
One big advantage over hosting this on third-party servers: plugins from WordPress.org will even get updates if they are deactivated on an install – this increases security! (there may be reasons to have stuff temporily disabled whatever…)
You don’t have to use this service & plugin if you don’t want to – there are dozens of alternatives: hosted, services, “full” plugins here etc. Feel free to use any of them.
Disclaimer: I am not connected with OptinMonster other than that being a normal user.
Greetings, dave 🙂
I have nothing against paying plugins, but it uses a misrepresentation to clearly advertising. If the plugins said of acquired early in his presention, it is a plugin for a paid service, my review would be different. Currently, the average user will download the plugin, install it and understand that he must buy a subscription. These are steps that everyone would like to avoid. One such behavior is, in my humble opinion, something to be avoided, especially since this company is very popular on the market today.
++++1 for everything Dave said.
Some of the most popular plugins such as Akismet, Jetpack, MailChimp for WordPress, etc DO NOT WORK without you connecting with their respective services. Some are 100% free while others charge.
The purpose of this plugin is to make it easier for users to connect their WordPress site with our application.
Mailchimp is free to 2000 mails, what does OptinMonster offer for free
YellowGreenMedia you forgot.
OptinMonster is offering disappointment for free.
You do not need to offer a free service to be listed in the repository.
VaultPress (a product by Automattic parent company of WordPress.com) also have their connector plugin in the repository:
This connector plugin is available ONLY to make it easy for our EXISTING WordPress customers to find and connect their optins to their WP site. You MUST have an active OptinMonster subscription to use this plugin.
This is stated in our plugin description, but sadly most folks don’t read before leaving a review.
+1 Syed Balkhi “sadly most folks don’t read before leaving a review.”
Please rethink your review, nmigmo. Thank you.
Leaving a bad review for broken plugin or security issues, is one thing, but leaving a bad review because you failed to read what the plugin offers is just immature.
This plugin is absolutely 100% free software and $free.
The OptinMonster service is not. The plugin makes it very clear that it’s a connector plugin for a service. In case it was missed in the clearly-highlighted note in the plugin description, here’s another look at it:
OptinMonster is a stand-alone paid service. This connector plugin is available to make it easy for our WordPress customers. You MUST have an active subscription to use this plugin.
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