WordPress is 12 years old and the official WordPress.org Plugin Directory has more than 30,000 plugins. They are all free. So, where do we go to find paid plugins? After more than a decade of WordPress, there are quite a few. And some really good ones at that.
Millions of dollars are transacted on commercial WordPress themes every year. Everybody knows themes have been a money maker for a lot of people. I’m fortunate to make a living selling themes myself. Now it is commercial plugins that are on the rise. Isn’t it interesting that big theme shops like WooThemes and iThemes are investing so much in commercial plugins? They’re theme shops… that have found plugins to be very profitable.
My point is that commercial plugins are a big deal but there is no central place to locate them. I usually search WordPress.org and find something free that meets my needs. But sometimes I don’t — and I’m willing to pay for a plugin that will do the trick. If you’re like me, there are times when you actually prefer to pay because you know that there is a business behind that plugin you rely on and that help and updates will be available to you.
Search Google for paid plugins? That works. Sometimes. Many times though you get a bunch of affiliate-made listicles made by people that know little of the plugins they are pushing and would like you to think each one is great, just as long as they get a commission somehow. Sure, there are quality commission-supported sites (and listicles) but many times premium plugin search results are a road with potholes.
Wouldn’t it be ideal if you could just go to WordPress.org and find paid plugins as easily as you do free plugins? Yes, but that’s not going to happen so I asked around and nobody seems to know of a plugin directory for commercial plugins. So here it is.
If you’re a commercial plugin author, please submit your plugin and let’s get this thing filled up. If you’re a plugin user, keep an eye on this project. Watch it grow. It just might become your go-to place after the official directory on WordPress.org.
Related: WP Tavern published an article covering the launch of Pro Plugin Directory