15 Useful Premium Plugins for WordPress

by Steven Snell

March 1, 2010 in Resources

In the past few years the growth of the premium/commercial WordPress theme market has grown exponentially. While there are also premium plugins available, they generally get far less attention than premium themes. The right plugin will allow you to improve your site through specific functionality that might otherwise take a lot of time and/or money to set up.

In this post we’ll feature 15 premium plugins that may be able to help you with your own site or with those of clients. Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments at the end of the post.

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Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms is a form creation and management plugin that makes it quick and easy to add simple or advanced forms. Features include conditional form fields, email notification routing, dynamic field population, reply to entries from WP, autoresponers, allow users to create posts through a form (example, community news), and much more. A single-site license costs $39 and an unlimited developer’s license costs $199.

Gravity Forms

Shopp
Shopp is a premium plugin that will help you to set up an e-commerce website on WordPress. It includes a long list of features including basic inventory management, support for selling digital and physical products, export orders into QuickBooks, breadcrumb navigation, product search, integration with popular payment gateways, flexible shipping calculations, and more. The cost of a single-site license is $55 and a developer’s license is $299.

Shopp

PHPurchase
PHPurchase is another option for managing an e-commerce site with WordPress. Features include easy product placement, order management, promotions and discounts, control over shipping options, payment gateway integration, an affiliate program and more. A single-site license costs $49 and a developer’s license costs $299.

PHPurchase

eStore
eStore is another premium e-commerce plugin. It is geared towards selling digital products and the features include one-click checkout, design freedom, AWeber integration, an affiliate program and more. A single-site license including the affiliate platform costs $64.95.

eStore

WishList Member
WishList Member is a popular plugin for managing a membership website. There are a lot of options for running a membership site, but with WishList Member you can get one set up on WordPress quickly and for a comparatively low cost. It offers unlimited membership levels, shopping cart integration, full control over who sees what content, easy member management, secure RSS feeds, and more. A single-site license costs $97 and a multi-site license costs $297.

WishList Member

MemberWing
MemberWing is another option for running a membership site on WordPress. Features include four levels of membership, digital content download protection, gradual content delivery, integration with popular payment gateways and more. A single-site license costs $149.95 and an unlimited license costs $295.

MemberWing

eMember
eMember is a third option for creating a membership site using WordPress. Features include selective content protection, design freedom, integrated with WordPress affiliate software, shopping cart integration and more. A single-site license is $39.95 and a license to eShop ($49.95) is also needed to accept payment.

eMember

WPJobBoard
WPJobBoard allows you to add a job board to any WordPress-based website or blog (the DesignM.ag job board is powered by this plugin).  It includes a lot or features that allow you to set up the job board however you want. Features include an unlimited number of categories, promo codes, customization of automated emails, PayPal integration and more. A single-site license costs $97.

WPJobBoard

OIOpublisher
OIOpublisher is a popular premium ad management plugin that has been around for a few years. It allows you to have full control over the ad space that you sell on your website or blog, and to keep all of the revenue from ad sales as opposed to sharing revenue with an ad network. Ad purchases and expirations are handled automatically to save you time. A single-site license costs $47.

OIOpublisher

Billboard
Billboard is a WordPress plugin from iThemes that allows you to easily add images — like ads, photos, icons — to your widget-ready sidebars. A multi-use license costs $39.95.

Billboard

WPReviewSite
WPReviewSite will allow you to easily turn WordPress into a user-submitted review site. The plugin is geared towards providing affiliate marketers with a way to boost income through user reviews. Features include star ratings, comparison tables, flexible display options, an included WordPress theme for review sites, and more. A single-site license costs $97 and a developer’s license is $299.

WPReviewSite

WFReview
WFReview is another plugin intended for affiliate review sites. Features include the ability to import CSV files to quickly set up tons of affiliate products to be reviewed, ratings, comparison tables, and more. A single-site license costs $89 (with a free trial available) and a developer’s license costs $289.

WFReview

wpSEO
wpSEO is a powerful plugin to help you improve your search engine rankings and search engine traffic. It offers numerous features related to page/post titles, meta descriptions, meta keywords, duplicate content, performance management and more. A single-site license costs $24.99 and a developer’s license costs $124.99.

wpSEO

WP Auctions
With WP Auctions you can set up and host auctions on your WordPress blog or website. Features include an unlimited number of items to be auctioned, multiple images for each item, display auctions in a post or page, shipping options and more. A single-site license costs $29.99.

WP Auctions

WPDirectory Pro
With WPDirectory Pro you can easily set up a directory on your WordPress-based blog or site. Features include payment gateway support for paid listings, customizable templates, custom field integration and more. A single-site license costs $39 and a 25-site license costs $349 (with a few other options in between).

WPDirectory Pro

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  • JR Farr

    Mar 1st

    Wow, great post! There are a few plugins in here that I had never heard of. That job board plugin seems pretty cool. I’d love to test that one out.

    One plugin that was just recently released called Scribe SEO seems pretty interesting. Another great SEO plugin. Anyone used it?

    Great post though!

  • a3tech

    Mar 1st

    Thanks for the list! Are all premiums not free? :P expensive… @_@

  • Steven Snell

    Mar 1st

    a3tech,
    Yes, they cost money, but they may save you a lot of time or add something valuable to your site. For example, you could easily spend much more money than $100 to set up a membership site.

  • Josh

    Mar 1st

    Many of these “premium” plug ins have free alternatives that are often even better and easier to use than the pay-for versions.

    I’m using an alternative to WPDirectory Pro right now that is free

  • Steven Snell

    Mar 1st

    Josh,
    Yes, there are free alternatives, and in some cases they are pretty good. It just depends on the situation, but usually the premium plugins include more features and support, which is always limited with free plugins. Additionally, premium plugins are a little bit more likely to be maintained to work with new versions of WordPress, which is always a concern if the plugin is key to the site’s functionality.

  • Xcellence IT

    Mar 1st

    Great Plugins

    Thanks for sharing
    Xcellence IT

  • Alex Flueras

    Mar 2nd

    Great article, really useful stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  • Daniel

    Mar 2nd

    Hi,
    great list. Thank you!

    But you’ve fogotten the MyArcadeBlog Pro plugin that will transform a blog into an arcade games portal.

    See here: http://netreview.de/myarcadeblogpro

    Best regards,
    Daniel

  • Mihaela

    Mar 2nd

    Great list with premium WordPress plugins, although I can add another one: RSFiles! Download Manager for WordPress with lots of functionalities …works like a breeze.

  • Steve

    Mar 2nd

    Great review, many thanks! Thanks for putting it together!

    Cheers,
    Steve

  • Oliver Cardiff

    Mar 2nd

    Good list of WordPress plugins. I haven’t heard of most of these but some could be useful for me especially the shop ones and the billboard plugin. I was wondering if anyone knows some good free WP plugins that will work just as good as these?

  • JC

    Mar 2nd

    Great list of some nice premium plugins…there are so many free ones out there, but its nice to be reminded that there are some pay plugins that are more robust and efficient. THX!

  • Anna Green

    Mar 2nd

    This is a great list, I am just about to embark on my first full word press website and these little gems should help me out nicely, and save me time trawling fourmus and then trying out plug ins that don’t work. Thanks for sharing

  • Amberly | Web Designer

    Mar 2nd

    Great list.. I think Gravity Forms worth the try..
    It is awesome.

  • webtasarimsitesi

    Mar 3rd

    very nice list. I’m new wordpress, that list useful for me.
    thanks

  • Ken

    Mar 9th

    interesting stuff, especially the reviews plugins. Thanks for sharing!

  • wallquotes

    Mar 9th

    I’m kind of surprised that the wp-ecommerce plugin isn’t up there too. Any reason we should be aware of?

  • Steven Snell

    Mar 9th

    Wallquotes,
    That is a free plugin (although I think there are some add ons you can buy). This post only includes plugins that you have to buy.

  • wallquotes

    Mar 9th

    Thanks, that’s right. Forgot they have a free basic version. Thanks for the info on the site. I’ve been having fun reading through everything!

  • Blogger Template Place

    Mar 14th

    Great plugin.. but it not free. i am looking for free plugin. But thanks to share

  • Steven Snell

    Mar 14th

    Not everything is free. Sometimes it’s worth the money to pay for something that will increase productivity or save you time.

  • Thomas

    Apr 1st

    Hello Steven,

    Nice Round up, Do you have some opinion on the member plugins ?
    Shopp seems very promising, but he hasn’t any integration with member or affiliate plugin ?

    Memberwing seems nice I will try it with the free version :).

    What about amember ?

  • Steven Snell

    Apr 1st

    Hi Thomas,
    I don’t have any experience with the member plugins. If I were to purchase one I would go with WishList Member because it seems to have the best feature set and seems to be maintained/supported the best, which is always a big concern for me with premium WP plugins. If the developer isn’t making money and disappears the plugin won’t be updated and will likely have problems with future versions of WP.

  • Thomas

    Apr 1st

    Thanks for your reply, I agree with you for the support and the update.
    I tried MemberWing and it doesn’t fit my needs.

    For WhistList, their website is quite poor : no trial, no demo… do you know some websites using it ?

    I will try the combination : amember pro / idevaffiliate / wordpress but the license are quite expensive (around $300).

    Best,

  • Steven Snell

    Apr 1st

    Thomas,
    I believe Web Design Ledger and Blog.SpoonGraphics are both using WishList Member.

  • Peter Fry

    Apr 5th

    Thank you for this, I’m going to buy the estore plugin its something I think will work for me as I’m nearly finsihed writing an ebook

  • Web Risorsa

    Jun 17th

    These are good. But the bad thing is, as these are not free, most of the developers go for opensource modules.

  • Tookangweb

    Jul 5th

    premium plugin? sound rarely, but this is great :) thanks for list

  • vuitton

    Aug 8th

    this is great :) thanks for list

  • seema

    Aug 13th

    WordPress is magic. It is one of the best blogging platforms, which has become as good as a CMS now. You can even build a complete website with it. While working for all these years in WordPress, we have realized how flexible it is when it comes to customization and integration of themes and plugins. We have also build numerous templates, themes, and plugins for

    WordPress which have been used for many of our clients’ projects.The plugins which you have mentioned here work great for e-commerce portals. We know, because we have tried it. Good job. Nice post.
    outsource@evontech.com

  • Hurda

    Aug 20th

    thanks you

  • neo

    Aug 21st

    I just wonder how I can catch all of them in my blogs…thank you very much… Great Jobs!

  • CaeerOutlook

    Oct 22nd

    This is a very powerful post, I am currently running a career site and this post is really going to help me to increase the functionality of my site.

    Awesome plugins :)

  • Alex

    Oct 28th

    Recently, Dailywp releases the JobPress Pro, I saw it have many features, it also have the resume bank that the job seeker can creates his resume: http://www.dailywp.com/jobpress-proffesional/

  • Susan

    Dec 10th

    WishList is a pretty nice plugin.

  • Adam

    Jan 23rd

    Checkout the WP Mobile Detector premium mobile plugin, it gives a blog the ability to show a mobile theme to a mobile visitor.

    http://websitez.com/wordpress-mobile/

  • rabbi

    Jan 28th

    Thanks for the plugins i will use them on my site…

  • joseph

    Feb 4th

    hi i wanna wp plugin which shows the list of users with complete detail in my blog……..so how can i get this? plz anybody help me to get this

  • Plugins Wp

    Feb 22nd

    Very nice plugins, I have to prove them.

  • Cristian Olteanu

    Mar 6th

    I have been checking out a few of your articles and i can state pretty nice stuff. I will surely bookmark your blog.

  • Hurda

    May 18th

    wunderfull plugins.

  • TJ from ReviewTheme

    Jun 6th

    Hey there!

    Was looking for a theme like wpSEO – it’s great in my opinion!

    Thanks for the nice list!

    Troels

  • classifieds

    Jul 22nd

    Thanks for sharing a great information.

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