No, you do not need to purchase them, but we encourage you to do so. The choice is entirely up to you. We’re fully licensed for the premium plugins we offer, and we pay to obtain the latest releases and support from those developers.
Premium or otherwise, we only install plugins licensed under the GPL, the licensing standard for WordPress. For premium plugins, we can obtain support from the plugin author directly, but you can’t.
If you have a question about a premium plugin, we’re your first line of support, and in virtually all cases, we successfully handle all support questions. In the rare case where we’re unable to answer it, we’ll take up your question with the plugin developer. Eliminating us as the intermediary in getting support for premium plugins is the biggest reason why you might choose to purchase your own plugin license. Supporting plugin developers whose work improves your site is another big reason. The entire WordPress community would suffer if those developers didn’t continue to enhance their products. Since virtually all premium plugins deliver value far above their selling prices, buying a license is something that isn’t expensive and is smart business.
Our list of the plugins available on our network includes the premium plugins available on our plans. Click the Type column and premium plugins will be moved to the top of the list.
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