Warning: 5 Reasons Not to Buy WordPress Plugins And What to Do Instead

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WordPress is a great platform and highly customizable with plugins. They do all kinds of things from building your list to maintaining your site without you having much to do with it.

That’s if you believe all the sales letters. I would advise you not to.

Here are my experiences from the past couple of years. Plugin market is hot and it’s a wild west so the chances are, I haven’t been the only one with these experiences… Have I?

This first plugin slows down my site to the point where logging in in takes 5 minutes. Yep, you heard right, that’s ‘logging in’.

Case #1

I don’t really have that much experience with plugins so I’m kind of ‘tolerating’ it for some time, although it worries me. I also don’t really know who to ask, but finally I contact my hosting company. There’s this really nice guy who agrees to take a look and tells me the news: Ditch the plugin. It’s rotten.

I contact the big name marketer who sold it. It turns out I missed a few days from my 30-day money back guarantee so they refuse to return my money. This guy advertises how well he’s doing (he talks about making millions in his videos) but it sounds to me more like his business would probably go bankrupt if he lost a few bucks in the process of returning my money. Maybe that’s how he makes his money though, selling garbage to dumb asses like me.

I’m told they’re ‘working on it so that it would work’. About a year later I’m testing it but by that time it still doesn’t.

Case #2

Unfortunately I haven’t gotten any wiser from that first round with plugins and they have me fooled again. This time I get a plugin that collides with my WordPress theme.

I have also forgotten that I should test it right away, so I find this out after the money back guarantee period is over. You already know what happens then.

Case #3

Being a lot wiser now, I do test my new plugin the day I purchase it. It doesn’t work so I ask for my money back. The vendor simply ignores all the requests.

I’m disputing the sale on PayPal, but that doesn’t do any good because it’s not a physical item.

Next I’m contacting the affiliate network he uses, but they can’t do anything. Except enable to cheat and steal from other folks. But of course, they’re not responsible. Yep, why would they be…

Case #4

I buy a PLR plugin to give away to my peeps. The idea behind it is great and it should work on posts and pages. Turns out that at least on my site it doesn’t. My guess is it’s because of the theme but I don’t really know. They ask me to test but quite frankly I don’t have time for it at that point.

I end up giving my peeps a heads up about that, knowing they would probably use it on their blogs if anywhere. Later when I check, I don’t find it in use and I don’t really blame them. Even though plugins are easy to install, it still takes time to put it in use. That’s all just wasted time if it’s not working.

Later I realize it’s not working on mobile sites, either, so that’s that then.

Case #5

Speaking of wasting time…

wordpress plugin warningI’m spending a few hours (again) creating a campaign. There’s this plugin I’ve got, this time it was a bonus so I didn’t have to spend money on it, and it’s a crucial part of what I have in mind.

After 4 days of corresponding with the customer service I find out it’s not working without another pretty heavy system at the background. It’s the product I bought but didn’t want to install on the same site with my blog for multiple reasons.

After the process I find the information but it’s not on the same page with the download. It’s on the sales page, but since I didn’t buy the plugin, why the he** would I go there and read the last line?

I’m pretty pissed because I just wasted more than a day of my time plus I need to re-configure the whole campaign.

The problem with plugins seems to be that folks who design them don’t really do testing that much. It’s really the same as with the manufacturers who make laundry machines and dishwashers: Let the customer do the testing.

That’s why I’m saying is this: Don’t buy plugins!

(And if you do, consider yourself warned…)

Instead use the free ones you find by browsing WordPress.org and if you’re happy with your choice, read the documentary and reviews and then get an upgraded version if you like what you see!

This was also published on EzineArticles

35 Comments

  • Ikechi

    Reply Reply May 9, 2015

    Hi Eve

    I am sorry that you had to go through this situation. You are right that there are billions of WordPress plugins and most of them are not WordPress friendly.

    I always check out reviews of plugins and research very thoroughly before testing. I also don’t have so much time so I can relate to your message.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 10, 2015

      Thanks! I really don’t want anyone else to get fooled like that!

  • Maureen

    Reply Reply May 11, 2015

    Hi Eve,

    You haven’t met me yet have you as I’ve been ripped off big time in the time I’ve ben online about 8 years now in exactly the way you’ve described.

    I really like Clickbank for buying things because if you have these problems they will refund your money NO questions asked and I had reason to do this with a Survey Programme I got recently where they blatantly lied… bye-bye.

    It doesn’t help me that I’m older and had no computer skills when I started and actually believed marketers…. and absolute disaster waiting to happen and I’m that disaster but I am trying to work my way out of it.

    Thank you for being real and vulnerable and telling about these wretched plug-ins as I’ve had trouble with some but I thought it was just my lack knowledge however it’s just the scum bags peddling their wares.

    Bye for now~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Maureen

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      I would say I can be quite naïve sometimes, and lucky for me it’s mostly been money that I’ve lost… I did spread the word about the stinking scammer and I’m pretty sure he’s having trouble finding partners now.

  • Sabrina Q.

    Reply Reply May 12, 2015

    Very true. You need to be very caution on which plug-in you use. There are many that even have virus or malware attached to them. I like to look for the most popular and do a little research on them before jumping in. I also like that the blog host companies like WordPress, have a recommendation list that you review what they recommend. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      I also check the recommendations these days and especially the complaints. Plus I ask the seller to confirm via email it’s working with my theme, OP 2.0.

  • Your experiences are precisely the reason that I have hired someone to do the plug-in stuff for me. Simply put, one person can’t know everything about these damn plug-ins! You are right..it’s the wild west out there in WP Plug-in land. This guy dove in, deleted what was making my site slow and added a minimum of plug-ins to do the things I wanted. Best money I ever spent!

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 12, 2015

      Brilliant strategy!
      I’d almost call this a rule of thumb: The easier a sales letter makes it sound like, the harder it gets IRL…

  • Lenie

    Reply Reply May 13, 2015

    Fortunately I am so timid when it comes to installing anything on my computer that I just use the wordpress.org plugins that came with my site (and hold my breath the whole time until I know it`s working.

    Thanks for the warning though. Sounds like there are a lot of scammers out there. I am surprised that PayPal wouldn`t honour the transaction. That is something that people should also know.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      With PayPal it would have been smart to read the fine print I guess.

  • Donna Janke

    Reply Reply May 13, 2015

    It sounds as if you’ve had quite the experience with plug-ins. I am pretty cautious when it comes to plug-ins and so far have been too cheap to buy any. I agree it is a bit like the wild west.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      Just because we have access to technology doesn’t make us all tech savvy…

  • phoenicia

    Reply Reply May 13, 2015

    What an ordeal you have been through! Plug ins via WordPress sound more hassle than they are worth. I am still navigating my way around WordPress after moving over from another blog host.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      Nice to meet you phoenicia! There’s a lot of great paid plugins out there, well worth the money, but I thought people should know about the opposite as well.

  • Jeri

    Reply Reply May 14, 2015

    I’ve only bought one plug-in, but have been happy with it. At least the free ones that slow a site down don’t put a person out any money, and some plugin REALLY can slow a site down!

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      Yep, slowing even more that I was able to imagine!

  • Erica

    Reply Reply May 14, 2015

    I’ve only used the free plug-ins so thanks for the heads up. I will definitely let a web designer take over if I need something more involved. It seems like that might actually save me money in the long run.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by Erica! Consulting a pro definitely pays off.

  • William Rusho

    Reply Reply May 14, 2015

    I do not have much experience with WordPress, so might not have much to contribute. I do like what you said about not paying for plugins, I always look for the free apps when I need one. It seems like free software works as good as the ones which charge money for. Thanks for sharing this warning with us.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      Thanks William! There are situations when it makes sense to pay something for the plugin even if the free version is ok, for instance when it replaces another one. More moving parts-> bigger risk of having the issues.

  • That’s good advice, to use the free version for a while before upgrading. I try not to use plugins unless they’ve been recommended by someone who has used them succesfully before. It truly is the wild west out there!

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 14, 2015

      I’d say that legit vendors can afford to give you a test ride. :)

  • Tim

    Reply Reply May 15, 2015

    I have always followed the less is more philosophy so have never really needed a lot of plugins but your advice is well heeded.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 15, 2015

      Thanks Tim! That’s a good philosophy indeed!

  • Ken Dowell

    Reply Reply May 15, 2015

    I think I will probably remember this post everytime I see a plug-in that looks interesting. Thanks for passing on the appropriate level of scepticism.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 15, 2015

      You’re welcome Ken!

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 26, 2015

      You’re welcome!

  • I’m sorry you’ve such a negative experience with plugins Eveliina. I sincerely appreciate the information you’ve shared, and certainly agree that it’s extremely important to do our homework before installing anything on our website. That said, I have to add that I’ve been blogging with WordPress for 5 years and I can’t imagine using another platform, and have found plugins to be a real blessing. I’m certainly no techie – far from it – but I do carefully check reviews and if I have any questions consult fellow bloggers who are in the business of building WP sites. Makes a BIG difference!

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 26, 2015

      Exactly Marquita!

  • Arleen

    Reply Reply May 16, 2015

    I have to say I have been frustrated with plug-ins as well. It is just like, there is an app for that. You can get carried away. I recently had an issue with Yoast. Thought I was going to pull my hair out. I just removed it and moved on. I am a happier camper.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 26, 2015

      I also know now where to start looking if there’s some trouble.

  • Oh wow! Thanks for this information you shared.
    I use Overblog but I’ will forward your link to my Blogger friends that use WordPress.

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 26, 2015

      Thanks Safari, please do.

  • Beth Niebuhr

    Reply Reply May 17, 2015

    I’ve not used any plugins that didn’t come recommended by people I trust and now I know that I never will! Thanks for the heads up. Sometimes we can learn by other people’s experience!

    • Eveliina

      Reply Reply May 26, 2015

      Thanks Beth!

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