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’.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Speaking of wasting time…
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!