10 Exciting Premium WordPress Plugins That Are Worth Every Penny

Everything in the world comes with a price. It’s nature’s way of balancing the scales. So don’t be surprised when the premium WordPress plugins can cost you a lot. You need to spend something in order to acquire something that you really need. In our modern world, money is most often that ‘something’ I was referring to.

It is, of course, good to find free WordPress plugins that you could use with your blog or the website that you are currently developing. However, free plugins have drawbacks.

  • They work for a particular time frame only
  • Some work at a very minimal amount
  • The full features won’t be utilized unless you buy the plugin

Of course, our WordPress developer buddies work hard to brainstorm, design, and code, troubleshoot and re-code these plugins. They exert their utmost effort to help you with your daily WP needs. This is the main reason why some plugins can never be free, even if we wanted them to be.

1stwedesigner.com presents these plugins that were deemed to be the most practical, cost-effective and advantageous. Let’s try them!

UberMenu ($16)

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UberMenu has uber-exciting features. It is a user-friendly and fully customizable responsive mega-menu WordPress plugin. It is very easy to use. It includes over 20 style presets, ranging from horizontal to vertical menus and supports both slide and fade effects for sub-menus (you can also deactivate this if you want).

Uber Menu comes with the following features:

  • Fully responsive
  • Lighter weight and more efficient than JavaScript
  • iPhone & iPad compatible
  • Full-width sub-menu option with ability to define the number of columns
  • It has various click, hover, or hover intent triggers, which can improve the overall design of the page

Gravity Forms (Personal: $39, Business: $99, Developer $199)

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Gravity Forms is one of, if not, the best contact form plugins for WordPress. It enables you to quickly build and design your WordPress forms using a form editor. You can choose from fields to configure your options and embed these forms in your WordPress-powered site.

It comes with the following features:

  • Multi-page forms
  • Form settings
  • Limit entries
  • Advanced fields
  • Schedule forms
  • Standard fields
  • Pricing fields
  • Post Fields

Intense WordPress Plugin ($18)

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Intense is a WordPress plugin that provides you with a very big library of short codes, custom post types and more. Being built through Twitter bootstrap, this plugin will surely provide you with the most essential codes you need in the easiest-to-use interface. This plugin is so intense that you wouldn’t look for anything anymore.

It comes with the following features:

  • Short code dialogs
  • Easily adds 59 different animation effects such as animate an item on mouse hover, on mouse click, or when scrolled into view.
  • Parallax content sections and images
  • Many image hover effect options with Adipoli and Effeckts
  • Filter Blog, Portfolio and FAQ with transition effects using MixItUp

Logos Showcase ($13)

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Do you want to display a set of images as a grid or in a carousel slider? Well, this plugin is perfectly fit for you! Perfect to display the list of clients, supporters, partners or sponsor logos in your website, create a grid of images with external or internal links, and to show off your best photos.

It comes with the following features:

  • Easy to use pre-built styles and tooltips to enhance your logos
  • Filter by categories
  • Widget ready
  • Custom feature name
  • Bulk uploading

SabaiDiscuss ($20)

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Q&A plugins come in handy, especially when you want to attract discussions. SabaiDiscuss is a very potent candidate for the best discussion plugin there is. Re-imagine the services of Stack Overflow or Yahoo Answers with this plugin! Sabai is an ideal tool for websites that aim to attract more discussion and hits.

It comes with the following features:

  • Post and edit comments inline
  • Tag questions with auto-suggest
  • File attachments to questions and answers
  • Code syntax highlighting using Google Prettify
  • 10 email notification templates
  • Integration with the Cubepoints plugin

Social Locker ($21)

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Social Locker helps your content to be seen by more people. Its main feature allows you to lock a certain part of your content until the user clicks the social buttons. It is a great way to get traffic and customers!

It comes with the following features:

  • Any URL to like/share/tweet/+1.
  • Analytic tools
  •  Facebook Like
  • Facebook Share
  • Twitter Tweet
  • Google +1
  • LinkedIn Share
  • SEO-friendly

Anticipate ($39)

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Are you taking a lot of time building your website? Or just updating? Anticipate will help you build the excitement. It is a very good maintenance mode plugin that allows you to post an alternate “coming soon” page while you build your website. Once you activate the plugin, your visitors will be redirected to the Anticipate landing page.

It comes with the following features:

  • Complete localization
  • Progress bar
  • Email collection
  • Social networking

Paypal File Download ($25)

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If your website wants to sell digital contents, like e-books, PDFs, ZIPs and more, this is the plugin that you are looking for. Paypal File Download Plugin for WordPress is still the easiest way to sell online. It is built in with IPN, email delivery and expiry.

It comes with the following functions:

  • Multiple products with different prices, editable in the Products settings page
  • Guided insert-in page
  • Support for 26 different currencies
  • Edit the email that goes out when payment has been successfully processed
  • Expire links after a customizable amount of time to prevent abuse
  • Zero code experience required

Attention Grabber ($12)

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Attention Grabber is a WordPress plugin that adds a notification bar to your website. With this plugin, you will be able to display custom texts, Twitter posts and RSS feeds. It is a very simple and yet powerful way to market your products and share your content.

It comes with the following features:

  • Unlimited bars
  • Fixed and inline position
  • Animation effects
  • Multiple fading messages
  • Click counter for each bar
  • 6 Pre-designed themes
  • Support for short codes (You can add your own short codes too)
  • 7 Pre-built short codes: Facebook Like, Twitter Like, Google +1, Post title, Page title, Link, Multiple messages

WordPress Advanced Image Lazy Load ($12)

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This plugin allows your website to load faster without sacrificing the quality of images. It provides the user with a better browsing experience by delaying the loading of images. Images which are outside the visible portion of the page that the user is viewing won’t load before the user scrolls down to them.

Look out for the following features:

  • Search engine friendly plugin
  • Ready to use, no action is needed for existing or future images on posts/pages
  • Improving images selection performance by customizing default selectors for several site sections
  • Cascading enabling/disabling levels :
    • Level 1 : Enable or disable for the whole website
    • Level 2 : Enable or disable for all posts and pages
    • Level 3 : Enable or disable for all images within a specific post or page
    • Level 4 : Enable or disable for a specific post’s or page’s image
  • Customizing the loading of images
  • Possibility to also hack theme images that are not part posts/pages to be lazy loaded

Conclusion

These are just few of the best WordPress plugins that will make you say, “It’s worth every penny”. They are not just premium plugins; they actually make your website better and they actually work. They will make your website more comfortable to use and makes your overall workload easier. So, what are you waiting for? You can now swipe those cards because these plugins rock!

Rudolph Musngi

Rudolph is a geek. He loves reading: books, blogs and even nutrition facts found at the back of products. He loves to read interesting internet stuff. Since joining 1stwebdesigner last year, Rudolph has written several articles that concerns Typography, Wordpress, Freelance Lifehacks, Graphic Design and Showcase of Beautiful Web Designs. He also write poems, movie reviews and he puts them in his blog together with rants and some daily life updates.

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Comments

  1. says

    Gotta love WordPress plugins!

    One question I do have, is if you are running some memory intensive plugins and getting out of memory errors. Should you move your website to a dedicated server with more memory? Would that alleviate the issue?

    Also what is a good form plugin that would allow new user registration an mail chimp integration? Does gravity forms do this?Would love to take setting up accounts manually out of one of my websites.

    Lots of questions sorry!

    Thanks
    Dan K

  2. says

    Thanks a lot for the quality list of premium wordpress plugins. All of these worth the use of such wordpress users. Among these, I have good experiences with Gravity Forms. And I truly recommend it to all if any one is looking for the custom form solutions. I think, this is the all in one choice.

    I hope I would try others as you have recommended.

  3. says

    I love and use most of these plugins already. Especially Gravity Forms. That is one of the very first plugins I install on every project.

    FYI: The Intense WordPress Plugin link goes to the wrong place. You have it linked to the Logos Showcase plugin.

    Thanks for the share.

  4. says

    I personally used “Gravity Forms” plugin and really liked it, thanks for sharing collection of WordPress plugins :)