As the year ends, I am thinking about the cost of business to be a WordPress Developer. I thought I would give you a look into my business and show you my costs. In general, I avoid using paid plugins when possible because when I use a paid plugin on a site, it means that I will need to keep renewing that plugin so my customers’ sites can be updated. Here are the plugins that I have decided are worth paying for:
Gravity Forms – ($99/yr for developer renewal)
BackupBuddy (iThemes) While this plugin is not without problems, it makes taking development sites live much easier. ($90/yr for unlimited sites renewal)
BeaverBuilder This one I just got so we’ll see how it goes ($74.25 special pricing for Standard plugin only)
Views (WP-Types) – ($39.50/yr) Seriously considering getting rid of this, but sometimes it’s just easier than writing code.
NextGEN Gallery – Will probably not renew this next year. ($39/yr)
Total Paid Plugins: $341.75
Other Yearly Subscriptions
Norton Antivirus ($49.99/yr)
Join.me ($193.15/yr) I use this to train clients.
Total Other Software: $243.14
Other Software – One time purchase
This is the software I use, but don’t have to renew every year. At some point it will get too out of date and I will need to renew, but for now, I’m coasting.
Quickbooks (priceless if you are trying to keep track of business expenses)
Adobe Photoshop (thank goodness it’s not as update specific as some of the other Adobe software)
Grand Total: $584.80/yr
What types of plugins/software do you think is worth paying for?