Last Updated August 19, 2017
Lifetime licenses are a WordPress "thing". Yes, you will find them in other software markets, but they are much more prevalent here.
Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping:
- It is up to each business to decide their own offerings and pricing based on their needs and market assessment. When you are evaluating for purchase, remember that the business decides the pricing and the customers decide if the item and price make sense for them.
- "Lifetime" is the lifetime of the theme or plugin, not your lifetime.
- Pricing changes are not uncommon in business. A reputable business will honor your lifetime license if they change the license terms, but it is a good practice to look at reviews and ask other users about their experiences.
- The list below only includes GPL items. If the software is open source then what are you paying for? Typically, you are paying for updates, terms of support, the number of sites where you can receive updates and support, and possibly access to other services.
- Some licenses are limited to sites you own, while others allow you to use the software on client sites, though only you will receive support. Keep these dimensions in mind when shopping.
When I am referring to "Lifetime", I am referring to lifetime updates.
The list will be frequently updated, so feel free to contact me using the contact form on the site if you see a correction or addition. Some of the links are affiliate links, my affiliate statement is at the bottom of the page. Because things change or I might make a mistake, be sure to look over the terms of anything you buy.
Elegant Themes is the creator of the multi-purpose Divi theme. It features a page builder, a front-end editor, and many customization options. Extra is a modern magazine style theme that is also actively updated. In addition to themes, members also gain access to a few plugins. The Divi Builder same page building plugin, the Monarch social sharing plugin, and the Bloom email opt-in plugin. Check out the Lifetime Access option.
Graph Paper Press has 46 premium themes and 18 plugins. The themes emphasize photography and are targeted at creative sites. In addition to the premium themes, there are some themes available for free if you want to try them. The plugins are geared towards showing, sharing, and selling your photos or other digital content online. The lifetime plan includes lifetime updates for all themes and plugins.
Imagely creates themes and plugins that focus on photographers and displaying photographs. They currently have 11 themes that focus on travel, photojournalism, wedding, and photography uses. The themes are Genesis child themes and require the Genesis Framework. Their plugins include the NexGen gallery plugin and its extensions, a lightbox plugin, a plugin and extensions for proofing and selling photographs, and a plugin that connects WordPress to Adobe Lightroom. The Lifetime everything package includes everything with lifetime updates and support.
The Layers theme is a free theme that includes a page builder mode using widgets. The Layers Pro add-on gives you more options and more widgets. Layers Pro is sold as a one time fee with purchase options for differing numbers of sites.
MH Themes sells the MH Magazine Theme as well as several other magazine themes, business themes, a blogging theme and a multipurpose theme. The MH Magazine theme is available in a lite version on WordPress.org. The lifetime plan includes lifetime updates.
Orange Themes has 18 themes in traditional theme categories from Blog, to Magazine, to Business themes. The lifetime plan includes lifetime updates. Note that they also sell themes on Theme Forest and those are not included.
The WP Page Builder Framework theme is a modern, clean, "blank slate" theme that is designed to work well with page builders. The theme has a large number of Customizer options to handle most of the areas where you would normally not use a page builder. The theme has a Lifetime License option.
Solostream offers more than 70 niche themes. They have themes for blog, news, restaurant, bookstore, resume, hospital, and many other types of sites. Their lifetime plan provides lifetime updates.
StudioPress themes are based on the Genesis Framework, one of the oldest and most respected theme frameworks. The Genesis Framework installs as the parent theme and StudioPress offers more than 30 child themes that come with the Pro Plus All Theme Package. That package includes lifetime updates and support.
Tesla Themes have 67 colorful and stylish themes that target a number of market niches. Many of the themes include the Visual Composer page builder plugin and some include premium sliders. Check the theme descriptions for details and the Lifetime pricing option.
Themedy Themes has 20 themes. Their themes are Genesis Framework child themes, which means that you will need to purchase the Genesis Framework to use them. Take a look at the Lifetime Developer bundle.
Themefurnace has 22 themes that are designed with typography and style in mind. There are lite versions of many of their themes on the WordPress.org repository, so you can try them out before making a purchase. The regular version of the themes have more features and are available in the Lifetime Club.
Themefuse has more than 40 themes including the multipurpose theme The Core and a number of niche themes. They are the developers of the Unyson Framework that includes a page builder and a number of modules for SEO, backups, sliders, mega menus and more. The pricing include a lifetime option.
ThemeGrill has 15 themes and several plugins. A number of their themes have lite versions that you can try for free. Their lifetime plan provides updates, support, and unlimited site usage.
ThemeIsle has more than 20 themes and 10 plugins. There are a couple one-page themes and a number of niche themes. Most of their offerings are available in a "lite" version on the WordPress.org repository. The "pro" versions have more features. The Pirate Club lifetime updates option allows you to use themes on up to 10 sites and plugins on one site.
Theme Junkie has more than 50 themes to choose from including blog, ecommerce, portfolio, business, and magazine themes. Many are niche themes designed for particular markets or uses. Check the Lifetime Package.
Themify has more than 40 themes and several plugins. All of the themes include a standard theme framework and the Themify Builder. The plugins include a stand-alone version of the builder, a plugin for creating custom post types, a tiles plugin, and more. The Lifetime Club includes all themes and plugins.
Zigzagpress has more than 35 themes. Their themes are Genesis Framework child themes, which means that you will need to purchase the Genesis Framework to use them. Most of their themes have Customizer options. All themes are included in the Forever Membership option.
Admin Page Spider is a utility plugin that adds menu items to the admin bar for posts and pages. There is a free version in the WordPress plugin directory. The Pro version also adds menu items for a number of popular plugins, such as Beaver Builder, Elementor, Microthemer, and more. There is a single site version that includes lifetime updates.
Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) provides a GUI for creating and assigning custom fields to your post types. More than 20 field types are supported. ACF Pro is the premium version of the ACF plugin in the WordPress.org repository. It adds repeater fields, flexible content fields, gallery fields and options pages. There is a single site and an unlimited site version. Both include lifetime updates.
The WordPress Advanced Database Cleaner plugin cleans and optimizes your WordPress database. Remove old revisions, drafts, and transients as well as old options tables, and Chron jobs from plugins and themes that are no longer used. The pricing options are based on the number of sites and all of them include lifetime updates and support.
The All in One WP Migration plugin has a free version on WordPress.org that lets you manually create a backup up to 512MB. If the restore is performed on a site with a different URL then it automatically does a search and replace update on the database. Premium extensions remove the 512MB limit and allow you to schedule backups to a number of cloud storage providers.
Backup Buddy is a backup solution that includes integrations with a number of cloud-based storage options (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc) and iThemes own Stash live solution, where you get 1 GB of storage. In addition to backup and restore, you can also clone and migrate sites using this plugin. Backup Buddy Gold is the lifetime package. It includes unlimited sites and 1 year of support.
Comet Cache is a caching plugin that advertises itself as simple to use. The advanced versions have lots of caching features. There is a lite version with a limited feature set. The premium version is available for a single website or unlimited websites with 3 years of support and lifetime updates.
Comment Mail is a plugin used for building your subscriber list. It allows visitors to signup for comment subscriptions. There is a free lite version with limited functionality and 2 pro versions, a single site and unlimited site options. Both pro versions include lifetime updates and one year of support.
Envira Gallery is a photo and video gallery plugin. It includes a drag and drop builder, templates, the ability to add watermarks and SEO friendly links along with a number of other features. The Ultimate package allows for unlimited sites, lifetime updates, and support.
Formidable Forms Pro is a forms plugin that supports repeating field groups, multipage forms, conditional logic, calculated fields, templates, visual form styler, and more. The Enterprise version, which is the version with lifetime updates, includes all 20 extensions.
iThemes Security Pro is a security plugin for WordPress that provides brute force protection, two-factor identification, Google reCAPTCHA Integration, file change detection, malware scanning, and much more. The Gold license provides lifetime updates, unlimited sites, and one year of support.
The Microthemer plugin is a visual style editor that you use on the front-end of your website to customize your theme, content or plugin content. Click, style and see your changes in real-time. The Developer version includes lifetime updates and unlimited sites.
The Powerpack Beaver Builder Addon extends Beaver Builder with over 50 modules, more than 120-row templates, and more than 120-page templates. The lifetime license includes lifetime updates and unlimited sites.
The Restrict Content Pro plugin allows you to create a membership site with subscriptions. It comes with a number of payment gateway integrations and more are available as Pro add-ons. The Ultimate version includes all of the Pro add-ons along with lifetime updates, unlimited sites, and support.
SeedProd offers a Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode plugin (Coming Soon Page Pro) that has the ability to capture leads and show a countdown. You can add a slideshow, show social sharing buttons, use Google fonts, and other features. You can purchase the Coming Soon Page Pro plugin separately or in a bundle that includes 404 Page Pro, Urgency Countdown Pro, Viral Giveaway Pro, Login Page Pro and Notification Bar Pro plugins. The lifetime options include unlimited sites, lifetime updates, and support.
S2 Member is a plugin that allows you to setup a membership site with multiple levels of access and includes some payment options. There is a limited free version on the WordPress.org repository. There is a single site pro version and an unlimited site pro version, both of which have lifetime options.
The ThirstyAffiliates plugin is available free on WordPress.org. It provides link management. Pro add-ons import, geolocation, Google Analytics integration, Amazon integration, and more. The Pro add-ons have a lifetime license.
Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder is an add-on pack for Beaver Builder that includes more than 40 modules, more than 200-row sections, and more than 100-page templates. The Lifetime license includes lifetime updates and unlimited sites.
WPForms is a forms plugin that has a drag and drop form builder, forms templates, conditional logic, and many integrations and features. The Ultimate version includes the lifetime plan and a number of add-ons.
Toolset is a suite of power tool plugins. The Types plugin allows you to create Custom Post Types, the Views plugin gives you control over content templates, the Access plugin provides granular control over permissions, and the Layouts plugin provides a visual layout editor. All of the components of Toolset are available in the Lifetime account option.
WP101 is a website that provides video tutorials for WordPress. Geared mainly for beginners, the lessons are closed captioned and subtitled in Spanish. There are 98 tutorials that are updated regularly to keep them current with WordPress changes. There is a WooCommerce and a Yoast course as well, with more coming. The Ultimate Membership option includes all courses with lifetime access.
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