Last Updated September 12, 2018
Over the past year, several major plugins have stopped offering a lifetime license. I've kicked myself for waiting on a few that I could have used. The trend is to switch to annual subscriptions. A couple of vendors said their lifetime plans were going away. Astra and Astra Agency are two of the most popular that are loosing a lifetime option soon. Other vendors don't advertise when changing. If it is a theme or plugin that you know you need then you might not want to wait.
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Anariel Design specializes in developing unique niche themes that are attractive and user friendly. The themes are page builder friendly and target sites such as charity, restaurant, fashion and niche blogs. The Lifetime plan has unlimited sites, lifetime updates and support.
Array Themes has more than 20 themes including magazine, photography, portfolio, e-commerce, and business themes. The Lifetime plan has lifetime updates and support.
The Astra theme is free on the WordPress.org directory. The Astra Pro plugin extends the theme and adds many customization options. The lifetime Pro plan includes lifetime updates and support as well as unlimited websites. There is also a lifetime Agency plan that includes other plugins and features.
The CSSIgniter theme shop has more than 80 themes. In addition to the themes, membership includes the AudioIgniter plugin for managing audio files and the EventIgniter plugin for event management. The lifetime options are available for the Lifetime Club membership.
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.
The GBeaver Theme and a new Genesis Framework child theme that is designed especially to work with Beaver Builder. Many people find Beaver Builder and the Genesis Framework to be a powerful combination. There are a number of theme extensions which add functionality. The Developer package includes lifetime updates and support.
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.
Greta Themes has thirteen themes in their portfolio, including themes targeting travel, magazine, business and food bloggers. The Lifetime bundle includes all themes with unlimited domains and lifetime updates and support.
HappyThemes has 17 niche themes including video, blog, news, magazine, shop and general purpose themes. The lifetime access package includes all current and future themes, lifetime updates, and lifetime support.
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.
Modern Themes has 21 premium themes, several premium plugins, and a number of free themes. The plugins provide custom post types such as services, projects, and testimonials. The premium themes are attractive with a number of designs from blogging, commerce, sports, and news/magazine styles. The lifetime plan comes with unlimited usage, lifetime support, and lifetime updates.
OceanWP is a very flexible theme that is popular for use with page builders. The theme itself is free on WordPress.org, but you can purchase extensions that add a number of nice features. There are options for purchasing the bundle of all premium extensions for a single site, three sites, or unlimited sites with a lifetime license that includes updates and support.
The Optimizer theme has more than 160 theme options, templates, and the ability to create landing pages. The Ultimate package has lifetime updates, unlimited sites, and lifetime support.
Organized Themes offers a portfolio of niche themes mainly for the business, church, non-profit, and restaurant markets. The lifetime package includes lifetime updates and support.
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.
The PageSpeed theme by Swiftthemes is a theme that is built and optimized for fast loading times. The theme is also optimized for SEO. It includes a number of header styles, layout options, color and typography options, and is responsively designed. The lifetime packages include lifetime updates and support. Packages are available for one, five, or unlimited sites.
Seothemes are Genesis Framework child themes. They offer themes 10 themes, including themes targeting food, agency, law, fitness, and ecommerce sites. Their individual and all themes packages have lifetime updates and support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 Access Manager (AAM) is a WordPress plugin that allows you to restrict access to admin menu items on a user or role level. It also has the ability to restrict access on the front-end to pages, posts, and custom post types. AAM includes a role manager that gives you the ability to create custom roles and apply them to WordPress post types (posts, pages, and custom post types) or admin menu items. If you are a programmer, you can also extend the plugin using its application programming interface. There is a free “base” version in the WordPress directory and several premium extensions. Each AAM license is for a single domain (but you can use it on unlimited development sites). There is a lifetime option when purchasing the premium extensions either individually or in a bundle package.
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.
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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.
Astra Agency is a bundle that includes the Astra Pro Theme, the Convert Pro plugin, and the Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder plugin. The Agency bundle also includes the premium version of Astra Sites, which is a collection of prebuilt example sites for use with both the Beaver Builder and Elementor plugins. The lifetime package includes lifetime updates and support.
BBQ stands for “Block Bad Queries.” BBQ Pro is a WordPress firewall plugin that detects and blocks bad requests. The pro version allows for full customization or rules and settings, is powered by the 5G/6G blacklist along with other features. Pricing is based on the number of sites and all packages include lifetime updates and lifetime basic support.
Blackhole Pro is a WordPress security plugin that automatically detects and traps bad bots in a virtual black hole, where they are blocked from your site. Pricing is based on the number of sites and all packages include lifetime updates and lifetime basic support.
Brizy Pro is a new page builder that has recently gotten a great deal of attention. From the folks at Themefuse comes a page builder that is powerful and easier to use than some of the more established offerings. There is a free version of Brizy in the WordPress plugin directory. The Pro version is available as a lifetime presale for a limited time until the Pro version is released. The Pro version will add dynamic content, third party integrations, header and footer templates, premium designs and A/B testing, among other features. Buying an unfinished product is a risk, but is the only way to get a lifetime license.
Cobalt Apps makes tools especially useful for WordPress site builders and freelancers. Tools include the Dynamic Website Builder Genesis child theme, Genesis Extender, Extender Pro, Themer Pro, Genesis Devkit, Freelancer Devkit, and Instant IDE plugins. The various tools work with the most popular “framework” themes — Genesis, Astra, Beaver Builder Theme, OceanWP, GeneratePress and Cobalt Apps own Freelancer Framework theme. The All Access Lifetime bundle includes all of the Cobalt Apps products, lifetime updates, and lifetime 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.
The Convert Pro plugin is a flexible pop-up manager that you can use for exit intent, email signups, A/B testing, and to offer discounts and coupons. It includes a layout builder, comes with a number of predefined templates you can use, and has a large number of integrations with email list managers. The lifetime unlimited option includes lifetime updates and support and use on unlimited sites.
The Crocoblock Lifetime bundle includes the multipurpose Kava Pro theme, the demo pages, and all of the Jet plugins. The Jet plugins enhance and extend Elementor by adding a wide range for widgets, a number of blog options, WooCommerce support, menu options, etc. The lifetime bundle includes unlimited websites, as well as lifetime updates and support.
The Essential Addons for Elementor plugin has a free version in the WordPress directory and a Pro version. The Pro version adds 15+ elements, 100+ prebuilt blocks, and 20+ landing page templates. The Lifetime Unlimited package includes unlimited sites, lifetime updates, and lifetime support.
The Flyouts plugin from BNE Creative is a very flexible plugin for creating different kinds of “off canvas” content that “slides” over or “pushes in” when triggered to appear. There is an editor to customize your off canvas content and you can have the content appear from the top, bottom or either side of the page. You can trigger the appearance with a floating button or use a menu item, button or image on the page by adding a unique CSS class name that acts as the trigger. You can use this plugin to provide an off canvas mobile menu for themes that don’t have that built in or in other cases where you might use a popup, but don’t want to hide the content. Although the plugin is available on Code Canyon, you get unlimited sites and lifetime updates ordering it directly.
Formidable Forms Pro is a forms plugin that supports repeating field groups, multi-page forms, conditional logic, calculated fields, templates, visual form styler, and more. The Enterprise version, which is the version with lifetime updates, includes all extensions available at the time of purchase and one year of elite support.
MainWP is a self-hosted solution for managing and updating your WordPress sites. With it, you can update WordPress core, themes, and plugins. This along with a few other features is free. MainWP offers premium extensions that provide further features such as analytics, the ability to manage comments, create reports for clients, manage security settings and much more. The extensions are available via several plans. The lifetime plan includes lifetime updates and support as well as unlimited sites.
Max Mega Menu Pro is a plugin that adds advanced menu features to your WordPress theme. Features include sticky menu, accordion menu, WooCommerce integration, and more. There is a free version available in the WordPress plugin directory. The Max Mega Menu Pro Developer License allows for up to 99 sites, 1 year of support, and lifetime updates.
Meta Box is a free, full-featured WordPress plugin for creating custom meta boxes. The base plugin is free on the WordPress.org repository. There are 27 free and premium extensions that expand the functionality to include creating Custom Post Types, front-end submission, tables, settings pages, and much more. The Lifetime Bundle includes all extensions, unlimited sites, and lifetime updates.
The Nextend Accordion Menu is a plugin for creating vertical accordion menus. You first create you menu as normal, and then create an accordion menu by assigning the WordPress menu. You can use a widget or shortcode to place your accordion menu in the desired location. The plugin comes with 4 themes and a number of settings options for styling and animations. The lifetime package includes unlimited sites as well as lifetime updates and support.
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.
PowerPack adds more than 25 Elementor widgets. There are widgets for popular form plugins, creative modules, and content modules. The lifetime license includes lifetime updates and support as well as unlimited sites.
ProfilePress is a plugin that enables you to customize the registration screen, User Profile edit screen, as well as the login, password reset, and user email forms. You can add fields using a form editor that comes with several themes. You can create front-end forms. There is a social login feature that allows users to register and login using Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, and Github. The plugin also works with BuddyPress and bbPress. The Ultimate bundle includes all Pro and official extensions, unlimited sites, lifetime support, and lifetime updates.
The default search capability is very limited and is often insufficient. Relevanssi is a plugin that provides advanced search capabilities for your site. It gives you full access and full control, with filters and ways to make search work the way you want it to. There is a lite version of the plugin in the WordPress directory. The premium version expands the search options and provides extra controls on search results. Toolset has Relevanssi integration. The Permanent package includes lifetime updates and support as well as unlimited site usage.
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.
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.
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.
SES Pro is designed for smaller scale sites that want full control over email subscribers without relying on a 3rd-party service. It is useful for building your own lists of subscribers, creating emails, and sending them from your own site. Pricing is based on the number of sites and all packages include lifetime updates and lifetime basic support.
Smart Settings UI is a plugin from WP Beaver World. It adds some useful controls to the Beaver Builder plugin for working with rows and columns by adding some convenient functions such as selecting, copying, moving, and deleting rows and columns. There are also additions for setting breakpoints. The lifetime option includes unlimited sites as well as lifetime updates and support.
Smart Slider 3 is a responsive slider that has a lite version available in the WordPress.org directory. The Pro version has many more features. comes with 5 different slider types and a large number of customization options. It has 16 dynamic layer types that add features on your slides, such as countdowns, audio controls, progress bars, and image boxes. It also a large number of animations, effects, and dynamic slide generators. It now includes a template library that you can use to create your sliders more quickly. Smart Slider 3 Pro includes lifetime updates and support.
The SNAP Pro service allows for posting to networks that the developer saw as straightforward. The SNAP API expands the number of networks for SNAP Pro for networks the developer saw as requiring special programming and maintenance. The API product expands Facebook and LinkedIn support and adds support for Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Flipboard, Reddit, YouTube and XING. There is an advanced order option for the API that includes lifetime access. There is also the ability to order the API service for general PHP usage. These lifetime options are expensive and some users will prefer the annual API subscription, which includes the Pro plugin.
SNAP Pro is a plugin that allows you to post and schedule posting your WordPress content to a number of social networks and sharing platforms. The list includes: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, ok.ru, Plurk, Weibo, and VK.com. You can also post to Blogger, LiveJournal, Medium, Tumblr, and WordPress blogs. For the full list, see the website. There is a free version of the plugin on WordPress.org that has account limits. The Pro version is for unlimited accounts and lifetime updates.
Soliloquy Slider is WordPress slider with a builder, templates, WooCommerce integration, a lightbox, and more. The Master package includes lifetime updates and unlimited sites.
SurveySlam is a lead segmentation / funnel builder plugin for WordPress that has a number of advanced features. You can use the form builder to create simple to complex quizzes and surveys using conditional logic and piping. Capture and score leads and connect with a number of email marketing integrations. There are some pre-created forms that you can use to get started or you can build them from scratch. It includes GDPR compliance features. The standard licence allows you to use the plugin on your own sites and the developer license allows you to use it on client sites. Both versions of the plugin come with lifetime updates and support.
Thrive Architect is a page builder and front-end editor from Thrive Themes. The front-end editing is real on page text editing. It has a number of content block types, from standard ones that you would expect to those focused on engagement, conversion, and social sharing. There are several pricing tiers based on the number of sites you need. All tiers come with lifetime updates and one year of support.
The Thrive Comments plugin is the newest addition to the Thrive Themes portfolio. It offers a number of features in one plugin that would normally require several. Comment using Facebook or Google logins, earn badges, vote on people’s comments, spam filtering, and other features. There are several purchase tiers depending on the number of sites you need to use it with, but all tiers come with lifetime updates and one year of support.
The Thrive Headline Optimizer plugin is somewhat unique in that it allows for automatically testing different post titles. Click through rate, scrolling and how long the visitor stays on the page are measured and the best headline is then given preference. There are several purchase tiers depending on the number of sites you need to use it with, but all tiers come with lifetime updates and one year of support.
The Thrive Quiz Builder is an easy to use quiz and survey builder that also has advanced features to increase engagement, help segment users, and display targeted content. The plugin comes in several tiers based on the number of sites you want to use it on. All tiers include lifetime updates and one year of support.
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.
Ultimate Addons for Elementor is an add-on pack for the Elementor Page Builder. It is a library of unique Elementor Widgets to add more functionality and flexibility. The Lifetime license includes lifetime updates and unlimited sites.
USP stands for “User Submitted Posts.” The plugin allows you to create unlimited forms and display them anywhere on your site. Create submission forms, registration forms, contact forms, forums, and everything in between. Pricing is based on the number of sites and all packages include lifetime updates and lifetime basic support.
WooPack for Beaver Builder is a WooCommerce addon package. It includes modules for the product page, product grid, cart page, and checkout page. The lifetime option includes lifetime updates and support.
WP All Import & WP All Export are two plugins that provide advanced content import and export. There are premium add-ons for WooCommerce, Advanced Custom Fields, user fields, and link cloaking as well as a number of free add-ons. There are packages with and without add-ons and options to purchase combined with export. All of the packages are for unlimited sites and lifetime updates.
WP Time Capsule is an advanced backup plugin that does incremental backups, when possible, which is faster and saves storage space. The plugin can backup to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon S3 locations. There are flexible scheduling options and the option to encrypt the database file for security. If gives you the option to backup your site before updates in case there is an issue. There is a staging option so that you can test changes before applying them to the main site. The lifetime plan includes unlimited sites and lifetime updates.
WPBakery Page Builder used to be called Visual Composer. It is a very popular page builder plugin that is often bundled in premium themes. The WPBakery Page Builder plugin includes both front and back-end editing, as well as a number of templates and visual elements. The plugin is sold for a single site, includes lifetime updates, and six months of support, which can be extended.
WPfomify is a plugin that provides social proof and a sense of urgency by connecting to your online store or learning management system. A small box shows that others have purchased or signed up. It has a integrations with WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, Give, LifterLMS, LearnDash and many other systems. The lifetime license covers all integration extensions, unlimited sites as well as lifetime updates and support.
WPSSO stands for WordPress Social and Sharing Optimization. It is a plugin that create Schema markup and meta tags for search engines and social networks. The plugin includes support for 3rd party plugins and services and also had addon plugins that bring other features. The plugin is licensed per site URL and licenses include lifetime updates and support.
Here are points 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 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 common 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 above 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.
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