Themes and plugins for WordPress can add up to yearly expenses of several thousand dollars. This can be a significant expense and a barrier to expansion for many different types of online enterprises. Signing up to be a member of a so-called “GPL club” is one of the ways that proprietors of companies try to reduce the amount of money they spend on these items.
WordPress plugins and themes can be resold at a much reduced cost through membership clubs such as Plugin Rush and GPLDL. It seems like an obvious choice, doesn’t it? As you could reasonably anticipate, there are a few catches…
Just what is the GPL?
The GNU General Public License is a form of software license that enables anybody to download the software, make changes to it, fork it, and distribute new versions of it.
The software is available for download and use by anyone.
Anyone can edit it
Free copies of the software are available for redistribution to anyone who wants them.
Anyone is allowed to distribute versions of the software that have been modified.
There are a lot of WordPress developers who share their plugins and themes under the “General Public License,” or GPL, even though they charge yearly fees for their plugins and themes (also sometimes called GNU GPL).
What the Hell are these developers charging you for, if this WordPress software is free and licensed under the GNU General Public License?
The correct response is support.
You don’t buy a GPL plugin per se.
In exchange for your payment, you will receive access to all future upgrades and releases, as well as the chance to make support requests directly to the author.
Even the WordPress CRM software itself is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
This identifies WordPress as open-source software, which means that it is accessible to anybody for use, modification, and expansion.