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Why we chose Freemius over EasyDigitalDownload and WooCommerce?

The straightforward and simplest answer would be because Freemius is a complete solution with no upfront cost. But there are a lot more than that which helped us to decide. First and foremost I would like to mention that we chose freemius over other alternatives like Easy digital download, woocommerce, gumroad, Appsero doesn’t mean that other solutions are not good, it is just that it depends on the personal requirements. I’ve discussed this in detail in the later article.

The background

We are making commercial WordPress websites and plugins since 2016. We generally sell themes and plugins at a one-time payment and sale through the marketplace, woocommerce, or paddle. Eposo, our other WordPress project, we sell them through the paddle.

First Problem

When you sell a product at a single payment, you need to provide updates and new features every now and then without getting paid. We still provide service to our 2016 launched themes, and the most troubling part is that we didn’t sell any copy of these themes since 2018. That’s why we stopped the sale of the theme and removed it from our website but still, we provide updates and new features for the current users.


The solution to keeping ourselves away from burn out is to make the products on a recurring revenue model.

Great! Now, we need to create the plugin and sell it through….. wait, but how to sell it.

Not that simple!

We were facing the problem that we want to control the product's licensing and create the plugin as a Saas product.

Search results

After searching for the best solution on the internet, we came up with some awesome solutions. But not everything is meant for us.

Things that we were looking for

Solutions that we found

We chose Freemius for WidgetStack’s WordPress plugins because it is the complete solution for us.

But I would like to mention that freemius has some drawbacks too. Like -

Not every solution is meant for everyone. So choose it as per your needs.

Checkout WidgetStack for unique plugins to supercharge your WordPress website.



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Saurabh Y

Making small things for fun while aiming for financial independence.