Frequently Asked Questions
Why Choose GPL Downloads?
We believe in the open-source community and believe that WordPress should be available to all.
Unfortunately, premium plugin and theme authors refuse to decouple support from the code, they won’t set regional price differences and they rarely offer discounts to students, low waged or the young.
We are providing a third way by redistributing the code without any unneeded extras.
How can you offer the products at such low prices?
All WordPress items such as plugins and themes are licensed under the General Public Licence (GPL).
This means that once we have purchased the item we are free to redistribute it if we choose to do so.
Your membership to our site goes towards maintaining and buying the subscriptions to 3rd party theme and plugin authors. This form of crowdfunding helps keep prices low and we can then pass this benefit on to you.
Is support Included?
Yes, but for Installation & Activation only. No for any functionality. If you require technical support regarding a plugin or theme then you will need to either purchase the product directly from the author (a link is provided) or you will need to hire a freelancer to take a look for you. Alternatively, you could ask around some of the helpful WordPress community forums.
Not offering support is the way in which we are able to offer the products at a discounted price.
Are these products genuine?
Yes, 100%. We have active subscriptions to all the authors of the products featured on our website.
We download from them and then redistribute to you.
The downloads are generally not altered in any way as they work fine out the box. But sometimes we have to add some code to make the script work. Will will keep this to a minimum and also announce if we have touched the code so you know exactly how your stand.
Do you provide updates to the products?
Yes. As soon as we are notified of an update, we go and download it from the author and update it on our site.
An item I downloaded is asking for a registration code. What to do?
Ignore it. Developers include these so that the plugin or theme can update automatically or so that you can register for support. The item itself will work perfectly fine without anything being entered in the box. We would recommend updating your theme/plugins manually when updates become available on our site.
How many sites can I use the plugin or theme on?
As many as you like. The plugins and themes are GPL licensed so you can use them as often as you like on as many sites as you like.
Got a friend who’s building a site? Go share them with your friend. Seriously, there are no catches.
Are there any restrictions on the number of downloads?
Yes, but you can download what you need within your daily allowance. Please do not take advantage of this - Stashing is not allowed, download only what you use. We monitor who downloads what and will know if you are abusing our trust. Please note that if your account activity is deemed as a leecher, then your account will be suspended and deleted WITHOUT warning.
Can I request new products?
Yes, every user who is subscribed to our membership system can make requests via our Forum. Though the fulfilment of the product depends solely on the discretion of GPL Downloads and other factors like the license of the product (GPL or non-GPL – we will not entertain any non-GPL product requests), the price of the product, usage of the product on one license, etc. We only purchase items that we think are or will be popular and a benefit to a large number of members. We will NOT purchase niche items.
How can I hide license reminders or usage keys?
Consider hiding the license activation reminders through a plugin like “Disable admin notices.“ This plugin is free and very popular in the WordPress community. Make sure to check the official documentation for more information!