If you don’t know already, WordPress is a software licensed under the open-source GPL license. This license governs what you can and can’t do with WordPress. While the GPL license does allow you to reuse, modify and redistribute WordPress for personal as well as commercial purposes, it does require you to release your derivative work under the same license.

All WordPress plugins and themes are also licensed under the same license. That means you are free to modify, reuse and even redistribute all the free and premium WordPress plugins you buy. The only limitation is that you will have to release your derivative work under the same license.


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While modifying and redistributing a plugin/theme developed by someone else is not illegal, but it can be considered unethical by some people (especially developers) in the WordPress community. And because the license allows you to modify and redistribute other developer’s work under your own name, there are a lot of people who are taking advantage of this license.

These stores are also known as GPL Clubs in the WordPress community. The reason why these stores exist is that people can’t always afford some of the more expensive WordPress themes and plugins fees, especially if they don’t know that the product will be exactly what they need. These stores don’t develop or update any plugins they sell themselves which allow them to sell the products at a greatly reduced cost than if you purchased from the original developer.

While it is totally legal to obtain a copy of plugins and themes from these stores, it is is up to you to decide whether or not it is ethical: Something to bare in mind though:

When you release a product with a GPL license, you are specifically saying it is ok to sell or giveaway your product for free. That’s what the license means, so it is not unethical because the licensee has specifically told you its fine to do that.

The owners of these businesses are mainly anonymous because a lot of people in the WordPress community consider it unethical to sell the work of other developers under your own name and there have been many controversies in the past over this issue and it should also be noted here that some products are trademarked which is a different matter entirely.

In this article, I will guide you through some of the more reputable GPL Clubs where you can access popular themes and plugins at greatly reduced prices.

GPL Plugins

GPL Plugins offers over 2500 WordPress themes and plugins. You can either buy the plugins/themes individually for less than half the original price or you can get a premium subscription for just $21 a month.

Their website says they update the plugins and themes every day. That means, they update the plugin files on their site as soon as a new update for the plugin is released by the original author.

They offer many popular WordPress plugins for a great discounted price. For example, Backup Buddy is available for just $10 and Gravity Forms is available for just $7.

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GPL Vault

GPL Vault has been online since the year 2016. They offer over 1400 Premium GPL WordPress Themes and Plugins. Their membership starts at just $10 a month which you can, as mentioned on their website, cancel anytime you want. They also offer a 5-year plan for a one-time payment of $199.

While they offer 1400 premium plugins, you cannot download more than 20 a day due to their fair usage policy. They offer a lot of popular WordPress plugins like Beaver Builder, Backup Buddy, Gravity Forms and Easy Digital Downloads.

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GPL Guru

Online since 2016, GPL Guru offers over 2000 premium WordPress themes and plugins for a monthly subscription of just $9.99. If you don’t want to get a subscription, you can buy individual plugins and themes starting at just $5.

For every plugin and theme you buy individually, you will get free updates for 365 days as soon as they are released by the original developer.

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GPLDL

GPLDL is a bit different from the others on this list. They offer all the premium WordPress plugins and themes on their website for free. While they don’t charge anything for downloading plugins and their updates, they do ask their users for donations if they like the service.

GPLDL offers over 1100 WordPress and WooCommerce themes and plugins. Their repository includes a lot of popular plugins and themes for WordPress and WooCommerce like Divi Builder, iThemes Backup Buddy, iThemes Security and Gravity Forms.

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Andy Sozot

Andy Sozot is one of the only people in this business who publicly displays his name on the website. He sells premium plugins and themes individually for just $10. He also offers a $15 a month subscription which offers full access to all the themes and plugins.

His offerings include popular premium plugins like Backup Buddy, iThemes Security, WooThemes Sensei and Gravity Forms.

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Woo Society

Woo Society offers over 190 WordPress and WooCommerce plugins. As the name suggests, they mostly offer WooCommerce plugins and unlike other providers on this list, they don’t offer WordPress themes. You can either buy individual plugins starting at just $9 a plugin or you can get their premium subscription for just $15 a month.

They offer popular WooCommerce extensions for integration like Constant Contact, Twilio SMS Notifications, and Authorize.net.

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GPL Chimp

GPL Chimp (formerly known as WooGang) offers over 300 WordPress plugins, themes and WooCommerce extensions for a recurring monthly subscription of $15. You can also buy plugins individually starting at $10 a year. Their website advertises that they have over 2000 paying members.

Their collection of WordPress plugins mostly consists of WooCommerce extensions. GPL Chimp’s collection includes popular plugins like WooCommerce Subscriptions, WooCommerce Google Analytics Pro, Gravity Forms and Backup Buddy.

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WP Null

WP Null is a Russian site that only sounds and looks like a ripware torrent site but is a GPL plugin and theme provider just like the others on this list. Unlike other providers, they don’t offer a subscription and don’t allow buying plugins individually. To download themes and plugins, you have to buy points starting at $4 for 10 download points.

They offer over 1500 Premium WordPress Themes and Plugins including Gravity Forms, Beaver Builder, S2 Member Pro and iThemes Backup Buddy.

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GPL Kit

GPL Kit (formerly known as WooGPL) offers over 550 WooCommerce and WordPress plugins for just $7.5 for the first month and then $15 a month after that. Unlike other theme providers, GPL Kit offers a WordPress plugin under the same name that you install on your WordPress website.

This plugin then allows you to install plugins from the GPL Kit collection with just one click and automatically updates them as soon as new updates are released. For just $15 a month, you can use GPL Kit for 25 sites. Popular WordPress and WooCommerce plugins like Monarch by Elegant Themes, Divi Builder and AffiliateWP are available.

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Ultimate Woo

Ultimate Woo is a WordPress plugin that is a suite of WooCommerce extensions. The company markets it as “Jetpack For WooCommerce”. As the name suggests, unlike most of the other providers on this list, this subscription based plugin only offers WooCommerce extensions.

The plugin comes with popular WooCommerce extensions such as Chained Products, 2Checkout Integration, Amazon S3 Integration, and Drip Integration. Unlike other providers on this list, once you install Ultimate Woo, you can enable any of the 78 WooCommerce extensions available with just one click. Ultimate Woo also installs plugin updates automatically as they are released.

Their personal license starts at $99 a year for a single WordPress site. You can also get a Business License for up to 5 WordPress sites and developer license for unlimited WordPress sites, for $199 and $399 a year respectively.

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WP Spring

Started in 2015, WP Spring offers hundreds of premium WordPress plugins, WooCommerce extensions, and WordPress themes. You can buy plugins individually starting at $10. They also offer an all-access subscription for $15 a month which gives you access to all the plugins and themes. If you are only interested in the themes, you can get their theme-only subscription for $10 a month.

As mentioned on their website, they offer access to WordPress plugin, theme and WooCommerce extension updates as soon as they are released. Some popular WordPress plugins and WooCommerce extensions include Gravity Forms, Restrict Content, 2Checkout Integration, Authorize.net Integration and AffiliateWP.

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Owlego

Owlego is online since 2015 and offers over 1500 Premium WordPress Themes and Plugins with new ones added almost every month. This site is a bit different than the others. They offer a free one-day account which allows you to download as many plugins as you can in a day.

Owlego’s subscription starts at $10 a month and offers lifetime updates to up to 50 downloaded items. They also offer a $50 a year subscription which offers lifetime updates for up to 500 downloaded items. Both of these plans allow you to download plugins and themes as many times as you want as long as you are a paying member and offer lifetime updates even after the subscription ends for the plugins you download.

Some of the popular premium plugins offered by this provider include Yoast SEO Local, Gravity Forms and its add-ons, Autoblog, and Social Locker for WordPress. They also offer hundreds of popular CodeCanyon and ThemeForest items.

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Theme Canal

Theme Canal sells premium plugins and themes individually starting at $8. Their premium subscription starts at $15 a month with an additional one-time registration fee of $5.

Their offerings include popular WordPress plugins such as Gravity Forms, AffiliateWP, Beaver Builder, Coming Soon Pro, and Advanced Custom Fields Pro. Theme Canal’s offerings also include premium WooCommerce extensions such as WooChimp, 2Checkout Integration plugin, and WooCommerce 360 Images.

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96Down

96Down offers over 1600 premium WordPress themes and plugins for just $18 a month that you can use on unlimited WordPress websites. Their website advertises that they have over 3700 members.

This provider has been online since 2012 and is one of the oldest. Their offerings include popular premium plugins such as Elementor Pro, Yoast SEO Premium, and Gravity Forms. They upload newly released updates of themes and plugins to their site every 12 hours.

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GPL Life

GPL Life offers hundreds of premium WordPress themes, plugins and WooCommerce extensions that you can buy individually starting at just $5. If you buy a single item, you will receive updates for the item for the next 365 days. You can also buy a 30, 90 or 365-day subscription for $19, $44 and $99 respectively. Their subscription isn’t recurring meaning you will have to manually pay every month if you want to continue using the service.

Their collection of premium WordPress plugins includes popular plugins such as Gravity Forms, Advanced Custom Fields Pro, Divi Builder by Elegant Themes and Backup Buddy by iThemes. GPLLife’s collection also includes hundreds of themes from popular providers such as Elegant Themes, App Themes and StudioPress.

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Conclusion

If you are just starting out as a blogger and don’t want to spend a thousand bucks just to test the waters, buying plugins from one of these providers might help save you a lot of money. Most of these providers do not offer any kind of support for automatic updates. That means you will have to manually install plugin updates by first downloading them from these providers and then installing them on your own.

There are some providers on this list like GPL Kit and Ultimate Woo who provide a plugin that offers a suite of plugins that can be enabled with just a click. These one-click install plugins also offer automatic plugin updates just like you would get when you buy from the original author of the plugin.

If you have ever bought a plugin from one of these providers or are thinking of buying one from these providers, we would recommend you to buy the plugin from the original author after trying it out to support the original developer or to gain access to customer support if you need it.

Whether or not it is unethical to sell plugins developed by a 3rd party under your own name is up to you to decide, but by the letter of the law it is not – theme and plugin developer choose to offer their products under the GPL license which specifically gives people permission to resell or giveaway their products if they want to.

We would love to hear your opinions on the matter. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments.

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  1. Thanks for this list but I have one question: Why should anyone buy a subscription to one of the reseller sites if GPLDL offers 1500+ Premium WordPress Plugins and Themes for free?

    • GPLDL doesn’t have everything!

      • Probably , GPLDL products are not trust able , i found various malware when i scanned the files . You can check ThemePrice.com as i think they provide good stuff as compared to others.

    • those who provide free premium plugin are most of the time cracked and have many backdoor,malicious links,and back links in that plugin or theme code which makes site slow as well as google ranking low day by day. go for trusted site

      • While there are some bad actors, just as in any industry, overall this is not true. While researching my 3 part blog post on GPL Clubs awhile back, I tested more than 30 clubs. Of those 30, I found only one that directly violated the GPL and NONE that altered the files in ANY way.

    • GPLDL doesn’t have everything!
      https://wpnull.tech

  2. Hi Here some other websites which have gpl club , may be will be useful to add in this list :

    codepromt.com
    woomember.com
    wootheme-plugins.com
    woothemesplugins.com
    woothemes-plugins.com
    gplmaster.com
    gplmember.com

  3. Hi Everybody

    I am using gpl.space looks great and have everything and plus , easy to download , no download limit , same prices as others .

  4. You guys forgot https://woogang.website. The oldest and most trusted one.

  5. I saved lot from https://www.wordpresssoft.com i have subscription with them ..

  6. cheapest I have found is https://gplproclub.com/ with 2000 items, and most usable. including some themeforest templates as well

  7. When it comes to WordPress download sites, most of us, who are web developers, will take update frequency, price and download limit as the most important factors.

    I’ve used GPLDL, GPL Vault, WPNull and tons of other similar sites and think that they are Okay. But the issue with GPLDL is that the collections are very limited. As for GPL Vault, the download limit is annoying. WPNull is Okay but the price per item is pretty costly.

    So, I need a more flexible pricing, but not a 5-buck-per-item pricing.

    There’s a site that I came across. That is GPL Coffee. They have a large collection of GPL themes and plugins. More than that, you have 2 free downloads per day, which is cool because they are not free on other sites.

  8. ” And because the license allows you to modify and redistribute other developer’s work under your own name, there are a lot of people who are taking advantage of this license.”
    You obviously do not understand the GPL. It does not allow you to in any way claim anothers work as your own. It allows you to reditribute, not steal.
    As a theme developer, I would be thrilled to have my themes included in these clubs. First, it is free marketing for me. It gets my themes out there and when a user eventually needs support (and most will at some point) they will very likely buy a license that grants them access to support. So it really amounts to another sales channel.
    I have spoken to many WordPress developers like myself and the vast majority feel the same way.

    • Hey,
      WolfB write to me. I have a local store with plugins and templates licensed under the GNU GPL. I can even share with you the commission for each piece sold in Poland 🙂

      • Hey, feel free to reach out and I will be happy to review. However, I do not accept payment for reviews or shared commissions. My aim is to keep my reviews completely unbiased. You can contact me support@wptophat.com

  9. I’ve designed GETWPPRO from scrach.
    No sign ups,
    No Donations,
    More Items,
    Inbuilt search for better experience,
    Genesis, Yoast, Elegant, Themify, iThemes…
    Why should anyone go anywhere else?

  10. My share experience about GPLguru.com

    About the gplguru.com server => After checking scamadvisor, i realized he shares a server with some real shi*ty websites…
    Server is in USA but author is in reality in india.

    Downloads are not unlimited, you can download ONLY 20 files per day…

    About the themes and plugins on gplguru.com, that are claimed to be 100% legit / 100% untouched / 100% unmodified as advertised on the website and its FAQ.

    – Wp Rocket = Nulled version (expiration date : 10 january 1970, piece of code in options.php has been removed and replaced to null it > line 488)

    – WP Fastest Cache Premium = different md5 than my official + not the same number of files. So modified/altered, probably malware inside. I compared the same version of course.

    – Thrive comments = different md5 than my original one. I compared the same version of course.

    – I checked 3 plugins on virustotal (random) among those i had downloaded, 2 of them are reported infected by a webshell malicious code. I don’t remember the plugins tested unfortunately.

    I stopped my tests there, the very first plugin i tried was wp rocket and it was nulled, so i knew the first seconds that the site was a scam and providing modified plugins, at least for some of them.

    Don’t even know if a true 100% untouched / unmodified GPL plugins exist out there that would allow to use plugins on a live site with no risks. That would be easier to check if GPL plugins authors would share their md5 in order to compare with the one one can download on this kind of websites, but no dev seems to share that.

    I asked for a refund – due to modified files – through contact on gplguru website bu no answer. I created a dispute on paypal asking for a refund but no answer. I took the next step and i’ve been refunded.
    FAQ claim no refund can be granted but don’t believe that, fill a complaint on paypal, the law (at least in europe) forces a seller to refund you if its within the first 14 days at least even for digital products. And do’nt forget that you don’t buy a downloadable product you buy a subscription that allow you to download.

    So GPLguru.com = Scam + liar

  11. I use https://pillbanana.com/

  12. I’ve just started to use https://easygpldownloads.com and so far so good.

    No download limits and files seem to be the original files with no changes.

  13. Where can I get latest classipress version 4.x null that works fine with their appthemes updater

  14. Where can I get free classipress 4.x null latest version with apptheme updater

  15. Hello!
    I use allfortheme.org
    I’ve open for myself this nice site last year with lots of themes and plugins. They have even exclusive themes which deleted from themeforest.

  16. I have bought from https://woogang.website and its really awesome. They do provide some level of support too with the plugin. It may be very basic, but it can come handy for a newbie.

    Definitely worth a try.

  17. I’ve also used and they provide best services http://hudaclub.com.

    Please try at once.

    • Does this site offer discounts with the membership or full access? Their pricing plans are kind of confusing. It’s not clear whether the membership grants full access to download any item you want or just discounts for all items. Seems like a trap / scam, but maybe not.

  18. How about gplzone.com ??? Is it safe? Their prices are a true steal… definitely attractive. But too good to be true?

  19. I’ve tried a few but for now i’m sticking with www.wordpressliga.com. They update really often and have many files.

  20. 96down.com is great, I joined in about 5 years. Thanks for sharing.

  21. You dont have www.gploffers.com which is by far better than all the other sites because they offer free updates for ever for all their products!With all the other gpl sites you have to buy and re-buy the same product to get the new version!!

  22. Hi there thanks for the list
    any experience with www.wp-premium.press/dl/ ?

  23. I’ve had a lot of success with https://thecyandesign.com
    They have all of the most popular premium plugins + themes and at only $14/month it’s cheaper than a lot of the other clubs out there.

  24. I am freelancer and WordPress developer, for my work i use Web4Sync.com forum and TemplateP2P.org forum. They have all themes and plugins from Envato, TemplateMonster …etc that i need.
    Web4Sync.com is online more than 4 years and TemplateP2P.org forum is all that i need.
    Its not easy to be a freelancer at all, sometimes is hard to find solution, theme, plugin, price are to high, my solution for all these are Web4sync and TemplateP2P.org.
    I hope this will help to some freelancer!

  25. Nobuna is very good as well: https://www.nobuna.com/?nob=124

    • I second this. I use them myself and I even reviewed them in my GPL club series on my blog:

      https://wptophat.com/blog/2018/10/05/gpl-clubs-part-3-the-3-top-gpl-clubs/

  26. GPL Fan (https://gplfan.com) is free and doesn’t have limits, use it while it’s still free, I don’t think it will stay free forever

  27. simplyWP is also great. Just got a membership with them and I’m happy so far. https://www.simplywp.co/

  28. Try my site: https://www.testwp.net. Test almost all Premium WordPress Plugins and Themes before purchase 😉

  29. Excuse Me! Purchasing plugin on these sites is legal and not sued? Because i will use it on my company website. Thank you!

  30. I think reselling the plugins is illegal (or at least not ethical), as those sites are not sharing their profits with the plugins’ authors.

    If they were posting the plugins for free, then that would be a whole different story, in compliance with the GPL.

    It’s not fair trying to make money of somebody else’s creation without compensating the author.

    That said… The authors built their plugins on a platform they themselves got for free… Mmm.

    • WRONG. Sorry, but you are simply WRONG. The GPL specifically allows you to redistribute GPL licensed work for free OR FOR PROFIT. Read it if you do not believe me.

      I am a plugin developer and I have no problem with my products being released free or sold on these networks. In fact, if anyone owns a GPL network and would like to redistribute my work WITH support licenses, let me know!

      “:It’s not fair trying to make money of somebody else’s creation without compensating the author.”

      But they agreed to exactly that when they CHOSE to release under the GPL. There are thousands or closed source WordPress plugins that do well So they are not forced to use a GPL license. Yes, if they want their work in the official WP repos, they have to use a GPL. But again, it is THEIR CHOICE.

  31. the new one
    https://gpldl.ir
    totaly free

  32. impressive post. weldone

  33. I have found a guy called Festinger who is offering a WordPress Vault with over 2400+ premium WordPress plugins and themes. He is offering his service on BlackHatWorld too.

    https://festingerbhw.com/

    He is offering clean and updated files. Really recommended!

  34. I second this review. I have also an account and the price is really cheap for what you’re getting!

  35. gplchimp seem to be gone – no updates in nearly 8 weeks. Looking back through their history they started updating every week and now I think they just take subscriptions without providing updated plugins. They don’t respond if you contact them. There are several complaints on their facebook page from people cancelling accounts only to still be billed. Be wary!

  36. Another one is GPLDownloads are great.

    They keep everything current and if you notice an update before them, use their system for submission to let them know takes just a second. You will get a reminder that it has been updated usually within 24 hours, if not the same day most the time. I virus check everything I download, and I’ve never had an infected download from GPLDownloads.

    These are not nulled programs, so you don’t have to worry as they are downloaded, as is, untouched from the original sources.

    GPLDownloads allows me to test WordPress Themes and Plugins to see if they are the right fit for our needs or our customers, allowing for less waste. Before GPLDownloads, I could spend hundreds of dollars on themes or plugins and then find they are not right for our projects. Once you decide the software is what you need, then you go buy it from the original source.

  37. Well , i tried many different sites but i have not find any one reliable as some of them don’t provide any support.
    in my opinion themeprice.com is most reliable as they have all the products with online whatsapp support. I buyed 7 different themes and plugins from them and they too worked fine.
    the support staffs are really helping and provide all the solutions.
    i would really recommend www.themeprice.com .

  38. Well the sites are stealing or not , but they provide a overview of the theme or plugin ,i checked many of the sites but no one is faithful as they don’t provide any support. I purchased several products from various website , they worked well.
    I came to a site which i give 8 out of 10 , that is https://themeprice.com , as they solved my problem by giving proper support.
    In my opinion , Themeprice is the best option if you are looking for affordable rates for any theme . Rates are not so high and the products are quite well as compared to others. https://themeprice.com is one of the best solution.

    • you do realize that the very reason you get these products for so cheap from these types of websites is because they do not include support? these products are redistributed at a lower rate without support and without automatic updates. So to get upset or hold it against the website because they are not offering support for updates is what we call an oxymoron.

  39. You should check https://woot.cl
    They don’t offer support of course, but they are willing to help if you need some guidance, they answer fast on chat.

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