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Chris Kwong10,266 Points
What's the difference between the paid plugin by yoast and the free plugin to connect woocommerce with google analytics?
The video mentions: https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/ga-ecommerce/
But also, this plugin in the wordpress repository: https://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce-google-analytics-integration/
seems to do the same thing without the cost. Or am I missing something?
Zac GordonTreehouse Guest Teacher
You may be correct. If you use it, please let us know how it works for you!
Senad Redzic4,474 Points
this is general question regarding WP plugins that you may ask yourself in the future. First of all, I always advocate open source philosophy but we have to be aware of disadvantages as well. In case of commercial (paid plugins like one you have mentioned above) you usually get support which can be useful. Have in mind that on many community pages you will not get help when you are dealing with commercial WP plugin.
Also, many WP plugins are available in free version and in commercial version. Usually free version fulfills all basic functions and you can use it without any problems. Even Yoast offers free version of some of their plugins. BUT as soon as you want to use some of the more advanced features that you could need in the future, they will ask you to upgrade your licence to PRO version.
Third thing, is quality of the code and updates. As you will notice certain amount of free WP plugins are not updated or supported for couple of years now. Since WP is launching updates and new versions all of the time, some of those plugins could be incompatible with your current WP version.
Therefore, to sum up: Free plugins are cool idea but please read reviews and check them before installing any of them.
Hope I helped and sorry for the long post.