What is: GPL

The GPL is the free and open-source software license used by WordPress. This license was chosen because it supports the philosophy behind the WordPress project. If you’ve ever installed a software application, then you’ve been asked to agree to an end-user license. That long and complex document is normally there to protect the rights of the software company. The GPL is different.

Unlike many other software licenses, the GPL isn’t trying to restrict what you can do with WordPress. It’s there to ensure you can use it freely. The GPL was written by Richard Stallman in 1989 for his own GNU operating system and is currently administered by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

It was written out of a deep concern for the way software licenses were becoming more restrictive. Stallman wanted to protect the freedom of software users and let them help their neighbors by sharing software freely. So he wrote the GNU General Public License to guarantee users four freedoms:

  • The freedom to run the software for any purpose.
  • The freedom to study the source code and change the software for any purpose.
  • The freedom to share the software with others.
  • The freedom to share your own modified versions of the software with others.

If you’d like to read the complete license, then you’ll find it on the GNU website. Software that is released with a GPL license is known as free software or open-source software. Here, the word ‘free’ is referring to the four freedoms, not the price of the software.

What Does the GPL Mean for WordPress?

WordPress chose the GPL license because it aimed to create a welcoming and inclusive community. In fact, the GPL can be thought of as the WordPress Bill of Rights. It provides the core basic values that the project believes in.

The license gives anyone the freedom to download, copy, use, study, and modify the WordPress code. This philosophy encourages a spirit of openness and sharing.

And it’s working. WordPress is an open-source community project where tens of thousands of talented people have made contributions to make it into the great software that it is today.

There is a core team of developers who lead the project development, but anyone who values WordPress can contribute to its success. Developers can contribute patches and fix bugs, and users can suggest new features.

Apart from those contributors, there are many companies, individuals, and freelancers who sell WordPress-related products and services around the world.

The GPL and WordPress Themes and Plugins?

The GPL allows anyone not only to study the source code of WordPress but also to modify and extend it to meet their needs. The only restriction is that if you share a modified version of GPL software, then it must also have a GPL license.

This is called ‘copyleft’, a play on the word ‘copyright’. It makes sure that free software remains free by using copyright law to require the same freedoms are offered by all modified versions.

For this reason, any work based on WordPress inherits the GPL license. That includes ‘derivative works’ such as WordPress themes and plugins. ‘Copyleft’ means that they must also be released under a GPL license.

That means any WordPress theme or plugin that you download from the official WordPress.org directory is GPL software, and even most commercial WordPress themes are released under the same license.

We hope this article helped you learn more about what the GPL means for WordPress. You may also want to see our Additional Reading list below for related articles on useful WordPress tips, tricks, and ideas.

What is GPL License

GPLLife.Com is 100% legal. All themes and plugins are released under the GPL (General Public License). You are free to use them as often as you like and on as many sites as you want.

Does gpllife.com provide license keys?

We do not provide, lease, release, or resell license keys. All the products offered on this website are licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). You do not need license keys to use your projects, regardless of how many products need.
License keys are only required if you want to receive automatic updates and support from the author of a plugin or theme.

Are the files and downloads legal?

Yes, all themes, plugins, add-ons, and WooCommerce extensions that are distributed by our repository are 100% open-source with the GNU GPL.

Are these genuine products

Yes, all of our products are 100%authentic. If we feature a product on our website, then we have an active subscription to that product’s author(s). We download the product from them and redistribute it to you. These downloads are not altered in any way.

Are you the developer of these files

GPLlife.com is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, nor is in any way related to third-party developers, including WordPress, WooCommerce, WooThemes, Elegant Themes, Rocketgenius Inc., GravityForms, iThemes, OnTheGoSystems, AppThemes, etc.

How many sites can I use the plugin or theme on?

As many as you like. Seriously, there are no catches. The plugins and themes are GPL-licensed, and you can use them as often as you need to, on however many sites you choose. Have a friend who’s building a website? Share our plugins and themes with them, too.

Do you provide updates to the products?

Yes. As soon as we are notified about an update, we download it from the author and update it on our site.


The idea behind GPLLife is to help website owners or small developers who have enough knowledge and experience of WordPress that they do not need technical support that developers provide or who are running low on budget & need to buy the plugins for their own and clients projects. Sometimes the plugins needed for a client’s website can run into hundreds of dollars which is not even the budget in some developing countries. So this site aims to help knowledgeable people who don’t need support or automatic updates to save money.

Most people are familiar with the term ‘open source‘. It means a piece of software or code, that is free to use. You’re free to use, copy, study, change, improve or redistribute the software as you like.

WordPress is open source software and is founded upon the GPL (General Public Licence) that you can read more about over at the WordPress website > here

The main point to note is that any software that is built upon WordPress must carry forward the original GPL license.

GPLLife is a website that provides a lot of premium products (software) necessary for the development of websites, including WordPress themes and plugins, PHP-scripts, JavaScript, HTML-templates etc. at a lower cost than that the developers.

We understand that this is the time of digital business, and hence you require an impressive website that can grab eyeballs. Though WordPress is an open-source platform, to obtain dynamic functionalities and seamless UI, one needs to integrate some plugins. But these GPL themes, plugins, and add-ons aren’t feasible, and hence we came up with the idea to make these themes and plugins affordable and accessible for everyone. Moreover, we even provide membership plans for professionals who have plenty of things to develop the WP platform.

And there is no doubt about the quality! You get Priority support with a frequent fastest free updates. Isn’t it a good deal? So don’t wait and choose the required plugins and themes today!

Yes, all the plugins and themes are obtained securely by downloading directly from the original authors and We just redistribute it without changing the products

We cannot and won’t provide/lease/release/resell license keys. All the products offered in this website are licensed under GNU GPL License. You do not need any license keys to use them in as many of your projects you need. This plugins and themes only require license keys to get automatic updates from their authors.

We provide basic support for installing plugins and themes. If you need any major modification / advanced support, you can purchase from original author or hiring a developer

We are just providing you files. Please remember that if you want technical support for these files, you can purchase it separately from original developer of these scripts. This will help them financially for further development as well.

Yes, you can purchase lifetime free updates for any of the products, but at a higher price. Please contact us for further details of the order.

All WordPress items such as plugins and themes are licensed under the General Public License (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 crowd funding helps keep prices low and we can then pass this benefit on to you.

Obviously yes! Our all products are free from spyware and malware. We have associations with genuine developers and redistribute the products. Nothing is altered in the product, and only a few changes are made to some products which require activation before installation and integration. Such requisites are already mentioned in the description of the product. So, check the description for information on this subject.