Try Craft Pro & Plugins Before Buying

If you’d like to try Craft Pro and any paid plugins in the Plugin Store before buying, you can run your site from any domain that Craft does not consider to be a public domain. See How do we determine Craft is running on a public domain? for more info.

Common examples of domains that would work include:

  • localhost
  • mysite.test
  • mysite.yolo
  • mysite.test

If you’re moving an existing site to a new non-public domain from a different local host name, you’ll need to clear your data caches from SettingsClear Caches in the control panel before Craft will realize that the host name has changed.

Craft won’t automatically upgrade itself; you will still have to do that manually. Go to the plugin Store (or click Solo at the bottom of the left sidebar) then press Upgrade Craft CMS.

Try Pro 1

Then press Try for free button under the Pro edition.

Try Pro 2

Craft will immediately swap editions. No credit card info required.

You’ll be able to play with your upgraded Craft edition indefinitely, as long as you’re running the site from the same non-public host name.

All paid plugins in the Plugin Store will follow Craft’s lead. This means that once Craft is in trial mode, you can try out any plugin in the store for free.

If you deploy your site before purchasing the upgraded Craft edition, your website will work normally, however Craft will ask you to either downgrade your license or purchase the upgraded license when you access the control panel.

Applies to Craft CMS 3.