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Free vs. Premium WP Themes? [poll]

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I've got quite a few premium themes for Wordpress, some of which were very costly. But I see that there are some really nice free themes. What is the advantage of using premium themes over free themes when it comes to building Wordpress sites?
I prefer free themes
I prefer premium (paid) themes
asked Oct 1, 2013 in Internet Marketing by Neeznoodle (510 points)  
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My golden advise is never goes to free themes, my history with free themes is very bad being lack features, i turned to what is so called( Done For You Niche) also comes with restricted features where i can't add images beside the posts , all i get is that image appeared only in home page which is nonsense as it causes heavy load on servers and always get warning message from hosting provider as my site exceeds the CPU limit and Virtual memory, so better to buy the theme or if you can design it yourself it's great. Good luck
answered Oct 1, 2013 by shawa (18,850 points)  
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Free themes can be good guys, I have some of them and they are better than some paid!
answered Oct 1, 2013 by PureGreen (15,040 points)  
Any proof? Always lack feature some some of them not compatible with
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I started with free themes,but once I started with money making sites as opposed to information sites,I prefer the on-going support.
answered Oct 2, 2013 by johnboyhayes (14,220 points)  
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Free or paid, make them responsive enough and attractive to the readers. cool

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answered Oct 2, 2013 by anamel (12,110 points)  
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I vote for premium themes for important blogs, and the reason is security.

FREE THEMES - may no more be up to date, and therefore load slow and even have security vulnerability.
I use them for simple, quick blogs that I am not too much worried about, if something really happens to them. There are many beautiful and feature rich free themes, so for variety reasons I like to use them. But would not recommend them for your really main important blogs.

Remember that free themes often have no further updates by their developers. So, a theme that meanwhile got 2-3 years old on your blog

- Might have become vulnerable with its old coding.
- Maybe it loads slower then an updated theme would.
- And mosti importantly, hackers are constantly looking for back doors, and this is also why WordPress gets constantly updated. What about outdated codes on old themes?? Ever thought about? That may be a wide open door for hackers
- And often times you have no clue, if potentially a theme even was created with a hacking back door in mind by purpose, and given away for free by purpose.


I do not want to paint too much of a horror scenario, but when it comes to a serious business blog, vulnerability and stability issues must be excluded.


PREMIUM THEMES - Support, ongoing maintainance and updates mean more security, and stability
For an important blog, that would make you lose money or even business, if they would break, I think only a PREMIUM THEME can do the job. A premium theme

- Has more stable codes, because you paid for a product that must work properly
- Technical updates and maintainence is a continuous process, and as customer you always get updates automatically
- Developers take care of possible vulnerability issues, because possible leakages get proactively fixed. Which in a free theme hardly anyone does.
- When you pay for a theme, the source is trusted, unlike a free theme that you get from anonymouse...

So, my vote is FOR PREMIUM THEMES because of security and stability reasons.


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answered Oct 10, 2013 by smartbiz (3,100 points)  
edited Oct 11, 2013 by smartbiz
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I have used free WP themes. I learned the hard way I can't trust in free themes downloaded from "free theme sites", because one of them were a paid theme "hacked" and I got some vulnerability issues.

Now, I'm using some free WP themes downloaded from directly. As my blogs don't require extra features, they're OK for me.
answered Oct 17, 2013 by Christiano (49,030 points)  
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I have been using free themes without any problem, as far as mini niche sites are concerned.

For example, I like to use the default Wordpress theme.

Obviously, paid themes come with more advantages, depending on the theme you bought.

With some themes, it is easier to create different types of pages such as a squeeze page, a sales page with professional add to cart button etc.

With some themes, it is easier to make your site looks beautiful with professional graphics and layout etc.

Really, the advantages of paid themes depend on which one you buy.
answered Oct 18, 2013 by lubanolim (35,720 points)  
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I prefer to use premium themes for my money sites, and my store fronts. Mainly because they have better features built into them, along with the developers support.

When I am simply building niche blogs, I will typically select the free themes as I agree some of them are very impressive.

So I generally will use both options for different purposes, dependent on my purpose of the blog/website I am going to be building.

Hope my answer helps

answered Oct 19, 2013 by libby (23,340 points)  
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Just be carefull when using free themes, there great for them little twisted hackers!!!!!!! , i use free themes for small nich sites and premium themes for more important money sites. I have had several sites hacked in the past were they got in through free themes.
answered Oct 19, 2013 by rammy38 (1,770 points)  
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Free or paid is probably less important than quality and functionality.

The way I look at it is this: if I am making a site that is of low value, a disposable site, then any money spent is a reduction in the profit I will make. For this reason I would only use a free theme or a paid one where I have the rights to use it over and over again. And, of curse, it MUST be easy ad fast to set up - not all themes are either of those things!

Not all paid themes are sold for multi site use. For example the one that runs this site called Tiny News has an individual site licence at $49 or a dev licence at $150. That's not going to be used on low value sites. ;)

But then there are 'free' themes' that are 'premium' in all but price such as Semiologic. We use this theme on most of our client sites and would do so even if we needed a dev licence to do so. ;)

It is worth looking out for hidden links and nasty code infiltrations in both paid or free themes because one thing is certain, not all themes are free and not all premium themes cost money. At least this one tells its users they must leave the home page footer ad links in place: Flexibility 3 I quite like this one apart from the footer links but it is a time consuming thing to set up!

Here's my best recommendation for the use of themes:

Spend some time and research a theme that becomes your core theme, the one that you know best and use the most. For me, that  theme is Semiologic. Then research a few others because I bet that you will find that if you chose your core theme well that you will need only a couple of others for the rest of your work. I settled on buying a licence for Elegant Themes which saves a lot of research time at a cost from just $39. The daft thing though? I still only use a couple of their themes. ;)

So, pay for what you need to pay for and take for free that which should be taken for free. You will not go far wrong with any of the themes I have noted.

answered Dec 2, 2013 by andrewwilson (9,160 points)  
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