Free vs Premium WordPress Themes (Compared)
by Edos Ubebe
As you sit there and read the beginning of this article you will discover something really cool and you’ll be amazed when you do. Also, after going through this short article you will know whether you’d choose a free or premium WordPress theme for your brand.
We are going to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of free WordPress themes. Also, we are going to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of premium WordPress themes. Make sense?
Now, when I say free WordPress themes I mean those that are listed in the WordPress.org themes directory.
The themes in this directory are what I actually refer to as free WordPress themes not the once from unreliable sources out there.
We are going to move forward.
Most people think that Free WordPress themes are usually of a low quality but that’s not the case. As a matter of fact Free WordPress themes are usually of a very high quality PHP, HTML and CSS coding, security and privacy.
The Review Process
Before a developer can list his/her theme in the WordPress.org themes directory, they usually pass through a very strict review process by WordPress experts. If the theme they are trying to upload to the WordPress.org themes directory doesn’t meet the WordPress.org themes requirement, they are required to make necessary corrections and revisions.
Advantages of Free WordPress Themes
One of the major advantage of a free WordPress theme is the free cost. In other words, you don’t have to pay a dime before starting your blog.
Another awesome advantage is that free themes listed in the WordPress.org themes directory are usually of a high quality standard like I said earlier on.
Disadvantages of Free WordPress Themes
Now, even though free WordPress themes are usually of a high standard and quality they still have some downsides and we are going to talk about some of these downsides right about now.
1) Limited Features and Functionality
One of the greatest downsides of free themes is that they have limited features and functionality. While you can have features such as creating landing pages, creating buttons and the like on a premium theme, you can’t get those features with a free WordPress theme. Make sense?
2) Limited Theme Support
Now, since free WordPress themes are usually free, developers are not obligated to provide you with support. They only try to provide you with support on forums, blogs base on their own terms etc.
3) Floating with the Majority
Also, knowing fully well that free WordPress themes are usually free, thousand upon thousand of people use free WordPress themes on their blogs and websites. If thousand of people are using the same free theme you are using on your blog or website, what are your chances of standing out from the crowd?
Let me guess, your chances of standing out is probably ZERO.
You will be floating with the majority and there’s this saying which goes thus, ‘always try to get ahead in life because at the bottom is overcrowded.’
There’s fresh air at the top, so to speak.
You are unique and that’s why you need to stand out in everything that you do in life including your WordPress theme selection. 🙂
Those are some of the disadvantages of using free WordPress themes.
Advantages of Premium WordPress Themes
We’ve been talking about free WordPress themes but in this segment of our article, we are going to talk about some of the advantages of Premium WordPress Themes.
Let’s get started.
Standing Out and Being Unique
One of the major advantage of Premium WordPress Themes is that you will have the ability to stand out from the crowd and be unique because there’s usually a prize associated with Premium WordPress Themes and most people won’t like to pay the prize and so there availability is usually limited on the web unless you purchase them and this is where you get the fresh air at the top, so to speak. Make sense?
More Features and Functionality
One of the greatest advantages of premium WordPress themes is that they have more features and functionality and due to the competition between premium WordPress themes shop, each one of this folks strive to add more features and functionality to there premium WordPress themes in order to get more clients and customers.
Outstanding Customer Support
Here’s another awesome benefit of using premium WordPress theme, you are entitled to be provided with support whenever you need one and they will be there to assist you all the way until you are satisfied.
Here we go again, another great benefit that you can enjoy from using a premium WordPress theme is that theme authors usually roll out new versions of those premium WordPress themes from time to time.
Just like the theme I use on my personal blog, the company usually work on improving the theme from time to time, which is awesome.
They roll out clean upgrade of there themes.
Disadvantages of Premium WordPress Themes
Now, let’s talk about some of the disadvantages of the Premium WordPress themes as we’ve already discussed about their advantages.
1) Poor Coding
Most of the premium themes we have out there don’t go through a strict review process that free WordPress themes usually go through and most of them usually have poor coding which in turns make your site to become slow.
2) Too many features
Many developers tend to add more features than necessary to most of the premium WordPress themes. As a matter of fact you won’t be able to use all the features included in most premium WordPress themes and that can also cause some issues to your site performance as well.
The question now is this…
Where Can I Get the Best Premium WordPress Themes?
Here’s what I recommend you do if you want to get the best premium WordPress themes, simply purchase premium themes from a tested and grounded theme shop like StudioPress (That’s where most gurus get their themes from and that’s what I use on my personal blog).
I have showed you the clear difference between a free and premium WordPress theme in this article. What I recommend is that you can start with free WordPress theme if times are hard but if you have a little cash to invest in branding yourself, I highly recommend you get a premium WordPress theme for your brand because there’s usually fresh air at the top. 🙂
This will make you to stand out from the crowd and you will be unique.
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