Nowadays it’s common to find free resources on the web: free logos, templates, icons. They are distributed for free with lots of purposes, the most common being the link back to the developer for the sake of traffic. However treacherous might it sound, there’s a lot of good in it. If you are the end-user, you get free and sometimes rather high-quality stuff. On the other hand, if you can afford, you can always buy a premium theme and get a premium quality of design. So, what outweighs?

1. The quality vs. the price

While free WordPress themes usually bear the name of the developer (sort of PR) he or she will make efforts not to stain one’s good name if they have it of course. However, it’s not the case of their making every possible effort while developing a premium theme. So, a free WordPress theme is a kind of compromise between a reputation and money lost while giving away. The more money is wanted from a premium design, the more expensive and more elaborate it is probably to be. The same concerns the admin features and support, totally absent with free themes.

2. Customization

A free WordPress theme is targeted at an average blogger. If you have your own vision which you would like to be embodied in the blog, then be prepared to spend some time looking for the free necessary one, which would suit you the best. Otherwise, surf the offers of premium theme providers. First, their range is bigger; second, they offer customization service for additional pay. However, premium WordPress themes are not created for you individually either.

3. Updating

The more popular and the larger the blog gets, the more likely it is to outstep its limits having developed into something new. The content placed within it needs to be rearranged and once you may experience the need to redesign your blog. Premium WordPress theme providers will help you with their own code. In case of a free theme, this wouldn’t be that easy. Working with the alien code is a rather difficult thing ad not many coders would do that because it may be very tiresome and time-consuming.

4. A theme

A theme is always a theme, free or premium it be. If you are prepared to pay money for a premium theme, then why not researching the web for prices of custom themes. Then you can claim the uniqueness of design and the highest quality of support. However, be aware that some web developers use premium themes for developing individual blogs for their customers. Then there’s no use spending your money at all if you have some skills to be able to edit a free WordPress theme on your own.

5. Harm?

Free WordPress themes can contain bugs or in some other ways be able to cause harm; that is why in their terms of use there’s a disclaimer clause that warns the user against possible consequences and states that the users themselves carry responsibility for them. Another thing worth mentioning is that the quality of code of free themes is usually not perfect. You may experience some problems while working with it and generally there’s no one who will help you with them for free. So, it’s always your choice that determines everything.

Author: arobil