Free OR Paid WordPress Theme. What to Choose?
Once your WordPress account is set up. The first thing where we get stuck is having a beautiful theme for the website. That will decide the structure of content. We look up for Google and what we find, a thousand themes are free and another set of a hundred themes are paid.
There are two kinds of thoughts
- When I have an option of a free theme, why spend money that will increase the budget of my just launched venture.
- FREE? Why will someone give his theme for free? It has to crab and malicious.
First thing first, all free themes are not bad, rather they turn out to be great. It just about how to choose from free themes as there are few diamonds within the mine.
On the WordPress official website, you can search from a thousand of free themes. Also, you can find many on the internet but try to restrict yourself to the official site as they are officially approved.
It saves your entry cost to start a blog. Also, you can keep experimenting and try different type of themes.
Before a theme gets officially approved on WordPress official website, it’s reviewed by developers for code and quality. Theme developers make sure it’s easy to use. So many can use it.
Community to help
As it is free there are many people actually using it. When a theme is having 10thousand+ active installs. Think of people around the world available to help you. Various answers to Theme problems can be found on the support forum.
You are not alone
Now, how this is a disadvantage. If a free theme is good it might be having a Million downloads. So there are already a million websites similar to you around the internet. Your UI won’t stand out to be unique.
No Guaranteed support
People might help or they won’t. They are not obliged to help you. So many times you need to depend on free resources like forums and help yourself out.
Hidden Feature Cost
Many a time free themes come up with a basic set of features. To have furthermore features included you need to upgrade to a Pro version. That is Pay to unlock other features.
With few people opting for paid versions and having many features at your end. Your site will stand out from the crowd.
It’s good to have a dedicated team of people to help you out if you get stuck. Paid themes can afford to keep professionals to maintain their sales.
Some basic sites don’t require too many of the features. But when it comes all included it ends up slowing the site.
Do all paid sites need to be good? No! So you need to be very careful because you are paying money. You should buy from trusted players.
What to Choose?
Go ahead with Free themes if…
Want to just write a personal blog?
Want to write for fun about Your Hobbies?, Movies, Poems.
Have a very strict budget?
Go ahead with Paid themes if…
Have a small business? Else you know your site will generate revenue
Getting it done for some client? He will be happy with the unique look
Not that interested in figuring out minor issues and need surety of support