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So you started a blog, installed WordPress, and now you are hesitating in between free WordPress themes and premium ones.  Well then let me tell you why you should get a premium theme and ditch the free ones even if they are appealing!

Let’s start off with the obvious question,

What are themes?

A blog theme is the overall appearance of a blog – where your posts show up, how your sidebar looks, where your logo sits, the fonts, the way your page menu works, and all the finer little details. Also called a ‘template’ or ‘design’, a theme is what enables you to have a drop-down menu, an image slideshow, and an interesting footer. It’s a whole lot of blog coding, already done for you.

So you see why you need a Theme.

Why you should ditch the free.

Lack of support

Free means it’s there for a reason right. So imagine that you install a free theme and are having trouble with something. Maybe a coding, Who’s there to help you? No-one. You are all alone.

But with a Premium theme Professional theme developers offer you support when you need it. If you are using a Premium theme then support is at your doorstep.

Limited features and functionality

Using a theme you’ll definitely wanna customize it right? But, free themes lack customizing options. So if you are using a premium theme the customizability is endless. Whether you wanna change the footer or add a sidebar you are just a clik=ck away from doing it. 

No regular updates

Free means for a reason right, well folks here it is. Your theme won’t be updated. So your theme could get outdated real quick.

Chance it might be overused

Even if you use an elegant theme there’s a chance it might be used by every single person and their dog. So even if it looks unique to you at the beginning chances are you might start hating it once you realize every single person is using the same theme. 

Link back to their site

All the free themes have a link back to the theme developer’s site which is a bummer as it is smack dab in the middle of the footer and the footer too isn’t customizable so it’s a no-go.


So with that advice, I’m gonna leave you to decide. Will you be choosing a free theme and watch your blog sink or are you going to purchase a lovely theme and watch it move mountains!