Many people ask themselves the question at the beginning: do I have to take a paid WordPress theme or is a free theme from wordpress.org enough? Because if you feel the same way and you’ve looked around, you’ll have noticed that there are thousands of free WordPress themes that look really good in preview. So why spend the money on a paid premium WordPress theme? Deciding on the right WordPress theme can take some time given the wide range of options.
So that you can make the right choice for you in the end, I’ll try to show you the advantages and disadvantages of free themes and premium themes and even give you a theme tip at the end. Ultimately, it’s a question of what you want.
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Pros and cons of free WordPress themes
Free WordPress themes are basically built like paid themes, just with fewer options.
A big advantage of free WordPress themes is of course that they free are. Besides, they are quickly installed with one click. Because you get directly to the directory via your website, where you can choose your free WordPress theme. You see a small preview and a short description of the theme. Install and activate it and you’re good to go. If you don’t like it, go back to the themes and choose another one, install it and see how your site looks with the other theme.
That sounds pretty good. But free WordPress themes also have disadvantages. The 3 biggest disadvantages from my point of view are: you are limited in design, if you have no programming knowledge, you cannot adapt and implement many things. (a customer just told me she built her first website with a free theme: “It was horrible, I couldn’t do anything with it”) You have no support there if you need help, just a free forum. And it may be that the themes not updated and developed as often or not at all and there are security gaps, which can lead to hacker attacks.
recommendations for free themes: all those starting with Twenty. With the others, there is a great danger that they will suddenly no longer be updated and developed.
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Pros and cons of paid WordPress themes
With premium WordPress themes, you can create a really good-looking website faster and easier.
A big advantage of premium WordPress themes is that you Even without programming knowledge, there are many design options have and your website will look great. Because most premium themes have a so-called page builder integrated. Design settings and extensions can be implemented very easily. This means that when you design your site, you select module by module (text, image, slider, button, icons,…) and customize it the way you like it. If you need additional help, you are at liberty free support available for at least 6 months. become premium themes updated regularly, so they are technically up-to-date and thus it better protects your website from hacker attacks.
A disadvantage of premium themes can be that you overwhelmed with the many possibilities are and you incorporate longer must. Furthermore, the Support mostly in English. So you should bring along a little knowledge of English if you want to use the free support. Unfortunately, there are very few German-speaking WordPress theme providers.
recommendations: for beginners and advanced users Divi by Elegant Themes* (*recommendation link) – for advanced users: Avada, X-Theme, Impreza, B-Theme, Thrive
Free WordPress themes are suitable if you want to get to know WordPress and try it out (but you should keep in the background that paid themes are simpler and offer more options) or if you need it for private purposes where you don’t have so many demands.
If you want to create the website for your business, be sure to use a paid premium WordPress theme. As a result, the website will be much quicker and easier to implement, look better and be technically up to date, which in turn prevents hacker attacks. Further development is definitely better secured with paid WordPress themes than with free WordPress themes.
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