There are free responsive design themes for you to choose from and to build your online business. Like most things in life, you get what you paid for when something you get for free.
Here are five difference between free and premium themes:
Free Themes Are Not Kept Update
Most theme designers put out a free theme hoping that you’ll upgrade to their premium version of the theme.
Therefore they don’t typically update their free themes, which can make your blog vulnerable to security issues.
Not only that – you may not be able to use the newest and best plug-ins to increase the functionality of your site.
Free Themes Often Have Poor Code
In addition to the other problems with free themes, the code isn’t usually as clean as with premium themes.
There will likely be bugs and structure issues that need to be fixed, but that you cannot fix without upgrading to the premium version.
Most free themes don’t have the awesome SEO features that premium themes come with out of the box.
Free Themes Don’t Offer As Many Features
In order to be competitive, creators of premium themes often put many features into their themes that the free themes don’t offer.
The premium themes often offer community support, FAQs and even one-on-one support that you won’t find with free themes. Premium themes simply work better than free ones.
Developers are going to spend more time making the premium theme better to compete in the premium theme marketplace.
Free Themes Have Included Encrypted Links
Many free themes have encrypted links to ads in the footers. Some even have links to gambling and pornographic materials that you might not notice until the ads start popping up on your site.
It’s important that you are careful where you get your free themes.
Read all the fine print too because you may not have permission to change some aspects of your free theme like you can with a premium theme.
Free Themes May End Up Cost More
When you get something free, you often need to spend more time trying to get it to work the way you want it to.
When WordPress make updates, your theme might stop working. You’re going to have to search for a newer theme which may end up costing you time and efforts.
With a premium theme, you’ll be able to find more designs that work faster and has more navigation choices and more.
Due to how fast WordPress evolves, having a premium theme can help you avoid issues with WordPress upgrades.
The developer will make upgrades and make updates to the theme as required to ensure the satisfaction of all who have purchased.