So you’ve set up your wordpress blog, even went self hosted as you read that is better. You got to theme part and though you read its better to buy a theme then go with a free theme you went with free anyway. Because its free and want harm can it do anyway. You promise yourself you will but a fancypants theme later in the year. You tell your self it will be worth it later in the year as your blog will have more readers by then anyway. Then you realise its a few years down the line, you still not bought a theme.
So what damage can a free theme actually do anyway?
As the saying goes there is no such thing as a free….. anything and the same applies to wordpress themes. For one you could be paying for it with your valuable time and resources.
If your stuck in the free wordpress theme lane you probably changed your theme a few times. Its easily done because they don’t cost anything and for demo is ohh so pretty. But what about the time you put into scrolling through all the themes, then re-doing your logo, oh then moving and sorting all the widgets? You fiddle some more and check back on the demo to see your site doesnt quiet look the same so you go and find another one.
Your readers may even comment on the nice change, well on the first change they might. When its changing constantly they poor soles cant keep up. They cant find the info they easily found a week ago. They resent the constant changes and move off to another blog, never to return.
Then there is the zillion and 1 plugins you need to try and make the theme do what you want it to do. Having all those plugins means there are lots more updates to do. Thats if they are maintained plugins. Un-maintained plugins and themes are one of the ways hackers get into your site.
Then the theme designer decides to do a grade style update. Its their theme so they can do what they want. You apply the update as its got a security update too and boom your site looks nothing like it did 5 minutes ago. You email the owner for help. They may even reply but it might just be to say they just design it.
Off to find a new theme and around you go again.
If, though, you buy a theme you wont spend time flitting from one theme to another. The theme is more likely going to do what you want it too and you will get access to forums, support and replies to your emails. It also screams to your readers that you mean business and parted with your money.