When you start creating a new website using the WordPress platform, the first decisions you have to make is which theme to use. A large numbers of WordPress themes are available on internet. One of the first thing needed is a comparison between Free Word Press Themes vs Paid Themes. Both free and paid WordPress themes have their own advantages and disadvantages. I have tried to list down some important Pros and cons of free vs Paid WordPress themes.
Free WordPress Themes
There are thousands of free WP themes available. Some good theme are also there in free themes. If you are having personal website, an experimental website as a student or as a web designer or trying to learn website designing, free themes are best option.
Cost: Its Free 🙂
Easy to Operate: Adequate color schemes and layout options available to choose.
Use of Plugins. Good thing about open source and word press is that its plugin are free. Even with paid themes you have to use many free plugins. Availability of free plugin like weather, security, weather etc can make your website attractive.
While Free WordPress themes are beneficial, these also have some disadvantages.
Support: One of the major cons of free WordPress theme is that they have minimal or no customer and developer support. Mostly you have to understand how to install/configure, and use a free WP theme on your own. There is no surety that free themes will always work well, so lack of support may cause problem.
Compatibility issue: Being a fast growing platform WordPress frequently updates. Your website theme must be compatible with the latest version of WP. But most of the free themes developers do not update their theme thus become incompatible with WP.
Paid WordPress Themes
While there is availability of a huge number of Free WordPress themes “why should I go for Paid WP themes”?.
More Features: Paid WordPress themes offer better quality than free WP themes which makes your WordPress website more sophisticated and attractive. Paid WP themes are developed keeping users need in mind. For example an ecommerce theme comes with all the features required for ecommerce. Good loading speed, Seo friendly, support all browsers and responsiveness are common features in all paid themes.
Well supported: Since they are earning, the theme developers provide support to their customers.
Latest Updates: WordPress is updated with its new version in 8- 12 weeks. So your theme must be compatible with current versions of WP. Paid WordPress themes always updated by theme developers to keep up with latest version of WordPress. These updates are also helpful to fix the bugs in themes, and to catch the latest design trends.
Low Security Risk: Some of the Paid WP themes use security plugins like itheme security pro plugin to keep the security of theme at the highest level.
Easy Customization: Paid WordPress themes are very easy to customize, you can design the layout of your choice within no time. Paid WP theme offer easy option panel in your WP dashboard from where you can play with your color schemes, logo and font of your WP theme. Theme developer provides full documentation of theme for their setup and customization.
Cost. License prices may vary from 25$ to 250$ that is not affordable for everybody.
Configuration may Become Complex. Even though documentation or support of Paid theme is available, it’s not easy to configure themes. Since paid themes are with the multiple option panel. It takes much time to configure.
If you are trying to make a decision between free and Paid Word Press Themes you must consider it as per your budget vs requirements. If you are a student or beginner and desire to learn blogging, free wordPress themes are best. Furthermore if you are running small a business website and you are not in a position to invest in themes you can go with a free WP theme. But if you are running large corporate business WP website you should have to purchase Paid WordPress themes to enjoy their Premium features for long term.