Are Premium WordPress Themes Worth the Extra Cost?

If you are debating between using premium WordPress themes and one of the thousands of themes available for free, you’re faced with a difficult decision. Both types have pros and cons; use this quick guide to help you make the smart choice for your business.

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Free WordPress Themes

Pros

  • Cost – These themes are free, making them a smart choice if you have a limited budget, or if you only plan to make very limited use of WordPress.
  • Selection – There are over 2,000 themes in the WordPress Themes Directory, so you are fairly likely to find a style that meets your needs.

Cons

  • Support – Your theme has to be compatible with the latest version of WordPress. When you opt for premium WordPress themes, updates are handled for you; not so for free themes. Compatibility issues could prove frustrating.
  • Capability – There is a reason that these themes are free – most are limited in what they are able to offer. If your WordPress site is an integral part of your web presence, you might find that free themes hold you back.

Premium WordPress Themes

Pros

  • SEO – Properly designed premium WordPress themes can actually help to improve your search engine ranking.
  • Aesthetics – Premium themes are built with the input of graphic designers and web engagement experts. They typically reflect the best principles of web design.

Cons

  • Cost – The price of premium WordPress themes can range from $10 to $150. For some users, these prices are cost-prohibitive.
  • Reliability – In order to be designated a “premium” theme, a developer only needs to assign a price and apply the label. There are not standards for quality, meaning that you could end up paying for a theme that is not as functional as you had expected.

 

The decision is entirely up to you, but here at Pressable, we generally recommend that users go with premium WordPress themes. In our experience, the advantages far outweigh the costs. Find the resources you need to build and run the very best WordPress sites by partnering with our team of experts.


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