Should You Use A Free WordPress Theme Or A Paid WordPress Theme

Should You Use A Free WordPress Theme Or A Paid WordPress Theme

September 12, 2019 61 By Bernardo Ryan


In this video I just want to talk about one
simple thing and I want to answer the question should you use a free WordPress theme or should
you use a paid WordPress theme now if you look on YouTube even my channel there’s a
lot of tutorials on how to create a website or how to build a website builder blog build
a restaurant website which is actually video I recently did and most of these will use
free themes now and also when you go to WordPress.org in you click on themes I’m there right now
you see a list of their popular themes or features or latest themes in all these themes
are free and then you have paid themes these are themes where there is a free version you
just go walk through the demo and then you purchase the theme and I will talk about why
you should use one or the other and how to choose one over the other now for me I love
free and I’m sure you do too but I find that when it comes to WordPress themes you get
way more quality and value going with a paid theme not just learning you can learn with
a free theme but there’s only a few caveats where free isn’t always free for instance
a lot of these free themes that you see here in the WordPress root repository like for
instance this one hears, popular it’s called Sydney well if you want to see customize something
well be based about all these features and they just give you something bare-bones and
it might be free but to have it look the way you want to look it’s gonna cost you significant
amounts of time so I guess and in this examples how how do you value your time also view their
flexibility is missing usually from these free themes you can change fonts some of them
do some real cheese ball thing and you can remove the footer credit you have to know
where to go on the code when that should just be a standard thing there is a long list you
can change colors you can do a lot of things with these free themes and you will spend
hours upon hours trying to find a solution and then the themes that are free they have
a path to a paid version but the paid version costs a lot more than a premium theme would
normally cost and the quality is a lot less let me show you what I mean for it since here’s
the Sydney theme I am if you click on it it takes you right here now I’m not a fan at
all of this theme I think it’s actually pretty ugly I don’t think it’s aesthetically corrected
there certain things about it that are smooth but for free hey who is not bad so it’s very
popular though there’s over 70,000 people using it now on another caveat with her free
theme is a there’s no support your not to get support anywhere your net pay for that
support is good because your life a lot more than the thing so if you go to Sydney’s page
right here he hears the page and with attorney dues are trying to sell you this Pro version
now when you look at the Pro version their slave and add some more features and functionality
but it’s still an ugly theme it’s still not aesthetically correct it’s there’s still a
lot of problems with this theme and when you scroll down this is a big red flag to me just
this theme alone would cost you $49 now the quality to me and what you get is not worth
the $49 maybe like 10 or $15 $49 but this is what happens when you go with a free theme
and then you’re kind of married to that theme and committed to that theme in your realize
I want to change fonts or want to change colors I want to have more flexibility and then you
gotta pay this fee in order to get it versus right off the bat going with a paid theme
so for instance right here if you go to my website WP crafter.com and click on recommended
right here is a section for WordPress themes and hear several places to go and look for
paid themes so first of all let’s take a look at Divi now Divi is right here itself from
elegant themes you can just click on the link and go there Divi is one of the most unbelievably
powerful themes that you could buy it has unbelievable flexibility it’s currently being
used on hundreds of thousands of websites because it’s powerful the support if you need
any support there there literally responding within 15 minutes hoping you just the power
in the flexibility in the features of Divi is just amazing now to buy Divi you can buy
personal license for $69 but you gotta understand what actually is not just Divi that you get
you get all of their themes is about 40 different themes are 60 themes I don’t know but the
main one is Divi you you get so much like you actually show you an example of a divvy
page of the scroll down here in this one page here you can get the link on my website take
a look this, this one not Divi Caf’e9 or click on this just to give you an idea of
the quality you get when you go straight to a paid theme versus going to free theme to
a paid theme I just be the subtle animations the elegance of the site is the what you can
do with this theme it’s just unbelievable here let me show you this other demo that
they got right here just to see how beautiful and elegant this theme is you can do this
with any of those themes that start free and then you have to pay for you can you can even
get anywhere is near this kind of a quality from any of those things our cyclic theme
for us that the forest is a theme marketplace and you can buy a theme for your website now
when you go to the force and then you hover over WordPress you can click on popular items
in this to show you their most best-selling themes for the last week okay so you can look
at any of these themes and a lot of them but they’re just amazing what you get and it’s
no where’s it’s like in a whole another league then these free themes that have a paid upgrade
it’s a total another league of quality this is actually the thing that I use on my my
website by the way so as to look at this when I actually own this one salience us you can
click on its now to buy this theme it’s that see okay I think the price is like 60 bucks
or something like that it gives you lifetime updates a single look at the preview of this
theme and you’ll see that the quality is way better than a paid upgrade to a free theme
so for instance let’s look at this demo right here so you can see you get it’s already professionally
designed you get these beautiful animations everything is aesthetically correct you get
really neat features like this you get animations done rights not animations done so looks,
cheese ball you get you get all of this but this is when you start with a painting okay
and you can also factor in your getting support for this theme another place that you can
get some amazing page themes as studio press my theme shop arthritis themes there so many
of them but there’s just no comparison in quality when you when you take a free theme
that has a paid upgrade versus going straight for the paid theme right away you get more
flexibility you get more features higher-quality features and you get support so anyways this
is my little rant on if you should use a free theme or a paid theme and kind of the tricks
that are going on in the theme directory on WordPress.org in regards to it now you might
be thinking ON your kind of being a hypocrite here because you have demos of how to set
up websites with free themes and I want to address that actually me that I have a dozen
video series called 60 minute website challenge and you can visit that by 16 going to 60 minute
website challenge.com and there are videos that walk you through setting up a website
in 60 minutes and I do up to this point of use the free things I’m going to start using
some paid themes now but when you look at that look at the themes I selected I’m using
themes that are made by WordPress itself with the parent company automatic so automatic
owns WordPress in their designing these things so I’m only using the best themes from the
maker of WordPress itself high quality all the features of their there’s no paid upgrade
path because they are giving you everything for free off the bed to just open you up to
the world of were depressed if you look at any of the 60 minute website challenges that
I’ve done they are using free themes but there from WordPress itself so just to clear the
air on that one so anyways should you use a free theme or painting that’s really up
to you for me no doubt I only use paid themes that start paid not were free and then there
was a free there is a paid upgrade themes that start paid are the themes that I use
because support and flexibility in my time while it’s just valuable and I’m sure yours
are valuable as well you made it to the end of the video which must mean that a private
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