One of the best advantages that wordpress has is its free version. WordPress has made it easier for bloggers to save a few bucks while testing their blogs and later on upgrade to a premium version. WordPress themes are also quite the same. There are free and premium templates all depending on which one you want. While the debate has been raging on for years on which is the best choice, it all boils down to the individual user and their specific circumstances. Here are some pros and cons of using free wordpress;
- Top of the list is definitely the fact that they are FREE! There is a reason why there are free wordpress themes available, and that is to allow anyone to start of a wordpress site without needing any capital.
- They also tend to be lighter than premium wordpress themes since they only provide the basic services. Premium ones are quite large and may slow down your site due to the immense features that come along with them.
- They are also compatible with many plugins as opposed to other wordpress themes. This is because free wordpress themes have to be critically reviewed to find out whether they are up to standard.
- Free wordpress themes downloaded from wordpress’ official repository tend to be more stable and of high quality as compared to premium themes. This is probably because premium themes tend to break the best practices of wordpress development by surpassing any form of standard reviews in order to get to market fast.
- You can always change the theme that you have installed to another one when using a free wordpress version. It is free; therefore you will not incur any losses while doing so. As for premium themes, you better choose your theme right the first time or you’ll end up using a lot of money than anticipated.
- No support. Sorry, you will have to manoeuvre around it on your own. However, you can request for a feature or get into a public forum to have your issue solved. This, however, will take a lot of time and chances are, you will have abandoned the theme by the time an answer comes your way. For premium themes, you can always communicate with the developer easily and have them make changes to it when you want.
- As a free product, you will also not get to receive updates as often as with premium themes. It’s not always a problem until you find yourself in a position where your wordpress site is down.
- Free wordpress themes usually lack on the part of the user interface design. They are blunt in their design and one crucial element of attracting users to your site is through appeal to the user’s eyes (plus great content) and great user experience.
- Some of the free themes are also quite vulnerable in terms of security. This may be as a result of them not being updated as often as their premium counterparts.
There you have it, next time you are debating on whether to use a free or a premium wordpress, weigh in on the advantages and disadvantages and make a decision. Always remember that it is better to be safe than sorry!