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Points To Remember While Trying Free WordPress Themes As They Aren't Always Entirely Free
There are a lot of Free WordPress themes available in the market. But you need to keep an
eye whether they are entirely free or they have some conditions which might make you spend
more instead of a regular Premium WordPress theme.
Things to look out or check out for in a Free WordPress theme while trying them out:
Does it work as shown in the demo?: Many free WordPress themes show their Premium
WordPress themes screenshots and when you install them turn out to be a plain blog. Hence it is
important that you check whether it looks as advertised in the demo. Also most free WordPress
themes are very difficult to set up. Some are child themes and require their parent themes to be
installed. Some have use of pages and static front page and it is quite difficult to set the static
front page to show it just like the demo. Some use dummy content and are very easy to set up
and by just installing shows as was intended and shown in the demo. So check for the easy set up
and demo look alike themes. Otherwise it will be a futile time waste to keep on trying to set up
the homepage. Also one should check whether it is easy to set up the homepage. Difficult
homepage will also keep you confused and while you set up once again changing anything on the
theme will be cumbersome and time taking.
Integration with various plugins: Many free WordPress themes are poorly coded and styled
sothat they are not working with popular WordPress plugins like contact forms, gallery plugins
like Nextgen gallery or Ecommerce plugins like WooCommerce. Hence its important that one
should consider free WordPress themes only if they are compatible with popular plugins
otherwise the whole exercise becomes more cumbersome and waste of time.
Junk Code or insecure coding: Many free WordPress themes are copied in haphazard manner
from various WordPress themes and thus leading to too many scripts. These scripts might even
get into conflicts with normal plugins and also can be a cause of worry. Because such ill handled
scripts which have no use in your theme or scripts which are outdated can be easily hacked or
can be used to push malware into your website thus causing you more money and efforts to get
what is lost. Hence it is always essential to check the theme using sucuri site scanner or exploit
Mobile Responsive: Nowadays with Google pushing for mobilegeddon it has become utmost
important that your website is mobile and tablet responsive otherwise it will cause you rankings
on Google and other search engines. Hence it is important while you download a free WordPress
theme to test your website on various devices and check if the theme is worth the time. Check
the website after applying the free WordPress theme in Google mobile friendly test url as well as
in responsinator whereby it confirms the responsiveness of the theme.
Entirely free or money after several months or 1 year: There are several theme developers
who dupe a client of money by saying that the free WordPress theme will work for so and so
days or will be paid after 1 year or support for this theme is paid or some other techniques of
taking out money from the user. One should always check for GPL licensed free WordPress
themes which are safer to use and should download WordPress themes from reliable sources like
WordPress.org itself which ensure quality check and theme checks have been done.
Any basic functionality not working and available in Paid version: Basic functionality like
favicon, logo upload, showing header image, or even simple showing it exactly like the demo if
not working then you shouldn't be wasting much more time with this free WordPress theme and
choose to try another one.
Free WordPress themes are although a great way to start and stay free of any spending for a
startup or low budget business but the above points should be taken care of and checked.
If you can't check the above points and aren't sure if your free WordPress theme passes all the
above then you should definitely consider a Pro version or premium version of a theme which
has got great reviews and community presence.