As bloggers get more experienced with WordPress, many figure out that just because a theme is free, it doesn’t mean that it’s not full of its own problems and issues. Many free WordPress themes offer no support for any plug-in or programming errors, and your website may start sharing hidden links or contents buried deep within the theme without your knowledge.
This just goes to show that to create a really well-designed WordPress website, you need to focus on premium themes. While most of these are offered for a fee (at a site like ThemeForest), there are some free premium WordPress themes out there if you know where to look. Most of these themes don’t have hidden or shady advertising and still promise regular updates to decrease errors or compatibility issues.
WooThemes, a plug-in and commerce platform, offers several great free WordPress themes. They offer a variety of themes for several different purposes, from a simple blog to a photography portfolio.
HongKiat is a design, inspiration, and technology blog that regularly post roundups of free resources, including graphics, fonts, and WordPress themes. The blog is updated several times a year with these types of updates and is a great resource for finding themes and other website designer resources.
Smashing Magazine is another blog that focuses on design and website development. Each year they have a designer create a free theme exclusively for Smashing Magazine readers. Each year, this theme is always easy to use, has lots of features, and can be easily customized to suit almost anyone’s needs.
In addition, many smaller designers and WordPress developers offer free themes and plug-ins as a way to entice users to purchase designs for items from them in the future. This is a great way to test out a designer before deciding to use more of their products. And often times, because they are smaller company, they can offer personalized help if you need it.
No matter where you decide to get a free premium WordPress theme, pay attention to the website designed where it is offered or published. This alone will give you a good idea of whether or not it is a reputable theme provider. In many cases, if you can’t find what you are looking for, it may be worthwhile to pay for a WordPress theme and bypass any of the hassles that could come with downloading a free theme instead.
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