WordPress Development For The Tech Savvy (And Not
Removing Attribution: This might not be a huge deal for you, but if you are working for a client it might be to them. Almost all free WordPress themes require you to keep a credit or attribution to them in your footer. It isn’t a huge deal but it might mean your footer says something like; “Powered By Apple Green Designs” which is a link to the free theme home page. If you are designing a site for a client, they might not want that. In fact, even if it is your own site you might not want that.
Each time someone asks you to check out their WordPress blogs, you almost instantly think of the theme they have chosen. Many times the theme is so catchy that you momentarily ignore all the text written on it. Themes are the most attractive part of your blog; they define your personality and your thoughts. There are a range of themes for you to choose from, most of them are free but it’s definitely better that you go for a Premium WordPress theme. So what is a premium theme? Free themes do their job but here’s why you should opt for a premium theme instead of a free one.
Support: When you are paying for a good WordPress theme you are also paying for support. Any reputable dealer of WP themes will offer support, and most likely in the form of a forum. If you have any issues with your paid theme you can check out the forum and by either searching or asking you will get an answer. The support team will be able to troubleshoot any problems you have with the theme. They will be able to diagnose any plugin conflicts. They may even help you with some custom coding. You will not get any or much support with a free theme.
Under The Hood Features: A lot of free themes look great, but they lack the under the hood features of paid themes. Most paid themes will add a settings panel in your WordPress back office that is unique to that theme. These control panels can make tasks like logo upload, favicon upload and other design features a snap. These admin areas will also help you control what is shown on your home page and in any featured posts areas. Sometimes you will even be able to change the color scheme of your premium theme from this area.
Premium themes for wordPress are usually marketed by external companies that promise you a host of features. They boast of features that no competitor can provide and assure you a great quality product. These companies have a customer service desk to help you with any issues you may face when you use their products. These themes integrate with WordPress seamlessly and give you the ultimate blogging experience. Some companies allow you to test their themes before you buy them; they have a test site where you can see the back-end in action before you decide if it suits your needs.