10-Step Guide To Using Wordpress Software including Creating First Website!
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WordPress is an extremely versatile open source platform. You can choose from thousands of both free and premium themes either on the WordPress.org Theme Directory or on many third-party websites. Let’s go over some key differences between these two types of themes:
Obviously, free themes come with a zero dollar price tag. Premium themes can go from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Some theme shops like Thrive Themes (https://thrivethemes.com/) and Elegant Themes (https://www.elegantthemes.com/) offer subscription-style membership which gives you access to their full suite of WordPress themes and plugins.
It makes sense that more people will be using free WordPress themes for their websites, right? After all, they don’t pay for using it. The only downside is that thousands of websites will be using the same free theme, so you’re not exactly in unique territory.
If you want your website to stand out, consider getting a premium theme. Yes, other people will still be using that theme, but with the host of customization options you get, you can pretty much make your website look as unique as you want.
Support and Updates
For most free themes, developers may provide support in WordPress forums. But for the most part, if something goes wrong, you’re on your own. Some developers even abandon old themes after some time, so that’s something to consider as well.
Premium themes often come with support and are regularly updated. Support varies. Some offer free support for the first 6 months or so, after which you have to pay extra if you want extended support. Others offer free support for as long as your theme license or membership is valid.
Features and Functionality
Most free themes have limited features and functionality. Premium themes, on the other hand, offers a variety of customization options. There’s plenty of competition in the premium themes industry, so developers and theme shops are always finding new ways to offer more features at a lower cost.