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Why You Should Buy A Premium Wordpress Theme

Over at Wealthy Affiliates I try and help people out as much as I can whilst I'm on the live chat system that they have there. Time and time again, I am coming across the same problems, and I am advising people that they need to buy a premium theme.

Now, why exactly would I recommend to people to spend their hard earned cash on a theme when there are literally thousands of free themes out there? Especially when someone new to Internet marketing may not have the cash to spend on a premium theme.


There are so many issues that happen with free themes, mostly because they are either badly coded or haven't been updated for 3 years. Now I'm not saying all free themes are bad, far from it, there are some excellent coders out there, but you are more likely to run into problems with free themes and less likely to get customer support for those problems. Whereas with a premium theme, if you run into a problem (and they do happen) you can at least go back to the developer and get them to sort it out.

What sort of issues am I talking about?

Well let me talk to you about some of the recent issues that I have come up against.

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /mnt/vhosts/something/httpdocs/wp-content/themes/*****/functions.php:1220) in /mnt/vhosts/something/httpdocs/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 866

This sort of error comes from a badly coded theme. In the most recent situation it confused a WA member who had just installed the theme, and who didn't understand the error message that came up, which is understandable as not everyone is coding literate.

What this means is that the marketer spends a lot of time and quite a bit of hair pulling trying to figure the problem out before turning to Wealthy Affiliate members for help (imagine what would happen if they DIDN'T have the support of WA?!)

I have also seen this type of error crop up after a Wordpress update.

The other issue I've seen a lot of recently isn't specific as such, its really to do with what I mentioned previously, themes not being updated for years. These abandoned themes are still available on the Wordpress Directory and though the date they were last updated is shown, people are either not seeing it or ignoring it and this is a big problem.

Themes that don't get updated tend to break as Wordpress gets updated and evolves. Especially so if the theme is badly coded so its not future proof as it were. This can cause all sorts of unexpected errors in the theme and also can open some security holes, which is not a good thing.

On the less scary side, a theme that hasn't been looked at for some time also doesn't have all the shiny new features and goodies that we love so much such as wordpress custom menus, and who can live without shinies?

Premium wordpress themes may cost a little bit of money but usually around $40, and that not a lot to ask for a quality theme with regular updates and support.

Street Talk

Just like WA. You can get all the information that is taught there for free on the internet and through books. But you aren't going to get the kind of support and it will take you a lot longer then normal.

  about 6 years ago
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