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Why Anyone Can Download Premium WordPress Theme For Free?

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Why Anyone Can Download Premium WordPress Theme For Free?

As a blogger and savvy internet users, we all are smart and we know how and where to download premium stuff online. May be not you, but look around for smart kids around you, who are using Torrent softwares to download and spread the piracy. Anyways, this article is not about Piracy but this is regarding one major issue which you might not have heard before.

Do you know most of the popular premium WordPress themes like Genesis, Elegant Themes, Theme-junkie themes are easily available for download on Torrents and file-sharing sites. Most of the newbie bloggers are also taking advantage of this availability without knowing the consequences of this mistake.

Have you ever thought? There is no free lunches in the world, and there is catch behind every thing which is free.

Imagine you have bought thesis WordPress theme for 87$ and are you going to give it for free to the world on torrent or on file-sharing websites? I’m sure most of answer will be no, because you have paid your hard earned money on something exclusive.

So now point here is why premium WordPress themes are available for free on Internet.   If you remember my previous post on Free wordpress theme Vs Premium wordpress themes. I specifically mentioned about Encrypted footer, but its not the same in the case of such premium WordPress theme which is freely available on Internet.

In such themes, people who upload those themes, they upload it for specific reasons. In most of the cases reasons are adding codes in theme file, to pass on traffic or ranking . It may not appear to you at the beginning but later on when you will realize the traffic will drop, it will be too late.

Such codes are usually added into header.php or footer.php files of theme. More over it’s mostly a new file in your theme folder is added which has malicious code. Many times these free uploader uses encrypted code which is hard to get rid of.

There common place from where you get such malicious WordPress themes are :

  • Torrents
  • Websites
  • File Sharing websites
  • Twitter

So if you still fall in the trap of getting premium WordPress themes for free, think again. For few dollars are you going to risk your page rank and search engine traffic. If you don’t have money, go ahead and download any premium looking free WordPress theme, but don’t download themes or plugins from torrent or unreliable sources.

What is your point of view about such free Premium wordpress themes which are easily available on Internet.   Are you going to use it in your blog? Or you going to let people know about problem of using such freely available wordpress themes?

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  • Ravinder

    I think there are no codes in those theme that is harmful except a link to the external file, which can be removed by editing the source. Please let me know if anything else is there.

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  • Pablo

    Is just sometimes you require to test it first so you can see if it accomplishes your needs so worth to pay for it

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  • Jaffer

    Can you be more specific how the traffic will be dropped or where this problem can actually be solved I might be a victim

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  • Michael Aulia

    Well it’s not just “a few dollars” :) but again, I won’t ever use a pirated premium theme on my blog. Besides, there are so many good themes out there for free, why risk (not to mention the guilt feeling) having a pirated theme on your blog?

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  • N_S

    I fell for this scam with a website and complained to them but they didnt seem to care less.

    Great they have the most latest premium themes but if you look closely in the index.php and footer.php files, they’re encoded with links for scam and money making websites.

    I strongly agree with this post, either go for themes which look premium or just buy it! Themeforest.net is the most cost effect wordpress theme market, it wont break your bank.

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  • Jaydip Parikh

    Point is right but idea is that all blogger can spend huge money just for themes ? I notice also many theme which are free is having encrypted footer. so they have control over our theme. If you want descent looking theme then you have to ended with paying money or do lot of R & D for free themes. If you are having basic knowledge of editing theme, you can check extra codes in these said free themes. but conclusion is that If you are happy with free theme look and feel YOU SHOULD NOT GO FOR PAID (FREE FROM RAPIDSHARE) THEMES.

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  • Mr. I

    Well, there are some sites that take free themes and then insert suspicious code into them but such themes can be avoided by simply being more aware.
    First, free themes should be downloaded only WordPress Codex and trusted sites. Most free themes only take a small footer link and I think they deserve it for the hard work put into theme!

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  • Chethan

    But 87$ matters for Me!

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  • Rajesh Kanuri

    I ll prefer free themes instead.. :)

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    • IndianCashMaker

      me too…..no use putting your traffic and rankings on risk with free premium themes

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  • Sham

    I agree they add codes that inserts ad in your blog without our knowledge we should be careful !It common thing with free themes

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  • John Samuel

    Though so far I have not used any such themes, I will take more care in future. Normally I download the themes from the Wordpress site.

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  • kalyan

    People listen to harsh what he is saying is absolutely true and if you cant spend 87$ better use wordpress default themes or spend 2 $ for custom css.

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  • Rahul

    These free themes from unknown torrents will create huge problem. If you are serious in blogging.

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  • Robin

    Yes @simran, Pirated sites are the best source for hackers to spread worms and trojans. Wordpress have a massive users. there is no doubt people who love pirated softwares and scripts will go for such pirated theme downloads.

    And hackers can take advantage of this by altering the actual codes of the script (or templates) , either adding a new file to take control of the entire server sometimes.

    As usual, you wrote an useful post Harsh. Cheers !

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  • Paritosh

    I never thought of downloading free themes from torrents or rapidshare (actually didnt knew about it) but i will be carefull !!!
    BTW, will try ti find some… LOL…

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  • Simran

    I will not suggest using such premium themes that are available for free on pirated sites. Instead of that anyone can use free themes as now days we can easily get premium looking free wordpress themes.

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    • NpXp

      Yep I agree with you @ Simran

      The best thing is to go for free themes and that too from the exclusive database of Wordpress themes section..

      Reply

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