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  1. Sham
    October 11, 2009

    I do agree..I suffered from the pro of encrypted link @ footer which was inserting ads and u advised me to remove it..But i should also say for some free themes are is enough support and guidelines given by the author itself:)

  2. satrianugraha
    October 11, 2009

    Yups, I think that it realistic for newbie like me to use free themes, then when i have a little bit money it’s great to upgrade to premium. I just make a wish list of premium themes I want to use.

    Its great to make a plan to buy premium themes. I think its just a time, cause I use free blog, getting money then buy my host and using free themes. After that money comes, business must improve i buy premium themes I admire :D

    Using premium themes is just about process…

  3. Blake @ Props Blog Reviews
    October 11, 2009

    This feels like a pretty bias discussion comparing free themes vs. premium themes. Currently, I’m using a free theme, but I definitely will end up switching to Thesis at some point for the SEO benefits.
    Some paid themes like the ones in theme forest are not highly customizable and once you’re setup, there isn’t much changing you can do.
    Other themes like thesis are very powerful, but unless your good with graphic design, you’ll probably end up having to pay more to get someone to custmize it for you.
    On advantage of using free themes is you can try out a few different looks for free and they usually are fairly complete graphically. After you’ve started to establish yourself, you can easily just switch over to a more perminate paid theme that suites your needs.
    In the end, premium is always better, but I don’t think most beginning bloggers can make the most of the theme without dumping a ton of money into it.

  4. Anterpreet Singh
    October 11, 2009

    My friend has purchased thesis theme and I have also used this theme on local server, it is the best theme I have ever seen. But i have one question can I use the same thesis on my blog or is there any risk of using a theme on multiple blogs?

    • Avinash
      October 11, 2009

      well, you cannot use thesis theme on multiple blogs until you own a devolper license. You should avoid using on your blog until you own a license of thesis either personal one or developer one.

  5. Himanshu
    October 11, 2009

    Totally agree with you Harsh, right now I am using a free theme and going to change it from some premium WordPress theme like Thesis. Since thesis is customizable in every area.
    In starting days of my blogging I too think that theme has nothing to with SEO, but I change my perspective after seen one of my blog doing well with thesis in terms of SEO.
    Also it is advisable by all the SEO experts to build a website that rich in theme because search engines are more interested in themes.

  6. Ashutosh Mishra
    October 11, 2009

    Nice post. I had the same why-pay-when-you-can-get-one-for-free mentality when I moved to WordPress 3 months ago. Now I’ve realised the importance of a good and flexible theme (like Thesis) and would like to get it for my blog soon. But my current problem in not with themes, but with myself. Howsoever I try, I’m not getting myself to blog regularly and sincerely (and themes can’t write posts for you!). I read all those great posts in larger blogs and get depressed about the way I write. Hopefully I’ll get over it, and once my blog is up and running smoothly, I’ll definitely go get the Thesis theme.

  7. Stefan
    October 11, 2009

    This is something more people should think about. Personally I do not recommend people to rush out and buy things when they are on their way to start making money online, but a premium theme is actually a great idea. Therefore I usually recommend people to start out with a simple free theme and then upgrade when they have made enough money to afford it.

  8. Amandeep Singh
    October 11, 2009

    I think… that caring for a Premium theme against a free theme in the very starting stage of your blog is not important. Instead if the content of your blog is appealing.. it will automatically get ranked in the serch engines in a better way.

    Once your blog is able to earn for you on the back of your comment then you can always think of upgrading to a premium theme thus, adding to your blog’s success. Worrying about your theme and not posting good content or not posting at all, will be of no help…

  9. loveish
    October 11, 2009

    Obviously Premium themes are much much better than free themes. but for newbies free themes is the best option :)

  10. Amar
    October 11, 2009

    Great stuff, I agree free themes are not updated. Harsh, you love thesis dont you ;)

  11. Roschelle
    October 12, 2009

    I’m constantly changing my template (which isn’t a good thing…I know). It’s difficult to find any blogger themes comparable to the ones WordPress has to offer. Just recently I was looking at some of the premium themes ElegantThemes for WordPress has to offer. They are awesome. Thesis is another favorite of mine. I’m sure I’ll probably move my blogger blog to wordpress.

  12. George Serradinho
    October 12, 2009

    When I first started out, I used a free theme. I have not got much against free theme, besides that support is sometimes slow or non-existent. Some theme developers do help out where needed and we are very thankful to them.

    Premium themes are just better for me. The support features are sometimes way more although I have noticed some free themes starting to catch up to the trends of premium themes. It makes it exciting as the developers will eventually push each other to the max.

  13. Web Hosting Blog
    October 12, 2009

    “Encrypted links” Many of the free WordPress themes do have some sort of links built into the theme,some of the more elaborate theme creators have embedded the links to a point that if you try to remove it, your entire site will fail.
    Atimes the free wordpress theme just won’t support the widget or plugin that you need, thats where support comes in, designers of premium themes are most times available to a dedicated web forum or some other avenue to their customers.

  14. Ray
    April 29, 2010

    I’ve been using free wordpress themes and finally I’ve found this blog that talks about free vs premium themes. I think I really need to take this blogging to the next level and that is buying a premium theme with seo friendly.

    I would like to hear more feedbacks about Thesis theme.

  15. YFP
    January 3, 2013

    I am using free theme in my blog and it is awesome. But ofcourse the value of premium theme can’t be ignored.

  16. michell
    January 30, 2013

    Nice article:-) I’m actually using a free theme for my new blog I’m quite concern for the theme . Its already off for business and I don’t see incoming search term in my blog. Hope you could help me with this

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