How Hacked WordPress Themes Harms your Blog?

I’m sure all of us here who are using WordPress are aware of Premium and free WordPress themes and their advantages and disadvantages. And also, many of you are aware that you can easily find any Premium WordPress theme on torrent or warez site. Many bloggers, don’t even realize that these hacked WordPress themes are slowly effecting your blog, as many of them contains encrypted links, code.  In this post we will look into some potential drawback of using hacked WordPress themes on your blog.

When we start blogging we have dreams to earn a lot of money from our blog. And it is possible if we blog with hard work and follow a full proof strategy.We have to do following expenses in blogging.

  • A well performing computer system
  • A broadband internet connection
  • Webhosting and Domain expenses
  • Blog theme and its customization costs
  • SEO optimization cost

If you are an expert then you can bypass theme customization and SEO etc. But most of the people do not have proper knowledge of web designing and SEO, you can hire a WordPress theme development company and get a new WordPress theme designed especially for your brand.

Hacked WordPress Themes

Expenses on WordPress theme starts from as low as $20 to as high as $5000. Depending upon level of customization, designing and other cost. But, you can always start with any Premium WordPress themes with as low as $20-$30.

So my aim of mentioning this is that the total of all these expenses is very small amount of money and it seems almost nothing comparing with any small business investment. We have to spend thousand dollars for any smaller business.

Finally saving of some dollars will ruin your blogging business

Potential Harms of Using a Pirated hacked WordPress Theme

Pirated copies of premium wordpress themes such as Woo, Elegant, Studiopress, Wp-Now are easily available on many websites and these are easily downloadable. An ignorant  person  becomes happy getting top class premium themes free of cost but he/she doesn’t know the reality of these free copies of themes.

Most of free downloadable premium pirated themes have malware and hacking scripts

Below are the possible harms of illegal copies of WordPress pro themes

  • Theme company may take legal action against you.
  • Your web host may suspend your hosting account.
  • Your wordpress may get adwares controlled by a hacker and your blog will show unknown advertising.
  • Your blog may be controlled by a hidden administrator.
  • Your blog may be completely stolen.
  • The anti-virus and anti-spyware softwares can block access of users to your blog.
  • Google and other search engines may flag your computer as a harmful website.
  • Google and other search engine may remove your website from index permanently.

Why use a Hacked WordPress Themes to save some dollars only?

With a successful blog you can earn thousand dollars per month. But your pirated theme with hacking and malicious codes may destroy your successful blog within few days only.The blog which is giving you a big amount of money will be stolen in few minutes and you will only rub your hands with feelings of great dejection.Your blog will be disappeared from search engines being declared as a spyware website. Security softwares will block your blog on computers.

Decision in Your Hand

Premium wordpress themes prices are very cheap.

  • Elegant-themes offers 49 premium designs only for $39. You can also get membership support.
  • Woo-themes has several plans according to clients needs. You can get 1+2 woo themes for 70 dollars. You can access 79 woo themes  for $125  one time + $15  monthly price.
  • Popular SEO optimized thesis theme is available  only for $87.

So use genuine Premium Themes for your wordpress and save it from possible disadvantages of hacked WordPress themes. I hope you will never ignore this warning if you are a professional blogger or a business website owner. Do let us know if you are a victim of pirated and nulled premium WordPress theme?

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COMMENTs ( 52 )

  1. says

    Well said. Tell you what, i was once a victim of nulled wp plugin. After some time my website was infected with malware that redirects users to other site. It happened randomly (means some users get redirected and some dont). I didnt even realise this was happening until one time i accessed my website from my friend’s computer.

    Since then i always buy premium plugins.

  2. Erick says

    For what I have experience, you are paying 100 dollars not so much for the theme but for the support. If you are new to coding and HTML, php etc and you want to modify your website, the people that sell the theme will help you till you are satisfy, they will even go into your website and do the changes themselves. Now that’s well worth your money

  3. Nishant Thakur says

    Shame on those people, Who are using a premium theme without paying for its licence?
    I think they don’t know what it takes to develop a theme?

    It takes 3-4 months of development and handwork. A theme author puts all his efforts and creativity to develop a theme for your needs and business.

    If you don’t have money, just don’t use premium themes. There are many free options out there. Stop doing piracy!

    Thank you Shariq for posting this useful information and hope this helps to everyone out there.

  4. Gaurav Prakash says

    What if we download the theme from the Theme companys website by paying for it.Then take a refund from the theme company and continue using the theme. In this case would the theme company come to know ?

    • Holmes says

      Those of you who are using nulled/hacked themes or anything stolen are crooks!
      You know about it and you are happy to do so.
      That’s the bottom line. You are stealing.

      Let me come over to your place and use your ass without your approval and we’ll see how much you like being robbed … bah ha

    • says

      In most of the cases they wouldn’t know..but why do you wanna go this cheap way by not paying for something you like and using it.. Be responsible and be honest..!

  5. himanshu says

    But if you are a new bie buying premium theme would cost you a lot and he or she would prefer to buy free themes instead of premium ones.

  6. antodoms says

    Hi shariq…………

    thanks for this wonderful post… I am using a nulled theme myself for my website…. and my site got hacked once , its was not becoz of my theme , it was becoz i was using some buggy plugins like register plus , whc allowed the hacker to sql inject my blog….. I just have 1 opinion about it…. Be more carefull while choosing Plugins for your site….

    And I dunt think if you use nulled theme can cause you much problems unless you download the theme from a non trusted source….. There are chances that the nulled copy you get contains virus or other malware but if you download the right nulled copy then there’s nothing that you must be scared of…..

  7. Blacklisted says

    You can removed all the links that are pointed to other sites. and it wont affect anything from your blog as long as you didnt touch any codes and just remove the link only..

    Its safe to use the nulled themes, if the source is reliable. and I dont think nulled themes are violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) because nulled themes are free, It only violates if someone is selling nulled themes.

    and also, what makes a hacker become interested with your newly blog or site?

    I used to nulled premium themes and plug.ins and giving it to the public just to make my name popular and nulling premium themes are also very challenging.. lol… and if i put some codes to access someone’s website do you think I have time dealing with those newly sites that used my nulled themes? I just waste my time if I will access those wordpress websites.. Unless if your site is selling some programs or selling anything.. then I would be interested :) and those themes that has tracking script where the webmasters can hack your site can be easily determine.. Suck those company who sales premium themes, The price of the their themes are too much only the Elegant is a little cheaper. They become millionaires for just a changed of looks of your site? FAIR?

    • Chook says

      “FAIR?” Yes, it’s fair they became millionaires by selling Cheap good themes. But they do a lot more than just sell themes ($39 for All their themes is Very Cheap)

      What’s wrong with becoming a millionaire? If your website became famous and you were making lots of money would that be fair? Apparently Not in your argument.

      The point of this article is to Warn people of the risks if they use hacked themes. People will do whatever they like, smoke cigarets, drive to fast, and steal themes.

      With the amount of Free themes available from within wp it’s perfect for the upcoming millionaire to Start.


  8. Rajinder Singh says

    well i m planning to change from blogger to wp just becz of wp themes and seo but now i listen that i have to pay for theme also as my budget is so low can you please tell me other free prem themes..?

  9. tips for technology says

    I have seen many good blog using pirated or hacked themes. Most of them use Thesis themes(developer edition). I have used a premium theme (that belongs to a small company: removed all codes and changed the design). There are many free options that are very good (Swift and Isotherm) but they have a very linear approach which stops development on this themes.

  10. Deepanshu says

    hello i m using pirated version and used TAC to find out if its incrypted or not and it stated theme is OK but it displayed 1 static link which is the link of the site from where i have downloaded the premium theme (maybe he is using it for backlinking). Its is located in footer.php, if I delete it then will things be ok ? please tell me as i m only 16 and can’t spend money on buying a premium themes and free ones are not pleasing :( :( :( .

    • shariq@shoutmeloud says

      Dear Friend.
      As you said that you are unable to spend money for buying a theme then you do not need to be disappointed.
      I am suggesting you a free premium WordPress theme which is awesome in design and functionality.
      Use Arras free theme and you will be surprised.
      Pirated theme may harm your blogging persent and future both.

  11. PoorGuy says

    I have a serious question about this:
    “Theme company may take legal action against you.”

    Really? How?! How can they proove that I did not buy the theme from their site? I can buy a lot of premium themes with anonymous paypal. I don’t sign a thing for them! So can they be sure of me if I simply download there premium theme from elsewhere?

    Second: 70$ – 120$ / theme? VERY expensive!! With 120$ I can buy 12 .com domains with 10$ each. So I can open 12 websites with the price of a single WP theme. Or I can buy myself any personalized template with 50$.

    120$ is not just a “few bucks”.

    Thank you for reading my lines. Sorry for my bad English.

  12. Raj says

    This is really shocking !! But there are people out there are still using the hacked themes. From my personal experience I saw most of the times these themes are not nulled properly. Its easy to understand why should some one give you a paid theme for free unless he have something in his mind.

    Thanks for post. Good job :)

  13. gazzan says

    its true.i have installed one of free themas.after two days Google search show harmful warning.
    any thanks to post

  14. Nihar says

    I remember i downloaded one premium theme from a blogger/

    But never thought of this. Need to be careful and make sure that we purchase the premium theme from the official website.

  15. kbharath says

    Thanks for sharing this shariq. free wordpress themes are better than hacked one, so after blogs gets popular we can change the theme to a paid theme.

  16. 1skyliner says

    I am not agree to you because over 80% new bloggers are using pirated premium themes.
    Agree with Theme company may take legal action against you.

  17. Atulperx says

    James – You can get a free theme from wordpres directory and start working on your best niche . Once you see that reader like your blog and you have capacity to move it on big heights than you must spend money on premium themes and start looking for further services . I have noticed many new bloggers – They buy new themes and invest good money on other sources . But after few weeks or months when they don’t make money and than they stop blogging . So indirectly they wasted money as well as a good domain name …

    • shariq@shoutmeloud says

      You are right.
      Blogging needs a sea of patience. Never lose your patience and you will be succeeded

  18. James M says

    At one point should a blogger look into purchasing a theme versus a free one? Should a new blog use a purchased theme or should it wait until the site is making some money to justify the cost of purchasing a theme?

    • shariq@shoutmeloud says

      It depends on your budget.
      If you have sufficient money then you should use premium services from the beginning such as domain,hosting,theme,theme customization and seo. It will give rapid and better result.
      If you are unable to buy a theme in starting you should customize default wordoress theme because it is safe and light.

  19. Namit Gupta says

    Not only pirated themes but also the free themes can be injurious. Full source code of free themes should be properly analyzed before making it to use, as it may contain harmful encrypted codes.

  20. shashank says

    yeah Pirated theme may harm a lot directly or indirectly!
    great to see this post making well aware of other webmasters of the hidden dangers lurking :)
    thanks Shariq:!

  21. Atulperx says

    I don’t know that how hacker do this but I read somewhere , if you use hacked/nulled themes than hackers can also get hidden access to your hosting accounts and most of them end up with using your hosting free of cost for bad works .

  22. Kunal says

    You said perfect thing with a perfection. Using a free premium theme may destroy your blog. Few days back I came across a site which allows to download thesis 1.7 theme. I was amazed to see 87$ theme being distributed free of cost. Than later I realized the disfunction and disadvantages of using such free premium theme.
    Thanks for spreading this news. Many new blogger following SML can learn from this.

    • shariq@shoutmeloud says

      Thanks for your feedback.
      Seriuos blogging needs everything serious. Using a pirate theme is a fun for blogging business.

  23. Bilal Ahmad says

    And even some one can steal your adsense earning. They will place there Pub ID and you will not notice that whether the ads are mine or not. Now adays people are also downloading pirated Thesis Themes, and it will of course negatively effect there blog.

  24. Jinx303 says

    Great article.
    I never thought I could be dangerous..
    Yes, I was wondering what would be “the price” of using nulled themes and scripts :P
    Some warez sites are also distributing SEO and social share plugins… if they hack the scripts, they can catch our facebook, twitter passwords and other info.
    Currently I’m using a customized version of a free theme on my blog.

  25. Devesh says

    Very Interesting Post. I see many people ignore these and use pirated wordpress themes.

    Thanks for sharing this great Post shariq.

  26. Sathish @ TechieMania says

    Wonderful article. Still, I see some people are using pirated version of premium themes. This post will teach them to move on.

    • Jagan says

      yea i agree with sathish,much of the guys are using pirated themes,spending on blogging is much less than starting a smaller business,so why can’t guys go for premium themes.If your really wanna be a professional blogger then go for buying everything related to blogs just like this blog.

  27. Atulperx says

    Lol I always prefer my own coded themes instead of download nulled premium thems from warez . Atleast I am happy that I am the only owner of my broken coded them . I can improve it myself after learning new tips from reading tutorials .

  28. Rakesh @ Wizard Journal says

    I used one thesis theme hacked version in the past but had no problem with it much, I had adsense running well on it, now i am using swift theme which is free theme but my site is somewhat hacked, i mean though some trackers show bounce rate 20% – 30% google shows it as high as 70%

  29. Umair says

    Hacking doesn’t make any sense when you have so many free templates available for use. Nicely written though!