How Hacked WordPress Themes Harms your Blog?

49 responses

  1. Reshab | GetFree.in
    October 26, 2010

    It’s also very unethical to use an hacked premium themes… Thanks for the post Shariq..

    • shariq@shoutmeloud
      October 26, 2010

      Your welcome Reshab.

  2. Techsavvy
    October 26, 2010

    Nice post,I’m also planing to buy premium theme.

  3. Umair
    October 26, 2010

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

  4. Anish KS
    October 26, 2010

    Why Using Hacked themes, Premiums themes can get cheaply. Theme -Junkie Themes are so cheap.

    • Tek3D
      October 26, 2010

      I like Junkie Themes too, very cheap and beautiful. :)

  5. Rakesh @ Wizard Journal
    October 26, 2010

    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%

  6. Atulperx
    October 26, 2010

    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 .

    • shariq@shoutmeloud
      October 26, 2010

      Best wishes…

  7. Sathish @ TechieMania
    October 26, 2010

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

    • Jagan
      October 27, 2010

      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.

  8. Devesh
    October 26, 2010

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

    Thanks for sharing this great Post shariq.

    • shariq@shoutmeloud
      October 27, 2010

      warm welcome.

  9. Jinx303
    October 26, 2010

    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.

  10. Bilal Ahmad
    October 27, 2010

    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.

  11. Kunal
    October 27, 2010

    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
      October 27, 2010

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

  12. Atulperx
    October 27, 2010

    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 .

  13. shashank
    October 27, 2010

    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:!

    • shariq@shoutmeloud
      October 27, 2010

      Your welcome dear.

  14. Namit Gupta
    October 27, 2010

    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.

    • Saran
      January 24, 2013

      But how can we identify these threats?? Is there any online tool to check the themes…

  15. James M
    October 27, 2010

    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
      October 27, 2010

      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.

  16. Atulperx
    October 27, 2010

    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
      October 27, 2010

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

  17. 1skyliner
    October 27, 2010

    Hi
    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.

  18. kbharath
    October 27, 2010

    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.

  19. Gagan arora
    October 27, 2010

    intersting article.thanks for sharing

  20. Eugene Indarto
    October 28, 2010

    If you use wordpress, there are many cool free themes and most of them are SEO friendly :)

  21. Prabal @ PriceArena
    October 28, 2010

    Must say, Nice Article mate.

  22. Nihar
    October 28, 2010

    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.

  23. gazzan
    October 29, 2010

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

  24. Raj
    November 3, 2010

    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 :)

  25. devirithiha
    November 22, 2010

    Nice to give such info. for us.

    Thanks for Guide.

  26. PoorGuy
    November 28, 2010

    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.

  27. Deepanshu
    December 23, 2010

    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
      December 23, 2010

      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.
      http://www.arrastheme.com/
      Pirated theme may harm your blogging persent and future both.

  28. tips for technology
    January 4, 2011

    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.

  29. me
    January 17, 2011

    Propoganda, interesting none the less

    but after reading this, i’ll stick with my free theme for now

  30. Rajinder Singh
    June 15, 2011

    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..?

  31. Blacklisted
    August 7, 2011

    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
      December 21, 2013

      “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.

      Cheers

  32. antodoms
    August 15, 2011

    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…..

    • AJ
      December 21, 2013

      Sir antodoms, can you please suggest trusted sources for nulled wordpress premium themes?

  33. himanshu
    May 14, 2013

    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.

  34. Gaurav Prakash
    January 3, 2014

    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
      January 3, 2014

      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

    • Harsh Agrawal
      January 4, 2014

      @Gaurav
      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..!

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