As WordPress continues trying to get the first place in the CMS website building platform league, more and more people give their preference to it. The easy usage and diversity of applications, from a personal blog to an e-commerce website, makes it tempting to choose WordPress for your web resource.
Whether you are building your website from scratch or considering to revamp it, at some point of your user experience you’ve probably might have faced an age-old question – which one is better – a free or premium theme template to sparkle your website?
So, let’s clear this out and take a look at the best representatives of both to answer the question whether you have to pay a few or not so few bucks or take free stuff and spend your money on something else.
The quality clean and flat template is a perfect solution to display your posts within your financial, advertising or corporate website. Built with the powerful Cherry framework, it helps you establish and customize your resource with ease. The functional template is responsive and retina ready to display your content perfectly on any screen even with high pixel density.
The template with a fabulous black background is just a fit for any food website. The diversity of powerful widgets, valid and well-documented code makes it functional and easy in use. Extra documentation is perfect to make the customization headache-free, although if you have some questions or troubles with it, a template comes with free support.
The template is advised for any business, corporate or finance website. It can be also used in another sphere. Responsive and cross–browser compatible, it renders your content beautifully on any screen. Balanced content structure and clean layout will help to drag the attention to your content. Calendars, Commenting System, SEO-friendly, Sortable Gallery, Social Options are in the package.
The template is just the thing for any design website. Clean and crisp layout and bright fonts can be amended by the large, dynamic and browser-sized background videos to improve the visual experience of your clients. WMPL ready template makes it easy to change pages, custom types and your posts in diverse languages to run an international website.
The template with an amazing color scheme is recommended for any food website. Still its responsive and sophisticated layout is also a helpful thing to highlight your great taste within any other web resource. Drag-and-drop editor makes it easy and convenient to set your resource. Cross-browser features ensure that your website performs the same perfect in any browser.
Zerif is one of the first-class free templates. Being retina ready, cross-browser compatible and SEO-friendly it renders your content superbly on any screen of any handheld device and highlights it with full-screen images being perfect for business and corporate websites.
Esteem is advised for any business website though it can be used for any other purposes as well. Diverse color options will help you set the individual style of your website. A kit of helpful custom widgets is going to make your resource more professional.
Clean and professional template with custom page layouts, diverse set of columns and color switcher will bring your business services to the highest level. The custom menu makes it easy to customize your content, so even as there’s no official template support, you probably won’t need any help in setting a website.
Llorix is a free and convenient in use e-commerce ready template with a spectacular design, which makes it quite the thing for any web resource. Responsive sections make your content look straightforward. Color switcher can easily change the whole look of your website.
The responsive and flexible template is perfect to suit the style of any food website resource. The parallax effect and structured sections will give intensity to your content and help to highlight useful things. Powerful plugins such as RestaurantPress will help you create a well-organized menu-item for the convenience of your clients.
As we can see there are plenty of great and high-quality templates both – free and premium. However, regardless of how much they have in common, they surely have a lot of differences.
The one you should take depends on what exactly do you want to get from your website. Each template free and paid has its pros and cons, let’s state some of both:
- The price – the statement speaks for itself. To get something for free is definitely a plus.
- Support – the free template often comes without any support. You can always settle for general support via WordPress.org or search for answers at the forums. But it won’t be as convenient and quick as the officially provided support.
- WordPress standards – being held in the official repository each template corresponds to certain standards which ensure the quality and compatibility. That’s why it’s sometimes so easy to find more compatible plugins for a free template than for a paid one.
- Design – as every man to his taste, my personal opinion is that finding the beautiful free template will take you some more time than finding a free one.
- Updates – apparently free templates don’t update as often as the premium ones, it can be quite inconvenient sometimes.
- The price – sometimes the price for the template can be way too high, but as we all know – no money, no honey.
- Support – the paid template always comes with some kind of support, which is a certain advantage for a user with some experience. So if you have a question or a bug, you will certainly have some help.
- WordPress standards– the premium templates don’t undergo the official review process and can ignore the general WordPress standards.
- Quality – the premium templates are usually of a higher quality than freebies, because the price has to satisfy the customers’ requirements. Developers try to feature their products with spectacular quality and design to gain the clients.
- Updates – paid templates update really often, which is great if you want to improve your website.
So this question is not so easy to answer, as templates become more featured and remarkably designed, the scales tilt both ways. The free templates are great to start with, to create your first website or a personal page and gain experience. As to the premium templates, they are usually better in quality and design, and come with support and updates, which is suitable for business and e-commerce to have the better results.