You know I read articles that claim premium WordPress themes are a must, the way to go, etc. for some reason. I don’t know if they are trying to push an affiliate link on visitors so they will make a commission off a potential sale or what.
I have found and used some pretty decent free themes that rival a paid premium theme. Some free bees turn out to be just as good or better for that matter.
These same people seem to be OK with free plugins though. I don’t see them purchasing 30+ premium plugins. Maybe a couple, but not 30+.
Personally I prefer free themes. I just hate dropping $50-$200+ on one to find out I don’t like it so well after all a short time later.
I am not against paid premium themes I just prefer starting with a free one if possible before dropping too much money into a website project.
I have actually used some pretty decent free themes that could easily have been paid premium. That is they were so nicely designed with a lot of extra features that the developer could have easily charged for it.
I guess that is how they attract people to there premium themes though. They give some away for free in hopes that you will also buy or upgrade to their premium theme.
Same with plugin developers they do the same thing to some extent. Not all of them, but some of them.
But, what it comes down to is whatever works for you. If you absolutely want to need a paid premium theme, then go for it. If you can live with, or want to save a few dollars go with a free theme. There is no right or wrong when it comes to WordPress themes.
Just don’t go out and buy one because some website told you that you absolutely need to use a specific paid premium theme. They are most likely just trying to make a few bucks off an affiliate commission.
I would rather someone purchase a specific theme because they really like it. Rather than because someone told you to do so just so they can make some money off you.
All themes are not created equal. Even when comparing free to premium. People will tell you that you get what you pay for, but that’s not always the case. There are plenty of really great free themes out there. And, plenty of paid premium ones too. You just have to look around and do some searching. It’s not that difficult to find the good ones.