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Free vs Premium WordPress Themes

For as long as I have been a WordPress user the conversation surrounding free versus premium WordPress themes has been held. And just in case you’re wondering, that’s pretty much since the beginning. So it would seem that something so basic should have a final answer by now, right?

Perhaps. But so far, there have continued to be advancements across the WordPress ecosphere (themes, plugins, and core) that have continued to shift the conversation slightly this way, slightly that way, never fully landing on one side or the other.

A few years ago, I might have said unequivocally that it is always a good idea to go with premium themes. And if I’m honest, I probably still lean that way. I use premium themes for all of my own projects. However, a thought has been nagging at me for a while now and I can’t help but feel it has some merit.

That thought is this: with all of the great plugins out there, including page builder/theme customizer plugins, couldn’t one reasonably just amass the right suite of plugins and use a free WordPress theme as a starter base for their website?

The answer of course is yes, you could do that. Perhaps now more so than ever before. But whether or not its worth it would depend on the same thing as this decision has always depended upon: weighing the pros and cons. Which is exactly what we’re going to do (and more) in today’s post.

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