To initiate the process of Website Development, choosing a theme has become the first world problem.
Some common questions that give birth to this problem are, “Are paid themes a good investment?” “Do themes don’t require a developer?” or “Do themes make the maintenance easier?”
This article will throw a truth bomb that no other agency or freelancer would tell you. Themes make your website slow and they don’t even provide what they claim to.
Divi theme whose annual rental pay is 89$ is the slowest theme ever encountered Moreover; for practical usage, it takes more than 5 seconds to load the site. How could you even imagine that the complete website would be loading within 2-3 seconds?
The premium themes and it’s “Do anything and everything” luring all over the internet is nothing but a way to mint money. I’m not denying that a non-developer doesn’t keep the potential to build a website using the theme until it starts to feel that the website doesn’t look the way it was looking at the preview. To add to that, a blogging website is the most basic website that wouldn’t require a web development agency. But who knows if it’s even secure?
It’s not the customers’ fault. It’s what is just visible and looks easy because it saves money, energy and time. But if it was that easy, why would developers force to build custom theme websites only?
Bytegrow Technologies have tailored all its websites customized and hold a track record of a maximum of 3 seconds loading speed.
Increasingly everyone is moving from a theme-based website to a customized theme. Does that mean using the paid theme is a bad idea? Let’s find out.
- Paid themes have a hefty purchase license of over 60-70$ recurring every year.
- All tempting themes are full of extras. Extra codes, JS, and plug-ins.
- Paid themes are better than free themes but if you are looking for a high speed paid theme, you might want to consider looking for a custom theme.
- Multi-function, feature-rich, even multi-purpose themes do not come with the guarantee of fast page loading speed.
- The weak spot of such websites emerges when you purchase/download the theme and realizes that it doesn’t sync with your brand identity.
- The media files inserted in these themes would not give the “premium” feel as it gives in the preview.
- The stylish images uploaded by the developers of the templates are searched from photo banks after spending hours over it to give it a “premium” look.
The premium theme homepage for a traveler’s blog has got the perfect vibe and feel. Now, if you upload two videos, there are high chances that both the videos will start playing altogether and there goes your user-friendliness of the website. Option left? Hiring a WordPress developer.
- The confidence of self-developing the website slowing fades with these themes because it contains too many default functions which prepare the website to be extremely slow.
- The collaboration between the functions might not be as you expected.
- Many times, the customers end up spending giant money on developers to get the tuning of the functions right.
- The option of extending the functionality of the theme with the plugins might sound an easy way. But the sad truth is it lowers down the speed of the website.
- The collision of the plugins developed by different vendors takes place and loses its functionality rather than obtaining it.
- Spending time and money is required to finely tune these plugins and make it a perfect fit for such paid themes.
- According to this list, WordPress releases its updates quite often. The last update is on October 8, 2019, and past this release, there were three releases in the month of September alone. Let’s look at the tricky situation. Anytime, an upgrade is released, it will mess up with your website ending up ceasing your work.
- The brute forces never cease to attack and target the vulnerability of the website. The plugins that you download will not be surely reliable security plugins.
- The spammers and attackers can easily hack your website due to the lack of reliable security.
- Considering the plugins with strong security saves you from questioning your credibility of the brand.
- A custom theme with good-quality plugins can save you of the negative impact of your hundreds of users.
- Even though WordPress is widely known for its SEO friendly service, but when it comes to automatic optimization, it only delivers basic optimization not enough to make you reach to top searches.
- Downloading special plugins reduces Website speed.
- SEO specialists with high expertise help to solve the mess that paid themes to generate. Additional cost for SEO. Are themes cost-effective after all?
- Due to the category system and special tagging, WordPress often creates duplicates messing the complete sitemap.
- The heavy database of the additional demos that comes along with the theme overcrowds the website resulting in slowing down the website.
- The heavyweight codebases pull down the process of the website.
- The non-optimized images also make the website heavy.
- The heavy themes with integrated videos that are not SEO friendly also lead to make your website extra slow.
- The blend of a slow website with low SEO optimization is not a good signal for Google to make the website come into good books of top ranks.
- The maintaining of the theme-based website requires a good amount of money with a recurring cost which comes down to the same amount as much as the custom website development services.
- The advanced feature that makes the website attractive and 100% user-friendly does not come with WordPress themes.
- Without results, the money invested is money wasted. There is no guarantee of satisfying results with WordPress paid themes.
Some of the Shocking Facts and Figures that will convince you to drop the idea of A Theme-Based Website:
There are around 117 themes in the WordPress Directory authored by Automatic, the parent company of WordPress.
Amongst 117 themes, how many themes actually, get updated with fresh codes? No, it’s not even 50%.
Only 29% are updated and fresh with codes that come to only 34 themes. That’s right. All the other themes are stale like a rotten banana would.
Why has WordPress kept the old, outdated and obsolete themes still intact?
The 71% of Automatically downloadable themes are still laying in the WordPress Theme Directory with expired shelf life because it creates an impact that their theme collection is Bigger and dynamic.
Themes without an update for over 1 year is kept hanging for a sheer play of laying a bet.
The Good news is it is banned in some countries and states to keep the unsanitary stuff aside.
It’s crystal clear why using WordPress free or paid themes is a super obnoxious choice to make. But sometimes, when you’re a beginner and have to choose a theme for initial purpose, you can still go ahead but choose it strategically.
- Start with the default theme provided by Automatic less than 1megabyte.
- Add plugins that are not popular and multi-purpose. Use discrete plugins because they are 10 times faster.
- Last but not least, make use of selective activation and deactivation features only when they are required.