Yep, WordPress is free. Many great plugins are free. But, with all the free WordPress themes available, why pay for something you can get for free?
How about you get what you pay for? Or how about you are helping to support talented and conscientious developers whose motives are to create a quality product that they are willing to back and support?
With free you get the support you pay for...
Still not enough to open your wallet for something that in many cases is less than the cost of your monthly cell phone bill?
For your consideration off the top of my head:
- Premium Themes are well supported. Most have support forums where the developer personally offers support to your questions or there are experienced and knowledgeable moderators on call to promptly address your concerns when you are in a pickle. Add to that a hive of enthusiastic members that are willing to help out others who run into dilemmas they have already solved because they've been there done that.
- When WordPress updates, you can count on the developer of your Premium Theme to modify, update, fix and debug your theme to keep up with any changes that WordPress throws their way.
- You don't have to worry about encrypted links in the theme footer to questionable, political, controversial or affiliate links that serve to only benefit the creator of the theme.
- Nicely laid out clean CSS files that are structured and organized so you can easily find the elements you may want to change.
There are some mighty fine free themes out there -- most of the great free themes coincidentally are offered by Premium WordPress Theme developers to give you a taste of their work and to help get the word out about their theme offerings.
Unless you know what to look for, you may end up working diligently to integrate that new free theme into your site to only find that it breaks with the next update, has bugs or a CSS file that can make your head spin like Linda Blair. And try to get questions answered or any support when you need it. Good luck with that!
Yes, there are exceptions but they are not the norm. For these reasons, this is why I only recommend and have partnered with those Premium WordPress Theme Developers whose themes I've worked with, whose support I've had the pleasure to experience and I can trust to send you their way.
Less than $100 for a quality cutting-edge supported WordPress site design -- priceless!
At your service,