WordPress is the most easy to use and free CMS for blogging start ups. In early days of blogging career, several bloggers prefer to search for a free WordPress theme instead of paid or premium WordPress themes to save money. A large selection of pirated WordPress themes or nulled WordPress themes is available on Internet. One can find, download and install these themes at ease. It can save you some money. But there are some risks involved and it can kill your website and may be your entire blogging career too. One should keep his eyes open while using free WordPress themes to avoid any hazards.
- Severe damage can be done to your data files if the free theme or free WordPress plugin contains any virus.
- Due to a lack of technical support for free themes and plugins, they can give you a tough time whenever you face any technical problem or try to modify something in them. Be ready to face some PHP errors or blank home page.
- Almost 90% of free themes and 100% of pirated WordPress themes have no updates available whenever it is required to patch security loopholes or to add new features.
- The company or developer of the theme may take a legal action against you or complain your hosting company to suspend your hosting account.
- You never want your blog to be stolen or administered by some hidden thief.
- Search engine giant like Google and others like Bing, Yahoo! etc are getting very serious about web spam and you could be hit very hard once they found your site involved in web spamming due to any reason. Now even if you are not directly involved and the reason is your infected WordPress theme.
- If your a lucky enough to find a clean and Malware free WordPress theme then don’t be so happy. You are not the only lucky one. Several other bloggers will also be using same theme on their blogs.
- In free themes, theme author usually place footer links and as per agreement you can not remove those links. Most of these footer links are pointed towards low quality or bad reputation websites.
It is far better to use genuine Premium WordPress Theme rather then using pirated theme and violating copyright laws. A good blog can help you earning thousands of dollars per month so why go for nulled themes and put your blog and career at risk?
So, by now you know all possible risks of hacking WordPress themes so its up to you that you want to save few dollars at start up and not investing them to secure your blogging career.