First of all, my apologies if you thought this post would give you a comparison of free and premium themes, plugins and services on the Internet, and which ones are good to download. This post isn’t about that today. I’ll blog about that topic in future (already written down in my notebook!) but for today, I’d like to talk about free bloggie things vs premium bloggie things.
When I first started blogging years ago, it never came across my mind to even pay for premium themes and blog design. At that time, I knew there were a handful of premium themes (blog themes that you have to pay for) circulating about the blogosphere but seeing that blogging was nothing more than a hobby for me back then, I went down the free theme route. It suited me just fine because it gave me the flexibility to redesign my blog designs to my liking and learning about HTML and CSS along the way.
In 2010, I decided to give the very popular Thesis framework for WordPress a go. At that time, I made a few peanuts a year from blogging via ads and decided to use those peanuts to pay for the premium theme. At that time, I didn’t know if I was making the right decision because to me, it was a lot of money to pay for a theme when there were heaps of free themes online. After consulting with Paris B who was (and still is) on the Thesis framework, I took the plunge into the world of premium themes. A couple of years later, I started to pay for premium WordPress plugins after dealing with so much crap that came with free mobile themes plugins.
These days, a lot of the plugins on my website are premium ones. I even pay for certain services that make my blogging a whole lot easier. And I don’t regret a single one of them.
You see, a very common question I used to ask myself was this: why pay for something when you can get them for free?
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