Yesterday I read an excellent blog post – Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else. This is a post that I will refer clients, colleagues and friends to each time they/you tell me of the latest pretty, cool, groovy theme that you want to load and play with. Now there are some particular people that I’m talking to here, but the same applies to all of us that are tempted by a gorgeous free WordPress theme – most of us have been there.
In her thoroughly researched blog post, Siobhan highlights that 8 out of the 10 search results for free WordPress themes are offering themes with unacceptable code, links, etc. It is a brilliantly thorough blog post and will shock quite a few people.
So, what can you do if you have already installed a free theme and want to know if it’s a good guy or a potentially bad guy, then do as she did and install and activate the Theme Authenticity Checker plugin – that will check all installed themes, not just the current, activated one.
And if you are advised of anything other than “Theme OK”, I suggest you find an alternative. For free themes, search within the WordPress directory itself – those will be fine. And Smashing Magazine can be relied upon to offer us good themes in their annual 100 free themes review