These days I had to analyze the purchase of a couple of themes premium and I found several difficulties that I did not Many warn, so I take the boldness to give them some advice about it.
Generally nobody buys a theme to use it exactly as the author shows, we all need to make some small changes in it and that's when the problems arise. Before paying anything, better to make some inquiries, right?
1) Is there an obfuscated code in the theme?
For me it is the first question that arises and determines categorically whether or not I will buy the theme . Generally the footer code of the free themes is obfuscated, to make it a bit difficult to remove the link to the author (reasonable thing), but in premium themes we can see that they obfuscate the functions.php file! This is a big problem when we want to create a new sidebar with widgets, change the way the images of the posts are taken in the home and add special functions in general. Ask before you buy!
2) The theme has support? Let's put it to the test …
I think the test of fire is to see if the person responsible responds quickly to question number 1. If such a response is delayed a lot, we continue our journey in search of another site of premium themes. If you respond within a reasonable amount of time, then continue to search your site and search for a forum. Many times we will find that the access is restricted to members, but others leave it visible for visitors as well and we can confirm the dates on which users ask and those responsible offer solutions.
You should also read the terms and conditions of use of the theme to confirm when the support we will receive and the scope of it expires. If you have any doubt, send us an email.
3) Look for references from other customers!
Going everywhere. Let's do a thorough search placing the name of the site and have preference for the forums in general. Users who feel cheated do not hesitate to leave a trace of it in their favorite forum and translate their adventures with the company in question. Obviously we can not believe everything we read, but we will have negative opinions available to evaluate. We may also have the good fortune to listen to clients that were satisfied with their premium theme and that encourages us to decide for the purchase.
4) Themes Club or buy a Premium Theme?
reality this goes in tastes and depends exclusively on your needs. If you want to have several premium themes available to modify, you will choose the first one. If you only need a theme for a particular site, you will choose the second one.
What we can highlight about the first option is that we have to evaluate how often new themes come out and what quality they are. Some sites have a "premium theme club" in which an annual membership is purchased and people are fooled into believing that every month will have at least 2 premium themes.
The advice here is that before buying any membership of this type , subscribe to the feeds of the site and check the quality of the material that they broadcast every month. Maybe the site is completely abandoned!
5) I need a theme "like this" but quite modified …
Each theme has its "tricks" to work properly. Some people buy a premium theme and then they screw up when they want to modify it on their own, but they understand that a little of their knowledge escapes and they end up asking a third party to finish the work. Conclusion, pagás twice for a single theme.
Before getting into this mess, let's ask how much the original authors would charge for making the relevant modifications. No one better than them to efficiently achieve what we need! If you are going to spend money, try to get exactly the theme you are looking for, even if that means some extra dollars.
Finally, remember that we can always choose to hire a freelance to design the required theme. Especially to Latin Americans, sometimes it is difficult for us to make payments to the US and Europe, so it is an opportunity to bet on finding designers of our nationalities and maybe we are astonished discovering very talented people.
I hope you find it useful !