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Dandelion Theme - Free & Paid Available Online? (6 posts)

  1. carolynphotos
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm brand new to WordPress and found the theme "Dandelion" today on ThemeForest.net. I was just about to buy it there but then searched online and found free downloads of this theme on some different sites around the web. huh? Why are there free versions and then paid versions of the same theme? Please forgive my lack of knowledge regarding WordPress if the answer is obvious. :)

    I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum here.

    Thanks,
    Carolyn

  2. We don't support commercial products here (Theme Forest is all commercial) but you really, really, really want to avoid using search engines to find any WordPress themes.

    Give this article by Chip Bennett a good read.

    http://www.chipbennett.net/2010/12/10/only-download-wordpress-themes-from-trusted-sources/

    Often Very Bad People™ will put up themes on their site and basically poison the code. Using those themes can compromise your WordPress installation and get your site hacked with a backdoor or malware.

    For now you should restrict your theme selections to the free theme repo here.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/

    To narrow down your search, try the new theme tag filter.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/tag-filter/

    If you do want to obtain a commercial theme, try one of the vendors on this list.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/commercial/

  3. carolynphotos
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Jan, thank you so much for your reply. That makes a lot of sense, I definitely won't be trusting those sites and downloading their free themes. I'll still with the commercial themes from your vendor list.

    Thanks!
    Carolyn :)

  4. seaworldgardenworld
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I found Dandelion and a bunch of other cool themes

    Is there somewhere that (other than the WordPress.org location) is good for finding good legitimate free themes? I am just learning and part of that learning is looking at the guts of features I like in order to see how they work ...

    I realize that there are bad people out there who code viruses and back doors, but you are tarring everyone who offers free themes with the same ugly brush :( So are there OTHER legitimate and safe sources? Thanks!!

  5. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

  6. Andrew Nevins
    Barrel Rider, Spam Zapper & Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I realize that there are bad people out there who code viruses and back doors, but you are tarring everyone who offers free themes with the same ugly brush

    How would you differentiate between them?

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