Theft is bad. It is also illegal. Unfortunately, when people get on their computers, they forget all about these facts—or, more accurately, they either ignore them, or try and justify their actions. Using a nulled or pirated theme on WordPress is an extremely bad thing to do. It can have negative impacts on your business, if that is what you use it for, or on you, if your WordPress is used as a personal blog. If you have considered, are currently using, a nulled or pirated theme, below you will find the top 3 reasons why you should reconsider. They may surprise you.
1: You Get Your WordPress Deleted
It is entirely true. If WordPress has any reason to suspect that you have illegally stolen (and is there any other type of theft, really?) your theme, they will send you a notice to take it down and change it, if they are feeling nice. If WordPress is not feeling nice, your WordPress will be deactivated, and possibly deleted entirely. What does this mean? All of your hard work, all of your blogging, all of your business stuff and everything else on your blog can be gone in a blink of the eye. None of it will be retrievable, even if you decide to later try and apologize to WordPress (again, another thing that is next to impossible, as you will simply reach a support person, and they will not be able to help you retrieve your things at all). Look at it like being kicked out of your apartment for stealing money from your landlord’s, and then having the landlord, instead of calling the cops, simply take everything you have, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
2: You Get IP Banned
If you create a new WordPress after your old one has been deleted for piracy, and you use piracy again (or, perhaps, even if you do not), you will have your IP address banned. What this means is that you will not even be able to attempt accessing WordPress in order to create a new account, ever. So long as you live with the same internet service, have the same phone number and contact information, WordPress will have its doors closed to you. And, again, there is nothing that you can do about it.
3: Theme Makers Need to Eat Too
Stealing someone’s intellectual property is tantamount to walking in their kitchen and taking the food from off their plate then eating it. You have just taken money from someone’s pocket. If the previous two reasons are not enough to stop you using a nulled WordPress theme, then think of it this way; some theme creators do what they do for a living. If someone came into your work and stole your day’s work, without question, leaving you with nothing, you would be undoubtedly upset, and with cause as well.
Renee Klein is a designer and WordPress geek who loves to read, shop, play tennis. She runs a website called WP Discount which offers Coupon Codes for Various Premium WordPress themes like this one http://wpdiscounts.com/stores/event-espresso/
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