Do not buy themes on themeforest. Themeforest is a cesspool for scammers out to rip you off!
Why you shouldn’t buy themes from Themeforest.
If you are tempted to buy a new “flashy” theme from Themeforest then I would suggest you think again. Themeforest is nothing more than a cesspool for scammers. Yes, there are some legit theme sellers on Themeforest that are well coded and are regularly updated but the vast majority of themes up for grabs on the site and really bad! I have bought a lot of themes on Themeforest and finally after the being scammed yet again by an author I have finally learnt my lesson to never buy from that scammers paradise ever again.
Themes are badly coded and are more or less junk.
90% of the themes on Themeforest are junk and are basically blank canvas that require you to build your site from scratch using the visual composer Plugin bundled into the theme. Do not be sucked in by a themes sales page and live demo… most of the time theme sellers will use [professional stock big images and sliders to wow and seller there themes.. get rid of these big images and all that you are left with is a google font “mega menu” at the top and not much else.
Furthermore most of the themes are also really poorly coded and are extremely slow to run even on the fastest of hosts. Also, due to the fact that themes on themeforest are coded by morons in far away lands with no moral it means that your site will have vulnerabilities in the code of your theme leaving your site open to being hacked (these vulnerabilities could even be placed in your theme on purpose for the theme author to hack your site later on).Vulnerabilities in wordpress code and plugins are always being discovered and fixed keeping themes updated and getting rid of compromised code is always something you should do to keep your site protected. However a lot of themeforest themes after a couple months of them being uploaded are never updated again s vulnerabilities are never fixed, but what does the themeforest author care they already have your money and it isnt as though your going to get a refund!
No refunds, Themeforest protects scammers!
Themeforest doesn’t really have a refund policy. If you have a problem with a Theme which means you cannot use it or the theme is removed from the marketplace and so cannot download it you cannot ask Themeforest for a refund you must ask the theme author and almost 99% of the time theme authors will ignore you refund request. If a Themeforest author does reject your refund request you can dispute this with Themeforest however Themeforest will just reject your dispute and will hide behind their unreasonable TOS to get out of giving you a refund. If you choose to file a paypal dispute against Themeforest (which you have a right to do) your Themeforest account will be banned.
So the moral of this article is simple DO NOT BUY FROM THE SCAMMERS MARKETPLACE!
With a little bit of knowledge in css you can more or less create any theme on themeforest using the twentysixteen wordpress free theme and it will be better coded and a lot faster (Plus your site will look exactly like how you want and will look unique and will not have the same style as 1000+ of other sites using the same cruddy themeforest theme)!
If you have been scammed by themeforest share your experience below and warn others not to buy from this garbage website that is making MILLIONS a year!