Be Careful what WordPress Themes you Install July 24, 2011Posted by Tournas Dimitrios in Wordpress - 3.
If you are one of those WordPress bloggers who go hunting for beautiful WordPress themes outside the WordPress repository then be careful !!! . There are many websites offering some breathtakingly beautiful themes . But these themes are never submitted to the WordPress repository . Instead they are made available for free download from other websites . Have you ever thought what the catch is ?
Most of these websites offer WordPress Theme that have sponsored links in the footer . And these are not the usual credit links pointing to the author. They may contain any : ” meet a girl tonight , cheap Viagra’s , free casino ….. Simply put , the theme will end up placing some spammy links on your site – links to unrelated sites with doubtful quality .
Google uses links to determine the relevancy of websites and pages in relation to the content and keywords used . If you link to another website from your blog , Google interprets this as a vote of confidence and will adjust the search results so that the page that was linked to performs better in searches when somebody does a related search . Obviously , this can be manipulated . If Google detects artificial manipulation of page rank (sponsored links) , it will damage your page-rank . Simply put .. , be very suspicious with themes outside the WordPress repository ..
In the past , you could manually edit template files (footer.php) and remove these sponsored links . Nowadays , some theme designers use encryption techniques to hide the template “schema” , so only experienced developers can locate these code snippets . You can always install a plugin that explores your core files (and theme folders ) for suspicious code , but well written code may hide its existence from these plugins .
Read also : How to find backdoor in a Hacked WordPress .