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Beware Free Wordpress Templates

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by dragon123, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. dragon123

    dragon123 Regular Member

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    Just a word of warning to those that use google to search for free wordpress templates. Many i have found have hidden code with links to sites that have no relevance to what you may be designing. Unless you know coding or CSS well these are hard to delete as i found to my cost.
    Has anyone else found this to be a problem.
     
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    c0ntenth|ef Power Member

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    i have had this problem once but if you regularly check links then they are easy to be found and its better to download them from reliable legit sites.
     
  3. dragon123

    dragon123 Regular Member

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    A good FREE plugin for wordpress to see if the template has hidden code is TAC..(Theme Authenticity Checker).
     
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    LyNHS Regular Member

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    Yes they use CSS to hide it, like they reduce the font size to em -99999999 so you'll never be able to see it. I haven't seen this much of a problem for WordPress... but for free Joomla templates it's a MASSIVE problem.
     
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    blue_wings Newbie

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    There is no problem with a link hidden behind an image or using other css tricks...you can just remove it from the template.

    The real problem is with encrypted footers...I also try to remove them...there is a simple method...search the files for encrypted text, put before and after a marking tag like
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    <!--here starts/ends the encrypted part -->
    Then I look in the source code, I find the tags added by me and I copy the text between the tags and replace it in the original file. Then I do some adjustments (remove links...put my own links)...and that's it. In 75% of the cases this works...

    Some templates have also functions that check if the footer is intact, otherwise it breaks the theme...but also those can be avoided...WITH SOME PHP SKILLS.
     
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    everythingred Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    when you install this go to appearance and click TAC. thanks to this i found one in one of the templates. awesome plugin!
     
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    Statix Junior Member

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    Sometimes the links are hidden to the admin, make sure you check the site when not logged in to be sure too. Had one like this and didn't find it until weeks later
     
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    its always good to remember about this! I wish had "sticky" about something like this
     
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    Very good plugin and very useful to check themes for malicious or potentially unwanted code.