How do I check to see if WP theme is clean?

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As the title suggests, I am looking at a few of the more obscure Wordpress themes which I understand can sometimes be riddled with malware, adware and the like. Could someone let me know of any ways to check it for 'cleanliness'? Thanks!
#check #clean #theme
  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    Out of curiosity...why are you looking for obscure themes? What's wrong with the established, mainstream ones?

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  • Profile picture of the author peewhy
    Just stay clear, if they are from a questionable source, it is likely they'll have some malware. There's plenty of really good WP themes at very low cost.

    The time you spend with anti-virus, malware cleaners, even paying for techies repair will far out weigh the cost of a nulled script.
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  • Profile picture of the author jetsetter883
    Some of them are a bit too elaborate for my needs, but mostly I was able to find a color scheme + layout combo that I like in one of the obscure themes.
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  • Profile picture of the author peewhy
    Just stay clear, if they are from a questionable source, it is likely they'll have some malware. There's plenty of really good WP themes at very low cost.

    The time you spend with anti-virus, malware cleaners, even paying for techies repair will far out weigh the cost of a nulled script.
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  • Profile picture of the author jetsetter883
    here, this is the site: WordPress 3 Themes - Download Free WordPress 3.0 Themes

    it's not that obscure. what do you guys think?
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  • Profile picture of the author Wilco de Kreij
    If you want to be sure the themes are good, go for the themes from respected companies (such as WooThemes, for example).

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author jetsetter883
    well if i were to download the theme i want and run it through a virus scan would that be an adequate way of checking for any funny stuff ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Wilco de Kreij
    If you want to be sure the themes are good, go for the themes from respected companies (such as WooThemes, for example).

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author jetsetter883
    haha c'mon guys not everybody uses Genesis, Elegant Themes or WooThemes. i'm sure some of you have used other ones.. i should've never mentioned malware lol. can someone kindly take a look at the site which hosts the theme and let me know your thoughts? it's not like i found it on The Pirate Bay.

    WordPress 3 Themes - Download Free WordPress 3.0 Themes
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    • Profile picture of the author karlmay1980
      Originally Posted by jetsetter883 View Post

      haha c'mon guys not everybody uses Genesis, Elegant Themes or WooThemes. i'm sure some of you have used other ones.. i should've never mentioned malware lol. can someone kindly take a look at the site which hosts the theme and let me know your thoughts? it's not like i found it on The Pirate Bay.

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      I have used themes from that site and been Ok, but I generally use Elegant themes or Woo themes, like I say I havent had a problem though.
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  • Profile picture of the author jetsetter883
    Thanks Crew Chief and karlmay1980 for providing genuine answers instead of unnecessary opinions.
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      Originally Posted by jetsetter883 View Post

      Thanks Crew Chief and karlmay1980 for providing genuine answers instead of unnecessary opinions.
      Your welcome Jetsetter883 and much success to you!

      And just so that everyone knows and understands, there are numerous people jumping into IM and they may have any number of reasons why they are using a free WP theme, free hosting and even a free domain.

      Whatever their reason, it is my belief that the WF is here to help them take their dream and vision to the next level.
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  • Profile picture of the author andersvinther
    It's illegal to use the word "wordpress" in a domain name... breaches trademark rights...

    So they're already doing wrong... and you want to install their code on your server...

    Hmmmm.... maybe not such a good idea...

    Here is are two very interesting articles you should read:
    Free Wordpress Themes: Why You Should Never Search For Them on Google
    When is a Free WordPress Theme Really Free? Some Thoughts and Some Places to Find Them | The WordPress Experts - WPMU.org

    But to answer your question: how do you check a theme?
    - Install on a local test server - preferably in a Virtual Machine, so you can throw it out afterwards.
    - Use the Theme Authenticity Checker: WordPress › TAC (Theme Authenticity Checker) « WordPress Plugins
    - Use the advice from Crew Chief above...

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  • Profile picture of the author so11
    Hello warriors,

    It is better to get your themes from trusted sources and known companies.

    Even if you install and test your sites in test environments, it is not 100% certain that you'll discover/identify any spyware/adware/bad scripts/viruses.

    A regular antivirus will not do the job. If you are uncertain about the code/theme/plugin just dont run it. If you like risky business, the only way to find out is to security audit/scan your site and go from there.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    I also recommend never use any encrypted theme or plugin unless it is from a trusted source.

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  • Profile picture of the author jetsetter883
    Well I did some research on the person who wrote the theme and it was done by a guy named Mr. Pixel. I would suspect that any nefarious themes would not have anyone's identity connected to them. But there are lots of opinions in this thread and so far only one or two people even bothered to check out the link.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jtraits
    You can also open the theme .html and paste the code to a SPAM checker ... the result of the check will tell you what to change in order to make it clean or where the problems are...
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  • Profile picture of the author DeadRooster
    I found a Theme Authenticity Plugin at wordpress [dot] org:

    WordPress › TAC (Theme Authenticity Checker) « WordPress Plugins

    I've never used it though; I only use Catalyst or OptimizePress
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    • Profile picture of the author ot
      Whatever you do don't upload it to your server without going through the whole code by hand.

      Bad scripts will go through and edit the files in every other theme you already have.

      If you don't understand php or have no idea how to identify rogue code then you are stuck having to go with a recognised theme. Free always comes at a cost - whether it's backlinks in the footer you don't want, or something worse.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    Don't try to use themes that you get from somewhere else than the usual designer's site. It's not worth it.
    It helps to just pay 35$ for a good theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author straightforward
    I would recommend you to use Theme-Check plugin.

    The theme check plugin is an easy way to test your theme and make sure it's up to spec with the latest theme review standards. With it, you can run all the same automated testing tools on your theme that WordPress.org uses for theme submissions.

    The tests are run through a simple admin menu and all results are displayed at once. This is very handy for theme developers, or anybody looking to make sure that their theme supports the latest WordPress theme standards and practices.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    And if you want a specific look, layout, and colors in a them, you can build your own themes with Headway Themes visual theme builder. I think it's $68 and is a WYSIWYG design platform.

    You can create WP sites that look totally different than anything else out there.

    :-Don
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