The use of nulled Joomla templates and extensions are gradually becoming a part of some Joomla users. Many users that are running their Joomla websites with nulled Joomla softwares do not know the bad side of using them. Many know the bad side and still ignore! You don’t ignore something that would hurt you (either now or later). Such thing deserves attention!
Nulled Joomla softwares has caused several harm to websites. This is because most nulled softwares are often coded by inexperienced persons. Nulled Joomla templates and extensions come with several issues, some of these issues are always on purpose (caused by the developers of nulled Joomla softwares).
It will certainly get to a point that you’ll need help and they nulled developers won’t be available to help you out because they lack knowledge and aren’t the original developers. This is because nulled Joomla templates and extensions lack support! Even when you report the problems you are facing (while using these premium stuffs offered for free) to developers (not the template or extension developers), they may not be able to help you out because these nulled stuffs you are using were written without any experience. Finally, these developers you hired would recommend you purchase these stuffs from the original developers instead of using a nulled version.
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What are Nulled Joomla Templates and Extensions?
They are paid/premium templates and extensions used in a Joomla website that are made illegally available for free by a third party. Nulled templates and extensions are developed by third party users (who are not the original developers of the extensions and templates). They are usually premium/paid products that are offered for free download or at a cheap cost by an illegal third party.
To be honest, these products aren’t just offered for free, they get something else in return. That is your Joomla website! What nulled developers do is that; they leave malicious code (into all of their nulled products), which gives them remote access to get into your Joomla website so easily. That is; when you install the templates or extensions you get from them (usually for free), the malicious code they added to this nulled template or extension, gives them a remote access into your Joomla website (without your permission or knowledge). They are offered for free download in exchange with an unauthorized access into your Joomla website.
Why do People Create Nulled Joomla Templates and Extensions
There are several reasons people create the nulled version of Joomla templates and extensions. Some of the reasons are:
- To hack into Joomla websites
- To boost their ads
- To kill the SEO ranking of other websites
- To boost their website traffic
- To get a dofollow backlink
Why do People use Nulled Templates and Extensions in their Joomla Websites?
Because they want to save cost while creating their Joomla websites. Premium/paid templates and extensions could be expensive for them (depending on their budget to create a Joomla website). This always push them to look for the premium/paid version of a template or extension that are offered for free download or at a cheap cost by an illegal third party. Even if you recommend the free version of a template or extension for a start, they’d reply that they need the paid version.
Everyone would love to use premium/paid tools because they carry advanced features which the free ones don’t carry. This has resulted to the development of nulled Joomla templates and extensions for Joomla users.
There will be a time you’ll meet people selling Joomla premium stuffs at a cheap cost, you’ll be tempted to purchase from them. This is a trap, that item you are purchasing for your Joomla website is a nulled version (not the original version)! Our advice is that you stay away from those things, even if you are told that they are from the original developers and it’s cheap. Just stay away from those things, they are not from the original source, they are nulled!
Purchasing paid stuffs from a third party source or downloading premium stuffs for free is considered a criminal act. You have to stay away from this!
Let’s take a look at the reasons we highly don’t recommend nulled stuffs for your Joomla website.
1. Nulled Template and Extensions Lack Security/Privacy
This is because they are badly coded (by an inexperienced person). The developers of these nulled stuffs, intensionally inject a malicious code snippet that would give them a remote access into your Joomla website. When these nulled Joomla templates or extensions are installed and activated, it gives them a pretty smooth access into your Joomla website without your permission/knowledge.
Has your Joomla website ever been hacked or defaced after installing and activating an extension/template you got for free or at a cheap cost from a third party (that is not the original owner)? This is because these products were nulled!
2. Nulled Templates and Extensions Kill Your SEO
Nulled Joomla templates and extensions kill the visibility of your website in Search results. This is because they are badly coded, badly coded by inexperienced people.
A few developers of nulled softwares, some times send bot traffic to your Joomla website. This alone kills your website ranking because it’s against the policy of the giant of all search engines (Google). Google search engine so much hate websites that receive bot traffic, and would do almost anything to take down such website.
Some nulled templates and extensions are poorly coded that they take the whole day to load. This causes a sudden drop in website ranking. Search engines (especially Google), hate websites that take the whole time to load. They give more attention to websites that are fast/optimized for speed over the ones that are slow, or not optimized for speed at all!
If your Joomla website was properly optimized for search engines, and you also receive a decent amount of traffic from search engines, you’ll notice a sudden drop in ranking. This happens after installing and activating a nulled Joomla template or extension (sometimes not immediately).
Seeing our websites do well on the result pages of search engines has always been our wish. But nulled Joomla templates and extensions are against our wish. So, stay away from them!
3. No Supports From Developers
The developers of Joomla nulled templates and extensions don’t provide supports to their users because they aren’t the original owners of the software. This is also because they lack knowledge about the software. They have no support team you’d contact each time you need help while using their software! This means that you are own your own!
On like the original developers, you’d get full support from them when you purchase the premium version of their software. They offer all kinds of supports, starting from technical support, security support, etc. These are only available to their premium users (that is; if you purchase their premium software).
In a case that you run into a problem, who would help you out for free? No one would do such, even the original developers! This is because you are using the nulled version of their software.
You don’t have to worry about supports because you have the full attention of the original developers. While for nulled, you don’t receive any support from them!
4. No Update From Them
No one is there to keep the software up-to date, since they aren’t the original developers. They just code and give them out for free download. In a case that the original developers releases an update, you won’t be notified because you are using a nulled version of their software.
It is unfutunate that you can’t update nulled templates and extensions to a newer or latest version!
Updated versions are released to patch the vulnerabilities found in the previous version. In a case that you are running your Joomla website with nulled softwares, who would release an updated version to replace the previous version? Absolutely no one, they have no right to update these softwares because they are not the original developers!
5. No Maintenance
They didn’t create these softwares as the original owners, they created them as a third party user. So, why look forward for support, update and maintenance from them? If you are that one person that always look forward for maintenance on nulled softwares, sorry, you are not getting it! They don’t offer software maintenance after release.
Nulled softwares are always seen as stolen softwares, therefore, they have no right or permission to maintain something that doesn’t belong to them!
Software maintenance, we are talking about an active support team, regular release of new versions to replace the old versions (as a result of vulnerabilities or to add new features to the previous), etc.
6. No Documentations Available
There will be no documentations available. What documentation will they give when they aren’t the original owner of the template or extension they created (without permission)?! If you have been using nulled softwares for a while now, you may have noticed that nulled softwares lack documentations.
Documentations are attached to the templates or extensions (either free or paid softwares) to help the user better understand how these softwares work, and how to use them. In a case that one uses a premium Joomla template or extension (that is; nulled, offered for free), there’s absolutely no way the developer of these nulled softwares would get a documentation for the template or extension they coded. This is because premium softwares always require license key to use them. The documentation provided by the original developers, help you better understand the software you just purchased from them. It works in a way that no other developer understands their softwares except them!
7. You Have no Idea of What Was Injected into the Nulled Template or Extension You are Using
This is very true, you have no idea of the code that was used to build the nulled Joomla template or extension you are using. Many of them often insert their ads code into these nulled softwares. The moment you install and activate it, their advertisements begin to display on your website. This is pretty annoying!
8. Data Loose as a Result of Mal-functioning
Yes, you may loose your website after installing and activating nulled softwares. Your Joomla website will malfunction if the nulled template or extensions were written by an inexperienced person. This will make you loose your Joomla website.
9. They May not Work Properly
Nulled templates and extensions usually do not work properly because of the lack of experience use to code these nulled softwares.
10. Difficult to Modify
In a case that you are using a nulled Joomla template and you would like to modify it, you’ll always find it difficult to modify it. This is because it was coded in an unusual way. You shouldn’t talk about modifying a nulled template, first, talk about understanding how it was coded before saying you’d like to edit it. Nulled softwares are always coded in an unusual way, in that anyone that tries to modify it, may end up crashing his website. They are usually improperly coded, this is the reason it’s always difficult to understand its arrangement!
11. Nulled Templates and Extensions are Illegal
Nulled Joomla templates and extensions are totally illegal, using them too is also illegal! Nulled softwares are stolen softwares because they have no special permission from the original developers to recreate their softwares!
In a case that the original developers of the nulled softwares (you are using), decides to take action against those creating nulled versions of their softwares and those using the nulled versions of their softwares. You certainly will not be pardoned, you too using it will have to pay! Paying in this case isn’t in the range of the cost of the software, you’ll have to pay a huge amount of money for using them! Don’t forget that they are stolen softwares, so, they are illegal!
12. Nulled/Cracked Joomla Templates are Unresponsive
Surely, you may have heard your friends talk about the responsiveness of the Joomla template they are using. You too should think of responsive templates because it would make your Joomla website beautiful and stand out. When the list of responsive Joomla website is released and you don’t find your website name on the list. You’ll understand the reason for this post!
Nulled Joomla templates are usually unattractive, they have too many colours and are unresponsive. This means that nulled Joomla templates usually have too many colours, colours that are off, and the design can’t adjust to any device width! Responsive Joomla template is what everyone talks about, so, why do you have to use nulled Joomla templates that won’t make your website stand out? Or, that template that discomforts your website users? Nothing should make you use nulled templates, instead, go for the free version of any template that is responsive!
13. It Discourages Innovation
When the original developers of the nulled templates and extensions finds out that their softwares has been nulled, they become discouraged and may not develop new things. Same case as developers wanting to develop new softwares. They would be discouraged when they see the softwares of other developers being nulled.
People sell the softwares they create to make money for them selves (because it’s their time and intelligence). In a case that you run your Joomla website with nulled softwares, it discourages them and other developers planing to create helpful paid softwares in the future. This is because they don’t profit when you use the nulled version of their hand work.
14. There are Hundreds of Free Joomla Templates and Extensions Available
If paid Joomla extensions and templates would make your budget high, why not go for free Joomla templates and extensions instead of nulled ones? Many Joomla templates and extensions creators have made their softwares available for free, and they have been tested and proved to be malware free (on like nulled/cracked ones).
With the availability of hundreds of free Joomla templates and extensions, you have no reason to use nulled/cracked Joomla templates or extensions! Why use nulled Joomla templates and extensions that exposes your website to vulnerabilities? Why use nulled Joomla templates that make your website unresponsive? Nothing should make you use nulled Joomla softwares. If you are currently using them, delete them immediately
The nulled version of Joomla templates and extensions are being created each day, it maybe difficult to identify. Let’s take a look at how we could identify the nulled version of Joomla softwares.
How to Detect Nulled Joomla Templates and Extensions
Nulled Joomla templates and extensions could be detected in different ways. Your templates and extensions are nulled if:
- they give backlink(s) that cannot be removed to spammy websites
- they have no documentations
- they offer no support
- they have no updates
- you notice unusual activities after activating it
- your Joomla website gets defaced after activating it
- your Joomla website gets hacked after installing and activating any template or extension from a third party source
If you have experienced any of those things we listed above, your template or extension may be a nulled software.
Do We Encourage the Use of Nulled Templates and Extensions in Joomla?
No, we don’t recommend the use of nulled softwares (either templates or extensions) in Joomla. Whether you are planning to use them in order to save/cut off cost, we don’t encourage it at all! It’s not a must-do to run your Joomla website using premium templates and extensions offered for free download. Instead, start with the free versions that are directly from the template/extension developers. With this, you are certain that your Joomla website is free from malware or vulnerabilities from extensions and templates.
Restricting Access to the Administrative Directory of Your Joomla Website
You already know that nulled Joomla templates and extensions exposes your website to vulnerabilities. In a case that the attacker gains access into your Joomla website, you could easily restrict access into the administrative directory of your Joomla website, this works by IP. If the attacker’s IP address have no permission into the administrative directory of your Joomla website, he will be denied access!
Secure Your Joomla Website During Installation
Before installing Joomla, you should think of how you could secure it during installation. Your Joomla website becomes vulnerable to attacks if it wasn’t properly configured during the installation processes. We have a JovialGuide that shows you how to secure your Joomla website during installation
Joomla Security Guide
Like we mentioned earlier that nulled templates and extensions lack security and privacy, your Joomla website could be hacked easily when you run your website with nulled softwares.
The use of nulled Joomla templates and extensions exposes your Joomla website to vulnerabilities. This has always been the problem website users that are running their Joomla websites using nulled softwares face. We’ve written a JovialGuide that covers everything you need to know about Joomla security
Conclusion on – Why You Should Stop Using Nulled Joomla Templates and Extensions
We have highlighted the reasons we don’t recommend the use of nulled templates or extensions in Joomla. Nulled softwares just don’t render your Joomla website vulnerable to attacks, but kills the SEO of your website. They kill your website SEO in the sense that; some nulled softwares often come with redirection script, which redirects your website users to either their website or a bad/illegal website without your knowledge.
Are you running your Joomla website with nulled softwares? At this time, it’s not late to stop using them. It becomes too late when the attacker(s) gain full access into your Joomla website!
If your Joomla website has ever been hacked after the installation and activation of any nulled software, this is because a malicious/harmful code was inserted into the nulled software. This is also the reason we always say a big no to nulled softwares.
With all these reasons, you should now stay away from nulled/premium Joomla templates and extensions that are being offered for free download. If you are already running your Joomla website with nulled softwares, quickly deactivate and stay away from them to avoid causing any harm to your website.