Comments on: WordPress Theme Authenticity Checker We build High Quality, Good Looking Premium WordPress Themes that are Easy to Use and ready for just about anything. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:01:53 +0000 hourly 1 By: Obfuscated code in themes: Your opinion? - Page 3 - WordPress Tavern Forum Tue, 21 Jul 2009 22:06:02 +0000 […] vulnerable to spam attacks. I wrote about the WordPress Theme Authenticity Checker a while back here and is a great tool to check if the theme you downloaded contains any encrypted code without having […]

By: Peter Fri, 22 Aug 2008 22:22:23 +0000 Where’s the logic in that? That’s the same as saying if you trust an operating system you should trust any program available for it.

By: Lagerhall stålkonstruktion Thu, 21 Aug 2008 10:29:48 +0000 if you trust the corecode u should trust the theme to…

By: Pangeran Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:56:14 +0000 A user like me.
Glad that I never encounter any malicious code etc.

By: Leland Wed, 20 Aug 2008 19:22:48 +0000 Like Peter said, there are a few theme sites which bundle malicious code in “encrypted” form. Although some encrypted code is harmless (just protecting links), the truth is a lot of users don’t know what this is or how it can potentially harm (if malicious) their blogs.

By: Pangeran Wed, 20 Aug 2008 06:03:26 +0000 AH…
So far, I never find such theme that using any encrypted code.

Beside, most of theme is from trusted designer like themelab, and Justin Tadlock.

By: Peter Wed, 20 Aug 2008 06:00:31 +0000 Well, people don’t just use it for “protecting” links in templates. It’s ethical to encrypt code for good intentions such as encypting designer links in the footer, but, it’s unethical when people encypt harmful material into themes.

By: Pangeran Wed, 20 Aug 2008 05:46:13 +0000 Ah, I see.

So using an encrypted code such as


is unethical to put our credit in the theme that we make?

But I though that this will help people not to modify it.

Still in confusing.
So if the plugin found the encrypted code, so what?
That’s what I’m trying to ask.

What’s the benefits.

By: Peter Wed, 20 Aug 2008 05:41:41 +0000 Ah, from what I know, base64 encoding changes normal readable text into a string of characters which are not readable without using a decoder.

Template creators occasionally use base64 to try and limit the amount of links being removed from templates.

E.G. in the footer, instead of the footer being something like

“Theme by Ceneb and Theme Lab

it would say:


Until you use a decoder:

By: Pangeran Wed, 20 Aug 2008 05:27:23 +0000 Yeah, I’ve read it twice to make myself clear.
Don’t know what is base64 emcoding, etc…