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The Best WordPress Theme

By Edited May 14, 2015 1 8

Are you having problems finding a free WordPress theme that suits your site perfectly? Everyone does.

The amount of customization options on free WP themes has increased in recent years, but it is still awkward for a non-techie.

In the Beginning . . .

In your site’s first few months the theme you choose is irrelevant; you will not be getting any visitors anyway. You will just be building up your content and preparing to receive your first enthusiastic visitor.

And then there were Visitors . . .

Once you have 50-100 posts on your site and all your pages set up it is time to think about its appearance.

There are thousands of free WordPress themes to choose from, and somewhere there must be the perfect theme. However it is impossible to find and most serious bloggers buy a theme instead.

Buying a  WP Theme

Once you start to research paid-for WordPress themes you realise that there are several options:

  • Pay a developer to build you a  unique theme - $100
  • Buy a  ready to use, easily changed theme and customise it yourself - $100
  • Buy a  theme and pay someone to customise it - $200
  • Buy a  theme framework and a ‘child theme’ - $100

Trying to Reduce Costs

Many bloggers spend hundreds of dollars on themes and theme customisation. It is easy to pay $40 here and $29 there and in no time you have signed up for and bought four different theme sets.

The Solution

In your research you will come across a theme called Thesis. There is a lot of hype surrounding this theme, which is of-putting for a cynical blogger. Thesis costs $89 and that is just for one site. If you want to use Thesis on two or ten sites it costs $164.

That seems a bit steep.

However, Thesis works.

It works out of the box and is a piece of cake to customise, even for the least technical-minded blogger. You can do it all with zero knowledge of CSS, HTML or any other set of random initials.

All the customisation options are done via a large, easy to use and plain English interface screen.

Customising Thesis

If you want 2, 3 or 4 columns it is easy to do.

If you want a photo slide show you can do it.

If you want to change the font or font colour it is simple.

Every single thing you can change yourself. You can experiment with different page and column widths, layouts and colours. Check out this page to see a list of everything you can change and exactly how to do it

And all for $89?  . . . That’s a great deal.

Not Only, but Also . . .

With most themes, even paid for ones, you need to install plug-ins for additional functionality. Bloggers usually install plugins for SEO, ads and social networking. Every plugin you use slows your site down.

You can still use plugins with Thesis, but Thesis, has a massive support site and forum where you can find exact instructions and code to paste into your site to do the same jobs as all those plugins. The code does the same job but without slowing down your site.

Site speed is important in terms of visitors and search engine rankings.

If you are put off by the sight of code, you needn’t be. The Thesis support pages give you the code and tell you exactly where to paste it.

The Bottom Line

Buy Thesis sooner rather than later, because it will stop you spending money on ‘solutions’ that fail to do the job.

DIY Themes, the Thesis development company, even offer a 30 day refund policy; and you get free upgrades for ever.

Thesis 2 Released

Thesis 2 is released on 1st October 2012. This includes point and click interfaces to change any CSS code on your site, landing pages, custom 404 error pages and so much more it is well nigh unbelievable.

If you buy Thesis NOW you get a  free upgrade to Thesis 2 on Monday 1st October. It's time.




Jul 2, 2012 8:13pm
Phil, I am not building websites in the immediate future, but plan to do more down the line. I have read a lot about Thesis. Since the positive review is coming from you, I trust it. When the time is right for me to create more sites, I will look into this as an investment. Thanks!
Jul 2, 2012 8:16pm
Thanks Mommy. Thanks for the trust. I have bought the single site version, after buying 3 other sets of paid themes AND paying someone to build my 21CWoman.com theme. I have a referral link that you might use as and when . . .
Jul 2, 2012 10:40pm
Of course I will! I will contact you when I am ready to make more sites, which will probably be late fall or early winter.
Jul 2, 2012 11:06pm
I've been considering Thesis for a while, which is why I'm still running Twenty Ten (I want to change the theme just once). I just hadn't been able to really tell what the advantages were, only that many people were recommending it.
Jul 2, 2012 11:11pm
The main advantage to me is that you can change absolutely anything YOURSELF. Check the link (It's a Ref link) to a page where they list 101 things you can change and following each one tells you EXACTLy how to do it. I have always thought that MS Excel's help system was the best. This one is just as good
Jul 2, 2012 11:14pm
That's quite a list of features - many of them I've been using plugins for. Is it easy to have a custom "style" I suppose - I would normally call it a theme - for Thesis? I'm not terribly good at design myself.
Jul 2, 2012 11:18pm
Check out WritingPayingArticles.com that I customised in a few hours of playing around a few days ago. The default theme is black on white with a big image, I know almost zero coding, so if I can do it anyone can, It's just a matter of changing a few drop downs
Jul 4, 2012 2:12am
My biggest problem is always the design. Back when I knew enough to create a website design (I don't have sufficient knowledge of CSS currently for the new designs) I could build a design, I just couldn't create one. Still, it looks like it will be easy enough to get someone to create a site design when needed.
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