Good day all. First off, this is just a ‘first look’ regarding this as a Thesis theme review. So, consider these results as preliminary.
First off, why would anyone want to pay $200 for a WordPress theme? I looked long and hard at this theme and asked a ton of questions before I decided to purchase this theme
But before that, why did I even consider the thesis theme? One of the primary things the developers of this theme tout is the SEO capabilities that this theme gives. But for me, I’ve worked long and hard with WordPress from an on page SEO perspective and didn’t really need this benefit.
But what caught my eye was two things in particular.
Thesis Theme Review – Professional Looks
I reviewed several sites that were very good looking and well behaving with the Thesis theme. Clean looks and careful programming are always a good combination to professionalism and I feel that thesis shows this.
But many times, stable looks usually come at a cost. Flexibility. Thesis provides a tremendous amount of flexibility but I’ll warn you, this is not for the newbie to WordPress. But if you’ve performed modifications on themes using html, php and css, then you will be prepared for this.
Finally, the developers of thesis felt that the CSS layer should be isolated as much as possible from the html layer. This is exactly what the developers envisioned when developing CSS. What is the benefit to you and me?
Many themes carry a ton of baggage on the front end of a webpage to cover a lot of the looks and feel provided by CSS and functions. This increases load times for visitors and reduces the likelihood that spiders will read your pages properly for indexing!
To me, this is one of the greatest benefits of thesis.
Thesis Theme Review – Simplicity
The second thing that I really liked about thesis is the simplification factor that this plugin offers. To perform many of the functions needed for good SEO and other functions, you would want to consider running the following plugins:
- All in One SEO or Platinum SEO
- Redirection or Broken Link Remover
- Google Analytics
With thesis theme, you can deactivate all these plugins. This too can help to reduce complexity and load times on your blog. Plus there are other plugins that I hesitate to mention that I was able to turn off as well.
The end result is an overall quicker blog and cleaner looking blog. So from first looks, I’m actually quite impressed so far. Ah, but hold on.
The thesis theme works a little bit different then other themes. Yes you do load them the same was as other themes, but the simplicity that they provide comes at a small price. You have to learn a new layer of ‘programming’ with Thesis.
Not a biggie, but it did even throw me for a loop for just a while. I was actually just a bit ticked after working with thesisin the beginning as the I was needed to make modifications to the thesis, you have to do it the ‘thesis way’.
Ok, I’ve given thesis about two weeks to decide whether I go forward with it or seek a refund. My conclusion?
It’s definitely a keeper! This is just no sales hype. After conforming to the new layer provided by Thesis, I actually found that I started to really like the Thesis theme. But this does come with one caveat. I always followed other recommendations and loaded the openhooks plugin to making modifications even easier.
I think that if you are considering a professional and clean looking and running blog, thesis should be on that short list.
My only other recommendation goes to the Thesis developers. Provide a manual that is clear and concise on modding the theme! This is my Thesis theme review.
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