A screenshot of Thesis WordPress theme in its raw state
Sick of WordPress Plugins?
Optimizing your WordPress blog can be tedious, especially if it’s a large blog with many posts that has been going for some time. If you’re like most bloggers you’ll be getting tired of having to install so many plugins and make so many ‘tweaks’ in order to get the look and feel you want, as well as please the search engines so that all your hard work is not wasted.
If you’ve been blogging with WordPress for any length of time you’ll almost certainly have heard of Thesis. You may have checked it out and been turned off because you have to pay for it. Why would anyone pay for a theme when there are so many really pretty ones that come free, right?
Let me just explain why that’s so wrong.
Thesis is a theme for WordPress that has been created with perfect–or at least near perfect–code. This is reason #1 why you should sit up and take note. Sloppy code is a major reason why some WordPress blogs just don’t seem to do so well.
Thesis is, in its raw state, pretty basic, and that’s just how some of us like our blogs to look. But the beauty of this theme is that you can customize it however you want so there are thousands of Thesis users and no two of them have an identical-looking site. How amazing is that? I can say without reservation that Thesis is simply THE most customizable WordPress theme out there.
SEOclass.org Gets Dressed in Thesis!
When we decided to upgrade SEOclass.org we agreed pretty quickly that we should continue with WordPress. We looked at a few attractive themes, but despite the fact that Thesis is more work (initially) than other themes, we decided Thesis would be the best solution for us since SEO is obviously very important. Just looking at the number of top SEOs who have opted to use Thesis should be enough to convince anyone that it IS the way to go for superbly-optimized WordPress.
One advantage to using Thesis is that you can do away with the countless SEO plugins that are otherwise required to optimize a WordPress theme. This is good for two reasons: your site will load that much more quickly, since every plugin you use weighs things down. You will save a lot of time not needing to select settings and upgrade unnecessary plugins, which will leave you with a lot more time to run your blog.
Once you get set up that is.
It has taken me a couple of days to make some changes that I feel are more in line with how our site should look–and I’m still not finished.
If you are a beginner with the Web, you will most likely need some help with your Thesis theme at least to start with. Thesis support forums are great but still time-consuming. You may find that all the options offered on the Thesis panel are overwhelming. I wish they’d gone a bit further: why, for example, can’t we choose the color of fonts while we’re choosing anyway?
Here are just a few of the blogs that I admire who also happen to use Thesis:
Thinking of Switching to Thesis?
If you’re thinking of switching to Thesis, remember that it will be upgraded regularly to keep pace with WordPress developments and more. What you pay for this theme will be an investment in your web success. So far, simply no other WordPress theme does as much to help you on your way towards blogging at the top.