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Thesis Theme: #1 WordPress Theme

Thesis Theme for WordPressAt Win with 1 our goal is to provide our valued clients with a premium blog setup at the very best price in the world. When we setup a new blog for a client, it’s the same blogging setup we use ourselves.

One of the most important pieces of our blogger package is the premium Thesis theme.

Thesis is the “skin” that creates the visual elements on your site. In over seven years of blogging, it’s the absolute best theme we’ve ever used, bar none. Here are few of the current features that make Thesis such an amazing WordPress theme.

Thesis Options

Without hacking into files of code, this set of options allows you to select which pages to include in your navigation bar, choose a home page, or determine how many blog post teasers appear. You can set your feed (I use FeedBurner) and add footer and header scripts (for analytics, etc.). You have options to hide or show most elements on your pages, like your site name and tagline, bylines, and tagging.

All sorts of customizations are as simple as clicking a checkbox.

Design Options

If you don’t know CSS, HTML, or PHP, don’t worry. You can still customize the look of your site easily. These options allow you to select fonts and sizes for most page elements as easily as you do in a word processor. You can choose a one, two, or three column layout (and the size of each) by just using a popup menu and filling in a couple of fields — and you can choose where you want each column. Use the multimedia box and the feature box, or don’t. Your choice and the change takes just seconds.

No code hacking, just the same easy selections you use in other programs.

Thesis Openhooks

This WordPress plugin — designed specifically for Thesis theme users — provides an easy way for you to add just about anything you want (images, text, even php) to just about any location on your posts and pages. Each area on your site has a name (like “before title” or “after media box” or “footer”) and if you want to add something to that section, you simply place the information in the field with the same label.

Every Win with 1 blog has Thesis openhooks installed and activated.

Updating

My first blog went live on January 1, 2003. It had a free theme and, over time, I hacked it to the hilt. Read that to mean I customized it to the point that I can’t upgrade without breaking it. It’s a nightmare and in order to get it up to date, I have to right a script to pull the data out and put it back in a different way.

Don’t worry about the technical issues, the point is that without knowing it, I put that blog on a deadend and it needs to be completely redone. When I do it this spring, it will be a Thesis blog. Why? Because Thesis was designed to be customized in a way that allows updates while leaving customization intact. Genius.

[Update: In January of 2011 I finally took the hacks apart and changed the site theme. You guessed it, it’s now running (happily!) on Thesis.]

Bottom Line

After years using other themes, we finally found what we were looking for. We’ll never go back. We can focus on what we do best with the most efficient theme out there. We love Thesis. It works for us.

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • KenderD March 12, 2010, 5:56 am

    I’ve been using Thesis for almost six months. Easiest theme I’ve ever used. I will never switch again.

  • Dana March 12, 2010, 6:57 am

    It seems that thesis bring new meaning to blog design — it is easy even without CSS and PHP knowledge.
    .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..HostNexus: A Cheap Web Hosting =-.

  • pardno March 12, 2010, 10:14 am

    I tried to set up a blog with Blogger and Typepad. Finally I spent a little money and got your blogger package. Best decision I ever made. Almost no money and now I have a great blog. I’m not ready to have visitors, but I’ve been following your tutorials and fixing it up just like I want it. Super easy and I can’t do any programming at all.

  • IP March 12, 2010, 5:40 pm

    Thesis is a pretty good theme and it’s highly customizable. I have used it and been fairly happy with it. But it does take a decent amount of code modification in order to do some of the customizations that are more automated on other themes. -Max

  • Alison Moore Smith March 12, 2010, 5:54 pm

    Thanks for the input, everyone.

    pardno, I’m so glad you are pleased with your setup!

    I think it goes without saying that some customizations will require coding, if you want to go above and beyond those that are automated. Themes can’t possibly automate any possible desired change. I’d be interested to know which customizations are automated in other premium themes. Always good to compare. 🙂

  • bbrian017 March 15, 2010, 9:20 am

    Jezz apparently if you’re not using Thesis you’re no body lol. Joking… I heard it’s a great theme so anyone thinking about using it most likely should.

    I just started using Keller hawthorns theme simply fresh themes and it’s amazing. I’m betting you would love it to Alison. Check it out on my peronal blog when you get a chance and let me know what your thoughts are.
    .-= bbrian017´s last blog ..How to make money from blogging =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 15, 2010, 2:58 pm

    Hah. It’s a great theme with more great features to come.

    Brian, I only recently became familiar with Hawthorn’s stuff. From what I’ve seen, I’d say you can expect quality from her.

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