At 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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.