Thesis Theme – Does it live up to the hype?

by Abel Cheng on July 10, 2009

in Blogging,Product Reviews

Okay, if you are long enough in blogging, you must have heard of premium Thesis WordPress theme by Chris Pearson of DIYthemes.

Testimonials and praise people have for this theme are fantastic. Not only is the theme excellent, they claim that Thesis support is one of the best in the market.

It’s phenomenal, I must say.

How Did It Start

I admit that I am slow in adopting new products. After making sure there’s nothing to worry about using a new product, then only I proceed to try it out.

The same goes to Thesis theme. I decided to try it out myself and this is what I think of it.

Recently I tried Thesis on my new site and the moment I installed it, I said to myself, “Boy this animal is different from the rest! It’s truly great and unique.”

And I like it so much that I use it even on this blog! For this site, it took me about (maybe less) 30 minutes to migrate from my old WP theme (also by Chris – Neoclassical) to the current one.

Old Blog Design Using Chris Pearson's Neoclassical

Nothing much to change except to create a couple new Widgets on the sidebar. Really, it was very simple to make this switch except with one minor problem: I used the wrong version of WordPress for Thesis 1.5.1. But after I upgraded to WordPress 2.8, everything works fine.

Tada! New Blog Design Using Thesis Theme

If you look at the new design, nothing seems impressive. Because it is not something that I can use to compete with other “magazine” style theme. But being a simple person, I like the simplicity of the Thesis theme. No flashy graphics and just plain transparent background with texts. Of course, you can have colored background, if you want.

The strengths of this theme are not on the outside but inside. Let me explain…

The Good of Thesis Theme

Thesis has a different approach as compared to conventional WP themes and these are the exact differences that make it so popular among bloggers. Personally here are the features I love about Thesis theme:

  • Flexible and easy to customize – With other themes, you have to mess around with the coding if you want to change something. For example the header or the footer. With Thesis, all you need to do is go to Thesis Options panel and Thesis Design Options panel. You can click your way to configuration. No messing around with complicated codes. Things you can change in Thesis Options panel include title tags, header scripts (excellent for Google Analytics) and footer scripts, navigation menu (for your blog pages), CSS stylesheet and so on. In Thesis Design Options, you can specify how many columns you want for your blog (from 1 to 3) and its order. You can pick and choose fonts and font sizes that you prefer. And other designing options.
  • SEO friendly – You can do on-page search engine optimization for the site (site wide) or for a particular page (eg: title, meta description). When you use Thesis theme, you don’t need to install any SEO plugins.
  • Need more customizations? Use Thesis Hooks – You can use these hooks to further add, remove, or modify the theme. For example, I use it to add Adsense code after the post. You can use hooks for just anything.

As you can see, Thesis theme is highly flexible, extremely quick to customize, and SEO friendly.

The Bad of Thesis Theme

Having said good things about it, does Thesis theme have its bad points?

I would say nothing seriously bad about it but it takes you a while to experiment with the theme to figure out how it works and how to make it work for you.

Make sure you read Thesis Theme User’s Guide on how to get started and tips on customizations.  Once you can get hold of it, it will become one of the easiest themes you will ever get.

Where To Purchase Thesis Theme

Interested in giving this theme a try? Great but unfortunately it’s not free.

There are two purchase options: $87 for personal use (one site only) and its developer’s option is $164. For the latter, you can use Thesis on any number of sites that you own. However, both options come with lifetime upgrades and support.

To find out more about Thesis theme, click here. Happy trying and see the difference in your blogging experience!

Thesis Demo Site — See the Thesis Theme in action!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Harsh Agrawal October 4, 2009 at 12:03 am

I have been using Thesis from 4 months and I highly recommend this theme to all.
It’s SEO and typography is amazing, more over Customization of Thesis might feel little
tricky at the beginning but once you get kick of it, you will enjoy editing and modifying this theme.

shashank chinchli October 6, 2010 at 12:38 am

for me yes ,
theiss lived upto its hype!
its awesome for newbloggers who can have their blog customised easily without any knowldege of coding!

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