Thesis WordPress Theme Review
Thesis theme developed by Chris Pearson is one of the most popular and buzzing WordPress themes available on the Internet as of today. Today I will share my experience reviewing and using this WordPress theme from an end user perspective.
I would be analyzing various factors about the theme with details:
- Theme Design
- Theme Special Features
- Impact of the Thesis framework on SEO
- Ease of Use and Implementation
- The Theme Support and Service
Theme Design Review
From the design perspective, the theme pack when installed directly failed to impress me as it looked not very different from the WordPress basic theme after a fresh installation. It is very simple, plain and does not look fancy at all.
You still have the freedom to modify the theme with readily available Thesis Theme Skins that could be installed easily by uploading few skin files to the custom folder that Thesis theme already has within the theme folders. The help documents and FAQs can easily help you add new skins to improve the look and feel of your Blog.
I was very much Impressed with the Thesis themes design settings section that certainly gives much control over tweaking the look and feel of your blog. The Thesis settings menu has the below sub menu and options to further tweak your theme:
- Site Options
- Design Options
- Header Image uploader
- Favicon uploader
- Custom File editor
- Theme Management options
The Favicon and Header direct upload options works really great to simply upload a good header and Favicon without doing any code edits or technical tweaks (this helps non techie bloggers the most).
Thesis Theme Special Features
As I mentioned earlier, the theme provides good amount of scalability and flexibility to its users – most importantly to not so techie users.
The few special features of Thesis theme are:
All these features justify the reason why Thesis theme is so popular among the top WordPress themes on the internet.
From the various special features, my favorites are:
The Impact of Thesis Framework on SEO
The most significant feature of thesis is how it improves the Search Engine compatibility of your blog as a whole. The theme is so very well developed and this helps your blog become more search engine friendly.
The theme helps you avoid the usage of plugins like All in one SEO pack by having inbuilt features to add SEO titles, SEO keywords under each new posts. Also you can import all your previous AIOSEOP plugin settings to the thesis theme effortlessly.
From my case study on the Thesis theme, I am impressed with the way Thesis works well with improving your SEO traffic by being very SEO friendly. The theme has a dedicated area in the control panel for SEO settings itself that includes control over the below factors:
To sum up, I would say Thesis is a great option when you do not know the technical details on how to make your blog search engine friendly, it gives you the freedom to simply blog without worrying about onpage search engine optimization as the theme does its work.
Ease of Use and Implementation
The thesis theme is extremely easy to use as it has a very simple and user-friendly theme control panel. The control panel gives a chance for all the not so techie webmasters to play around with their blog features with simple selections from the inbuilt theme settings.
Thesis Theme Support
The best part I observed about the DIYThemes team (developers of thesis) is the fact that they have a very detailed and organized help document that will certainly help you when you are in doubt. In addition, they have an active support forum with official moderators to help and answer your queries.
My honest opinion is that overall Thesis theme is an excellent product with some awesome and unique features. I would recommend this theme to anyone who would just want to do Blogging and not worry much about SEO and other technical factors to optimize your blog for search engine traffic.
On the flip side, If you are a design freak and you give more importance to the look and feel rather than the content or search engine traffic, i would recommend you to get a professional designer to design a skin for Thesis in-order to customize it further (look wise). To summarize, its a Yes! for the Thesis Theme from DIY Themes.