Thesis, a premium theme
I’ve had the opportunity recently to check out the Thesis theme from DIY Themes.
At first I was a little sceptical as to what a paid theme would offer. Sure, it’s by Chris Pearson, which already makes it an impeccable theme, great for customising via the custom.css, as well as search engine optimised. However, Chris has released several excellent themes that are free; including Copyblogger (which I’ve shown can be well customised) and Neoclassical.
After looking at the theme, its code and how it behaves when you install it, some of my initial reactions were Wow, Woah, Geez… and most importantly, This isn’t just a theme, this is a revolution in the way we use WordPress.
Chris has taken WordPress (including some under-utilised features), thrown in some more PHP, some classy CSS and has come up with Thesis. It has its own options panel where you can automatically insert your FeedBurner feed address, your Google or Mint statisitics code, serve up rotating images or videos or custom code, modify your nav bar… there’s other options available and even more options to come with version 1.1!
There’s a showcase of some good uses of the theme, my favourites include,
- Lisa Firke — Hit Those Keys, check out that classy border on top!
- Simple Mom (no longer active), how cute are those shoes?! And I really like the look of the recommended resources, the RSS in the sidebar is cute, and everything in the sidebar — even though there’s quite a few things — they’re useful to the site and well presented.
- Remarkable Ux, yep, you are allowed to completely change the colour scheme and lose the “multimedia box”… and it still looks good!
- Eric Souten, you can even change the layout completely if you want to and still have access to the cool features Thesis provides!
If you’ve been considering redesigning and possibly looking into premium themes, Thesis is more than worthy of a look.
There’s even support forums
I haven’t even mentioned one of the best parts yet! DIY Themes have their own support forum, so you can get all kinds of help on installing and customising your theme. It’s also a great place to learn about WordPress, PHP and CSS. For example, who knew that “cursive” was a CSS font style? Not I!
You might have noticed the affiliate link for the Thesis theme in my sidebar and in this post…
I used to be quite anti-advertising on blogs. I didn’t hold it against people to have reasonably unobtrusive advertisements on their blog, it’s up to them, but I wouldn’t have them on my blog. However, as the account that funds this site seems to get depleted more and more rapidly, I realise why one might have ads.
I’m not going to be putting advertising (non-affiliate advertising that is) on this blog just now, but I might have affiliate links for products that I would genuinely endorse anyway. So, if you’re in the market for a good WordPress theme, please consider using my affiliate link.
Sidebar and Footer
I moved Twitter and the Linkblog to the footer to make room for Thesis and anything else I might put there (a link to my Haiku blog perhaps). If you’d prefer some things to be in the sidebar rather than footer, let me know.
Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. However, they would not be there if I didn’t support the product and genuinely recommend it to you.