WordPress continues to be one of the most popular blogging platforms, but you don’t want your blog to look like everyone else’s. To aid you in your search for the right theme, we’re kicking off a new series of posts here on Blogging Tips that will highlight some of the best WordPress templates on the ‘net.
The first in this series is Thesis Theme.
The default installation of Thesis Theme has a simple navigation bar along the top of the screen, a multimedia box in the sidebar, and a magazine-style layout below the fold for highlighting more posts. Interestingly, one of the most unique features of Thesis Theme is its flexibility.
Without having to dive into the raw code, you can adjust many of the design options through the WordPress control panel. Thesis Theme can be configured to have one, two, or three columns, and you can adjust their respective order and pixel width. The admin area also allows for the changing of colors, fonts, multimedia box content, navigation style, borders, and more.
While Thesis Theme allows you to completely customize the look and feel of your WordPress site, the design markup is actually separate from the HTML code. This way, the underlying code can be as clean as possible, which can be very beneficial from a search engine optimization standpoint.
Further to the SEO benefits found in Thesis Theme are the ability to add custom titles, meta descriptions, meta keywords, CSS class, and more to individual posts. The WordPress dashboard has an area to enter your RSS feed and stats code information.
Some popular sites that use the Thesis Theme include the following:
As you can see from these examples, particularly with Copyblogger, Thesis Theme can be highly adjusted to suit your needs. You can check out the demo site as well. For more information on how what Thesis can do, and how to use “Hooks”, check out this additional Thesis review.
Thesis Theme is available at DIYthemes. The personal option (one live website) is $87 and the developer’s option (unlimited websites that you own) is $164. Both options allow for footer attribution removal.