After months of searching for a new theme and design for my site, I finally pulled the trigger. Cash Money Life got a face lift today, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. This site is still a self-hosted WordPress blog, but the theme is now a customized version of Thesis, one of the most popular WordPress themes available.
Thesis – Premium WordPress theme
Thesis is a great theme for WordPress. I chose it above other premium themes because right out of the box, it is simply the most flexible and robust theme available for WordPress. Thesis is great for SEO, easy to use, highly customizable, and features full support and a rabid user base.
Here are some more reasons why I chose Thesis:
Support and user forums. Thesis comes with free updates for life and Chris Pearson, the core designer behind Thesis, is passionate about keeping Thesis at an elite level. There have already been numerous updates and enhancements to its functions and capabilities. Pearson listens to Thesis users and incorporates many requests into the feature list. Thesis also has a support forums where users can post questions, hacks, and anything else Thesis related. It’s a great way to solve your questions in as little time as possible.
Flexibility. Thesis allows users to make quick changes from inside their WordPress dashboard. Want to have 2 columns or three columns? No problem – change the settings and hit save. Want to change the font or font size? Simply select the size and style from drop down lists and click save. There are many other features that are easy to incorporate this way. Here are some examples of what other people have been able to do with
Hooks and code. Thesis has a simplified method for delivering code. The core files are kept in one set of files and customizations are kept in a separate file. That makes it easy to make updates to the core code without having to worry about losing any customizations. Hooks are a simplified way of delivering the code in an efficient manner that makes Thesis a little faster and more efficient when running queries.
Thesis cost. Thesis isn’t free, but it is very affordable when compared to other premium themes. A single use license only costs $87, and a developer’s license costs $164. The difference is that a single use license can only be used on one url, and a developer’s license can be used on as many urls as you own. Since I have more than one website and plan on using Thesis more than once, it makes sense to buy the developer’s license. Here is more information about purchasing Thesis.
Want more info on Thesis and it’s capabilities? Check out these links:
- About Thesis — Find out more about Thesis and the DIYthemes philosophy.
- Thesis Demo Site — See the Thesis Theme in action!.
- Thesis Gallery Showcase — See killer customizations from around the Thesis community!.
- Thesis Testimonials — See what our customers are saying about their Thesis experience!.
I am not very good when it comes to customizing themes, thankfully, I know someone who is – Larry from Empty Cabin Media. You might also know him as Glblguy, the blogger over at Gather Little by Little. Larry’s business focuses on blog consulting and blog coaching. In addition to blog consulting and coaching, Larry specializes in customizing Thesis themes for bloggers such as myself.
Larry was a real pleasure to work with and was able to handle all of my design requests and even added a few improvements and recommendations along the way. I don’t hesitate recommending him to anyone who needs a shot in their arm to improve their blog or their blog’s theme.
Customized Blog Logos
The new logo you see at the top of my site was done by Pete from Logos for Websites. He also designed the 125×125 graphic that is used at the end of my posts. Working with Pete was a pleasure and I have contracted him to design several more blog logos and banners for other other websites and projects I am working on.
Pete’s logos are high quality and very inepensive when compared to most logo designers. Not only that, but he has a very fast turnaround time! If you are looking for a new blog logo, banner or graphic, I encourage you to check out Pete’s website – you’ll probably recognize quite a few logos he has designed!