Want to save yourself a few minutes? Just go purchase Thesis and don’t bother reading the rest of this post. No? Ok, then, let me begin by introducing myself. Some of you might already know me. I’m Norcross, the tattoo’d surly guy who built the Untemplater site you all know and love, and keeps an eye on the back-end stuff of this site. A few of us may have met in person (probably SXSW, unless you live in Florida), chatted on Skype, or maybe I’ve helped you out via Twitter on some nerd-related project. It’s what I do. But we’re not here to talk about me. We’re here to talk about Thesis. For the record, I’m clearly not the first person in the world to write about using Thesis for your WordPress site. It’s been done before. Hell, you might have even seen one already, with the release of the newest version 1.7. There has certainly been a a lot of buzz about it. But let’s get down to the details, shall we? I’m sure you’re busy.
What the heck is Thesis?
The short answer: Thesis is a combination WordPress theme and coding framework in one package.
The not so short answer: Thesis is what happens when WordPress (a pretty awesome blogging / CMS platform on it’s own) decides to go Rocky montage style and get ready for the fight. Remember the running mountains and boxing sides of beef while a short guy is yelling at him? It’s like that, only instead of fighting Apollo Creed or a Russian it’s running your website. Here’s just a few things Thesis can do that your regular WP theme can’t.
- Complete settings panel for customization
- Pinpoint SEO settings on a per-page and per-category level
- Built-in functions that reduce or eliminate the need for extra plugins
- Streamlined code structure
- Built-in simple 301 redirects (for affiliate links, etc)
- Custom functions to turn your site into something beyond awesome
- A built-in support community second to none
Now, how much of this stuff matters to you? Hopefully all of it. Because as we all move on from the Facebooks of the world and start establishing ourselves online, the appearance and functionality needs to be rock-solid. The days of glitter and animated GIFs are over (thank god), and using Thesis is simply the best way to do it. There are two different versions: single use and ‘developer’ version, which is a weird name for ‘multi-user’. If you run more than one site, go for the developer version. It’s worth it. You can run multiple sites without having to search for a new ‘theme’ each time. Because let’s face it, Thesis is the only theme you’ll ever need.
But other WordPress themes are free. Why spend money on Thesis?
We’ve gotten used to everything being free, haven’t we? Well, in some cases, you get what you pay for. Sure, you can find a free theme, find out that you don’t really know HTML and CSS well enough, load your site up with plugins in an attempt to get it working the way you want.
Or you can just purchase Thesis and get in the ring.
It’s your call.