I think I’ve written about the Thesis Theme for WordPress before, but I simply have to praise it some more. This is not some affiliate review (although I was an affiliate before they switched the program). Plain and simple, Thesis is a WordPress tool that allows you to customize your theme and make your site look like you want, without a developer. Caveat: You sometimes need to be willing to dig in and figure out some of the tech details, but minus that, you can get a website built, tweaked, and running really fast.
Should I go on?
Chris Pearson has created Thesis and been building it for many years. Better said is he’s obsessed with serving customers, small business and otherwise, with the tools and logic to build a great website without killing yourself. Yes, it is a WordPress blog platform, but with all he’s done with it — you can do just about anything with it.
I know very little CSS, very little PHP. It takes me forever to make changes to standard sites in HTML via Dreamweaver or some other helpful tool. But with Thesis, you get a simple dashboard and access to choices via radio buttons or check boxes. You can add a column, remove it, change a border, add color, change fonts, add images, videos, and on and on -wherever you want them. Just about.
If you have a business website and you’re struggling with making it do what you want? And you’ve considered starting a blog? Combine the two by getting WordPress going (most hosts offer it) and buy Thesis for $77 or $87 (I can’t remember how much it is – I have the developer option). Yes, you can get free themes, but like everything you get what you pay for. You’ll spend way more later trying to get your site to do what you want. They have a terrific, terrific forum for tech challenges should you have them.
You’ll be glad you did it.
I have a couple of tutorials I did about Thesis on the Sales Rescue Team website. Email me and I’ll dig them out for you.
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