WordPress is one of the most popular blog platforms in the world. I am often asked questions about the various platforms and thought I’d look at the most popular platform and my favorite theme.
Why I use it, what I’ve learned using it.
I started blogging a few years ago with WordPress, then Blogger, then Moveable Type, then thought I needed a more robust solution and switched to Drupal, then Joomla. Finally, exhausted from all the switching, I went back to WordPress. To be fair, half of these explorations were for client projects, but still I grew weary keeping up with all the platforms.
That’s when I found the Thesis Theme. It hasn’t been a completely smooth road, but that’s more operator error than Thesis.
It is strong on SEO (search engine optimization) and is very customizable. You can change the background, add images easily, pad the borders, change the byline format, all with simple radio button checks. You can hook Google Analytics into it quite easily, too.
I’ve written a bit more about why I use the Thesis Theme at my Sales Rescue Team blog. And a handful of people started asking me how-to questions and I’m building short tutorials on how to do some of the basics. You can also find the information in their rich help forum, but occasionally it’s faster just to read someone’s post. For example, I have a screencast on how to remove the comment note in a blog post. And how to change the footer. Easy stuff for some, challenging for others. So I’m doing short walking tours, if you will.
The Thesis Theme differs from lots of other themes in that it is more of an application, than just a simple theme. It rests inside or beside your WordPress application and gives you control of how your blog looks, feels and smells. You can customize with other themes, for sure, but with a lot more work and cost.
If you’re a small business owner trying to sort out which platform to use, which theme to pick, how to make your blog do just a little bit more than the next guy so you stand out in a positive way, you’ll want Thesis. For me, I got tired of paying a developer to fix my sites for basic things I should be able to do. It was a lot faster for me to do them, too.
I’ve been using it for almost a year, run five different blogs on it, and can’t see switching to anything else.