Now Powered By Thesis (and why I switched)

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Since 2007 I have not designed hardly any part of the blog myself. Its not that I did not like what others have done but over the years its kind of been hacked away by lots of people.

I had played with the Thesis theme before and have wanted to implement it on ShoeMoney.com for a long time but we have so much custom stuff like the marketplace, photo gallery, deadbeat section and other stuff that the thought of trying to get all of that to work within the Thesis framework I thought would be a nightmare (how is that for a run on sentence).

About 2 weeks ago on a Friday night I decided to just go for it. I completely designed 100% of the blog portion in about 3 hours. Really surprising.

Thesis has an amazing backend interface that allows you to rapidly make a great looking site in a very short amount of time.

Long story short I am super happy with the way the blog looks now.

  • The fonts and readability is awesome.
  • Thesis takes care of everything SEO wise that I feel matters right out of the box.
  • The site has never been faster. During development I turned off all caching and the site was actually faster under thesis then with wordpress + super cache + CDN stuff. I will reimplement all that stuff when I am done designing though.

Over all I have really happy with it.  Thesis has a bit of a learning curve but everything is EXTREMELY well documented.  Every time I hit a wall I would just google my issue and instantly got my answer.

I made the switch mainly because we are about to implement some pretty big things with the blog and I thought it was time.

The only thing left to do is some final touches on the marketplace and photo gallery.  Now that I am going to be in town for a full week I should have that done this week.

As far as reimplementing Facebook comments its something I have not decided yet.  One of the reasons is I am looking at re implementing the comment contest (its beta testing now so if you win something by commenting its legit).

So anyway I HIGHLY recommend the Thesis theme.

Full Disclosure:  I did get the theme for free a long time ago when it launched for review however I was not paid to write this post and this post also contains no affiliate links.

42 thoughts on “Now Powered By Thesis (and why I switched)

  1. Sam

    The new site is looking good. Now just get rid of the standard thesis nav bar and search and you’re golden.

  2. Sam

    You can also add featured post / dynamic content gallery to the home page pretty easily. Let me know if you want any help. I’ve done a few thesis sites and enjoy your posts.

  3. netmeg

    Re comments – I had all kinds of issues with Facebook comments, am giving Intense Debate a whirl on the next version of my fireworks sites. Think I like those better (they integrate with FB and other stuff) and they look better on a phone too.

  4. Edgar

    I prefer the Genesis theme frame work.

    Also, why would you implement the Facebook comments, when you had it No one commented. We’re still waiting for your comment case study.

  5. Ben Cook

    Hey Jeremy, one thing I’d recommend you tweak is the default green hover color for the Submit button when commenting. It doesn’t fit the look of your site and is one of the things that people often overlook. It may or may not be a bit of a pet peeve ;)

  6. Melvin

    Its actually refreshing since all of your past blog design seem to be complex in a sense that there’s a lot of element in it.

    But now its kinda odd that this blog looks too simple with Thesis. Maybe I’m just used to with your old design. :-)

  7. Derek

    I’ve been a long time fan of Thesis and think I have one of the slickest Thesis designs that I’ve seen (but admittedly I am biased, ha). The only thing that might be better than your choice to go with Thesis is axing the Facebook comments, not a fan at all but I can see your point about the quality of comments.

  8. Tester Joe

    Hey – not to be overly critical but I just noticed that the gallery seems to be busted – I get – “No input file specified”

  9. Dogs

    We have a few sites using this theme, and are very pleased with how it performs. It is not only easy to operate for us but it is noticably faster.

  10. Jamie Northrup

    I’ve been thinking of making the switch to Thesis also for a while, but I’m really happy with the look of my website right now, the reason I want to switch is because I heard it’s much better for SEO, in your opinion, is this true?

    1. Jeremy Schoemaker Post author

      Its for sure better for SEO out of the box. It also has a lot of options for doing things like 301 redirects and lots of other stuff which a lot of people don’t really know mod_rewrite so that makes it easy

  11. Sam the sock puppet

    Got to say – you’ve had some really great themes over the years – so this one does seem a little plain.

    But if it’s faster, and easier to use/read – I guess that’s what’s really important.

  12. Jonathan Stephens

    I had a very complicated design on my poker training website and I just changed it to Thesis last month. I’ve not finished my Thesis design yet, but I’ve been happy with the results. I was able to make basic tweaks with the custom CSS editor and the Thesis Open Hook plug in makes changing and moving elements pretty easy.

    Good luck with your new theme and I would love to hear any tips or tricks you learn while using Thesis.

  13. IamNTB

    I recently switched to the Thesis theme. I agree that although there is a learning curve to get the custom look I wanted, the support from the forums and doing general searches provided all the answers and solutions to my issues. I am curious how the framework itself and customization options will change with the 2.0 version. I know there has been a lot of flak on the Thesis forum lately because of the long overdue promised update but as a new user, I am very happy with my investment.

  14. Justin

    I’m using Thesis also. I especially love their support forum – I’ve never failed to get a solution to any problem on there!

  15. Get Websites For Free

    Hi, I’ve been thinking of getting Thesis for a while, I’m used to standard WP, did you find the learning curve steep or is it fairly straightforward? The demo looks simple but I am concerned that it could get complicated if you want to do anything out of the ordinary?
    Nice clean new design btw!
    Shell :)

  16. Jay Castillo

    I just realized I have been using Thesis on my main blog for exactly a year tomorrow (what a coincidence!), and I recently upgraded to a developer’s license so I can also use it for all my other sites.

    Your decision to use Thesis made me feel I made the right decision. :-)

    Thanks Jeremy!

  17. Alison Moore Smith

    I’ve been using Thesis for years, converting all our sites. It’s the theme I use on all my clients’ custom sites and the premium them for expert level bloggers on our network.

    Love, love, love it.

  18. Jupiter Jim

    Jeremy,

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights about the Thesis Theme! I am a huge fan of the Thesis Theme and have created over 75 FREE Video Tutorials on WordPress and the Thesis Theme. I very recently created a video tutorial on Add FB Comments to the Thesis Theme if you are interested! Would love to know what online companies you also run!

    Take Care,

    Jupiter Jim

  19. Ralph

    Hi Jeremy,

    Could you do a post about the SEO settings for Thesis?
    I mean, I also use the plugin of Yoast but not sure if I run both what it does for my site or just Thesis..

    Are you able to elaborate on this?

    Hope so,

    Ralph

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