Thesis theme for wordpress is currently one of the popular framework theme for wordpress. Most of the wordpress site (almost all) has given it a good review and recommend to buy it. After a look at all those good reviews, I have also decided to try it.Â The tag line of Thesis theme is “Run a Killer Website with thesis”, and include other various attractive tag lines such as, best SEO optimized wordpress theme, easy to use, etc. After using Thesis there for about 2-3 months, here is my unbiased review for theme and some reasons not to use it.
Thesis theme is really plain, its layout is clean. It has an advantage as it loads faster. However, a big disadvantage is, your site look like some site from early 2002 era. Definitely, there are lots of options on thesis theme to change color, size of font, location of sidebars and color of theme. This can be done even if you know some basic about html, css and php. Here is the screenshot of a killer site you get after installing thesis theme.
This is a default layout you get after installing thesis, without further modifications. This looks different than the demo available in the original thesis site because this is not modified.
One of the things that thesis highlight is its powerful “SEO,” but it can be gained by installing plugins like “Yoast WordPress SEO” or “All in one SEO.” Functionality in thesis theme is also highlighted in a similar manner, but it is pretty useless because most of the functionality it offers can be obtained from free plugins available or simple modification in functions file. Though those functionalists sound attractive they have a bad catch as well. If you are using functionality of theme, you will lose all modifications, SEO meta-datas added by it when you change that theme.
Here I won’t talk much about the cost of thesis theme, child theme(if you have bought) and cost for thesis theme deployment (thesis services) etc.
I wouldn’t recommend anyone to use this theme as there are other good-looking free alternatives for thesis available. Most of the site giving a good review for thesis theme have affiliated link, since this site doesn’t have affiliate link, review is unbiased. I feel customizing theme (including code changes) is harder than modifying normal wordpress theme and to make a child theme you probably even have to learn how thesis works and know calls used in thesis theme instead of WordPress.