3 Common Misconceptions About Thesis for WordPress

by admin on April 23, 2010 · 6 comments

Thesis Misconceptions

While Thesis is obviously a very popular and successful WordPress theme, I’ve noticed a lot of people still have reservations about making the leap to DIY. I’m not here to chastise anybody for their theme choices, but the three biggest reasons I see for not trying Thesis seem to be based on misunderstandings, so I thought I’d explain them here.

1. All sites using Thesis look the same

This was actually my biggest reason for waiting so long to use Thesis. With all the boasting and talk about how easy it is to customize Thesis, I just wasn’t seeing any examples. When a site used Thesis I could tell immediately (Like the use of { } for comments, the page structure, the teaser layouts etc.) It turns out I was just looking in the wrong places.

Thesis is just a canvas, what people do with it is up to them. Check out my web design blog for an example of a big Thesis transformation, or check out the Thesis Gallery Showcase, Thesis Gallery, or even the Thesis Skins section of this site for an example of some great uses of Thesis.

2. It’s difficult to customize

While it’s heavily-marketed as easy to customize, that’s more for complete beginners to WordPress. Those of us who can already code WordPress themes are not too keen on being told we have to re-learn how to do so. All of the hooks and custom files seemed like a waste of time, but in fact, nothing could be further than the truth.

Being able to create what are essentially child themes very easily, makes it great to update and there are enough hooks to stick any functionality you want pretty much anywhere you want to. Once you get that out of the way (which took very little time to learn), customization is an absolute breeze.

See 47 Customizations for the Thesis Theme for some quick examples of making your site rock really quickly.

3. It’s too expensive

This is actually the only item on this list that wasn’t one of my reasons for not getting Thesis, because I have no problem paying for themes or other intangible but valuable resources. But for somebody who’s never bought a theme, or has only bought very cheap ones, the $87 price tag may seem daunting. But for that $87, you’re getting a lot more than if you get for a free theme. Support is an example.

There is an incredible support forum with not only employees of DIY Themes, but a community of users (yes, me included :p) itching to help newcomers get Thesis working just the way they want it. You’re also getting more than a theme; you’re getting a framework. You’re not stuck with one look, you can quickly and easily change your site at any time to suit your needs. To put the price into perspective, look at WooThemes, a very successful theme house. Their themes start at $70 and don’t have the community or the customization options that Thesis has. Or think about buying a custom design, that can easily go into the thousands of dollars.

Still have reservations?

If you still have reservations, that’s cool. I’m not here to push anybody into buying something they don’t want to buy; that’s not my style. I just wanted to put some things into perspective and tackle some “myths” about the Thesis theme.

It seems like these three reasons are holding a lot of people back when they could be getting lots of enjoyment out of the theme, and hopefully, some people will now give it a second chance. (If you don’t have Thesis already and would like to join the community and purchase it now, you can do so from here or get more information here .)

Did it take you a while to get into the Thesis theme? What were your reservations, and how do you feel about them now? Let us all know in the comments!

adorable cat photo by deerwooduk.

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