What Wordpress themes are you using for clients?

by Dexx
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Just curious what different types of "customizable" wordpress themes you guys are using for clients.

I've used Headway and Thesis for clients so far, considering using OptimizePress (unfortunately I have clients setup using the Multisite function which isnt compatible with OptimizePress).

Of course there's always the gazillions of premium themes for specific niches as well...but I'm looking more at the themes that can be customized for each client.

I am considering this theme however:
WordPress for Business Websites - The SmallBiz Wordpress Theme - A Complete Web Presence for Your Business

What about you guys?
#clients #themes #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    I use Suffusion now exclusively.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrentR
    Thesis exclusively.

    We must have had at least 30 custom Thesis sites done by now. Most, I am VERY proud of. It's nice to be able to just crank them out as a glorified child theme. All the features are there.. ready to be implemented.

    Poked around at Genesis & Catalyst recently, we have had a few completely custom themes done as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author angmoore
    I use the SmallBizTheme and Woo Themes
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    I use a few of the StudioPress Themes and iThemes Builder almost exclusively.

    I tried the SmallBizTheme you mentioned and it was very buggy/sensitive. So be careful with that one. Their support was very helpful and supportive though, but I really like the other options better.
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    • Profile picture of the author doncampbell
      Hi VegasGreg,
      I'm the theme creator for SmallBiz and this is our full time gig. We work really hard on this and take a lot of pride in it. We've got hundreds of testimonials from happy customers.

      What led you to say that our theme is buggy? We live and breathe on customer feedback and I'd like to know what you think so we can address it.
      Thanks,
      -Don
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  • Profile picture of the author Dexx
    I've actually spent the last couple hours researching the iThemes Builder and watching the video for it...despite already owning a developer's license for both Headway and Thesis...I think I might actually invest in their all-access pass.

    I already have the developer suite for PluginBuddy (which does a lot of the features promoted by the SmallBiz theme).

    Very cool indeed

    ~Dexx
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    • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
      Originally Posted by Dexx View Post

      I've actually spent the last couple hours researching the iThemes Builder and watching the video for it...despite already owning a developer's license for both Headway and Thesis...I think I might actually invest in their all-access pass.

      I already have the developer suite for PluginBuddy (which does a lot of the features promoted by the SmallBiz theme).

      Very cool indeed

      ~Dexx
      The other iTheme themes are pretty good too. My developers license for the All Access just expired, and I only renewed the Builder portion. There are a few hidden gems in the All Access though, but the Builder portion covers 90% of what I need.

      Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty slick.
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      • Profile picture of the author TSDMike
        I use elegantthemes.com. A paid subscription of $40 a year gets you access to dozens of well coded themes with a variety of different functionality attributes built in. You can browse the themes on their site.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dexx
          Originally Posted by TSDMike View Post

          I use elegantthemes.com. A paid subscription of $40 a year gets you access to dozens of well coded themes with a variety of different functionality attributes built in. You can browse the themes on their site.
          Oh wow, I just skimmed though a handful of the themes on elegantthemes.com and was BLOWN AWAY!

          Thanks for the awesome heads up!

          ~Dexx
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          • Profile picture of the author Qamar
            Originally Posted by Dexx View Post

            Oh wow, I just skimmed though a handful of the themes on elegantthemes.com and was BLOWN AWAY!

            Thanks for the awesome heads up!

            ~Dexx
            Hey Dexx, I have used this service http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...tallation.html.

            This guy do have elegant themes and his service is super cheap and his respond is great.


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        • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
          Originally Posted by TSDMike View Post

          I use elegantthemes.com. A paid subscription of $40 a year gets you access to dozens of well coded themes with a variety of different functionality attributes built in. You can browse the themes on their site.

          I've used elegant themes on 4 sites (the first first sites I've built, two mine and two for clients) and my clients love them. I found it pretty easy to get started and most of my support questions as a newbie were answered pretty quickly. Its a few things I wish were easier, but I don't know if that's because of wordpress or the theme and I guess I don't have the experience yet to know the difference. Still my customers have been happy and I'm using elegant on a third job right now. I can get a site up pretty quick with them. Especially the Chameleon theme. Very versatile for my simple needs.
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      • Profile picture of the author Pindich
        Originally Posted by VegasGreg View Post

        The other iTheme themes are pretty good too. My developers license for the All Access just expired, and I only renewed the Builder portion. There are a few hidden gems in the All Access though, but the Builder portion covers 90% of what I need.

        Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty slick.
        Ithemes looks great but the question is what if you want to build site to sell to clients, is there a way to export the finished theme so it can be used independent of the builder? The last time I checked it was not possible. It is without a doubt very good but how does it help someone who build sites and sell to clients? Can someone share how they are doing it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cho
    I prefer thesis since it's seo friendly and most of my client are seo clients. It was kinda hard to find a good thesis developer at first but now I get everything done on thesis.

    Themes are not even really relevant if you're building your clients site from ground up using wordpress. Can't even tell which team you're using if it's a customized wordpress site.

    PM me if you want to see some sites I've done for my clients.

    Hope that helps. =)
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    I like using headway theme , I understand there is another upgrade expected quite soon. The visual editor makes customising easy compared to many of the other themes.
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  • Profile picture of the author social saint
    I have used elegant themes in the past but now I go with buying individual themes from themeforest.net. It might not be a wise option cost-wise but it serves the purpose very well as they have a huge collection of category/niche specific themes that can help my clients stand out from crowd. I see elegant themes and Woo themes being used all over the internet.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dexx
      Originally Posted by social saint View Post

      I have used elegant themes in the past but now I go with buying individual themes from themeforest.net. It might not be a wise option cost-wise but it serves the purpose very well as they have a huge collection of category/niche specific themes that can help my clients stand out from crowd. I see elegant themes and Woo themes being used all over the internet.
      I'm torn on buying pre-designed templates vs customizable "builder" software themes...I just don't want to have to constantly pay an outsourcer just to move widgets around, change the design of certain areas etc.

      But...assuming I can just set and forget the theme...a pre-designed theme is very quick and useful!

      ~Dexx
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  • Profile picture of the author lightswitch
    I own Developer Licenses of the most known WP frameworks.
    My preferred one is Platform, by Pagelines.

    Of course, I love Thesis too :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Dexx
      Originally Posted by lightswitch View Post

      I own Developer Licenses of the most known WP frameworks.
      My preferred one is Platform, by Pagelines.

      Of course, I love Thesis too :-)
      Have you tried/looked into iThemes Builder script as well?

      I'll go check out this Platform theme now

      ~Dexx
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  • Profile picture of the author Not So New
    I use WP Local Biz right here on the WF forum. Very easy to set up with a lot of great features.

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    • Profile picture of the author Colm Whelan
      Originally Posted by Not So New View Post

      I use WP Local Biz right here on the WF forum. Very easy to set up with a lot of great features.

      Shawn
      Just had a look at this. The marketing features are cool but the design seriously sucks.
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  • Profile picture of the author herbaluss
    I use Headway Themes pretty versatile and LOTS of support
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  • Profile picture of the author FormerWageSlave
    I use any combination of themes from Elegant Themes, WooThemes, Themeforest, etc. depending on what my client's needs are. A few of the themes listed here look like crap and would never fly with my clients. But then I also charge a lot more than most WF offliners do.
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  • Profile picture of the author I.M.Retired
    I like the clean layout of Rich WP themes. Premium WordPress Themes by RichWP

    However, one of the things I look for in a theme is what the SmallBiz theme is offering, and that is automatic detection for mobile devices.

    Here is a link to the framework details for all RichWP themes:

    http://richwp.com/themes/wordpress-framework/
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Moreno
    i always prefer to code my own but when in a rush i will tend to buy a premium theme/template - am a big fan of Envato and their themeforest.net site offers some great layouts.

    But in all honesty I find most themes and template sites spit out overly bloated and unnecessary code as well as code that doesn't validate or isn't cross browser compatible. In many cases they can also be difficult to customize too... not to mention hidden back linking to their site - in any scenario keeping it simple is best

    One of the biggest culprits of bad coding is the inclusion of a twitter feed - most themes that include something like this go the easiest route and go for a direct feed from the Twitter API - if you have a site doing this you need to watch out it can seriously affect your loading times!

    For example if the twitter API goes down... and it does pretty much every other day... if your twitter feed if badly designed it will continue to try to and load from it... this means your page never finishes loading... which will cause problems with your server load times... and worse still if Google happens to crawl your page at that moment too... watch your hard work getting your site ranked start slipping down the SERPS due to bad performance... for things like this you MUST cache the results first... and consider loading javascript at the end of your page...

    Hope that helps!

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  • Profile picture of the author mjw
    Dexx,

    I just recently picked up Kezz's WSO to custom build your own wordpress theme. I highly recommend you check it out!

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  • Profile picture of the author Catgirl07
    Hi VegasGreg,

    Are we talking about the same SmallBiz Theme? I use it for all my client's sites and can't recommend it enough. It's not buggy at all. In fact it's so easy to use and customise that it's foolproof.

    It has loads of different layouts to choose from and is extremely seo friendly. Don Campbell offers the best support around and keeps in contact with updates and fabulous info on small biz marketing in general. His tutorial videos are top notch.

    As if that isn't enough, it comes with a ready built Mobile theme attached and integrated Facebook pages. What more can I say?

    Anyone undecided should check out Don's website Expand2Web (don't have enough posts yet to add a link).

    In fact I'm surprised more Offliners aren't using it.

    Catherine
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  • Profile picture of the author KyleFury
    Thesis for the win.
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    I am using thesis I love the thesis wordpress theme
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    • Profile picture of the author TJ Kazunga
      We usually get them custom coded for the higher cost websites as we find it gives the best flexibility and design finish. Otherwise, we just customise twenty-eleven for cheaper work.
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    The SmallBiz theme has the mobile built in plus being able to do Facebook pages from the CP is very nice! So far I've been just doing mobile sites since most of my clients already have websites and they take up way too much time for me. But since you mentioned ElegantThemes, did you see their new HandHeld theme? Looks like a nice mobile theme (HandHeld Mobile WordPress Theme | Elegant Themes). I have a membership here and I'll be using this for my next mobile builds.
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  • Profile picture of the author joman1717
    I use Suffusion which is free and Studiopress which you have to pay for.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
      Suffusion rocks doesn't it? = ) Love this theme!

      Originally Posted by joman1717 View Post

      I use Suffusion which is free and Studiopress which you have to pay for.
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      • Profile picture of the author Andy Bo
        Is anybody using OptimizePress? Whats the verdict?
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        • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
          The only negative that I have experienced with Elegant Themes is that if you ever stop paying the yearly fee, you will be blocked from the updates on the current themes that you have downloaded from them.
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            Originally Posted by mraffiliate View Post

            The only negative that I have experienced with Elegant Themes is that if you ever stop paying the yearly fee, you will be blocked from the updates on the current themes that you have downloaded from them.
            They have to pay for the coding of the updates. It only make sense that you should pay for them too.
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            • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
              Originally Posted by sbishop View Post

              They have to pay for the coding of the updates. It only make sense that you should pay for them too.
              Typically when you purchase a theme you get lifetime updates.
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              • Profile picture of the author MarkSalmon
                Thanks for these suggestions they are really useful - several that I had not considered. I've been buying premium themes from Themeforest.com but I now see that there are some really good opportunities elsewhere for a developer.
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      • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
        Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

        Suffusion rocks doesn't it? = ) Love this theme!
        Hi Russ

        Suffusion looks clean and simple. How is it for SEO? I just installed it on a test WP install and it looks like a lot of code in the <head> area.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandrasims
    It depends on the client, what industry and what they want out of the website.

    I often use a StudioPress theme, like Prose or Education. I also have dev lisc for Woothemes and Elegant Themes.
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  • Profile picture of the author RySpencer
    Just looking over the thesis conditions and it states that you still need to pay $40 per client. I think I will stick with buying off themeforest.
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  • Profile picture of the author lient4270
    I stumbled upon Smallbiz Theme because it was there when I installed Wordpress. The high quality theme. If you want to customize it, it's so easy. If you know nothing, no knowledge of any coding needed. If you are a designer, lucky you. The theme creator took his time to create videos, documentations, etc. Best of all mobile detection, facebook app. No buggy at all.

    I have a play site to install other themes to test. And I am so grateful I stumbled upon Smallbiz Theme. Oh happy fault.
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  • When I first got started, I used Elegant Themes. Of course, I wanted to expand my library a bit and looked into StudioPress and WooThemes, but I eventually stumbled across My Site My Way themes on Theme Forest.

    Here is their site: Mysitemyway « Premium WordPress Themes.

    I am really impressed with their themes. They are extremely easy to use and the features allow you to customize sites a great deal, but if you know a bit of CSS, they're even better.

    The shortcodes available are phenomenal and the way they allow you to add short codes into the pages is really slick and user-friendly. I really can't say enough good things about their themes.

    Fantastic support, too. I use them exclusively now.
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  • Profile picture of the author WikiWarrior
    My favourite is Elegance Theme Minimal, love that theme. Made $1000's building little 5 page local business sites with it <3
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    Care to share any samples of one of those 5 page sites, WikiWarrior? I am thinking of getting Elegance theme minimal.

    Been using Studio Press themes myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author danielmcclure
    The main theme I use for development is Thesis but I also use WooThemes, OptimizePress and StudioPress when I believe they are better suited for a project. More recently I have created and started using my own WP Go Mobi theme to create responsive sites as none of my favourite sites had a solution that I was happy with.

    In regards to Builder from iThemes; I have used it previously and I wasn't blown away. Having said that it was a while back so things could have changed a lot since then!
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  • Profile picture of the author SergeLight
    I use many themes from woothemes. But I do cutomize alot
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    I buy a premium theme for my site, and always prefer premium one for looks unique.
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