Best Wordpress Theme Structures

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HI Folks,

I'm an experienced WORDPRESS website designer and I'm considering buying into one of the Wordpress theme platforms. It's tough to decide which one to start with . . .

So far, I'm considering
WooThemes | Premium WordPress Themes
www.flexithemes,com
StudioPress - Premium WordPress Themes

They each offer great themes that can help meet my wide variety of local clients (from remodelers to artists). Up until now, I've been either using free themse and spending time to customize them or purchasing from themeforest and spending time customizing, too.

What would you suggest? Are there others I should be considering as well?

Thanks for your insight.

Theresa 8-)
#structures #theme #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author 723Media
    Hey Dialady,

    Since you're familiar with design, the following frameworks are very good and free:

    Thematic:
    http://themeshaper.com/thematic/

    Hybrid:
    Hybrid WordPress Theme Framework

    Carrington (Very good):
    Carrington - The CMS Theme Platform for WordPress

    Whiteboard:
    Whiteboard – A Free Wordpress Framework

    They don't have as many themes are WooThemes but they have solid frameworks.
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  • Profile picture of the author haymanpl
    There's 2 Premium WordPress Framework creators that stand head and shoulders above the rest.

    I've written an entire blog post on the top 7 Best WordPress themes/templates

    Once you own the framework you can fully customise it so your site is totally unique or

    Use a premium theme/skin on top of the premium framework which adds premium styling
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  • Profile picture of the author cartoonist
    I didn't know these things existed! Thanks for posting

    It'll come in handy just for my own site redesigns.
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  • Profile picture of the author andreasnrb
    WooThemes is not that great. There are some stupid programming stuff in most of the themes.
    If you do your own themes check premium Genesis or free Hybrid.
    You develop using childthemes with those too.
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  • Profile picture of the author cupul89
    wow great theme lady, seo friendly?
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  • Profile picture of the author fusiongenesis
    Thesis Theme is my bet! Its super SEO friendly. Plus its very flexible.
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  • Profile picture of the author russjam
    Originally Posted by Dialady View Post

    HI Folks,

    I'm an experienced WORDPRESS website designer and I'm considering buying into one of the Wordpress theme platforms. It's tough to decide which one to start with . . .

    So far, I'm considering
    WooThemes | Premium WordPress Themes
    www.flexithemes,com
    StudioPress - Premium WordPress Themes

    They each offer great themes that can help meet my wide variety of local clients (from remodelers to artists). Up until now, I've been either using free themse and spending time to customize them or purchasing from themeforest and spending time customizing, too.

    What would you suggest? Are there others I should be considering as well?

    Thanks for your insight.

    Theresa 8-)
    Hi Theresa

    These are my rules of thumb for theme selection

    Choose Genesis if one of their child themes is a close match to the site requirements and minor customization is necessary

    Choose Thesis if SEO is the main concern and low to medium customization is required

    Choose Hybrid if something highly bespoke is required
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    • Profile picture of the author Walter1
      Thesis was great - maybe a year ago. It hasn't kept up. A better term is "antiquated." (Though it still is great for SEO). There is much better out now. Trying to decide myself right now, but these blow Thesis away. Completely SEO friendly and extremely flexible and user friendly. You'll be impressed. Take a look and try and decide yourself. Here they are:

      Headway Themes
      Catalyst
      Genesis (haven't actually investigated this one, but highly rated - but I think the others are still better)
      Themeframe (this one is actually different. It's not actually a theme, or even a framework. It's software for creating themes. Both this and Headway use VISUAL EDITORS - something you won't find anywhere else, period).
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      • Profile picture of the author haymanpl
        I have written an entire blog post on the TOP 7 Themes for WordPress

        Headway
        Thesis
        Genesis
        Catalyst

        Are all included

        I totally disagree with your comments on Thesis as i own all these themes and framework and have also worked on all of them for clients

        I have also written an entire blog post on the seo benefits of Thesis and a full review which are amongst the most popular posts
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        • Profile picture of the author eman_atx
          I'm using catalyst right now and it simply rocks. Plus you can export anything you created as a theme for your clients. It kind of reminds me of how squarespace lets you have total freedom of customization without knowing code but having the complete control of custom css.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shelle-K
        If you want to cut time down on customization - Thesis is not a good way to go. As a licensed developer for it, i've seen the newer versions and they do continue to upgrade it but out of the box it's very plain and generic. Yes, the SEO for it is awesome, but you have to customize it like crazy to make it look good. I originally thought it was going to be a great investment but when you factor in the time involved to make it look custom and not like every other thesis theme - it's actually a bad choice! I still have clients that run on it but I don't generally recommend it to new clients.

        Originally Posted by Walter1 View Post

        Thesis was great - maybe a year ago. It hasn't kept up. A better term is "antiquated. (Though it still is great for SEO)."
        Originally Posted by haymanpl View Post

        I totally disagree with your comments on Thesis as i own all these themes and framework and have also worked on all of them for clients
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        • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
          Originally Posted by RushGraphics View Post

          If you want to cut time down on customization - Thesis is not a good way to go.
          What Shelle said ^^^
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  • Profile picture of the author Nto2k3
    I've a had a blast developing child themes for the Genesis Framework, I really love how integrates SEO, customization and a great structure. Its very versatile.

    Although I'm researching a bit more on the blog by haymanpl. Really great info, and im actually starting to consider other frameworks.

    But overall I think Genesis offers a really good balance between SEO and customization with an amazing framework.
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  • Profile picture of the author haymanpl
    Thesis is the best premium wordpress framework in my opinion followed by Catalyst and Genesis

    Really depends on your experience level and how much customisation you need to add
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  • Profile picture of the author christopher jon
    I don't understand the infatuation of some with Thesis. It's nice but cut through all the hype it's not any better than any other well made premium theme. As Shelle Said, out-of-the-box it's a very expensive and generic theme.

    It's not the gold standard of WP SEO like some believe. Proper SEO coding really isn't that complicated. I get the impression that often people are only repeating what they have heard or want to believe to justify their purchase.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by christopher jon View Post

      I don't understand the infatuation of some with Thesis.
      I would imagine the ongoing support and updates has something to do with it. A lot of times you can download a free theme and after a few updates of Wordpress the theme is broken.

      I would much rather put my trust in a theme that is heavily supported and I know I can rely on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Douglife
    Thesis is a great framework, but there are very use-able alternatives. It's really about how extravagant you want your design to be, or how much functionality you need, and balancing the both.

    In the case of Thesis, I feel like they are lagging behind as far as design and theme choices.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymakerz
    Headway Wordpress theme all the way.............it rocks
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