Which is the best WP Theme for local businesses?

by reimer Banned
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Hi Offline warriors

I am currently working with some local business. However I would like to know from my fellow offline warriors:

Which Wordpress Theme do you think is the best for local SEO ? (you know dentist + city)

The same goes for lead generation, Which theme would be the best? (free and paid)

Thanks in advance warriors
#businesses #local #theme
  • Profile picture of the author garyguerrerojr
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    • Profile picture of the author bkat52
      Originally Posted by garyguerrerojr View Post

      Hey Reimer.

      I run a offline marketing and web design company and personally I have built dozens of wordpress sites for clients using the Ithemes templates. These are great business wordpress templates. Ithemes.com offers a single template sale. 6 month unlimited, or yearly unlimited membership.

      These are some of the best professional business wordpress templates. Here is one example of a site I built using Ithemes.com (www.acupuncturesolutionsonline.com)

      You would never even guess that this is a wordpress template. The original template wasn't near as good as the end result but these templates give you great ability for changing pretty much everything around. The membership for the 6 month or yearly is the way to go.

      You can make your money back with one site. Check them out and let me know what you think. They got some nice templates to choose from. Also they have great support and webinars and great tools for building sites.

      Heres the link: iThemes : Business WordPress Themes Since 2008

      Good luck!
      Gary - did you use Builder to design the acupuncture site? I'm currently on the ropes about what to buy to use to build multiple client sites. 1 page small business sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author Not So New
      Hey Gary,

      Your Acupuncture Site looks great. Do you do any work for Warriors who need similar sites built?

      Let me know. I would be interested in your services.

      Thx

      Shawn

      Originally Posted by garyguerrerojr View Post

      Hey Reimer.

      I run a offline marketing and web design company and personally I have built dozens of wordpress sites for clients using the Ithemes templates. These are great business wordpress templates. Ithemes.com offers a single template sale. 6 month unlimited, or yearly unlimited membership.

      These are some of the best professional business wordpress templates. Here is one example of a site I built using Ithemes.com (www.acupuncturesolutionsonline.com)

      You would never even guess that this is a wordpress template. The original template wasn't near as good as the end result but these templates give you great ability for changing pretty much everything around. The membership for the 6 month or yearly is the way to go.

      You can make your money back with one site. Check them out and let me know what you think. They got some nice templates to choose from. Also they have great support and webinars and great tools for building sites.

      Heres the link: iThemes : Business WordPress Themes Since 2008

      Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author jennydarke
      Really like what you've done with the accupuncture site. I'm def going to try iThemes

      Originally Posted by garyguerrerojr View Post

      Hey Reimer.

      I run a offline marketing and web design company and personally I have built dozens of wordpress sites for clients using the Ithemes templates. These are great business wordpress templates. Ithemes.com offers a single template sale. 6 month unlimited, or yearly unlimited membership.

      These are some of the best professional business wordpress templates. Here is one example of a site I built using Ithemes.com

      You would never even guess that this is a wordpress template. The original template wasn't near as good as the end result but these templates give you great ability for changing pretty much everything around. The membership for the 6 month or yearly is the way to go.

      You can make your money back with one site. Check them out and let me know what you think. They got some nice templates to choose from. Also they have great support and webinars and great tools for building sites.

      Heres the link:

      Good luck!
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      • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
        Originally Posted by jennydarke View Post

        Really like what you've done with the accupuncture site. I'm def going to try iThemes
        Put "sparkle2011" in the coupon code, and you'll save 23.99 off a single theme!
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        • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
          OK, ithemes.com is absolutely amazing! I'm sold. Yes, I picked it up yesterday, using that coupon code I posted right above. Don't know if that coupon is still good, and no, I'm not an affiliate...... YET.

          There's going to be a learning curve, but the flexibility is exciting. It's nice to finally have found something I'm excited about using.
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          • Profile picture of the author Bobster0007
            Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

            OK, ithemes.com is absolutely amazing! I'm sold. Yes, I picked it up yesterday, using that coupon code I posted right above. Don't know if that coupon is still good, and no, I'm not an affiliate...... YET.

            There's going to be a learning curve, but the flexibility is exciting. It's nice to finally have found something I'm excited about using.
            Theyre Pricey also.
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            • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
              Originally Posted by Bobster0007 View Post

              Theyre Pricey also.
              With that coupon, I picked up the Builder plugin with the 39 child themes that you can morph into ANYTHING your creativity can come up with. All that for $67.90. I don't consider that "pricey".
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              • Profile picture of the author Bobster0007
                Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

                With that coupon, I picked up the Builder plugin with the 39 child themes that you can morph into ANYTHING your creativity can come up with. All that for $67.90. I don't consider that "pricey".
                no thats not bad... i was thinking of another one. disregard.
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    elegant themes is a good one and also templatic have great themes for you to use with a very professional look and feel.
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      builder and elegant are some of the cool options.
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  • Profile picture of the author redlegrich
    iThemes are very good. Builder is highly customizable and modular. However, the best thing is they actually have support. Most theme companies have user support forums, however iThemes has paid moderators that quickly answer your questions which is very helpful. I've used others and found I seldom can get a decent answer to my questions.
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  • Profile picture of the author zoro
    This is by far the best local business theme I have come accross and purchased. It is by a fellow warrior and his support is awesome. Here is the link to the WSO (I am not afilliate)
    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...e-builder.html
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by zoro View Post

      This is by far the best local business theme I have come accross and purchased. It is by a fellow warrior and his support is awesome. Here is the link to the WSO (I am not afilliate)
      http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...e-builder.html
      This is a fantastic theme. I just bought what was allegedly the "last copy" but there seems to be another "last copy" ... lol.
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      • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        This is a fantastic theme. I just bought what was allegedly the "last copy" but there seems to be another "last copy" ... lol.
        And another! I just got mine
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        • Profile picture of the author marketingrep4u
          FREE is the way to go!

          Mystique found here on the WP site: WordPress › Mystique « Free WordPress Themes

          I built this site with it: Cleveland Tn Realty | Find Homes & Houses For Sale in Cleveland Tennessee

          A friend of mine built this site with Mystique: Garland Garage Door Company 469-443-6671 | Garland Garage Door Company

          It's incredibly customizable!

          Use the SEO Ultimate plugin with it and you're golden.

          Rich
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          • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
            Those are nice looking sites, Rich. I like the video approach as well. I assume you did those videos via your sig line?
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            • Profile picture of the author marketingrep4u
              Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

              Those are nice looking sites, Rich. I like the video approach as well. I assume you did those videos via your sig line?
              I did the video on Cleveland Tn Realty | Find Homes & Houses For Sale in Cleveland Tennessee.

              My friend, that owns the other site, did that video herself.

              The videos available on VideoMarketingVideo.net are packs of 20 designed as traffic magnet videos for IMers that don't have the time to create the videos themselves. It's the video marketing campaign in a box. You buy the videos and upload them to your video accounts using your own titles, tags, and URLs.

              Generally speaking, in regards to video marketing, if the content is good (not perfect) and the titles and tags are targeted, then the basic outcome is traffic to your site.

              So, for $97 an IMer can use these to market his clients or himself.

              Thanks for the complements about the site creation! Its nice to know that other in the IM industry like your work.

              I quickly visited your landing page for the text to MP3. Are you actually doing the voice overs or have you perfected a software that does it for you?

              Rich
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              • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
                Originally Posted by marketingrep4u View Post

                I quickly visited your landing page for the text to MP3. Are you actually doing the voice overs or have you perfected a software that does it for you?

                Rich
                Actually me and my voice. NO software involved!!
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          • Profile picture of the author igoresha76
            Originally Posted by marketingrep4u View Post

            FREE is the way to go!

            Mystique found here on the WP site: WordPress › Mystique « Free WordPress Themes

            I built this site with it: Cleveland Tn Realty | Find Homes & Houses For Sale in Cleveland Tennessee

            A friend of mine built this site with Mystique: Garland Garage Door Company 469-443-6671 | Garland Garage Door Company

            It's incredibly customizable!

            Use the SEO Ultimate plugin with it and you're golden.

            Rich
            I believe these sites are done based on Dr. Dan's WSO, he explains step by step how to create these type of sites and dominate your local market. Check it out - http://www.warriorplus.com/linkwso/2s53k0/6664
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            • Profile picture of the author Dr Dan
              Originally Posted by igoresha76 View Post

              I believe these sites are done based on Dr. Dan's WSO, he explains step by step how to create these type of sites and dominate your local market. Check it out
              Thanks for the props and just to be clear.. I do tell you where to get the theme and what plugins I use, but I dont go step by step how to customize the theme. I do however give you my css to make it look like that. But you will still need to know how to add a sidebar widget and use wordpress.

              But the rest is easy. Its just using wordpress and all changes can be made in the themes settings menu. No need to edit any files.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dr Dan
            Originally Posted by marketingrep4u View Post

            FREE is the way to go!

            Mystique found here on the WP site: WordPress › Mystique « Free WordPress Themes


            A friend of mine built this site with Mystique: Garland Garage Door Company 469-443-6671 | Garland Garage Door Company


            Rich
            Hey... That site looks familiar...lol

            Yea.. I cant believe how freaking nice that theme is and its free! I was going to have one developed until I found this one.
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          • Profile picture of the author DaneSebastion
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            Out of interest, how much did your friend charge for this site??

            Thanks

            Dane


            Originally Posted by marketingrep4u View Post

            FREE is the way to go!

            Mystique found here on the WP site: WordPress › Mystique « Free WordPress Themes

            I built this site with it: Cleveland Tn Realty | Find Homes & Houses For Sale in Cleveland Tennessee

            A friend of mine built this site with Mystique: Garland Garage Door Company 469-443-6671 | Garland Garage Door Company

            It's incredibly customizable!

            Use the SEO Ultimate plugin with it and you're golden.

            Rich
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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by rlhurst View Post

          And another! I just got mine
          Yeah, very cool theme and can use it on unlimited domains. They set it up for you the first time as a bonus. They already set up mine
          Local Chiropractic Clinic AnytownChiropractic Clinic | Friendly, Caring Chiropractic Clinic

          Great looking local business theme.
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          • Profile picture of the author rlhurst
            Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

            Yeah, very cool theme and can use it on unlimited domains. They set it up for you the first time as a bonus. They already set up mine
            Local Chiropractic Clinic AnytownChiropractic Clinic | Friendly, Caring Chiropractic Clinic

            Great looking local business theme.
            You don't mess around! I haven't gotten to mine yet
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          • Profile picture of the author Bobster0007
            Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

            Yeah, very cool theme and can use it on unlimited domains. They set it up for you the first time as a bonus. They already set up mine
            Local Chiropractic Clinic AnytownChiropractic Clinic | Friendly, Caring Chiropractic Clinic

            Great looking local business theme.
            These themes look amazing... is this like working with regular wordpress? is it easy to customize for someone with basically only wordpress skills?
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            • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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              Originally Posted by Bobster0007 View Post

              These themes look amazing... is this like working with regular wordpress? is it easy to customize for someone with basically only wordpress skills?
              Yeah ... it's basic Wordpress. With the Chiropractor one I bought I can just use the same theme and customize it for any local biz ... dentist, doctors, lawyers, etc.
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              • Profile picture of the author Bobster0007
                Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

                Yeah ... it's basic Wordpress. With the Chiropractor one I bought I can just use the same theme and customize it for any local biz ... dentist, doctors, lawyers, etc.
                kool... ok so you dont have access to the others, only the one that you buy... but you easily change colors, buttons, functions etc...
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                • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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                  Originally Posted by Bobster0007 View Post

                  kool... ok so you dont have access to the others, only the one that you buy... but you easily change colors, buttons, functions etc...
                  Yeah. They let you choose the one niche of the ones they have available. But changing all that is the same as changing any Wordpress blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author jondabach
    The local business theme is nice. I would also look at the Builder theme from iThemes. It's pretty easy to change your css style sheet once and then use that as a template for your local sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Originally Posted by reimer View Post

    Which Wordpress Theme do you think is the best for local SEO ? (you know dentist + city)

    The same goes for lead generation, Which theme would be the best? (free and paid)

    Honestly, when it comes to SEO, I don't think the theme is that important.

    After all, when said and done, Google's spider is only looking at the HTML on the page and the linking structure of the website.

    All Content Management Systems deliver HTML and link in an equal manner.

    If you want to improve a client's SEO, then focus on the content included in the site and links to the site.

    Now that we have eliminated the smoke and mirrors of SEO-Friendly websites, we can talk about your other question.



    Lead generation is simply a question of whether your page layout and copy can lead a user to take the action you want them to take.

    With an information website, the challenge is to provide enough links on a site to enable the visitor to navigate to find the information they want to find.

    A sales page would share all of the information that needs to be shared to lead the reader to hit the Buy Now button. Depending on the offer, this may require several pages or just one.

    With lead generation, most marketers only want to provide one choice for the reader and that is to take the desired action. But two choices are always present, in that the reader still has their Back button available.

    WordPress themes tend to be designed in one of two formats: information themes and sales themes.

    Information themes want to increase linking opportunities, while Sales themes want to minimize distractions.

    So long as you have a solid understanding of what you want to do, then finding the right theme becomes an easier proposition.

    Given what you have said in this thread, I would advise you to explore the available themes that call themselves "Sales Themes".

    Everything else is a matter of personal taste.
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    • Profile picture of the author zoeguy
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      Honestly, when it comes to SEO, I don't think the theme is that important. Everything else is a matter of personal taste.
      Thanks Bill, really good info (post#7), concerning the above quote I was wondering about the page load times for some of these themes. Someone did a comparison of load times a while back for some of the Catalyst, Headway type themes (sorry can't find the link) and I remember that some had load time issues, I think I read that Headway has since fixed some of the problems with their theme. A couple of related posts by others:

      Originally Posted by Michael Martin

      Page load speed is important for 2 big reasons:
      • People want sites to load quickly or they’re gone.
      • Google wants sites to load quickly, or your search rankings may suffer.
      Originally Posted by Richard Igoe

      "Some wordpress themes also cause your page load time to increase. For example while Altahualpa is very flexible I personally found it doubled my page load times because it has to query the database to get the stylesheet information as well as the page information."

      Source:

      Slow Server Speed Affects Search Ranking on Google | SEO Blog
      Originally Posted by Rick Anderson

      "I use 3 tools to diagnose slow page load times. Web Developer, YSlow and Page Speed (by Google). These are all addons for firefox."

      "WordPress 3.1 has a dequeue_script() function that will allow you to turn off javascript for pages that don't need it."

      Source:

      http://www.byobwebsite.com/forum/gen...esis-1-8-site/
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  • Profile picture of the author Creativegirl
    If you're doing 1 page small business sites and can customize graphics yourself (or have access to someone) then I'd go with the free Ten Theme (sorry I think that's the name). It has everything you need for customization without requiring alot of additional programming support and is a great place to start.
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  • Profile picture of the author beamup
    Building a wordpress theme is not that hard if you have a good knowledge over php. There are certainly thousands and thousands of amazing themes. The best part is, Wordpress has amazing plugins that helps a lot in SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan B Rusu
    I like to offer a number of different designs and layouts for them to choose from. The best 2 resources for this are:

    elegantthemes.com
    themeforest.com
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      StudioPress with Genesis Framework.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanjm
    I actually like the look of that Mystique free theme that marketingrep posted. That paid theme for $97 honestly does not look very good. It's incredibly dated looking, no rollovers, cramped text size, etc... the only thing I like is the right hand column with contact info.

    If I were spending around $100 I would pick up the pagelines platform pro to make some really nice looking sites. If I just want a cheap template with the site already done for me, I wouldn't pay anything over $50. Heck, even this bizlocal theme someone mentioned in another thread looks way better than that $97 one and it's half the price.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by ryanjm View Post

      I actually like the look of that Mystique free theme that marketingrep posted. That paid theme for $97 honestly does not look very good. It's incredibly dated looking, no rollovers, cramped text size, etc... the only thing I like is the right hand column with contact info.

      If I were spending around $100 I would pick up the pagelines platform pro to make some really nice looking sites. If I just want a cheap template with the site already done for me, I wouldn't pay anything over $50. Heck, even this bizlocal theme someone mentioned in another thread looks way better than that $97 one and it's half the price.
      Taste is subjective. I like it and apparently, a lot of people love it because it has sold like hot cakes. It's an outstanding theme and theme design is what I do. Price didn't matter to me. I loved the theme as soon as I saw it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bobster0007
        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        Taste is subjective. I like it and apparently, a lot of people love it because it has sold like hot cakes. It's an outstanding theme and theme design is what I do. Price didn't matter to me. I loved the theme as soon as I saw it.
        I agree, I think its a very well laid out theme and im about to pull the trigger on it. If i wanted to add video to the main / slider area or maybe where the opt in box is, i could just use a WP video plugin right? Plus, it must be good since you bought it and you're a designer. If i may ask, why would a designer buy a theme?
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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by Bobster0007 View Post

          I agree, I think its a very well laid out theme and im about to pull the trigger on it. If i wanted to add video to the main / slider area or maybe where the opt in box is, i could just use a WP video plugin right? Plus, it must be good since you bought it and you're a designer. If i may ask, why would a designer buy a theme?
          I've never used a video plugin, but you can alter the theme sidebar just by going into Appearances > Edit > sidebar.php and just insert in there what you want in there and remove the top autoresponder box if you want to.

          I don't design templates from scratch. I use a template and redesign over and over again into different color schemes and niches. The 2nd line in my sig is the kind of work I do on templates. But I always start with an outstanding template.
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    • Profile picture of the author Colm Whelan
      Originally Posted by ryanjm View Post

      That paid theme for $97 honestly does not look very good. It's incredibly dated looking, no rollovers, cramped text size, etc... the only thing I like is the right hand column with contact info.
      Couldn't agree more. While I love the idea of the theme, the design of the theme is at best mediocre. I'm not a designer, btw, but I know what I like.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Tran
    Here is another method to consider. The clients that I've worked with seem to want customized websites. I deliver on what they want by providing mockups before I actually build the site.

    In the past, I built the sites myself using Wordpress and retail themes. Now, however, I find it easier to hire a designer that can build the site from the mockup on top of a standard Wordpress theme that you get when you first load WP. This allows me to spend more time marketing and less time fiddling with templates.

    The cost of hiring someone to build a custom site on top of a standard theme can be very reasonable. I bet there are good Warriors here who can do this type of work.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author celenco
    I actually Have a Wordpress Theme for sale here, that we intend to keep updating to fit whatever the customers want. Take a look at http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ne-online.html,

    We are really interested in making this the best theme for local markets.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeSmith
      Originally Posted by celenco View Post

      I actually Have a Wordpress Theme for sale here, that we intend to keep updating to fit whatever the customers want. Take a look at (HAD TO REMOVE YOUR URL).

      We are really interested in making this the best theme for local markets.
      Just picked up a copy of your theme. I really like it! Nice!
      Thank you for mentioning it!

      ~Mike
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      • Profile picture of the author celenco
        Originally Posted by MikeSmith View Post

        Just picked up a copy of your theme. I really like it! Nice!
        Thank you for mentioning it!

        ~Mike
        Awesome, we are releasing an update for it tonight.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanjm
    ^^I just used it today to create one of my offline sites. Really easy to modify. The site has 'just enough' of all the right mods needed to easily change the design. It's probably the easiest theme to work with that I've tried out of 30+ themes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bobster0007
    I have the Pagelines Platform Pro also. Ive started messin with it and am really starting to like it so i dont think i will get anything else anytime soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author MMMConsulting
    Elegant themes seem to have some amazing designs for wordpress, and look very professional as well, and they can be edited well to look to however you want them to look!
    The best thing about them is that you only pay $39 to use all their themes! Customize the colours, add widgets, just soo much you can do .
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  • Profile picture of the author fireking
    i think i like themeforest the best.. because the themes is so customizeable
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    I'm obviously a fan of Jide's Freshy2 theme, it's the theme I use on this site.
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    the searchreviews widget would work well for your local business.
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    The theme is pretty nice. I'd like to use it on my site.
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    I.......and my clients.....like Whitehouse Pro.....it's a very nice WP theme....and easy to use. Just throw your SEO plugins in there and go for it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Julie McElroy
    The only thing I noticed about iThemes is there is only 1 year free theme updates. What happens after that first year? Do you have to pay for updates? It seems most sites have lifelong updates. I use Thesis on many of my sites, but it is more of a platform than a "theme", but very customizable and TONS of support. I have been looking at ThemeForest and I have also used Elegant themes in the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author inazuman
    I think the theme is not that important, if you want to improve a client's SEO, then focus on the content included in the site and links to the site
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  • Profile picture of the author ColorVila
    The best way is: Well-designed Theme + Independent SEO plugin
    Independent SEO plugins are always more professional than the one integrated in Themes.

    Have a look at colorvila.com/themes/
    Hope you can find what you want!
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    Check out OptimizePress.
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    i think elegant themes will be the best choice as you can get all themes at price of one...or you can go for themeforest
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