Thesis WordPress Theme Review

Just over two years ago, the premium WordPress theme Thesis became available. The theme was designed by Chris Pearson and now runs some of the most popular blogs on the web. However, it’s important to tell you that Thesis is not your average WordPress theme.

Why’s That You Ask?

Here’s a brief video overview that gives you a good glimpse of Thesis and why it’s unique:

The video gives you a basic understanding of Thesis and why it’s so powerful. Here’s some more details on why Thesis is a great WordPress theme:

Not Just A Theme

As mentioned in the video, one of the things that makes Thesis unique is that it acts as both a theme and as a framework. Thesis includes it’s own design options, which can be configured from within the WordPress dashboard (more below). Thesis can also act as a framework to build upon, which makes it a great option for developers.

Easy Customization

As mentioned above, Thesis comes with built-in design options that are very user-friendly. You’ll have no problem using them to customize your Thesis theme, even if you’re new to WordPress or web design.

Here’s a look at the design options that are accessed from within the WordPress dashboard:

Thesis Design Options

As you can see, all of the sections can be opened to review more options. Here’s what the body and content box looks like when it’s opened:

Font Options

This allows you to simply choose a font to use for your blogs content area. Once you hit the save button, Thesis will automatically change the font on your blog. It’s that easy!

Crazy thing is, those aren’t the only options. There’s also a Thesis Options page that offers even more customization features. Take a look:

Thesis Options

One of the key options here is the ability to customize the navigation bar to include certain pages, as well as reorder them. If you plan to use Feedburner, Thesis makes it easy to change your default feed to your Feedburner one. No coding necessary.

Superior Search Engine Optimization

One of the major selling points to Thesis is that it is optimized to get the best possible search engine results. It uses clean code that separates the design code from the content. That way search engines such as Google know exactly where your content is.

Many free WordPress themes use poor coding techniques that can result in less than optimal settings for search engines. They can also leave search engines guessing as to what your site is about.

Thesis also has built in search engine optimization fields that closely resemble some of the popular SEO plugins available for WordPress. Here’s what you’ll see on the write post/page screen:


These fields allow you to specify the title, keywords, and description for each page or post you publish. This will ensure that you receive the best possible results from your content.

Great Support

Just like search engine optimization, support is another big selling point for the Thesis theme. The support offered from Thesis is impressive and you can count on getting the help you need.

Purchasing Thesis also entitles you to free updates, which makes staying up to date relatively easy. You no longer have to worry about your theme breaking when a new version of WordPress is released.

Head on over to Thesis today and grab a copy. You won’t be disappointed.

Posted By: Justin Wright

This post was published by Justin Wright on September 14th, 2009.

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  1. Roseli A. Bakar 15 September 2009 at 6:58 am permalink

    Though there are other great wordpress theme out there, my vote is still on thesis ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Harsh Agrawal 3 October 2009 at 7:01 pm permalink

    I have been using Thesis from 4 months and I highly recommend this theme to all.
    It’s SEO and typography is amazing, more over Customization of Thesis might feel little
    tricky at the beginning but once you get kick of it, you will enjoy editing and modifying this theme.

    • Justin Wright 4 October 2009 at 6:27 pm permalink

      Yeah Thesis is great in terms of customization. I agree that it takes a little getting used to, but it gets really easy after you pole around a bit.

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