I recently had a very well intentioned blogger ask me to promote one of his products for him. His product is a skin for Thesis.
As many people I know use Thesis, I want to take this time to share with you why I don’t use Thesis and why I don’t recommend it for others to use either. Much of the following is information that I also shared with this Thesis designer that contacted me.
I believe that Thesis is not a good value for most bloggers and after having done a lot of research into it, I can’t honestly recommend Thesis to my readers, to my followers, or to my friends and I would strongly encourage you to steer your business away from it as a business model.
Their framework is incredibly bland fresh out of the box. From a design perspective it really doesn’t offer anything that really makes you say, “Wow” when you see it and in my opinion, that is the most important reason to purchase a WordPress theme.
It doesn’t offer a single SEO feature that you can’t get for free from All-In-One SEO Plugin or HeadSpace SEO Plugin and both of those plugins are free.
And the concept of purchasing a theme for a theme is repulsive to me. I have a very good friend who has created a theme for Thesis and it looks tremendous and I certainly wish him all the best in it because for some people that may be the perfect solution.
As far as I’m concerned, however, it is uneeded. There are enough amazing looking themes from WooThemes, Elegant Themes, and others that can be combined with one of the SEO plugins that I mentioned above to create a look that creates that “Wow” effect and still actracts search engines like ants to a picnic…all at a fraction of the price.
Don’t take this response as unkind. I certainly don’t intend it be like that, but I believe in being completely honest and I hope this perspective helps you as you continue to hone your business model. Even if you continue to use and support Thesis, at least this allows you to see an alternate opinion.