When it comes to an all-around great theme for WordPress, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything better than Thesis. If you’re tired of stuffy themes that don’t allow you much freedom in your designs, then you’ll be very please with Thesis’s options.
Thesis gives you plenty of options, but at the same time, not enough to overwhelm you. There are six option panels: Site Options, Design Options, Header Image, Favicon Uploader, Custom File Editor, Manage Options.
I usually spend most of my time in design options, but when I first install Thesis on a website, I usually will tweak a few settings in site options for SEO.
While site options lets you quickly set up your site, design options is where you can begin to set the ground work for an amazing design! Two of my favorite features for Thesis design options are the columns setting and the nav menu settings. The columns section will allow you to set how many columns and the widths of those columns. The nav menu section will allow you to set the colors of your nav menu, including the hover colors.
The feature box allows you to insert code in your theme in certain areas of your website, such as a featured header that you could use for email optins.
I could sit here and explain every single option here, but Chris Pearson did a great job when he deign this options panel.
Below are some screenshots of the favicon uploader, header image uploader, custom file editor, and the manage options panel. These option panels still have great functionality, but as their name implies what they do, I will not explain them.
Seeing Thesis’s option doesn’t really do it justice though. We use Thesis for nearly all WordPress projects we do at Microbrand Media, and I personally use it to build any websites I freelance.
What I love most about Thesis is how flexible it is. I have seen, and used, it for websites ranging from single-column to 3 column responsive sites. And because Thesis is so popular, there are code examples and tutorials for nearly everything you can imagine.
The support forums for Thesis are also amazing! Not only is there a wealth of information already in the forums, but you can ask some of the best Thesis developers questions.
Thesis is a bit pricey at $87 for a personal license and $164 for a developers license, but with the ability to use Thesis on multiple websites, this investment will pay off over time.
Bottom line, Thesis is amazing and also comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee.